Most people toss out the fibrous outer shells of pea pods like they're garbage—but they're not! Christine Yue Gallary, associate food editor at CHOW.com, shows how, with just a little effort, the pods can be used just like the peas.
How to Remove the Seeds from a Chile Pod
In order to cut the pod into perfect circles.
How to Get the Seeds Out of a Vanilla Pod
Sarabeth Levine, author and owner of Sarabeth's, makes her case for baking with real vanilla, and demonstrates some cost-saving measures.
A Menu Worthy of Returning to Twin Peaks
In anticipation of the return of Twin Peaks, we look back at the best food moments from the cult classic.
Chicken Tortilla Soup
Softened vegetables, including onions and bell peppers, amped up with spices like chili powder, cumin, oregano, and cayenne, form the base of this tortilla soup. Chicken broth and tomatoes are added, along with soft corn tortillas that meld into the liquid to make a hearty, thick meal. Finally, shredded chicken is stirred in, and everything is garnished with crunchy tortilla strips, sour cream, shredded cheese, and scallions (avocados, pickled jalapeños, and cilantro would all work too).
Best Chicken Quesadilla
Crunchy, gooey, and crazy delicious, these chicken and cheese quesadillas are super simple to make, and even easier to eat. Before you start, prep some pico de gallo (or whatever kind of salsa you like) and guacamole for topping, and don't forget the sour cream.