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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!

What Is the Difference Between Tequila and Mezcal?

There's a never a day more suited than National Mezcal Day (Oct. 21) to wonder: What is the difference between tequila and mezcal? They're both made from agave, sure, but different species from different...
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Ground Round same as Ground Chuck?

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by kjonyou 11 months ago

So I went to a real butcher shop, asked for ground chuck and when the guy started digging into the case I told him I wanted chuck not round. He told me they were the same. Is that true? I though...

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

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by hungryinmanhattan 8 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 ...

What's the real difference between ancho and pasillo chile peppers?

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by Bakermon 11 years ago

According to Wikipedia, the only real difference is shape. But according to Pacific Food Importers and World Spice, there are varietal differences. Wiki says anchos are part of the pasillo family...

Pork Back Ribs v Pork Baby Back Ribs

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by CocoaNut 10 years ago

Technically, from a butcher's perspective, is there a difference between the cut of ribs labeled "Baby Back" vs simply "Back" ribs? This past weekend at the grocery, I picked up a package of rib...

can I use hominy to make nixtamal?

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by foodfirst 15 years ago

I live in a country barren of corn tortillas. A possible sop for my craving: one of the Bayless books has a recipe for a large banana leaf-baked tamal, dough made from nixtamal. I have New Mexica...

Holiday Fruitcakes & Panettones: what's to like?

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by gutreactions 1 year ago

Do you enjoy fruitcake or panettone? Are they comparable? They are certainly popular during the Holiday season. So, tell me of the best, or the worst...

black pepper vs. white pepper

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by pamd 14 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...

convection bake/ convection roast -what is the difference

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by BJE 13 years ago

My new oven has two convection modes, bake and roast. Does it operate differently in each mode? In the convection bake my fan doesn't seem to come on at all. I am wondering if there is something...

What's the difference between a Big Mac and the Bob's Big Boy Classic burger?

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by ipsedixit 11 years ago

This recent thread on the Los Angeles board on a recent opening of a Bob's Big Boy http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/684870#comments not only brought back fond, nostalgic memories, but also got me ...

Difference between Whisky & Scotch ?

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by joannebenz 12 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"?

Tart & Sour: what's the difference?

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by gutreactions 1 year ago

Please help me understand the differences between food & beverage that would be considered tart or sour....

Old-fashioned oats vs. quick-cooking oats

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by Katie Nell 15 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 7 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

Which ham is better?

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by odatlynn 11 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

How come Pacific salmon is considered superior to Atlantic salmon?

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by MrFerociousDinosaur 2 years 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...