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Crossroads: When Cultures Collide in Food

If Mexican tacos can encase Japanese sushi (see Takumi Taco), then Somali chickpea pancakes can withstand a good Irish poached salmon topping. Why not? Cultures aren’t clashing with these foods. OK, there are

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Guide: Host a Gingerbread House-Building Party

Build a house for the holidays. An edible house. But make it so ridiculously charming and sweet (literally as well as figuratively), that you won’t want to mess it up

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Tricked-Out Caramel Apples

Creative stuffings and coatings take this Halloween staple to a new level.

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Make Your Own Ice Cream Bars

Header image: CHOW Ice cream bars are one of the first true signs of summer. Rich, creamy, and incredibly convenient, ice cream bars are beyond simple to make at home

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How to Make the Best Granola

Don't spend a fortune on toasted oats.

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Make Your Own Pudding Pops

Original story by Amy Wisniewski, updated by Susannah Chen There’s a special place in our hearts for the pudding pop, Jell-O’s nostalgic 1980s frozen treat. A then-beloved Bill Cosby boasted

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Make Your Own Candy Bars

Here’s the thing with nostalgia: Memories betray you. Those candy bars that you remember loving are stuffed full of waxy chocolate, weird fillers, and preservatives. Try our souped-up take on

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How to Make Oven-Smoked Pastrami

Making pastrami is a time-intensive process that can take nearly two weeks, so only a few delis bother to do it by hand (read our story about the pastrami purists

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DIY Flavored Salts

Flavored salts add oomph to food or the rim of your Bloody Mary glass, and they’re easy to make. They are also lovely hostess or holiday gifts. Here are four

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Easiest DIY Project Ever: Homemade Vanilla Extract

Making your own vanilla extract couldn’t be simpler: Fill up a jar with booze, and soak some vanilla beans in it for about a month. It’s economical, saving you about

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How to Make Oven-Smoked Bacon

There are two steps to makin’ bacon. The first is easy: Rub a cure (a mixture of salt and sugar) on some pork belly and forget about it for a

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Make Your Own Trixy Stix in Super-Trendy Flavors

Pixy Stix don’t naturally jump out as something to make at home, but it turns out they really are just flavored sugar in a straw. So we decided to make

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Make Your Own Cracky Snack

Cracker Jack debuted at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, and a few years later it had moved into the ballpark as a concession selling for five cents. We can’t say

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Make Your Own Fruit Leather

Remember fruit leather? The Fruit Roll-Ups brand popularized the sticky, flat sheets of puréed fruit in the early ’80s, marketing them as fun, healthy snacks for kids. Now, the popular

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Make Your Own Corn Dogs

Fried Kool-Aid, fried butter, and fried mashed-potatoes-on-a-stick may get more press, but let’s be real: Corn dogs are still the tastiest fried food at state fairs and boardwalks. That said,

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7 Ice Pops That Break the Mold

These seven ice pop recipes are like a mini summer vacation, frozen on a stick. (As if that were possible. But still …) They’re inspired by cool treats from the

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Make Your Own Mustard

Mustard: ketchup’s slightly less popular sidekick. When it comes to burgers, we still stick by this condiment duo. But mustard can also stand alone, lending its distinctive pungent flavor to

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Make Your Own Kimchi

A ubiquitous side dish in Korean homes and restaurants, kimchi is made of salted vegetables that are tossed in seasonings and allowed to ferment. Countless versions exist; the most common

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Make Your Own Pop Tarts

It was the breakfast version of the VHS vs. Betamax wars: In 1964, cereal company Post announced a ready-to-eat filled pastry called Country Squares. According to people there at the

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Make Your Own Loaded Potato Skins

The loaded potato skin: Often found at diners and bars, but best served at television-watching events in your own home—the Super Bowl, March Madness, and the like. We start with

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Make Your Own Potato Tots

“Haute tots”? Yes, believe it. The starchy, pellet-shaped miniature hash browns you remember from the school lunch line are showing up on the menus of fancy restaurants and bars. Make

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