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Can I make pretzel bites a day in advance and still have them be great?

by goldcoastchow 21 days ago

I am making pretzel bites for the super bowl and would love to make them today, but still have them taste fresh and delicious tomorrow night. Can I make these today and just serve tomorrow? or any...

Vegan Wellington Recipe

by WaxyK 3 months ago

I am planning a holiday dinner for friends and beef tenderloin is the main. I need a vegan main to go along side it. In my research for ideas online I discovered vegan wellingtons that I think fit...

Pre-make Christmas dinner ideas?

by valmomofboys 2 months ago

Any ideas how to assemble a christmas dinner for 8? I need to prepare 2-3 days in advance, and drive it 7 hours in ice chests. Should only need to heat or bake on Christmas. Any tips or recommendat...

Instant pot Aura pro 8 qt

by lsnmcg 2 months ago

So chowers, I received an Instant Pot Aura Pro 8 qt for Christmas. Anyone have any good recipes? It's NOT a pressure cooker and, to me, looks like a really pricey slow cooker. Can you share some...

Making scalloped potatoes ahead of time

by csabos 2 months ago

Hi, I use a recipe where you mix butter and flour, then add milk, salt and cayenne pepper, then add the cheese until it’s melted. I put that sauce on some sliced potatoes and bake them for an hour....

Bake-ahead question: how to store to keep cake moist, sugar top crisp?

by hippopotame 2 months ago

I've made this almond flour cake a few times; it calls for a layer of sugar in the bottom of the pan so when turned out, the cake has a nice, crisp sugar top. Previously I've been able to serve ...

Holidays: what are your go-to brunch recipes that serve a crowd?

by hippopotame 3 months ago

Hosting family for the first time this December. Most restaurants here are closed on the 24th, 25th so that means...lots of cooking! We'll probably set up a help-yourself cold breakfast spread, but...

Fall Lunch Ideas

by islandmermaid 5 months ago

Continuing our September discussion, let's share what we're preparing and packing for lunches during the work week. Recipes and photos encouraged. :)

Reheating Brussels Sprouts?

by rp17 2 years ago

I'm bringing Brussels sprouts to my boyfriend's family's Christmas dinner. I typically make my sprouts by cooking in a hot pan with oil and butter until browned and crispy. Because I'll need enou...

How long should I reheat (leftover) cooked stuffed bell peppers in the oven?

by batmite 10 months ago

I am planning on making a surprise dinner for my partner and I want to make stuffed bell peppers. I know that it takes around an hour to cook in the oven. Here's my situation, I finish work late an...

Can Lasagna be made 1-2 days ahead?

by gtrekker2003 10 years ago

I am making lasagna with meat sauce....no bechamel sauce. Can I make it a day or two ahead and keep it in the fridge covered with foil? And then bake on the day of?

Make-ahead df chicken dish for Passover?

by sallyt 11 months ago

Hi all - I'm tasked with bringing the main dish to Passover seder - ideally, it would be make ahead and I would cook it/rewarm it at my sister's house (who is hosting). She's lactose-free and glut...

Can you make salmon cakes in advance?

by relizabeth 6 years ago

I'm planning to make salmon cakes (w tinned salmon), potatoes w Thai curry paste, and steamed spinach for dinner. We've got a small window of time between my aerobics class and movie tonite. Can I ...

Dosas - Can they be make ahead?

by lafouchow 6 years ago

I finally got the hang of making dosas and now there are too many to use at once. Does anybody ever make dosas a day or two ahead of using them? Thank you.

Creamy, dreamy make-ahead mac-and-cheese

by LL3786 1 year ago

Does anyone have a great recipe for this? Need something I can make a day in advance for a party and cook through/warm up in the oven on site. I was thinking of the recipe below, but don’t know if ...

Self-Catering an event - tips? Recipes?

by yumcha 11 years ago

I am having an event that I would also like to cook for. It should be for around 70 people. I'd like to be able to make many of these dishes ahead and re-heat them on the day of. One idea ...

Make ahead quiche advice for a baby shower

by miss_golightly 9 years ago

Hi all, I am a newbie to this board, and I am hoping for some help with a baby shower that I am throwing this weekend. I have not made many quiches in my day, and I was hoping to make them the day...

Making Shrimp Scampi in Advance?

by katelaine 1 year ago

Happy holidays! I'm planning a Feast of the Seven Fishes for Christmas dinner this year, and would like to make shrimp scampi with pasta for the third course. The way my friends drink and eat, that...

Make ahead dishes for Christmas

by pumpkinspice 1 year ago

What are your favourite make ahead dishes for Christmas? Ideally, I can put it together a week in advance (freeze if possible) and just bake the day of. Hosting Christmas for the first time this ye...

Cruise to Alaska - bring your own food?

by daphnar 3 years ago

Been on a number of cruises, and while my family loves them, I can't bear eating the Weberman meals (or worse). On one cruise (NCL, Caribbean islands) they were accommodating to people who brought...

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