DIY

Has The SodaStream Bubble Burst?

The DIY soda machine's sales are declining
Feb 24, 2015 10:00 am

Has SodaStream's bubble burst faster than the minimal time it takes to create its trademark product? According to The New York Times, sales for the DIY carbonated-water and soda machine have declined since reaching a peak in 2013. So just how have the fortunes of this once-promising device taken such a hit after being on the top of everyone’s Christmas wish list a mere two years ago?

DIY

Destroy Your Kitchen: 20 Weekend Winter Recipe Projects

Advanced recipes for your brave inner chef
Jan 22, 2015 3:00 pm

We're holing up inside this weekend, yielding to the weather gods, and planning to take on one of our serious kitchen projects. The "project" part can involve anything from sourcing a hard-to-find ingredient like fresh goat meat, Mexican huitlacoche or Greek grape molasses, baking and frying salmon skin for chips or passing country ham fat-infused biscuit dough through a pasta roller over and over (the recipe calls for 200 times — take that as you will). We promise you that it will be worth it in the end.

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How To Build A Sweet Bloody Mary Bar

Kill a hangover, or just get brunch started right
Dec 29, 2014 2:00 pm

The start of the New Year is only days away and for many of us, that signals the start of a new hangover. I’ll bet it’s going to be a doozy. Mine always is. But there is hope and it comes in the form of the Bloody Mary. New Year’s Day, or honestly most weekend days, is always a great day to have people over in the afternoon. Maybe you can cook up a big pot of chili. And, of course, set up this amazing D.I.Y. Bloody Mary bar. Here's how to do it.

Buttered, Salted Caramels Are The Best. Here's An Easy Recipe.

Make salted caramel from scratch, win at dessert
Dec 4, 2014 1:00 pm

If you've got a candy thermometer and a sweet tooth, cookbook author and food stylist Annie Rigg has Sweet Things, a whole pile of delicious treats for you to make for friends, family...yourself...really, anyone who comes to mind. With foolproof instructions from a master confectioner, homemade buttery salted caramels are well within reach. 

How To Carbonate Cocktails At Home

Two liters of French 75? Yes please.
Oct 15, 2014 1:00 pm

The professional bartender and home enthusiast have several options for carbonating both cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages. On the cocktail front, carbonation adds a fizzy effervescence to cocktails that might, traditionally, but drunk still. Plus, they are fun to make. Here's how to do that exactly.

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Slow-Cooked Pear Butter Recipe

A foolproof recipe for silky-smooth preserved pears
Oct 6, 2014 4:00 pm

DIY canning, pickling and fermenting is easy with food preservation and foraging expert Leda Meredith's latest book, Preserving Everything. Whether you're looking to store the last of your garden vegetables for the winter or simply craving a hearty stick of pork jerky, Meredith's techniques are time-tested and simple enough for the home cook to master.

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Go Apple Picking, Then Make This Apple Scrap Vinegar

Keep those peels and cores and ferment away!
Oct 3, 2014 12:00 pm

DIY canning, pickling and fermenting is easy with food preservation and foraging expert Leda Meredith's latest book, Preserving Everything. Whether you're looking to store the last of your garden vegetables for the winter or simply craving a hearty stick of pork jerky, Meredith's techniques are time-tested and simple enough for the home cook to master. It's apple season! Use leftover scraps to brew your own vinegar — it's one of the most useful ingredients in the kitchen. 

Video: How To Freeze Your Leftover Summer Tomatoes Before It's Too Late

Save a taste of summer for the colder months ahead
Sep 8, 2014 1:00 pm

With peak tomato season winding down — and Food Republic's first annual Tomato Week just a juicy memory now's a good time to think about setting aside some still-ripe specimens for the otherwise mealy months ahead. This video offers some good advice for freezing what's left of your late-summer bounty.

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