February 28, 2006

Wine News: How to Choose a Wine Rack to Fit Your Style and Budget

"Cultivating an appreciation of wine is a growing trend in the US. Shops specializing in wine are appearing throughout the country, not just in the traditional vineyard regions of California, Oregon, and Virginia. People who may not have grown up around wine are now drawn not only to sampling but also to collecting it. Tasting parties and special wine pairing events are a common theme in restaurants and in the home. With this comes an increase in interest in home storage. While proper storage can help wines become even more exquisite, improper storage can lead to ruined wine.

A freestanding, temperature controlled wine rack is ideal, but much more expensive than a simple wooden or metal wine rack. However, it is not necessary to spend several thousand dollars to enjoy wine in your home. If you can find a dark, cool, slightly humid location in your house, you will be able to then select a simple rack that will keep your wine for years to come. The ideal location will be 50-60 degrees, with constant 60-70 percent humidity."

Full article here.

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February 28, 2006

Recipe News: Coq Au Vin Recipe

Includes recipe for:


  • Coq Au Vin Recipe


Full article here.

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February 28, 2006

Are Wine and Cheese Pairings a "No-no?" NewsScientist Seems to Think So

This is an interesting blog post from one of the other blogs I frequently read. In this posting, seems that having cheese with your wine, something that is frequently done at a tasting, pretty much kills many of the wine characteristics you want to appreciate.

"Madrigal-Galan and Heymann offered cheap and expensive versions of four different varietal wine to a panel of expert wine tasters and carried out a tasting session both on the wine alone and together with eight different cheeses. Cheese supressed pretty much all the sensory stimuli wine can give (sourness, astringency, berry flavours, etc) except buttery aroma, probably because cheese contains the molecule responsible for that. One possible explanation proposed for this effect is that cheese protein binds the aroma molecule in wine or that the fat in the cheese may coat the taste buds decreasing the sensibility to wine flavours."

But, as the posting goes on to say "To me a wine-food pairing works not when the food leaves the aromas of the wine perceptible and clear, but rather when the union of the two forms a new pleasing flavour. The realm problem is that the concept of "pleasing flavour" is a deeply personal one."

So, is the initial claim correct or incorrect? I tend to agree with the poster...

Read more here.

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February 27, 2006

Recipe News: Fastlane: Recipes for busy cooks

"Leeks are not used much in American cooking, though the French rely on them.

Directions for many French recipes tell you to wash leeks "very carefully" as they contain lots of grit that hides between their multiple layers.

Leeks from American produce sections don't require all that care. Sure, you still want to slice them vertically and rinse them to remove any grit. But grit is rare.

Fast Lane list: Chicken breast halves, leeks, garlic, chicken broth, tarragon, mustard, sour cream, sweet potatoes."

Includes recipe for:


  • Chicken Breast Tarragon


Full article here.

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February 26, 2006

Food News: Grocers go green

"Grocery shelves in San Diego County are getting greener.

Fueled by shoppers' concerns about diet and food purity, natural foods chains are expanding and traditional grocers are stocking more organic and health foods.

The county has about 30 alternative grocery stores that devote a lot of floor space to such foods, with more on the way. This year alone, plans call for three new Henry's Farmers Market stores and an additional outlet each for Jimbo's, Windmill Farms and Bristol Farms.

Henry's, with a dozen stores in San Diego County, will open its new, 30,000-square-foot flagship outlet in Carlsbad on Wednesday. The largest store in the Henry's chain will have wide aisles, wooden shelves and signs, a broad selection of organic produce, a sushi bar and seating where customers can eat food from the store's deli.

The natural foods segment “is the hottest topic in the supermarket industry,” said Ted Taft, managing director at Meridian Consulting in Connecticut."

Full article here.

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Recipe News: New Orleans BBQ Shrimp

"Despite the name, it has nothing to do with a barbecue pit or barbecue sauce. The main ingredients are jumbo Louisiana shrimp, butter and finely ground black pepper.

The recipe (found below) uses peeled shrimp, but it is important to start with fresh head-on shrimp, so that you can make a nice stock with the heads and shells."

