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What is the Difference Between Mexican Shrimp Cocktail and Ceviche?

What is the Difference Between Mexican Shrimp Cocktail and Ceviche?

The difference between ceviche and a Mexican shrimp cocktail lies in the ingredients. Typically, ceviche consists of fresh raw fish mixed in spices, citrus juices, and chopped vegetables or peppers. It is often served beside side dishes such as vegetables, avocado, or plantains. Mexican shrimp cocktails, on the other hand, pour spiced tomato sauce over just shrimp and top it with goods such as cucumber, lime, jalapeño, and avocado. It can be eaten on its own or with tortilla chips. Of course, here at Chowhound, we love experimenting with our food, and many delicious variations of both dishes exist to blur the distinctions between the two. READ MORE

How to Make Aioli (and Why It’s Worth the Effort)

How to Make Aioli (and Why It’s Worth the Effort)

The difference between Hellmann's mayonnaise and a homemade aioli is like comparing boxed macaroni with powdered cheese to a homemade macaroni casserole with cheddar, crusty on top and gooey inside. Store-bought mayonnaise is great for sandwiches or in tuna or pasta salads, but when you need this condiment to take center stage as a sauce, you want something more dreamy, more transportive. Aioli lifts your crab cakes, asparagus, deviled eggs, and fries to another level of heaven. As a sauce or dip, aioli can transform your meal — not merely moisturize it. READ MORE

9 Vegan Sauces to Put on Everything

9 Vegan Sauces to Put on Everything

Going vegan can be a great way to make a healthy change by adding more vegetables and plant-based proteins to your diet.  To fully embrace a vegan diet, you need to cut out anything that is made with animal products, including meat, fish, dairy, eggs and even honey. READ MORE

What is the Difference Between Mardi Gras and Carnival?

What is the Difference Between Mardi Gras and Carnival?

Carnival, loosely translated to "kiss your flesh goodbye" in Latin, is celebrated in various ways throughout the world. It begins on Three Kings' Day—or the Feast of Epiphany—and ends on Ash Wednesday, intended to be a preparation for lent. Many Roman Catholic countries and areas celebrate the pre-Lenten season by indulging in food, drink, and partying in the weeks of late January and early February. READ MORE

How to Cook Kale

How to Cook Kale

Kale us crazy, but we aren't over kale yet. By "not over," we mean most of us are either disgusted and flabbergasted by the popularity of the bitter green or we're still proud alumni of Kale University — and we're blending kale smoothies, baking kale chips, and tossing kale salad. That brings us to the point: how to cook kale. Of course you can cook kale many different ways, but you almost always start the same way. READ MORE

17 Mardi Gras Recipes for Fat Tuesday

17 Mardi Gras Recipes for Fat Tuesday

Join the parade of good times, Dixieland jazz, dancing, and of course: drinking and eating. Everyone can partake in the revelry of Mardi Gras, even though this Fat Tuesday is the last official chance for Catholics, especially those in Louisiana, to live it up before Lent begins. More than a million people will flock to the French Quarter in New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras, and chances are they’ll be washing their liquor down with some of the city’s legendary Cajun and Creole cuisine. We can’t all take the pilgrimage down to the Big Easy for the event, but the holiday’s a good excuse to celebrate New Orleans food no matter where you live. Need a little menu inspiration? We’ve got just the thing to whet your appetite. READ MORE

New Oxford Dictionary Food Words

New Oxford Dictionary Food Words

If you're a food nerd like us, you might also light up when you hear the news: Oxford Dictionaries released a feast of new food words. Our modern vernacular, from superfood to drunken noodles, has infiltrated this venerated lexicon. Wordy enough for you? READ MORE

Our Favorite Middle-Eastern Foods, We Welcome You

Our Favorite Middle-Eastern Foods, We Welcome You

While we write about the food you love to create and eat, the world has erupted in opinionated reactions to President Trump's executive order on immigration that bans anyone from seven Muslim-majority countries to enter the United States. You've sat back in satisfied approval of the ruling that soothes your legitimate fear of terrorist attacks, or you've joined the outraged masses at airports and government buildings, rallying against discrimination and deportation. Whoever you side with, the news seems to be turning our daily lives upside down. You may have lost your appetite, or you might be binging on Do-Si-Do Cookies. READ MORE

What is the Difference Between Cocoa and Cacao?

What is the Difference Between Cocoa and Cacao?

Although these two chocolatey substances are spelled nearly identically, there is a significant difference between cocoa and cacao, especially when you’re using it in a recipe. Both cocoa and cacao come from the cacao tree (Theobroma cacao), which is found in tropical regions of Central and South America. READ MORE

Cocktails for Oscar Best Picture Nominees

Cocktails for Oscar Best Picture Nominees

Pick your favorite film out this year's best-picture Oscar nominees. Now, make a drink that plays into that movie — inspiration can come from the movie's setting, characters, plot, era, or a play on words with the drink's name. Maybe do it with your top three favorite films if you're hosting an Oscars party. For those who are going to drink while watching the Academy Awards on Feb. 26, you might as well do it in style and in celebration of the transporting art of moving pictures. READ MORE