Is there a way you can save Chowhound recipes, both published independently by Chow on the website, and by Chow members on the boards, into a compendium file on the website for future reference?
Yes! In your personal Profile are two tabs. One to save CH discussions and one to save CHOW recipes. When you log in, you'll see your screen name in the upper right hand corner. Hover over your s/n and you'll see the words My Profile. That takes you to your personal profile page and those two tabs.
Discussion tab works for Chowhound threads that contain anything inside a thread you wish to retain for future reference (recipes, tips, ideas that fellow Chowhounds have shared). When you click on the "save this discussion tab" at the top right hand corner of the OP you are saving a Chowhound thread and it will appear in your personal Profile under the "Discussions" tab.
When you're visiting CHOW's recipes every recipe has a red box on the page that reads "save to profile" that allows you to click on it and save it. When you click on the red box the recipe is saved to your profile under the Recipe tab.
If you use the (old fashion way of doing things) cut and paste to a Word document method you can save everything and anything that appears on this website for personal use.
The latest bells & whistles to retain information are super simple and help to keep a personal profile managed well.
Have fun with it!