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What can I do with a lot of sage?

We have this sage plant and it's grown into gigantic monster which is consuming my herb patch. I'm going to attack it with gusto and will have lots of sage to do something with. Last year we made a ...
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unused drink packets

So I have a lot of those drink packets that you just add into a bottle of water and shake. It's pretty much adult kool-aid. A while ago my wife and I went a little overboard and bought way too many, ...
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Can you eat the seeds of Tamarind if you roast them or boil them?

I just bought some fresh Tamarind & was told that I can eat the Tamarind seeds. Are they really edible? How would I prepare them if so?
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Uses for Kimchi [closed]

I bought some kimchi from the local oriental market for a dish I prepared (bibimbap), but the smallest container they had was a quart, so I have maybe ~90% of it left. Besides using it in stir-fry, ...
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What can I do with frozen eggs?

Although a previous question asks if raw eggs can be frozen, my eggs froze, in the shell, because the chicken coop into which they were delivered was very cold last week. I thawed the eggs, and they ...
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What can I do with a large amount of dried cilantro?

My husband came home from America and proudly Presented me with about 4 cups worth of dried cilantro he bought from pensey's spices. I do love pensey's, but I don't see how coming from pensey's can ...
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What is the best way to reheat leftover grilled fish?

I have rarely (if ever) looked forward to eating leftover grilled fish. What is the best technique to reheat the fish so that it has the best flavor and texture? I understand that some of the ...
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Can I use rhubarb without tons of sugar?

My yard is crawling with rhubarb, a hardy perennial that comes back every year in greater numbers. As far as I can tell, recipes usually involve a pie or jam with gratuitous amounts of sugar to wash ...
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Where can I buy rose petals that are safe for human consumption?

I'd like to make a rose petal jam, which requires roughly 14-16 ounces of rose petals. However, I've been warned to not buy roses from florists, due to potential pesticide issues from roses sold for ...
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The whey of mozzarella or tofu

Mozzarella, tofu come with a liquid, I think is whey. Is it useful in any way? has this any culinary value?
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Can yeast be used as a main ingredient?

Yeast is a fungus. We eat other fungi like mushrooms. I love the taste of bread yeast (although it's a bit expensive to make a full meal out of compared with other ingredients). I know that live ...
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What is chickpea flour used for?

I bought a bag of chickpea flour once thinking (erroneously) that I could use it to make hummus. I've since bought dried chickpeas and made hummus the "right" way... but now I have no idea what to do ...
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What to do with unused scallops' roe?

I just prepared my first scallop dish. The recipe instructed to remove roe (the orange part) before searing, as it cooks much faster than the rest of a scallop. As this was my first try, I ended up ...
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What is the purpose of vermouth in potato leek soup?

I have taken elements of a number of different recipes and have developed my own recipe for potato leek soup. The ingredients are: Potatos Leeks Vegetable and chicken stock Butter Garlic Heavy ...
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What can I do with a lot of bay leaves?

I have a bay tree, and it's far too big. If I cut it back, I think I'll have around 40 pounds of bay leaves (and I'll still have a bay tree). It seems like a waste to throw all those bay leaves away. ...
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How to store / what to do with leftovers from Ayurvedic ginger & tumeric cold/flu drink?

I've made an Ayurvedic drink for a cold/flu (though I adapted it to my tastes) - minced ginger and turmeric brought to a boil over medium high heat then simmered till it turns a dark amber color. ...
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What to do with home made Kefir?

I have been making Kefir at home for a month now, and it has become very easy to make larger and larger quantities. I usually just drink it, or strain it and spread it on bread. Would any of you want ...
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Are the leftovers from making stock good for anything?

Having made stock and strained it, can the meat and vegetables boiled up in the stock be used for anything, or should they go in the bin?
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What is a good use for lots of fresh cilantro?

I have a few recipes I like to make which call for fresh cilantro, but when I buy it at the store it's usually in large bunches and I have a ton left over. What's a good use for the leftovers?
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What uses are there for basil flowers?

I have tons of basil in my herb spiral. However, this stuff is precious, and I always feel bad when I throw away the basil flowers when I make pesto sauce. Is there a way to use the basil flowers ...
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What to do with leftover crumb topping? [closed]

After making an apple crostata, I was left with a lot of leftover crumb topping. The topping is delicious and I could eat it by itself ;) But since it includes raw flour, I'd rather find a more ...
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Reheating homemade meal

About 1 week ago I made 2 of the same meal and froze one of them to eat at a later date. Both were cooked in the oven. I was wondering if it is possible to reheat the second meal straight from the ...
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What to do with browned butter after frying a steak

I have cooked a steak Gordon Ramsay style (oil, butter, thyme and garlic). Now after I have prepared and seared the steak, what can I do with the remainders in the pan? Its brown butter with the ...
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What is the best way to re-serve day old meat balls?

