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Chinese-Vietnamese Roast Duck

Whole roasted ducks (known as vit quay in Vietnamese) are the perfect takeout item; you might see them hanging in the window of a Chinese or Vietnamese deli, along with

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Dip for Chips: New Ideas

Dip for potato chips may not be haute cuisine, but it can be Chowhound-worthy, whether consumed festively with friends or furtively alone. magiesmom‘s favorite dip is quite simple: ricotta, plus

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Noble Tonic Specialty Vinegar

Adding a touch of special vinegar to a meal is a great way to add complexity, but with the variety of products on the market, it can be hard to

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When Fruit Won’t Ripen

Sometimes, despite patience and our best efforts, fruit refuses to ripen, and just sits there sullenly in the fruit bowl, obstinately hard as a rock. Is there anything to be

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A Plated Dinner for One

Many Chowhounds scorn the trappings of civilization when eating alone—food can be enjoyed straight from the pot while standing up in the kitchen, and even eaten with the fingers. “It’s

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The High Price of Bones

Bones make excellent stock, but beef and lamb bones aren’t as economical as they once were. Hounds are bemoaning the high prices, and discussing possible alternatives. greygarious pays around $2

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Spreadable Cheesecake?

Spreadable cookies are great, but what about when you want to spread cheesecake on perfectly innocent baked goods? That’s where Philadelphia Indulgence comes in; it’s flavored cream cheese, available in

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Scouting Out Less Common Bananas

Isn’t it a shame that only one or two kinds of bananas are available in most American grocery stores? With so many varieties of bananas around the world, wouldn’t it

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The Power of Schmaltz

Schmaltz, or rendered chicken fat, is a rare delicacy in our age of vegetable oil dominance. It adds a unique savory flavor that’s different from cooking with oil, some hounds

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Return of the Breadbox

meatn3 has a household of one, and finds it difficult to use a whole loaf of bread while it’s still fresh. The freezer is one solution, but sometimes there’s just

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The Deep, Rich Flavor of Birch Syrup

Chowhounds have often lamented that birch juice, a Russian drink made of birch sap freshly extracted from trees, is impossible to find in the United States. But ipsedixit recently tried

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Why You Shouldn’t Cook with Good Olive Oil

shezmu wants to know: Why do people buy an expensive, fancy extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO) for drizzling, and a less expensive olive oil for cooking? Why not just use great

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Leftover Anchovies Provide Instant Umami

Though anchovies have their detractors, mbfant observes that the fish are a useful and ubiquitous ingredient in some cuisines. “In Italy everybody always has jars of anchovy fillets handy for

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Can Frozen Fish Be Fantastic?

gordeaux is a huge fan of fresh fish—the fresher, the better. “The fresher the fish, the less you have to give a damn about ‘prep,'” gordeaux says. “The best thing

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The Taste of Terroir

Is it really true that the geographic origin of foods affects the flavor and texture of the finished product, whether wine, cheese, or maple syrup? “For instance, with the same

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Caviar 101

Unfoodie wants to understand the basics of caviar because “the only thing I know about caviar is that it’s fish eggs.” So Unfoodie wants to know: What kinds of caviar

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What’s the Point of Parboiled Rice?

Converted rice, also known as parboiled rice, is processed by vacuum drying and then steaming the grain. Some hounds aren’t fans. “To me, this isn’t really rice,” says SocksManly, whose

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Ode to the Casserole

TheHuntress used to have a thing against casseroles, largely because of bad childhood experiences with them. “I remember prodding at that tasteless crud for hours,” she says. But some hounds

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The Reason Behind Leaf-Wrapped Cheeses

ramonasaur wants to know: Why do some cheeses come wrapped in a plantain leaf or other pieces of nonedible greenery? Does it serve a function, or is it just decoration?

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Foods That Make You Feel Full

Here at Chowhound, we often focus on the tastes, aromas, and textures of foods. But what about the other crucial aspects of the eating experience—namely, feeling satiated and full? That’s

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Texas Versus Cincinnati Chili

Ask a Texan and a resident of Cincinnati to describe what chili is, and you’ll get two very different answers. Cincinnati chili is essentially “something like a ground meat pasta

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