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How to Pan-Fry Pork Chops

How to Pan-Fry Pork Chops

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 emphasis that gets placed on pricey, prime beef? But as long as we're on the subject of cooking to temperature and getting a sear, it's worth mentioning that, hey, there are other meats out there to which the very same principles apply, with no less tasty results. Consider the pork chop, which more or less, is the porcine equivalent of the rib eye, t-bone, or sirloin steak. READ MORE

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

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

Filled with melted cheese. READ MORE

How to Make the Best Frittata

How to Make the Best Frittata

Eggs for dinner are fun. READ MORE

How to Make the Best Pork Chops

How to Make the Best Pork Chops

Dinner that really hits the spot. READ MORE

How to Make the Best Rice Pudding

How to Make the Best Rice Pudding

Creamy, comforting goodness. READ MORE

How to Make the Best Quesadillas

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 effort. Quesadillas are infinitely adaptable: make them a meal with large flour tortillas, or gluten-free with corn tortillas. A little low-fat cheese and a lot of vegetables, and they could almost pass for a health food; on the flip side, a generous pile of shredded Jack could be the remedy for a bad hangover. READ MORE

How to Make the Best Steamed Mussels

How to Make the Best Steamed Mussels

Winy, buttery finger food. READ MORE

How to Make the Best Vegetable Stir-Fry

How to Make the Best Vegetable Stir-Fry

A quick, healthy dinner. READ MORE

How to Make the Best Flank Steak

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 steak would have been soon to follow. Heck, somebody, anybody, down the line could have come up with a definitive answer on the subject. This never happened, however. The debate over the best way of cooking beef to temperature and getting a nice, crusty sear is as heated as ever, and there are plenty of exhaustive explanations to back each side up. Steak ranks high on the list of things that seem so fundamental yet are improbably difficult to agree upon, right up there with world peace and Sunday brunch. READ MORE

How to Make the Best Vegetable Chips

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 smugness one feels as one power-eats a sheet pan of hot, crackly kale or crispy carrot chips. It goes something like: "sweet Lord, I can't stop eating these" and "I'll never jaw my way through a kale salad again!" and "I'm getting vitamins and fiber–WOOO!" READ MORE