A Beginners Guide to Cheese: Feta

May 27, 2019

Nothing brings a salad together like feta. This delicious cheese has its origins in ancient Greece and has gone on to become one of the country's defining foods.

History and Production

The first mention of a cheese resembling feta dates back to the 8th century BCE in Homer's Odyssey, and there are records from the time suggesting that feta was a common product. The name “feta” is Greek for “slice” which refers to the manner in which the..

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A Beginners Guide to Coffee: Mocha Java

May 26, 2019

 

Not to be confused with the chocolate-based mocha beverage, Mocha Java is arguably the worlds most famous and oldest coffee bean blend. A truly multicultural combination, Mocha Java is a blend of Mocha beans from Yemen and Java Arabica beans from Indonesia. Both these beans are regarded for their quality, and when combined together they make for an incredibly tasty cup of coffee.

History

Coffee has been grown in Yemen for centuries, but the..

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A Beginners Guide to Vinho Verde Wine

May 24, 2019

The temperature is rising, days are getting longer, and all the trees are flowering, in other words, summer is just around the corner! This means it’s time to start exploring some of the ways to keep refreshed during the hot months. Possibly one of the best wines to enjoy in the warmer months is Vinho Verde. Wines from this region in Portugal are crisp, refreshing, and slightly effervescent, and best of all ubiquitous and affordable.

Vinho..

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My Cook: Chicken Grain Bowls with Miso-Tahini Dressing

May 22, 2019

Serves 4

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Cook Time: 2 hours

Grain bowls are endlessly adaptable and modifiable and can be assembled with whatever ingredients you have on hand. We’re using quinoa, green beans, and a few leafy greens, but you can use practically any vegetable and starch combination. All the components are cooked separately and then united under a blanket of tangy and sweet miso-tahini dressing. You could easily buy your own dressing to..

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Slow Cook: Spicy Chickpeas with Chorizo

May 21, 2019
- Pork,

Serves 2

Prep Time:15 minutes

Total Cook Time: 5 hours, 45 minutes

This hearty, flavorful dish can easily be served as a main meal or as a side amongst other Spanish-style small plates. We love this dish for its variety of textures and flavors. The chorizo is broiled until crisp, then stirred together with flavorful harissa, hearty chickpeas, and tangy tomatoes. These elements then slow cook for 4 hours before getting topped with creamy burrata and..

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Slow Cook: Rice Pudding with Strawberries and Toasted Almond

May 18, 2019

Serves 6

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Cook Time: 3 hours 40 minutes

Rice pudding is a dish found in myriad iterations all over the world. The premise is simple: rice cooked in liquid and sweetened. The natural starches in the rice thicken the liquid to create a rich pudding. While many rice pudding recipes are as simple as that, we wanted to bring a few extra ingredients to the table to really make this dish shine. In our recipe, we call for..

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My Cook: Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

May 15, 2019

Serves: 6

Total prep time: 25 minutes

Total cook time: 3 hours 45 minutes

Ah, carrot cake. Is there any better way to consume vegetables than in a sweet, spicy and fragrant cake topped with tangy cream cheese frosting? I think not. This recipe brings together all of the elements that make carrot cake so wonderful without overwhelming your palate with spice. We wanted cinnamon and ginger, but only enough to complement the taste of the carrots..

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Slow Cook: Vegetarian Black Eyed Peas and Collard Stew with Cornbread

May 14, 2019

Serves 4

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total Cook TIme: 5 hours and 40 minutes

This recipe is our vegetarian adaptation of Hoppin’ John, a southern dish traditionally served on New Year’s Day to bring good luck and wealth in the year ahead. The black-eyed peas, vegetables, and collards are simmered until saucy and fragrant. The stew is served over perfectly cooked white rice and alongside fluffy, rich cornbread. All these delectable elements cook..

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Slow Cook: Osso Bucco with Creamy Polenta

May 10, 2019

Serves 2

Active Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 9 hours

Osso Bucco translates to “bone with a hole” in reference to the bone marrow visible in the cross-cut of the veal shank. You can substitute lamb or pork shanks for the veal, but it is important to get the cross-cut shank for the most traditional preparation. The marrow from the bone helps to flavor the braising liquid and adds richness to the sauce. Slow cooking the polenta yields a creamy..

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My Cook: Meatballs with Marinara and Garlic Bread

May 7, 2019
- Beef,

 

Serves 4

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Cook Time: 4 hours, 30 minutes

We’re making dinnertime quick and easy with this classic meal. Our simple meatball recipe comes together in a flash thanks to meatloaf mix (a blend of pork and beef), which is convenient and flavorful. Garlic and parmesan cheese add depth of flavor to the meatballs, while egg and panko breadcrumbs act as binders to hold all that deliciousness together. The meatballs are..

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