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Marshmallow eggs made with homemade flavored sugar are a colorful treat at Thomas Keller's Bouchon Bakery in Beverly Hills, Calif. To make them, pipe homemade marshmallow into hollow plastic eggs (see recipe, below). Doriane Raiman for NPR hide caption

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Homemade Peeps, And More Easter Treats, A La Thomas Keller

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The cherry, prunus cerasus — specifically, the variety marasca — is the only plant that appears in the Manhattan cocktail in an easily recognizable form. But as author Amy Stewart explains, the maraschino garnish is far from the only horticultural element of the cocktail. See below for the rest of the ingredients in a Manhattan. Koehler's Medicinal Plants/Image courtesy Missouri Botanical Garden. http://www.botanicus.org hide caption

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'Drunken Botanist' Takes A Garden Tour Of The Liquor Cabinet

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Valley Malt, in Hadley, Mass., works with 25 farmers growing six different types of grain in the Northeast. Courtesy of Valley Malt hide caption

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A sip or a hit? Jack Faller sucks up a bourbon Vaportini at Red Kiva lounge in Chicago. Courtesy of Andrew Nawrocki/Time Out Chicago hide caption

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Washington Post Food and Travel Editor Joe Yonan whips up some macaroni and cheese in an NPR mug. Maggie Starbard/NPR hide caption

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The Microwave Miracle Of Cooking In Mugs

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Brice from the Bubble Lounge in New York City demonstrates how to saber a bottle of champagne. About.com hide caption

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A Dramatic Way To Uncork The Bubbly: Use A Sword

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The finished dumplings, properly fried to a light crisp. The half-moon shape was meant to resemble ancient Chinese currency. Eating the dumplings was believed to bring fortune and prosperity. Daniel M.N. Turner/NPR hide caption

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With too little distilled bourbon to meet demand, Maker's Mark is lowering the product's alcohol content from 90 to 84 proof. Ed Reinke/AP hide caption

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Less Potent Maker's Mark Not Going Down Smoothly In Kentucky

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