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It turns out that, while I am a very enthusiastic pie maker, I am not very good at it. I have seen a very wide gamut of pie failures over my baking career. Overcooked and cracked crusts, soggy bottoms, burnt edges, foul soup inside a crust -- I've been there. And this isn't as isolated as you'd think. These are all common failures in one's journey to a perfect pie, and we can learn from them. So join me, and let's get to problem solving.

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The Cheese And Burger Society is a Wisconsin-based gourmet collective dedicated to US-style cheese burgers. Over the years, the society has hand-crafted 40 burgers that it considers the tastiest ever created: from the "Casanova" (Swiss cheese, beef patty, ham, sautéed mushrooms, Dijon mustard and mayonnaise on a potato roll) to the "Waldorf" (blue cheese, beef patty, toasted walnuts, dried tart cherries, curly endive, sliced red onions and mustard on a rustic Italian roll.)

Be warned -- if you currently have an empty stomach, the accompanying photos might make you homicidally "hangry".

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So you've been invited to a mate's Halloweeen party but haven't worked out what to wear. Don't panic! You still have time to create an inspired, no-frills costume from stuff lying around the house. Here are 20 non-sucky ideas that can be whipped together in under an hour.

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I love a fast food breakfast. Few things bring me as much joy as an Egg McMuffin or terrible breakfast burrito, even though I know they're not exactly "healthful". So rather than spend my mornings at the drive-through -- I don't have a car -- I decided to make my own quick and easy breakfast fare and I made a lot of them.

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Watermelon and feta salad has become something of a summer icon. The salty feta provides a nice flavour contrast to the sweet melon, while fresh mint adds a layer of depth and sophistication. I also enjoy a bit of red onion in mine, for an extra bit of aggressive pungency, Scott Conant be damned.

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There's a bar in my neighbourhood that has a huge sign up that says "No Frosty Glasses" on it, presumably because people would ask for beer in one. While the idea of banning frozen glasses might seem like a stunt by a hipster bar, there's actually a lot of good reasons to not drink your beer out of a frozen glass.

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Kids talk a lot. Parents usually respond with a nod or chuckle or maybe a glazed-over look when it's already 18 minutes past bedtime and they're still dissecting the tropes of the My Little Pony movie, but every now and then, they will hear a word and gasp.

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They say a watched pot never boils, but it's unclear as to whether that addage applies to video calls. In a move I can only call "brilliantly lazy" one enterprising young man used his iPhone to monitor a pot of water he was trying to bring to a boil.

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There are certain vegetables -- like green beans and broccoli -- that can either be gorgeous, brightly coloured and perfectly tender-crisp, or sad, dull and soggy. Luckily, making sure they these veggies become their best selves only takes a matter of minutes -- you simply have to blanch them.

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I've been dating a wonderful woman for the last four years and in two weeks, we will be standing in front of our family and friends to commit to each other in marriage. We're not the first couple to do this. And, like many couples today, we are bringing more than ourselves together. We have five children from previous relationships that will be joining to form a new family. While blended families are common these days, making them work can be challenging.

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Beer, just like most other food and drink products has a shelf life, as well as proper and improper way to store it. Where and how you choose to store your beer can make a huge difference in what it tastes like when you finally do crack that bottle or can open.