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Why Stephen Harper Has No Time For The UN

(397) Comments | Posted September 26, 2013 | 8:41 AM

You could see just that hint of the smile Stephen Harper reserves for questions he doesn't agree with, as he waited out one such query during a media session this week with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Why, the reporter wondered, would Harper not attend the opening of the UN...

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The Secret to Perfect Homemade Pizza

(2) Comments | Posted March 11, 2009 | 5:11 PM

This week on Bon Appétit's Project Recipe we tested a Three-Cheese Pizza with Pancetta and Mushrooms. It got me thinking: What's the difference between good homemade pizza and great homemade pizza? Well, there are a few major players, including cheese proportion, yeast variety, and a good...

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Vintage Sweets for Your Sweetheart: Desserts through the Decades

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2009 | 2:59 PM

Like diets and hairstyles, desserts are prey to the whims of fashion. There are a few evergreen favorites—like ice cream, chocolate cake, and apples in a crust of some sort—but some eclectic options come and go. We still eat (and crave) them, but we won't necessarily find them on the...

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Valentine's Cooking 101: How to Seal the Deal

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2009 | 12:26 PM

Cooking a Valentine's Day dinner for your special someone? Good for you! Seal the deal with these nine easy tips.

1. Have a plan
There are times for spontaneous culinary improvisation, but this is not one of them. Yeah, they cobble something together with pretzels and half a...

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How to Cook a Whole Fish

(1) Comments | Posted February 3, 2009 | 1:12 PM

Last week on Project Recipe, Bon Appetít recently asked me to bake a whole fish in a salt crust, and I didn't care for the experience, as you can read here. There's even a video on, showing exactly how to baked...

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What To Drink In A Financial Crisis

(2) Comments | Posted October 2, 2008 | 11:29 AM

It's Fall, and already there's a hint of wintry chill in the air—especially down on Wall Street, where it looks like there won't be as many wads of cash to throw on the fire this year when the wind blows cold.

What's a newly-chastened plutocrat to do? As the New...

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What to Serve on a Mooseburger

(0) Comments | Posted September 26, 2008 | 1:31 PM

In the last two weeks we've seen the term "mooseburger" take on unprecedented political implications. And yet, the dish itself has passed unscathed through our national discourse like a pine cone through a... well, like through a moose.

I want to know how to make those mooseburgers, and, more...

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The Secret to Good French Fries

(1) Comments | Posted August 28, 2008 | 11:24 AM

Why are those incredible fries at your favorite burger joint impossible to replicate? Here's one thing to consider: That burger joint isn't starting out with fresh frying oil every morning.


I don't care what anyone tells you, deep-fry oil should be reused....

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The Perfect Margarita

(4) Comments | Posted July 29, 2008 | 5:16 PM

It's generally agreed that the components of a classic Margarita are tequila, triple sec, and fresh lime juice. (That odd, fluorescent yellow stuff in a bottle is not an option for our purposes.) But how much of each?

The secret is proportions; balance accounts for the difference between...

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