Includes recipe for:


  • New Orleans BBQ Shrimp


Full article here.

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February 24, 2006

The Best of the Blogpire

Tvsnob 125 Macnn-2Another week and another Best of the Blogpire! Exciting things are happening at TV SNOB - we've just run a TVSnob Logo Contest so expect a new look and new stuff over at TV SNOB very soon. Also if you've seen the new Gillette Fusion Razor - Shaving Stuff has a review of the new Gillette Fusion Razor. Are you into Poker? If so and you've got your own home game going you may want to check out our review of the new Apache Poker Chips - Paulson Clay Poker Chips For Your Home Poker Game. Okay - now on with the Best of the Blogpire!

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February 23, 2006

Recipe News: Join the Mardi Gras fun with Cajun recipes

"ardi Gras is an authentic New Orleans celebration full of food, fun and pageantry, and this year the character and spirit of the city are stronger than ever. Whether you're heading to the Big Easy to welcome back Mardi Gras in person or staying at home, these three recipes are all you need to get the party started.

Spicy Grilled Shrimp and Sausage Skewers have the look, taste and feel of Mardi Gras. The simple preparation makes it ideal for a celebration in your own home as well. The zest of the andouille sausage and shrimp, grilled with original Tabasco pepper sauce, are complemented with a scallion swirl running the length of the skewer, adding a festive flair to an already scrumptious treat. Served with a Creole Mustard Dipping Sauce, this French Quarter favorite will be the hit of your block too.

Nothing screams New Orleans quite like red beans and rice, and this easy recipe, bursting with flavor, continues that tradition. Drawing on ingredients like bacon, onion, garlic and pepper sauce, Bourbon Street Rice and Beans is perfect on its own or served along side other festive favorites."

Includes recipes for:


  • Spiced Grilled Shrimp and Sausage Skewers with Creole Mustard Dipping Sauce

  • Mardi Gras King Cake

  • Bourbon Street Rice and Beans


Full article here.

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Coffee News: Coffee before exercise won't kill you

"Coffee drinkers, rejoice: You can still safely have that cup of java before your workout.

That's despite the findings of Swiss researchers that the equivalent of two cups of coffee in healthy participants reduced blood flow to the heart after exercise. Their results were published in the Jan. 17 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

The study showed a small decrease in blood flow in participants, but it was not significant enough to recommend healthy exercisers stop drinking their cup of coffee before a workout, said Dr. Shakun Advani, a cardiologist at the Iowa Heart Center.

"If it's decreased a little, I don't think it can make much difference," Advani said.

She said people with no heart problems would have adequate "flow reserve," which is the capacity to increase blood flow to keep up with the demands of exercise. "I don't think it will matter because they have such a good flow reserve anyway."

"I think the take-home lesson is that it won't improve your performance, for sure . . ³ but it may actually decrease the performance."

Eighteen young, healthy people who were regular coffee drinkers took part in the study. They did not have coffee for 36 hours before the testing."

Full article here.

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Recipe News: Dinner ideas: salmon recipes

"Salmon ranks third (following shrimp and tuna) as the most popular fish choice in the American diet.

Choose one of these recipes to try."

Includes recipes for:


  • Honey mustard-seared salmon and caramelized shallots with watercress

  • Roasted salmon with roasted plum tomatoes and caramelized lemons

  • Simple pan-seared salmon


Full article here.

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February 20, 2006

Coffee News: Brew better coffee by following basic cleaning tips

"Home brew coffee machines typically last three to five years, according to research conducted by Gevalia Kaffe, a purveyor of gourmet coffees. During that time, proper care and cleaning are critical to a good cup of coffee.

Gevalia advises cleaning your pot and machine once a month - or more - depending on how often you use it. Doing so will allow the coffee maker to drip better and operate more efficiently by removing oily residue and mineral buildup. The proof will be in the first sip of the morning.

Gevalia suggests a vinegar and water solution as a cost-effective cleaning method."

Full article here.

