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?
A question asking how to use a specific ingredient is obviously about cooking, but it may not always be appropriate for a question and answer site.
In particular, when the ingredient in question is something commonly found and there are many possible uses involving it, then it will probably solicit a lot of answers, and questions which have lots of answers are not very useful (see this answer for why that is).
There are also an unlimited number of 'Uses of X' questions about common ingredients. We have to consider what would happen if we started to allow 'What are some uses for onions?' and 'What are some uses for chicken?'. Where would it end? These questions are recipe swap questions in disguise. And those are not allowed.
When the ingredient in question is rare or unusual then it will probably get fewer answers, which is generally preferable, and which will probably be more informative to people.
This implies that we will have to make a decision about which 'Uses for X' questions should be allowed and which should be considered Off Topic.
There are some guidelines both for asking and answering these sorts of questions.
When asking a question of this sort we should try and restrict the ingredients to:
When answering questions of this form we should consider:
So if you have a question of this form, go through this check list before asking it or it is likely to be closed.
Additional advice for people who have had a question closed and been referred to these guidelines:
If you are looking for information on how to use a common ingredient, please see the following question: