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March 23, 2013
  Total time: 1 hour, plus setting time Servings: About 3 dozen candies, depending on size Note: This recipe requires the use of a candy or digital thermometer. 2 packages gelatin 3/4 cup water, divided Butter for greasing a baking sheet, if cutting out shapes 2 cups sugar 2 tablespoons light corn syrup 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 cups colored sugar 1/2 cup chocolate chips 1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, sprinkle the gelatin over one-fourth cup of water and let stand until the gelatin is softened.
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FOOD
January 31, 2014 | By Noelle Carter
You could say it started with the "Cheesepocalypse" - you know, all those stories about a Velveeta shortage that have had everyone in a tizzy. And with the Super Bowl on Sunday! But there's no need to worry. You can make it yourself - a homemade "food prepper" version of liquid gold. Just in case. Before you laugh, hear me out. Processed cheese, like those individually wrapped singles, often gets a bad rap, but just try getting that perfect ooze and silky texture from any other cheese when you melt it. Real cheese tends to separate when heated, the proteins clumping together while fats and moisture ooze out in the most unattractive way. Recipe:  Homemade processed cheese Processed cheese can take the heat and keep it together, with a glossy sheen to boot.
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NEWS
November 29, 2012 | By Noelle Carter
In 2009, Food did a story on fresh tofu in Southern California . We included a recipe for fresh homemade tofu. Very light in flavor, this delicate tofu is almost like a custard with its creamy texture. The method is simple: Combine some cold soy milk with nigari water (a brine used to set the soy milk) and steam the milk until it sets up like a custard. The whole process takes about 15 minutes. If you've never tried homemade tofu, give it a try! It makes a great weekend project.
FOOD
December 14, 2013 | By Noelle Carter
Gifts are a lot like greeting cards. Store-bought is nice, but nothing compares with homemade and the sentiment it conveys. Not only can you tailor a handmade gift to each recipient, but you can also choose ideas that will fit your budget, whether large or small. And when it comes to food, there is nothing like the taste of something lovingly made from scratch. Here are 19 food-related homemade ideas perfect for giving. From intricate projects to simple nibbles you can fix in an afternoon, there is something for every level of craftiness.
FOOD
September 30, 2009 | Noelle Carter
It's a sausage lover's world out there, right? Especially at this time of year, nothing goes better with a great cold beer. The crisp crunch of that first juicy bite, the perfect blend of fresh ground meat redolent with toasted spices and pungent herbs. Granted, you can increasingly find some pretty good packaged sausages. But for the true fan, nothing compares to the texture and flavors to be found in great homemade sausage. Sausage making is an art that spans almost every regional and ethnic cuisine, a craft carefully honed and perfected over thousands of years.
FOOD
January 31, 2014 | By Noelle Carter
You could say it started with the "Cheesepocalypse" - you know, all those stories about a Velveeta shortage that have had everyone in a tizzy. And with the Super Bowl on Sunday! But there's no need to worry. You can make it yourself - a homemade "food prepper" version of liquid gold. Just in case. Before you laugh, hear me out. Processed cheese, like those individually wrapped singles, often gets a bad rap, but just try getting that perfect ooze and silky texture from any other cheese when you melt it. Real cheese tends to separate when heated, the proteins clumping together while fats and moisture ooze out in the most unattractive way. Recipe:  Homemade processed cheese Processed cheese can take the heat and keep it together, with a glossy sheen to boot.
FOOD
November 24, 2011 | Noelle Carter, Los Angeles Times
Lately, I've been on a homemade mustard kick. Think mustard, and your thoughts might veer first toward the bright yellow stuff you get in a squeeze bottle. Or maybe you prefer something a little less mild, as you reach for your favorite brand of Dijon or maybe a spicy whole grain. But have you ever tried making mustard from scratch? You won't believe how simple it is. Essentially, mustard is nothing more than a combination of seeds and liquid. Soak seeds in the fluid of your choice (water, vinegar, perhaps a double bock beer)
FOOD
December 14, 2013 | By Noelle Carter
Gifts are a lot like greeting cards. Store-bought is nice, but nothing compares with homemade and the sentiment it conveys. Not only can you tailor a handmade gift to each recipient, but you can also choose ideas that will fit your budget, whether large or small. And when it comes to food, there is nothing like the taste of something lovingly made from scratch. Here are 19 food-related homemade ideas perfect for giving. From intricate projects to simple nibbles you can fix in an afternoon, there is something for every level of craftiness.
FOOD
December 17, 2000
Thank you for the wonderful article on tamale making ("A Christmas Tradition: Tamales," Dec. 13). We're a Japanese-American family that has been making homemade tamales every Christmas for more than 30 years. Someday soon I will be passing this tradition on to my 2-year-old daughter. JULIE KYOSAI-WATANABE From the Internet
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2008 | From the Associated Press
A man died after the homemade soapbox racer he was riding in spun out of control during a race and crashed into a parked car. LAPD Sgt. Jim Mascola said the incident took place about 7:45 a.m. Other racers said the victim was 21 years old and one of about 35 members of the San Fernando Valley Illegal Soapbox Federation out for an early-morning downhill race.
