Six apple-icious recipes to use up autumn's bounty.

September 18, 2017

Ah, autumn. The smell of freshly baked bread mixed with pumpkin spice and apple cinnamon. How I've missed you. The apple tree in our backyard, seemingly dormant for the last 6 years, sprang to life this year, and I suddenly found myself with five large bags of home-grown Macintosh apples sitting in my basement. My kids don't like apple pie (crazy town!), so here are six easy non-pie recipes we've found to use up our harvest. A few are somewhat..

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You can't make a quicker breakfast than the instant kind. Instant oatmeal, that is.

September 18, 2017

Over the summer, I wrote about my favorite cold breakfast, overnight oats. Cold, creamy, fruity, and delicious, it continues to be my go-to make-ahead summer morning meal. But now the leaves on our trees are starting to change color, and I've moved from iced coffee to hot tea in the mornings. It's time to replace my cold oats with some super fast, super hot oatmeal, customized exactly as I want it. Here's how to make your autumn morning start..

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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 a perfect hardboiled egg, every time.

September 10, 2017

As the seasons change, so do my breakfast preferences. In the heat of the summer, I was all about overnight oats. But now it's chilly when I walk downstairs in the morning and the leaves are starting to turn colors, so it's time for a new breakfast routine: hard boiled eggs with a side of toast. I hard boil six eggs at the beginning of the week so the only thing I have to do in the morning is peel the egg while my bread is toasting.

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Husk cherries could be your new favorite produce

September 10, 2017

Last summer, I discovered husk cherries (also known as ground cherries) at my local farm stand. The farmer convinced me to buy a pint of them, and they've been my new favorite Northeast late-summer/early autumn produce ever since.

Husk cherries are in the same family as tomatillos. They have a paper-like husk on the outside and a small yellow-green berry on the inside. They taste like a cross between a cherry tomato and a grape, or a tomato and..

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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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A beginners guide to Petit Verdot

September 8, 2017

This week, we’re looking at another fairly obscure wine packed with character and flavor: Petit Verdot. This intense vintage has seen a steady increase in popularity over the last few years and is well regarded for its rich color and unusual taste. A bit of a “love it or hate it” wine, those on the lookout for something a little different should definitely give it a try.

 

Petit Verdot is a bit of a New World wine success story. The grape was..

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The secret to perfectly scrambled eggs

September 8, 2017

If you’ve ever successfully cooked scrambled eggs, you’re already aware that as far as cooking challenges go, they’re about on par with boiling water or cooking rice. However, as simple as scrambled eggs are to make, they can still be improved upon with a little extra know how. Now, I would never consider myself an expert on the subject. But, I have cooked more scrambled eggs than I can count and have found that there is one sure-fire way to..

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