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Sparkling Wines that Won’t Break the Bank

It’s almost time to ring in the New Year. And the occasion just wouldn’t be complete with something bubbly to drink at midnight. But that doesn’t mean you have to splurge on a $80 bottle of Champagne to make the night special. We spoke with Lorena Ascencios, wine buyer at Astor Wines & Spirits in [...]

Homemade Holiday Gift: DIY Harissa

Food-wise, December looks something like this: Cookies, cookies, doughnuts, cookies, candy, cookies, cake, cookies. Champagne. Cookies.  I love all those sweets (and the bubbly) as much as the next gal, but between bites of buttery cookies and homemade caramels, I crave something savory, spicy and delicious. I’m banking that I’m not the only one who [...]

Thanksgiving 911

Thanksgiving can be disastrous enough even if the food goes off without a hitch, but serving runny potatoes and raw turkey can make you feel about as bad as playing referee between two feuding family members. But don’t worry — we’re here to help!  Just take a deep breath (or two) and read our solutions [...]

Canning Tomatoes: Many (Dirty) Hands Make Light Work

The end of summer means that once again my husband and I, along with a couple of friends, are undertaking a major tomato canning extravaganza. We work together to stock all of our shelves with jars of tomato-y goodness for the year to come, methodically processing the fresh tomatoes from firm, whole fruit to bubbling [...]

Caribbean 101: Top 10 Ingredients

Looking to try your hand at a new cuisine? As a major spice-lover, I’ve always been intrigued by the flavors of the Caribbean. Now I’m excited to try them in my own kitchen with recipes from Caribbean Food Made Easy. Host Levi Roots’s recipes are straightforward, but a few of the ingredients had me stumped. You, too? [...]

What’s in an Iron Chef’s Pantry?

What’s the first step to cooking like an Iron Chef? Nope, not a fancy culinary degree or years of experience toiling in the kitchens of famous French chefs. We’re starting with the basics. According to Iron Chef Michael Symon himself—and host of Cooking Channel’s new series Cook Like an Iron Chef—the ingredients you keep in [...]

Sharing: Baker’s Secrets

Aside from constantly practicing the craft, what better way to become a better baker than engage in the swapping of secrets?  Before we pick your brain, we wanted to share a few from Rachel Allen…

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