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How to Make Fish Baked in Parchment

From store to kitchen to table: CHOW's The Basics outline the steps that get you from raw ingredients to dinner, without complicated techniques, methods you'll remember and deploy at will—the most basic way to make the thing you want to make.

Ultimate Ice Cream Sundae Guide

The sundae: one or more scoops of ice cream, topped with one or more syrups (chocolate, caramel, or fruit). These days a whipped cream topping is essential, as are some kind of textured topping, alone or in combination (candy sprinkles, nuts, and—occasionally—canned or fresh fruit). And a sundae wouldn’t be a sundae without a crowning maraschino cherry. READ MORE

9 Light, One-Bowl Lunches

Ah, the lunch bowl: It’s everything we love about lunch, contained in one very graze-friendly format. Ingredients mingle in a way that makes any one thing seem even better than it’d be on its own, and—whether it’s a salad, a chunky soup, or a grain bowl—keeps you coming back for just one more bite. Here are 9 we can’t imagine living without. For more ideas, check out our Clean Eating Channel. READ MORE

The Best Surprising Pizza of Summer

Our favorite pizza for warm weather isn’t a classic Margherita. Instead, we’re getting creative with fruit, because pizza for dessert is pretty much the greatest idea we’ve heard in a long time. READ MORE

9 Must-Make Beet Recipes

Beets are so easy to roast and slip out of their skins there’s never, ever any excuse to use canned. Once you’ve gotten them out of their skins, use beets in one of these 9 repertoire-essential recipes. READ MORE

12 Homemade Gifts Perfect to Add a Personal Touch to Wedding Gifts

Weddings are a time of joy, of love, and of panic. What can you get the bride and groom that won’t cost you your mortgage or say “I’ve never met you, so please enjoy this gift certificate?” The answer, of course, is something from your heart and kitchen. READ MORE

9 Rice Recipes for the Slow Cooker

Rice in the slow cooker? Yes, indeed! That kitchen appliance best known for turning out braises and stews can deliver grains that are surprisingly fluffy and tender. READ MORE

7 Essential Recipes for Quesadilla Lovers

Few things are as easy or as customizable as quesadillas. The satisfyingly simple formula of cheese and flavorings melted inside a flour tortilla, turning crisp-edged as it cooks on the griddle, is irresistible. Here are 4 fantastic fillings, with a trio of necessary garnishes. READ MORE

Tips for Camping

Forgetting a flashlight? Check. No matches? Yup. Making six trips to the store after repeatedly overlooking key items? Again, guilty. We've learned from previous camping mistakes. But there's a great resource: Robin Donovan, and her book Campfire Cuisine: Gourmet Recipes for the Great Outdoors. Donovan has tons of wisdom on how to pack a cooler, prepare food safely, and cook over a campfire. READ MORE

13 Reasons Why Pancakes are a Global Force to be Reckoned With

Do you want to know what a truly international house of pancakes looks like? It doesn’t limit itself to flapjacks, that’s for sure. No, it lives up to its name by taking a spring breaker’s tour through Europe, picking up Irish boxty and French socca as souvenirs. READ MORE