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Recipe inspiration, tips, and kitchen hacks from the Chowhound editors.

Feta: The Great Cheese Debate

“What’s in a name?” This is the question journalist Philip Blenkinsop posed in an article he wrote for Reuters about the feta cheese dispute. READ MORE

Our 11 Favorite Recipes for Cooking Chicken Thighs

There are two kinds of people in the world. Those who like dark meat, and those who look great in bikinis. For the 95% of us, this list is for you.


What’s the Difference Between Bananas and Plantains?

They may look similar, but there’s no mistaking the taste of a plantain for that of a banana. Both fruits come from plants belonging to the genus musa, a family of heat-loving herbs native to southeast Asia and the south Pacific (banana trees, biologically speaking, are not trees, but giant herbs). READ MORE

Cook This Chicken Tonight, and Have Lunch and Dinner All Week

What’s better than roasted chicken on a Sunday evening, especially if you’ve followed our advice for the perfectly cooked one. But if you are cooking a big bird, odds are you might be left with more than a few leftovers.


9 Ways to Eat More Italian-Style Meatballs

The Italian meatball doesn’t need to be invited to the party. It is the party, bestowing good vibes wherever it goes. READ MORE

The Ultimate “Farewell Summer, Hello Fall” Guide

Threshold seasons—the few weeks when one season is ending and a new one’s launching, with the produce overlap that happens—are some of our favorite things on the yearly food calendar. READ MORE

A Top Chef’s Tips for Keeping It Healthy While Traveling

People often think of chefs as tied to their kitchens. Thanks to the elevated status of chefs these days, many of us spend more time traveling for TV show and cookbook appearances than we spend in the kitchen. READ MORE

9 Back-to-School Burrito Hacks for Fueling the Year Ahead

It’s that dreaded time of year for many of us – back to school. Sure, it means sweater-weather and new school supplies, but it also means bidding adieu to the dog days of summer and our free time. READ MORE

Oh, Snap! 9 Snapper Recipes Ranging from Apps to Entrees

Snapper is the signature fish of the Gulf of Mexico. With a firm flesh and a mild flavor, snapper is extremely versatile and can be used easily for any number of recipes from entrees, sandwiches, to hors d’oeuvres. READ MORE

10 Bahn Mi-Inspired Recipes That Go Beyond the Bun

The best bahn mi where I live is at a tiny shop (literally 4 stools) in a crap neighborhood that smells like…well…there are not public restrooms. However, it is THAT GOOD that I make the pilgrimage and also costs less than $4. READ MORE