Winter holiday traditions change with time and location, with their current forms retaining little of their old forms, wassailing
(rhymes with fossil-ing) possibly more than most. The modern interpretation of wassailing has been simplified to singing carols, though it was born of much more diverse traditions
, from a cheer of good health before battle to scaring evil spirits from apple orchards. From these origins come wassail the drink
, and that's just one of the many foods of the winter season
(Food Timeline prev.
). A few more are covered below the break. [more inside]
is a freely available homebrewing recipe generator, which allows you to easily create, save and share your own beer recipe(s). The calculator includes hundreds of malt, hop and yeast varieties, adjuncts and other ingredients, different mash processes, and fermentation and storage variables, and can toggle between US and metric units. Also, if you associate your recipe with a BJCP
-recognized style, the calculator will give you guidance regarding your recipe's adherence to the style's guidelines
. Homebrewers, have at it!
is about killer clothes and fine cuisine. Recent features include: Thanksgiving Part I
, creating a thanksgiving meal that is less about an abundance of leftovers and instead maximizing the visual appeal of “thanksgiving” symbols like the pumpkin, as a dessert; and Pie Pops
, for those who want to eat pie, but don’t want a whole slice—who want to try multiple flavors, but for just a bite or two, then move onto another.
Bittmanfilter: 101 Head Starts on the Day
-- "The Minimalist" gives us a hundred and one Thanksgiving dishes that can be prepared in advance.
A collection of links
to recipes from Thomas Keller's latest cookbook Ad Hoc at Home
, including crispy braised chicken thighs
with lemon and fennel, blowtorch prime rib
, leek bread pudding
, and the famous buttermilk fried chicken
I like big bundts and I cannot lie!
In honor of November 15th, National Bundt Day
, the Food Librarian
is bringing us 30 days of Bundt cakes. (via
Dash and Bella
is a blog about cooking with your kids. Its lovely and mouth watering.
You say you like bacon, sure, but do you love it? Do you love
love it? The BLT Kama Sutra
[mildly NSFW, possibly] is an illustrated response to the Michael Ruhlman BLT from Scratch Summertime Challenge [previously on MetaFilter
]. [more inside]
Sure you like recipe websites, but do you ever wish they could have more auto-playing midis, exclamation points, all caps, and a charming disregard for political correctness? Filling this niche nicely is Gutsy Gourmet. [more inside]
How to Make (Primordial) Soup.
Narrated for the Air & Space Museum 30+ years ago, in her own kitchen, by the one, the only, Julia Child. Bon appetit. (JC previously
.) [10-minute SLYT]
Mark Bittman strikes again, with 101 Simple Salads for the Season
to go with his three previous lists
of 101 recipes.
Fancy Fast Food.
Fast food reconstructed into (something that looks like) fine cuisine. Recipes included, for those who dare.
With the long holiday weekend, there's plenty of time for cooking... and eating. So, a few food blogs for your perusal. The Food In My Beard
, from antipasto to zucchini. Macheesmo
, learning to be confident in the kitchen. The Pioneer Woman Cooks
, more from this woman who channels
Lucy and Ethel. Chez Pim
, chronicling her globetrotting adventures, and misadventures, in the world of all things edible.
Food is just part of the regional culture that's getting neutralized.
The national highway system, chain restaurants, and frozen food may have decimated regional delicacies such as Kentucky burgoo, South Carolina perloo, and Wisconsin hoppel poppel but... [more inside]
Cooks around the world deserve a simple place to find any recipe. Enter RecipeBridge
. Have an ingredient you don't know what to do with? Enter it into RecipeBridge for recipe ideas returned from more than 200 cooking sites. C'est magnifique.
Recipe Puppy, a new Recipe Search Engine
[via mefi projects
A recipe search engine that lets you search for recipes by ingredients. Simply put in the ingredients you have and the type of food you want, and the search engine will return the recipes you are closest to being able to make. You can also specify ingredients you don't have, and ingredients that absolutely must be included in the recipe. [more inside]
Communities of and for foodies. Foodbuzz
is about dining out, cooking at home, discovering a new flavor, drooling over a food blog, or swapping recipes. Check out Today's Top 9
, a daily feature. Chowhound
is the community for Chow.com
. Dozens of boards enable you to drill down to local favorites, like this request for live crawfish in Virginia
. Both communities have very active memberships.
Are you entertaining guests for Easter dinner? Don't forget the dessert. Here are the 50 Best Dessert Recipes
. Chocolate lovers in your family? No problem. The 50 Best Chocolate Desserts
. Maybe you're partial to cake. Okay, Mom's Best Cake Recipes
. Here's to yum.
