James Aitchison


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Five surprising ways to cook with peanut butter

There are few foods as nutritious, delicious, and above all ubiquitous as good old peanut butter. The venerable PB&J sandwich is an almost universally shared lunchtime staple for children across the USA and it’s almost impossible to imagine a kitchen without a jar of the stuff in the grocery cupboard.

While its presence and availability is taken for granted, one aspect of peanut butter that is neglected is just how many foods and flavors it can..

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How to cook without wine

September 30, 2017

It’s pretty much a universal experience at this point: you start working your way through a recipe only to discover about halfway through that you’re missing a crucial ingredient. At this point, you can either head off to the grocery store to pick up the offending ingredient or use a substitute.

Along with vinegar, one ingredient that often slips me up is wine. It’s rare that I don’t have a bottle of wine somewhere in the kitchen; however,..

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A beginners guide to Grenache wine

September 30, 2017

Today we’re looking at one of the most widely grown grapes in the world: Grenache. These grapes are responsible for some of the tastiest — and priciest — wines in the world. This late ripening grape is mostly grown in warmer regions like Spain, California, Australia, and Southern France. Just under 500,000 acres of vineyard land is dedicated to Grenache, making it one of the top ten largest wine crops in the world.

 

Needless to say, Grenache..

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The correct way to store coffee

September 30, 2017

Within the large segment of the population who enjoy coffee it seems there are two distinct factions constantly at odds with one another: those who store their coffee beans in the freezer and those who do not. The argument in favor states that freezing beans helps to preserve the flavor and prevents the coffee from going stale. The argument against, on the other hand, states that freezing coffee exposes it to excessive moisture, which negatively..

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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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