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Does It Matter Whether You Use a Glass or Metal Baking Dish?

Does It Matter Whether You Use a Glass or Metal Baking Dish?

People say baking is more of a science than stovetop cooking: Why? Because exactness matters. The amount of humidity in the air and the altitude of your city can affect how your dish turns out. Yeast and other components create chemical reactions that make dough rise. There's gluten formation, starch gelatinization, and protein coagulation. And there is just so much more. One thing many beginner bakers forget to think about is how their baking pan — glass or metal — is going to react with the ingredients. READ MORE

9 Baking Mix Hacks to Transform Basic Dishes into Fancy-Ass Appetizers

9 Baking Mix Hacks to Transform Basic Dishes into Fancy-Ass Appetizers

You need some shortcuts, but you sure as hell don't want anyone to know you took them. Use a baking mix box, and hide the box. And don't be lame and make the recipe from the back of the box. Pancakes, biscuits, muffins, and loaves of bread do not a sophisticated appetizer make. Our ideas incorporate box mixes and other tricks that we never dreamed could create something nice enough for a cocktail party nibble. But it can happen. Here's how. READ MORE

13 Appetizers You Won’t Believe Came Out of the Slow Cooker

13 Appetizers You Won’t Believe Came Out of the Slow Cooker

  When you have a holiday party or dinner, you can't give every dish equal attention. Appetizers can keep your guests sated while you focus on the main course, so you don't want to spend too much time on them. For appetizer-only parties, well, some of those hors d'oeuvres will still need to sit on the back burner while you focus on others. Enter the Crock-Pot (or other slow cooker). Typically tasked with breaking down tough cuts of meat, a slow cooker can also be your secret weapon in the appetizer realm. And we're not talking just meatballs or chili. We mean to make something fancy-schmancy or unexpected. Next time it’s your turn to host cocktails at home, bust out the recipe for one of these 11 appetizers. READ MORE

Believe It: 17 Thanksgiving Classics Made in a Slow Cooker

Believe It: 17 Thanksgiving Classics Made in a Slow Cooker

Your kitchen has limited real estate, and the price is high when holidays roll around. Every Thanksgiving, we hear the same complaint: There’s not enough space in the oven. And we concede that between roasting vegetables, baking pies, and cooking the hours-long turkey, it can seem nearly impossible for everything to arrive hot to the table, all at the same time. That’s why we’re introducing a new idea: the concept that you can cook your entire Thanksgiving meal in the slow cooker. READ MORE

Drinkable Treats (a.k.a. Alcohol) for Halloween

Drinkable Treats (a.k.a. Alcohol) for Halloween

A beautiful or spooky cocktail may be your version of a treat this Halloween, rather than candy. You don’t want to get wasted while little kids are buzzing your doorbell. But in between trick-or-treaters, there’s nothing like a few sips of one of our Halloween-themed punches or autumn-inspired drinks. While you’re picking up Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and mini-Snickers (or supplies to make your own candy bars), it can’t hurt to grab the ingredients for a Chowhound-recommended holiday cocktail. READ MORE

Who Knew That ‘Shark Tank’ Was Such a Delicious Food Incubator?

Who Knew That ‘Shark Tank’ Was Such a Delicious Food Incubator?

The food industry is freakin' tough, what with low profit margins, perishable products, competition from me-too companies, and food safety and ethics scandals. Kudos to those who try and especially to those who are succeeding, like those gutsy contestants on ABC television's Shark Tank. The 2015 and 2014 Emmy-winning show features sharks — tough, self-made, multi-millionaire and billionaire tycoons — who decide whether to invest in people's lifelong hopes and dreams. Contestants present business ideas to the sharks, who either invest or pass. Many of those business plans are based on new food products, and some of those edible ideas are downright awesome. We selected the nine best foods that won the confidence (and a lot of money) of at least one investor. READ MORE

15 Creative Contributions for Your 2016 Friendsgiving Feast

15 Creative Contributions for Your 2016 Friendsgiving Feast

Many friends, many relatives, many celebrations. Eating the same stuffing, canned cranberry sauce, and turkey legs at each event can get tiresome. Chowhound compiled a list of 15 contributions to inspire your creativity at this year’s Thanksgiving season, which often stretches to many weeks of indulgence. READ MORE

9 One-Dish Thanksgivings You Don’t Have the Guts to Make

9 One-Dish Thanksgivings You Don’t Have the Guts to Make

Toss all pretense out the window when it comes to Thanksgiving cooking. Let's be real. It's a holiday of gluttony. Sure, we're thankful and all, but these days, almost nothing about Thanksgiving is sacred. Case in point: BuzzFeed’s Thanksgiving in a Bucket, which is exactly what it sounds like: stuffing, mashed potatoes, Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, turkey, gravy, and cranberry sauce, all layered on top of one another in a three-gallon pail. (We can just hear Patton Oswalt singing “I want a failure pie in a sadness bowl” in our heads right about now.) We prefer not to taste all of Thanksgiving in one bite, but should you feel inclined to do so, here are six mash-ups to inspire you. READ MORE

Save the Calories for the Main Event: 15 Healthy Thanksgiving Appetizers

Save the Calories for the Main Event: 15 Healthy Thanksgiving Appetizers

While we appreciate all kinds of food and don’t want to restrict anyone from enjoying one of life's greatest sensual pleasures, let's be smart about it. You can be healthy while still having your gravy-drenched sausage dressing and pecan pie. It's all about strategy, and yes, moderation. But hey, that's not a trait we celebrate at Thanksgiving. Or is it? READ MORE

Day of the Dead Treats That Are Almost Too Pretty to Eat

Day of the Dead Treats That Are Almost Too Pretty to Eat

Some of these Halloween treats are gorgeous and can be enjoyed any time of year, and some of the more on-theme ones are, let's say, just cool-looking. They're a case of that axiom: beauty is in the eye of the beholder. For instance, we think little edible meat cleavers atop cupcakes are pretty adorable. And skulls can be downright glamorous. READ MORE