3100 flavors of awesome October 30, 2007 5:10 PM   Subscribe

AskMe is quickly turning into my favorite food resource of all time. It's a vast treasure trove of practical, easy to make recipes and good food-related advice shared by regular folks, not food writers or even, necessarily, hardcore foodies. Can we have a thread consolidating the favorite/most useful recipes and advice AskMe has produced?

I'm still working my way through this thread and some of the eye-rollingly yummy gems contained within.
posted by freshwater_pr0n to MetaFilter-Related at 5:10 PM (64 comments total) 81 users marked this as a favorite

I agree! You people must throw great parties.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 5:13 PM on October 30, 2007 [1 favorite]


EatMe.
posted by GrammarMoses at 5:17 PM on October 30, 2007 [9 favorites]


This is something that would be a great collaborative MeFi wiki project, though if people put some fave threads here we can bring them over there.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 5:17 PM on October 30, 2007


Wiki? Here's a bread baking thread that helped me out a lot.
posted by snsranch at 5:28 PM on October 30, 2007


Every time we do a podcast, we look at the most popular page and there's always a great cooking one at the top. We've been making jokes about it in the last two podcasts, how the top of the charts is always a great cooking tips post.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 5:30 PM on October 30, 2007


the top of the charts is always a great cooking tips post.

Yeah, I salute freshwater_pr0n for coming up with this ingenious way to garner a bunch of favorites....
posted by dersins at 5:32 PM on October 30, 2007


terrapin's chili recipe is marvellous.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 5:37 PM on October 30, 2007 [1 favorite]


Dersins, you can get some love, too. Post your recipe for Shit on a Thread, and I promise to favorite it.
posted by freshwater_pr0n at 5:42 PM on October 30, 2007 [3 favorites]


It'd be really funny if someone compiled an "AskMe Cookbook" and actually got it published.
posted by DMan at 5:46 PM on October 30, 2007




Post your recipe for Shit on a Thread, and I promise to favorite it.

Oh for fuck's sake. If your skin is really that thin maybe you should think twice before lifting the lid to the cesspit that is metatalk.
posted by dersins at 6:00 PM on October 30, 2007


And, speaking of favorite-whoring, I got some great responses from people to my stews & braises question.
posted by dersins at 6:02 PM on October 30, 2007 [1 favorite]


Excellent. freshwater_pr0n and I are working on EatMe on the wiki, anyone else is welcome to help out, I've just added two things there as a rough guideline.

dersins: you're just after the favorites-scholarship.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 6:02 PM on October 30, 2007


My favorite: The Mac and Cheese thread.
posted by Roger Dodger at 6:12 PM on October 30, 2007


Oh, man! I haven't had shit on a thread since my grandmother was alive. Post a recipe, pretty please?
posted by breezeway at 6:34 PM on October 30, 2007 [1 favorite]


It's weird: every time a recipe thread comes up, I nearly always seem to post something with salmon in it.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 6:38 PM on October 30, 2007


this ingenious way to garner a bunch of favorites

Who gives a damn about favorites. For fucks sake.

You're only writing good posts so people will like you!
You're only telling funny jokes so people will like you!
You're only acting kind and generous so people will like you!
Selfish selfish!
posted by LobsterMitten at 6:57 PM on October 30, 2007


You don't like us?
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 7:00 PM on October 30, 2007


I love all.
posted by LobsterMitten at 7:11 PM on October 30, 2007


As time goes on I'm more and more useless around here but my very own comment about how to cook is probably the most useful thing I've ever contributed to MetaFilter.
posted by majick at 7:13 PM on October 30, 2007


Aww. I wasn't really offended.
posted by freshwater_pr0n at 7:20 PM on October 30, 2007


(maybe what I said was not clear. To be dully literal: I'm tired of complaints about "favorite whoring". If favorite whoring means good posts, then it's a good thing. If it means lame posts, then it will bring its own punishment of people making fun of the quality of the post. But whether someone wants favorites is irrelevant, and accusing them of "watering down" the supposed value of favorites is just counterproductive since it feeds into a focus on favorites. Which aren't worth focusing on, either as a thing to get or as a thing to be "judicious" about "awarding". Ugh. Who gives a damn about favorites.)
posted by LobsterMitten at 7:27 PM on October 30, 2007 [1 favorite]


