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April 13, 2014

Top Ideas for Cooking With Wine

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Do you feel like you’re out of the loop when it comes to entertaining or cooking with wine? Perhaps you don’t know what is good, or perhaps you’re not sure about correlating your use of wine with the foods you eat. Learn more by reading this article, and find out more about wine.

Keep in mind that the color of the wine is not always the same as color of the grapes that are used to make it. The color results from the process of wine making and it is the skin of the grape used in the process that gives an individual wine its final color.

A good tip if you’re interested in learning more about wines is to simply do your homework on them. Do as much reading as you can about wines and the industry, and before you know it, you’ll be the most knowledgeable person about wines among all of your friends.

If you are buying wine for a tailgate event, consider purchasing a bottle that has a screw top. It is easier to deal with screw-on caps than it is to deal with corks, and a cork remover is not required. If any wine remains after the party, a lid seals more effectively than a cork.

Know whether the wine you wish to store away will age well. It is best to determine if the variety of wine you purchased will stay useful if you store it, even in ideal conditions. For example, Bordeux age beautifully.

Left over wine is wonderful for cooking. When you’re down to the bottom of the bottle, do not throw it out. Instead, reseal the bottle and save it for your next meal. New cabinets or sears cabinet refacing are a great way to update the functionality or look of your kitchen for these situations. You can use the wine to make a sauce for pasta, flavor meat or add to your special stew recipe.

Try having some merlot with your steak. The fat and umami flavors found in steak, especially medium-rare or rarer, need acidity to cut through their flavor profile. Red wine is already a popular pairing for meat. The heavier acidity and fruit of merlot can really liven up your steak dish.

Make sure that the bottle is very cold when you open it. This will yield much better wine taste, especially if you are serving a large group of people. Obviously, wine will get cold once the bottle is opened, and it is at room temperature, so ascertain that it is cold upon opening.

If you are tasting a new wine, make sure you isolate all the aromas and tastes of it. You may recognize some floral and fruit aromas in specific wines. You might even find another crazy flavor in there, like smoke or honey. Heed each scent and you will soon know how to recognize them all.

Next time you go to buy a bottle of wine, whether to entertain socially or use to cook, you should be more equipped with the right knowledge. Use what you’ve learned here to make things easier on you. Wine can be used to impress, and you now have the tools.

June 16, 2013

How To Cook Healthy Alternatives For Picky Eaters

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If you have a child that is a picky eater, consider introducing healthy foods such as sandwiches made in cute shapes. Peanut butter sandwiches will turn into adorable shapes using your cookie cutters. Be creative and choose shapes your child loves. Make smiley face pancakes for breakfast to encourage your picky eater. Start by dropping pancake batter for the eyes and smile. Let this cook for one to two minutes before adding the rest of the batter to the pan. Keep chopped celery and carrot sticks in the refrigerator for a healthy snack. (more…)

April 11, 2013

An Essential Guide To Baking: Making Grandma’s Classics

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If you are new to baking, you probably imagine yourself creating delicious treats from yesterday, such as the treats that your grandmother might have made. Although you might find the task of baking to be a bit stressful, it can actually be therapeutic once you get the hang of it. However, you need to follow a few tips in order to ensure maximum success at baking.

First of all, make sure that you have the essentials that you need. Test the temperature of your oven to make sure that it is right, and consider stocking up (more…)

June 25, 2012

Amazing Vegetarian Meals And Other Veggie Recipes

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Eating healthily will not mean you have to limit your options. Choosing to make use of a wide range of vegetarian meal ideas and recopies will offer you a way to satisfy any appetite without having to involve fatty, calorie rich meats as part of the menu. Learning more about the options you have for veggie recipes and lighter ways to prepare your next meal can be a great advantage for any cook.

Weather you are interested in offering your guests a vegetarian option for your next dinner event, or just adding more nutrition to your weekly (more…)

November 17, 2011

Three Diet Friendly Snacks For Your Sweet Tooth

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Trying to eat healthy is difficult when you have a sweet tooth. You don’t have to feel bad when you eat something sweet. There are sweet and healthy foods you can eat that will satisfy your sweet tooth without adding fat and calories.

Real Fruit Smoothies
If you love milkshakes but don’t love the fat and calories you can try making a real fruit smoothie at home. This frosty drink is easy to make and has very little fat. Because you are making it at home you can choose (more…)

November 2, 2011

How To Cook A Delicious Romantic Dinner

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How To Cook A Delicious Romantic Dinner
A romantic dinner is the time to bring out fine china, gleaming silver, sparkling stemware and exquisite linens. Add touches of flowers and candles. This should hint at the romance of the dinner awaiting. Baked Cornish hens are an ideal dinner for two. Stuffed with wild rice and mushrooms, they are a complete entree. Lobster tails served with baked potato and Caesar salad is also a romantic entree for two that takes little preparation time.

Vive La Romance
Try a French accent for your romantic dinner. Begin with fine (more…)

October 20, 2011

Updated Classic Recipes With A Personal Touch

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It is said that there is nothing new under the sun. That may be true, but a little personal flair can turn an old classic dish into a new and exciting dining experience.

A cheese-based recipe can be transformed by trying out your favorite new exotic cheese. Transform Mac & Cheese into a gourmet meal using smoked provolone, for instance. Asiago Au Gratin potatoes are another easy example of making a simple substitution for a new and interesting flavor.

Experimenting with an unusual sauce or rub can change ho-hum barbeque ribs into a “can-t get enough,’ finger (more…)

September 12, 2011

Great Dishes You’ve Got to Master

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Whether you learned to cook watching your Direct Tv Packages or you’re classically trained at a French cooking school there are a few dishes you’ve got to know how to make
Gumbo: Making a good roux is much harder than given credit for and this thickener can be applied to so many other great bases. If you want to make a great chicken pot pie or a bchamel sauce you’ve got to know how to make gumbo.
Buttercream: Baking isn’t that hard but making great cakes (more…)

April 26, 2011

Ethnic Dishes Every “Foodie” Should Sample

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For world travelers, one of the most enjoyable things about visiting any region is to sample the local cuisine. Some ethnic foods have become a mainstay of people’s diets, no matter where they are from or what their ethnic background may be. People everywhere seem to, just, love Italian dishes rich and hearty, Greek cuisine is another favorite and many develop a craving for Chinese. One ethnic cuisine that seems to have become a staple across America, having been imported from our neighbors to the south is Mexican food.

Almost all (more…)

April 14, 2011

Five Kitchen Staples You Should Always Have

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Keeping certain items on hand in the kitchen at all times can be very helpful. By maintaining a supply of staple kitchen items, you are sure to be prepared if you have unexpected company show up for dinner or you need to whip up a meal quickly.

There are five kitchen staples that are definite must haves. They are pasta, spices, beef and chicken stock, flour and beans. For starters, it is good to always keep (more…)

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