A beginners guide to orange wine

September 16, 2017

Today, we’re going to put aside reds and whites and look at something a little different: orange wine. Despite the name, orange wine contains no actual oranges; instead, it is the result of leaving grape juice in contact with the skins and seeds for a prolonged period of time. This results in a white wine with a noticeably orange hue.

 

While there is something undeniably fascinating about it, the color itself is not orange wine's main selling..

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How to make a perfect hardboiled egg, every time.

September 10, 2017

As the seasons change, so do my breakfast preferences. In the heat of the summer, I was all about overnight oats. But now it's chilly when I walk downstairs in the morning and the leaves are starting to turn colors, so it's time for a new breakfast routine: hard boiled eggs with a side of toast. I hard boil six eggs at the beginning of the week so the only thing I have to do in the morning is peel the egg while my bread is toasting.

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Husk cherries could be your new favorite produce

September 10, 2017

Last summer, I discovered husk cherries (also known as ground cherries) at my local farm stand. The farmer convinced me to buy a pint of them, and they've been my new favorite Northeast late-summer/early autumn produce ever since.

Husk cherries are in the same family as tomatillos. They have a paper-like husk on the outside and a small yellow-green berry on the inside. They taste like a cross between a cherry tomato and a grape, or a tomato and..

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How to make your own pumpkin spice latte

September 8, 2017

It’s September and that can only mean one thing. Yes, it’s the time when everyone goes crazy for the iconic red and brown colors that only appear once a year. No, I’m not talking about the fall leaves, I’m of course talking about the pumpkin spice latte. This — to me — mystifyingly popular drink makes an appearance for one month of the year and is pined for by enthusiasts for the remaining eleven.

 

There was a hint of controversy this year..

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A beginners guide to Petit Verdot

September 8, 2017

This week, we’re looking at another fairly obscure wine packed with character and flavor: Petit Verdot. This intense vintage has seen a steady increase in popularity over the last few years and is well regarded for its rich color and unusual taste. A bit of a “love it or hate it” wine, those on the lookout for something a little different should definitely give it a try.

 

Petit Verdot is a bit of a New World wine success story. The grape was..

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The secret to perfectly scrambled eggs

September 8, 2017

If you’ve ever successfully cooked scrambled eggs, you’re already aware that as far as cooking challenges go, they’re about on par with boiling water or cooking rice. However, as simple as scrambled eggs are to make, they can still be improved upon with a little extra know how. Now, I would never consider myself an expert on the subject. But, I have cooked more scrambled eggs than I can count and have found that there is one sure-fire way to..

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Unusual pizza toppings that will knock your socks off

September 1, 2017

Ah, pizza. Everyone's favorite meal. We have pizza night almost every Friday in our house, and I sometimes find myself in a rut. Cheese, pepperoni, peppers, and maybe some olives. Chopped-up deli ham if I'm feeling adventurous. While these toppings make for some delicious pizza, it's nice to spice things up every once in a while. Here are a few of my favorite outside-the-box topping combinations.

Parma and Ricotta Pizza

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Homemade biscuits: easier than you think

August 31, 2017

Can we all agree that biscuits are delicious? Plain, slathered with butter or jam or honey, or as part of a breakfast sandwich, biscuits are versatile and a delightful way to start your Saturday morning. Biscuits also have a reputation for being something difficult to make at home. But that's not really true. We've been using the Joy of Cooking's biscuit recipe for years, and it's quite straightforward. The only things you need to remember are:..

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Five wine faults and how to spot them

August 31, 2017

Nothing can put a damper on a well planned dinner party like spoiled wine. Just recently, I found myself to be the unlucky owner of a corked bottle of red. Fortunately, I wasn’t entertaining so the only people who were severely put out by this development were my wife and myself. Still, it was a frustrating and disappointing experience to open up a carefully chosen bottle only to be treated by an awful, damp aroma.

With that in mind, I thought..

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Four foods you should never pair with wine

August 31, 2017

Arguably, one of the best things about wine appreciation is experimenting with food pairings. Nothing brings out the subtle flavors and tastes of a good bottle of wine like a well chosen meal or foodstuff. Sadly, though, there are a few food items that just don’t work with wine. Here’s a few surprising morsels that should never, ever be paired with wine.

Chocolate

 

The first no-go food pairing is arguably the most tragic. Yes, sadly chocolate..

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