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How to make the perfect chocolate pots

St Valentine’s Day is upon us again, with the usual vanilla menu ranging from the vaguely phallic (asparagus, figs, god-help-us sausages) to the alleged aphrodisiacal (oysters, chillies) via the slightly depressing idea that you can buy love, or at least the pretence of it, with fillet steak and …

Dessert

Surprise Your Valentine With This 6-Ingredient Molten Chocolate Cake

Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day or Galentine’s Day, it’s the perfect holiday to try your hand at making a drool-worthy molten chocolate cake. Requiring only six ingredients, most of which you probably have lying around anyway, it produces tasty results with minimal effort. Your date will …

Dessert

How To Cook Black-Eyed Peas For New Year's Day Like Your Grandmother Makes Them

If you’ve never heard of the black-eyed peas New Year’s Day tradition in the U.S., it’s likely that you’re not very close with people raised in the …

Best Crock Pot and Slow Cooker Recipes

Cooking with a crockpot helps create layers of flavor in everything from hearty stews to healthy chicken dishes. Even desserts can benefit from the …

Cooking

15 Thanksgiving Appetizers and Snacks for Maximum Overeating

When I was growing up, Thanksgiving was always a marathon day of food. Sure, dinner was an elaborate affair, but we actually started eating hours before sitting down at the table, and the appetizers were as important as the turkey and mashed potatoes. We blamed the snacking on the fact that dinner …

Cooking

Chef’s upbringing runs throughout the menu at Toronto’s Rickshaw Bar

Rickshaw Bar opened at the end of August with none of the fanfare that customarily greets new restaurant openings. Its chef, Noureen Feerasta, avoided pre-opening press and insisted through the first month of business that the South and Southeast Asian-inspired spot wasn't, in fact, in business …

Bread

15 Slow Cooker Soup Recipes to Warm You Up

Once winter arrives in all of its icy glory, it’s understandable that you’ll want to burrow under the covers and solely sip soup for dinner. And after a long day at the office, it’s less than likely that you’ll be tempted to gather ingredients and start chopping. That’s why these crock pot soup …

Cooking

How to Make Indian Chutneys Without a Recipe

<i>Whether your chutney starts with herbs, vegetables, or nuts, start making the condiment without a recipe and wonder, “pesto, who?”</i><p>The word chutney comes from the Hindi word “चाटना - chaatna,” which means to lick. Chutneys are such flavor bombs that, in theory, even a lick is enough. Hot, tart, …

18 things you should do immediately to best prepare for the next five years

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora: What Can People Start Doing Now That Will Help Them A Lot In About Five Years?</i> <i>Answer by David Cannon, Founder, Solutionbank.org.</i><p>There’s already a lot out there, but I couldn’t resist writing a note to my 23-year-old self:<p>If you do anything, do this first …

Entrepreneurship

Canadian, World, Politics and Business News & Analysis

TRADE At Montreal talks, Canada proposes new approach to breaking NAFTA auto gridlock Subscriber content<p>Morning Business Briefing How U.S. became ‘the Wal-Mart of the oil market’ and an unprecedented threat to status quo Subscriber content<p>Canada-U.S. crude price gap grows to widest in four years …

5 Unique Ways to See the Grand Canyon

With its vast size, sheer beauty, and unique geological formations, there’s really no way around it: The Grand Canyon is a must-see for every …

27 must-have travel apps for every step of your journey

Travel is one of the industries that has completely transformed by the smartphone evolution and as a result, there is an abundance of ingenious apps designed to make your trips easy to plan, cheaper, well-informed and more enjoyable.<p>Short of literally packing your bags and rooting out your …

Apps

27 Stunning Lakeside Campsites

Photo by Matthew Hosford, Explorer for The Outbound<p>There's something special about waking up at sunrise to a glassy mountain lake outside your tent. If you're ready to make this a reality, check out this list of lakeside campsites and start planning your next adventure.<p>1. Mono Lake<p>California | Car …

