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What to Do When Yogurt Separates?

What do you do when your tub of yogurt separates into watery liquid (whey) and thicker yogurt? Do you mix it back together or drain off the liquid? Draining results

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Hakka Rice Snacks: Umami Bombs

Hakka rice snacks, also known as sticky rice dumplings, are “greenish, glutinous objects” made from soft dough and any number of fillings. DaveCook recently tried two from a Chinatown bakery:

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Pigging Out on Carnival Foods

Carnival and festival foods aren’t usually subtle. Rather, they celebrate the sweet, the salty, and the deep-fried. Fried dough in various guises is a staple. For many hounds, this means

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The Wonders of Fresh Soursop

If you’re lucky enough to score some fresh soursop (also known as guanábana), what should you do with it? Just eat it, says Pan, like they do in Malaysia. Steve

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Reaping Umami from Dried Seafood

Dried fish, squid, scallops, and other seafood are intensely tasty on their own and add umami richness to other foods. luckyfatima loves Chinese dishes that feature a mix of both

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Worth the Hunt: Raw Sea Scallops with Roe

If you’ve never had a fresh, raw sea scallop with its roe still intact, David11238 seriously advises you to change that. Not to be dramatic, but it’s “heaven served on

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Nigella Seeds and How to Use Them

Nigella seeds (Nigella sativa) are flavorful and jet black. They’re known variously as charnushka, black onion seeds, and kalonji, says beachmouse, and they’re widely used in some regional Indian cuisines.

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Braving Bird’s Nest Soup

Bird’s nest soup is a Chinese delicacy made from the fragile nests of swifts. “The main ingredient is bird saliva,” says gourmaniac, and the nests are very expensive, in part

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How to Cook Kamut

Kamut is an ancient grain: an early, large-grained form of wheat. Number loves it in whole-grain form, saying it’s “filling and texturally exciting.” magiesmom is a fan of kamut as

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Chinese Salt and Pepper Dishes Aren’t Dull

In Chinese and Chinese-influenced cuisines, menus commonly feature boring-sounding dishes like “salt and pepper chicken” or “salt and pepper squid.” porker remembers making fun of the pedestrian connotations of “salt

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Pu-erh: The Perfect Tea for Dim Sum?

At many dim sum establishments, diners can choose what type of tea is served. While jasmine tea is often provided as a default, the traditional tea of choice to pair

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Acid-Free Mystery Citrus

jumpingmonk is smitten with a mysterious citrus fruit labeled “Buck Farms” that he just sampled for the first time. On the outside, the fruit looks like a nondescript round orange.

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Hot and Spicy Chex Mix

Chowhound Soup thought there would never be a better packaged snack food than habanero Doritos. “I was wrong,” says Soup: Packaged Hot ‘n Spicy Chex Mix wins, hands down. “I

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Ancho or Pasilla? Navigating Chile Pepper Chaos

Most peppers are a variety of a single species (Capsicum annuum), but like dogs, chile peppers exhibit amazing variety within the species. That’s great for Chowhounds, who enjoy experiencing the

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Close to the Bone

Does a bone in the cut of meat affect the final product’s tenderness? mucho gordo finds bone-in rib-eye steaks less tender than boneless cuts, but wonders if it’s just a

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Exploring Drinks from Asian Markets

“I was browsing the beverage aisle at the Asian market and felt overwhelmed,” says madridista. Between the five kinds of coconut juice and three kinds of mango juice, not to

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The Slow-Simmered Glory of Nihari

Nihari is a rich, simmered-for-hours braise of meat, onions, and spices that has become one of the iconic dishes of Pakistan. It’s also one of luckyfatima‘s all-time favorite foods. “It’s

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The Ideal Fish Sandwich

What’s your ideal fish sandwich? MonMauler likes to go to a dive bar on Fridays for beer and snacks. “Most of the food at this establishment is underwhelming, but the

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Will Foil Keep Your Salad Greens Fresh?

Fresh greens can start wilting in the fridge in a matter of hours, so what is the best way to keep them crisp? janniecooks fortuitously discovered a great new technique:

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Chicken Giblets Demystified

When you buy a whole chicken, the giblets (organs) of the chicken are often included inside. Some markets also sell separate packages of chicken livers or chicken gizzards. This can

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Toum: World’s Strongest Garlic Sauce?

It may look like pale, creamy mayonnaise, but appearances can be deceiving. Toum, a Lebanese garlic sauce, is one of the most garlicky foods you’ll ever consume. pippimac used to

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