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Wine News: How a class can enhance your wine experience

"One of the questions we're asked most often is where to find a good wine class.

For everyone who ever posed that question: Your ship has come in. All over the country, wine classes are booming as interest in wine continues to grow. There are classes associated with wine stores and restaurants. There are classes at colleges, universities and community schools, and you don't have to be a student.

Wine schools are proliferating, too - from California to Philadelphia.

EIGHTY PERCENT OF PEOPLE want to learn more about wine, according to a survey for Royal Caribbean Celebrity Cruise Line. That's much easier to do now than when we were learning about wine in the 1970s and largely had to teach ourselves. Although we still believe that the best way to learn about wine is to drink it, being led by an expert can increase your enjoyment."

Full article here.

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February 18, 2006

Coffee News: Tea riding wave of coffee craze

"An ancient beverage is making a comeback.
Tea, thought to have been first consumed in China in 2737 B.C., is brewing in teahouses, retail shops, grocery stores and restaurants throughout the country.
Teahouses "were primarily in major metropolitan areas five years ago," said Joe Simrany, president of the Tea Association of the USA, a New York trade group. "They're in towns big and small now."
The group estimates 1,500 to 1,700 tea shops are in the country today, compared with 200 five years ago.
Teahouses are part of the $6.16 billion tea industry, which 15 years ago was a quarter of its current size. Bottled teas, frozen teas and tea bags of traditional black and specialty flavors also are riding a wave of popularity, bolstered by the coffee craze of the 1990s and the increased awareness of tea's health benefits.
Green tea in particular is high in antioxidants, which preliminary studies have found lowers the chances of developing some forms of cancer and arthritis while helping weight loss and strengthening the immune system.
Tea drinkers swear by tea's health benefits."

Full article here.

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February 17, 2006

Recipe News: Strawberries Tiramisu

Includes recipe for:


  • Strawberries Tiramisu


Full article here.

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Coffee News: Brewing A Perfect Cup Of Coffee

"Brewing a great cup of coffee depends on a number of things such as the quality of the coffee bean, the quality of the water being used, the type of brewing being done, and the grind of the coffee. Now quality of bean and water is something you can easily take care. Just use good quality beans and pure water. However the relationship between the grind of the coffee and the type of brewing being done is more detailed and could use a little explanation. Now we all know that we make coffee by passing hot water over crushed coffee beans. However for it to really work well we need to understand just how long the water should be passing over the beans. The purpose of this article is to help you understand how to match your coffee's grind to the type of brewing you are doing in order to make the best coffee possible.
Generally speaking, the 'soaking' time relates directly to how coarse the coffee is ground. This means that smaller coffee grinds need less contact with the water, and coarser grinds need longer contact. Espresso coffee is only exposed to water for 20-40 seconds and as a result is made using extremely fine grind coffee. A French press coffee maker can take as much as 4 minutes and uses an extremely coarse grind. If coffee is left contacting water for too long for its grind size, unwanted extracts emerge and make the coffee taste bitter. Of course if the grind is too large and the water passes very quickly (like using frech press grind in an espresso maker), very little of the caffeine and flavours extracted and will have poor flavour."

Full article here.

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The Best of the Blogpire & ReallyNatural.com

Reallynatural Blogad-1We're pretty excited here around the Blogpire. Over the past few months we've been cooking up a new site to bring to you - ReallyNatural.com. If you need tips on living naturally (Birkenstocks not required) - then this is the site for you. ReallyNatural.com is your resource for product reviews of all of those consumer food, health and beauty, and household goods marketed as 'natural', 'organic' and 'environmentally friendly'.

You'll learn as Liesel and Mikko test the waters and offer tips on what it means to 'live naturally.' And where else are you going to find a review on Ecover Ecological Toilet Bowl Cleaner or a nice Organic Wine: 2004 Jelu Malbec and perhaps your didn't buy the right gift on Valentine's Day and should have looked into Chocolate Bars For Your Eco-Conscious Honey. Whatever you're need to be more natural - ReallyNatural.com will have it.

Now on with the Best of the Blogpire!

