Easy, Chocolaty, Delicious: Pots de Crème

January 23, 2018

Let’s talk dessert. I love dessert. When I have the time and inclination to pour my heart and soul into a homemade concoction that involves four mixing bowls, six spoons, and all the measuring cups in the kitchen, it is glorious. But sometimes, well, I just don’t. Here’s one of my favorite make-ahead recipes that uses just five ingredients and takes less than ten minutes to throw together: Pots de Crème. You need a blender, a bag of chocolate..

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The chocolate is in the mail

January 23, 2018

Everyone needs a little chocolate in their lives, especially in the winter when the world is cold and grey. But what can you do if you live far away from a friend in need of a chocolate pick-me-up? Or a friend who is close by? Or yourself? The internet is here to help. Here are four of our favorite mail-order chocolate-filled goodies that you can get delivered to help everyone make it through the long, dark winter.

L.A. Burdick Chocolates

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Do-it-yourself hot cocoa mix

January 23, 2018

The ingredient lists of standard grocery store hot cocoa mixes include corn syrup, carrageenan, sucralose, and a paragraph full of other additives. Premium gourmet brands, meanwhile, often pare the list down to just a few ingredientsdry milk, cocoa and sugar. If that's really all there is to it, why not skip the processing, save a few bucks, and make your own hot cocoa mix?

Four main ingredients

Hot chocolate mix is simple. Mix cocoa powder..

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A beginners guide to Sangiovese wine

January 17, 2018

The last month or so of winter is always the toughest. The whimsy and fun of the holiday season has passed us by and all that’s left to do is count down the days until spring. It’s not all bad, though. At the very least, the cold months give us an excuse to enjoy some rustic and warming wines! One of my personal favorite wines in this vein is Sangiovese. This Italian wine is pretty much the quintessential Tuscan varietal and the perfect..

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How to make chocolate coated anything

January 17, 2018

To paraphrase Jane Austen, it’s a truth universally acknowledged that pretty much anything tastes better when coated in chocolate. Well, maybe not everything, but you get the idea! Strawberries, candied fruit, pastries, and cakes: the list of sweet foodstuffs that can be coated in chocolate is exhaustive and ripe for exploration.

 

When it comes to chocolate-coating, there are two popular methodsmelting and temperingeach with their own..

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Four essential tips for baking with chocolate

January 8, 2018

I think most of us can agree that chocolate is simply the best. Creamy, sweet, and tasty it brings a wonderful flavor to almost everything it’s added to. As great as chocolate is, baking with it can be a bit of a challenge. Anyone who’s attempted to melt chocolate only to end up with a grainy and gloopy mess knows the hazards of baking with this cocoa-laced treat.

So if you’re about to embark on a baking journey with everyone's favorite sweet..

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A beginners guide to Touriga Nacional wine

January 8, 2018

It’s the new year, a time for resolutions and bold proclamations. So in that spirit let’s spend some time looking at a bold and spirited wine from Portugal: Touriga Nacional. This intense tipple is made from grapes mainly grown in the Duoro region of Portugal, however, some are also grown in South Africa, Australia, and the United States. These grapes have until recently only been used in fortified wine blends, however, producers have started to..

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How to bake with chocolate

December 31, 2017

When it comes to baked goods, what ingredient works best? The answer is, of course, chocolate! In fact, I’m of the opinion that pretty much any sweet treat benefits from the addition of some lovely cocoa. Sadly, you can’t just add a bar of milk chocolate to a cake mix and hope that it will turn out well. In fact, when it comes to baking with chocolate, it’s important to be aware of all the different types of cocoa-derived products and how to use..

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A beginners guide to Argentinian Bonarda

December 26, 2017

High-end vino is wonderful, but sometimes you just want something fun, feisty and easy to drink. If this refrain sounds familiar and you’re on the lookout for an unchallenging tipple, the under-appreciated Argentinian wine Bonarda fits the bill perfectly! This wine is a bit of a hidden gem for those on the lookout for a bright red with few tannins and high acidity.

 

Before we continue, however, it’s worth pointing out that Argentina Bonarda..

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A beginners guide to Sekt sparkling wine

December 26, 2017

After spending some time getting into the nitty-gritty of Champagne, Prosecco, and Cava it’s time to take an in-depth look at the “other” sparkling wine: Sekt. Sekt is a sweet sparkling wine that is primarily produced in Germany and Austria. The wine is guzzled by the gallon in both countries but its popularity has not yet spread beyond those borders. The reason for this is largely due to history and reputation. Until recently, the grading..

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