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13 Common Cooking Mistakes to Avoid This Thanksgiving

13 Common Cooking Mistakes to Avoid This Thanksgiving

Hosting Thanksgiving dinner can be stressful even for seasoned experts. It’s a complex task that takes planning both in and out of the kitchen: how many guests will you have, do they have dietary restrictions, do they have other gatherings to attend, and do you have enough space at your table? Avoid common cooking mistakes to prevent a Thanksgiving day disaster. But remember: mistakes do happen. Whether you dropped the turkey or forgot to cook the rolls, Thanksgiving is mainly about spending time with loved ones. Stop worrying and enjoy the indulgence! READ MORE

15 Creative Contributions for Your 2016 Friendsgiving Feast

15 Creative Contributions for Your 2016 Friendsgiving Feast

Many friends, many relatives, many celebrations. Eating the same stuffing, canned cranberry sauce, and turkey legs at each event can get tiresome. Chowhound compiled a list of 15 contributions to inspire your creativity at this year’s Thanksgiving season, which often stretches to many weeks of indulgence. READ MORE

13 Halloween Treats All Grown Up

13 Halloween Treats All Grown Up

Whether you’re holding down the fort while the kids are trick-or-treating or having all your friends over for a celebration, you don’t need to settle for prepackaged sweets this Halloween. From smoking punch to delectable desserts, we’re all about homemade goodness and creative drinks to make this a memorable Halloween. READ MORE

The Best Fish Tacos in Los Angeles

The Best Fish Tacos in Los Angeles

Doesn’t matter if it’s on a paper plate in a supermarket parking lot or on hand-thrown ceramic in a high-style dining room, Los Angeles Chowhounds love a good fish taco. If the pescado and tortilla are fresh and the salsa’s full of flavor, no drive is too long—especially for one of these eight 'hound favorites, listed in alphabetical order: 1. BEST FISH TACO IN ENSENADA1650 N. Hillhurst Avenue, Los Angeles323-466-5552The $1.50 fish tacos and serve-yourself salsa counter at this thatch-roofed shack in Los Feliz draw crowds from all over. Radish relish, mango salsa, spicy guacamole, and pineapple salsa are just some of the options heaped high in large bowls over ice. Take your plate outside to dine on the comfy patio. READ MORE

10 New York Restaurants with Killer Lamb Chops

10 New York Restaurants with Killer Lamb Chops

Lamb chops travel well. The best-loved versions around New York, as chosen by Chowhounds, range across the globe in flavors, ingredients, and preparations. Garlic and rosemary, cumin and coconut, port and pine nuts, yogurt and curry spices—all play well with lamb and bring something memorable to the table. Here's a sampling of recent 'hound recommendations, listed alphabetically. 1. AI FIORIIn the Setai Fifth Avenue, 400 Fifth Avenue (between 36th and 37th streets), Manhattan 212-613-8660 In this luxe Italian treatment, lamb chops are dressed to kill in a crépinette coat of foie gras–lamb forcemeat and a sheer sheath of caul fat. Then they're roasted, braised, and finished with a lustrous lamb-stock glaze. 2. BYBLOS80 Madison Avenue (between E. 28th and 29th streets), Manhattan 212-687-0808Alluring Lebanese flavors—including a blend of spices that features cardamom and nutmeg—and a deftly timed turn on a charcoal grill set these lamb chops apart from the rest of the flock. READ MORE

The 10 Best Diner Breakfasts in Los Angeles

The 10 Best Diner Breakfasts in Los Angeles

There’s a time and place for a pricey brunch, but for classic American breakfasts you can't top LA’s diners. The menus may be sticky with syrup, the vinyl banquettes ratty, but the food is great, the prices fair, and the air has the whiff of nostalgia. Here in alphabetical order are 10 places Chowhounds in the Los Angeles area like to go to start the day. 1. HARBOR HOUSE16341 Pacific Coast Highway, Sunset Beach562-592-5404This seaside diner with a spin-off in Dana Point never closes, and since 1939, surfers, South Bay locals, and travelers on the PCH have been showing up at all hours to order from the huge menu. Save room for a slice of pie or a piece of cake. 2. HUGE TREE PASTRY423 N. Atlantic Boulevard, Suite 106, Monterey Park626-458-8689Neither as old or as well known as LA's iconic diners, Huge Tree is the place to go for Taiwanese breakfast staples like you tiao (fried donuts), sweet peanut rice milk, and baked sesame buns. A few dim sum items are available too, including fried turnip cake and xiao long bao. READ MORE

