Magazine article Sunset

In the Sunset Kitchen

Magazine article Sunset

In the Sunset Kitchen

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Doable DIY

Grinding our own wheat, milking our own cow ... We've gone deep into DIY over the years at Sunset. So we appreciate the creative, easy ideas in Williams-Sonoma Better from Scratch (Weldon Owen, 2014; $25) by Portland author Ivy Manning, especially these Super Bowl-worthy chips--made in the microwave!

SOUR CREAM & ONION POTATO CHIPS

Slice a russet potato paper thin and arrange a single layer on a plate lined with parchment paper. Microwave at 90 percent power until the edges curl, about 4 minutes; repeat with remaining potato slices. Transfer microwaved slices, moist underside up, to 2 rimmed baking sheets lined with parchment. Bake in a 325[degrees] oven until golden brown and crisp, 5 to 10 minutes, swapping sheet positions halfway through baking. Transfer to a bowl and coat with olive-oil cooking spray. Combine 1 tsp. powdered buttermilk and V2 tsp. each garlic powder, sea salt, dried dill, and sugar with 'Ai tsp. onion powder; toss with chips.

POWER INGREDIENT

POMEGRANATE MOLASSES, TAKE 2

This tangy-sweet reduction of pure pomegranate juice (used for chicken with pomegranate glaze on page 92) keeps for months. What to do with the rest of the bottle?

DRIZZLE over roasted squash, along with browned butter.

ADD to lemon vinaigrette for a green salad with salty halloumi cheese.

SMEAR some inside a roast chicken sandwich.

V-DAY LOVE Sugar rush

Every month, a new batch of artisanal caramels seems to land in our Test Kitchen. (We're not complaining.) Here are some of our favorite Western candymakers for Valentine's Day gifts.

CRACK CARAMEL

This L.A. company turns out a line of deeply brown sugar-flavored caramel treats, but for pure cuteness, our vote goes to the Crack Pops (shown at right). $27 for a half-batch (about 13 pops); crackcarame.com.

QUIN CANDY

Many local flavorings make it into the Portland-based company's chewy caramels, like the gently spiced Smith Tea Smoked Chai, created with a local tea maker. $8 for 10 pieces; quincandy.com.

SERENDIPITY CONFECTIONS

Imagine a fragrant piece of gingerbread turned into a soft and melty candy, and you'll have Gingerbread Caramels from this Laramie, Wyoming, company. …

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