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Levitating the butterbeer to pull it toward me and drinking it outside the Three Broomsticks at Universal Studios, I decided to brew butterbeer with two recipes I found online.

Harry Potter recipe review: Butterbeer

Anirudh Seshadri March 17, 2021

When I first saw the word “butterbeer” in the third book of the “Harry Potter” series, I expected it to be a mix of butter and beer, which sounded like an unpleasant combination. However, when...

With a swish of my wand, I levitate my treacle tart into the Great Hall of Hogwarts. Remember, it’s “LeviOsa,” not “LeviosA.”

Harry Potter recipe review: Treacle tart

Amy Liu March 17, 2021

Harry Potter loves treacle tart so much that he smells it in Amortentia, a powerful love potion in the wizarding world — that is some next-level fondness for a seemingly simple dessert. As “Harry Potter”...

Seeking to recreate some of the magic of Harry Potter through cooking, I tried my hand at making pumpkin pasties, which can be found on the trolley on the Hogwarts Express.

Harry Potter recipe review: Pumpkin pasties

Sunny Li March 17, 2021

“Anything off the trolley, dears?” And so begins Harry Potter’s introduction to the delicious world of wizarding treats. Harry buys a little bit of everything off the trolley on the Hogwarts Express,...

Kronk poses with key ingredients: spinach, garlic, shallot and cream cheese behind a plate of spinach puffs!

Disney recipe review: Spinach puffs from “The Emperor’s New Groove”

Youqi Huang March 12, 2021

I love cheese, I love carbohydrates and I can tolerate spinach. What better recipe to recreate than Kronk’s spinach puffs from “The Emperor’s New Groove”? I haven’t watched the movie, which apparently...

I chose to make beignets, Tiana's signature dish in

Disney recipe review: Beignets from “The Princess and the Frog”

Priyanka Anand March 10, 2021

I remember the first time I watched “The Princess and the Frog” so clearly. In 2009, my family missed seeing the movie in theaters, so my parents bought the DVD (remember those?), and I quickly found...

I tried replicating ratatouille the way Remy cooked the dish.

Disney recipe review: Ratatouille

Sophie Au March 9, 2021

As Chef Gusteau says in the movie “Ratatouille,” “Anyone can cook!” With the help of Remy, a talented chef rat, Alfredo Linguini, a garbage boy at Gusteau’s restaurant, achieves his dream of...

For the Epic’s copycat recipe project, I decided to replicate the Chick-Fil-A sandwich at home.

Copycat recipe review: Deluxe Chick-Fil-A sandwich with Chick-Fil-A sauce

Allison Hsieh February 3, 2021

Ever since I was young, I have always gravitated toward chicken as my choice of meat. Fried, grilled, sauteed, you name it — I have tried and loved them all. As a result, when Chick-Fil-A, a fast food...

Mochi donut ingredients and the signature lion mascot of Mister Donut.

Copycat recipe review: Mister Donut’s “Pon de Ring” Mochi Donuts

Claire Chiu January 25, 2021

As a child, summer visits back home to Taiwan always meant a trip to Mister Donut, a popular donut chain in Asia, for a mochi donut. A mochi donut is made of tapioca rice flour, giving it its unique and...

First up of the Epic’s adventures in copycat cooking is a classic: IHOP’s Original Buttermilk Pancakes.

Copycat recipe review: IHOP’s Original Buttermilk Pancakes

Emma Constable January 24, 2021

International House Of Pancakes (IHOP), an iconic American restaurant chain with nearly two thousand locations across the U.S., is popular among both families and solitary brunch-goers looking to enjoy...

El chocolate caliente: Mexican spiced hot chocolate.

A diverse array of hot chocolate and its best friends

Elizabeth Cheng December 9, 2020

The holidays are all about celebration, and any celebration is incomplete without many different kinds of food. However, there is one cozy beverage that is essential to the festive season —hot chocolate....

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