The Basics RSS

We’re here to teach you real, lasting skills in the kitchen. From quick solutions (How to Ripen an Avocado) to more in-depth guides (How to Make the Best Teriyaki Chicken), we provide the cooking guidance needed to make you a success in the kitchen.

The Ultimate Guide to Salsa

Header image: Avocado Corn Salsa from CHOW In the Spanish-speaking world, salsa is simply an all-purpose word that means “sauce,” a category that covers pretty much any sort of liquid

... Read More

Everything You Need to Know About Figs

Header image: Ricotta Salata Stuffed Figs with Port Reduction from CHOW Until pretty recently, it wasn’t always easy getting one’s hands on a fresh fig. Unless you lived in the

... Read More

Mayo, Aioli, and Hollandaise: What’s the Difference?

Header image: Green Garlic Aioli from CHOW There is a certain type of restaurant out there that gets away with way too many crimes against the language of food. The

... Read More

How to Make the Best Teriyaki Chicken

Sweet-salty goodness.

... Read More

The Ultimate Guide to Making Killer Ceviche

Header image: CHOW Back in my wild and youthful restaurant days, I worked at a place that was something of a free for all of Mexican street foods. There were

... Read More

Do You Know the 5 French Mother Sauces?

At pretty much any cooking school, one of the first (if not the first) things that students are taught is how to make the five French mother sauces. For some,

... Read More

How to Outfit Your Ultimate Home Bar

Essential tools to take you from dilettante mixer to pro mixologist.

... Read More

7 Essential Chicken, Plus Marinade, Recipes for Summer

Chicken is the bird of summer. It’s relatively healthy, grills up fast, and changes its character, depending on what you marinate it with, and how you sauce or glaze it.

... Read More

How to Make a Whole Roasted Fish

Stuffed with rosemary and lemon.

... Read More

9 Things to Remember at a Crawfish Boil

A real, honest-to-goodness crawfish boil can be a highlight of spring, but there are a few things to remember, both as host and guest. Here are 9 rules to memorize

... Read More

Make Your Own Ice Cream Bars

Header image: CHOW Ice cream bars are one of the first true signs of summer. Rich, creamy, and incredibly convenient, ice cream bars are beyond simple to make at home

... Read More

How to Pan-Fry Pork Chops

Header image: CHOW In the cooking world, a lot of breath is spent on explaining how to cook the perfect steak. What else could you expect, given the near fetishisistic

... Read More

How to Make the Ultimate Omelet, Plus 8 Great Omelet Recipes

Filled with melted cheese.

... Read More

How to Make the Best Frittata

Eggs for dinner are fun.

... Read More

How to Make the Best Pork Chops

Dinner that really hits the spot.

... Read More

How to Make the Best Rice Pudding

Creamy, comforting goodness.

... Read More

How to Make the Best Quesadillas

The world owes Mexico a lot for its invention of the quesadilla. We’d be hard-pressed to find another dish as addictive that can come together so quickly with so little

... Read More

How to Make the Best Steamed Mussels

Winy, buttery finger food.

... Read More

How to Make the Best Vegetable Stir-Fry

A quick, healthy dinner.

... Read More

How to Make the Best Flank Steak

Original story by Chow Food Team, updated by Miki Kawasaki You’d think that once our prehistoric ancestors figured out that meat + fire = good, the logistics for cooking a

... Read More

How to Make the Best Vegetable Chips

Original story by Christine Gallary, updated by Colleen Rush If you haven’t had a veggie chip epiphany yet, it’s tough to describe the curious mix of gluttonous joy and health-food

... Read More