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Seven Ways to Use Bitters for Cooking, According to Chefs

Seven Ways to Use Bitters for Cooking, According to Chefs

Bitters are to cocktails as salt and spices are to foods. They add complexity, highlighting existing flavors and introducing new ones. But what else can you do with that bottle of boozy extract sitting on your shelf? Apparently, a whole lot. In Angostura’s home country, Trinidad and Tobago, bitters are added to all sorts of […]

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WTF Are Mulling Spices, and Why Don’t We Use Them More?

WTF Are Mulling Spices, and Why Don’t We Use Them More?

The origins of mulled wine are murky, but the concept (masking subpar hooch with spice-rack staples) is as old as time. Greeks and Romans sugared and spiced runoff wine as early as the 2nd century. In the Middle Ages, folks lacking access to potable water spiked wine and cider with “medicinal” infusions like honey, saffron, bay […]

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The Only Risotto Recipe You’ll Ever Need With Wine Pairings

The Only Risotto Recipe You’ll Ever Need With Wine Pairings

Risotto has got to be the quintessential food for cooking with wine. Like us humans, this dish simply cannot thrive without wine; it is that perfect ingredient that makes the dish just sing. Risotto comes from Italy; riso means “rice” in Italian. Rice was originally brought to the Mediterranean by the Saracens – Arab merchants who came […]

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7 Calorie-Cutting Recipes That Replace Oil With Beer

7 Calorie-Cutting Recipes That Replace Oil With Beer

Did you know that cooking with beer uses about 50 percent fewer calories than cooking with oil? One tablespoon of olive oil has approximately 120 calories, while an entire 12-ounce can of beer has around 146, breaking down to fewer than seven calories per tablespoon. It’s even been said that cooking with beer can enhance the […]

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Make These Italian Wine Cookies With Your Leftover Wine

Make These Italian Wine Cookies With Your Leftover Wine

Who else is exhausted from a month of holiday parties, dinners, and other assorted wine-laden celebrations? But just when you’ve tossed out the sweets, traded in artichoke dip for steamed broccoli, and vowed to drink a heck of a lot more water, you see it: a half-consumed wine bottle from that last New Year’s toast. […]

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Make These Chilean Inspired Quinoa Pizza Bites

Make These Chilean Inspired Quinoa Pizza Bites

These bites are the perfect snack or appetizer: simple to make and bursting with flavor. Packed with protein from the quinoa, they’re gluten free, low in fat and absolutely delicious. The only thing that could make your Quinoa Pizza Bite experience even better would be to enjoy them with a glass of Carmenere from Chile. Considered the national […]

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The Secret Italian Sauce You Need to Make Right Now

The Secret Italian Sauce You Need to Make Right Now

Growing up, I always wished I were Italian. Don’t misunderstand me; I love my German heritage, but there was always a little part of me that was envious of my friends’ lilting last names, multi-course Christmas Eve dinners, and brash yet lovable family members. But the real reason that I longed to live la dolce […]

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