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 jury is still out on where to find the best macarons in LA, especially for 'hounds who've had the pleasure of nibbling the renowned versions from Ladurée in New York. Know a great macaron purveyor in the City of Angels? Share your find with inquiring Chowhounds.
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.
When seeking exceptional ingredients that are made in the Bay Area, the Ferry Building provides easy one-stop shopping for olive oil, wine, chocolate, and other products. Look farther afield, though, and you'll be rewarded with locally made treats like freshly milled flour from Josey Baker Bread, fresh rice noodles from Kun Wo, Sinto brand kimchi, and pickled green beans from Local Mission Market.
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.
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.
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.