While most vinaigrettes don't take long to make, it's handy to have several salads' worth of dressing on hand for pulling meals together quickly. Find out how long vinaigrettes keep in the fridge, and whether it matters if they include lemon juice or garlic—plus important safety info on storing garlic in oil.
Tart green Granny Smith apples make a welcome addition to seasonal dishes, whether baked in desserts, added to salads or puréed vegetable soups, or braised with pork or cabbage.
Find out what makes apple cider so special compared to regular apple juice—even perfectly innocent cider with no alcohol content! Learn how natural cider leaves the character of the apples intact, and find new, mouth-watering uses for great cider, like homemade apple-cider caramels.
Most of us need to tighten the purse strings now and again, but luckily, with a bit of know-how, it's possible to cook and eat well inexpensively. Check out these Chowhound tips for savvy shopping and creating delicious, low-cost meals.
Does your bread machine turn out dense, heavy, deflated loaves? Bread machines save tons of time, but even their biggest fans agree that they accomplish some tasks better than others. Find out when to step in and take over to turn out light, airy loaves—in a fraction of the time it would take to do it all by hand.
Dried cherries lend an intense pop of flavor to all kinds of sweet and savory dishes, from breakfast granola, scones, and cakes to chicken salad and sauce for duck.
You know that greasy layer on your silicone baking mats that never comes off, even with soap? Learn how to get rid of it quickly and effectively—and also why some Chowhounds prefer their mats "seasoned" with the greasy layer intact.
Tired of a smoke-filled kitchen when you sear meat in a blazing-hot cast-iron pan? One solution is to take the pan outside and use it on your grill. Learn the best way to preheat and position your pan on the grill, and how to avoid too much temperature loss when you add the food.
Love coffee, but can't handle the acidity? Find delicious low-acid coffee by learning which regions produce the least acidic beans, and which roast level minimizes acid. And find out if the commercial low-acid concentrates are worth drinking.
The big day is coming soon, and CHOW has everything you need to make your Thanksgiving shine. Check the Essential Guide to Thanksgiving for inspiration.