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Toss Your Measuring Cups

A scale is a must-have tool for precise, consistent cooking. CHOW reviews the best. READ MORE

North Hollywood’s World of Bakeries

North Hollywood has a surprising variety of ethnic bakeries, and Das Ubergeek is your self-appointed guide. READ MORE

Tamale Taste-Off

When a few hounds got together recently for a taste-off of tamales from across L.A., best in show was Mama’s Hot Tamales’ black mole tamale. READ MORE

Akbar Mashti: Easy Iranian-American Ice Cream (without an Ice Cream Maker)

rose water’s mother passed on this recipe for her “semi-homemade” version of akbar mashti, an Iranian ice cream flavored with saffron and rose water. READ MORE

Saffron 685

rworange is excited about newly-opened Saffron 685, which serves stupendous tasties like Moroccan spiced hot cocoa (with cardamom) and french fries with saffron or balsamic aioli. READ MORE

Eggs Benedict

The selection of eggs Benedict at Zazie is highly recommended by several hounds. shnigglebob and Maya particularly like the Eggs Monaco, a toasted English muffin topped with prosciutto, tomatoes provencale, poached eggs, and hollandaise. READ MORE

Boqueria: Crowd-Pleasing Spanish Flavors in Chelsea

Hounds who have squeezed into Boqueria, the hot Spanish spot in Chelsea, report inventive, flavorful tapas and other Catalan-inspired bites. READ MORE

Superior Dumplings and Other Flushing Mini-Mall Finds

Best North Dumpling Shop lives up to its name. This new shopping-mall stand serves delicate, well-seasoned boiled dumplings, Shandong style. READ MORE

Texturized Vegetable Protein

TVP, or texturized vegetable protein, is made from soy flour, in a variety of shapes. READ MORE

Why Whey?

Whey is the liquid that separates from the curds in cheese making. It’s a useful byproduct that’s high in protein, so don’t throw it out! READ MORE