The 2014 Fred's Red is a fetchingly good wine at $10.99. That's the easy part. Trying to get a handle on the list of eight grape varietals that make up this blend has me chasing my tail. Touriga Nacional, zinfandel and tinta roriz make up the majority of the blend. There are also kibbles and bits of pinotage, tinta barroca, touriga francesa, ...Read more
Well, that was a surprise: This past Christmas, after a lifetime of lapsed Roman Catholicism, I came to the realization that the Jews are right.
I'm not talking about matters of religious faith. Where those are concerned, I stand firmly in the corner of songwriter Iris Dement: "But no one knows for certain, and so it's all the same to me."
Christopher Kimball was a co-founder and editor for America's Test Kitchen and its magazine, Cook's Illustrated, for many years before starting his current business, Milk Street, a Boston-based cooking school and media company. His first Milk Street cookbook was a finalist for a James Beard Award, and his new book, "Milk Street: Tuesday Nights,"...Read more
They're the kitchen equivalents of a treadmill, or an elliptical machine.
You know, those heavy pieces of exercise equipment that you always tell yourself you're going to use but somehow never do. And so they hulk off in a corner somewhere, or are folded under a bed, collecting dust.
Many a kitchen is cluttered with small appliances that were ...Read more
Pepperidge Farm brings a new choice for packaged cookies to the shelf with the newest addition to their lineup: Mackinac, a soft-baked oatmeal milk chocolate cookie. The chocolate chunks complement a hearty oatmeal base, coming together as a sweet and soft cookie.
Size: 8.6 ounces
Available: Grocery stores, including Schnucks
Every year, more and more people in the West seem aware of Chinese New Year, which falls sometime between late January and mid-February due to the lunar calendar on which it is based. That calendar ascribes each New Year to one of twelve different animals in the Chinese zodiac: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, ...Read more
SINGAPORE -- There's little that can prepare an outsider for the onslaught of food in Singapore.
Every stroll through this city shrouded in tropical heat is interrupted by open-air food centers, coffee shops and restaurants vying for your stomach's attention.
Seek sanctuary inside an air-conditioned mall and you'll be greeted by sprawling ...Read more
Wine enthusiasts of a certain age fondly remember Gallo Hearty Burgundy, the king of the jug wines that introduced several generations to California wine long before most consumers had heard the words "Napa Valley."
Brothers Ernest and Julio Gallo established their winery in Modesto, California, in 1933. By the mid-1960s, Gallo had become by ...Read more
When it's cold and miserable outside I like to reminisce about my recent visit to the Montage Kapalua Bay in Maui. I want to transport myself back to this Hawaiian paradise to feel the sun and taste the ocean-fresh seafood. This poke recipe might just do that.
This hotel offers plenty of activities, including an ohana (family) cooking class. My...Read more
This hearty vegetable chowder combines sweet potatoes, black beans and poblano peppers with a feisty blend of spices for a creamy, complex and satisfying soup.
Southwestern Vegetable Chowder
Active Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup diced onion
1 cup diced celery
1/2 cup all-...Read more
I'm a fan of making a big batch of chili on a cold day. It's hearty, comforting and a great way to warm up when it's snowing outside. It's also one of the most popular dishes to serve at a Super Bowl party.
This chili is made in an Instant Pot, which is my new favorite kitchen toy. It's a...Read more
Making enchiladas is my favorite way to transform leftovers into an easy, flavorful dinner. Tender roasted chicken gets dressed up with spicy, piquant enchilada sauce, covered in shredded cheese, then wrapped in tender tortillas and baked until warm. What's not to love?
On nights when you ...Read more
When grilled with an herby, garlicky chimichurri sauce that doubles as both a marinade and a dipping sauce, shrimp skewers have enough bold flavor to make you feel like a kitchen rock star, even though they only take five measly minutes on the grill to cook.
Serve them for dinner on a busy ...Read more
When you’re on a diet, having a strong support system can mean the difference between success and failure. We have a major league support team at Plan Z, but if you can add a personal support network to that and buddy up, the benefits are even greater.
A buddy can be a spouse or significant other, or a friend that lives nearby. Sometimes ...Read more
CHICAGO -- Goose Island Beer Co. is on the hunt for just the fifth brewmaster in its 31-year history after the departure last week of Jared Jankoski.
Jankoski, who helped steer Goose Island through the growth and tumult that come with being Anheuser-Busch's lead craft beer brand, will become brewmaster at Octopi Brewing, near Madison, Wis., ...Read more
Here's a quick dish to make for 2 or 20. Picadillo is a popular Latin dish using ground meat, onions, green bell pepper, tomato sauce and raisins. Using ground buffalo adds a new dimension and flavor to this 10-minute, no-fuss dinner. Ground buffalo meat is now available in most supermarkets. The flavor is excellent and the meat also makes ...Read more
MINNEAPOLIS -- J.D. Hovland studies the dessert menu at Mercury Dining Room and Rail in downtown Minneapolis.
Although it's his first time ordering from it, he can surmise an awful lot about each of the four items. How the flourless chocolate cake is probably a standing menu item because of its popularity with gluten-free diners. How the carrot...Read more
Never mind that they actually originated in the Middle East. The food that is perhaps the most Indian of all Indian foods, the food most people think of first when they think of Indian foods, is samosas. -- Samosas are the ultimate street food. A bit of filling stuffed into dough and fried, small enough that you can eat it with your fingers, is ...Read more
CHICAGO -- One of my favorite parts of childhood church ski trips was coming in from the freezing, snowy slopes to a Styrofoam cup of hot cocoa. Steaming and sweet, the comforting chocolate was stirred up by the ladies in our Bible study to warm and replenish our tiny bodies. White and blue packets of Swiss Miss were rationed out, one per ...Read more
Corrugated potato chips -- the chips that have ridges -- are engineered to be stronger than ordinary chips so they don't break when plunged into a dip. The notoriously fragile Pringles has belatedly jumped onto the corrugated bandwagon with their new line of Wavy chips, which are indeed more muscular than the average Pringle. They have a heftier...Read more