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Lubricating Rice for Flavor and Texture

Many hounds like to toast long-grain rice, especially basmati, in oil or butter for a few minutes before adding water or stock to enhance its flavor. Whether you choose a neutral oil, olive oil, or butter depends on your taste and the dishes you’ll be ser READ MORE

$3.99 Lunch Specials at Thai Patio, and Beef Jerky for Dessert

Thai Patio has replaced the old strip-mall Palms Thai. The $3.99 lunch special is, of course, a deal–pad kra pao, fried tofu with basil, peppers and onions, is nicely spiced and tasty, but the straight-from-the-bag salad and fried wonton wrappers on the READ MORE

Great Carrots, Braised and Glazed

Chowhounds rave about Marcella Hazan’s braised carrots with Parmesan, even though the recipe takes two hours of hanging around near the stove. “I’m a lifelong carrot hater but these would convert READ MORE

When in Rome…or Oaxaca

Sometimes, traveling or living abroad, you see the locals eating something really cool, or eating the same old thing in an exciting way. In Oaxaca, spigot learned to put a little chile pepper and lime on fresh fruit–it sharpens the flavor and undercut READ MORE

Chowhound Gift-Giving Tips

What presents of food are most welcomed during the holidays? Anything homemade gets automatic points with chowhounds–surprisingly, even if it’s not that good. The effort put into it and the warmth of the gesture makes up for a lot, and the recipient get READ MORE

Overlooked and Misunderstood

The building blocks of the kitchen should get a little more attention. READ MORE

Would You Like a Patchouli Parfait?

A pastry chef heads to Macy’s to make desserts paired with perfumes. Musk Melba, anyone? READ MORE

Junkin’ on the Job

Forget the “freshman 15.” For really spectacular weight gain, become a comedy writer. READ MORE

A Taste of Chinese Toronto

Fantasy Eatery is the U.S. beachhead of a Toronto-area Chinese restaurant, with a menu ranging from Chiu Chow items to hot pots to some caf READ MORE

The Filipino Spice Express

Filipino food is known for being fatty and vinegary, but spicy? At Alejandro’s, pleasurepalate discovered a few lesser-known dishes that left her mouth tingling. Bicol express, seafood saut READ MORE