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food and chianti

What Food Goes With Chianti

There isn’t perhaps another wine that puts the Italian culture and ethos in a bottle as good as the Chianti. So it only makes sense that this wine is as exclusive as they get, getting produced only in the Chianti region of Tuscany, Central Italy. The Italian wine community holds the Chianti at a high…

barefoot wines

Is Barefoot Wine Good?

Barefoot wine has the attention of wine lovers worldwide, all due to the excellent flavor they pack into their wines for a meager price compared to other brands. Their wines may bring a charm to the table, but are their products really that good? In my opinion, Barefoot wines provide great taste across all their…

cooking with chianti wine

Can You Cook With Chianti Wine?

A chilled glass of Chianti wine with a meal featuring tomatoes (think typical Tuscan recipes) goes together effortlessly. The pairing brings out the sweet, tart, and earthy notes in the wine, making for an unforgettable food experience. So, naturally, one wonders, can you also use Chianti to cook? You most definitely can! Chianti is one…

Raw Zucchini Noodles

Can You Eat Raw Zucchini Noodles?

Many health- and weight-conscious people go for zucchini noodles. Also known as zoodles, they are low in carbohydrates and free of gluten. And because they are made from a vegetable (although zucchini is technically a fruit), you might be wondering if it’s perfectly okay to eat zucchini noodles raw. Zucchini noodles can be eaten raw….

tea leaves

Are Tea Leaves Edible?

It’s customary to throw away loose tea leaves or tea bags after being steeped once or sometimes twice or thrice. But because they are the dried leaves of the camellia sinensis plant, you might be wondering if you can eat them. If a cup of tea is healthy, then the leaves from which it comes…

Peanut Oil

Substituting Peanut Oil for Vegetable Oil: When and How

Have you ever experienced cooking then realized that you do not have your usual vegetable oil for the recipe? Peanut oil can serve as a substitute for other vegetable oils, most especially for recipes that call for high-heat cooking. It can be used for cooking, baking, making soaps, and is sometimes used by pharmaceutical companies…

Can You Drink Expired Tea?

Can You Drink Expired Tea?

According to the Tea Association of the USA, more than half of all Americans drink tea on any given day. If you are one of them, chances are that you have some expired sample tea bags or loose leaf tea in your pantry. Should you throw them away or keep enjoying them? Drinking expired tea…


12 Good Burgundy Wines for Cooking

Choosing the right Burgundy wine is important not only for sipping purposes but for cooking uses, too. This is especially true if you are planning to serve a meat dish with an opulent wine-based sauce. Some good Burgundy wines for cooking are those with fruity and floral notes and mild tannins. While white Burgundy wine…

Cooking BBQ Chicken with Wine

Best Red Wines for Cooking Chicken

Everyday can seem like a red-letter day when you cook chicken with red wine. But chefs themselves say you should skip red cooking wine and opt for red drinking wine instead. The best red wine for cooking chicken is something that’s flavorful and light-bodied and has moderate to low amounts of tannins in order to…


Healthy Substitute for Marshmallows

Historians believe Ancient Egyptians were the first to enjoy marshmallows. Ancient Egyptians’ marshmallows were different though. They used theirs as candy and medicine. We used ours solely as a treat, and it’s not really healthy. Every time I think about how much sugar is in s’mores that my children love, I get worried. But don’t…


What Do You Put in a Decanter?

Decanters are glass vessels made with the intention of storing your drinks for easy access. They are often crafted so beautifully that they can even become a statement piece on your kitchen counter. But once you find a decanter, what should you put in it? You can put any type of liquor or wine in…

How to Tell If Ranch is Bad

How to Tell If Ranch is Bad

If it has a crunch, it’s likely to taste so much better with ranch! It’s no wonder why, according to a recent study, 40% of Americans named ranch as their favorite dressing. However, the main ingredients that make ranch so unforgettable are the same things that make this well-loved dressing and dip highly perishable. Ranch…

powdered sugar

Does Powdered Sugar Have Gluten?

