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20 Basic Cooking Techniques That Every Home Chef Should Master

<b>There are an endless amount of cooking techniques one should know</b>, but let's just start with the basics. Master these 20, and we'll definitely be coming over for dinner.

Cooking

34 Cooking Moments When You Know You've Nailed It

It's hard to tell when you've finally achieved the ideal pan-seared fish skin or grill marks on a steak. These photos show us how it's done so you can get it right every time.<p><b>There comes a moment in every cook's life</b> when you know you got it right. The butter's ideally melted, the steak's expertly …

Cooking

How to Make Refreshing, Bubbly Homemade Sodas

Seasonal fruit and some soda water are all you need to get your bubble fix at home.<p>When we're in the mood for a treat, few things are more appealing than a tall, ice-filled glass of homemade soda. We like it loads more than the canned stuff not just because it's healthier, but also because it just</i> …

Recipes

5 Easy, Delicious Pasta Dishes for Your Next Carb Fix

Sometimes pasta is a necessity.<p>Sometimes pasta is a necessity. Maybe you're carbo-loading for a marathon, or maybe you just need a little taste of Italy as a wistful reminder of that carefree, sun-drenched trip you took up the Amalfi Coast after a grueling eleven-hour-day under the fluorescent …

Amalfi Coast

Making Your Own Mustard Is Easier Than You Think

It's easier than you think.<p>If you've never thought to make your own mustard, now is the time. Spring is here. Summer barbecues filled with hot dogs and hamburgers are on the horizon. In other words, you'll be needing a lot of mustard soon. Making mustard from scratch is easier than it sounds, and …

Recipes

Upgrade Your Grilled Hot Dogs!

This Fourth of July, go beyond boring dogs<p>Other proteins will occupy grill grate space this weekend, but July 4th, really, is all about the hot dog. Today, July 1st, kicks off National Hot Dog Month. On Independence Day, Americans will eat approximately 150 million hot dogs in total, projects the …

Americans Are Expecting Too Much from Their Penises

People are pretty bad at guessing the average length of an erect penis.<p>People—despite personal experience, popular culture, and biting political commentary (thanks, Donald Trump)—are not too good at pinpointing the average length of an erect penis.<p>According to a survey of 2,100 men and women from …

Stoner Icons 311 Prepare to Launch Their Own Craft Beer

Iconic 90's stoner band <b>311</b> is getting into the craft beer biz. According to Radio.com, "the Omaha band has teamed up Rock Brothers in Tampa, Fla., and Nebraska Brewing in Papillion, Neb." to create their first brew, which will be an amber ale. (That seems appropriate, given that "Amber" is probably …

Boo Fries Are The South's Glorious Version Of Poutine

Another gift from the South.<p>By now the poutine craze has peaked and subsided a bit. Poutine -- Canada's gift to the world, of French fries doused in gravy and topped with cheese curds -- will never be forgotten. We will continue to crave the squeak of its gravy-smothered curds til the end of days. …

French Fries

Take It Slow

Slo-Cooker. Crock-Pot. Lifesaver. Whatever you call it, you probably already love your slow cooker for soups, stews, braises and the like. But …

1 Caramel Sauce, 3 Ways to Use It

<i>This article is brought to you by our friends at</i> <i>Electrolux</i> <i>as part of an ongoing series focusing on seasonal ingredients. This month we're talking caramel.</i><p><i>Today: Sweeten your snacking routine with an infusion of caramel.</i><p>It's easy to fall into a rut during the winter months. With our eyes fixed …

Award Shows

The 2015 Tournament of Cookbooks -- Day 7

<i>Welcome to The Piglet! Catch up on the full list of books and judges, score your own copies in the shop, and print out a bracket to follow along. Round 1 of The Piglet is brought to you by our friends at Squarespace.</i><p><i>Today: We're on day 7 of Round 1! Head here for a refresher course on our cookbook</i> …

Squarespace

8 Hacks For Outsmarting an Impossible Kitchen

Our writer shows us how he turned his houseboat kitchen into a yacht-size space.<p>When I answered the call of the sea, I didn't think about cooking. The small dimensions of my 44-foot long houseboat—pretty much the tiniest one you can get—had me asking seemingly more important questions. How can I …

Making Better Pasta

Pasta is the king of the pantry—incredibly versatile and reliably delicious; it's our go-to dinner more often than we'd like to admit. But even we …

How to Recycle Jeans into a Garden Apron - CHOW Tip

Fried Chicken and Waffles at Amy Ruth's - NY CHOW Report

How to Make the Crispiest Fried Chicken Wings Ever - CHOW Tip

How to Make an Easy Brined Turkey - The Easiest Way

The Science-y Way to Shop for Pans - MDRN KTCHN

Make Butter In Your Blender - CHOW Tip

These Are the Best Onion Rings You'll Ever Make at Home

Can one even achieve greatness when the dish is so simple and the stakes are so low?<p><i>By Matt Duckor, Epicurious</i><p>Photo by Ditte Isager<p>Most of the foods we loved in our youth are forgettable when you really think about it. Eating Bagel Bites is like struggling to chew off damp pieces of cardboard. …

Onion Rings

The Trick To Perfectly Boiled Eggs, Every Time

Take the guess work out of boiled eggs.<p>There's a decent amount of guess work that goes into boiling eggs, and not a lot of room for error. The difference between soft boiled or hard boiled is just a matter of minutes. And should you forget to set a timer -- which happens to us more times than we …

Eggs

How to Poach Eggs