There are all kinds of granolas on the market, but making your own is simple to do, and you can mix and match ingredients, varying the sweeteners, nuts, dried fruits, seeds, and even grains to suit your own taste. Check out the granola recipes Chowhounds love to use as blueprints for their custom creations.
Chowhound's newest board, Food Quests, is all about do-it-yourself food projects. So if you're embarking on a new food adventure, whether it's making your own cheese, butchering meat, brewing your own beer, or learning how to can homemade jam, this is the place for you. The board also features a new posting format where you can vote for your favorite responses. Check it out, and start a food quest of your own.
What’s your cooking Achilles heel? You can be a great home chef, but there’s that one dish you haven’t been able to master, the thing you’ve tried and given up on, the dish you’d love to add to your repertoire, if only the right expert—smart, experienced, and unintimidating—could walk you through it.
Welcome to Kitchen Coach, our new series to help you conquer your cooking fears. We take a dish you’ve been dying to master, then find the ideal expert to break it down for you, step-by-step, without making you feel like a klutz: what to buy, how to cook it perfectly, and where to go get further inspiration. For you high achievers, we’ll also assign an extra-credit project to help you go deep. READ MORE
When you don't want the hassle of deep-frying chicken wings and grilling's not an option, cooking them in the oven is a good alternative. There are several methods for getting wings really crispy, including baking at high heat, steaming first to render the fat, and tossing with baking soda to dry the skin before cooking.
Some serious home cooks find their microwaves to be indispensable; for others, a microwave just takes up valuable kitchen space. Find out what jobs 'hounds do with their microwaves that ovens simply can't duplicate, plus a surefire way to know if you really need your microwave before you kick it to the curb.
Fans swear by their pressure cookers to produce beans, stews, stock, and even risotto, but this is one kitchen tool that can seem really intimidating. Check out the cookbooks and blogs that Chowhounds recommend for a solid grounding in pressure-cooking basics and great recipes.
Paddle graters, box graters, Microplanes, and more—which grater works best for your common kitchen jobs? From the shape of the holes to the overall construction, find the right tool for grating hard cheeses, soft cheeses, even vegetables for mirepoix.
Do you exploit your freezer to its full potential? A freezer stocked with carefully packaged pre-prepped ingredients and homemade prepared foods makes it easy to pull together quick meals or offer dessert to unexpected guests. Find out which foods freeze well and which don't, as well as how to wrap food to avoid freezer burn and the best ways to defrost each item.
If you have access to a Polish grocery store, you have a window into a living old-world cuisine. If you're a food explorer, learn how to go beyond kielbasa and rye bread with this introduction to Polish groceries, from homey pierogies to exotic dishes made with tripe or duck's blood. Find out how Polish meats, dairy products, and prepared foods can add savor to your international kitchen.
Simpler to make than pie, warm apple crisp with buttery streusel topping has lots of homey allure. When it comes to what kind of apple to use, many Chowhounds take a mix-and-match approach, combining two or more types for balanced texture and flavor. See which apples 'hounds recommend for crisps, along with their favorite unusual and delicious additions to the filling and topping.