Hiking

BA's Best Key Lime Pie

Makes one 9" pie Servings<p>Using coconut oil in place of some of the butter suggests hints of the tropics, and yogurt folded into the whipped cream reinforces the tang of the lime juice. This key lime pie recipe is part of BA's Best, a collection of our essential recipes.<p>April …

Baking

10 Books to Read Before You Go to New York City

People say New Yorkers are rude or always in a rush, but the truth is that New York is a city of dreamers. Residents come from near and far, drawn by …

5 Intimate Places to Hear Live Music in NYC

New York City is home to some of the world’s most famous music venues—Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing …

7 Outstanding Language-Learning Apps and Websites

Speaking the local language—or at least knowing some basic phrases—is one of the best ways for travelers to tap into foreign cultures. In countries …

10 Broadway Shows to See This Season

We’re halfway through Broadway’s 2014–15 season, which means that a lot of shows will soon be closing to make way for exciting new productions. In …

City of Love: romantic things to do in Paris

There is no escaping the romance of Paris. In the early 19th century Paris revelled in the artistic and literary liberation of Romanticism, yet this graceful city has always inspired love. It permeates through the city where loved-up couples laze in its manicured gardens, get intimate in candlelit …

France

Where to Find Amazing Asian Food in British Columbia

It’s not necessary to cross the ocean for incredible, authentic Asian cuisine anymore—all you need to do is head north to Vancouver and Richmond …

Spiced Pecans Recipe | Leite's Culinaria

Jump to the recipe<p>Adapted from Geoffrey Zakarian | My Perfect Pantry | Clarkson Potter, 2014<p>Sticky, sweet, and a little spicy, these spiced pecans …

Dessert

22 Sweet Treat Recipes Made With Pecans

With their rich, buttery flavor, pecans bring a lot to the table, and not just around the holidays. Enjoy this collection of 22 sweet, pecan-studded treats that go beyond the standard pie and pralines. Whether you’re looking for a homemade loaf of bread, cheesecake, cookie bars or perhaps even some …

Dessert

Five-Ingredient No-Bake Reese's Peanut Butter Bars

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, stir together graham cracker crumbs and powdered sugar. Stir in peanut butter. Add melted butter and mix well.<p>Pour …

The Perfect Roast Chicken from The Kitchn

Sara Kate Gillingham and Faith Durand, the editors of the popular blog The Kitchn, hold forth on tools, techniques, and cooking the perfect bird. For more recipes, check out The Kitchn Cookbook.<p><i>Photo: Leela Cyd</i><p>Skillet-Roasted Whole Chicken Serves 4<p>Ingredients<p>1 tablespoon coarse salt<p>1 teaspoon …

Cooking

The No-Nonsense Guide to Data Security for Travelers

<i>On the first Tuesday of each month, Dave Dean from Too Many Adapters gives us great tips and advice on travel tech and gear. This month’s column is</i> …

Information Systems

Calgary's food scene grows up: Have you eaten here yet?

Model Milk<p>“One of our favourites. Chef and owner Justin Leboe focuses on sourcing everything locally. His food is often dubbed as ‘southern comfort’ cuisine [and he favours] humble flavours, but a little more refined in plating style. His Sunday Suppers are served family style, usually three …

Best apps and sites to plan, record and share your trips

Dreaming up a trip is the easiest part of every journey. All you need is a working imagination. The other bits before you go? Not so easy, or so much fun. You’ve got to book tickets, worry about accommodation, work out budgets, apply for visas…then you’ve got to plan your itinerary. And what about …

Apps

Creamy Caramelized Onion & Roasted Garlic Dip

<i>Did you make this recipe?</i><p><b>Yield:</b> 4 to 6 servings<p><b>Prep:</b><p>45 minutes<p><b>Cook:</b><p>20 minutes<p><b>Total:</b><p>1 hour 10 minutes<p>Caramelized onions deglazed with beer and baked …

Quick and Easy Maple Candied Pecans

My students have been immersing themselves in Japanese cultural experiences as they learn about the Heian Period of Japan and <i>The Pillow Book of Sei</i> …