I've noticed that meatballs are one type of food that often tastes much better the next day. So whenever I make meatballs, I make lots of extras and put them in my fridge to allow the flavors to ...
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How can I reheat coffee without imparting bad flavor?

I have a carafe of coffee brewed today that is still mostly full, and I would like to serve it tomorrow. How can I reheat it without negatively impacting the flavor?
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Are there any savoury dishes using matcha tea?

I know that you can use matcha powder in a similar way to chocolate in sweet foods but are there any savoury dishes you can make with it?
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What is a “roux” and what are its uses?

I've had excellent Macaroni and Cheese that I was told was made with a "roux." What exactly is a roux, when is it used and what are the benefits of using it versus other cooking methods?
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What to do with leftover whey from vinegar-based cheese preparation

Whey is a valuable protein-rich by-product of cheese preparation. There are many advises for using whey came out of cheese preparation by culture. However, the whey produced after cheese preparation ...
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What can I do with leftover wine?

We don't really drink wine in our house, so we only ever buy a bottle for cooking. Typically whatever meal we have made requires ~1/2 bottle. How can I incorporate the rest of this wine into some ...
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Good uses for leftover Bechamel?

I guess it's technically a Mornay, it has Parmesan and Fontina. I've got about 1 1/2 cups in my fridge. Refrigerated it's solid enough to hold a knife vertically, when it was warm it was just barely ...
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What can I do with shredded wheat shreds?

At the bottom of the box of shredded wheat squares, there's quite a bit of 'loose' shredded wheat; it used to be in cereal form and is now just loose. What interesting recipes or dish modifications ...
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In what kinds of dishes is asafoetida traditionally used?

A friend recently gave me a small jar of asafoetida without telling me how to use it (or that it smelled horrible). In my googling, all I've been able to find out so far is that it's the dried sap of ...
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Is there any way to use oversized okra?

I accidentally let some of my okra grow much too large. It's about six inches long, and I've heard that it's inedible at this size--per this video it should be 2 1/2" to 3". Is there any way to ...
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What can be done with Norwegian brown cheese Brunost other than a sandwich?

Some years ago I tried Norwegian brown cheese Brunost. I am aware that technically it is not cheese and it is brown and very sweet due to caramelized milk sugar. I was wondering - is there any other ...
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What can a half-ripe jackfruit be used for?

We got a (fresh) jackfruit that was not so ripe... somewhat bland, not very tender and not enjoyable. My question is: What should I cook with it? I cooked it like I would a green jackfruit, but ...
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Should I keep the meat boiled off of bones when making beef broth?

I am making a simple beef stock from the leftover bones from a New York cut roast beef. Beyond adding a mirepoix and boiling the bones for three hours I'm not doing anything special. When I make stock ...
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What is “Fish Sauce” typically used for?

A while ago I bought "Fish Sauce" for a recipe (that I've long forgotten) and ended up not using it. Now we don't know what to use it for because none of the Asian cuisine recipes we come across seems ...
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What are some good uses for Lemon Basil?

When putting in the garden this year, I planted a Lemon Basil plant along with the usual Sweet Basil. For the most part, I have been combining it with the Sweet Basil to make pesto, various ...
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What can I do with a bunch of onions? [closed]

I accidentally bought two huge bags of onions. What can I do with them before they spoil?
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Is it possible to turn old tomatoes into flour?

I saw a recipe that employed Tomato Flour - how do you turn tomatoes into flour?
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How do I get the butter out of my chocolate fondue?

In my chocolate fondue, I used butter to help it melt smoothly. Now, after the meal, I want to use the left over chocolate. There is a slight sheen of oil on the chocolate and, in the refrigerator, ...
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What are some different ways of preparing flax seeds?

I recently got to know the nutritious value of flax seeds.What characteristics of these seeds should I know about and how can I incorporate them into my cooking?
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What else can I do with fresh Ginger? [closed]

I always have some fresh ginger root in my fridge: I love to add some grated ginger in my sauces and dips. But the amount of ginger in my recipes is so small that every two weeks I find myself ...
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How should one go about reheating pasta?

Ok, so, I know the answer, "You shouldn't, because it's easy to make it fresh." But on occasion, I end up making too much pasta, not having enough sauce, etc. and the pasta gets stowed in a ...
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What can you make with egg whites? [closed]

Quite often I have a small bowl of egg whites left over after separation from their yolks. Rather than throw these away, what other culinary uses could I put them to? I have some Crème Brûlée ...
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How to prepare Stevia leaves for consumption?

I have a Stevia plant growing on my deck and I'd love to use it in a recipe. Does anyone know a way to use Stevia leaves?
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What do I do with a kohlrabi?

I've recieved several kohlrabi from my CSA, and I have no idea what to do with them. I found a recipe for a curry using kohlrabi, but it wasn't great. Does anyone have suggestions on how to get the ...
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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?