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Make These Delicious Fried Egg Tacos

Tacos and fried eggs are my two favorite things: Why not combine them? So I came up with these seven variations on the breakfast taco, all of them topped with an egg fried sunny-side up. I think the best thing about fried egg tacos is what happens to the yolk: It breaks when you pick up the taco, coating the filling with a rich yellow sauce. READ MORE

7 Ideas for Chilled Soups This Summer

7 Ideas for Chilled Soups This Summer

It’s hot outside and I’m sweating up a storm, which can only mean one thing: cold soup season! Thanks to hungry and hot contributors to our community discussion boards, I’ve got seven new ways to chill out this summer. READ MORE

Slow Cooker Bourbon Ribs for Father’s Day

Slow Cooker Bourbon Ribs for Father’s Day

Welcome to Slow Cooker Sunday! Plug in and chill out for what’s supposed to be the laziest day of the week. READ MORE

5 Ingredients to Up Your Baking Game

5 Ingredients to Up Your Baking Game

Whether you’re baking chocolate chip cookies or a fancy three-layer cake with lemon curd and whipped cream frosting, the quality of ingredients can make a huge difference in the final product. By following a few tips from fellow pastry chefs, and splurging on a few ingredients (which is easy thanks to online specialty stores), your baked goods will go from amateur to professional quality in no time. Here are five ingredients that will up your baking game: READ MORE

Berries Are Back! Make One of These Amazing Tarts and Pies

Berries Are Back! Make One of These Amazing Tarts and Pies

Berries are a presence in the supermarket year-round, but anticipation for the summer berry season is still a thing. Turning those warm-weather strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries into tarts and pies is the highlight of our cooking calendar—here are five recipes we love. Serve any one of them still warm, with a scoop of ice cream or a soft, vanilla-scented clump of whipped cream, and leave the memory of the cold months—and bad-season berries—behind. READ MORE

We Learned How to Make These Perfect Meatballs

We Learned How to Make These Perfect Meatballs

“The idea is to rethink the meatball,” Huw Thornton says. He looks a little like the Celtic gladiator in some Spartacus movie, only instead of wielding a sword today he’s using a chef’s knife to cut up pork shoulder, the first step in what’ll lead, eventually, to a meatball and beer lunch in the CHOW offices. READ MORE

Do Microwaves Kill the Nutrients in Food?

Microwaves have gotten a bad rap for being unhealthy, zapping the vitamins and other nutrients out of food, and leaching bad stuff out of plastic and into your lasagna, but is that reputation deserved? The answer is, well—complicated. READ MORE

Slow Cooker Red Pepper Butternut Squash Soup

Slow Cooker Red Pepper Butternut Squash Soup

Welcome to Slow Cooker Sunday! Plug in and chill out on what’s supposed to be the laziest day of the week. This week I was going to attempt a hard-core chili (no beans, no veg) but I haven't nailed the spices yet, plus requests for a vegetarian Slow Cooker Sunday have been echoing down the pipeline. I hear you—the meatball sandwiches from Chef Huw Thornton we all devoured in the CHOW Test Kitchen were fantastic (stay tuned for Huw's recipe post), but that was the final meaty straw. Time to slow down with a delicious vegan soup. The roasted chickpea garnish is an improved version of one of my earlier recipes, revised with Chowhound input. READ MORE

7 Cool Twists on Homemade Ice Cream

For years, ice cream shops have been pushing the flavor envelope. Consider Secret Breakfast, a boozy bourbon ice cream with cornflake crunch (San Francisco’s Humphry Slocombe), rosemary–olive oil (Atlanta’s Morelli’s Gourmet Ice Cream), and sticky black rice (New York’s Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream). Likewise, the home cooks on Chowhound have not been content to stick to vanilla or chocolate when they drag their ice cream makers out of the cupboard. Check out these seven cool twists on homemade ice cream. READ MORE

6 Essential Tools for Better Baking

6 Essential Tools for Better Baking

From French rolling pins to English copper cake molds, there are enough specialty tools and bakeware out there to distract even the most disciplined of cooks. Which tools are essential, and which are for fun? It's confusing. Lucky for you, the number of tools that will give you a solid foundation in baking falls well below infinite. Behold, the six tools guaranteed to make you a better baker. READ MORE