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Preserve the Bounty of Spring Produce with Homemade Pickled Vegetables

Preserve the Bounty of Spring Produce with Homemade Pickled Vegetables

| May 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Canning is often thought of as a summertime activity, what with the bounty of fruits and tomatoes sure to head our way in a few short months. Yet the humbler spring produce now showing its face at farmers’ markets make gorgeous pickles. Kate Williams shows you how.

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Bay Area Bites Mother’s Day Brunch Menu: 6 Springtime Recipes

Bay Area Bites Mother’s Day Brunch Menu: 6 Springtime Recipes

| May 10, 2014 | 1 Comment

This Mother’s Day menu, which weighs heavily on springtime produce, has something for everyone: a fruity cocktail, a yummy vegetarian frittata, a hearty savory bread pudding, some little muffins, a glammed-up potato dish (everyone loves potatoes), and a fruit component that can act like dessert.

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Fresh Rhubarb Fizz Cocktail

Fresh Rhubarb Fizz Cocktail

| May 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

On a recent trip to Bray, England I sampled a stunning rhubarb champagne cocktail and was determined to re-create my own (simpler) version at home.

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Move Over Chickens, Here’s Something Duckier For The Backyard

Move Over Chickens, Here’s Something Duckier For The Backyard

| May 7, 2014 | 1 Comment

A small but growing number of people are discovering the joys of raising ducks. They say the nutritional and agricultural benefits of the eggs outweigh the cost of feeding the birds.

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DIY Peeps: Embrace The Simple Sugary Pleasure of Homemade Marshmallow Peeps this Easter

DIY Peeps: Embrace The Simple Sugary Pleasure of Homemade Marshmallow Peeps this Easter

| April 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Think you’ve outgrown marshmallow Peeps? Think again. The homemade version offers just as much fun and far more flavor than the original. Kate Williams will show you how to make them for Easter.

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This Year, Try Making Your Own DIY Matzo for Passover

This Year, Try Making Your Own DIY Matzo for Passover

| April 11, 2014 | 1 Comment

Homemade matzo isn’t complicated, but it does come with a set of rules for keeping it kosher. Want to try making it for Passover this year? Kate Williams will show you how.

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Newbie Urban Gardeners May Not Be Aware Of Soil’s Dirty Legacy

Newbie Urban Gardeners May Not Be Aware Of Soil’s Dirty Legacy

| April 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

More and more city dwellers are trying their hand at urban gardening. Most know to be wary of lead in their soil, a report finds, but they’re clueless about how to avoid other types of contaminants.

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For a Sophisticated Dinner Party, Serve a DIY Breadcrumb Tasting Menu

For a Sophisticated Dinner Party, Serve a DIY Breadcrumb Tasting Menu

| April 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

It seems that breadcrumbs are the new toast—an artisanal accessory food that can be dressed up or down for any occasion. Pull out the big guns by showcasing a 5-course tasting menu to explore all of the different flavors and textures present within this extraordinary food. Kate Williams will show you how.

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DIY Bagels: Bringing New York to Your Brunch Table

DIY Bagels: Bringing New York to Your Brunch Table

| March 5, 2014 | 1 Comment

Instead of waiting in line for fresh bagels, make your own. It’s not difficult; it just takes patience. Kate Williams suggests starting the day before so you can have fresh bagels in the morning. It’ll be worth it.

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Making Boudin Blanc with the Meat Club: Try It Yourself

Making Boudin Blanc with the Meat Club: Try It Yourself

What’s the first rule of Meat Club? Never make meat alone, not when you can measure, mix, grind, and stuff together with friends. Stephanie Rosenbaum hangs out with a group of sociable DIY’ers determined to beat the fear of meat-ing with a 30-pound batch of French boudin blanc.

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Alcoholics Learn to Make Their Own Beer in Canadian Program

Alcoholics Learn to Make Their Own Beer in Canadian Program

| February 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

In a twist on the old “teach a man to fish” adage, a Vancouver group teaches inveterate alcoholics to brew their own booze. The goal? Keeping them from drinking unsafe liquids that contain alcohol.

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DIY Kimchi: Easy to Make It Your Own

DIY Kimchi: Easy to Make It Your Own

| February 19, 2014 | 1 Comment

DIY Korean kimchi pickles may sound intimidating, but the process is far simpler than it appears. Plus, kimchi is endlessly variable, and a perfect use for winter produce. Kate Williams will show you how easy it is to bring these spicy, tangy pickles into your home kitchen

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DIY Conversation Hearts are a Fun Project for Valentine’s Day

DIY Conversation Hearts are a Fun Project for Valentine’s Day

| February 11, 2014 | 1 Comment

Homemade valentines don’t have to be made exclusively from chocolate. This year, try making your own conversation hearts—they’re fun to make, infinitely variable, and easy to personalize. Kate Williams will show you how.

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DIY Sriracha: Make it at Home and Never Worry About a Hot Sauce Shortage Again

DIY Sriracha: Make it at Home and Never Worry About a Hot Sauce Shortage Again

| February 5, 2014 | 2 Comments

The Sriracha shortage may be over, but there’s no reason to rely on the factory-made sauce when it can be fermented and bottled at home. Even better—DIY Sriracha is easily adaptable to suit varied tastes in heat, sweetness, and potency. Kate Williams runs through the steps.

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