: The top 1% of recipes from sites like allrecipes, food.com, epicurious, and foodnetwork.
[via mefi projects
So, you want to eat like a hobbit do you? The big old dragon of Middle-Earth recipes is the charmingly retro 'Middle-Earth Recipes
' (now with a more modern and photo-friendly blog version
) from which NPR's Beth Accomando has complied an all-day feasting menu suitable for marathon watching
(or reading) assorted Lord Of The Rings media while Recipewise sticks to foods served by Bilbo in The Hobbit itself
and explains the Victorian convention of high vs. low tea. (Author Diane Duane's own Hobbit-inspired recipe, Took Family Seed Cake
can be made with poppy rather than caraway seed if that's your thing) Need something to do while digesting? Why not read about the history and meaning of the rural comfort food in Tolkien at Strange Horizons " Well Stocked Larders: Food And Diet Of Hobbits
" by Stephanie Green.
If you think turduckens are just too easy: Things inside
things. Things on top of other
things. Things that look
like things. Things that do tricks
, and other subtleties.
On June 6th, 2013, Mel Brooks will be presented with the 41st AFI Life Achievement Award, but this post is about his Tomato and Onion Omelette. Bon Appétit
talks cooking, coffee, and career with Mel Brooks, Omelette King
- When my grandparents passed away my family rediscovered an old family recipe book that my great grandfather wrote by hand in an old ledger. [via mefi projects
Hanukkah draws nigh and that means latkes
. [The oil in which the potato pancake is cooked symbolizes the miraculously long-burning fuel that lit the Second Temple.] Bubala Please
shows you how to keep it real. [more inside]
, a webcomic about an adventuring chef.
The broth is just chicken and onions, with a confetti of vegetables added at the end where their flavor remains bright. The noodles are wide and winding... But, for me, the real triumph was giving the chicken parts and onion a saute... before adding water to make the soup. This deepened flavor base makes for magical soup, with a bronzed color, more robust flavor and significantly reduced prep time. ... With all of the blustery, cold days to go this winter, everyone... deserves to have a homemade, from-scratch chicken noodle soup that can be pulled off in just about an hour in their back pocket. [more inside]
Ding Baozhen (1820-1886) was a governor of Sichuan province during the Qing dynasty. The emperor bestowed upon him the title Gōng Bǎo - "palatial guardian". He supervised the reconstruction of the Dujiangyan Irrigation System
. But he achieved immortality through the dish named for him: Kung Pao Chicken
. [more inside]
Ice Cubes - A Recipe.
The comments offer many helpful tips.
Tomorrow would have been Julia Child
's 100th birthday. To celebrate, PBS Digital Studios offers: Julia Child Remixed
. They also have created a celebration page
, complete with an infographic
and more. [more inside]
Buffalo chicken wings were invented
by Teressa Bellissimo
at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York in 1964. Americans will eat 25 billion
of them this year - not a few of them at the 10th annual National Buffalo Wing Festival
. Some people eat nothing else
. Alton Brown
steams his. But will any of them be more delicious than these Sriracha Garlic Wings
Now I agree that to some people using half a kilo of chocolate to make 12 biscuits may seem excessive. But I can tell you I don't put a price on alleviating human suffering.
- Nigella Lawson [more inside]
For Super Tuesday, sardonic food writer Michael Procopio presents an excellent Rick-Santorum-themed cake recipe
. [more inside]
In [the USA], buying a good over-the-counter nasal decongestant requires picking a card from an empty spot on the shelf, taking it to the pharmacist, handing over your driver's license, and getting it from behind the counter. Only the larger drug stores bother. Meth, on the other hand, is apparently easier to come by. So here (PDF)
, from the the wonderfully named Journal of Apocryphal Chemistry, is a paper on how to make Sudafed® from Meth.
You can make jiaozi
. But you can't make it like this.
If you don’t use the right potatoes, the right oil, and the right fryers, well, you get french fries. And that’s the reason you don’t find Belgian fries anywhere. [more inside]
Now you can make the famous
NYC halal style Chicken and Rice
Chef Sanjay Thumma
) wants to teach you how to make pretty much any Indian dish you can think of.
