How to make sense of coffee shop menus

October 12, 2017

Regardless of whether you’re new to the world of espresso drinks or a seasoned caffeine head, deciphering the menu at a coffee shop can be pretty overwhelming. I worked as a barista for three years and even I find myself a little befuddled when gazing at all the various combinations at my local espresso bar.

Well, if you find yourself struggling to figure out the difference between a latte and an au lait, this guide is for you! Here’s a simple..

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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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I love doughnuts... dough nut you?

October 8, 2017

I’ve never been interested in dealing with the mess of frying doughnuts at home, so I always avoided doughnut recipes. But then I realized you could bake doughnuts, and my life changed. I was given two doughnut pans as a gift, along with a doughnut recipe book, and my life has never been the same. Baking donuts is incredibly simple. Mix the ingredients together, bake, toss in sugar, and eat. Almost faster than driving to your closest Dunkin'..

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A beginners guide to Sémillon wine

October 6, 2017

Another week, another wine! Today, we’re going to be looking at the third largest grape crop in France: Sémillon. This golden grape is used in the production of dry and sweet white wines. It’s also a crucial element in White Bordeaux blends and is the main ingredient in Sauternes dessert wines.

 

While it’s primarily known as a grape of France, where over 28,000 acres are dedicated to it, Sémillon is grown throughout the world. Australia is..

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How to make perfect sunny-side up eggs

October 6, 2017

Over-easy or sunny-side up? As far as I’m concerned there’s only one answer to that question: Sunny-side, obviously! It wasn’t always the case though. For the longest time, I preferred my fried eggs over-easy and hard with a texture somewhere between a hockey puck and a sponge. Fortunately, over time I have seen the error of my ways and now enjoy a perfectly soft sunny-side up egg.

 

As enjoyable as sunny-side up eggs are to eat, in my..

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You'll pop over these popovers.

October 1, 2017

As the nights cool off and autumn arrives in full force, it's time to start thinking about soups and stews and baked goods, and not being afraid to turn on your oven because you now want to heat up the house.

I've always been a fan of popovers. I grew up in Maine, and one of my favorite things to do was (and still is!) visit the Jordan Pond House in Acadia National Park, where they serve world-renowned popovers with Maine strawberry jam. ..

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Don't just bake spaghetti squash. Knock it out of the park.

October 1, 2017

As we move further into autumn, winter vegetables are starting to appear at farmer's markets and in the grocery store. One of my favorites is spaghetti squash. Originally brought to prominence when "no-carb diets" were popular, many people use spaghetti squash only as a substitute for spaghetti. However, there are other ways to prepare this delightfully light vegetable that do not involve drowning it in sauce.

Basic Recipe

Cooking a spaghetti..

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How to cook without wine

September 30, 2017

It’s pretty much a universal experience at this point: you start working your way through a recipe only to discover about halfway through that you’re missing a crucial ingredient. At this point, you can either head off to the grocery store to pick up the offending ingredient or use a substitute.

Along with vinegar, one ingredient that often slips me up is wine. It’s rare that I don’t have a bottle of wine somewhere in the kitchen; however,..

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A beginners guide to Grenache wine

September 30, 2017

Today we’re looking at one of the most widely grown grapes in the world: Grenache. These grapes are responsible for some of the tastiest — and priciest — wines in the world. This late ripening grape is mostly grown in warmer regions like Spain, California, Australia, and Southern France. Just under 500,000 acres of vineyard land is dedicated to Grenache, making it one of the top ten largest wine crops in the world.

 

Needless to say, Grenache..

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The correct way to store coffee

September 30, 2017

Within the large segment of the population who enjoy coffee it seems there are two distinct factions constantly at odds with one another: those who store their coffee beans in the freezer and those who do not. The argument in favor states that freezing beans helps to preserve the flavor and prevents the coffee from going stale. The argument against, on the other hand, states that freezing coffee exposes it to excessive moisture, which negatively..

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