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French Recipes for a Bastille Day Picnic

French Recipes for a Bastille Day Picnic

We have a love affair with France's creamy and crumbly cheeses, crusty baguettes with their soft centers, and swoon-worthy fragrant sauces. So we hardly need another reason to make some tantalizing French food, but come July 14, we have one: France’s Independence Day celebration, Bastille Day. Also known as (the 14th of July) and (the national celebration) in Francophone countries, this day commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution, and is a great excuse to pack up a French-inspired picnic. READ MORE

When Should You Use the Lid on Your Grill?

When Should You Use the Lid on Your Grill?

It's not and open-and-shut case. When cooking on an outdoor grill, the decision to keep the lid open or to close it depends on what you're grilling, how you're cooking it, and what kind of grill you use. READ MORE

Why You Should Definitely Cook Bacon in the Oven

Why You Should Definitely Cook Bacon in the Oven

There’s something nice and nostalgic about bacon sizzling in an iron pan on the stovetop, isn’t there? Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but that nostalgia is a farce. This isn’t an argument against cast iron pans per se, because there are many things that cast iron pans are good at doing (hello, perfectly seared steaks). But if you want bacon that crisps and cooks evenly, you’re better off sticking it in the oven. READ MORE

How to Prepare a Winter Squash

How to Prepare a Winter Squash

So that it's easy to peel, easy to cut. WATCH THE VIDEO

The Ultimate Slow Cooker BBQ Beef Sandwiches, Plus 5 Other Great Beef Recipes

The Ultimate Slow Cooker BBQ Beef Sandwiches, Plus 5 Other Great Beef Recipes

Certain cuts of beef—hard-working ones, with lots of beefy flavor, that take a lot of simmering to get tender—were practically made for the slow cooker. Brisket, chuck, and other traditional pot-roast cuts—even plain old ground chuck—are never better than after 4 or 5 hours at a slow, gentle simmer in the crock pot. Here are 6 of our all-time beefy favorites. READ MORE

Spicy Chicken Taco Menu for Slow Cooker Sunday

Spicy Chicken Taco Menu for Slow Cooker Sunday

Ah, the crock pot—you can pile things in, turn it on low, program time and temp, and deal with the dozen things you need to accomplish even before you set foot in the office. Or, you can use the slow cooker as a weekend enhancement: same piling stuff in and setting to low, same freedom to walk away while it produces something amazing. Only, instead of rushing, you’re free to make a fully fleshed-out family supper. Behold, a four-dish dinner with a delicious slow-cooker chicken taco center, bolstered by Mexican-style corn, beer-braised beans, and slice-and-bake cookies. READ MORE

Is It OK to Leave Butter on the Kitchen Counter?

Is It OK to Leave Butter on the Kitchen Counter?

A Chowhound finds out that two friends keep butter out on the kitchen counter, not in the refrigerator. So SIMIHOUND posed the question to fellow 'hounds: Is this a common practice? And how long does room-temp butter last before it goes rancid? READ MORE

3 Ways to Build a Healthier Baked Potato

3 Ways to Build a Healthier Baked Potato

Butter, shredded cheese, sour cream, and crispy bacon bits are so last month. Check out this trio of healthy alternatives for the traditional high-calorie, low-nutrition spud. READ MORE

9 Recipes That Celebrate Polenta

9 Recipes That Celebrate Polenta

Polenta is the home cook’s ultimate vehicle for versatility—it’s a side, a baking ingredient, a canvas for other flavors. Check out these nine variations that argue, collectively, why your pantry should never be without a bag. READ MORE

8 Essential Pound Cake Recipes

8 Essential Pound Cake Recipes

You know it, you love it, you've nibbled it at showers and bar mitzvahs. Pound cake is amazing, perfect for dessert or breakfast, always impeccably moist, and you can jazz it up in many different ways—including baking it in a Bundt pan and using it as a vehicle for other flavors. Behold, some of our favorites. READ MORE