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Whether you want to surprise your lover with a decadent dessert or celebrate being your own damn Valentine, this divine confection will do the trick. It’s Iowa City pie maestro Emily Magnuson’s secret weapon—a buttery graham cracker crust filled with rich chocolate custard and topped with whipped cream. But this treat is no quick fix; making something so heavenly takes time and patience, just like love. TO MAKE THE CRUST INGREDIENTS9 graham crackers, finely crushed6 Tbsp. brown sugar6 Tbsp. butter, plus extra for greasingDIRECTIONSPreheat oven...
Speed Rack, the all-female speed-bartending competition, is heading to San Francisco this weekend. The competition will serve up prestige drinks mixed by talented females, plus it will raise money for breast cancer charities. The fifth national tour stops in San Francisco this Sunday, February 21. This is the best possible excuse for drinking with your gals. Get pumped up by watching lady mixologists throw down in this video.  WHAT: Speed Rack San Francisco WHERE: Gray Area Art + Technology 2665 Mission Street, San Francisco, 94110 WHEN: Sunday, February 21,...
Tender, mellow, tart, and chewy—preserved lemons can make a normal meal burst with sudden flavor. Via the magic of preserving, the skin of the lemon becomes the tastiest part! But the process takes time. Time YOU don’t have. What to do? Fake the month-long preservation process in your freezer, overnight. Stuffing fresh, whole lemons with ample kosher salt and freezing them tenderizes the rind and infuses the fruit with salty goodness. Just pull out the pulp, mince the supple rind, and sprinkle it on pretty...
  For Harry Potter nerds, these exploding star candies are actually called Fizzing Whizzbees. After recently going to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and spending $30 on Butterbeer, I was too full and too sensible to spend more on a couple of small pieces of chocolate. So when I got home, I was determined to make them. They came out better and cheaper than the ones at Universal. I brought them into BUST for Valentine's Day and I was the most popular kid in school...
  Have you watched The Great British Bake Off yet? If not, you’re missing out. The baking competition reality series debuted in 2010 and has become a MAJOR hit in the UK — the 2015 finale drew over 13 million viewers, making it the most-watched TV series of the year. That’s right. Making custard can be INTENSE. The Great British Bake Off recently crossed the pond and began airing on PBS as The Great British Baking Show. It’s currently streaming on Netflix if you’re in need of...
If you're like me, you have no idea what to make for dinner every single day. I will go into the kitchen and stare blankly into the refrigerator. Uhhh, I guess I could make pasta? Or grilled cheese? I have definitely already eaten at least one of these this week. Or maybe I could just microwave some MorningStar chick'n nuggets and call it a day? I feel like there are a lot of foods in the world, but my brain can only think of a...
Speed Rack, an all-female speed-bartending competition that raises money for breast cancer charities, will head to San Antonio, TX on Tuesday as part of their fifth national tour. 18 badass lady bartenders will compete in timed cocktail-making rounds, striving for speed and accuracy to compete for a delicious Speed Rack title. So far, Speed Rack has raised more than $350,000 for breast cancer charities worldwide. Dance and sip delicious cocktails while celebrating ladies who are crushing it in the bartending industry. Plus 100% of the proceeds...
Fighting a cold? This year, skip the drugstore and DIY a remedy using items you have right at home. Raid your spice cabinet and herbal tea stash to make these tasty drops that are perfect for calming coughs and soothing sore, scratchy throats.    What You’ll Need: (Yields 6 to 7 dozen cough drops)  ½ cup strong herbal tea   1 cup granulated sugar ½ cup honey  ½ to ¾ tsp. peppermint extract, to taste A candy thermometer, or cup of very cold water 2 to 3 cups powdered sugar, or silicone  candy molds  Instructions: 1. Prepare a strong...

When I left home to pursue my dream of becoming Andy Warhol with a vagina, my life got a little easier once I found four-for-a-dollar ramen. But this dorm-room staple has come a long way since then. With different broths and a huge range of toppings, you can make endless takes on this simple Japanese noodle soup—the easiest meal for the season’s coldest days.  Ramen  Prep time: 10 to 30 minutes(feeds 4-6 people) Here are three tasty bases to get you started: Miso Soup: Bring 4 coffee cups of water...
Rice pudding. It’s amazing, right? Timeless comfort from the humble union of rice and milk, sweetened, stirred, and perhaps bedazzled with a spark of dried fruit or ground cinnamon. Made with long-grain (basmati) white rice, it’s an elegant dessert, but made with chewy, short-grain brown rice, it’s my jam as a substantial snack or—made with a little less sugar—an alternative to oatmeal for breakfast.  For this vegan version, homemade cashew-coconut milk makes a smooth and creamy backdrop. And because I’m lazy—I mean, really busy—I favor rice...