As a savory ingredient, zucchini tends to split people in two. Some love its juiciness and grassy flavor, others aren’t so keen on its squishy texture.
When it comes to party appetizers, there is no fixed ratio of simple to sophisticated. Sometimes the most unadorned, barely manipulated little bites can seem hugely elegant; other times, you can fiddle with a complicated recipe for hours and end up with something that falls flat.
Summer may be the season when you least feel like turning on your oven, but a baking addiction is year round.
Header image: CHOW A tall, cool glass of iced tea is one of those signature icons of summer and a timeless symbol of thirst-quenching refreshment.
Header image: CHOW Smoked salmon is so incredibly delicious that sometimes it feels like you could eat it for every meal and not get bored.
Header image: CHOW When the weather gets hot, the hot get slurping. All across Asia, summer tends to be a humid, sweltering affair.
Header image: Daniel Krieger / Flickr When we made this CHOW Tip video about spiral-cut hot dogs, the last thing we thought we’d do is make some of you mad.
Two things are true about summer. One, heat and humidity are not the friends of a lot of fussing with rolling pins and blasting ovens.
Header image: CHOW Some foods are rare and precious, like truffles and caviar—you wouldn’t think of savoring them in anything but the slightest of slivers or daintiest spoonfuls.
Header image: Tucano / Flickr Writing about restaurants’ signature dishes, the San Francisco Chronicle’s Michael Bauer runs the curse narrative: When a dish becomes popular, a chef can never take it off the menu without customers getting pissed.
Header image: CHOW Bushels upon bushels of corn waiting to be husked are a sure sign that summer is here.
Header image: CHOW A summery risotto is a great one-pot meal that you can have on the table ready to serve with little effort.
On the day of a barbecue, there’s no denying that the grill is the center of attention. And it should be: all those meaty, perfectly charred mains are designed to steal the show.
Summer should be laidback, not stressy. Same with the outdoor parties you’ll throw. Since hosting any kind of party can be rife with anxiety, in summer you need to be extra smart and organized to make sure things stay chill, both for your guests and (this is essential) you.
Sure, most of us could eat celery sticks and lean fish protein and consider ourselves healthy, but what kind of existence would that be?
On its own, steak is pretty high up there on the list of foods that make you look like a boss, whether you’re searing it to a perfect medium rare or just feasting on its flesh and juices.
Header image: CHOW For the uninitiated, a step into the produce section at an Asian market is like a crash course in plant taxonomy.
Header image: CHOW Every spread full of gloriously rich foods needs something to lighten up the mood, especially during barbecue season.
One brilliant thing about crockpot cooking is the scale. You put a bunch of things in, wait the requisite number of hours, and you’re rewarded with a big crock of something delicious, plenty for a party.
Header image: CHOW When you hear “BBQ,” you probably think juicy ribs and Texan brisket. If your tastes run more towards the spicy and garlicky, however, turn your attention towards Korean BBQ.