Don't let that pesky second skin on fava beans keep you from enjoying them this spring. CHOW.com's Lisa Lavery shares a technique that'll speed up the peeling process.
Don't Throw Away Pea Pods
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.
Adding a bit of coffee flour to box brownie mix not only contributes richer flavor and a slight caffeine boost, but also delivers a whopping dose of potassium. Just 1 tablespoon of coffee flour contains 310 mg of potassium. Read more.
Homemade mayonnaise is surprisingly easy to make, and since it tastes so much better than store-bought, it may sway even avowed mayo-haters. Plus, you can turn it into all sorts of other sauces and dips. Read more.