Food and Drink

Bulk Bartending: Make-Ahead Manhattans

When you’re ready to settle down with your favorite sipper, few things are better than knowing it’s already ready and waiting for you. Like our pre-mixed Bottled Negronis featured in the June issue, the following bulk Manhattan recipe is as easy to mix up as it is to make a single cocktail. While it’s great to have an evening drink […]

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What’s the Best Way to Cook and Shred Chicken?

  When you want moist, plump, shredded chicken—I’m thinking about casseroles, soups, chicken salads—try poaching your chicken. When you sauté, grill, or sear, you end up with a crust on the outside; it’s delicious, no doubt, but sometimes you just want softer pieces. Shredding the meat is easy once you have nicely cooked chicken. Check out the video to see how […]

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Does Honey Ever Go Bad?

Short answer: Honey will never go bad on its own. It is true that jars of sealed honey buried in ancient Egyptian tombs are still perfectly safe to eat. Long answer: Honey will go bad if handled poorly by the beekeeper or by the consumer. The bees turn flower nectar into honey inside of the hive, removing moisture in the […]

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Ginger Tea Coolers = Easiest Mocktail Ever

It’s time to put a little kick in your mocktail! Here’s a delightfully light and refreshing drink with a hint of peppery ginger. And there’s no need to get all complicated, either. As quickly as you can steep a cup of tea, you can make the pungent syrup that sweetens and flavors the drink using ginger tea bags. The syrup will […]

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New Restaurants to Get Psyched About

– Lots of promising new restos on the horizon, starting right here in our own backyard: Ovenbird, the open-fire concept from Birmingham, Alabama, star chef Chris Hastings, is slated to open next month at the Pepper Place market complex. The new joint will feature Southern-sourced ingredients cooked over open fire in the pan-Latin tradition. Latest word is that the space […]

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A Make-Ahead Mother’s Day Brunch

The idea of breakfast in bed was never really a pleasant one for my mom. She wanted to be up, dressed, and having fun in the kitchen with her kids, not confined to her covers, where the possibility of coffee spills and crumbs between the sheets made her nervous. Still, brunch on Mother’s Day was and is a fantastic tradition, […]

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6 No-Cook Cracker Toppers for Fuss-Free Entertaining

Warmer weather always seems to spark a new energy within people. How better to celebrate that positivity than with impromptu gatherings? All you need are a few friends, beautiful weather, green grass, and … a box of crackers! You could use any cracker you have on hand or normally buy, but we really like 34 Degrees Savory Crisps because they are minimal […]

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Can I Prep Potatoes Ahead of Time?

Anyone who has tried to get ahead by peeling or chopping potatoes in advance of cooking knows what happens—brown city. When you slice into a spud, you expose its natural phenols to oxygen, a chemical reaction that results in an almost immediate pinkish hue. They’re still safe to eat, and it doesn’t change the taste, but who wants to serve mauve potatoes? […]

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4 Fruit Salsas for Cinco de Mayo

In a salsa rut? Tired of plain old pico? These 4 refreshing fruit salsas will take minutes to make and will transform your Cinco de Mayo fiesta. Olé! Sweet-tart, firm strawberries pair beautifully with cool, creamy avocado in a quick Strawberry-Avocado Salsa. Minced jalapeño adds just enough heat to offset the sweetness. Serve with regular tortilla chips, or keep the […]

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Healthy Cinco de Mayo Recipes from Sarah Adler’s Simply Real Health

Seattle-based lifestyle and food blogger Sarah Adler recently released her very first cookbook, The Simply Real Health Cookbook: Easy Food Recipes for a Healthy Life, Made Simple. (She writes a healthy food blog by the same name.) In addition to blogging and eating food (of course), Sarah is nutrition coach for clients and shares her strategies for healthier living. Her recipes really […]

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