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.
This classic should be in every Southern woman's repertoire. A moist, delicious Chocolate-Mayonnaise Cake pleases crowds of all ages, and is the perfect dessert to bring to a neighbor, to a potluck, or to a summer party.