Like eating brains
? I know you do
. Why not add some new dishes to your collection of recipes that use the "fifth quarter
?" [more inside]
: spectacular recipes and memorable food experiences. This blog
is a feast for the eyes. [more inside]
There are thousands of great recipes, but what makes this site special are the hundreds of recipes from popular restaurants
everywhere. Many are "copycat" recipes and many are the originals shared by the chefs themselves. From Ruth's Chris
recipes to Taco Bell
, you'll be able to easily make it at home. [more inside]
It's National Pie Day
! Whether we're in search of the best pies in the United States
or have long been troubled by our personal quests to turn out the perfect pie
, we should all agree: quiche is not pie
. [more inside]
is the oldest cooking/travel series on television and cable, and among the largest. The programs are seen around the world, and now they're available to you here." 80 videos, 3 chefs/recipes per episode. Ballottine of Sole Sauce Emeraude -- Chef Andre Soltner, Lutece
l Corn Flan w/Smoked Salmon -- Chef David Burke, Park Avenue Cafe
l Sweet and Sour Quail Peruvian Style -- Chef Stan Frankenthaler, East Coast Grill
. (recipes from the entire series available for pdf download here
In Mamas Kitchen
was born in the experience of living in New York where a bodega
exists within blocks of a Jewish deli
which is around the corner from an Italian salumeria
which shares space with Chinatown
which abuts Soho's gourmet stores
. While this speaks of the legendary variety available in New York, it also tells of similarity, for in every bodega, every salumeria is someone shopping for the food that sustains physical life with a recipe
that nourishes our hearts.
Two social justice teachers decide to start eating on one dollar a day. [more inside]
A View of America
― Aquariums, beaches, gardens, monuments, parks, zoos, etc. This site aims to describe American attractions that tourists may find interesting. Listings are sorted by state and by category
. Also includes recipes
, and puzzles
. [more inside]
Open Source Food
is a multi-lingual community of enthusiastic cooks browsing, creating, and sharing recipes
. The Itsa Pita Pizza
is quick and easy, Yuzu Pesto Tagliolini
is almost too pretty to eat, but !!!warning!!!, do not even look at the mango crepe a la mode
. 2000 recipes with photos.
The African Cookbook
is a compilation of recipes from 9 countries in Africa, Ethiopia
. As well as a handful of recipes each section has short chapters on how food is served in each country. For more recipes and information go to Try African Food
Here's your chance to bake bread like a master. Cookingbread.com
. The detailed step-by-step instructions include photos to help guide you through each bread recipe, from start to finish. You will find many different kinds of recipes for bread machines, or family classics such as cheese bread
and banana bread
. I just made some cracked wheat
this past weekend. Also includes printable recipe cards
. So get baking. [more inside]
– everything you need to know about the delicious fruits and vegetables you enjoy. Answers about how to lower your cholesterol or how to prepare asparagus. You’ll find loads of background and variety information, nutrition specifics, serving sizes, preparation ideas and care and handling tips.
An interesting food web site
- enter your ingredients, it tells you what you can make. Even suggests items you'll need for other dishes. Previously questioned in AskMe
of inexpensive food. (Make a Ghetto McMuffin
and let us know how it tastes.) For dessert, generate an ice cream flavor
. Well, a flavor name anyway. Crackling Rutabega Nebula Twist, anyone? (Part of Bloglander
which offers some interesting but spottily updated content.) (Previously.)
: He looks up at me and the bargaining begins. "If I eat two peas is that enough?" I am used to him starting the bids low. "Now Fred there are only seven peas on your plate, can't you just eat them? ". He then starts to turn pale. He slumps down into his chair and fiddles with his cutlery, accidentally on purpose knocking them onto the floor to create a diversion.
Can one determined woman turn Freddie into a vegetable lover
The 50 Best Cookie Recipes on the Internet
-- for me, the best food on the planet is an oatmeal raisin cookie
. My palate just goes ooohhh! Everything else just fills the hole. For many, it's the good ol' chocolate chip
. There's bound to be some cookie gourmet's in the MeFi universe. So tell us, what is your favorite cookie?
The Congo Cookbook
is a collection of recipes from Africa. (Easiest to view them all here
What Am I Craving? That's the question we always ask ourselves when thinking about what to eat. So we got to thinking: wouldn't it be cool to have a tool that could listen to what we were craving and then suggest something good to cook?
Everyone knows how seriously Italians take their food. So a debate about the origins of a humble pasta dish
isn't any real surprise, though an appetizing read. Made with (formerly hard to find, state-side) Guanciale
, (cured, unsmoked pig jowl), at least one proper recipe exists
if you can find some to try your hand at it with.
is a blog dedicated to helping you get more dining experience out of your animal. Most people stop at the skeletal muscle cuts, but there's a world of tripey goodness, not to mention snouts, feet, etc. Videos, recipes, photogalleries & more.
The winner of the 2007 White Castle recipe competition? Slider latkes
Not Jewish? White Castle will help you put their burgers just about anywhere
Jack Keller's winemaking site
has not only the basics
of home winemaking in 5 parts [12345
], but also information on more advanced topics
, including acidity
, and using a hydrometer
. Equally interesting is his extensive collection of recipes for making wines out of things other than grapes, including dandelions
and other edible flowers
, wild plants
, and pumpkins
. A complete list of recipes is here
, if you'd like to click through alphabetically, and a list of specially-requested recipes is here (scroll down a bit)
Four parsley plants. Two creeping oregano. Two creeping thyme. Three basil. Two rosemarys. Thank god the sage died.
With a grand prize of $50,000, the Build a Better Burger Contest
is the biggest hamburger recipe contest in the world; with the upcoming contest being judged on Sept 29th, you can take a moment to stroll through hamburger history, with recipes for all 17 years worth of prizewinners
. Not enough burger for you? Then try making any of the 10 runner ups from 2005 & 2006
. Still more, you demand? Peruse the database of over 5,000 contest entries
broken out by category, even the most jaded burgermeister is sure to find something original & delicious to try.