Booze Blog: Light Spring Beer

We tested three beers, because… Friday. Spring has sprung, he wrote sarcastically. Here in Birmingham, we, like the majority of the country, anxiously await spring’s permanence. Keep the April showers and give us the May flowers already. BUT when spring finally arrives, what better way to enjoy it than with sunshine at your back and a frosty beverage in hand? Ergo, […]

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5 on Friday: Our Most Wanted Items for a Spring Fling

Enjoy warmer May days with fun picks for an outdoor soirée. — By April Hardwick, Photos by Randy Mayor Gaga for Geometric. CB2′s mix-and-match platters and plates give a shapely update to nested dishes. $3-$15, cb2.com

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Global Pantry: Pomegranate Molasses

The tart ruby juice has a thicker, richer, even more tart cousin. —Naomi Duguid I love the cooked-down syrup made from pomegranate juice. It’s tart and complex, a great flavoring ingredient. The thick, dark-red to brown liquid offers a quick and interesting way to add complexity of flavor—a cook’s shortcut, you might say. I add a dash to vegetable soups, […]

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Easy Tips to Help You Get Going with Grains in the Morning

Why is it that on weekends, we’ll indulge ourselves with a breakfast that spans two meals, but on the weekdays we skimp, forget, and leave ourselves making up for a missed breakfast all day long? It’s typically weekdays where we need that food: those are the work days, the commute days, the get-the-kids-out-to-door-before-your-9:30-meeting-with-the-boss days. And yet, as I write this, I realize […]

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Local Finds: Rustic Chocolate Revival

Patricia Tsai produces stone-ground, bean-to-bar chocolate using the same processing techniques Mayans and Aztecs relied on thousands of years ago. The Los Angeles chocolatier was inspired after tasting traditionally made chocolate on a culinary tour of the Yucatán. The lightly roasted, sun-dried beans are fermented for only three days (half the time of most), and the resulting bars are full […]

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Wine Pairings: What Should I Drink with Shrimp Scampi?

Picture this: a warm spring day, robins chirping, jonquils, snapdragons, bacopas, zinnias, verbenas, and petunias in full bloom under a breathtakingly-blue, cloudless, impossibly-sunny sky. What could complete this imagery? If you were thinking a healthy, delicious Shrimp and Broccoli Scampi dish, we’re on the same page. And to complement that succulent entrée, you’ll need a refreshing bottle of white wine. For […]

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Chocolate bunny season has arrived

It’s that time of year again… chocolate bunny season. So many questions surround the selection process for the perfect long-eared edible likeness of Easter’s favorite woodland critter: Hollow or solid? Dark, milk, or white? Cartoon cute or realistically elegant? Without a doubt, these are all fair (and challenging) questions, but this year, I’m posing a single inquiry to determine the bunnies […]

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: To fight cancer, exercise for the long haul

The first in a series of articles about how to reduce the risk of cancer…  If you resolved to exercise more often this year, here’s a major reason to keep you committed to working out: Research conducted at City of Hope has shown that not only does exercise help prevent cancer, it also increases survival chances for those diagnosed with […]

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Sunday Strategist: A Week of Healthy Menus — April 14-18

It’s not the dread of cooking that deters so many of us from the kitchen each night; it’s actually deciding what to cook from the millions of options bombarding us from so many different places. Here, we’ve done the planning for you. Not just menus, but healthy menus that are fast—on the table in less than 45 minutes. Still ecstatic […]

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Three Things You Shouldn’t Miss in the May Issue

If you’re reading this post, you made it to the weekend. We should all take this moment to smile, sigh collectively, and look forward to two whole days of productivity (or the opposite). Free time on the weekend offers many perks. Some of us will spend time with our families, do yard work, maybe catch up on Game of Thrones before this Sunday’s episode, which […]

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