So, you just came across a pack of powdered sugar that says “gluten-free” at the grocery store. Does this mean that some brands of powdered sugar have gluten in them? Generally speaking, powdered sugar is 100% free of gluten. That’s because the cornstarch added to it as an anti-caking agent is gluten-free. However, some cornstarch…

slimy carrots

Are Slimy Carrots Bad for You?

Like many vegetables, carrots are susceptible to being covered with slime after a while. This is especially true for baby carrots — some of them can end up slimy even when refrigerated and still in their original packaging. But does this mean that you should dispose of carrots the minute they become slippery to the…


Is Sugar a Dry or Wet Ingredient?

It’s plain to see that sugar is dry. But the recipe you are looking at suggests otherwise — it says that sugar is a wet ingredient. And now you can’t help but wonder if the author is talking about some type of dripping-wet sugar that your favorite supermarket or baking supplies store doesn’t seem to…

Cutting board and raw chicken

Using the Same Cutting Board for Raw Chicken and Raw Beef

So, you love wowing your family and friends with your scrumptious chicken or beef masterpieces. Unfortunately, E. coli, salmonella and other microbes love to thrive on these meat products, too. And they can easily spread from raw or undercooked chicken and beef to other ingredients via your cutting board. Using different cutting boards for raw…

Does Freezing Kill Salmonella?

Does Freezing Kill Salmonella?

Salmonella can put your digestive tract in shambles for a few days. Needless to say, it’s a must to ensure that there is no salmonella present in food before you put it in your mouth. And this might leave you wondering if storing potentially contaminated food in the freezer can kill salmonella. Freezing does not…

Raw Tuna Steak

Can You Eat Tuna Steak Raw?

Because it’s packed with good fats, protein and an assortment of vitamins and minerals, tuna steak is one of the healthiest foods on the planet. It’s one of the most delicious, too, whether eaten cooked or raw. Tuna steak can be eaten raw if it’s meant for consumption as sushi or sashimi. If the packaging…


Here’s What Should You Do If Microwave Has a Crack Inside

Microwaves are great for heating food, especially if you’re in a hurry. They work better than ovens for this purpose, and that’s why many people own them. However, there has been a misconception surrounding microwave use, especially when they’re cracked or have a hole inside. Some people are cautious of radiation when using microwaves that…


Do You Wash Onions? When and Why?

According to a 2021 report by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people live healthy lives, onions are some of the cleanest vegetables on the planet. And this might leave you wondering if washing onions is necessary or a complete waste of time. Washing onions, in many instances, is unnecessary….


What Is Cheese Salt?

If you’ve never tried to make cheese yourself, you might not be aware of salt’s role in the process. Without cheese salt, cheese would be less nutritious. It would also be subject to quality issues like acidity and decay. Cheese salt is a non-iodized salt that is used in making cheese. Cheese salt is responsible…


Can You Eat Raw Sweet Corn?

Corn is a popular side dish and can be cooked in many different ways. However, many corn farmers and gourmets around the world are aware of how delicious this vegetable is without being cooked at all. Sweet corn can be eaten raw as long as the corn kernels are ripe. Sweet corn is usually eaten…


16 Best Shrimp Substitutes [Regular, Vegetarian, non-shellfish]

Whether you’re in a grilling mood, making pasta, or creating a delicious salad, one of the best ingredients to enhance your meal is shrimp. Its delicate yet distinctive flavor can be the piece that ties many dishes together, and its meatiness (if cooked correctly) can add that perfect texture to a softer dish like pasta…


Top 12 Flavor Extracts For Baking

Whenever you are working with a bland or flavorless recipe, the quickest way to spruce it up is with some quality extract flavors made explicitly for baking. These products are designed to spice up (or sweeten) desserts and baked goods, giving them the specific taste without the hassle of using that specific item. While there…


Can You Overcook Potatoes

Everyone loves a delicious potato recipe. You can cook potatoes in a variety of ways which makes them so amiable for a side dish. You can do no wrong with potatoes, well maybe. So can they be overcooked? As a general rule, you can overcook potatoes. This goes with all types of food, although with…

french bread

How to Reheat Frozen French Bread

French bread is one of the best bread varieties out there because it is crispy on the outside and pillowy soft on the inside. Grocery stores sell frozen french bread so that you can enjoy this delicacy whenever a craving hits, but how should you reheat it for the most enjoyable eating experience every time?…

apple pie

Is Apple Pie Good for You?

