James Aitchison


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A beginners guide to Muscadine wine

September 22, 2017

After a few dalliances in the world of orange and ice wines, it’s time to look at something a little closer to home: Muscadine wine. Possibly the closest thing the United States has to a national grape, Muscadine is a quintessentially American wine that derives its flavor from the Vitis rotundifolia grape. This species of grape is native to the United States and grows best in warm, humid areas such as Georgia, the Carolinas, Mississippi, and..

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A beginners guide to coffee: Guatemala Antigua

September 22, 2017

Today we’re going to be looking at a coffee that perfectly toes the line between quality and affordability: Guatemala Antigua. Guatemala is the second largest producer of coffee in Central America, and in many ways, Antigua beans represent all the best qualities beans in this region can offer. For those looking to switch from drinking mass-produced coffee to high-end beans, Guatemala Antigua is the perfect first step.

History and geography

 

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Nine uses for leftover coffee

September 22, 2017

If there is one everyday task I can’t seem to get right, it’s figuring out how much coffee to brew in the morning. Regardless of how much I adjust my quantities, I either end up with too little or far too much. Having too little coffee is not really that big of a deal, after all, I can always just brew some more. However, for a waste-averse person like myself having too much often results in about a cup of perfectly good coffee being binned.

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How to pick the right kind of vinegar

September 22, 2017

When it comes to cooking, one of my biggest pet peeves involves vinegar. Often while working my way through a new recipe, I’ll discover mid-process that the vinegar required for the dish is the exact one I’ve run out of. That being said, I do love vinegar and the wonderful tangy taste it brings to foods.

In order to make sure I’m never without the vinegar I need, I went on a shopping spree to fill in all the gaps in my cooking supplies..

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A beginners guide to ice wine

September 22, 2017

Today we are going to be looking at one of the more unusual grape-based offerings available: Ice wine. This super-sweet drink is not for everyone, but those looking for a wine unlike any other would be hard pressed — pardon the pun — to find something as unique as this chilly treat.

What is it?

 

When we talk about ice wine (or eiswein) we’re not talking about chilled wine or a glass of white with a couple of ice cubes. Ice wine is a very..

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How to pick the right cooking oil

September 22, 2017

Olive oils, vegetable oils, grape seed oils. With so many to choose from, picking the right oil for your recipes can be a daunting task. Not only are there a multitude to choose from, but all the various oils can have a major effect on the taste and preparation of food. Furthermore, different oils provide different flavors, and certain oils perform differently at different temperatures. Needless to say, picking the right cooking oil for the job..

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How to fry bacon without making a mess

September 16, 2017

Like pretty much every self-aware millennial, I’m a big fan of bacon. Salty, crisp, and meaty it’s pretty much everything I want in a protein. And, while I draw the line at things like bacon-infused bourbon, there are very few savoury dishes that don’t benefit from the inclusion of a little — or a lot — of cured pork.

 

My love for bacon is, however, tempered somewhat by the absolute hatred I have for having to wipe up all the grease and grime..

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How to remove hot pepper oils from your hands

September 16, 2017

My worst cooking mishap involved chili peppers. I was heading to a pool party and had just finished preparing Peruvian style chicken with a spicy green dipping sauce. The recipe required several diced jalapeño peppers, which I diligently hand sliced before adding to the food processor.

 

Once I had finished preparing the meal, I washed my hands and went to put in my contact lenses. As soon as the first lens touched my eye, I knew I had made a..

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A beginners guide to orange wine

September 16, 2017

Today, we’re going to put aside reds and whites and look at something a little different: orange wine. Despite the name, orange wine contains no actual oranges; instead, it is the result of leaving grape juice in contact with the skins and seeds for a prolonged period of time. This results in a white wine with a noticeably orange hue.

 

While there is something undeniably fascinating about it, the color itself is not orange wine's main selling..

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How to make your own pumpkin spice latte

September 8, 2017

It’s September and that can only mean one thing. Yes, it’s the time when everyone goes crazy for the iconic red and brown colors that only appear once a year. No, I’m not talking about the fall leaves, I’m of course talking about the pumpkin spice latte. This — to me — mystifyingly popular drink makes an appearance for one month of the year and is pined for by enthusiasts for the remaining eleven.

 

There was a hint of controversy this year..

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