NEWS
October 18, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
When I signed up for a course in canning and preserving, I wasn't thinking much about pigs. The images in my mind were more of strawberries and cucumber pickles. Maybe beets. But of course there's an entire world of preserved meat out there. The preserved meat of my childhood was mostly frozen; my parents bought a half cow at a time, cheaper than buying smaller bits. And it was chipped beef on toast; the tiny jar of thinly sliced beef that my mom could stretch to feed five of us. And then we had a juice glass to boot.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Authorities said a Castaic man has been arrested for allegedly using a homemade spear to kill his family's cat and dog, which he later set on fire. Jared Foster, 23, is accused of fashioning the spear by taping a large kitchen knife to a broomstick. He used the spear, and possibly an arrow, to kill the cat Wednesday morning, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Thursday. Foster also is suspecting of using the spear to kill the dog. He then set the animal on fire in the backyard of the family home in 32700 block of North Ridge Top Lane, authorities said in a statement.
NEWS
April 19, 2013 | By Noelle Carter
Ever thought great homemade pizza was possible? It is! And the trick? Well, beyond a good dough and sauce, it's about tweaking your oven to get the heat just right. I did a story a few years back on homemade pizza: "There are many components that go into a great pizza, and opinions vary as to what they are. But any pizza lover will agree that you can't bake one without a super-hot oven, and you can't replicate the effects of a great pizzeria oven with a standard home model -- even with a pizza stone or ceramic tiles.
NEWS
April 5, 2013 | By Noelle Carter
Ever thought homemade bagels were possible? And great bagels at that? They are, and Peter Reinhart wrote a great story for Food to share his secrets :  " What I am about to explain could get me barred from the Lincoln and Holland tunnels or any other routes into Manhattan. But as a baker who loves bagels and all the things that can go on them, I am duty-bound to dispel urban legends and to tell you that anyone can make great bagels at home, no matter where you live.... "Bagels are about the simplest of all breads to make.
NEWS
March 25, 2013 | By Noelle Carter
In the recent story on homemade "peeps" , I allude to what it took to come up with a perfectly pipeable "peep" (say that 10 times). It wasn't easy. While there is no shortage to homemade "peeps" recipes online, the Test Kitchen staff and I had trouble finding a recipe that worked. We tested a variety of recipes, before rethinking our approach. Ultimately, it involved going back to tweaking a simple classic marshmallow. Here are some of my notes: The secret life of Peeps On marshmallows: Marshmallows were once made from the juice of the marsh mallow plant, beaten with egg white and sugar for a foamy consistency.
FOOD
March 23, 2013 | Noelle Carter
Maybe they slowly grew on me. Or maybe it was the sheer sugar rush -- from testing close to 75 dozen chicks -- but I'll admit it. I've grown fond of Peeps. For most of us, an Easter basket simply isn't complete without a box of Peeps. The colorful marshmallow candy brand is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, and the popular chicks are to Easter what candy corn is to Halloween and candy canes are to Christmas. Of course, Peeps are probably just as famous for what people do with them, and I'm not just talking about fluorescent-tinted s'mores or a post-apocalyptic trip in the microwave.
NEWS
March 1, 2013 | By Noelle Carter
Happy National Peanut Butter Lover's Day! To celebrate, we've compiled 11 of our favorite recipes. From massive peanut butter cookies to cream pie and peanut dipping sauce. VIDEO: How to make homemade nut butters Oh, and would you like to know how to make homemade peanut butter? It's easy. Check out the video above and read the steps below for tips. Enjoy! ALSO: Food photography 101 Go behind the scenes at the Test Kitchen Browse hundreds of recipes from the L.A. Times Test Kitchen You can find Noelle Carter on Facebook , Google+ , Twitter and Pinterest . Email Noelle at noelle.carter@latimes.com.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 2008 | David Haldane
A man who was already on probation for domestic violence against his estranged wife has been charged with possessing illegal bombs and weapons after making new threats against her, authorities said Monday. Ronald Gary Turner, 44, could face more than 13 years in prison if convicted on all counts, authorities said. He was arrested last week after police received information that he possessed illegal weapons and had threatened his wife, whose name was not released. On July 2, authorities pulled Turner's car over on the 22 Freeway and recovered handcuffs, pepper spray, knives and a stolen 9-mm firearm with its serial numbers removed.
FOOD
March 23, 2013
  Total time: 1 hour, plus setting time Servings: About 3 dozen candies, depending on size Note: This recipe requires the use of a candy or digital thermometer. 2 packages gelatin 3/4 cup water, divided Butter for greasing a baking sheet, if cutting out shapes 2 cups sugar 2 tablespoons light corn syrup 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 cups colored sugar 1/2 cup chocolate chips 1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, sprinkle the gelatin over one-fourth cup of water and let stand until the gelatin is softened.
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