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Hey Chef, What Can I Do With Tahini?

Tahini, Middle Eastern ground sesame paste, often gets shunned as a supporting player when blended into hummus or smeared on shawarma. But it's versatile (and shelf-stable) enough to earn a permanent spot on our refrigerator shelves. We polled a panel of pro chefs on how they like to let it shine. More

Hey Chef, What Can I Do With Jicama?

We love jicama for its slightly sweet crunch and ease of prep—just cut it into matchsticks for crudités or sprinkle on some chili powder and lime. But there's more to these porous roots than meets the eye. Here are five ways to use jicama from chefs around the country, all worthy of becoming kitchen mainstays. More

Hey Chef, What Can I Do With Harissa?

Harissa, the spicy North African paste of chilies, coriander, cumin, garlic, and lemon, inspires Sriracha-level obsession in its fans but intimidation in those less familiar. To help you get better acquainted with this sunny, spicy condiment, we asked a panel of chefs from around the country about how best to use it in dishes both mild and bold. More

Hey Chef, What Can I Do With Sunchokes?

The nutty sweetness of sunchokes most immediately lends itself to soft purées and soups, but they're more versatile than meets their knobby eyes. With spring as high sunchoke season, we asked a panel of chefs from around the country for some unexpected ways to bring out all the sweet, savory, and vegetal flavors that sunchokes have to offer. More

Hey Chef, What Can I Do With Sichuan Peppercorns?

If you're not familiar with the numbing, tongue-tingling bite of Sichuan peppercorns, they can be a nerve-wracking ingredient to bring into your kitchen. So we asked chefs around the country to show just how versatile this spice can be, and how to incorporate into food well beyond the Sichuan standards, without the pain. More

Hey Chef, What Can I Do With Winter Squash?

Winter squashes are some of the most versatile vegetables when it comes to rich, warming comfort dishes; there's so much to do with them beyond the purées and soups we often turn to out of habit. Here, the pros help us use the acorn, butternut, and spaghetti squashes we love so much in new ways. More

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