Ingredient of the week: lentils

August 6, 2017

One evening back when I was in college, I remember getting ready to cook dinner with a friend. We had to run to the store to get some lentils, something I'd never cooked with and barely heard of. When I asked my friend what they were, he said: "You know, lentils. They're little beans." Fast forward 20 years and I still refer to lentils as "little beans". But are they really?

Turns out, lentils are, in fact, part of the legume family—plants..

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The cookie recipe you've always wanted

August 6, 2017

I love cookies. It doesn't matter if they're snickerdoodles or gingersnaps or chocolate chip, cookies are delectable. The recipe I'm sharing with you today is one I grew up baking. It was a close second to my mother's Congo Bars. When I was in high school, my friends and I named this cookie "DCMCOCDSMBM" or "Double Chocolate Mint Chip Oatmeal Cookies Dipped in Sugar Made By Mom". But I think you could just call these Mint Chocolate Oatmeal..

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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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A beginners guide to coffee: Ka'u

August 5, 2017

Kona coffee is often considered to be the only major bean grown in the United States. However, in recent years the Ka’u region in Hawaii has become regarded for its less well-known, but extremely high quality beans. Ka’u coffee may not have the brand recognition or popularity of Kona, but it’s a bean well worth seeking out, especially for fans of coffee that originates on the big island.

Region and history

 

Coffee was introduced to the Ka’u..

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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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A Beginners Guide to Coffee: Sumatra

July 30, 2017

Possibly one of the most divisive beans around, Sumatran coffee is a true "love it or hate it" beverage. Thanks to the growing popularity of light roasted, Latin American coffees that emphasise clean and bright tastes, the heavy, grainy taste of Indonesian beans is falling out of favor. However, for those willing to try something a little unusual, the herbal earthiness of Sumatran coffee is worth trying.

Region and history

 

Indonesia is one..

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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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Six ways to use shredded zucchini, every day

July 29, 2017

Whenever anyone mentions zucchini in the summer, they also probably mention its prolific nature. If you've ever grown zucchini in a home garden, you know exactly what I'm talking about. One day you have no zucchini, and the next you have threeplus one gigantic zucchini that showed up out of the blue.

To help you deal with the onslaught of zucchini season, many websites provide lists of recipes that let zucchini be the star of the show. But..

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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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