Maryse ChevriereWhen someone like John Moore, vice president of sales and marketing for Dallis Bros. Coffee, tells you, "A great cup of coffee is no small miracle," you believe it.
But beyond the coffee farm and the roasting plant, in the end, some of the responsibility of making a good cup falls on you. Are you using the right grind of coffee for your chosen brewing method? Is the quality of the water you're using good, and have you heated it to the right temperature? Are the beans fresh? Have you been storing them correctly?
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All of this and more can affect the quality of the coffee you make for yourself at home. So to that end, we've culled together some expert advice and general rules of thumb for you to use as a guideline for brewing better-tasting coffee.
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Just as it is important to pay attention to the amount of coffee you brew at one time, it is also key that you not buy more coffee
Maryse ChevriereWhen someone like John Moore, vice president of sales and marketing for Dallis Bros. Coffee, tells you, "A great cup of coffee is no small miracle," you believe it.Read More »from How to Make Better Tasting Coffee
Arthur BovinoUndoubtedly one of the most frequently cooked items of the summer grilling season, burgers are certainly an all-American food. Of course, there is a wide range of burgers, from simple to complex, and 'perfect' arguably means a different type of burger for each person. There are thin, flat griddle ones and thick, charred burgers cooked on the grill. They can be topped with Maine lobster, dipped in French onion soup, or served straight up with just the basics (and maybe some gooey cheese on top).Read More »from 4 Tips for Making the Perfect Burger
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Many chefs out there have mastered the art of the burger, whether it's Linton Hopkins of Holeman & Finch down in Atlanta or Minetta Tavern in New York City, relying on their superior skills or the unique mix of the high-quality meats. But since most of us don't grind our own beef or plan to mix short rib into our patties, how can home cooks create this perfect burger at home?
We're not talking about getting complicated, just the all-American basics to
Border Grill TruckThe competition was fierce, but 15 Los Angeles trucks made the cut for our recent 101 Best Food Trucks for 2013 list. The city may have fallen from the top slot this year, but they dominate with more trucks than any other city on our list.Read More »from Los Angeles’ 5 Best Food Trucks for 2013
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Our rankings are based on a specific methodology; we consider followings on Twitter and Facebook, critical review, and originality. We assign and crunch numbers with a mathematical formula and then rank the trucks based on our results. To be clear, carts, or any food vendor that doesn't actually serve out of a truck, did not make the cut.
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Although this list is not all that the city's truck scene has to offer, we assure you that it's the cream of the crop.
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Launched in early 2010,Vizzi Truck's menu was said to have been "inspired and crafted by taking French cooking techniques… mixing it
Flickr/The Masa AssAssinBall games, barbecues, and boardwalks all share one very tasty link - the hot dog. Although it's about as iconic as a food can get in this country, the wiener's origin remains surprisingly unclear. On one point, however, we're all in agreement: On a summer afternoon, it's perfect washed down with a glass of something bubbly and ice-cold.Read More »from 5 Tips for Making the Perfect Hot Dog
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Yet there are lots of ways to prepare this most crowd-pleasing of treats - and just as many experts out there who are elevating the art of the dog. To start, there's the choice of the meat itself, then the cooking method (grilling, boiling, deep-frying), the matter of what to put on top (salty, sweet, cheesy), and how to handle the bun (toasted, soft, handmade). To help us assess the options and learn how to create the perfect hot dog at home - after all, most of us don't have access to equipment more advanced than a stovetop or a barbecue - we checked in with masters Randy Watts of Nathan's
ShutterstockMore often than not, that first date involves a drink - so what exactly does your drink of choice say about you?Read More »from What Your Drink Order Says About You on a Date
According to many dating and relationships experts, it says a lot. Whether it's beer, champagne, a mixed drink, or wine, the drink you order can indicate to the person across the bar (or table) your personality and the attributes you're looking for in a significant other. "More important than what you actually order, most telling is whether you know what you want," says Janice Christopher, a relationship and dating mentor (and the voice behind What's Ideal For You). "In a drink or in a relationship, knowing the elements that are perfect for you is key to stealth-dating for success. If you can go to the bartender and say 'I'd like an extra dry dirty martini with citron vodka and three habanero-stuffed olives, shaken not stirred,' you probably know the qualities and characteristics you are looking for in your Mr. Right."
