The CHOW Blog rss

Insights, tips, and restaurant reports from CHOW editors and Chowhound.

9 Savory Quiches Perfect for a Party

Quiche is one of the most beloved and easy recipes for entertaining a crowd: With a few eggs, some cheese, and whatever add-ins strike your fancy, you can create a tasty and filling meal in about an hour. Save time with a store-bought crust or keep some pastry dough in the freezer for a quick solution to making your pie crust from scratch. Or you can even forget the pie crust completely (but crust-lovers will be pretty disappointed). Try one of these nine recipes for a satisfying and simple quiche that will leave you wondering why you didn’t crack a few eggs for Sunday-night supper last week. READ MORE

9 Side Dishes You Won’t Believe Came Out of a Crock Pot

Slow cookers are a trusty go-to for large pieces of meat like pot roast and pulled pork, but what’s not as known is the fact that they can make many a mean side dish, too. Forget the gloppy casserole ideas of the past, and behold these nine from-scratch sides that are guaranteed to please. READ MORE

8 White Wines You Should Buy Instead of Pinot Grigio

“Where can I find a nice Pinot Grigio?” is a common refrain in every wine shop—and with good reason. The dry, nicely acidic, citrus-forward Italian white pairs well with nearly everything, and also drinks well on its own. But maybe the next time you’re looking for an inexpensive dry white to have with seafood (or popcorn, or Ben & Jerry’s), try one of these instead. READ MORE

11 Hot Cocktails to Warm Up Winter

The arctic chill has already set in and we have the cure for the next polar vortex: a hot cocktail. It’s never frowned upon to pour a little booze into your cup of coffee late in the evening, but there are a lot more delicious and complex combinations just waiting for you to try. Here’s a list of 11 hot cocktails you should make as soon as possible to combat winter blues and stay warm from the inside out. READ MORE

We Made the Turducken of Donuts

Combining things that it is unthinkable to combine is the height of art in cooking. Ramen burgers, cherpumples, the lambpigcow (a side of Wagyu wrapped around 24 deboned quail, a dozen chickens, eight ducks, six turkeys, two lambs, and a pig)—they exist as the juxtaposition of things we want already, as individual elements, intensified by association. READ MORE

9 Inventive Lasagnas: No-Boil Noodles Are Just the Beginning

Traditional lasagna is delicious—nobody would ever deny that. But sometimes you want to do something more interesting than just heat up a Stouffer’s five-cheese lasagna or spend an entire Sunday assembling your Nonna’s classic mozzarella and meat sauce dish. Here are nine recipes for lasagna with inventive flavor combinations and unusual twists. READ MORE

10 Reasons to Look Beyond Rack of Lamb

Lamb is having a moment. Chefs and restaurants all over the country are putting lamb back on the menu, often spotlighting underused cuts of meat. From Jason Fox at Commonwealth in SF serving succulent lamb belly, to Joel Hough at Il Buco Alimentari in NYC putting a stunning lamb rib appetizer on the menu, we couldn’t be more excited to eat and cook with this flavorful protein. READ MORE

7 Crock Pot Entrées to Add to Your Dinner Arsenal

Search for slow cooker entrées on the Internet, and you’ll find there’s no shortage of recipes online. But you’ll likely also discover that the vast majority of them are redundant and uninspiring. That’s because slow cookers do their best breaking down tough, sinewy pieces of meat, hence the thousands of recipes out there for pulled pork, pot roast, brisket, and barbecue chicken. For a breath of fresh air, make one of these unexpected main dishes instead. READ MORE

9 Pot Pie Recipes to Add to Your Repertoire

Pot pie is one of the ultimate comfort foods and is surprisingly easy to make. You can assemble it ahead of time for a dinner party and it's the perfect dish to feed a crowd—you can use anything from a pie plate to a 9-by-13-inch pan or even larger casserole dish. Pot pies freeze and reheat well, and you can adapt the recipe to whatever you have in the pantry without a problem. Check out these nine recipes for pot pie and be sure to try one out this holiday season. READ MORE

10 Must-Make Christmas Cookies

Christmas cookies are always a welcome addition to any holiday party, but the same old sugar cookies just won’t cut it this time around. Gingerbread men are passé, and there are so many other great options to test out that you could bake a new recipe every day for months and never run out of choices. Here’s a roundup of 10 recipes you should try this holiday season—but no guarantees your mother-in-law will like them. READ MORE