RECIPE: Clear Pumpkin Pie

[1] Alinea’s clear pumpkin pie (photo Alinea | Chicago). [2] Hannah Kaminsky’s version, recipe below (photo Hannah Kaminsky | Bittersweet Blog).   Perhaps the most innovative restaurant in the country, Chicago’s Alinea set the internet on fire once again with another avant-garde culinary masterpiece, propelling pumpkin pie it into a viral video hit. It’s a…
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TIP OF THE DAY: 35+ Food & Beverage Pairings

We love pairing flavors to their best advantage. Here are our previous pairing recommendations, with a new one below for potato chip lovers: Beer & Summer Food Pairings Breads & Spreads Pairings Cake & Wine Pairings Cheese & Beer Cheese & Bread Pairings Cheese & Cheese Condiments Pairings Cheese & Chocolate Pairings Cheese & Wine…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Boozy Cupcakes, For National Vanilla Cupcake Day & Parties

[1] Insert booze into cupcakes (all photos courtesy Crown Royal). [2] Crown Royal Vanilla: blended Canadian whiskeys infused with the Madagascar Bourbon vanilla.   November 10th is National Vanilla Cupcake Day, and we have a purely adult celebration in mind: Buy a cupcake and a miniature “airline” bottle of your favorite spirit (it’s 1.7 ounces).…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Pairing Beer With Pizza

The Craft Beer Association has applied its expertise to pizza pairing. Why not? Wine connoisseurs match the flavors of wines to dishes, to the nth degree (we know: we’re one of them!). Their chart below can be hard to read, so here’s our adaptation of the recommendations… …along with our recommendation for a tasting party…
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RECIPE: A Chocolate Dirt Cake Pot For National Chocolate Day

[1] A different way to enjoy chocolate on National Chocolate Day (photo The Venetian | Las Vegas). [2] Halloween-ify it with season Oreos (photo Walmart). [3] Trade the flower lollipop for chocolate spooky pops (photo Melville Candy).   October 28th is National Chocolate Day, and pastry chefs nationwide are outdoing themselves. Most of the recipes…
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