Four foods you should never pair with wine

August 31, 2017

Arguably, one of the best things about wine appreciation is experimenting with food pairings. Nothing brings out the subtle flavors and tastes of a good bottle of wine like a well chosen meal or foodstuff. Sadly, though, there are a few food items that just don’t work with wine. Here’s a few surprising morsels that should never, ever be paired with wine.

Chocolate

 

The first no-go food pairing is arguably the most tragic. Yes, sadly chocolate..

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A beginners guide to Nebbiolo wine

August 31, 2017

As much as I appreciate light and crisp wines in the summer months, sometimes I just want something full-bodied and flavorful. That’s why I’m particularly partial to Nebbiolo wines from Italy's Piedmont region. These unusual wines are notable for their complex flavors, intricate subtleties, and delicate aromas.

 

As mentioned, Nebbiolo grapes are grown in the Langhe area, which is part of the broader Italian Piedmont vineyard region. Within..

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Use these four ingredients to shortcut your meal prep

August 28, 2017

Many recipes claim to be "30 minutes or less" but how often is that actually true, if there are still five carrots to be peeled or a container of mushrooms to wash? There are many tricks to making your meal prep faster without sacrificing flavor or that homemade quality. Here are four of our favorite tricks to spend less time prepping and more time eating.

Rotisserie Chicken

It's hard to find a cheaper way to buy chicken at the grocery store..

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The best old-school apples for homemade apple pie

August 28, 2017

My first job, when I was 14 years old, was working in a bakery located adjacent to an apple orchard. The wife ran the bakery while her husband ran the orchard. I had the chance to visit with them again a few weeks ago. They are in their 80s now and retired from the farm, but she still bakes a mean apple pie. Her advice on which apples to use for pie? A mix of Cortlands and Macintoshes, and that's about it.

 Varieties

There are over 2,500..

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Your salad deserves to be well-dressed. Here's how to do it.

August 27, 2017

Dressing a salad perfectly is tough to do. Adding just the right amount of salad dressing, though, can mean the difference between a soggy, heavy, mushy mess, a dry heap of lettuce, or a delightfully crunchy, vegetal experience. Here are a few tips on how to dress your salad just right. 

Big it Up

Make your salad in a much larger bowl than you think you need. Don’t crowd your lettuce! You need lots of room to stir to ensure the dressing is..

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Meet the most refreshing drink on earth: Coffee fizz!

August 26, 2017

A glass of iced or cold brew coffee can really cut through the summer heat, but when it comes to refreshment I’ve always found them to be somewhat lacking. You see, as much as I love cold caffeinated beverages, they’re still superseded in the refreshment department by an ice-cold glass of soda. There’s just something about the combination of sugar and bubbles that provides relief in a way that cold coffee can’t.

 

Of course, it’s not a great..

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A beginners guide to Saignée Rosé

August 26, 2017

While I understand their appeal, I’ve never been particularly partial to rosé wines. It’s true that a rosé can be refreshing and is a great complement to a warm summer's day. Personally though, I tend to gravitate towards the more robust end of the wine tasting spectrum. Fortunately, as is often the case in the world of wines, there is a rosé variety that perfectly appeals to my desire for a refreshing wine that also features a bold flavor..

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How to pick the right glassware for your wine

August 26, 2017

When it comes to drinking wine, pretty much any receptacle will do. One doesn’t need high-end glassware to enjoy the occasional glass of vino. In fact — as I can personally attest — wine can still be enjoyed when drunk from a coffee mug. However, if you’re getting serious about wine and really want to get the best out of it, it’s probably time to invest in some glassware.

Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on your mindset, there are a..

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How to make kale chips so even the kids will eat them

August 20, 2017

My daughter loves kale chips. She's 7 years old. She doesn't know that some people hate kale, or that others love it with a passion and eat it all the time. She just knows that these chips are salty and delicious and a cool green color, and when you're 7, that's all that matters.

Kale chips are incredibly easy to make. Just heat up your oven, grab some salt and oil, and you're ready to go. Even if you think you don't like kale chips, I'd..

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Stop wasting produce: 5 tricks to getting the most out of your freshest ingredients

August 20, 2017

I would never recommend not buying fresh produce. Fresh is the ultimate way to go. But I find that, often, I overbuy on produce — by the end of the week, I have a huge box of spinach wilting in the back of my fridge, or my celery has gone limp. Here are a few tips for reducing the amount of produce you throw out each week.

1. Check the "sell-by" date before you buy

Self explanatory perhaps, but I often forget to look at sell-by dates on my..

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