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

Baloney Cups with Taters & Cheese: Funky Snacks from Your Past

Since 2006, one discussion in particular has been burning up the Chowhound Home Cooking board. Recipes You've Never Heard of Outside Your Family is an ongoing collection of offbeat things users grew up eating, from funky processed-food mashups of the 1970s to quirky snack obsessions of the 1980s. CHOW’s Chris Rochelle is photo-documenting some especially vivid snacks in the discussion thread, stocking his kitchen photo studio with things like baloney, Velveeta, marshmallows, and Miracle Whip, the building blocks of secret family snacking from the past. READ MORE

Lefties’ Laments on Kitchen Tools and Cookware

How is it different for left-handed people navigating the kitchen and cookware? Find out what tools and practices have a handedness to them, from flipping to opening to cutting. Learn what annoys left-handed chefs—and what makes their lives much easier.

What’s Your Go-To Salad Dressing?

Do you have a go-to salad dressing, one you love so much you make it more than any other? See which combinations of vinegars, oils, aromatics, and flavorful additions Chowhounds turn to again and again.

The Truth about Salt and Stainless

We've all heard that salt can damage stainless steel pans, but how does it work, exactly? Will salting your roast or burger while in the pan cause permanent damage? Find out how salt interacts with stainless steel over time—and learn how to protect your pans without sacrificing kitchen convenience.

The Many Faces of Baked Ziti

Homey and hearty, Italian-American baked ziti is cheesy, warming comfort food, and there are as many variations as there are cooks. Some keep it simple, with just pasta, marinara sauce, and mozzarella, while others add ricotta and sausage or a hearty meat ragu. Chowhounds make the case for their favorite versions, with recipes to share.

What’s the Best Can Opener?

Which can opener is easy to operate and can stand up to use over the long haul—opening can after can of tomatoes with no sweat? Find out which brands are a pleasure to use, which ones last decades, and which military-issue can openers have some 'hounds swearing by them.

How to Make Cauliflower Blossom

Roasting is the gateway to cauliflower love for many, but if you're looking to expand your horizons, try one of these preparations 'hounds love, including creamy purées, fresh salads, Indian-spiced dishes, and delicious, healthful stand-ins for rice or couscous.

A Shortcut for Browning Short Ribs

Recipes for braised short ribs typically begin with browning the ribs in the pot they'll be braised in, then deglazing the pan before braising in the oven. But you can also brown the ribs in a hot oven, and Chowhounds who do think it's worth washing a second pan. They argue it's quicker than browning in batches, especially for large amounts, and allows for deeper, more even browning without burning. You can even deglaze the baking pan to get every last bit of flavor.

Make Your Own Naan (and Decide How to Bake It)

The relatively thick, bubble-puffy flatbread known as naan came to India and Pakistan by way of Persia. The dough is yeast-leavened and contains yogurt. Once baked, naan can be a scoop for saucy foods, a wrapper, or something to be stuffed with delicious fillings like spiced mashed potato. As for baking naan, there are a couple of ways you can go. Traditionally, the rolled-out raw breads are slapped onto the walls of a clay tandoor oven. At home, you can choose to bake naan in a skillet or on a griddle, or take it outside and cook the breads on a propane grill. We did both (spoiler alert: Each method produces delicious naan, though with a few differences). So read on—but first you need to make the dough: READ MORE

The Care and Feeding of Your Sourdough

If you bake bread and love the tang of sourdough, but aren't sure how to get a starter going and keep it active, let experienced Chowhounds guide you through the ins and outs of sourdough care and feeding, with recommended formulas, resources, and websites full of helpful photos and videos.