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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 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 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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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 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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Uses for stale bread?

Community wiki question. I'd like to compile an index of uses for stale bread. Here's a couple off the top of my head. Feel free to just go ahead and edit this list: Panzanella salad (with tomatoes, ...
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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 do you do with left over tomato paste?

I sometimes make sauces that use tomato paste. The problem is that usually I need only one or two tablespoons and I don't know what to do with the rest of the can. The smallest can I could find is 6 ...
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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 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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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Uses of Horse Meat

What (roughly) does horse meat taste like? What kind of dishes can I make with it?
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What can I make with the broken corn chips at the bottom of the bag?

Once I've eaten all the biggish chips with salsa, there are a bunch of small-to-crumb sized corn chips left. I always think I'll eat them plain later, but I happen to want more salsa now...and they ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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What can I do with extra sourdough starter?

I recently made a sourdough starter from wild yeast, but the process I followed for making it resulted in a lot of starter. Instead of throwing it away I'd like to use it, and then once it gets down ...
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What can I do with apple peel?

I made an apple pie the other day and peeled 6 or so apples. I ended up composting the peelings, and it got me wondering, what else could I have done with them?
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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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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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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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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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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 to use spare jalapeños?

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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Culinary uses for bolted lettuce?

Does anyone have a culinary use for a lettuce which has bolted? Or do I throw it away? Bolting being what gardeners call that moment when your lovely full bodied lettuce suddenly shoots skywards, in ...
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What to dip in cheese fondue besides bread and fruit? [closed]

Already having the standard apples, pears and crusty bread I am looking for other things that could be dipped into fondue. My intention would be to have this as a complete light meal, and I do not ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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, ...