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Trick or Treat? Nine Homemade Halloween Candy Recipes

Let’s face it, there are two kinds of grown-ups on Halloween: Those who skimp on the candy, and those who don’t. But instead of stocking up on sackfuls of Snickers and M&Ms, trick out your treats with these spooktacular homemade candy recipes. 1. Candy corn from scratch There is a reason candy corn is the red-headed zombie stepchild of Halloween candy: It is awful and literally nobody likes to eat it…unless you make this creamy sugar and butter recipe for homemade candy …

5 Chicken Soup Recipes You Never Thought Of

There is really nothing like a bowl of Western-style chicken soup. Its warm, golden broth, light-yet-meaty texture and amazingly simple recipe has been passed down from kitchen to kitchen for centuries. Here’s how to make it (serves six): Melt some butter in a saucepan and lightly fry some carrots, onions and celery, all finely chopped. Toss in a handful of flour and stir for a few minutes before pouring in a litre of chicken stock. Sprinkle with salt and pepper …

Pickles of the World and How to Make Them

Ever wonder how a cucumber becomes pickles? Well, it’s a very jarring experience. Done laughing? Ok. Let’s talk about pickles, the sharp, sour condiment and side dish essential to relish any burger, sandwich and hot dog. But what is a pickle, anyway? In the west, especially, a pickle is a stand-in for pickled cucumber, sometimes called a “gherkin” in the UK and Europe (named after a specific variety of cucumber). But the process of “pickling” simply means allowing a fruit, …

Hot Time for a Hot Dog

Happy International Hot Dog Day, celebrating one of the most famous yet also most humble foods. For a century, the tried and true sausage in a bun has been the go-to comfort food around the world. But wait, you say: aren’t we all eating fresh, local and healthy? And aren’t hot dogs generally made from high-processed goop spat out of commercial meat factories? Fear not. You can have the bliss-in-a-bun that is the hot dog and still eat real food. …

Seven Must-Follow Asian Cooking Blogs

In the internet age, the best recipes can come from anyone, anywhere – it doesn’t have to be that cooking bible your grandmother swore by. So, after much deliberation, we’ve made a list of some of our favourite food sites from across the region. The following list includes blogs of all different styles, from big-name foodie hotspots to more modest culinary diaries from hidden gems. 1. Just One Cookbook Just One Cookbook began as a way for San Francisco resident …

Baking School on the Rise: Brettschneider’s School and Baker & Cook

Ah, baking. Is there anything in the kitchen that can be so rewarding… but also as frustrating? Cakes that don’t rise to the spongy goodness of the recipe books. Bread that ends up too doughy, heavy or yeasty. The list goes on. Compared with a stir-fry or steak on the barbecue, baking requires finesse and is less forgiving for those who take a trial and error approach to their cooking. Baking extraordinaire Dean Brettschneider understands the difficulties that novice bakers …