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Transform Your Leftover Polenta

Leftover polenta won’t retain its creaminess as it cools, but luckily it can be transformed into a new dish that takes advantage of its firmer texture. Try it pan-fried or

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Panini Without the Fancy Gear

There’s more than one way to grill panini and a specialized panini press is only one possibility. Find out creative, effective ways to grill and press appetizing sandwiches with stuff

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Getting to the Roots of Marinara

A simple meatless tomato sauce, marinara can be tossed with freshly cooked pasta, used as a dipping sauce, or incorporated into dishes like lasagna and eggplant Parmesan. What’s the definitive

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The Best Machines to Churn Scoopable Ice Cream

Learn about the three main kinds of home ice-cream makers, and find out the secret to making scoop-able ice cream—not soupy soft-serve. Find out how machines with a freezable bowl

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Tips for Perfect Stovetop Rice

While many people swear by rice cookers, you don’t need one to make excellent rice. Whether it’s a simple pot of fragrant steamed jasmine rice or cooked a variety of

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Opening Jars, That Perennial Pain

Learn about the best new gadgets for getting tricky lids off of jars, as well as some vintage equipment that still does the job perfectly. Find out what works and what’s

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Buying Indian Spices. Kitchen Coach Part 2: Spice Hunting with Preeti Mistry

Buying Indian Spices Kitchen Coach Part 2: Spice Hunting with Preeti Mistry By John Birdsall | Photos by Chris Rochelle You can’t cook good Indian with stale spices. Spices are

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Big Love for the Little Shallot

Mellower than onions, with a flavor one Chowhound characterizes as falling between that of onions and garlic, shallots are common in French and Southeast Asian cooking. ‘Hounds insist they’re worth

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Navigating That Kitchen Appliance Purchase

Online reviews of big-ticket items like major kitchen appliances are very useful—but every single dishwasher and refrigerator has at least a few scathing reviews. Find out how to navigate all

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Butter Chicken Tikka Whatsala?

What is chicken tikka masala? Indian chef Vikas Khanna repeats the well-worn phrase that it’s the national dish of the U.K. (untrue, probably, since the rise of the burger in

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Homemade Granola the Way You Like It

There are all kinds of granolas on the market, but making your own is simple to do, and you can mix and match ingredients, varying the sweeteners, nuts, dried fruits,

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Check Out Our New Food Quest Board!

Chowhound’s newest board, Food Quests, is all about do-it-yourself food projects. So if you’re embarking on a new food adventure, whether it’s making your own cheese, butchering meat, brewing your

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Cook Chicken Tikka Masala Like a Pro! Part 1: Meet your Indian Kitchen Coach, Preeti Mistry

In Our New Series, Learn to Cook Chicken Tikka Masala Like a Pro! Part 1: Meet your Indian Kitchen Coach, Preeti Mistry By John Birdsall | Photos by Chris Rochelle

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How to Get Oven-Baked Chicken Wings Supercrisp

When you don’t want the hassle of deep-frying chicken wings and grilling’s not an option, cooking them in the oven is a good alternative. There are several methods for getting

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Do You Really Need a Microwave?

Some serious home cooks find their microwaves to be indispensable; for others, a microwave just takes up valuable kitchen space. Find out what jobs ‘hounds do with their microwaves that

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Learning to Love the Pressure Cooker

Fans swear by their pressure cookers to produce beans, stews, stock, and even risotto, but this is one kitchen tool that can seem really intimidating. Check out the cookbooks and

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What Makes a Grater Good?

Paddle graters, box graters, Microplanes, and more—which grater works best for your common kitchen jobs? From the shape of the holes to the overall construction, find the right tool for

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Cool Tips for Stocking Your Freezer

Do you exploit your freezer to its full potential? A freezer stocked with carefully packaged pre-prepped ingredients and homemade prepared foods makes it easy to pull together quick meals or

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A Flavor Revelation: The Polish Grocery Store

If you have access to a Polish grocery store, you have a window into a living old-world cuisine. If you’re a food explorer, learn how to go beyond kielbasa and

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What Are the Best Apples for a Crisp?

Simpler to make than pie, warm apple crisp with buttery streusel topping has lots of homey allure. When it comes to what kind of apple to use, many Chowhounds take

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Why Use Dried Mushrooms?

Improved mushroom cultivation means more varieties of fresh mushrooms are available at the grocery store, from chanterelles to shiitakes. So why would you buy dried mushrooms? Aren’t they just an

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