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What’s the Difference Between Cornmeal and Polenta?

They're golden and used interchangeably. Yet polenta is a dish, and cornmeal is an ingredient — often the main ingredient in that dish.

How Is Toffee Different from Caramel?

Crackly, crunchy toffee and gooey, chewy caramel are sugary candy delights many of us have enjoyed off-and-on since childhood.

Make This Spring Your Best Burger and Beer-Filled Season Yet

No matter where you are in the USA, a great burger and a cold beer are never far away. The combo is so American, it should be declared our national meal.

What’s the Difference Between White and Yellow Cake?

Remember when vanilla was so … vanilla?  No longer. Once the outdoor warmth hits, many of us crave something lighter than the dense, fudgy, nutty chocolate depths we turn to in winter.

What’s the Difference Between Fajitas and Tacos?

Lumping together fajitas and tacos is like saying apples and apple pie are basically the same thing. Yes, they both involve fruit.

Should You Rinse Meat Before Cooking?

It can be so tempting when you yank your glistening, bloody T-bone from its sealed plastic package with a snap, or unwrap that crimson lamb chop from the butcher paper like it's a gift.

What’s the Difference Between Chicken Stock and Chicken Broth?

We must confess: After an informal survey at the office and beyond, we discovered some of us (we're not naming names) — who love to cook — weren't 100-percent clear on the difference between chicken stock and broth.

Are Brown and White Sugar Interchangeable When Baking?

Sort of, is the quick answer. There is a difference between what brown sugar and white sugar do to your pastries and breads, but in a pinch, just use either sugar.

What’s the Difference Between Naan and Pita?

Naan and pita look so similar. But … not quite. Look closer. One is fluffy, bubbly, and often oval-shaped.

The Ultimate Guide to Spring Cleaning Your Pantry

KITCHEN PANTRY 101 Spring cleaning was always more of a psychological endeavor when we were growing up, a chance to clear minds and face new starts as our moms made us go purge our closets and our art-class wall hangings.

The Ultimate Guide to Eating a Healthy Breakfast Every Day

Breakfast can seem like the stickiest trap of the day: muffins, croissants, donuts, enormous bagels—they’re tantalizingly easy to grab when you’re fast-walking through a commuter train station or punting from the parking garage to the office lobby.

The Ultimate Guide to Cooking for Two

Cooking for two can be an endless struggle to break up packs of chicken parts into freezable units, dealing with leftovers (resurrecting, freezing, or throwing away), and just plain wondering what to do with an open can of tomato paste you needed one teaspoon from that scaled-down chicken cacciatore recipe.

The Ultimate Guide to Picnicking

The picnic is one of the annual joys of warm-weather (and sometimes cool-weather) eating. On West Coast beaches, where the Pacific crashes into rocks along the horizon; in Midwest forests, and among the dunes of Lake Michigan; and in manicured urban parks in the Northeast, we love nothing better than to lift the lid of a cooler, flip open an old-fashioned hamper, and pop the lids of Tupperware to lay out a feast.

The Beginner’s Guide to Gluten-Free

You can’t shop the aisles of a supermarket, pick up a fast-casual restaurant menu, or scan a rack of food magazines without seeing it, the GF tag: gluten-free.

Thai Food: The Chowhound Deep Dive

It’s almost embarrassingly obvious at this moment it time to talk about Thai food as anything other than one of the world’s great cuisines.

Quick Breads: Everything You Need to Know About Making These Easy Loaves

Even if you think you don’t know a quick bread from a dinner roll, chances are you eat quick breads all the time, and love them.

19 Soups You’d Never Guess Came Out of the Slow Cooker

Soup is a great make-ahead meal that's even better the next day ... and the next ... and the next, if you still have some left over.

What’s the Difference Between Parchment Paper and Wax Paper?

These kitchen papers are both awesome for making cleanup faster and easier. They're also good for wrapping meat and fish and separating layers of baked goods for storage.

Academy Awards Cocktail Party

Academy Awards Cocktail Party Old Hollywood glamour meets casual cool for a well-balanced cocktail party.

Steal These 15 Breakfast Ideas from Around the World

We often save our culinary explorations for lunch or dinner. But breakfast should get a break too from our ordinary, domestic treatment.