Pasta alla carbonara (usually spaghetti, but also fettuccine, rigatoni or bucatini) is an Italian pasta dish based on eggs, cheese (pecorino or parmesan), bacon (guanciale or pancetta), and black pepper. [more inside]
Henry's Kitchen is a cooking show unlike any other: it is unpretentious (he's no arrogant, trained chef), dramatic in a unique way, and has some information that one doesn't find anywhere else.
Henry's Anytime Chili for One
is a classic.
There's also Killer Oven-Baked French Toast
, Spicy Shepherd's Pie
, and Delicious Nutty Chocolate Truffles
Ever wanted to eat those nachos in the gas station but been too scared? This recipe for Filling Station Nachos
will help you out. Thanks to the Milwaukee Public Library's Historic Recipe File
you can make that dish, Three Hole Cake
or a Milwaukee Man's Crepe
. A "fascinating glimpse into the local and ethnic foods
that were popular in Milwaukee from as long as 50 years ago." Making Taters Polish Pride
or President Washington's Rice Waffles With Honey-Maple Syrup
might take you a while. And while there are no bees in Bee Cake
, the Barbecued Coon
is a different story. [via]
Do you find yourself envious of the perfectly staged photos accompanying recipes? Are your drawing skills better than your culinary skills? Recipe Look
is a collection of user-submitted illustrated recipes, some with pictures fit for a magazine
, others a bit more casual
. See also: Drawn Butter
, an illustrated recipe blog (via Johnny Wander's Ecto-Cooler Smoothie
); Pictoral Recipes
from Oregon State University (in English and Spanish); and two recipes
from comic artist Lucy Knisley
; Knisley prev
19th-century newspaper ads for patented stomach cures and digestive aids [...] foregrounded mince pie as the K2 of digestive summits. But for every published warning on the dangers of mince, the newspapers published a poem, essay, or editorial praising it as a great symbol of American cultural heritage or a nostalgic reminder of mother love and better times bygone—or even, as the State of Columbia, South Carolina, asserted in 1901, a beneficial Darwinian instrument that had "thinned out the weak ones" among the pioneering generations.
So wrote Cliff Doerksen in his wonderful, James Beard award-winning article Mince Pie: The Real American Pie
. Doerksen not only gives the history of this once most American of foods, he also makes two mince pies from 19th Century recipes to see if they are indeed all that. This is but one of many great articles Doerksen wrote for The Chicago Reader in recent years (links to a selection below the cut). Sadly, Cliff Doerksen passed at the age of 47 just before Christmas
. [more inside]
is a well-known registered dietician and author of The Food You Crave: Luscious Recipes for a Healthy Life
. Her bio says she was "director of nutritional services at the prestigious La Palestra Center for Preventative Medicine for several years where she worked with a team of physicians, psychologists and fitness specialists to create a multi-faceted obesity treatment program." She's also the host of "Healthy Appetite with Ellie Krieger"
on the Food Network. With this kind of pedigree, you'd assume her recipes would be the paragon of nutritious, healthy eating, right? Wrong
. [more inside]
Happy Thanksgiving, MetaFilter! If you have friends from different parts of the U.S., you might have wondered why they consider certain dishes to be an essential part of a Thanksgiving feast, when you've never even thought of them as remotely Thanksgiving-related. Now you can see what dishes were popular searches on allrecipes.com
in various states thanks to a series of infographics
in the New York Times.
Bittmanfilter: 101 Head Starts on the Day
-- "The Minimalist" gives us a hundred and one Thanksgiving dishes that can be prepared in advance.
For your Halloween party this weekend, creep out your guests by serving them a Meat Hand
Friday Frivolity. We use only the finest baby frogs, dew-picked and flown from Iraq, cleansed in the finest quality spring water, lightly killed, and then sealed in a succulent Swiss quintuple smooth treble cream milk chocolate envelope, and lovingly frosted with glucose.
for the infamous Crunchy Frog
. No frogs were killed in the making of this recipe. (via Neatorama)
NYT asks: What's your recipe deal breaker?
Deep frying? Requiring a helper? Standing overnight? Lifehacker readers chime in
with the recipes that stop them cold.
Multinational food and pharmaceutical company Podrovka
is cooking its books -- literally. Its latest annual report includes a section that must be baked in the oven before it can be read
Anyone CAN Cook
[NY Times link] 101 incredibly simple 10-minute recipes from Mark Bittman