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In which kind of food items can Asafoetida be used? [closed]

I have heard about the medical benefits of Asafoetida. I used it once in Brinjals (which while cooking contained only Ginger powder, Fennel powder, salt and red chilli powder). The addition of ...
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Is there any use to salmon heads and spines?

The fishmonger gave me a whole salmon rationed, and included the head and spine. I threw the head and spine away, but was wondering whether there is any culinary use for it. Normally in a fish stock, ...
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Culinary uses for hops

Hop flowers are primarily used to preserve and flavor beer. Now that hops are starting to ripen in the northern hemisphere, I'm wondering: are there any other uses for them in the kitchen?
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What to do with leftover egg whites? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How does one find recipes given an ingredient rather than the recipe name? I am a beginner cooker. I have just cooked Carbonara Pasta, and I'm left with three or four ...
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Culinary use for the green parts of lemongrass?

In most recipes/applications I've seen only the white part of lemongrass is used. Is there any culinary use for the upper/outer green parts?
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What are other uses for Vegemite or Marmite besides as a spread?

My Australian friend introduced toast with butter and vegemite to me. Recently I saw an episode of "Chopped" on the food network and one of the ingredients in the basket was Marmite. One of the ...
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What are some alternative uses for bread heels?

I often buy bread loaves at the store and use them for sandwiches, french toast, etc. I don't particularly like using the heels for those purposes though, because of the texture and taste - heels ...
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Uses for Old bread dough

I found some old bread dough that I had left, sealed in tupperware, in my fridge. It has a powerful fermented smell, but doesn't appear to be moldy or otherwise bad. Is there any use for this ...
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How to use spare jalapeños? [on hold]

I bought a pack of about 10 jalapeño peppers and will only use 1-2 of them to make salsa. What can I do with the rest so that I don't have to throw them away. At the price for the whole pack it's ...
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Ideas for using garlic scapes (other than in pesto)?

Does anyone have ideas for using garlic scapes? These are the green shoots that are the above-ground part of bulb garlic. Think of something a bit like a scallion in appearance, but thinner, firmer ...
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What is sumac used for?

A friend of mine told me she uses sumac (I am not sure she was teasing me, or what). Is sumac used in cuisine? If it is used, what is it used for?
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How would you use a lot of lemons?

We've got a lemon tree and an overabundance of lemons at the moment. Aside from lemonade, what should I do with them?
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Lemon Balm Uses

It's growing like a weed, and has a wonderful smell just wondering what I can use it for in the kitchen?
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Culinary uses for lavender

I have some lavender bushes in the garden. They last well and smell wonderful. I have always considered lavender a herb, but can't think how it is used in cooking. If people have any good recipes for ...
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What to do with old coffee beans?

I have several bags of quality coffee beans brought from Costa Rica. Their best before date is over a year ago. I just grinded and made a pot of coffee of them, and although it was drinkable, taste ...
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Uses for the Bulgarian/Balkan condiment “lutenitza”

I saw a jar of this condiment called 'liutenzia' on sale at the supermarket here in Los Angeles. The ingredients say that it has tomato paste, pepper paste, carrot paste, and spices. It looks/sounds ...
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How do I cook beetroot

I've just pulled some beetroot out of my garden. I've never cooked beetroot before so would love a few suggestions.
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Why do instructions for carving a chicken disregard the back?

Many instructions for carving a roast chicken don't mention doing anything with the meat on the back. For example, Mark Bittman in How to Cook Everything, describes how to cut the breast, leg, and ...
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Can I use tapioca pearls for thickening?

A friend of mine went shopping in an Asian market. I asked them to bring me tapioca starch. They brought me a package of small tapioca pearls. Is there any way to use the pearls as I would use the ...
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What to do with crumbled muffins?

I made some muffins that apparently didn't have enough liquid to stick together (perhaps substituting Greek yogurt for sour cream was not such a good idea, as that, butter, and an egg contributed the ...
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What actual effect does a Parmesean rind added to soup have?

The answers to this question state that adding a Parmesan rind to a cooking soup will add a cheesy flavor to the soup. How much flavor does a rind really add? Does it flavor the soup to a degree ...
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What can I do with a large amount of glacé cherries?

I accidentally bought 1 kg of glacé cherries instead of the dried cherries which I meant to buy. Aside from fruitcake, which I hate, is there anything I can do to use these up?
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Uses for fondue broth?

I had meat fondue last night: beef, chicken, and shrimp cooked in a simple vegetable broth at the table. When we were finished eating, the broth was thrown away. I could only help but wonder: are ...
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What can I do with Pork Butt Trimmings?

I bought about 6 lbs of pork butt, cooked that up and made awesome chili. Now I have about 1 lb or so of pork trimmings, the fat, mostly white in color. What can I do with this?
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what are some good Pecorino Romano combinations? (see food intolerances inside, please) [closed]

I bought this cheese thinking I'd be able to eat it straight, and I like the smell, but I can't stand the taste. So I'm thinking I should use combine it with something else. One combo that I ...
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Uses for juicer pulp

What do you do with juicer pulp? Does it still contain any flavor to make something out of it? How about vitamins?
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How can I use roses in cooking?