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February 15, 2006

Wine News: Selecting the Perfect Red Wine

"There are more than 8,000 different grape varieties in the world, but there are only a few hundred or so that are of interest to wine makers and wine lovers. Since this topic is selecting the “perfect” red wine, I will list just a few of the more recognizable red grapes... Cabernet Sauvignon, Gamay, Malbec, Merlot, Nebbiolo, Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, Syrah, Tempranillo and Zinfandel.

Questions? Ask the Expert

I can spend years writing about just this handful, but I am not going to bore you with the technical details. Instead, I want to express in more general terms ways in which you can select a bottle of red wine and come close to something that you will genuinely like and probably buy again. Just remember the simple rules …

Buy what you like.
Buy within your budget
Don’t worry about others."

Full article here.

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Recipe News: Heart-healthy recipes

"February is the American Heart Association's big push for healthy living. After the chocolate and the romantic dinners and the frosted heart-shaped cookies are all gone, perhaps you're ready for these. Here are some tasty recipes that are actually good for you as well."

Includes recipes for:


  • Rustic Chicken Soup

  • Gingered Citrus-Avocado Salad

  • Artichoke-Tomato Pizza

  • Sun-Dried Tomato and Kalamata Olive Chicken

  • Dijon Pork with Potatoes and Carrots

  • Chocolate Crème Brûlée


Full article here.

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Recipe News: Ford family's Sunday roast with oven-roasted vegetables

Includes recipe for:


  • Ford family's Sunday roast with oven-roasted vegetables


Full article here.

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Recipe News: Italian sausage, olive recipe equals easy skillet meal

"There was a time when condensed mushroom soup and canned fried onion rings were the first and last word in convenience food.

No more. Supermarkets have obliged us with great-tasting ethnic ingredients and easy-to-use basic ingredients so that we can cook delicious, home-cooked meals basically from scratch in little time.

At nearly any butcher counter, you can find bulk Italian sausage in hot or mild renditions. Now even pitted Kalamata olives can be found at least in jars, and often in supermarket olive bars. Frozen chopped onions and minced (or simply peeled) garlic in jars make those staples easier to use.

All these ingredients come together in one skillet to provide a dinner delicious enough for company."

Includes recipe for:


  • Italian sausage, olive recipe


Full article here.

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Wine News: Some suggestions if you insist on pairing wine and chocolate

"Most sparkling wines and most chocolates don't belong on the same table, but on Valentine's Day, they're virtually inseparable.

Love's not only blind, it apparently can't taste, either.

A better match with sparkling wine would be the petals of the long-stemmed roses that join in forming the classic tripod supporting romantic impulses.

At least they'd be of the same approximate weight and dryness. Most sparkling wines are just too delicate to stand up to the fat of most chocolates.

But tradition endures, and more than one suitor will show up at the door bearing a bottle of sparkling wine, a box of chocolates and a clutch of roses."

Full article here.

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February 12, 2006

Recipe News: Authors prove you’re never too young to cook

"Here’s a cookbook that might stir up some interest.

Teen sisters Jill and Megan Carle started helping out in the kitchen at age 3.

Their love for cooking grew and grew so this year they released their second cookbook, their first devoted to desserts, “Teens Cook Dessert.”

The color photographs take cooking enthusiasts through a memorable voyage into the secrets behind their 75 recipes for desserts ranging from cinnamon lollipops, peppermint ice cream sandwiches, carrot cake, malted milk ball cookies, funnel cakes to vampire cupcakes, tuxedoed strawberries and caramel apples.

Each dish is pictured, followed by step-by-step procedures, kitchen tips and history and fun quotes from the book’s authors.

The authors’ unique cooking personalities are evident. Jill Carle prefers cookies, cakes and pies while Megan Carle goes for more dramatic, sophisticated sweets that she has tasted while traveling abroad."

Full article here.

