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Can I make shrimp for shrimp taco in advance?

by MsBees 1 day ago

Hi on cinco de mayo I have guests coming in for the weekend. We plan to serve a taco bar with bison carne asdada, por...


zackly commented 8 minutes ago

Make ahead meals for Elderly

by cgarner 5 years ago

Our Uncle is coming home from a short stay at an assisted living/rehab facility. Unfortunately, he’s not been eating...


medlar commented 5 days ago

Can I make Tostada shells ahead?

by lobstagal 13 days ago

Making tostada shells to serve with ceviche de camerones and would prefer to fry the corn tortillas ahead of time. Ha...

dave_c commented 9 days ago

Baking a cake 2 days in advance - freeze or not?

by goldcoastchow 20 days ago

Hi! I'm baking Maida Heatter's queen mother cake for passover and because I'm cooking the whole meal by myself, I hav...


MacaronsInSoNo commented 17 days ago

Passover - what I can make ahead or freeze?

by Diane in Bexley 10 years ago

This year the first Seder falls on a Monday night, the second on a Tuesday and I work full time. Any tips/recipes for...


lasvegasgourmet commented 23 days ago

Can Lasagna be made 1-2 days ahead?

by gtrekker2003 8 years ago

I am making lasagna with meat bechamel sauce. Can I make it a day or two ahead and keep it in the fridge ...

hotoynoodle commented 1 month ago

Quick protein-forward dinners (incl. crockpot, casserole, make ahead, sheetpan, etc.)

by bblonde 1 month ago

I have a pretty big request and because it's so specific I'm not sure if I'll get many responses, but if anyone can h...


Semigourmet commented 1 month ago

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Wedding Menu using Solomonov and Ottolenghi

by hisspark 2 months ago

We are having a small wedding - no more than 40 people. We will order hummus, pita, and Israeli salad from Solomonov...

Vegetable sides

by RHplus 3 months ago

Recently, visited a New York diner called westville and inspired to eat more vegetables. Thinking of cooking up ...


tastesgoodwhatisit commented 3 months ago

Can you make salmon cakes in advance?

by relizabeth 4 years ago

I'm planning to make salmon cakes (w tinned salmon), potatoes w Thai curry paste, and steamed spinach for dinner. We'...


Becco commented 3 months ago

Homemade boil-in-a-bag?

by ennuisans 3 years ago

An elderly relative lives in another state and has difficulty eating properly, so we're trying to think of ways to co...


Jostoll commented 3 months ago

Roll Crepes Ahead of Time, Keep Warm?

by MaineKosher 3 months ago

I'm hoping to serve crepes at dinner this weekend. What I want to do is make the crepes ahead of time, then fill and...

Ttrockwood commented 3 months ago

Reheating Brussels Sprouts?

by rp17 4 months ago

I'm bringing Brussels sprouts to my boyfriend's family's Christmas dinner. I typically make my sprouts by cooking in...


mobirose commented 4 months ago

Freezer meals for chemo recovery?

by sljones 4 months ago

I need some ideas for different meals that can be frozen for someone who is recovering from intensive chemo/stem cell...

The_Libster commented 4 months ago

Latke mixture ahead of time? (cont.)

by essmor 4 months ago

I'm late to the latke party, but in addition to sour cream in the batter, I've found that a small amount of dry potat...

MidwesternerTT commented 4 months ago

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Make ahead pan sauce using chain meat?

by ryants56 4 months ago

I'm sous viding a couple of beef tenderloins for Christmas tomorrow and was thinking of using the chain meat to make ...

10L of Table Cream?

by LuLuChowChow 4 months ago

My work's cafeteria was giving away 10L bags of table cream. What can I do with it? Are there any dishes I can make a...


MikeG commented 4 months ago

Any suggestions for Christmas main courses that can be made in advance?

by kevinweeks 5 months ago

This year at Thanksgiving, it was agreed that Grandma and Grandpa are getting too far along to continue hosting famil...


Foxeyblue commented 4 months ago

Christmas Eve Dessert

by bblonde 4 months ago

Looking for a Christmas eve dessert that's make-ahead and refined. 10 adults.


Indy 67 commented 4 months ago

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