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Brown Liquor – The Classics are Back in the Spotlight

In the liquor industry we commonly refer to the major categories of rye, bourbon, and scotch as “brown” liquors for the obvious reason of their color. Throughout the 19th and earlier parts of the 20th centuries, these were the alcohols to enjoy either “straight up” or in one of the classic cocktails like an Old-Fashioned or Manhattan. The Old-Fashioned uses the original formula for cocktails: alcohol, sugar, bitters, and water or soda. Over the course of the 19th century,...

Freshen Up Those Kitchen Condiments

  START THE YEAR WITH A CLEAN SLATE One of the easiest ways to refresh your kitchen is to walk through it and ask yourself, honestly, “When was the last time I used this condiment?”   Doing a thorough cleaning of your kitchen spices can yield small culinary pleasures, brightening your kitchen by ridding it of stale items and replacing them with fresher products. Start with what is visible: oils, sauces and vinegars that sit around your stovetop like...

Hot Chocolate Around the World

  WINTER AND HOT CHOCOLATE:  PERFECT TOGETHER. Winter and hot chocolate are blissfully synonymous, aren’t they?  Snow and sugar are visual twins too, the latter used in films to appear as snow.  A cup of cocoa, real cocoa, with marshmallows after a wet and cold sledding ride is a drink that you somehow remember forever.   Can you recall your mom’s pan of hot chocolate on the stovetop and how she skimmed off “the skin”?  It almost seems like...

Store Bought Entertaining – Why Not?

  PARTY-FOOD-ON-THE-FLY! I consider myself to be a great home entertainer and an even better cook. Preparing everything from scratch has been my modus operandi since hosting my first soiree in my tiny three-room New York City apartment. Preparation for my Friday gathering began the Sunday prior. I thought I was especially clever and efficient by pre-cooking items that would freeze well, only to be thawed and baked the day of said cocktail party. It was a labor of...

When It Comes to Cocktails, Everything Old Is New Again

CONTEMPORARY COCKTAILS FUELED BY A STROLL DOWN MEMORY LANE.   It’s a fabulous trend. Fashion has become retro chic, architecture and design combine the old with the new, restaurants are back to basics, and now bigger is better—phone and computer screens that is. In the start of 2015 the US Census Bureau stated that half the adult population will be 49 and older, and they will control 70 percent of disposable income. In the beverage world Act Two consumers...

Souper! Awesome Autumn Soup Recipes

SOUP = AUTUMN What is it about a good, thick steaming soup that conjures up autumn? Perhaps it is a pumpkin or carrot soup’s bright orange color that reminds us of the vivid fall leaves. The cooking and eating of soup is also a process like the transformation of the trees, a slow but recognizable one that puts us in a certain mood after a long hike in the woods. Think of butternut squash and how it resembles the...

Baby Boomer Travel Trend: Agritourism

BABY BOOMER TRAVELERS Fact #1:  Baby Boomers love to dine out.  Fact #2:  Baby Boomers love to travel.  What happens if we put those two things together?  You have the perfect formula for a new adventure in the form of agritourism and vinotourism—not to mention molecular gastronomy. Vinotourism If you appreciate good wines, what could be better than spending your holiday in the vineyard where your favorites are produced?  Think Tuscany… Chile… South Africa… Spain… Portugal.  You get the idea.Vinotourism...

Feel Good Superfoods

SUPERFOODS EXPLAINED I think it’s safe to say that we know what we should be eating and how we should be eating it. We are bombarded with this information time and time again.  We still wish there was a miracle metabolism booster.  And we want sugar (because it does indeed come from a plant) to be a “pure” ingredient and therefore beneficial to our well-being.  But it’s time to simply take what we do know and turn it into...

Delicious & Surprising Summer Recipes

SUMMERTIME DINING ACT TWO asked two prominent chefs for their favorite healthy summer recipes.  The challenge was to create something that’s delicious (of course) but also focused on healthful ingredients that can be combined in an unexpected way.  The results?  Lobster and lentils!  Read on for details on how to create a healthy summer dinner that will keep your stomach—and waistline—satisfied. BISTRO V LENTILS  Lentils 2 lbs dry lentils 1 qt mirepoix (diced celery, onion, carrot) bouquet garni (thyme,...

Travel Europe… Again

LOOKING FOR NEW IN ALL THE OLD PLACES— At this stage in your life, perhaps you’ve been to Europe many times.  You’ve seen all the requisite sites and returned home with wonderful memories.  Yet Europe calls to you again, but with many other places on your list yet unseen, do you really want to return again?  Indulge that yearning by experiencing Europe in a new way that’s appropriate for your life today.  As Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit 451,...

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