"Friends" is no more. Instead you may read people and people may read you. Read what, you ask? The Reading List, of course.
Check it here (if you're logged in): http://www.chow.com/profile/reading
The Reading List in myCHOW is an aggregate of recent posts from 'Hounds you are reading. It's private so no one else can see it or who you are reading. Add people to your reading list from their profile and remove them from your reading list from your 'Favorites' page.
The Reading List updates automatically about every 15 minutes. Enjoy.