Keep the chills at bay with homemade mulled wine!

October 12, 2017

It’s mid-October which means it’s time we finally accepted the fact that yes, it is officially fall, and yes, it is getting colder. However, the shorter days and colder nights shouldn’t necessary be cause for mourning and sadness. While the chills are nothing to celebrate, one of the benefits of the colder seasons is that it gives us the excuse to enjoy all the warm, hearty food and drinks denied to us by the swealtering summer!

 

Mulled wine..

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How to make sense of coffee shop menus

October 12, 2017

Regardless of whether you’re new to the world of espresso drinks or a seasoned caffeine head, deciphering the menu at a coffee shop can be pretty overwhelming. I worked as a barista for three years and even I find myself a little befuddled when gazing at all the various combinations at my local espresso bar.

Well, if you find yourself struggling to figure out the difference between a latte and an au lait, this guide is for you! Here’s a simple..

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Go climb a tree. An apple tree, that is.

October 9, 2017

My family and I spent this past weekend helping my dad manage his pick-your-own business at an apple orchard in Maine. It was one of the most relaxing weekends we've had in a long time. And while I know that picking apples is kind of a cliché thing to do in the fall, here's why you should get over it and get out to an orchard before the season is over.

1. Easy pickin'

Apples are one of the easiest fruits to pick. They're sturdy, can take a few..

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How many ways can you bake a potato?

October 8, 2017

I love baked potatoes. Smothered in butter and sour cream, or cheese and broccoli, or bacon bits, they are a great side for dinner or a warm and tasty lunch. Sometimes, however, I want to elevate my baked potato game. Here are some ways to make the traditional baked potato a bit fancier, a bit tastier, and perfect for entertaining.

  Potato Fans (or, Hassleback Potatoes)

Cutting your potatoes into fans, brushing them with oil, and then baking, is..

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I love doughnuts... dough nut you?

October 8, 2017

I’ve never been interested in dealing with the mess of frying doughnuts at home, so I always avoided doughnut recipes. But then I realized you could bake doughnuts, and my life changed. I was given two doughnut pans as a gift, along with a doughnut recipe book, and my life has never been the same. Baking donuts is incredibly simple. Mix the ingredients together, bake, toss in sugar, and eat. Almost faster than driving to your closest Dunkin'..

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A beginners guide to Sémillon wine

October 6, 2017

Another week, another wine! Today, we’re going to be looking at the third largest grape crop in France: Sémillon. This golden grape is used in the production of dry and sweet white wines. It’s also a crucial element in White Bordeaux blends and is the main ingredient in Sauternes dessert wines.

 

While it’s primarily known as a grape of France, where over 28,000 acres are dedicated to it, Sémillon is grown throughout the world. Australia is..

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How to make perfect sunny-side up eggs

October 6, 2017

Over-easy or sunny-side up? As far as I’m concerned there’s only one answer to that question: Sunny-side, obviously! It wasn’t always the case though. For the longest time, I preferred my fried eggs over-easy and hard with a texture somewhere between a hockey puck and a sponge. Fortunately, over time I have seen the error of my ways and now enjoy a perfectly soft sunny-side up egg.

 

As enjoyable as sunny-side up eggs are to eat, in my..

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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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You'll pop over these popovers.

October 1, 2017

As the nights cool off and autumn arrives in full force, it's time to start thinking about soups and stews and baked goods, and not being afraid to turn on your oven because you now want to heat up the house.

I've always been a fan of popovers. I grew up in Maine, and one of my favorite things to do was (and still is!) visit the Jordan Pond House in Acadia National Park, where they serve world-renowned popovers with Maine strawberry jam. ..

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Don't just bake spaghetti squash. Knock it out of the park.

October 1, 2017

As we move further into autumn, winter vegetables are starting to appear at farmer's markets and in the grocery store. One of my favorites is spaghetti squash. Originally brought to prominence when "no-carb diets" were popular, many people use spaghetti squash only as a substitute for spaghetti. However, there are other ways to prepare this delightfully light vegetable that do not involve drowning it in sauce.

Basic Recipe

Cooking a spaghetti..

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