I have some very pungent roses in bloom at the moment, on smelling them my first thought was that they smelled like Turkish Delight. My Second thought that was it should be possible to use them in a ...
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Is sarsaparilla used in cooking?

I love the taste of sarsaparilla. It's a key flavor in root beer, and I know Aviation Gin has some in it, but I've never seen it used in a food. Are there any ways to cook with it?
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Culinary Uses for Wheat Grass Sprouts

Typically the only way I've found people consuming wheat grass sprouts is through juicing. Can this item be used in cooking, preferably as a main ingredient? (Please keep in mind that I'm vegan.)
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How can I use persimmons in a cooked dish?

I've recently had my first taste of a persimmon, having no idea how it tastes or how it should be eaten, I cut it into slices and ate it like an apple. It is a very interesting sweet taste, and ...
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Are there culinary uses for the water left from peeling almonds?

Is there a possible use for the water used for peeling almonds? (Throw the almonds in boiling water and let them soak for a couple of mins before peeling them: the water left is yellowish and almond ...
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What is maggiorana and how can I use it

Someone left me a jar of maggiorana and I have no clue what to do with it (other than pass it on to someone). Wikipedia says "marjoram is synonymous with oregano", but the stuff I have tastes and ...
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How should I use extra summer squash?

My CSA delivers me a lot of summer squash, more than I can actually find the time to cook in a week. Can I freeze the remainder in some way? Is there a quick recipe I should be making that stores ...
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What is a good recipe that uses a lot of evaporated and/or sweetened milk? [closed]

I have 60 oz of evaporated milk and don't know what to cook with it. I have found some recipes, but they only call for 12 oz to be used and I'm about to get another 36 oz. What is a good recipe (or ...
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What to do with tofu?

Last night I made a delicious vegetarian stromboli and was left with a lot of excess crumbled extra-firm tofu. It was the first time I have ever cooked with tofu, and as such I have no idea with what ...
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Would one use holy basil to make pesto sauce? Are there other culinary uses?

I got some holy basil seeds (via mail) from a guy on an internet forum. I planted them and they are growing nicely. They taste similar to thai basil. Would one use holy basil to make pesto sauce? Are ...
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Culinary uses for honeycomb?

On a whim, I bought real honeycomb (not the cookie type dessert) from a local shop. I tried eating it plain, but the wax makes it unpleasant and chewy. What can I do with it?
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What kind of dishes use fresh coriander fruits

I grew some cilantro in my garden and allowed some of it to go to seed. Most commonly, I've seen the seed pods dried and ground. Where I live at least, the fresh leaves are referred to as cilantro and ...
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What are some ways to prepare beet greens?

Back in my home country beets are only sold as the roots; in the US they're always sold with the leaves attached to them. I know how to use the roots, but what are some interesting uses for the ...
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Is there an application for soft cheese rinds?

When I melt soft cheese into something, I don't use the eatable rinds, because they ruin the whole texture. But sometimes the cheese is expensive (like DOC rawmilk camembert, or handmade gorgonzola), ...
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How can I make use of an underripe mango

I bought a mango this morning that seemed to be ripe; at least it was the ripest of the bunch. I'm somewhat acquainted with picking out red/green mangoes, but this was my first exposure to yellow ...
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What can I do with paprika jelly?

I've made paprika jelly before (combined with raspberry flavour), and I quite like the novel flavour. It kind of reminds me of chili chocolate, but more water based - in a sorbet over ice cream kind ...
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Uses of Horse Meat

What (roughly) does horse meat taste like? What kind of dishes can I make with it?
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Is methyl cellulose edible?

I blend methyl cellulose for cosmetic products (I use the fine powder). Is methyl cellulose edible? I want to make an edible gel without sugar; just stevia and fruit flavours.
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Uses for Radish and Turnip greens?

I just got a lovely bunch of radishes and turnips from the Farmer's market. Giant mass of greens included. Can I use the greens for anything aside from compost? Are they edible? Worthy of salads? ...
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What are some savory banana applications? [closed]

I have a lot of bananas, but I don't particularly like bananas. I would like to try using them, but I want to use them in a more savory application. I'm not looking to make a dessert or bread with ...
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How do I use up my canned tomato paste? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What do you do with left over tomato paste? I have many cans of tomato paste, and I just want to get some ideas about how to use them up.
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Culinary uses for juniper extract?

I bought some juniper extract for making bath stuff, and it doesn't seem to be very effective for this purpose. I have used juniper berries before, so I thought I might be able to use the extract for ...
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What are common/traditional uses for merguez? [closed]

I found today something new in the supermarket and decided to try it. They are called "traditional french merguez", and seem to be raw sausages made from lamb and beef, moderately spicy. I have no ...
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Uses for brewers/nutritional yeast?

I grew up putting this stuff on my popcorn and absolutely love it. I recently found out that you can also put it on salads that have a vinaigrette dressing and it's also delicious. Are there other ...