Gail Simmons gives us her list of pantry must-haves. Ingredients you should always have around to enhance and boost the flavor of all your meals. It's the little things that keep life interesting. Read more here.
Chefs Joanne Chang and Karen Akunowicz from Myers + Chang in Boston, show us how to use lemongrass. It's the central ingredient in their Green Monster, infusing the stir-fry with unique bright, citrusy, and floral-herbal fragrance. Read more.
Have a mouse pad, but not using it? Boston University student and CHOW.com intern Austin Pohlen shows how to repurpose it. This special College Edition CHOW tip is part of a series aimed at helping students on a budget with food and entertaining while living away from home.