The steamed veggie toppings thread is making me salivate all over again, as is What are some good sauces and marinades for fish?
posted by mediareport at 7:58 PM on October 30, 2007


prostyle's mushroom prep comment made the sidebar. The Please send me your best vegetarian broccoli recipes! is full of great stuff.
posted by mediareport at 8:01 PM on October 30, 2007


I am totally in favor of FeedMe.
posted by trip and a half at 8:38 PM on October 30, 2007


Itadakimas!
posted by Divine_Wino at 8:59 PM on October 30, 2007 [1 favorite]


Sandwich!
posted by Bookhouse at 9:43 PM on October 30, 2007


::drools::
posted by casarkos at 11:30 PM on October 30, 2007


What happened to cooking.metafilter.com or recipes.metafilter.com?
posted by tellurian at 11:38 PM on October 30, 2007


Matt coded you a cooking.metafilter.com but the server ated it.
posted by jacalata at 12:10 AM on October 31, 2007 [3 favorites]


Dude. EatMe. That's a great idea. I've actually been writing down recipes gleaned from AskMe on 3x5 index cards and putting them in my oil-splattered, smoke-befouled, Strawberry-Shortcake-emblazoned recipe box.

I wish I were kidding.
posted by BitterOldPunk at 12:26 AM on October 31, 2007 [1 favorite]


Here's a thread about grilled cheese sandwiches.
posted by painquale at 1:23 AM on October 31, 2007


I enjoyed the responses to my question about the world's worst foods.
posted by roofus at 2:17 AM on October 31, 2007


I just added these to my favs in the past days/ weeks/ month:

Good recipes with fewest possible ingredients.
What are the best minimal (2-6) ingredient recipes you have?
,

Tips for making pan sauces,

I hate cooking. I hate cooking. I really, really, really hate cooking. I need to learn how to love it.,

steak grilling techniques

help me make soups,

stews?,

some nonsense 'bout aigs,

omg! BROILER!


et cetera. I have more, but this is just a sampling. We really ought to do a cookbook. We could devote entire chapters to techniques alone, let alone recipes.
posted by exlotuseater at 3:12 AM on October 31, 2007


This dahl soup changed my world because before that, I always disliked anything with legumes in it.
posted by davar at 4:47 AM on October 31, 2007


I agree, there should be some kind of recipefilter thing on here. There's obviously interest... that lushy cupcake fpp I did was by far the most favorited thing I've ever posted. Although on second thought, that might not be because people like baking cupcakes, but rather because they enjoy partaking of alcohol. Lushes!
posted by miss lynnster at 6:54 AM on October 31, 2007


I'm an avid cook but I had never heard of velveting chicken until this answer to one of my questions. It's an absolutely fantastic technique, and seems almost magical in the way it changes the texture of protein.
posted by CunningLinguist at 7:09 AM on October 31, 2007


FeedMe ++
posted by DarlingBri at 8:08 AM on October 31, 2007


Most of the ones in this thread have been added to the EatMe page on the wiki and freshwater_pr0n and I have started some organizing. If people want to add things, especially good restaurants in various city threads, that would be super.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 8:15 AM on October 31, 2007


I'd link to my own food-related thread AskMe, but I just don't want any more favorites added to it. I have plenty, thanks.

Oh, okay, just because Jessamyn asked nicely and because it's for the wiki.
posted by desuetude at 8:16 AM on October 31, 2007


Best MeTa EVAR
posted by special-k at 11:41 AM on October 31, 2007


I'd buy a cookbook. It'd be an awesome way to raise money for MeFi.

But, more than that, I'd love to see a number of MeFi potlucks in various cities.
posted by scrump at 12:26 PM on October 31, 2007


I'd buy a cookbook. It'd be an awesome way to raise money for MeFi.

Seconding this.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 12:45 PM on October 31, 2007


I'd buy a cookbook.

Not to be a debbie downer or anything, but I'm pretty sure there are a shit ton of copies of the MeFiComp CD moldering away in storage somewhere, despite a vociferous "I would totally buy this" response in Metatalk.
posted by dersins at 12:57 PM on October 31, 2007 [1 favorite]


We could maybe use TasteBook? (Disclaimer: I just now heard about this site and have not checked it out thoroughly, or even superficially, since all the real information seems to be presented in video, and I don't have audio here in the office.)
posted by trip and a half at 1:58 PM on October 31, 2007

Not to be a debbie downer or anything, but I'm pretty sure there are a shit ton of copies of the MeFiComp CD moldering away in storage somewhere, despite a vociferous "I would totally buy this" response in Metatalk.
I'm pretty sure that's not the case at all. Cortex?

