For baked potatoes with fluffy interiors and deliciously crispy skin, how should you prep them for the oven? Find out the merits of leaving the potatoes bare versus rubbing them with oil, and whether it ever makes sense to wrap them in foil.
The dressed-up Indian cooking at Pippali is winning over Chowhounds. Opened in September by veterans of Tamarind, Chola, and Chennai Garden (whose old space Pippali occupies), the newcomer offers a pan-subcontinental menu that ranges from tandoori meats to southern-style dosa to the lamb-and-grain stew haleem (pictured).
La Cañada Flintridge isn’t known for its culinary offerings, but the Flintridge Proper gives new reason to visit the hillside suburb. The bar and kitchen, designed by Gjelina architect Sam Marshall, has something to please everyone, from spicy duck wings and house-made pickles to fresh-baked pastries at breakfast. Then there’s the cocktail bar, packed with hundreds of types of gin.
Is Ridgewood the next Williamsburg? The arrival of Houdini Kitchen Laboratory will only encourage that kind of talk. Opened six weeks ago in a brewery-turned-art-space by the owner of the fondly remembered Miss Williamsburg diner, it's turning out first-rate thin-crust pizza that Chowhounds consider the neighborhood's best.
Plotting a trip to Sonoma County during Christmas week? Locals recommend the "unpretentious, casual" flair at places like Cafe Citti, Fremont Diner, and El Molino Central.
Sharp cheddar cheese and tart apple pie are a classic combination—but how, exactly, do you put the two together? Find out methods to create a melty layer of cheddar atop your special homemade apple pie—with minimal or maximum fuss, depending on your cooking style.
At week-old Fung Tu, a chef who cooked at Per Se transforms flavors from the Chinese kitchen in a style described as "creative Chinese-American." That phrase raises alarms among some purists, but Chowhound mitchleeny finds a lot to like—small plates like duck-stuffed dates; big ones like steamed local sea bream with fennel, tangerine, and black bean; and bitter/sweet chocolate–peanut butter sesame balls for dessert.
What makes dark-colored tomatoes so special? Chowhounds explain why so-called black tomatoes, ranging in color from brown to purple, are worth seeking out, especially when it's not tomato season where you live.