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When a recipe calls for 'chili sauce,' what do you use?

by Jjjr 5 years ago

Just a question out of curiousity. Whenever I see a recipe that calls for 'chili sauce,' I get a little annoyed b...

paulj commented 3 days ago

Basmati rice in rice cooker

by mliew 11 years ago

Whenever I make basmati rice in my rice cooker, it always comes out sticky and clumps together. It never comes out l...


ukc commented 4 days ago

Taking the heat out of my too spicy chili

by foodrocks 11 years ago

So last night I decided to make this great sounding chili recipe I got off of the Craigslist message board for Chicke...


Rockin commented 10 days ago

How to make soda flat ... quickly?

by ipsedixit 10 years ago

Is there a way to make soda go flat quickly? Other than just leaving the can or bottle open and letting the carb...

DonShirer commented 13 days ago

How to reduce the acidity in citrus juices?

by racer x 7 years ago

Is there a way to reduce the acidity of citrus drinks (orange juice, lemonade, grapefruit juice, etc) without sacrifi...


artemis2556 commented 22 days ago

My Home-baked bread is too dense

by gatorfoodie 9 years ago

I'm just getting into home bread baking. I've been using the basic recipies from Bittman's "How to Cook Everything". ...


alanSA commented 26 days ago

Tips on making croissants?

by atlantanative 11 years ago

I don't usually bake much, but have a craving for croissants and thought I'd give it a shot (yikes!) Anyone with mor...


amandathecook commented 1 month ago

Getting odors out of tupperware/plastic containers?

by FML 14 years ago

What's the best way to get smells out of plastic storage containers? Despite my constant scrubbing and frequent wash...


Rocg commented 1 month ago

What to do with unripe cantaloupe?

by WhatsEatingYou 4 years ago

I cut up a whole cantaloupe but soon realized that it was not quite ripe yet. It is sort of crunchy and does not hav...


jinjia3 commented 1 month ago

Chicken Parmigiana, Looking To Step Up My Game

by zackly 1 month ago

So I live in suburban NYC with an Italian restaurant or deli practically on every street corner. Chicken Parmigiana i...


zackly commented 1 month ago

Why aren't my waffles crispy? Help!

by Scirocco 9 years ago

We make waffles frequently on the weekends and I just can't seem to get them to come out crispy from the waffle iron....

mrshalf commented 2 months ago

Slow-Cooking Brisket in an Oven

by mborghese 6 years ago

Hi there; I just bought a whole beef brisket (10lbs). I created a Texas-style dry rub from a recipe I found on...


mjtcrp commented 2 months ago

Chuck roast on a stovetop and tender... is this possible?

by Katie Nell 10 years ago

I made Marcella's Pot Roast of Beef with Garlic, Anchovies, Vinegar and Pancetta from Marcella Says last night. It c...


antarcticsub commented 2 months ago

Home-Smoking Meat Without a Smoker – It Can Be Done!

by OffTheBeatenPlate 4 years ago

I was REALLY in the mood for some Smoked Duck Pastrami yesterday. Problem is, unless you have the room and disposable...


Peter99 commented 2 months ago

Help with burning miso

by MmeSylvie 2 months ago

I've tried twice to make burnt miso for a miso butterscotch recipe. The instructions say to layer shiro miso thinly o...

dave_c commented 2 months ago

Chicago Deep Dish Pizza Crust Recipe - How do I get that Buttery Goodness?

by Aloo0628 9 years ago

I visited Chicago a couple weeks ago and simply cannot shake this craving for that seriously buttery and delicious cr...


cherwal47 commented 2 months ago

Please share your 'secret' to baking whole wheat bread!

by FluffyKiwiFruit08 1 year ago

I have been trying (and failing) to bake bread using all whole wheat flour. I do not want to add white flour if at al...

bakeathomedogmom commented 2 months ago

Rinsing Quinoa

by Reddyrat 9 years ago

Does anyone have any suggestions for rinsing quinoa. I have a colander with very small holes, but the quinoa is smal...


wdtcm commented 2 months ago

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