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I've never been sure which index to find things in, so I've divided them into three, mutually exclusive indexes:

1. Stores - Places where you buy things - stores, mail order, online ordering, etc.

2. Items - The things that you buy inside of Stores, what do do with them, how to cook them, etc.

3. Thoughts - Any other Shopping and Cooking discussion not fitting into Stores or Items (this is where you are now - see the post below for the current index).


1. Where you buy things

2. Things that you buy

3. Everything else

These indexes were started by mktye and continued by leleboo - both of these members are responsible for helping to keep the community going, and should always be in your hearts and minds.

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(This is a work in progress, started on 12/25/15 - it will take a few months years decades to get things sorted out.)


What Are You Eating... For Breakfast (The Early-Morning, Polyphonic Food Blog) // From your Food Care Package from Home // Comfort Dishes, Guilty Pleasures, and Old Favorites // That Is Compulsive // That Requires Confession to a Priest // For DessertRight Now! //For Dinner (The Polyphonic Food Blog) // To Use Fall's Bounty // When It's Hot Out // When Stranded on a Desert Island, // Cooking For Your Kids // For Lunch (The Mid-Day, Polyphonic Food Blog) // At the Movies // Never (What Won't You Try?) // What? Parmesan Rinds? // At your Dinner Parties // When You Are Sick //  Instead of Having Sex //  When It's A Snow Day // That is Strange // To Use Summer's Bounty // That is Leftover from Thanksgiving

Active CookingWhat Are You Baking?What Are You Simmering?,Where Did You Learn to Cook?How Does a Newbie Start Cooking?To Whom Do You Owe Your Greatest Culinary Debt? // dr.com Cookbook Cooking Club // Why Do You Enjoy Cooking?Cool Stuff You MakeThings You Make that You Hate but Others LoveThings You Won't Cook Because They Make the House Smell AwfulThings You Love to Cook Because They Make the House Smell WonderfulHoliday Dishes You Wish Would Go AwayRecipe DealbreakersKitch and ClassicsUmami-est Thing You MakeMy Smoked TurduckenMost Intimidating Person You've Cooked ForFoods our Great-Grandparents Would RecognizeImprovisational CookingUtensil Mise-en-place?Losing Your AppetiteCooking with PMSCooking Under the Influence,

Debate/Opinion/Definitions: American Kurobuta PorkAnchovies in a Caesar Salad?Artisinal CheeseAsian Snack Food SmackdownBest Common Breakfast CerealsBest Fat for FryingBest (?) Frozen PizzaBruschetta // Calotte // Cheese for Mac and CheeseCheese for Omelettes // Chicken: Boneless or Boned, Butchered or Cleaved? // Chicken: Does Price Reflect Quality? // Chow FunCooked vs. Uncooked Country Ham // Cooking Well vs. Ability to Enjoy Restaurants // CouscousCraisins vs. CranberriesDifference in Taste between Kosher, Halal and Organic MeatsDim SumDry-Aged BeefDry-Brining a Turkey?Durum vs. Semolina // Halloween // Good Microwave Popcorn?How Much Should a Host Cater to Guests' Dietary Restrictions?Farm-Raised GameFavorite Food GiftsFavorite Cheese-Of-The-Month ClubsFavorite CheesesFavorite Part of the Fish?Favorite Varieties of Fruits and VeggiesFavorite Thanksgiving DishesFavorite Winter Holiday DishesFoods That Are Not The Same AnymoreFried Calamari: with or without lemon?Fruit or Vegetable?Guldens vs. Grey PouponHellman's vs. Miracle WhipKetchupLance Products SmackdownLocally Produced AquacultureMayo on Fries?Meatloaf vs. Country TerrineMexican vs. Persian vs. Key LimesMicrowaves: Good for Cooking?Montreal Seasoning // Foods that Should Not Be Paired// Neapolitan PizzaOrigin of The ReubenOystersPie Better than Cake?Preferred Whole-Grain PastaPronouncing GyroReusing CinnamonRoulade, Galantine, and Balantine: Which is Which? // Shrimp (Tail-On) // Softshell Crab SeasonSquid: How Chewy?Steak Sauce?Steaks from CostcoSupper ClubsSustainable AgricultureTater Tots: Awesome or Vile? // Tempering // Texas ToastThe Customer Is Always Right? // Things You Just Don't Like // Tipping in Retail Outlets in Restaurants(T)Rump SteaksTurning a Pastime into a ProfessionTuscan BreadUltimate Grocery Store? // Welsh Rarebit // What's with All the Foam?Wrapping Fish and ChipsZha Jiang Noodles

