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Ideas, advice, and what to make now from Chowhound editors.

How to Get the Gross Stuff Off Your Homemade Broth

Homemade stock is a revelation compared to the stuff you can buy at the grocery store, whether you’re sipping the golden nectar by itself or using it to enrich risotto

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Homemade Sausage Links Demystified

Making bulk sausage is pretty simple if you have a dedicated meat grinder or stand mixer with grinding attachment. But if you’d like to take the next step and stuff

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The Best Hot Chocolate for Enjoying the Snow

Make the most of the cold weather with the coziest beverage: rich, luscious hot chocolate. Find out which instant mixes are the best whether you like your cocoa sweet and

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Enameled Cast Iron: Secrets for No Stains

Is the inside of your enameled cast-iron pot not as clean as it used to be? Are there, in fact, giant stains all over the lovely ceramic coating? Find out

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Nachos: A Blank Canvas for Your Snacky Cravings

What’s better than crunchy, cheesy finger food that’s substantial enough to stand in for a meal? Nachos are endlessly adaptable, and needn’t be limited to Mexican-inspired flavors. Any complementary toppings

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How to Choose a Digital Meat Thermometer

A digital meat thermometer is a quick, convenient way to make sure your roasts come out perfectly, neither dried out nor unsafely raw. But which one is the best? Learn

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The Frugal Virtues of Kitchen Improv

When you’re faced with a refrigerator full of vegetable odds and ends and random bits of meat or cheese, it’s time to improvise some meals rather than let your stores

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Can You Learn to Love Scrapple?

Scrapple, the humble dish of pork scraps and cornmeal, is something that even serious Chowhounds can find hard to stomach. If you like scrapple, you get instant food credibility. Find

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Tender Pulled Pork from Your Oven

Barbecue aficionados know that a low temperature and long hours are the key to pork shoulder tender enough for pulling. If you don’t have a backyard smoker, the low-and-slow approach

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Speedy Pomegranate Seed Extraction

Would you eat more fresh pomegranates if you could get the juicy seeds out in 10 seconds? Learn the easiest, fastest ways to remove the arils from a pomegranate, including

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What to Do with Parsnips

Sweet, earthy parsnips are a truly versatile root vegetable. Used alone or combined with other vegetables, you can prepare them in many ways. Roasted, sautéed, or mashed with potatoes, they

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Flip Eggs in the Pan Like a Pro

Want to flip over-easy eggs in the pan with a flick of the wrist, with no spatula and no broken yolks? Find out what kind of pan works best, get

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Fresh Pasta Pointers

Good fresh pasta can be made with minimal ingredients and a bit of practice, but what are the keys to a dough that’s easy to work with and yields supple,

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Spice Things Up with Homemade Giardiniera

Giardiniera, a spicy, garlicky relish made from hot peppers and other vegetables, is an indispensable condiment for Chicago-style Italian beef sandwiches, but its kicky flavor enhances other dishes equally well.

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It’s Brawn, Not Brains: A Taste for Head Cheese

Find out why head cheese, known by some ‘hounds as brawn or souse, has so many raving fans despite its gross-out reputation. Learn what makes head cheese so enjoyable, what

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Red Lentils Are for More Than Soup

Split red lentils are among the quickest-cooking legumes, making them a good choice for weeknight meals. And while there are plenty of wonderful red lentil soups, there are also lots

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Tips for Using Your Smartphone and Tablet in the Kitchen

Do you use your smartphone or tablet in the kitchen more than a cookbook or printed recipes? Find out how Chowhounds navigate cooking while using a mobile device, which apps

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Cooking with Sake

Sake, the Japanese alcoholic beverage made from rice, is, like wine, a worthy addition to the cooking pot. From miso-marinated cod and steamed clams to Okinawan-style braised pork belly, see

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The Best Way to Cut Bagels

Find out how to cut a nice, soft bagel without turning it into a crumbled, squished wreck. Learn the pros and cons of serrated knives, straight knives, and bagel guillotines, and

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Are Commercial BBQ Rubs Any Good?

Mixing up a dry rub to season smoked or grilled meat isn’t hard—provided you have a good supply of individual spices on hand. You can’t beat the convenience of a

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Water Stones for Novice Knife Sharpeners

If you’re new to sharpening knives on a water stone, which stone is the best choice to learn on? Find out the right level of grit fineness for a novice

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