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7 Quietly Awesome Ways to Use Cream Cheese

For most of us, cream cheese means bagels or cheesecake, but the dedicated and resourceful community on the Chowhound Home Cooking board sees far beyond schmears. Check out these seven

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Where to Buy Amazing Flour Online

It’s a brave new world for the home baker. In the now-distant past (as late as a year ago, actually), if you were serious about making bread at home the

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Crispy Baked Asparagus Fries

Community-sourced goodness: On our General Topics board, in a discussion about current food obsessions, AngelalD posted this recipe for panko-coated asparagus “fries” good enough for kids and other veggie skeptics

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Making Matzo Ball Soup for Passover with the Wise Sons Deli Guys

Leo Beckerman (above, left) and Evan Bloom opened Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen in San Francisco’s Mission District in 2012 after carving out space in the city’s pop-up food scene, and

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Watercress-Walnut Pesto, Secret Weapon for Pizza or Pasta

This is an alternative to basil and pine nut pesto, great on pizza, pasta, or straight from a spoon (my 2-year-old daughter eats it that way).

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Chermoula, Secret Weapon for Veggies and Fish

The Cranks Bible by Nadine Abensur introduced me to this superpunchy pestolike sauce from North Africa. It’s great on grilled fish and grilled or steamed vegetables—a secret weapon for making

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Cilantro-Almond Pesto, Secret Weapon for Your Sandwich and Stuff

Tired of mustard and mayo on a sandwich? This pesto gives a really nice punch to a salami and cheddar. I’ve also tried it on pizza, pastas, and steamed vegetables,

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Make Your Own Nacho Cheese Crackers

In part one of my cracker-making exploration, I showed you how to make classy Free-Form Herb Crackers to serve with cheese. Here’s how you make my other current favorite, sort

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Make Your Own Free-Form Herb Crackers

I have a confession to make: I spend a lot of time on the King Arthur Flour blog. I’ve found some fantastic recipes there; this one for Gourmet Soda Crackers,

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3 Quick Mustards for Corned Beef Sandwiches

You don’t have to be an Anglophile like me to love the British way of serving corned beef (a.k.a. salt beef) sandwiches, with English mustard and Branston Pickle. Branston Pickle

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That Blood Orange Digestif You Made? Add It to Margaritas

It’s done: The blood orange digestif we started last week steeped for six days. (In case you missed it, CHOW photographer Chris Rochelle took the peel from half a dozen

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The Hunt for Artisanal Worcestershire Sauce

We all love classic Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce, but is there an artisanal version of this crucial condiment and Caesar dressing ingredient? Chowhounds are on it.

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The Great Enhancer—in a Squeeze Tube

Conveniently packaged in a tube that keeps well in the fridge, anchovy paste is a secret weapon for deepening the flavor of all kinds of dishes. While it’s a classic

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The Sap Is Running! Prepare for Maple Syrup Season

March is just about time for the maple sap to begin to run, and ‘hounds are sharing their favorite ways to use maple syrup, from traditional to surprising. Get inspired

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What’s Your Favorite Olive Oil Dispenser?

What’s the best way for home cooks to dispense olive oil in an easy and tidy way? Find out time-tested solutions, from sturdy sprayers to cheap squeeze bottles. Learn what

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Baklava Tips for First-Timers

Sticky, sweet baklava—spiced nuts layered with phyllo dough and drenched with syrup—is a favored dessert in Greece and all over the Middle East. Depending on the region, walnuts or pistachios

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Make Your Own Smoked Sriracha!

What’s even better than barrel-aging Sriracha? Smoking it. This is my sixth attempt at a smoked Sriracha in the style of Huy Fong Foods’ rooster sauce. This time, I was

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Butter Plus Soy Equals Obsession

Who knew? Two pantry fixtures—salty, umami-rich soy sauce and creamy butter—marry to make a condiment Chowhounds just can’t resist. Whether simply dressing a bowl of steamed rice, livening up popcorn

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Rice-Cooker Rice Without the Crunch

The crunchy crust that forms as rice cooks is highly desired in some cuisines, but not everyone is a fan. If you just want uniform, uncrusted white rice from your

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The Best Grinder for Indian Spices

It’s easy: Buying whole and grinding as needed is the best way to get the most flavor out of your spices. Not so easy: Finding the right grinder. Popular solutions

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What to Cook in Cast Iron

You’ve gone through all the hassle and troubleshooting involved in seasoning your cast iron—now what should you cook in it that will really shine? Find out the tastiest things you

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