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Original story by Chow Food Team, updated by Miki Kawasaki
You’d think that once our prehistoric ancestors figured out that meat + fire = good, the logistics for cooking a steak would have been soon to follow. Heck, somebody, anybody, down the line could have come up with a definitive answer on the subject. This never happened, however. The debate over the best way of cooking beef to temperature and getting a nice, crusty sear is as heated as ever, and there are plenty of exhaustive explanations to back each side up. Steak ranks high on the list of things that seem so fundamental yet are improbably difficult to agree upon, right up there with world peace and Sunday brunch. READ MORE
Slow cookers have a rep as the carnivore's kitchen appliance–the busy cook's vessel for meaty, long-simmered stews and pot roast-style dishes–but vegetarian recipes fare as well, if not better, in a Crock Pot. There's no browning step and veggies suck up a lot of flavor in the slow-cooking process. If the change in seasons has you craving lighter and leaner, try a few vegetarian slow cooker recipes featuring spring vegetables.
There’s no denying it: the fast food french fry is a masterpiece of lightness and crispiness. To try and improve on its exalted form would be to admit defeat—it can’t be done. Besides, you can probably fetch a batch by simply heading on down to your nearest drive-thru or takeout, any time, day or night. READ MORE
I'm not gonna lie. I'm kind of a snob about slow cookers. For me, cooking is a meditative, therapeutic process that involves a lot of chopping and stirring, and ransacking the kitchen. There's no Zen in the slow cooker's set-it-and-forget-it style of cooking. Worst of all, most of the recipes geared for slow cookers seem like adult baby food: mushy, homogenous stews or tough hunks of meat "braised" in cloying, bottled sauce and billed as "barbecue." Blech. READ MORE
There are times when a sandwich, a meatball, or a pita wrap simply won’t do — those times when nothing can replace the sensation of biting down into a juicy patty enveloped in soft bread buns. When that feeling strikes, turn to one of these burgers; from a better-than-standard deluxe beef burger to an Asian-inflected version made with ground tuna, we’ve got you covered. READ MORE
Asparagus is the lazy cook’s best friend. It doesn’t require any fancy tools or loads of prep to get it right. With just a bit of trimming and as little as a glug of oil or pot of water, you can have an instant, elegant vegetable on your table in minutes.
So while simple sauté or poach will get you some fast green (or purple or white), there are, of course, plenty of ways to eat up your stalks. Here are eleven recipes that will help you get your asparagus fix in a flash. READ MORE
Although in some parts of the country spring still seems months away, we’re getting close to the start of a new season and it’s a great excuse to make a fresh start. Juicing can be a great way to introduce more vitamin, minerals, and nutrients to your diet, especially if you’re on the go and don’t have time to cook. (Yes, we all love kale, but it takes a little time to prepare and can’t just be stuffed in your purse to eat on the way somewhere as a snack.) Check out these 11 juice recipes that will jumpstart your campaign to get healthy and add some serious phytonutrients to your diet that can help protect against cardiovascular disease, cancer, and other inflammatory diseases. READ MORE
There’s a reason hard-boiled eggs never go out of style: they’re easy to make, portable, nutritious and satisfying. But it’s fair to say that eating them on their own all the time can get boring; so can basic deviled eggs and egg salad sandwiches. If you’re sick of eating them the same demure ways, here are a few ideas that coax hard-boiled eggs out of their shell. READ MORE
Next to sandwiches, stews, and grain bowls, leafy green salads can feel punishing—a sad stand-in to a satisfying meal, especially when the weather outside calls for comfort. But if you’re seeking something wholesome yet filling, there’s hope for you yet: we’ve rounded up our some of our salad creations that are still fancy enough to feel like a treat. READ MORE
Pictured: Guinness Gingerbread Cupcakes recipe from CHOW
Cupcakes aren’t just tasty desserts. They are therapy in a paper wrapper. Joy and comfort covered in frosting. Don’t believe me? Take a look at these 10 cupcakes that are perfect for different situations. READ MORE