Worth It?Angus AngstCooking with AcornsCooking Chef Stand Mixer + Induction CookerFlavor SpraysFresh vs. Canned/BottledMake or Buy?PresentationSpecialty Ingredients

Food Safety: Best By DatesEating Vegetable Leaves and StemsThe Clean Cabinet ProjectDebating the Risk of Food PoisoningGround BeefHow to Reheat Food Correctly?HuitlacocheKeeping Sake for CookingKitchen MishapsMoldy BreadMoldy CheesePreserving Unpasteurized Apple CiderSafe? GrillingToo Long in the FreezerSpinachTasting Sensitivities vs. Fishy FishUndercooked Baked Goods?WaterWater Filtration OptionsWeird BeefWhen the Fridge is DeadWhen Vinegar Goes SouthYogurt at Room Temp

General: Worst Food InjuriesLosing WeightAbundanceKids in the KitchenThe One Thing You Want To Eat in a RestaurantSchool LunchesObtaining Items Not Readily Available to Home CooksGrocery BudgetsGrocery Store Pricing StrategiesBans and Tax on Plastic Grocery BagsLack of Local, Independent Food Specialty StoresHow to Be a LocavoreWretched Excess in the PantryWhat Did You Run Out Of? Wasting FoodSpending $50The Great Pumpkin Shortage of '09What to Do with SnowEntering Food ContestsRegional DelicaciesSmith Island CakeSpeculoos (ice cream, cookies, etc)Alden's Ice CreamJapanese Rice CandiesKeeping (and Cooking) KosherGroup Endeavor to Make Sausage/CharcuterieCarbon Monoxide to Color MeatCaffeine in CoffeeKeeping Pests AwayOrganic? The Bugs Say So!Weapons-Grade Foods"Super Yuca"Vietnamese Prepared FoodsPassive-Aggressive AppetizersKozy Shack PuddingsCopper Pot Company Jams Xin XimFruit Off a Nondescript TruckCheese PricesChicken Wing PricesOnline BargainsBad RecipesMaking Your Own CookbookGardening for BeginnersBadly Translated Recipes

Equipment: Equipment 911 -- Post your "What do I buy?" questions here!

Affordable Cookware for Second KitchenBig Green EggChallenge: Pick Anything From CalphalonChest FreezersChoosing Among Appliance StylesCleaning Iron SkilletsConvection OvensCookware for Glass/Ceramic-topped stovesDishwasher-Safe Nonstick CookwareDishwashersFood MillsGas RangesGeeky Kitchen ToolsGlass TeapotsGrills (Charcoal)Grills (Gas)Renting a GrillHumidity Controlled Refrigerator CrispersIKEA Kitchen CabinetsKitchen Carts // Kitchen Countertops // Kitchen RemodelingKnivesKnife SharpeningLe Creuset and Other Enameled Cast Iron PotsMinimal Essential CookwareOvensPot RacksReconditioning Cast IronReplacing ServewareRoasting PansSauté Pan: Essential?Seasoning Cast IronSide-Swipe Mixer BladeStoring Baking Pans in the OvenVitamixWine Racks

