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For the Caffeine Obsessed, 15 New Coffee and Tea Items

chowhound.com — You might be riding the Third Wave coffee and tea movement if you can discuss the aromatic nuances and mouthfeel of your preferred region of coffee bean or tea leaf, if you've made your own cold brew at home, or if you own anything decorative that extols the virtues (and necessity) of coffee or tea.

Why Does Ketchup on a Hot Dog Piss People Off?

chowhound.com — It's surprising how many hard-fast, nit-picky rules there are for such a relaxed, no-fuss food as the humble hot dog. It's just a casual American wiener, so what's the big whoop? The whoop is huge, however, and it is multi-faceted.

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

chowhound.com — 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. We knew one version was somewhat heartier, but which one and how, was befuddling (to some of us).

Are Brown and White Sugar Interchangeable When Baking?

chowhound.com — 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. Brown and white sugars are somewhat interchangeable, but they will make your bread or pastry slightly different depending which one you choose.

What's the Difference Between Naan and Pita?

chowhound.com — Naan and pita look so similar. But ... not quite. Look closer. One is fluffy, bubbly, and often oval-shaped. The other is circular and has these wonderfully convenient pockets, perfect for sandwiches. Those are the two most noticeable differences between naan and pita - both round, slightly leavened wheat flatbreads.

Super Bowl Party Playbook

chowhound.com — There's one team that everyone roots for, whether your eyes are glued to the game or you're more focused on those fantastic commercials, and that's Team Food. Not sure where to start when it comes to planning the perfect Super Bowl Party?

How to Prepare a Winter Squash

chowhound.com — Your huge, heavy winter squash lands with a thud on the kitchen counter. How do you make this thing into food--without muttering expletives, making a mess, and possibly slicing off a finger? True, these bad boys can be stubborn with your knife, refusing to yield into smooth slices or shed their skin.

Lose weight! Get inspired by these stories from trainers

lohud.com — When it comes to overcoming any challenge, it helps to have the advice and support of someone who's been through it. We don't want to hear diet tips from someone who has never struggled with saying no to a second helping, that bowl of fudgy, marshmallowy ice cream or heaping pile of creamy mashed potatoes.

New on the Dining Scene

lohud.com — What was sweet is now savory. The former Cupcake Kitchen space in Irvington has been transformed into Wolfert's Roost, a relaxed, family-friendly restaurant. It opened Nov. 20. Chef-owner Eric Korn, along with chef Jennie Werts, created a menu of simple, comforting dishes divided into four categories: salads, medium plates, large plates and big bowls.

The Hudson Room in Peekskill: Dining Scene

lohud.com — By Amy Sowder Opened in August in northern Westchester, The Hudson Room is a chef's restaurant, using organic ingredients with gluten-free options. "Globally inspired, locally farmed," says partner Daniel Steinberger, one of the four individuals who run The Hudson Hospitality Group, which owns the restaurant and plans to open four more in the Peekskill area, including a taco and tequila bar.
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