While many people swear by rice cookers, you don't need one to make excellent rice. Whether it's a simple pot of fragrant steamed jasmine rice or cooked a variety of ways, including pilaf style, Chowhounds have tips on getting great results on the stovetop.
After hours in the surf—or in the car—a meal at a coastal taqueria can wash away any ills. Share your favorite beachside Mexican joint on Chowhound, or get an idea from beach bums in the know.
It's easy to walk right by La Chapincita without noticing that this Guatemalan market also houses a little kitchen. But one Chowhound ventured inside, followed his nose past the groceries in front, and was rewarded with satisfying home-style cooking, notably a spicy turkey stew. The daily-changing steam-table spread might also include beef and vegetable soups, whole fried fish, and chicken pepián in pumpkin-seed sauce, all served with rice and small, thick house-made tortillas. READ MORE
Learn about the best new gadgets for getting tricky lids off of jars, as well as some vintage equipment that still does the job perfectly. Find out what works and what's built to last—including some useful gadgets made for the shop rather than the kitchen.
America likes its cookies sugary and its crackers, Ritz excepted, not. English biscuits blur the distinction. When Britain left India in 1947, they didn’t take their biscuits, but they did leave a door open for an Indian-made counterpart to declare its independence from the Raj. Today, Parle-G biscuits (short for Parle Glucose) are the best-selling biscuits on the planet. READ MORE
You can’t cook good Indian with stale spices. Spices are the soul of a dish, the things that give it resonance, so sourcing good ones is essential. Get fresh, fragrant spices in your kitchen, and you’re a third of the way home. Trouble is, buying good spices isn’t always as easy as pushing your cart into the spices aisle of your supermarket and buying new ones. The quality of spices varies a lot, even with whole spices you grind yourself. The solution is the same one you probably learned at the farmers’ market: Build a relationship with a vendor you can trust. Finding a great spice shop, either physical or online, is the key to making great chicken tikka masala, or any Indian dish. READ MORE
For a quick bite, a New York–style slice satisfies the taste buds and the wallet, but too often slices in the Bay Area taste like oil-soaked cardboard. An early report from the Mission says that the Pizza Shop on 24th Street serves a reputable cheese slice, neither under- nor overcooked, with the right cheese-to-sauce ratio.
Mellower than onions, with a flavor one Chowhound characterizes as falling between that of onions and garlic, shallots are common in French and Southeast Asian cooking. 'Hounds insist they're worth the expense for certain applications, including vinaigrettes and pan sauces, and they're also easy to grow.
Online reviews of big-ticket items like major kitchen appliances are very useful—but every single dishwasher and refrigerator has at least a few scathing reviews. Find out how to navigate all the available information to get the perfect appliances for you. Find out whether it's important to buy matching brands, and get tips for making sure you'll have working appliances years down the road.