New York’s 10 Best Places for Pastrami

New York’s 10 Best Places for Pastrami

New Yorkers know their pastrami and aren't shy about telling you how to eat it: Add Russian dressing, a classic deli condiment. Forget Russian dressing; mustard's the only way to go. At Chowhound favorite Katz's (pictured), tip the counter guy a buck or two for a bigger, juicier portion. Tip Katz's counter guy or don't, you'll get the same meat either way. OK, so the 'hounds aren't in lockstep. But the back-and-forth is just part of a passionate, never-ending conversation that's also yielded the following pastrami recommendations, listed alphabetically. 1. DAVID'S BRISKET HOUSE533 Nostrand Avenue (between Atlantic Avenue and Herkimer Street), Brooklyn 718-789-1155 Enormous sandwiches of fatty, tender beef, mildly spiced yet full of flavor, are the ticket at this Bed-Stuy shop and its new Bay Ridge location. The namesake brisket rocks, too—get it with gravy. 2. JAY & LLOYD'S KOSHER DELI2718 Avenue U (between E. 27th and 28th streets), Brooklyn 718-891-5298Moist, delicious pastrami (as well as homey, oniony kasha varnishkes, among other old-world comforts) has made this Sheepshead Bay deli a neighborhood institution. READ MORE

8 Spots for Burmese Tea Leaf Salad in the San Francisco Bay Area

8 Spots for Burmese Tea Leaf Salad in the San Francisco Bay Area

Tea leaf salad is a pungent, crunchy bite of Burma, where some consider it the national dish. Order a tea leaf salad and you get a platter of fermented tea leaves (they look like dark, oily pesto) and an array of accompaniments that can include garlic, dried shrimp, peanuts, seeds, sliced jalapeños, cherry tomatoes, and split peas, spritzed with lemon and tossed at the table. Sometimes the leaves are cut with cabbage or lettuce—Chowhounds disagree about whether this is heresy, but they do reach a consensus on the best places in the SF Bay Area to score tea leaf salad. Here, in alphabetical order, are the tea leaf salads Chowhounds are buzzing over. 1. BROTHER’S KITCHEN3000 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland 510-371-8786 The deep, earthy flavor of the tea leaf blend at this Oakland restaurant is "heavenly," says one Chowhound user. READ MORE

6 Places to Wallow in LA’s New Meat Cuisine

6 Places to Wallow in LA’s New Meat Cuisine

Famous for power lunches of sushi and plankton water, LA has gone all lusty at the table. From the memorable foie gras dinners before the California ban took hold, to a pastrami revival and regular nose-to-tail feasts at bistros, Angelenos can’t seem to get enough flesh (Los Angeles Times food critic Jonathan Gold calls it "transgressive eating"). Here—listed alphabetically, not by ranking—are six restaurants where Chowhounds enjoy LA's suddenly dominant meat cuisine, a diverse collection where the arts of curing, braising, and smoking are on full display. Leave your LDL worries at the door and mingle with the beautiful carnivores. 1. ANIMAL435 N. Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles323-782-9225Culinary school buddies Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo opened Animal five years ago and have won national attention for their meat-handling skills. Menu items rotate, but if bone marrow (pictured), chicken liver toasts, or oxtail poutine is available, go for any or all. Oh, and don't be afraid to order a salad or a vegetable dish, for the fiber. “They have as deft a hand with produce as they do with protein,” djquinnc says. READ MORE

New York’s Best Cuban Sandwiches

New York’s Best Cuban Sandwiches

The Cuban sandwich isn't quite an endangered species in New York, though the neighborhoods where it once flourished—from South Brooklyn to the Lower East Side—have changed almost beyond recognition. Yet plenty of folks in this town haven't forgotten how to layer slow-roasted pork with ham, Swiss, and pickles, season it with citrusy, garlicky mojo, and press it between two slices of light Cuban-style bread. Here's an alphabetical list of some of Chowhounds' best-loved Cubanos: 1. THE CANNIBAL113 E. 29th Street (between Park and Lexington avenues), Manhattan 212-686-5480Roasted pig's head and top-shelf ingredients like Vermont ham and Gruyère fill this upmarket Cuban sandwich. 2. CIBAO RESTAURANT72 Clinton Street (at Rivington Street), Manhattan 212-228-0703 This homey Latin survivor, just down the block from molecular-gastronomy lab WD-50, turns out a fine budget Cubano (pictured)—with a lagniappe of crispy skin, if you like. READ MORE

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