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Should “I need a recipe for X?” questions be off-topic?

First discussed when the site was proposed: What's a good recipe for <insert some dish>? I believe that allowing recipe exchanges in a professional Q&A site would be a huge mistake. The "low-...
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What types of recipe questions are allowed?

I'm confused by the distinction being made between "recipe swapping" and "recipe comprehension/improvement/repairs". Why are some recipe questions allowed but not others? Aren't they all about ...
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Can I ask about how to use a specific ingredient? (AKA: Culinary Uses Guidelines)

I have an ingredient that I'm not sure what to do with, can I ask how to use it? Can I ask for recipes including it?
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Is this cooking-adjacent question on-topic?

Is Which killing method of the lobster would cause the least pain and distress? on topic? It's clearly related to cooking, but: the subject matter is far from normal cooking expertise (actually ...
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Migrating questions to and from coffee.stackexchange.com

Corresponding post on coffee: https://coffee.meta.stackexchange.com/q/1169/230 https://coffee.stackexchange.com/ has now been in beta for nearly a year and while they're still pretty small, questions ...
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Staying on topic

I recently answered this question about crushing coffee beans. My final suggestion was to use a hammer, and I added a picture of MC Hammer for a little levity. A user edited out both hammer pictures ...
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Should “general reference” questions be asked and answered here?

For some background on the broader topic, see: Are questions that are easily answered with Google appropriate for the site? This is essentially a smaller subset of that. I want to state for the ...
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What types of sourcing questions should be allowed? (Revisit: March 2013 — Please read again)

I have edited this question to bring it to the top of the meta-SA list, because it never seems to have come to consensus, and is relevant again (March 2013). We have had two sourcing questions lately:...
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Are questions about raw food on-topic?

Are questions about raw food on-topic? As based on the domain prefix (cooking), the site looks like it's only about the cooking.
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What should our FAQ contain?

Since this is one of the 7 Essential Meta Questions of Every Beta... What should go in our FAQ? Most of the FAQ is boilerplate, but we need to determine the on-topic and off-topic subjects that go ...
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Discussion: Should “Plant identification” questions be acceptable here?

Very infrequently we get requests from users to identify whether a plant is a specific edible plant. Most recently, this question: https://cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/63379/iis-this-mint-...
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Anthropology versus Culinary questions

Jefromi proposes in the commentary to: Is there a tradition where eating something sweet before something savory is the norm? that I would tend to say that food history is a reasonable question ...
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Where do we draw the line on culinary uses questions?

Long ago, we decided that recipe requests were considered off topic as they are not objective, do not promote "expert" answers, and are highly susceptible to "me too" answers. However, there is a ...
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Are we about serving, or just cooking/food preparation?

I think that we've been ignoring the elephant in the room. Underlying all of the current arguments about the inclusion of alcohol- and beverage-related questions (which, IMO, don't seem to be ...
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Do we need a NPOV policy for statements around health/diet/nutrition?

Another issue has come up lately that is concerning to me and I'd like to get some feedback from the community on whether this is something we need to nip in the bud or if I'm just overreacting. ...
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What makes a great menu planning question?

This question is partly in response to Joe's recent discussion about the closure of a hiking question, but I have no axe to grind here, I just think it would help to put our heads together and try to ...
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Question about gas grill flame issues — on-topic?

I have a gas grill where the flame is strong and the right color but sputters and puffs randomly. I suspect asking for advice on what's wrong would be off-topic since it's not really cooking-related.....
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Recent “what is a good snack for ____?” questions

I've noticed a recent uptick in questions fitting this format in the past few days. Most have been closed (one I can't find), and the others are on their way to closure. Examples: https://cooking....
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What are the guidelines for questions about nutrition / nutritional content?

The FAQ states that 'General health and diet issue (e.g. "Is cauliflower healthy?")' questions are off-topic. This answer backs that up. This question (Google's cache for non-10K folks) about ...
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Would a question regarding making homemade pet (kitten/cat) food be considered off-topic?

After recently acquiring a kitten and buying kitten food, I looked at the ingredients and was pretty grossed out at what it actually listed. Would I be able to ask a question pertaining to how to ...
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Shouldn't we ease up a bit on the “Should xxx be allowed?” metas?

I've been a little disturbed at the amount of questions being asked that fall into this format. The one that really "pushed me over the edge" (the edge of making a comment about it; I'm not raging :) ...
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Are “how to use up a lot of [x] ingredient” questions on-topic?

I can't seem to find any guidelines on this, but I seem to recall seeing a few questions back in the early days of the "I just came into a large quantity of [x]. How do I use it up?" ilk. Are those ...
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Are “how can I modify my recipe to achieve X” questions off-topic?

I have a recipe that I want to modify to make it more fluffy/modify the flavors of, and I'm curious whether the modifications I plan to attempt will have my desired effect. I'm worried, however, that ...
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Are questions about short-term effects of food on your body on-topic?

We definitely do not allow questions about long-term effects of food on your body (aka health and nutrition), for a lot of very good reasons - notably, the science is often very unclear, so they tend ...
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Is asking to identify a food from a picture on-topic?

Here on the Black Sea in Romania people are eating a shellfish called in Romanian "rapane" which they translate as "oyster". But they are elongated spiral shells which to me look nothing like the ...
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Is “when should I pick/harvest X” on topic?

