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Recipes and ruminations on food, coffee, adult beverages, and more. Includes our “We Try it So You Don’t Have to” series.

What to Drink on New Year’s Eve

December 29, 2009
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What to Drink on New Year’s Eve

The number one night for bubbly is in sight -- but how to choose a champagne? There are all kinds of sparkling wines -- for any budget or taste -- that can be really great. Our recommendations follow...
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Coffee via the Mighty Moka Pot: a Guide to ‘Stovetop Espresso’

December 23, 2009
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Coffee via the Mighty Moka Pot: a Guide to ‘Stovetop Espresso’

The moka pot, also known as the "stovetop espresso maker," is a neat gadget that's been brewing quality coffee at home for decades. In fact, with its syrupy, velvety mouth feel and rich, encompassing flavor, coffee from moka pots is perfect to savor when you have a little more time.
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Holiday entertaining: Tips for a cocktail party made easy

December 19, 2009
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Holiday entertaining: Tips for a cocktail party made easy

Preparing complicated holiday meals can be a stressful task that may send you fleeing to the liquor cabinet. So why not make it easy on yourself by starting there and opt for a cocktail party instead?
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No Need for a Nightmare at 20,000 Feet, or any Height

December 17, 2009
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No Need for a Nightmare at 20,000 Feet, or any Height

Road warriors may forget that jumping on a plane is a relative rarity for most. Consider this a public service announcement for those less-than-frequent fliers: six easy tips to make your holiday trip a little easier.
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The Cocktail Glossary

December 3, 2009
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The Cocktail Glossary

Like any specialized hobby, cocktail-crafting and drinking comes with its own special language and terminology. Here are some of the basics that can make you look suave at the bar . . . or at least not like a neophyte.
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The Best Coffee at Home: Using a French Press

November 29, 2009
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The Best Coffee at Home: Using a French Press

We've endorsed the (admittedly "no duh") principle that it's more cost-effective to make your coffee -- quality coffee -- at home than going out all the time. Enter the mighty French press. A step-by-step guide, complete with photos.
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Forget Sauce, Get Cranberry ‘Soused’ on Thanksgiving

November 25, 2009
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Forget Sauce, Get Cranberry ‘Soused’ on Thanksgiving

There's cranberry sauce, and then there's cranberry soused! Seeing as it's the holidays, and you're spending a lot of time with the family, these recipes for cranberry-accented cocktails might come in handy.
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Cocktail Primer: Essential Cocktail Books

November 20, 2009
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Cocktail Primer: Essential Cocktail Books

Once you start to become a real cocktail enthusiast, you will want to make drinks for yourself. For that, you’ll have to learn how to make them. For essential tips and tricks, here are some invaluable resources: several books that can help you appreciate the art of crafting a cocktail.
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Thanksgiving Turkey Talk — Brining is Easy

November 19, 2009
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Thanksgiving Turkey Talk — Brining is Easy

Brine your Thanksgiving Turkey to make it truly memorable. We submit that there's little difference in the taste of an expensive bird and a cheaper one if brined correctly. Check out our methodology and brine recipe!
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Get Rich Quick with Canned Pumpkin!

November 18, 2009
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Get Rich Quick with Canned Pumpkin!

Canned pumpkin, the base ingredient in many delectable Thanksgiving holiday treats, is in short supply. As such, this is not only a good time to buy the supplies you need for your own pumpkin pie, this represents a rare opportunity to do get rich. Just buy low, sell high.
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