So, are you this much of a dick everywhere, or just in this thread?
posted by scrump at 2:36 PM on October 31, 2007


I love this stuff. One of my all time favourite posts to the blue is about food.
posted by sveskemus at 2:41 PM on October 31, 2007


are you this much of a dick everywhere, or just in this thread?

Pretty much everywhere. You too, I assume?

Of course, in this case I have the added advantage of being correct.
posted by dersins at 2:48 PM on October 31, 2007


Hey, dersins, good news: Here on the Internets there's this thingy where they can print a book especially for you right after you order it! Maybe we here at Metafilter could look into such a thing.
posted by GrammarMoses at 4:57 PM on October 31, 2007


AWESOME! FANTASTIC NEWS! WOULD THAT THERE HAD BEEN SUCH AN INCREDIBLE TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCE IN THE REALM OF CD MAKING!
posted by dersins at 5:07 PM on October 31, 2007


Oh wow, that wiki section is very useful. Thanks to everyone who got this started. I added my favorite soup thread.
posted by Tehanu at 7:38 PM on October 31, 2007


The MeFiComp CD issue had more to do with the volume discount we got for making more CDs than we might have made normally. We could take that into account if we made a cookbook -- or Lulu it or whatver -- and I like the fact that recipes aren't really an area where copyright is vigorously defended (what's the copyright deal with recipes again?).

dersins, as right as you were, your subtle use of the subjunctive completely nullifies the OMG CRAZEE you were looking for with your allcaps retort. Please try harder with your lowbrow sarcasm next time.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 7:56 PM on October 31, 2007


I think you have to alter the original recipe in some substantial way if it's been published before. I think it's technically ok if you describe the process in your own words and have altered the technique/ingredients to make something new; however, I notice some authors are now choosing to give credit to their original sources more carefully, even though they've changed the recipe. It always strikes me as a good gesture. I think there is a fuzzy middle ground, and I'm not sure how it relates to things like royalties though. I don't remember where I was reading about copyright issues. There was a specific example, I think.
posted by Tehanu at 8:28 PM on October 31, 2007


But, more than that, I'd love to see a number of MeFi potlucks in various cities.
posted by scrump at 3:26 PM on October 31 [+] [!]

I have seriously thought about doing this, as a matter of fact, I half-heartedly mentioned it recently over at Metachat. No takers, though. I would love to do a food-based meet-up, where we all brought our favorite dishes found on one of the metas. It would be mangiare-meta! Oba!
posted by msali at 8:29 PM on October 31, 2007


I was wrong about altering the ingredients. It seems you just need to describe the process in your own words. Barbara Fisher wrote two posts on the subject on Tigers & Strawberries. This is what I was half-remembering (from first link):

"Recipes are not completely covered in US copyright law. According to the law, one cannot copyright a list of ingredients; the only place where copyright comes into play in a recipe is in the way in which the author writes the methodology–the “how to” part of the recipe."

And she refers to a Washington Post article.
posted by Tehanu at 8:43 PM on October 31, 2007


here's my quick & easy potato recipes thread
posted by UbuRoivas at 8:50 PM on October 31, 2007


Okay. Got home through the Halloween crowds, and finally listened to the TasteBook thing. Not sure that's what we're after.

Carry on. But really, do carry on. I love this idea.
posted by trip and a half at 8:42 AM on November 1, 2007


There were some awesome recipes in my AskMe from a couple of months ago. I'm still working my way through all of them, but I've become nothing short of amazed at what can be done with noodles because of some of the comments there.
posted by quin at 9:38 AM on November 1, 2007


Will no one say a word for the chocolate cake thread?
Salads?
More salads?
Whole foods?
Also, that lemonade AskMe comment that I can't find that made half of Metafilter drool.

This is a great idea.
posted by bassjump at 11:04 AM on November 1, 2007


How to impress dinner guests .
posted by CunningLinguist at 12:59 PM on November 1, 2007




epunysterical!
posted by UbuRoivas at 1:50 PM on November 1, 2007 [1 favorite]


Also, that lemonade AskMe comment that I can't find that made half of Metafilter drool.

That's here, with a follow-up here.
posted by Elsa at 4:24 PM on November 1, 2007


I read the chocolate cake thread and now I'm on my way to the shops to buy ingredients.
posted by jacalata at 11:22 PM on November 1, 2007


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