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The Last Crawfish Boil

The Last Crawfish Boil

I grew up in Houston in the 1990s, when the city still had the Oilers football team and the glow of back-to-back NBA Championship titles. Then as now, Houston was the nation’s energy capital. Every year in early May, more than 50,000 conventioneers descended on the Astrodome for the Offshore Technology Conference, the largest oil and gas trade show in the world. One of those convention-goers was my father, a Taiwanese-turned-Texan mechanical engineer with a deep knowledge of the offshore drilling industry and a penchant for colorful stories. Dad had a weakness for steak, barbecue, and free food. During that first week in May, at any dinner hosted by any energy company anywhere, Dad would show up. And for the crawfish boils that happened the Sunday before the official conference kickoff, Dad dragged all of us along. READ MORE

How to Make Perfect Fish Tacos

How to Make Perfect Fish Tacos

The fish taco—battered and fried, cabbage-stuffed—might have originated in San Felipe, the Baja California gulf town south of Mexicali, or in Ensenada, a three-hour drive northwest to the Pacific. Nobody knows, not really. But while the fish taco's origins are obscure, its ubiquity is in no doubt. READ MORE

Mysterious Creature from the Deep, Grilled

Mysterious Creature from the Deep, Grilled

I love eating octopus: the chewy texture when it’s perfectly cooked, the way it resists and then submits to my teeth in every bite. But I have this fear of cooking octopus, a fear I’ll end up with a mass of unchewable rubber, and that my poor little sea friend will go to waste. READ MORE

7 Easy Pickles for Summer

We live in the era of the pickle: quick fridge, lacto-fermented, water-bath canned. If it can be put up in a jar, you can preserve it. So stock up on vinegar and sterilize your Mason jars—we checked in with June's Chowhound Home Cooking Dish of the Month and came away with these seven great recipes to get tangy with. READ MORE

Easy Slow Cooker Peach Crumble

Easy Slow Cooker Peach Crumble

This summer slow cooker dessert is yet another Alton Brown recipe I had to try. I adjusted by adding extra flour and oats, and used fresh peaches. READ MORE

French Recipes for a Bastille Day Picnic

French Recipes for a Bastille Day Picnic

Now that the Fourth of July is behind us, it’s time to gear up for 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

Slow Cooker Party Mix

Slow Cooker Party Mix

This one is easy, but it takes some mindfulness in order to prevent the mix from burning and allowing it to dry out evenly. Remember to keep stirring every 30 minutes! The cracker mix and ratio is up for discussion. READ MORE

Best 4th of July Recipes

Best 4th of July Recipes

Somehow, the official start of summer and the longest day of the year have already come and gone. Take advantage of the outdoors before summer slips away! Whether you're planning a picnic in the park, a backyard barbecue, or a rooftop dinner party, we’ve got recipes to fuel your next alfresco gathering. First up: the Fourth of July. READ MORE

Potato Salad: How Long Can It Stay at Room Temp?

A lot of us already know that, on its own, commercial mayonnaise poses no threat of food poisoning when kept at room temperature (although it may get a funky flavor you probably want to avoid). But when mayo, a perfectly good kid in his own right, starts hanging out with troublemakers (cross-contaminated or low-acid foods), the likelihood that he will toilet-paper your house (cause food poisoning) is pretty high. READ MORE

Fresh Cherry Hot Sauce Is Spicy-Sweet and Smoky

Fresh Cherry Hot Sauce Is Spicy-Sweet and Smoky

I wanted to do a fresh version of the Cherry Bomb Hot Sauce I made last year, when cherries were out of season (it calls for bottled juice). So I’ve been waiting. But now in California, fresh, sweet cherries are at their peak. READ MORE