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Dagashi bars

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Dagashi bars are fueling a sugar high in Japan. They’re candy bars – but in the sense that they serve candy, not that they’re made of it. Basically, the bars are stocked with lots and lots of inexpensive and retro (circa 1960) candies which adults can pig out on, fulfilling childhood fantasies decades late.  The candies often include “chewy soybean candy and pickled squid on ... Read More »

Sugar and sugar free guidelines

According to surveys and research done on the subject, the average American eats approximately 156 poundsof added sugar every year. One teaspoon of sugar has 16 calories, which isn’t bad in and of itself, but those 156 pounds come out to be 269,568 extra calories, or 16,848 teaspoons of sugar! Generally, most of this extra sugar comes from sodas, juices and other sweetened drinks (not just ... Read More »

Chai Snickerdoodles

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 Traditions are very well and good, as are traditional recipes. But every tradition can use a little spice now and again, if for no other reason than to cultivate a new appreciation for the original. This is evidenced to an extreme by the rise of the molecular gastronomy movement, which was accompanied by a hugely renewed interest in traditional comfort food. Here, we’re taking the ... Read More »

Poolside service, at home

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Memorial Day seems to be the official kickoff for the summer season and beaches, pools and backyard bbqs are just a few of the things on can look forward to in the coming weeks. The party planning is up to you, whether you want to have a block party or just invite a few close friends over to try and beat the heat, but this Remote-Controlled ... Read More »

Feta and Tomato Focaccia

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A large container of fresh heirloom tomatoes and a block of feta cheese can be combined into many things, though I’d be willing to bet that more often than not, they end up in some kind of salad or pasta dish. Tomatoes, cucumber and feta is a classic combination that makes a side dish to match just about any meal. The delicious combination of feta ... Read More »

Piping tips and techniques

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Learning to pipe rosettes and elaborate borders on cakes is challenging. The techniques are not necessarily intuitive because not only do they require a steady hand moving in a specific pattern, but they require a detailed knowledge of the various tips available in a cake decorating kit to produce the dots, shells, lace and flowers. Once you get the hang of it all, decorating an ... Read More »

Best light (non-homemade) frozen desserts

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Ice creams are some of the most populardesserts in the country, with annual sales in the billions. To be more specific ice creams and frozen novelties are popular. Something along the lines of 35% of the frozen dessert market is made up of low fat/low cal ice creams, as well as gelato, sorbet, frozen yogurt and water ice. Frozen yogurt and gelato are at the ... Read More »

How to make Vanilla Sugar

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One of the tastiest things you can keep in your kitchen is vanilla sugar. With the sweetness of sugar and the flavor of vanilla, it is good on oatmeal, on fruit and is delicious in tea. It is even better when substituted for plain sugar in baked goods, because almost every single one – with the possible exception of some savory items – can benefit ... Read More »

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