I'm asking mainly because of https://cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/69381/what-is-the-ideal-age-for-cooking-with-hostas I've read that hostas can be fibrous, and stringy when they get to old, ...
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Are hospitality industry questions on-topic here?

I just started an Area 51 proposal for people working in the hospitality industry and I was wondering if questions dealing with restaurant management, menu balancing, food cost, and so on were already ...
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Something strange and is the scope of the site to narrow?

First up, I don't understand why people closed How to make Salad Olivier? [closed] A how to question, yet allowed: How to make large clear ice cubes How do you make General Tso’s chicken as ...
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Are questions about equipment off topic?

There have been a few questions about knives, and these seem on topic but a question about an ice cream maker part, is this on or off topic? and for what reason?
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Are questions about kitchen safety on topic?

I'll admit, this is spurred by the fact that I burned my hand yesterday while cooking. But there are common cooking situations that relate to kitchen safety -- dealing with burns and cuts, how to ...
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How close to asking about chemistry can I get while remaining on-topic?

I want to ask a question like this: Raffinose is a sugar found in legumes that is indigestible by humans. Which is great, because I'm looking for a sweetener that 1) won't raise blood sugar and 2) ...
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“What should i cook” type questions

Yesterday, this question was asked: How can I create a varied (or at least tasty) menu for a 12 day hike whilst using as few ingredients as possible? It was closed by a moderator, with the comment: ...
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Can we take questions about sous vide time/temperature?

Today we got this question about sous vide pork belly where the OP has explicitly said they're not looking for recipes, just times/temperatures. Of course, times/temperatures are often given as part ...
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What are our thoughts on questions asking for the laws as they relate to cooking?

This generally applies to questions about the laws as they relate to food preparation in commercial kitchens (e.g. restaurants). Here's a recent one: UK laws regarding consumption of food or beverages ...
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How much science happens on this site

I'm trying to gauge what the ratio of "in my experience, _____" and "According to _____, ________" is on this site. For example, rpg.stackexchange bans "in my experience, ______" answers. Food ...
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Are questions about food presentation and table setting on- or off- topic?

I wanted to ask a question about how to present a steak at a dinner we are hosting tonight for another couple. (This fancy dinner thing is new to me and we're trying out the new settings we got from ...
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What types of equipment questions are allowed?

I want to ask a question about kitchen equipment, which is listed as on-topic in the main FAQ. However, I noticed a few equipment questions being closed as off-topic. How do I know if I my (...
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Scope and/or tagging for “local ingredients” questions?

The following questions have been posted: Local special ingredients on Cape Cod (tagged local, recommendation; just posted) Ingredients: Danish local specials (tagged untagged, meaning original tags ...
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Should questions about serving (rather than cooking) food be allowed?

This is partially inspired by the fried egg question which was closed. The question is: do we want questions about food presentation, or even preparation final touches, to be considered off-topic? ...
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Are recipe requests ok if they are fundamental enough?

Some recipes seem to be so fundamental that there is an objective answer. For instance, How do I make a risotto base, How do I make caramel, What are the basics of a soufflé? This question about ...
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Should questions that have a list of answers be allowed?

I've recently asked a few questions which deliberately push the boundaries of what is acceptable on the site because I was hoping to get a few good examples of what might be useful off-topic questions....
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Should we allow basic measurement unit conversion questions?

I don't think that questions like What is the measurement of 1 cup? add value to the site. I don't even know why some people point others to heavy sites like Wolfram Alpha, when you can literally ...
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Is this equipment question off-topic?

Good (cheaper) alternative to Vitamix Blender I think this should be closed for several reasons, but want to get some feedback about this general "style" of question. First, it seems to fall in the ...
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I Voted to close this question. Do you agree?

https://cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/1020/whats-your-go-to-recipe I voted to close despite it's CW status because it was too chit-chatty. I think CW only indicates that there may be many right ...
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Can I ask about recipe modification or flavor pairings?

I have a question about modifying a recipe ("what can I add to X?") or flavor pairing ("what tastes good with X?" - can I ask it here? Note: this is a summary of "Should 'what can I add to X' ...
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Is this question on-topic?

This question struck me as very unusual when compared to our other questions: Does handling a lot of flour cause fingernails to break? (unedited title was simply "Bread baking fanatic") What does ...
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Why is “leftovers” a tag-synonym for “culinary-uses” if the description for culinary uses explicitly says it's not for leftovers?

DO NOT use for everyday ingredients, leftovers, etc - this is off topic. First (and only) tag that comes up if you type in "leftov."
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Restaurant mimicry questions allowed?

This is somewhat related to 'Should “I need a recipe for X?” questions be off-topic?'. The idea is, if I really like dish/sauce/etc at restaurant Y - is a question asking - 'what is the recipe for [...
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Are Questions About Appliance or Equipment Repair On Topic?

This question about ice maker repair seems off-topic to me. I went to check the FAQ, but it says the "equipment" questions are on topic. Does that include repair? That seems more appropriate for ...
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Are “How do I store x” type questions off topic?

There are a few questions cropping up about "how do I store x" or "how long can I keep x before it goes off" and whilst I think food preservation is interesting, I tend to think that these are off ...