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Crispy Cereal Marshmallows

The secret to crispy marshmallows is homemade corn syrup, a less stable version of what you buy at the store. Sounds like a bad thing, but it's not. You see, it's that very instability we need. During the candy making process, this syrup begins to crystallize due to its instability. This starts a chain reaction that ultimately results in "defective," crunchy marshmallows. Terrible for s'mores and Rice Krispie treats, but a thing of beauty for cereal. More

Zero Proof: Plum Shrub Ginger Soda

Soon after my parents got married, they bought a plum tree. I'm not quite sure why, but I believe it had something to do with the new couple "planting roots" or being told to "be fruitful and multiply." Now, thirty-three years later, I have five siblings and that same tree drops forty to fifty pounds of fruit between July and September each year. When you're facing 2 to 3 pounds of plums each day, you've got to get really creative. That's where a shrub syrup comes into play. A shrub is a deliciously tart fruit syrup, usually made of sugar, fresh fruit, and vinegar. More

Spun Sugar

Using spun sugar as a topper for desserts is a great way to turn something ordinary into extraordinary. For a cleaner look, create a simple template to catch the strands of pulled sugar, or simply gather the sugar strands together into a free-form ball. Use for topping cupcakes, cakes, individual custards, or even ice cream sundaes. More

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