A beginners guide to Zweigelt wine

August 12, 2017

Today we’re heading away from the Mediterranean (only slightly) to look at one of the best summer wines around: Zweigelt. This Austrian wine is a far cry from the usual Pinot Noirs and Merlots and offers a unique and refreshing taste profile.


Zweigelt wine was first developed in 1922 by Austrian biologist Fritz Zweigelt when he crossed St. Laurent and Blaufränkisch grapes. Since then, Zweigelt has gone on to become the most widely grown..

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Why you'll never regret having a package of puff pastry in your freezer

August 12, 2017

When I'm entertaining, I often mix homemade with store-bought — it saves time and allows me to make "homemade" items I wouldn't attempt without having a place to start. Puff pastry is one of those ingredients I try to keep in my freezer at all times. It can be savory or sweet, used for breakfast or dessert, and lends a flair of sophistication to even the simplest ingredients. As a side note, Serious Eats taste-tested frozen puff pastry a few..

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Forget baking. Try pies in the freezer.

July 29, 2017

Pies are a delicious blend of crust and filling, and there are so many variations, you can find a pie for any taste. But when the sun is out and the humidity is rising, the last thing I want to do is turn on the oven and bake a pie. So what to do? You make a frozen pie, and eat it happily. Or take it to a friend's house and share.

Here are two recipes for frozen pies I love. The first is a recipe handed down from my grandmother. The second was..

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The best beef cuts to grill for a party

July 22, 2017

I’m not sure about you, but as far as I'm concerned, grilling is always more fun when done with friends and family. However, one of the big challenges of a big cookout is figuring out what cut of meat will feed a large amount of people — and not break the bank. Of course, the default is a few burger patties or links of sausages, but what if you want something a little more interesting? Well, we're here to help. Here are three cuts of beef that..

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Make your own popsicles

July 16, 2017

We're almost halfway through summer, so the department stores are starting to roll out their Back-to-School sale signs. But before we run headlong into autumn, let's take a moment to enjoy all the things summer has to offer: warm temps, freshly picked berries, beach visits, and... popsicles. While I never say no to ice cream, occasionally I'm in the mood for something just a little bit lighter. Some people might say that popsicles are for kids,..

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Take your ice game to the next level with three fancy ice tricks

July 8, 2017

So you're hosting a gathering and you'd like to do something a little out of the ordinary, without a lot of extra effort. How about customizing your ice offerings? Here are a few ways to make your ice look cooler than it already is.

Shape It Up

Ice Triangle

Take a muffin tin and some glass tumblers. Fill the tumblers halfway with water, then perch them in the muffin tins so they are tilted sideways. The water should reach from the bottom of the..

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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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You grilled what for dinner?!

July 5, 2017

You often hear about grilling steaks or burgers or hot dogs or chicken. Shish kabobs, peppers and onions, and mushrooms are all regular grill fare. And grilled pizza is becoming commonplace, too.

So what if you want to go outside the normal what-to-grill box? Here are six less-typical ingredients you can throw on the grill to up your cookout game, some of which may already be in your pantry or fridge.

Romaine Lettuce

Grilling romaine lettuce..

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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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How to Entertain: Crackers and Fruit Edition

June 25, 2017

So you're hosting a party, and you've chosen your cheese. Now what do you add to your plate to round it out? With so many options to choose from, here are a few things we like to serve that can add to your guests' experience, but still lets the cheese shine through.



There are a huge variety of crackers out there. Start with just three kinds of crackers — one plain, one seedy or wheaty, and one with a flavoring (cheese or olive or..

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