When it comes to ingredients, you don’t really get many things simpler than cheese. Four simple ingredients—milk, cultures, coagulant, and salt—can be used to make literally thousands of different cheeses. Arguably the most important of these ingredients, however, is milk. The type of dairy used in cheese-making can have a profound effect on the texture and taste of the finished product. Pretty much any milk can be used to make cheese but there..Read More
Gewürztraminer has a bit of a bad reputation and is commonly regarded as an overly sweet, boozy wine. Wine aficionados tend to turn up their nose to it, finding the wine overly aromatic and difficult to pair with food. However, there is a lot to love about this wine provided you give it a chance. Good bottles of Gewürztraminer can be found at very reasonable prices and, provided you focus on certain foods, it can be paired very well.
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..Read More
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.
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 ingredients—dry 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..Read More
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..Read More
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 methods—melting and tempering—each with their own..Read More
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..Read More
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..Read More
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..Read More