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But above all,
Self-described "publican" Sarah Pederson--who says a great beer and cheese pairing has been known to make her "feel like turning on the Clash and setting off some fireworks"--owns Portland's Saraveza craft beer shop and tavern. And Brandon Tebbe, a Master Sommelier, still craves thought-provoking reds (and a flavor challenge like this one) even after a long day guiding wine fans to exciting bottles for Synergy Fine Wines in Denver. Use their spot-on pairings to drink outside your beverage box this summer.
Fried fish and tatar sauce
Baja Fried-Fish Tacos
Best beer: Nectar Ales Nectar IPA. "The citrusy hops make the tartar sauce pop," Pederson says. "And the light malt flavor gives the fish a hug, instead of overpowering it."Ribs and sauce
Best wine: Pacific Rim 2011 Wallula Vineyard Biodynamic Riesling (Horse Heaven Hills; $24). Tebbe's take: "It refreshes your palate after every bite with notes of lemon-lime."
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Best beer: Uinta Anniversary Barley Wine. "At 10.4 percent, theRead More »from 10 Great Wine & Beer Pairings for Summer Foods
The Five Biggest Vodka Myths - Liquor.com
While vodka is usually associated with Russia and other Eastern European countries, it's actually America's favorite spirit. (We drink more vodka than gin, rum, tequila and cognac combined.) But despite its popularity, it's still pretty misunderstood. To clear up some common misconceptions, we asked Tony Abou-Ganim, an all-star bartender and author of the recently published Vodka Distilled, for help. Here are the five most common myths he hears, along with the truth. Cheers!
All Vodka is the Same.
Not even close. The spirit reflects where it comes from and what it was distilled from. "Traditional-style vodkas, primarily from Eastern Europe, are much more assertive, robust and celebrate their raw ingredients," says Abou-Ganim, while "the West produces a much softer, more approachable vodka."
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We hear this from a lot from both brands and consumers. But according to Abou-Ganim, this isn't true. For one, each company defines exactly what
Dessert made on the grill? Yep. Chef and host Megan Mitchell shows you how to make a delicious ten-minute summer dessert by grilling peaches and plums. When this lands on the table, you’ll be the grillout’s favorite guest!
--This is a delicious and easy summer dessert that can be made in about ten minutes!
--Substitute any of these fruits for other stone fruits like apricots or nectarines
--Whip the cream to "stiff peaks". This means the cream will stand up on its own when the whisk is removed from the cream.
Grilled Stone Fruit with Grilled Biscotti and Bourbon Whipped Cream
2 plums (or nectarines/apricots)
Vegetable oil, for oiling grill
1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tbsp. powdered sugar
1 tbsp. bourbon
2 biscotti cookies
2 sprigs mint, stems removed
Preheat grill to medium high heat (375°). Clean and oil the grates.
In a bowl whip the cream, powdered sugar and bourbon until stiff peaks form. Place in the refrigerator until needed.
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Are you looking for something fresh and new to take on your next outdoor adventure? Why not try blending up this super-healthy gazpacho? Served chilled, this cool soup highlights summer produce at its peak. Today, we're preparing a mozzarella and prosciutto sandwich to take along as well -- it's a classic combination of flavors that's always satisfying! This simple meal is great for groups, so make it for your next outdoor party.
Tomato Gazpacho with Prosciutto-Mozzarella Sandwiches
2 pounds plum tomatoes
1 1/2 cups tomato juice
1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar
3 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for drizzling
Coarse salt and ground pepper
1/2 baguette, split horizontally
4 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto
4 ounces fresh mozzarella, sliced
1. Dice 2 tomatoes, and set aside for garnish; core and quarter remaining tomatoes. In two batches, purée quartered tomatoesRead More »from Soup + Sandwich = Picnic Perfection
Blissful MomentsAny engaged couple will tell you that the period before your wedding is a time to pinch pennies; in order to save up for the big day, the honeymoon, and all of the postnuptial bliss that lies ahead, it may be necessary to hold onto spare cash a little tighter than usual.Read More »from Best Ideas for Date Nights at Home
On the flip side, those in a new relationship may be looking to impress someone new with a cozy night in - perhaps proving their cooking chops.
Romantic Rendezvous: 5 Romantic Destinations
No matter if you've been dating for two weeks or have been together for 40 years, staying in for a night is a fantastic (and inexpensive) substitute for a night on the town, so we've compiled a list of at-home dates that are perfect for any couple, at any age, at any time.
Make a night filled with all the foods you crave from your childhood!
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