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  • Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce (Getty Images)Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce (Getty Images)
    What are we to do with Dolce & Gabbana? The haute couture duo made up of Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana are not backing down from the ultimate fashion crime: Insulting Elton John.

    It all started last week when in an interview with Panorama magazine, the duo  said, "We oppose gay adoptions. The only family is the traditional one. No chemical offsprings and rented uterus: life has a natural flow, there are things that should not be changed."

    Dolce reportedly added, "You are born to a mother and a father — or at least that's how it should be. I call children of chemistry, synthetic children. Rented uterus, semen chosen from a catalog."

    In response, Elton John, who has two children born via IVF with partner David Furnish, boycotted D&G posting an image of the fashion designers on Instagram.

    "How dare you refer to my beautiful children as "synthetic," he captioned it. "And shame on you for wagging your judgemental little fingers at IVF - a miracle that has allowed legions of loving

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  • Tuesday is St. Patrick’s Day. We can’t exactly drink Guinness all day — some have tried, we’re sure, but it is still a workday, people — so we’re rounding up recipes that will let us eat our favourite Irish stout all day.

    To begin, I tested this recipe from Food52:

    Garlic, Parmesan and Herb Beer Bread

    Courtesy Nadine KalinauskasCourtesy Nadine Kalinauskas

    It was almost too simple. And most people will have all the ingredients on hand. (You can use any beer, at any temperature, just as long as it’s still carbonated.)

    I followed the recipe as written — I included the optional sugar — popped the thick batter into the oven for 50 minutes and…voila!

    The verdict: sweet, garlicky perfection. (Not appropriate for date night with a vampire. There’s a whole head of raw garlic in there.) Would likely be best served with soup, stew or chili.

    It will be made again and again. Regardless of calendar date.

    Not a fan of garlic? There are a few ways to use Guinness in your bread-making.

    There’s this popular oats-and-buttermilk Guinness Bread recipe from

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  • Baking a pie for Pi Day

    All photos courtesy Nadine KalinauskasAll photos courtesy Nadine Kalinauskas
    I am not a pie baker. In fact, until this week, I had made exactly one pie in my life (unless you count this cake-mix pie). My first pie turned out well. And then I quit while I was ahead. 

    But in honour of Pi Day (3/14/15), I thought I’d give pie-baking another go. 

    Before I dove in, I asked Kyla Eaglesham, pastry chef and owner of Madeleines, Cherry Pie and Ice Cream in Toronto, for some expert advice.

    Yahoo Canada: Homemade pies — especially pie crusts — are intimidating. What should a beginner know before tackling their first pie? 

    Eaglesham: Keep all your ingredients cold. Especially the fat. Do not overwork the dough. Allow sufficient time for the dough to rest before you roll it.

    Shortening, butter or oil: Which do you recommend in pie crusts and why?

    Lard is the best. It is naturally trans-fat free and makes the flakiest crust. There are non-hydrogenated shortenings on the market but have less flavour than lard. Butter makes a heavier crust.

    We’ve seen recipes with add-ins like

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