SpecialtyBean PotsBoiled Crab Serving PlateChef's ShoesChopsticksCoffee GrindersCoffee "Idiot Kit"Coffee MakersContainers for Storing Ice CreamDigital Probe ThermometersDeep FryersFiltered Carbonated Water SystemsFondue FuelHigh-Volume Coffee Makers (Industrial and Otherwise)Homemade Cold SmokerIce Cream MachinesKeeping Track of your RecipesKey Lime JuicerMandolinesMouli GratersRaclette GrillsReheating on a George Foreman Grill Reynold's Handi-Vac Rice CookersPizza Stones // Potatom Plants // Portable Induction BurnersPressure CookersPropane Tanks and RefillsSmall Bundt or Kugelhopf MoldStick BlendersStovetop SmokersTagineToaster OvensTortilla PressesUnitaskersWoks

Cuisines: Cultural Differences in FoodApicius and Roman CuisineRegional Italian CookingIndian CuisineBest Japanese Foods

Travel: Cookbook as a Traveling CompanionCooking VacationsField Trip Ideas

Misc.: Homemade Pet FoodNational Cake Show

Requests For Help and Ideas

Cooking Help: Cacio e Pepe // Doubling Roast Chicken Recipe // Fig Chutney // Keeping Frites for a Crowd WarmKeeping Waffles CrispGrinding Spices FinelyPouring Two Soups into One BowlKeller's Roast Rack of PorkHalf and Half CurdlingUnderdone CakeDefrosting Puff PastryTypes of Cheese for SearingGreen SoupPrepping Cookies in AdvanceChuck Roast (dry roasting?)Broken ForcemeatHeating Spiral-Sliced HamHard Cider from Scratch? // Reheating Pizza // How Not to Ruin QuicheFlour Substitutions in CakesParmagiano-Reggiano Rinds // Szechuan Boiled Fish // Tenderizing Already-Cooked MeatFreezing Fried RiceFixing Too-Bitter Soups

Menus: Dinner This Week?Feeding Babies and ToddlersNon-Refrigerated Lunch OptionsSide DishesAn Italian MenuMushroom Side Dishes for PicnicSide Dishes Away From HomeFood That will Travel 2+ HoursCooking for 10 in Cozumel, MexicoThanksgiving for TwoDinner Party IdeasCold Office BreakfastsSt. Patrick's Day MenuMardi Gras MenuBridal Shower/Cocktail Party MenuDebate-Watching Cocktail PartyBrunch for 60 with Only an Hour to PrepFood for New ParentsFamily DinnersAn All-Day Open HouseFood Kids Will LikeHigh School Sports Concession Stand

Special Occasion Cooking: Bridal Shower (15-20 People) // To Ring in the New YearChinese New YearLight Valentines DinnerPassoverEasterMemorial Day CookoutFourth of July // Thanksgiving // LatkesChristmas MealDessert at ChristmasWinter Holidays all-inclusiveHoliday BakingHomemade Holiday GiftsFood for Baby

Specialty Diets: Gluten-Free LivingGluten-Free ThanksgivingClear Liquid DietLow Iodine DietHeart Healthy

Misc.: Home-Based Food Business?Alternatives to Cough DropsIdentifying Mystery FruitCleaning Pots and PansSterilizing SpongesCaulk Gun as Pastry Bag

Cooking Classes & Tastings

DR.com: Cooking Club // Pasta Making & Tomato Sauce Tasting chez mdtMake your own Mozzarella by cjsadlerPasta Making Party chez porcupineCookbook Reading & Tasting Club

General: Cooking Classes in CT // Ethnic Recipes with Backstories // Tapas Cooking ClassesSmithsonian Resident Associate ClassesPersonalized Cooking LessonsKnife Skills ClassesSur La Table ClassesCulinAerie Cooking ClassesClass Recommendations?

Restaurant Specific: 2941CitronelleCharlie Palmer SteakMaestroIsabella'sRoberto Donna

Fun & Games

Fun with MeatFlour FightCooking with MonkeyCulinary CrosswordsCrackpot Culinary ConceptsThe Big EggWhat Kind of Cheese Are You?I Want One of Those! (aka The Cooking Gadget Thread)How I Bake BreadSourcing HydrogenBurger King Body Spray

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