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

Make Your Own Free-Form Herb Crackers

I have a confession to make: I spend a lot of time on the King Arthur Flour blog. I’ve found some fantastic recipes there; this one for Gourmet Soda Crackers, by PJ Hamel, was a springboard for both the recipe here, Free-Form Herb Crackers, and for Nacho Cheese Crackers. I designed the herb crackers to serve with cheese; the nacho cheese crackers were the result of a fantasy about merging Cheez-Its with jalapeño rings—sort of a high-low thing. I only wish all my obsessions made me as happy as they do. Here’s part one: READ MORE

3 Quick Mustards for Corned Beef Sandwiches

You don’t have to be an Anglophile like me to love the British way of serving corned beef (a.k.a. salt beef) sandwiches, with English mustard and Branston Pickle. Branston Pickle is hard to find in the U.S., but fortunately, Colman’s English mustard powder isn’t. READ MORE

That Blood Orange Digestif You Made? Add It to Margaritas

It’s done: The blood orange digestif we started last week steeped for six days. (In case you missed it, CHOW photographer Chris Rochelle took the peel from half a dozen blood oranges and soaked them in two cups of grain alcohol.) READ MORE

The Hunt for Artisanal Worcestershire Sauce

We all love classic Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce, but is there an artisanal version of this crucial condiment and Caesar dressing ingredient? Chowhounds are on it.

The Great Enhancer—in a Squeeze Tube

Conveniently packaged in a tube that keeps well in the fridge, anchovy paste is a secret weapon for deepening the flavor of all kinds of dishes. While it's a classic addition to salad dressings, anchovy paste enhances everything from wilted greens to tomato sauce, even mashed potatoes.

The Sap Is Running! Prepare for Maple Syrup Season

March is just about time for the maple sap to begin to run, and 'hounds are sharing their favorite ways to use maple syrup, from traditional to surprising. Get inspired for late-winter cooking with these savory dishes, cocktails, and of course desserts, from candied sweet potatoes to pecan pie.

What’s Your Favorite Olive Oil Dispenser?

What's the best way for home cooks to dispense olive oil in an easy and tidy way? Find out time-tested solutions, from sturdy sprayers to cheap squeeze bottles. Learn what works best for 'hounds with kitchen habits like yours.

Baklava Tips for First-Timers

Sticky, sweet baklava—spiced nuts layered with phyllo dough and drenched with syrup—is a favored dessert in Greece and all over the Middle East. Depending on the region, walnuts or pistachios may be the filling of choice, but Chowhounds use all kinds of nuts, alone or in combination. See their favorite baklava fillings, along with suggestions for flavoring the syrup and tips on assembly.

Make Your Own Smoked Sriracha!

What’s even better than barrel-aging Sriracha? Smoking it. This is my sixth attempt at a smoked Sriracha in the style of Huy Fong Foods’ rooster sauce. This time, I was trying to make a sauce with a little less sugar and a bit more natural sweetness (I used a small amount of dark brown sugar and a cooked carrot). I’ve been playing around with my stovetop hot smoker—it’s such an easy way to make all kinds of things taste more interesting, with greater depth to the flavor. The maple chips I used added a smoky-sweet taste perfect for this sauce. READ MORE

Butter Plus Soy Equals Obsession

Who knew? Two pantry fixtures—salty, umami-rich soy sauce and creamy butter—marry to make a condiment Chowhounds just can't resist. Whether simply dressing a bowl of steamed rice, livening up popcorn or steamed vegetables, or used as a baste for roasted chicken, fish, or steak, this easy combination is much more than the sum of its parts.