You don't need to enjoy it in cocktails to make good use of a bottle of bourbon: It makes a great ingredient when cooking, enhancing everything from barbecue sauce and marinades to chocolate cakes and pecan pie.
Indian cooks get the most flavor out of spices like cumin, mustard seeds, and chiles through tadka, the process of tempering spices in hot fat prior to adding the mixture to a dish. Find just the right pan for tempering Indian spices and put this flavor-boosting trick to work in your kitchen.
While green bell peppers lack the sweetness of their fully ripe red and yellow counterparts, there are lots of delicious ways to cook with them, from stuffed peppers to pizza and Spanish tapas.
You don't have to become a knife expert just to find a great knife that'll make your food preparation a pleasure. Slice through the endless options and find a reasonably priced, high-quality chef's knife that you'll use for years.
Choucroute garnie is an Alsatian dish of sauerkraut braised with pork sausages and various cuts of fresh and cured pork, and is a hearty dish perfect for the cold months. Find out what kind of sausage and which cuts of pork Chowhounds favor in this dish, as well as which spices they use and what to serve alongside.
It's OK to admit it if you don't see what the big deal is about Peruvian food—but don't give up on it yet! Let Chowhounds show you what Peruvian cuisine has to offer. From the ocean to the mountains, be tempted by tangy ceviches and skewers of flavorful beef heart—and of course those succulent sauces that turn even plain white bread into an irresistible treat.
Burns are no fun, but putting your hand in a heavy, floppy oven mitt takes away all grace and dexterity. Find out Chowhounds' various solutions for handling hot pans safely without sacrificing agility.
Making your own vanilla extract is very simple, involving just three ingredients: vanilla beans, alcohol, and time. The end result is also often of better quality and value than store-bought, according to Chowhounds. Check out hounds' favorite methods for homemade vanilla, plus which kinds of liquor they prefer to use and sources for well-priced vanilla beans.
If you make frittata-style omelets finished under the broiler, a crêpe pan might do what other frying pans can't: safely go from stovetop to the broiler while giving good nonstick release. Get pan recommendations and advice for safe, perfect frittatas.