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Your Top 2 Tips You Credit to Chowhound

What are your top 2 (no more) tips you credit to Chowhound. It can be whatever you found on Chowhound that made an important difference to you in some way.

#1. While it seems silly, but before Chowhound I had no clue what to do with a cast iron frying pan.

#2. The coconut cake recipe that Deenso posted a number of years ago. I get so many requests for that particular recipe. More then any other.

(hope I am posting this on the correct board...)

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  1. #1- The macarons at Laduree in Paris. Oh, bliss.

    #2- While it doesn't rank in my top 10, someone here turned me on to Kiran Palace in Hicksville (Long Island) and we've loved it ever since. When I was transitioning from my own business to a staff job several months ago, one of my considerations was that I'd never have their weekday buffet again. Ridiculous, I know, but it is comforting, usually delicious, and cheap.

    1. My big one is the Zuni Cafe roast chicken recipe that Carb Lover posted to Home Cooking. Wow. Even people who don't normally go for roast chicken are all over that thing, fighting over who gets the last drumstick.

      1. 1) Marcella Hazan, starting with her chicken with 2 lemons.

        2) reading (author) tips, MK Fisher, Jeffrey Steingarten and Michael Pollan come to mind. Pollan's "The Botany of Desire" has been my favorite summer read.

        1. 1. Simon Majumdar's dal recipe (and also his fish preparation suggestions):

          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

          2. Various hounds' recommendations of Smokejack's in Burlington, VT, which I tried on a visit there last week -- one of the best restaurant meals I've had in years.

          1. Michele - glad you liked the coconut cake but, in the interest of honesty, ya gotta credit Paula Deen (sorry...) We're feeding a huge group this weekend and it's on the menu once again.