Erin Fife

Erin Fife

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The chocolate is in the mail

January 23, 2018

Everyone needs a little chocolate in their lives, especially in the winter when the world is cold and grey. But what can you do if you live far away from a friend in need of a chocolate pick-me-up? Or a friend who is close by? Or yourself? The internet is here to help. Here are four of our favorite mail-order chocolate-filled goodies that you can get delivered to help everyone make it through the long, dark winter.

L.A. Burdick Chocolates

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Do-it-yourself hot cocoa mix

The ingredient lists of standard grocery store hot cocoa mixes include corn syrup, carrageenan, sucralose, and a paragraph full of other additives. Premium gourmet brands, meanwhile, often pare the list down to just a few ingredientsdry milk, cocoa and sugar. If that's really all there is to it, why not skip the processing, save a few bucks, and make your own hot cocoa mix?

Four main ingredients

Hot chocolate mix is simple. Mix cocoa powder..

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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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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.

 

Crackers

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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Start an indoor herb garden using kitchen scraps

May 27, 2017

There is a huge list of food that can be regrown from kitchen scraps. Potatoes are the first that spring to mind — plant an eye from a store-bought potato in your garden just like you would any other seed, and you'll have a new crop of potatoes in a few months. Sprout avocado trees from their pits, grow new onions and celery from their root ends, and get more carrot greens from old carrot tops. You can even grow yourself a pineapple plant from..

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Tired of cold-brew coffee? Try some cold-brew tea!

May 21, 2017

When I was young, a sign that summer had finally arrived was when my mom started making sun tea. She'd pull out a half gallon canning jar, throw five Lipton tea bags into it, fill it with water, screw on the metal top, and put it outside in the sun. It would steep all morning... or longer, if she got busy and forgot it was out there.The tea was light and delicious, and we drank it warm from the sun or, later, cold from the fridge.

These days, a..

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Rethinking (and re-purposing) canning jars

May 21, 2017

Canning jars have been around since 1858, when John Mason invented the first Mason jar. Originally developed to better preserve food, lately the concept of the Mason jar has undergone a renaissance. Still used for canning, these glass jars can now be found throughout your home, holding flour and spices in the kitchen, cotton balls in the bathroom, lights in your garden and, of course, actual canned food. Here are some companies who are helping..

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Learn more about wine without publicly admitting you know nothing about wine

April 23, 2017

I, like many of you, enjoy a nice glass of wine at the end of a long day. I prefer Cabernet Sauvignon, but can be happy with a Malbec or a Pinot Noir. I know I also prefer screw tops over corks, and that's as far as my wine knowledge takes me.

Occasionally I find myself wishing I knew more about wine, so I'll attend a tasting at my local liquor store. But once I'm there, it'll become even clearer to me that I know nothing about wine, so I'll..

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Make Your Own Cold Brew Coffee

April 16, 2017

Some people drink hot coffee year-round, but if you’re like me, you switch to iced coffee in the summer and keep the hot stuff for when it's cold outside. Cold brew has been the rage for a while now - it is known for having a lighter, smoother finish and cleaner taste compared to chilled traditionally brewed coffee. Cold brew is easy to make at home - simply steep your coffee grounds in water on your counter overnight, then filter out the..

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Basement Tools for the Kitchen

April 8, 2017

A Kitchen Toolbox. A what, you say? I've heard of the kitchen junk drawer, and a toolbox in the basement. But a kitchen toolbox?

That's right. I believe every kitchen could benefit from a kitchen toolbox - either an actual box or a small drawer where you keep all the non-kitchen items that you always need in the kitchen or around the house. Your kitchen toolbox should include: a measuring tape, a box of safety pins, a few self-adhesive..

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