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This Tangerine Margarita Is Just Perfect

With its grounding in earthy, slightly grassy agave tequila, and its tangy lime juice kick, the classic margarita is, well, classic. Sometimes you want to stretch the classics, though, and this pale orange margarita variation does just that. The tangerine juice gives it citrus personality, adding just the right complexity to the orange-slice sweetness of the Cointreau. READ MORE

Slow Cooker Pasilla Pulled Chicken

I almost never eat chicken breast. It’s too dry, or else you have to use really fattening things as accessories for flavor and texture. That became my jumping-off point with this recipe: How can I get a juicy, mouth-watering texture packed with the flavors I like and still keep it healthy? READ MORE

7 Ways to Spice It Up with Green Cardamom

Green cardamom has an elusive flavor unlike any other spice: floral and aromatic, delicate and strong (a little definitely goes a long way). Here are seven ideas from the creative home cooks on Chowhound for ways to use cardamom beyond flavoring chai. READ MORE

It’s Slow Cooker Sunday! Make This Spicy Pulled Pork.

This variation on pulled pork highlights flavors from Mexico, with a touch of the Yucatan. It's one of my favorites for Slow Cooker Sunday. The tart flavor of the tomatillos balances the earthy, slightly smoky achiote spice; the sweet-sour orange juice balances the spicy jalapeños. They all merge with the richness of the pork shoulder to make something really delicious and laid-back. READ MORE

We’re Making Brussels Sprouts Kimchi with Green Garlic

Thinking about current obsessions on the Chowhound General Topics board reminded me about a recipe I saw last year that I really wanted to make: Brussels Sprouts Kimchi. This is my first attempt at making kimchi and already I’m jumping off course, making up my own variation of Chef Jon Churan’s recipe before even trying it. I couldn’t find gochugaru (coarse Korean red pepper powder) so I used togarashi (Japanese sansho and seed powder). My personal current obsession is green garlic, so I'm using that in place of the onion and scallions. READ MORE

Celebrate Easter with Scotch Eggs

Scotch Eggs

Most Easter eggs are dyed, chocolate, or plastic and filled with jelly beans, but we took the Easter egg idea in a different direction: Scotch eggs. READ MORE

Diane Tran’s Pho Banh Mi Is Amazing

Muffins Muffins is a hole-in-the-wall sandwich shop down the street from the CHOW offices in San Francisco. It has taken care of me many times, filling the hole when desperate; a splash of color in a sea of suits and sunglasses. There are ex-CHOW staffers who still travel out of their way to get to Muffins Muffins for pork or tofu banh mi. The other day I noticed a sign taped to the window: PHO SANDWICH. Owner Diane Tran explained that she'd wanted to start offering pho, Vietnamese soup, but the kitchen in her tiny shop is too small to handle the huge stockpots she'd need. Instead, Tran combined pho ingredients in a sandwich. READ MORE

7 Sweet Ideas for Passover Desserts

The annual confluence of spring and Passover is pretty sweet—you want to celebrate with desserts to mark the occasion. These delicious ideas from the Chowhound Home Cooking board will have you and your Seder guests saying happy Pesach. READ MORE

How to Make Hefty Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups

Why would someone do this to lasagna, giving it the pigs-in-a-blanket treatment? Are individual rolled lasagnas better than the normal noodle stack you bake in a dish? These are questions I asked myself as I saw lasagna roll-up recipe after lasagna roll-up recipe on various food blogs. Were they a gimmick? I decided to find out. READ MORE

7 Quietly Awesome Ways to Use Cream Cheese

For most of us, cream cheese means bagels or cheesecake, but the dedicated and resourceful community on the Chowhound Home Cooking board sees far beyond schmears. Check out these seven recipes ideas that regard cream cheese as an essential ingredient for more cooking creativity. READ MORE