Where to find realistic faux food? at Ask Metafilter
Cashew Curry at 101 Cookbooks
How do I make white rice for one person? at Ask Metafilter
Salted Chocolate and Vanilla Bean Cookies at Joy the Baker
DIY vanilla extract at Chocolate&Zucchini
Splatgirl tried to recreate the McGriddle, complete with homemade maple syrup chips for the pancake buns.