A beginners guide to Albarino wine

August 5, 2017

Today we’re looking at one of the most distinctive whites to come out the Spanish wine region: Albarino. High-quality, zesty, and fruity, it’s pretty much the perfect summer white.

 

Albarino grapes are grown in the cooler, windy northwest Spanish and northwest Portuguese regions. These regions are wetter than other parts of Spain and Portugal; however, the Albarino grape is fairly hardy and thrives in these conditions.

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The right temperature to store wine

August 5, 2017

If there is one thing pretty much everyone knows, regardless of whether they drink wine or not, it’s this: Red wine is served at room temperature and white wine is served chilled. Generally, this idea is true. Most reds are best when served at room temperature, and many whites benefit from chilling.

However, to really get the best out of wine, it’s important to know exactly what constitutes chilled, or “room temperature.” Additionally, like..

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A beginners guide to White Bordeaux

July 30, 2017

While the Bordeaux area in France is well-regarded for its red blends, it may surprise some to hear that the region is also responsible for creating some truly excellent white blends. The suitably named White Bordeaux is one of the best kept secrets of the white wine world.

 

White Bordeaux is primarily a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillion, and Muscadelle. The resulting blend is an excellent option for those looking for high-quality dry,..

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Five ways to store an opened bottle of wine

July 30, 2017

Wine is wonderful, but unless you commit to finishing the bottle there and then, there’s always the danger that you’ll end up wasting half of it. I enjoy a glass of wine now and then, but my wife is not particularly partial to vino. This dynamic has resulted in many a half-emptied bottle of wine being wasted thanks to the ravages of time.

Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be this way. Provided you make the necessary arrangements, there are..

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Three red wines you need to try chilled

July 14, 2017

We all know the rules, white wines and rose are served chilled while red wines are served at room temperature. However, what if I told you that sometimes the best way to enjoy red wine is when it’s been chilled? Far from being blasphemous, chilling certain red wines opens can enhance the flavor and is a great and refreshing way to enjoy them in the hotter months.

Of course, you can’t just throw any old red wine into the fridge. Furthermore the..

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Swordfish: the fish for non-fish people

July 14, 2017

So, I admit it — I am not really a fish eater. I used to be that person who goes to a seafood restaurant and orders chicken fingers, or who says she eats sushi but only orders the avocado roll. I have gotten better over the years, though. I now order fish and chips instead of chicken, and I actually enjoy it. And a few years ago, I had another breakthrough. Swordfish. A delicious fish for a non-fish person.

One of the great things about..

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Five beautiful cookbooks you need to read

July 7, 2017

While I love food and cooking, sometimes I suspect that I enjoy researching recipes and poring over cookbooks more than I actually enjoy preparing food. There’s just something about a beautifully presented cookbook that fills me with joy. A good cookbook isn’t just a repository for recipes and ingredients, it’s also the promise of all the delicious meals to come!

Fortunately, there is no shortage of excellent cookbooks out there to satisfy any..

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Zucchini bread is delicious and you can pretend it's healthy too

July 6, 2017

Zucchini bread is a staple in my house, and has been since I was young. My mother's recipe makes two loaves so I'll often leave one on the counter for immediate consumption and throw the other one in the freezer for another day. Sometimes, if we're feeling frisky, we'll use muffin tins instead, making a double batch of muffins with a few mini loaves of bread. They're great to take on car trips or to the beach for a late morning snack.

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Burrata is the new mozzarella.

July 2, 2017

According to some food bloggers, burrata is the new "put an egg on it." Place a burrata on top of just about anything, and it instantly makes the dish a success. Ok, maybe not, but burrata is incredibly delicious and, these days, much more accessible than before.

What is it?

Burrata is a hollow ball of mozzarella filled with a mixture of cream and scraps of mozzarella cheese. It's a way for mozzarella makers to use up strands of mozzarella that..

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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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