Book mentioned in article: Teens Cook Dessert

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Recipe News: Gooey Low-Carb Chocolate Molten Cake Recipe

"As if the Toll House cookies and Valentine's Coconut Cake weren't dreamy enough to get your low-carb tastebuds to do the tango over the past couple of weeks, Low-Carb Connoisseur is back with yet another low-carb dessert recipe that I do believe tops them all!

This is for the most luxurious, decadent dessert I've seen in a while for a low-carb recipe:"

Includes recipe for:


  • CHOCOLATE MOLTEN CAKE


Full article here.

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February 11, 2006

Coffee News: Coffee may lower risk of type 2 diabetes

"NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Moderate consumption of caffeinated or decaffeinated coffee may lower the risk of type 2 diabetes in middle-aged and younger women, according to a new report.

Dr. Rob M. van Dam from the Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, and colleagues evaluated the consumption of different types of coffee in relation to the development of type 2 diabetes in more than 88,000 US women followed in the Nurses Health Study II.

In general, higher coffee consumption, both caffeinated and decaffeinated, was associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, the team reports in the medical journal Diabetes Care. The reduction in risk was 13 percent with one cup of coffee per day, and as much as 47 percent with four or more cups."

Full article here.

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Wine News: For some wine lovers, it's all about the label

"Do people buy wines just because of the label? You bet shiraz.

"I see people buying according to label quite a bit, actually," said Jamie Boyd, the manager of wine operations at West Point Market in Akron, Ohio.

"They end up trying something and being pleasantly surprised. And they buy more," said Boyd.

Wacky names and labels like "You Bet Shiraz" (the tag line: "How you pronounce it is none of our business") and "Cheap Red Wine," "Goats Do Roam" and the Akron brainchild "Pizza Vino" float to the top in a veritable sea of wine.

Wineries around the world are catching on, forgoing the stodgy and embracing the silly and the sexy in hopes of winning over the young, the uninitiated and the just plain skeptical.

From California's "Seven Deadly Zins" to the French label "Fat Bastard," wineries are pushing the limits — and, it seems, getting results.

A Gallup poll last year found wine in a statistical dead heat with beer as America's favorite alcoholic beverage, and it easily beat liquor."

Full article here.

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February 10, 2006

February 9, 2006

Coffee News: Starbucks Plans to Launch Iced Coffee

"Starbucks Corp., the world's largest specialty coffee retailer, on Wednesday said it plans to launch Starbucks Iced Coffee, a ready-to-drink product, in grocery stores and company-owned locations later this year.

The company plans to launch the iced coffee drink at its stores in late March, followed by grocery and convenience stores, which will sell regular and light varieties nationally starting in May.

The product is being offered through the North American Coffee Partnership, a joint venture with Pepsi-Cola Co., the company said.

"With the introduction of Starbucks Iced Coffee, the North American Coffee Partnership is creating a new coffee refreshment segment within the more than $800 million overall ready-to-drink coffee category in the U.S.," Starbucks said in a statement."

Full article here.

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Recipe News:

Includes recipes for:


  • CHOCOLATE VALENTINE COOKIES

  • Heart Shaped Cookies

  • Brown Sugar and Spice Cut-out Cookies

  • Queen of Hearts' Tarts


Full article here.

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Recipe News: Heavenly chocolate recipes

Includes recipes for:


  • Enlightened Mole Sauce

  • Valentine Hearts

  • The Crush

  • Christina's Chocolate Truffles

  • Will Poole's Chocolate Tart

  • Mexican Cream


Full article here.

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February 7, 2006

Recipe News: Meat recipes

Includes recipes for:


  • ITALIAN MEATBALLS WITH TOMATO & WHITE WINE BRAISE

  • NEM NUONG

  • TOWN HALL'S VEAL MEATBALLS WITH GREEN PEPPERCORN SAUCE

  • SWEDISH MEATBALLS

  • SOUTZOUKAKIA (GREEK MEATBALLS) WITH TOMATO & GREEN OLIVE SAUCE

  • ITALIAN MAMA'S MEATBALLS


Full article here.

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Wine News: 'Three Kisses of Wine' For Your Valentine

"This Valentine's Day, why not give your Valentine some delicious wine that you can enjoy together?

