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What's the Difference?

What's the difference between yams and sweet potatoes? Prawns and shrimp? Stock and broth? Chowhounds and foodies? Get answers from your fellow 'hounds, or offer your own!

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Difference between ribs 1-3 or 4-7 on a standing rib roast?

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by hungryinmanhattan 6 years ago

I am buying my first standing rib roast. I see it is available at ribs 1-3 or 4-7. Can someone tell me which to buy and what the difference is? And, may I ask, how many will each rib or size roast ...

Old-fashioned oats vs. quick-cooking oats

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by Katie Nell 13 years ago

I understand what the difference between old-fashioned oats and quick-cooking oats is, but don't know when to use what? When a recipe calls for just oats or rolled oats, what is it referring to? ...

Caster sugar or icing sugar for shortbread cookies?

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by desserina 5 years ago

I've seen recipes using superfine sugar, some using icing sugar and I just wanted to know what's the difference in the final product? Does it affect the taste or the texture or whatever? Thanks! xo

Popovers vs Yorkshire Pudding

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by conroyea 12 years ago

Just curious, what is the difference between popovers and Yorkshire pudding?

Which ham is better?

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by odatlynn 10 years ago

I'm making out my grocery list and a shank ham and a butt portion ham are on sale. The butt costs a little more. Which should I get? And what is the difference. If anyone knows..TIA

Difference between Whisky & Scotch ?

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by joannebenz 10 years ago

Can anybody explain the difference between Whisky and Scotch? Is Johnnie Walker "Whisky" or is it "Scotch"? What about Jack Daniel's? And what is "Scotch Whisky"?

How come Pacific salmon is considered superior to Atlantic salmon?

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by MrFerociousDinosaur 8 months ago

Seriously, why? The way I see it, Pacific salmon is an expensive, strong-tasting, dry, less nutritious, less versatile, and less sustainable choice. Meanwhile, Atlantic salmon is an economical, ni...

black pepper vs. white pepper

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by pamd 12 years ago

What is the real difference for a recipe. I've only used white when specifically noted in recipes. When I cook, not from a recipe, I always use black, so how would I know if white would be a better...

is half and half the same as single cream?

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by drdawn 13 years ago

I've just moved to the US from Britain. There we have single cream and double cream, double being the fattier of the two and capable of being whipped. Is half and half single cream, or is there li...

Genoa salami vs. hard salami, and prosciutto opinions

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by Big Bad Voodoo Lou 13 years ago

What is the difference between genoa salami and hard salami? I know genoa usually has the little peppercorns, but other than that, I find them very similar-tasting. I usually buy the cheap vacuum...

Sriracha vs "chili garlic sauce"

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by fldhkybnva 6 years ago

Is there a difference between the Sriracha (Huy Fong brand) in the bottle with the squeeze green cap vs the smaller plastic jar with the twist off cap?

Flat Iron vs Ribeye Beef?

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by MrFerociousDinosaur 8 months ago

I am looking for some flat iron steak to buy for a cookbook that I'm writing, which I know is similar to beef ribeye except it's more tender, more evenly marbled, and cheaper. Problem is, I can't s...

What's the difference between a dutch oven, casserole, and brasier?

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by E_M 9 years ago

I am a cooking ignoramus. I was inspired by Julie & Julia to dust off "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" and am more confused than ever. On WS, (which has great pictures for reference), they ...

Fry pans: what's the diff? stainless steel vs. nonstick vs. blue steel

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by nooodles 13 years ago

I'm torn. Which is the best all-purpose fry pan? I don't want to get more than one because I really don't do any of the below very often, but when I do it's almost impossible because all I have is ...

European style butter vs. regular every day U.S.butter

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by Kristine 14 years ago

Sorry if it's a stupid question, but I've never had it, and there are quite a few postings that mention it (from Trader Joes of course)So I would like to give it a try. My question is what exactly ...

Creme Fraiche v. Sour Cream v. Mexican Crema

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by onocoffee 10 years ago

Can someone explain to me the difference between the three? I've looked at recipes for all of them and they're pretty much the same. The flavors of the commercial ones I've tried are a bit differ...

Flower mushrooms

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by HaveSpoonWillCook 1 year ago

I've run out of flower mushrooms and the last time I shopped for them at a little store, I was pointed towards shiitake with cracked caps that looked meaty and somewhat similar, but with none of th...

Self raising vs self rising flour

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by eenie1 3 years ago

Is it British vs American terminology or is there actually a difference?