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Nigella Seeds and How to Use Them

Nigella seeds () are flavorful and jet black. They're known variously as charnushka, black onion seeds, and kalonji, says beachmouse, and ... READ MORE

Overheard on the General Topics Board

- JMF - seamunky on the production of fish sauce - smaki on enhancing store-bought (or homemade) pickles ... READ MORE

Braving Bird’s Nest Soup

Bird's nest soup is a Chinese delicacy made from the fragile nests of swifts. "The main ingredient is bird saliva," says gourmaniac, and the nests are very expensive, in part because they must be hand-collected from nesting sites and picked over to remove impurities. kobuta has seen unappetizing bits of feather, twigs, and "lord knows what else" in bird's nests, which is why they must be soaked and washed before being used in soup or other dishes. READ MORE

How to Cook Kamut

Kamut is an ancient grain: an early, large-grained form of wheat. Number loves it in whole-grain form, saying it's "filling and textural... READ MORE

Chinese Salt and Pepper Dishes Aren’t Dull

In Chinese and Chinese-influenced cuisines, menus commonly feature boring-sounding dishes like "salt and pepper chicken" or "salt and peppe... READ MORE

Pu-erh: The Perfect Tea for Dim Sum?

At many dim sum establishments, diners can choose what type of tea is served. While jasmine tea is often provided as a default, the tradit... READ MORE

Overheard on the General Topics Board

- chefj - ladooShoppe on this "dangerously delicious" delicacy - bob96 ... READ MORE

Acid-Free Mystery Citrus

jumpingmonk is smitten with a mysterious citrus fruit labeled "Buck Farms" that he just sampled for the first time. On the outside, the fru... READ MORE

Hot and Spicy Chex Mix

Chowhound Soup thought there would never be a better packaged snack food than habanero Doritos. "I was wrong," says Soup: Packaged Hot 'n S... READ MORE

Ancho or Pasilla? Navigating Chile Pepper Chaos

Most peppers are a variety of a single species (), but like dogs, chile peppers exhibit amazing variety within the species. That's great f... READ MORE