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Ideas, advice, and what to make now from the Chowhound community and CHOW editors.

Slow Cooker Mango Tapioca Pudding

Mango sticky rice is my all-time favorite dessert. It even beats out my sweet-tooth staples (green tea Kit Kat bars, salted fudge brownies, chocolate–peanut butter ice cream). Unfortunately, it's not a dessert you can just whip up. READ MORE

World Cup Menu: Global Score!

Ah, the World Cup. Even if you’re not a slave to your bracket, chances are you’ll stay current, if only out of a voyeuristic sense of global adventure. Speaking of which, we’ve come up with a sort of bracket of our own, a menu inspired by six national teams. READ MORE

How to Make Crispy Fried Avocados for Tacos

I've been on a taco quest in the past couple of weeks, playing around with breakfast tacos and trying to come up with a great vegetarian taco that isn't just a bunch of sautéed zucchini and peppers wrapped in a tortilla. I think I've done it. READ MORE

Slow Cooker Savory Oatmeal

I put together a set of savory oatmeal toppings a few years ago titled Oatmeal for Dinner. I remember adding sausage as a topping and thinking it would be great to get the sausage flavor into the oats themselves, instead of just sitting on the surface. That's how this recipe was born. READ MORE

Make These Delicious Fried Egg Tacos

Tacos and fried eggs are my two favorite things: Why not combine them? So I came up with these seven variations on the breakfast taco, all of them topped with an egg fried sunny-side up. I think the best thing about fried egg tacos is what happens to the yolk: It breaks when you pick up the taco, coating the filling with a rich yellow sauce. READ MORE

7 Ideas for Chilled Soups This Summer

It’s hot outside and I’m sweating up a storm, which can only mean one thing: cold soup season! Thanks to hungry and hot contributors to our community discussion boards, I’ve got seven new ways to chill out this summer. READ MORE

Slow Cooker Bourbon Ribs for Father’s Day

Welcome to Slow Cooker Sunday! Plug in and chill out for what’s supposed to be the laziest day of the week. READ MORE

5 Ingredients to Up Your Baking Game

Whether you’re baking chocolate chip cookies or a fancy three-layer cake with lemon curd and whipped cream frosting, the quality of ingredients can make a huge difference in the final product. By following a few tips from fellow pastry chefs, and splurging on a few ingredients (which is easy thanks to online specialty stores), your baked goods will go from amateur to professional quality in no time. Here are five ingredients that will up your baking game: READ MORE

Berries Are Back! Make One of These Amazing Tarts and Pies

Berries are a presence in the supermarket year-round, but anticipation for the summer berry season is still a thing. Turning those warm-weather strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries into tarts and pies is the highlight of our cooking calendar—here are five recipes we love. Serve any one of them still warm, with a scoop of ice cream or a soft, vanilla-scented clump of whipped cream, and leave the memory of the cold months—and bad-season berries—behind. READ MORE

We Learned How to Make These Perfect Meatballs

“The idea is to rethink the meatball,” Huw Thornton says. He looks a little like the Celtic gladiator in some Spartacus movie, only instead of wielding a sword today he’s using a chef’s knife to cut up pork shoulder, the first step in what’ll lead, eventually, to a meatball and beer lunch in the CHOW offices. READ MORE