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

Make salted caramel from scratch, win at dessert
Dec 4, 2014 12:00 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 12:00 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 3:00 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. Ever spread pears on toast? No better time than the present.  

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Go Apple Picking, Then Make This Apple Scrap Vinegar

Keep those peels and cores and ferment away!
Oct 3, 2014 11:00 am

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 12:00 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.

The Secret Ingredient In This Pasta Dough Is Yogurt

You can use yogurt in pasta dough. Believe.
Aug 27, 2014 11:00 am
yogurt pasta dough
Photo: Branden Byers

Sometimes the secrets of fermentation surpass our knowledge capacity. The process that yields pickles, kimchi, yogurt, wine and other tart, flavorful and especially healthy ingredients can be used to enhance almost anything you cook. Blogger, podcast host and all-around fermentation master Branden Byers' new cookbook, The Everyday Fermentation Handbook, is a fount of knowledge. Ever think you could enhance pasta dough with yogurt? Prepare to be amazed. 

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DIY: Macarons (Almost) Too Beautiful To Eat

An iconic French pastry gets an artistic makeover
Aug 15, 2014 8:00 am

You don't need an excuse to go out and buy a box of macarons, but just in case you do...now you can customize them! Houston-based blogger Ashley Rose came up with a cool DIY tutorial on how to decorate macarons to look like fruit. Here's what you'll need. Get ready to play with your food. 

Master Your 'Cone At Home' Game, Win At Ice Cream

Here's how to get the most of your ice cream maker
Aug 13, 2014 12:00 pm

Tyler's the creative director of Salt & Straw, Portland's favorite artisanal ice cream shop (and soon to be in LA, too), which means he's the guy creating awesome flavors based on local ingredients like goat cheese/marionberry/habanero, bone marrow/ smoked cherry, and a whole lineup of wacky Thanksgiving flavors. I hopped on the phone with young Tyler (dude's only 26) and got the low-down on becoming an at-home pint champion.

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