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Should You Rotate Cookie Sheets While Baking?

Some cookie recipes include instructions to rotate the baking pans from front to back and between racks partway through baking to promote even browning. Is that necessary? Chowhounds say it

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Operation No Waste

Do you buy fresh vegetables and meats, fully intending to cook them, only to have them go bad before you get the chance? Is your fridge brimming with leftovers that

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Making Unripe Winter Strawberries Taste Delicious

Maybe it’s the color, the heartlike shape, or our frost-season longing for spring, but strawberries are a Valentine’s tradition, and there’s no going back, no matter how many locavores exhort

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Our Big Valentine’s Day Crush on Anthony Myint’s Waffles

Everybody thinks of lobster tails or beef fillet on Valentine’s Day, but seriously, is luxury food even all that sexy? Etta James sang about craving a Sunday kind of love,

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Braising 101

You’ve got a Dutch oven and a desire for tender braised meat in a deeply flavored sauce. With Chowhounds’ advice on braising basics—from the best way to brown the meat

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Are Gourmet Coffee Beans Worth It?

Is it really worth it to spend a lot of money on fancy coffee beans? What are you actually paying for? Find out how important top-quality beans are to a

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The Best Recipes for Cornish Game Hen

If Cornish game hens look like miniature chickens, it’s because that’s exactly what they are—young birds of no more than a couple of pounds. You can cook them using any

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Beyond Sichuan Peppercorns: Sichuan Cooking Essentials

Hot chile paste (lajiao jiang) and hot bean paste (ladouban jiang) add fire and depth to Sichuan cooking. But what kind should you buy when you’re in the Chinese market

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How to Give Carrots a Starring Role

Carrots are a kitchen staple, a background player flavoring stocks and sauces and adding color to salads and stir-fries, but they’re worthy of a starring role on the table. There

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Wok Cooking on Electric Stoves

Can electric stoves get a wok hot enough to stir-fry perfectly without boiling or steaming? Find out how different woks perform on electric ranges, and how to stir-fry right—and also

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How to Tackle Monster Squid

They’re no giant squid, but the specimens with eight-inch-long bodies frequently found frozen at Asian markets offer up different possibilities than the little guys used for flash-fried calamari rings. Try

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Picking the Right Mortar and Pestle

There are almost as many kinds of mortar-and-pestle combinations as there are cuisines, from course granite to Japanese ridged ceramic to smooth laboratory glass. Which of the many mortars and

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Stretch Your Pizza-Shaping Skills

Does pizza dough end up too thin in some places and lumpy in others or stubbornly snap back when you try to stretch it? Get tips on stretching technique, plus

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Can You Really Boil Water in 90 Seconds?

Is it really possible to boil water in 90 seconds on an induction range, or is that marketing puffery? Get the lowdown from ‘hounds who have timed their own induction ranges—plus

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Is Julia’s Beef Bourguignon Really the Best?

Classic boeuf bourguignon gains layers of flavor from cooking the beef in rendered salt pork or bacon fat and a copious amount of red wine, complemented by mushrooms and pearl

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What’s a Hecto-Smacker? Your Microwave, Demystified

How many kilo-whackers and hecto-smackers should your microwave produce? Get the lowdown on microwave oven jargon, from watts to frequency, and find out which units really matter—and what numbers your

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Help! How Do I Cook Pearled Barley?

Pearled barley is hulled and polished to remove its bran, and cooks relatively quickly. Its earthy, nutty flavor and slightly chewy texture add interest to a variety of preparations, whether

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Make Those Stovetop Grates Gleam Again

Find out how to safely clean your stovetop grates no matter what their state, including advanced methods to get rid of years of built-up gunk, all without damaging your grates

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Seeking: The Best Beef Stroganoff Recipe

With tender slices of seared beef and mushrooms in a sauce enriched with sour cream, it’s no wonder beef stroganoff is creamy comfort food for many, given a lift with

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Aluminum: A Miraculous Material

Antique aluminum pans: trash or treasure? Find out why many ‘hounds think aluminum pans are precious treasures worth putting to use in your kitchen.

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Washing Leafy Greens the Right Way

Leafy greens like kale and collards often come to market with plenty of soil and sand still hidden among their leaves, so thorough cleaning is essential to a pleasant eating

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