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  • The challenge: to make a pie crust out of cake mix.

    The recipe, first spotted by one of our editors on Pinterest, promised to be easy and “taste really good.”

    And who can say no to pie made out of cake?

    So I gave it a try.

    The ingredients.The ingredients.

    Following the directions from HoosierHomemade.com — blogger Liz got the idea from a trip to the Duncan Hines headquarters — I set out to make a crust/filling combo sure to hit the spot: Turtle Cheesecake Pie.

    Making the crust

    The cake mix: Betty Crocker’s Super Moist Devil’s Food Flavour cake mix.

    I added the egg, extra yolks and butter. At first, the dough was dry and crumbly.

    “There’s not enough moisture!” I complained to my taste-tester/husband in the other room, who offered no support.

    The dough will initially look dry and crumbly.The dough will initially look dry and crumbly.

    Once I turned out the dough on the dusted-with-cocoa-powder counter, however, everything started to come together nicely.

    Note that this “dough” will stick to your hands. Wear rings at your own risk.

    After letting the ball of cake/pie dough sit in the fridge for the obligatory 15

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  • Eat for prosperity this Chinese New Year

    Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival, falls on February 19th and runs through to the Lantern Festival on March 5th.

    If you’re hoping to plan your own Chinese New Year party, here are some “lucky” tips from the experts to ensure a prosperous year to come.

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    Do your research.

    Shirley Lum, a culinary historian who gives lunar Chinese New Year food tours in Toronto, recommends that newbies join a meal hosted by someone like herself to learn about the food, traditions and symbolism important to a Chinese New Year banquet. Once you’re acquainted with these traditions, consider hosting a potluck dinner with friends.

    “If this is not possible, then keep it simple. Make it a potluck and aim for 8 dishes: chicken, fish, pork, shrimp, green vegetable, noodle, rice & a dessert with coconut/sugar/peanuts,” she recommends.

    Lum adds that, over the years, she’s seen “traditional meals” evolve with Canada’s changing demographics.

    “Railway workers until early 1950s we saw plenty of Cantonese-style

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  • The Grammys are the one night in music where anything goes, at least when it comes to fashion – and stars took full advantage of that while walking the red carpet on Sunday night. From Rihanna’s massive Giambattista Valli gown to Madonna’s “Fifty Shades of Grey”-inspired getup, there was no shortage of eye-catching outfits.

    On Sunday, we asked Yahoo Canada readers to cast their vote and weigh in on which star ruled the red carpet.

    And the winner is…Taylor Swift!

    Taylor Swift (Getty Images)Taylor Swift (Getty Images)
    Thirty per cent of voters thought the “Shake It Off” singer deserved the best-dressed title for her ethereal blue dress designed by Elie Saab.

    Personally, we always love to see what Gwen Stefani wears on the red carpet and we were not disappointed by the custom Atelier Versace pantsuit she wore to the 57th Annual Grammy Awards. It seems like Yahoo Canada readers agreed with us – 19 per cent of voters thought that the 45-year-old singer earned top honours.

    Gwen Stefani (Getty Images)Gwen Stefani (Getty Images)

    Not far behind was model Chrissy Teigen, who rounded out the top three

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