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Sep 4, 2014 07:38 AM

Chow Recipes

I was not sure where to post this

I am just curious-
who writes the recipes? and how are they tested?
Today is the first time I used one of Chow's recipes.
I chose moist banana bread-It is not yet out of the oven-I hope it tastes as good as it is making my house smell.

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  1. I have had some amazing results when using Chow recipes. The cola braised short ribs in a pressure cooker come to mind.

    I have also had miserable failures. The Boston ice cream pie cake was a disaster.

    1. We have a test kitchen that we use to make and shoot our recipes. We would love your feedback, we're always looking to improve our recipes. Enjoy your banana bread!

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      1. re: CACulinary

        How often do you test the reader submitted recipes?

        1. re: CACulinary

          Do you mean an outside contractor, or Chow staff operated?

          1. re: mcf

            Hello, *tap tap tap* Is this thing on?

            Could a mod please answer the question, CACulinary?

            1. re: mcf

              Hi there, sorry for the delay. We develop some recipes in house, and others with the help of external experts. Every recipe has a byline you can reference.

              1. re: CACulinary

                Thanks for your reply; I think the original question was about the actual, kitchen testing. Outside independent contracting vs. CH participation?

                ETA: I will note bylines more carefully in the future; never was an issue before.

                1. re: CACulinary

                  this really doesn't answer the question-
                  this sounds fishy to me-I think there is alot of info missing from your response

              2. re: CACulinary

                Could you please take a moment to clarify this statement? Or does the change in moderation include a policy that questions you don't want to answer about statements you've made or chow policy will be ignored without courtesy of a reply?

                Yo've created confusion with your answer, and I'd like some clarity on the point.

              3. Will we 'hounds ever be able to contribute recipes like we used to?

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                1. re: MplsM ary

                  We would very much like to allow more formal recipe contributions again in the future, but we've got a number of priorities ahead of it. We'll keep you posted!

                  1. re: patsully

                    Thanks. The great thing about having recipes from Chowhounds is that it lends credence to the phrase "...web's food experts."

                2. In December 2013 the culinary staff who developed and tested recipes were laid off. The change away from publishing original recipes and videos was announced here,

                  At the time I was told by insiders that Chow test kitchen closed down too.

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                  1. re: Melanie Wong

                    Did you mean this?

                    Why yours links to a pig roast in Ft Worth is weird.... it should work but does not.

                    1. re: MplsM ary

                      Thanks, guess I didn't copy the full url. I've edited. Urls are numbered chronologically, so that one went waaay back. ;)