Three ways to cook with licorice

November 12, 2017

If there’s one confection that’s gotten an unfairly bad rap over the years, it’s licorice. Often the least loved price of candy, in my house it was often passed over in favor of chocolate, hard candy, or taffy. However, in recent years this dark horse of the candy world has experienced a mini-resurgence. This renewed appreciation has not occurred in the confectionary world, but rather within the circle of high-end chefs.


It seems that one of..

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A beginners guide to Grüner Veltliner

November 12, 2017

While it may lack the intense mouth-puckering qualities of Muscadet, Grüner Veltliner is a fairly dry white wine in its own right. This wine is grown almost exclusively in Austria and is arguably the country's most famous grape variety.


Initially Grüner Veltliner was considered to be a fairly unremarkable grape. However, in the late 1940s cultivators began to discover its hidden benefits. Since then Grüner Veltliner has become highly..

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A beginners guide to Muscadet wine

November 5, 2017

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been spending a lot of time discovering sweeter wines that really pack a fruity punch. Today, however, we’re going to step over into the dryer end of the taste spectrum and explore one of the most mouth-puckering whites around, Muscadet. This French classic is known for its supreme dryness and works extremely well when paired with all manner of foods.


Muscadet is made from Melon De Bourgogne grapes which thrive..

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A beginners guide to Carménère wine

October 28, 2017

Today we’ll be exploring a wine that started life in the old vineyards of France but truly began to flourish when it was exported to the new world. Carménère was originally grown in the Bordeaux region of France but is now a major Chilean crop.


Carménère’s continued existence is a bit of a happy accident. About 150 years ago, Carménère cuttings were mislabelled as Merlot and shipped to Chile. Then in 1867, the Phylloxera plague wiped out..

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A beginners guide to Carignan wine

October 22, 2017

Today we’re going to looking at a wine that beautiful pairs with all the wonderful flavors of fall: Carignan. This wine is mostly produced in Southern France and is often used as a blending grape. It’s also grown to a lesser degree in Spain and Italy. In the past, Carignan was unfairly considered to be a lesser wine. However, in recent years, vineyards have started to embrace the wine's powerful flavors and are producing a number of highly..

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Three white wines to enjoy in the fall

October 22, 2017

The leaves are falling from the trees and crunching underfoot, the days are getting shorter, and all the fall-themed flavors are in abundance! As the seasons turn and the temperature needle starts rapidly dropping, we find ourselves stepping away from our favorite summer drinks and foods. I know summer is truly over when I switch from iced to hot coffee. Similarly, for many wine lovers fall is the perfect season to switch from chilled white..

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A beginners guide to Tempranillo wine

October 12, 2017

Today we’re going to be looking at — and hopefully tasting — the quintessentially Spanish Tempranillo. This grape is primarily grown in Spain and Portugal and is a common ingredient in other wines such as Rioja and Syrah. While not particularly common, Tempranillo is also made into a single varietal wine.


Over 80% of Tempranillo production takes place in Spain with the remaining 20% occurring in Portugal, Argentina, Australia, and the United..

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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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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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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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