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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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Is Smoked Brisket Technically Pastrami?

What distinguishes pastrami from corned beef? It’s all about smoke. Both deli favorites begin with brining brisket with spices and curing salt, but while corned beef is then simmered or

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Sous Vide for Beginners

Sous-vide cooking at home is now more accessible than ever, thanks to less expensive, temperature-controlled immersion circulators designed for use in your own kitchen vessels—but there’s still a bit of

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Slow-Cure Corned Beef with Kitchen Coach Aaron Rocchino

Editor’s note: It’s hard to imagine a meat purveyor more locally rooted than Aaron and Monica Rocchino’s The Local Butcher Shop in Berkeley, California. A longtime cook a block away

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Great Dashi, Great Japanese Cooking

Dashi, the Japanese stock made from kombu (seaweed) and bonito flakes (fish), is a backbone of Japanese cuisine, like chicken stock in French cuisine. Find out how to make dashi

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Make Your Own Blood Orange Digestif!

We’ve been making the boozy after-dinner drinks known as digestifs since 2008, when we published DIY projects for six sweetened sips flavored with citrus or herbs. “Digestifs really are the

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Hot Dog Pancakes: Funky Snacks from Your Past

Since 2006, one discussion in particular has been burning up the Chowhound Home Cooking board. Recipes You’ve Never Heard of Outside Your Family is an ongoing collection of offbeat things

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How to Care for Copper Cookware

Whether you spent a bundle or got a great thrift store deal, get a quick primer on how to care for your functional-but-delicate copper cookware. Learn what tools and temperatures

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Baloney Cups with Taters & Cheese: Funky Snacks from Your Past

Since 2006, one discussion in particular has been burning up the Chowhound Home Cooking board. Recipes You’ve Never Heard of Outside Your Family is an ongoing collection of offbeat things

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Lefties’ Laments on Kitchen Tools and Cookware

How is it different for left-handed people navigating the kitchen and cookware? Find out what tools and practices have a handedness to them, from flipping to opening to cutting. Learn

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What’s Your Go-To Salad Dressing?

Do you have a go-to salad dressing, one you love so much you make it more than any other? See which combinations of vinegars, oils, aromatics, and flavorful additions Chowhounds turn

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The Truth about Salt and Stainless

We’ve all heard that salt can damage stainless steel pans, but how does it work, exactly? Will salting your roast or burger while in the pan cause permanent damage? Find

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The Many Faces of Baked Ziti

Homey and hearty, Italian-American baked ziti is cheesy, warming comfort food, and there are as many variations as there are cooks. Some keep it simple, with just pasta, marinara sauce,

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What’s the Best Can Opener?

Which can opener is easy to operate and can stand up to use over the long haul—opening can after can of tomatoes with no sweat? Find out which brands are

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How to Make Cauliflower Blossom

Roasting is the gateway to cauliflower love for many, but if you’re looking to expand your horizons, try one of these preparations ‘hounds love, including creamy purées, fresh salads, Indian-spiced

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A Shortcut for Browning Short Ribs

Recipes for braised short ribs typically begin with browning the ribs in the pot they’ll be braised in, then deglazing the pan before braising in the oven. But you can

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Make Your Own Naan (and Decide How to Bake It)

The relatively thick, bubble-puffy flatbread known as naan came to India and Pakistan by way of Persia. The dough is yeast-leavened and contains yogurt. Once baked, naan can be a

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The Care and Feeding of Your Sourdough

If you bake bread and love the tang of sourdough, but aren’t sure how to get a starter going and keep it active, let experienced Chowhounds guide you through the

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How to Make Garam Masala: Kitchen Coach Part 4

How to Make Garam Masala Kitchen Coach Part 4: Preeti Mistry’s Daily Grind KITCHEN COACH LINKS Meet Preeti Mistry! Garam masala recipe Chicken tikka masala recipe Garam masala is India’s

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Dip Into These Essential Indian Condiments

Growing up, I watched my Indian grandmother eat from a large, stainless-steel plate called a thali, filled with many tiny bowls of condiments. As I got older I had questions,

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The Naked Truth About Gnudi

Find out about the delicate, cheesy Tuscan bites known as gnudi—similar to their cousins, gnocchi, but with lots of ricotta instead of all the carbs. Get recipes and technique tips

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