You say granita, I say delicious!

July 2, 2017

In this post, I mentioned strawberry granita as a way to use up your fresh strawberries in season. Today, I will wax poetic about granitas in general and how they are the perfect summer dessert.

What is a granita?

Granita is a frozen dessert, originally from Sicily, made by freezing liquid of your choice and fluffing the heck out of it as it is freezing. The end results falls somewhere between a sorbet, an Italian ice, and a snow cone. It's..

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I'm all about the peas, 'bout the peas, not green beans.

July 2, 2017

We're heavy into pea season in the Northeast right now, which is one of my favorite times of the year. Sure, you can buy peas frozen or canned or somewhat fresh year-round. But there's something to be said for eating freshly-picked produce at the height of its season.

There are three popular kinds of peas on the market today: snow peas, sugar snap peas, and garden (or shell or English) peas. Here's a brief overview of each kind of pea and some..

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Three surprising uses for chocolate in the kitchen

July 1, 2017

The problem with chocolate is that one cannot eat it all the time. Or can you? Sure, chocolate is a great ingredient in deserts, and brunches but it’s not really a great addition to savory food, or so I thought. Yes, it seems that chocolate is a amazing versatile ingredient that can be added to any number of sweet and salty dishes. Here are three unusual ways to incorporate chocolate in your meal plan.

Don’t expect to find ideas for deserts and..

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Three cheap (and sustainable) fish you need to try

July 1, 2017

I’ve always had a bit of a love/hate relationship with fish. I like the taste and the health benefits it provides, but I’ve always been rather intimidated by the actual act of cooking it. When one is first experimenting with new foods, mistakes are bound to happen. Normally this wouldn't be an issue, however considering the often high price of seafood when compared with other meats, these mistakes can be rather expensive.

Despite all this, I..

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A beginners guide to Malbec

July 1, 2017

Occupying a perfect sweet spot between taste and cost, Malbec is easily one of my favourite affordable wines. This extreme popular vino is known for its muscular taste and is a great alternative to more expensive Cabernet Sauvignons and Syrahs.

Malbec is largely a new world wine. It was originally grown in France and used as a blending grape for Bordeaux blends. However, its susceptibility to rot and disease meant that French wine growers were..

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Sweet strawberries, six easy recipes for the season

June 25, 2017

There's nothing quite like the taste of a freshly picked strawberry, warm from the sun and melting in your mouth in a burst of strawberry flavor. But what do you do with all those tasty strawberries when you get home from the fields (or, if you don't have a field close by, the local farmer's market or grocery store)? Here are a few of our favorite, easy ways to get the most out of the strawberry season.

Strawberry Shortcake

A classic summer..

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A beginners guide to Riesling

June 23, 2017

Personally, I’m not a huge fan of overly sweet wines and tend to gravitate towards wines on the dryer side of the spectrum. For this reason, in the past I've avoided Rieslings as I always assumed that they were defined by their sweetness. However, while many Rieslings are often sweet, it's a far more diverse wine than I had previously thought.

 

Unlike the other “top three” white wine varietals, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling is..

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A beginners guide to Zinfandel

June 3, 2017

While it’s often looked down upon by wine aficionados, Zinfandel is pretty much the perfect beginners wine. White Zinfandel in particular, with it’s low alcohol content, low calorie content, and tasty sweetness is a great option for those looking for a no-nonsense easy drinking wine.

If the taste wasn’t enough to justify giving it a try, how about some good old fashioned patriotism? Since it’s surge in popularity in the 1970s Zinfandel is..

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A beginners guide to White Rioja

May 27, 2017

White Rioja, or Rioja Blanco as it’s often called, is a fairly obscure white wine from the Rioja region in Spain. Rioja is well regarded for its red wines, but the white variants are definitely worth a try. With options ranging from light as a feather to heavy and full-bodied White Rioja is particularly versatile and a worthy compliment to almost any meal.

White Rioja wines are made entire from white grapes and contain a minimum of 51% Viura..

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A beginners guide to Petite Sirah

May 19, 2017

Petite Sirah (or Syrah) has always been a source of confusion for those just stepping into the world of wine appreciation. Despite its name Petite Sirah is not in fact a lesser or watered down Syrah (or Shiraz). In fact Petite Sirah comes from a completely different varietal and features a different flavour profile from its namesake. The similarity in name is most likely due to the wines varietal, Durif, being an offshoot of Syrah and Peloursin..

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