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Mashed Potato Cakes

When you’ve got leftover mashed potatoes, the best way to revive them is to make them into mashed potato cakes. Add whatever herbs or flavorings sound good to you–hounds especially like chopped scallions and grated cheese. ... READ MORE

Mario Batali Cookware

Mario Batali Cookware Celebrity chef Mario Batali has teamed up with manufacturer Copco to produce a cookware line called Italian Kitchen. Chowhounds are really impressed with the enamel READ MORE

Luscious Slow Cooker Pork Shoulder

“I have to tell you, I was not prepared for what wound up coming out of my slow cooker,” says Langrrr. “I’d read about the ‘unctuousness’ of well-made carnitas–and that’s not even what I was trying to do. But what I’d put in…was transformed into thi READ MORE

Don’t Lose Your Whey

If you strain yogurt to make it thicker and richer, don’t throw out the liquid that drains out as the yogurt thickens. This is whey, the byproduct of straining yogurt or making fresh cheese. READ MORE

Fun with Fuyu Persimmons

Late fall means persimmon season. There are two types commonly found in the U.S., and they’re used and eaten in distinct ways. READ MORE

“Fattening Up” Milk

What’s a hound to do when there’s only skim milk and heavy cream on hand, and the cake calls for half and half? Or the family rice pudding recipe calls for whole milk and you’ve only got 2%? ... READ MORE

Best Pie Pans for Browned Bottom Crusts

Overwhelmingly, chowhounds agree that clear Pyrex pie plates are your best choice for achieving a well-browned bottom crust. Since it is clear tempered glass, you can easily see the color of your crust, unlike with a solid metal pan. ... READ MORE

Thin Super-Cheesy Omelette for Two, and a Nifty Omelette Cooking Tip

niki rothman has achieved her own platonic ideal of an omelette at home, and she wants to share it with you. It’s golden yellow, with not a touch of brown, with 1/4-inch thick layers of egg folded around a stunning half-pound of cheese. “It’s beautiful, READ MORE

Best Bread(s) for French Toast

Top chowhound votegetter for perfect French toast bread is challah, sliced thick. It’s appreciated for its ability to really soak up the eggy batter and form a slightly crunchy crust in the pan and keep a soft, eggy interior. A close runner up is <a href= READ MORE

Perfect Pumpkin Pound Cake

Mel says this pumpkin cake comes together easily and is insanely good; it would work equally well for brunch on its own, or for dessert with a rich frosting or some cinnamon ice cream. ... READ MORE