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Do Hounders Still Eat At or Enjoy Steakhouses?

by kelvin_of_ranard 4 days ago

Received a generous invitation to a well known and “sophisticated” SoCal steakhouse! The evening started well and the conversation was friendly, but the Onion Soup was served lukewarm! Determined...


Crumbly Sausage

by Hefeweizen1 24 hours ago

Recently started getting into making my own sausage and went in there without the elaborate research. Get nothing but crumbly, dry sausage. Appears that I did not have the meat cold enough? Ques...

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What's your GO-TO meal if you're feeling sick?

by seefoo 4 days ago

my wife enjoys the classics. chicken soup. of course part of her reasoning is that she gets to stay home and i make it for her., if its Me? (i'm not cooking) Soon-Du-Bu-Jigea. Korean Soft T...

Fruits these days... goes bad before ripening

by BamiaWruz 8 years ago

It's been over 4 years now that I've noticed that almost all fruits go bad instead of ripenning. Is it just me or is anyone noticing this? I'm not one of those people who forgets about their...

Date Nut Bread and Cream Cheese

by Michael S 18 years ago

I grew up eating these sandwiches. If I am not mistaken the brand name of the bread was Dromedary. It was a fixture on the Chock Full O'Nuts menu. The last time I saw it on a menu was also in NY at...


by OElder 10 months ago

We have caviar 1 time a year, Christmas morning. Now with Russian Beluga being outlawed I'm wondering what folks are thinking of the farm raised options? I have enjoyed Osetra and Sevruga before....

How do you eat a large Italian?

by Ferrari328 22 days ago

Having not grown up in this country it might be a stupid question. Having recently bought a large Italian on braided from Anthony's Italian Specialties in Stoneham, I'm baffled. If you try to eat t...

Another Cook it or Toss it Post

by JerkPork 28 days ago

I know in theory it is supposed to be tossed but what does everyone else do? Took out a vacuum sealed 1lb frozen pack of ground beef put it on the counter at about 9PM with the intention of stickin...

What's been your best culinary encounter this summer?

by gutreactions 15 days ago

Summer is not officially over until Sept. 22, but I was wondering what interesting summer culinary experiences Chowhounds have had this season. Could have been during a trip, at a local farmers mar...

Counterintuitive Pleasures

by JeffinNYC 27 days ago

Are there foods so tart, hot, or salty that you love eating them, even though, objectively, they cause at least a modicum of discomfort? This is not a phenomenon unique to food. People love hor...

Chili Pequin and Tepin

by bjd 14 years ago

Hello, Two chili-related questions: • Is there a difference between the pequin and tepin chilies? They’re both extremely hot and small. (Also, sometimes it’s spelled “chiltepin.”) Pictures...

Toss or Eat?

by amlyharo 10 days ago

I just realized this turkey has a used by date from a week ago. It's fully cooked, sealed and under constant refrigeration. Would you toss or eat it?

My cantaloupe tastes like nail polish remover. Anyone?

by Jeda 13 years ago

I cut open an organic cantaloupe last night, and while it wasn't as soft and ripe as I'd hoped, it was sweet and flavorful... but it tasted strongly like nail polish remover (acetone?). Has this ha...


Tomatoes good or bad?

by amandarose23 7 days ago

So I had tomatoes (plum I believe - but slightly larger maybe?) on my counter in the store plastics bag for 5 days. I totally forgot that my husband got them. When I opened them they seemed totally...

Why would someone order Chicken Parm at a diner?

by gutreactions 29 days ago

Or, Tacos at a local tavern? Or, Sushi Rolls at the supermarket? Why not go to an Italian, Mexican, or Asian restaurant? Wouldn't the dish be better? Perhaps price is a factor? Maybe you don't have...

Is there a difference between zeppole's and beignets?

by marlie202 12 years ago

Please let me know...I love them both-one a Cajun recipe and the other an Italian recipe??differences????

Eating a whole fish...

by gutreactions 1 year ago

It had been quite a while since I navigated a whole fish for dinner. In this case, it was at a popular Italian restaurant called Mamma Francesca in New Rochelle, N.Y. It was a large Branzino, with ...

Dried, uncooked wrinkly pinto beans?

by zarn 11 days ago

Are the wrinkly ones bad? Should they all be smooth? Pic below, two smooth on bottom for reference, wrinklies on top.

What’s wrong with these greens?!

by borisabrams 23 days ago

Hey! So I have been buying salads which have been triple washed just lunches lately. I have been storing it in the fridge at the bottom and the fridge is cold! Lately these greens have been ...