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When in Rome, Try Artichokes “alla Giudia”

Carciofi alla giudia—hot, deep-fried artichokes—are a traditional Roman Jewish dish, says GilaB. To prepare them, the vegetables are “carefully trimmed of anything inedible, but not dechoked, and dropped whole in

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The Sweetest Halloween Treats

What’s the best goody you’ve ever received while trick-or-treating? “Caramel apples,” says Robinez. “We made sure to go to Mrs. Kight’s house first so we wouldn’t miss out. They were

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A Younger, Milder Gorgonzola

Michelly wondered: What is Gorgonzola dolce, and how is it different from the regular version of this cheese? It’s younger and milder, for one thing, says erica. “Higher fat content.

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How to Reduce the Raspberry Mold Factor

Why do raspberries seem to rot or mold within a day or two after bringing them home? “Red raspberries will mold while you stand there watching them,” says Querencia. “I

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“Beurre de Loaf” a.k.a. Tasty Meatloaf Goo

“Is there a word for the creamy goo that seeps out around the edges of meatloaf while it is cooking?” wonders ketchupgirl. “It’s always my favorite part, and if it

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Sneak Veggies into Every Recipe

“Most Americans don’t consume the recommended quantities/variety of fruits and vegetables,” says Noodle fanatic. Here’s one practical solution: Instead of trying to drastically alter your eating patterns, sneak vegetables into

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Coriander Chutney, A Must-Have Condiment

pmelvoin happened upon some coriander chutney “while wandering the aisles of an unusually well stocked Albertsons on Mercer Island in Washington State.” “Have used it straight and as a blend

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The Perfect Pairing for Raw Oysters

What beverages complement and don’t overpower the ocean-scented sensuality of raw oysters? Chablis with oysters is a traditional pairing, says Veggo. But malibumike suggests high-quality vodka, ice cold. So does

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A Pizza That’s a Salad?

Salad pizza?! al b. darned was a bit surprised to see it on a menu, where it was described as “[l]ettuce, onions, tomatoes, olives and other salad toppings and salad

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Why Black Rice Is Verboten

What’s so forbidden and forbidding about black rice? After all, it’s delicious. “I really love black rice for its nutty taste,” Cheeryvisage says. “Supposedly, the name ‘forbidden’ comes from the

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Banh Mi, a Bread Like No Other

Everyone knows that all banh mi rolls are not made equal. But what’s an authentic version supposed to taste like? monopod wanted to know. “[M]y understanding … is that the

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A Global Guide for Culinary Explorers

What overlooked and obscure cuisines are Chowhound worthy? And what gateway dish would help culinary explorers come to love unfamiliar fare? Some say we should start by looking in our

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Giving Gefilte Fish a Fair Shake

When it comes to gefilte fish, bagelman01 would like to set the record straight. First off, it’s a “stuffed fish,” and “traditionally the fish was ground with added vegetables, eggs

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Don’t Fry Bacon While Naked and Other Culinary Rules to Live By

When eating and cooking, what are the undisputed rules of engagement? PotatoHouse‘s irrefutable—and self-explanatory—rule: “NEVER FRY BACON WHILE YOU’RE NAKED!” sueatmo, meanwhile, advises that cooks should “always read the recipe

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10 Kinds of Mini-Wheats? Why?

It’s a good question: “Why are there 10 different varieties of Kellogg’s® Mini-Wheats cereal?” ipsedixit wondered. “No deep thoughts here. Just something that intrigues me. In a weird sort of

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White Potatoes in East Asian Cuisines

Yes, potatoes are a New World vegetable, kinda like the tomato. But just as Italians have been using tomatoes in their cuisine for hundreds of years, white potatoes have had

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Spice Organization: Strategy and Tactics

jeanmarieok‘s spice system: “I’ve been using a small desktop filer, with pockets for each letter of the alphabet, for the spices (most of them) that I buy in bags. Every

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Handmade Japanese Candy from “Spirited Away”

You know the candy from the Japanese animated movie Spirited Away? “It’s the candy that’s fed to the little soot balls in the boiler room of the bathhouse,” says jillkehler.

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Favorite Feet Preparations

“The pig’s feet that so delighted me in Chartres were the sort you’ll find in James Beard: simmered gently until so tender the bones are almost edible, then split open

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Meat Tastes Better on a Stick

September is the time of grilling things on sticks. “Skewered grilled mackerels are a specialty in Munich during Oktoberfest,” says Pata_Negra. “Look to Southeast Asian or Taiwanese street food for

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Bring On the Funk

Humbucker loves funky food. “I could eat marmite/vegemite by the spoonful,” says Humbucker. “Natto is too bland for me. For kimchi, the older the better. I love fermented tofu cooked

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