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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Three fall-themed punches to get you in the holiday spirit

October 22, 2017

Regardless of whether you're hosting a Halloween party, a Thanksgiving event, or a plain old social gathering, punch is a pretty much perfect communal beverage. Tasty, affordable, and abundant, punch is a convenient and fun way to keep your guests hydrated — not to mention mildly inebriated!

So if you’re on the lookout for some suitable fall-themed concoctions, look no further! Here are three punch recipes that will keep your holiday party..

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Rice Krispie treats aren't just for kids anymore.

October 21, 2017

Rice Krispie Treats have been around since 1939. The recipe for this iconic treat is printed on the back of the Rice Krispie box — simply melt marshmallows and butter together, then mix in Rice Krispies. Fold into a pan, let set, and eat. It's that easy. There is very little in the baking world that's as easy to make as these treats. So why not spend just a bit more time and mold this recipe into something that's perfect for entertaining?

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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 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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