Besides Champagne, there are three other Valentine's Day-appropriate wines I'd like to recommend. I call them the “Three Kisses of Wine.”

Full article here.

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February 5, 2006

Recipe News: Ricotta and Spinach Crepes

Includes recipe for:


  • Ricotta and Spinach Crepes


Full article here.

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Recipe News: Valentine's Day Romantic Recipe

"This Valentine's Day, dinner at home is in! Spice up your Valentine's Day with a memorable meal - guaranteed to heat up the celebration!

A romantic and sensuous menu that is easy to prepare and requires the use of fingers... not forks. Feed your date, feed yourself and feel the love. Have fun!

Here is a sumptuous recipe ideas to heat up your evening. Fire
up the grill, light the candles, put on a CD and let the fun begin."

Includes recipe for:


  • Fire and Ice Oysters with Horseradish Sauce


Full article here.

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Wine News: Super Bowl wine: Champagne is perfect choice with hot wings

"When you think of the Super Bowl, you think beer.

But that’s only because you haven’t tried it with champagne.

That’s right: sparkling wine is not just a suitable alternative to beer for the Big Game, it can actually be better than a mug full of suds.

We had heard of a number of suggested wines to go with foods normally associated with sporting events, such as nachos, hot dogs, chips and hot wings, so we thought we’d give several a try. Of course, few people think of wine when they think sports, but that didn’t stop us. We’re willing to give anything a shot, especially if it involves wine.

So we assembled a tasting team of Journal Gazette Metro Editor Tom Germuska Jr., columnist Frank Gray and our neighbors Kim and Jeff Anderson, filled a table full of food and wine, then tried to see what wines worked best with football snacks while watching the Seattle-Carolina National Football Conference championship game.

The hands-down winner was the first one we tried: Korbel Brut California Champagne ($10.99). Normally, we don’t like dry sparkling wines (“brut” is the driest, “extra dry” is just a tiny bit sweet, and “sec” is sweet), but you will definitely want the driest you can get for this task – especially if your Super Bowl snacks include anything spicy."

Full article here.

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February 3, 2006

February 2, 2006

Recipe News: Recipes from Horizons

"t Horizons Cafe, don't expect plain old tofu or edamame. Dishes are tasty, gourmet - and creative. Here are some recipes from "The Horizons Cookbook: Gourmet Meatless Cuisine," (Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby, $19.95.)"

Includes recipes for:


  • ROASTED RED PEPPERS WITH CARAMELIZED ONIONS, OLIVES AND CAPERS

  • HOLIDAY PORTABELLA

  • WINTER SPICED PEARS


Full article here.

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Food News: Mary's Helpful Tips

"Apple slices: To keep cut apple slices from turning brown, sprinkle them with lemon-lime soda. Great for kids' brown bag lunches!
Corn: When boiling corn on the cob, add a pinch of sugar to help bring out the corn's natural sweetness! (Remember not to overcook, which can toughen the kernels. About 3 minutes is all it takes.)

Mushrooms: When purchasing fresh mushrooms, always use a brown paper bag to hold them instead of a plastic bag. Store unwashed mushrooms in the paper bag in your refrigerator's vegetable drawer. They will retain freshness twice as long than if stored in a plastic bag.

Peeling Fruits and Vegetables: Vegetable peelers are good for more than just carrots and potatoes. Use them to peel avocados, kiwi fruit, and many more produce items. Try it out next time you need to peel something difficult."

Full article here.

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WIne News: Now is the best time to buy wine

"Wine drinkers have never had more options for good quality, well-priced wines, according to speakers at last week's Unified Wine & Grape Symposium at the Sacramento Convention Center.

However, grape growers and wineries -- already dealing with a record 2005 crop -- will need to cut costs and boost marketing efforts to survive.

More than 10,000 wine and grape industry professionals attended the trade show, the largest of its kind in North America.

One of the highlights is a "state of the industry" session where leading industry-watchers provide their views on the wine industry, and they said 2005 was a record-breaking year for wine production and consumption."

Full article here.

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