Mmmm…apple pie!  That good ol’ American dessert evokes images of summer picnics and Thanksgiving feasts.  But sometimes, diving into a slice of homemade apple pie may leave you with a nagging sense of guilt as you wonder if it’s a healthy choice.    In general, apple pie is not very good for you from a calorie…


Flammable or Not: Sugar Science

Whether you love creating saccharine masterpieces or doing science experiments in the kitchen, you may be wondering if sugar and fire is a dangerous pair that can put yourself, the ones you love and your home in peril. Technically speaking, table sugar is not flammable. That’s because it won’t catch fire or ignite readily at…


Is Salt Flammable?

Based on a high school science experiment, it’s no secret that sodium ignites spontaneously when it comes into contact with water. It’s also common knowledge that sodium reacts violently with moisture-containing air. And since salt contains sodium, which is why it’s also known as sodium chloride, you may be wondering if salt is flammable. Salt…


Is Scrapple Good For You?

Perhaps you have heard of a type of meat called Scrapple that is frequently served for breakfast. Or maybe you’ve recently tried it and enjoyed the experience. But if you don’t know much about scrapple, this could leave you wondering, is it good for you? In general, scrapple meat is not as bad for you…

Shrimp scampi

Is Shrimp Scampi Good For You?

Shrimp scampi is a delectable meal many love to enjoy. With the creamy sauce and flat noodles, who wouldn’t want to have shrimp scampi for dinner? It is delicious and easy to make, but the question is: is it good for you? Shrimp scampi is good for you because shrimps contain antioxidants and healthy fatty…

Chicken Poêlé

What Is Chicken Poêlé?

There are many types of food in the world and even more dishes. One of the most iconic is chicken poêlé. Although many are familiar with this mouth-watering entree, some have no idea what this dish is at all. If you are one of these people, you might wonder what chicken poêlé is. A chicken…



Here are a few tidbits of mango minutia: Mangos are the #1 most consumed fruit in the world. Mexico is the leading supplier of mangos to the U.S., and to the rest of the world. From Asia to South America, some 400 varieties of mango exist, widely varying in appearance and flavor. They can be…



Pickles date back forty-five hundred years to Mesopotamia where it is believed cucumbers were first preserved. Cleopatra, a devoted pickle fan, believed they enhanced her beauty. Both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were pickle fans. America’s namesake, Amerigo Vespucci, hawked pickles in Seville to seafaring ship captains to help fight the sickness known as scurvy….


Portuguese Marinated Tuna

Ingredients Marinade: 4 cloves garlic, peeled 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 1 tablespoon capers 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 1/4 cup dry white wine 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar 4 tuna steaks, at least 3/4″ thick (1-1/2 to 2 pounds…

dry rub

Dry Rub for Beef Ribs in Oven

This is our main all-purpose rub, good on ribs, brisket, chicken, and more. 3/4 cup paprika 1/4 cup ground black pepper 1/4 cup salt 1/4 cup sugar 2 tablespoons chili powder 2 tablespoons garlic powder 2 tablespoons onion powder 2 teaspoons cayenne Mix the spices thoroughly in a bowl. Store covered in a cool, dark…

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Superbowl Book

Ten Speed Press/Celestial Arts and Jennifer created a best-selling hot sauce poster series that to date has sold over 40,000 copies. The Great Hot Sauce Book figuratively and literally gives the poster three dimensions. Get the book at Amazon: Other Recipes: Dry Rub for Beef Ribs in Oven Pickles Mango