French Drinks: Taste It!

French Drinks: Taste it! Your morning coffeeIf you order coffee in a café in France (and I surely hope you do) you will receive a small cup of espresso strength coffee. Some places you can get a cup of filtered coffee, known as café à l'américaine. Here are some more terms to help you get your java order filled the way you want:' Une Noissette - This is an espresso with a hint of cream or milk floating on top.' Cafe au Lait - An espresso with hot milk added.In the café you can also ...
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The Habanero chile

A friend of mine once told me there is more to the culinary life than chile peppers. He might be right, but he keeps telling me this over my diner table, so go figure. The habanero chile (Capsicum chinense Jacquin) is the most intensely spicy chile pepper of the Capsicum genus. Unripe habaneros are green, but the color at maturity varies. Common colors are orange and red, but white, brown, and pink are also seen. Most habaneros rate 200,000-300,000 Scoville heat units (SHU), with the Guinness ...
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A Wine Lover's Weekly Guide To $10 Wines - A Muscat Ottonel From Serbia

You may remember that several months ago we reviewed our first Serbian wine, a Riesling from this same producer. Today's wine is also white, based on the Muscat Ottonel grape, one of the many members of the Muscat family. Muscat Ottonel is often used in dessert wines. The producer, Navip, is the largest wine exporter in ex-Yugoslavia. According to their website, Navip exports two million tons of wine a year. That's a lot of bottles. They have made a major commitment to organic wine, but at the ...
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25 Kitchen tips

  • For cleaning smelly hands after chopping onions or garlic, just rub them on a stainless steel spoon. The steel is supposed to absorb the odor.
  • Fresh coffee beans can also absorb nasty odors from your hands.
  • If you happen to over-salt a pot of soup, just drop in a peeled potato. The potato will absorb the excess salt.
  • Don't store your bananas in a bunch or in a fruit bowl with other fruits. Separate your bananas and place each in a different location. Bananas release gases which cause
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Antique Recipes from Chefs of the Past -Part I

Risotto with Saffron - Maestro Martino, Italian, Circa 1477 Ingredients: 350 g of Italian rice - 8 dl of either chicken or capon broth - 3 egg yolks - 1 teabag's worth of saffron - powdered cinnamon - grated ginger - salt Preparation: Pour the rice into the boiling broth and cook until the liquid is absorbed. Leave to cool for about 10 minutes, then dress with ½ teaspoon of cinnamon and ditto the ginger. Join the saffron with some broth on the side and add it to the rice. Whisk the egg-yolks ...
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Build a Shish Kabob in One of 5 Ways

Want something a little exotic that's tasty and filling? Think shish kabob! Shish kabob, a traditional Middle Eastern delicacy, has become part of a world food cuisine that takes on wonderful regional variations. Its name may have come from Arabic, meaning "cooked meat in small pieces," but it has a big reputation for flavor! Devotees of shish kabob have their favorite recipes and tools. For instance, many cooks prefer stainless steel skewers rather than wooden ones, while others swear by ...
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How To Enjoy the Season - Easy Tips and Delicious Recipes

b>Take Time to Enjoy the Season From the first day of winter to Christmas to Chanukah to Kwanzaa, December is totally filled with holidays to celebrate - well, except for that first day of winter. And so this article is also filled with lots of cooking and entertaining tips and holiday recipes just for you. With all of this celebrating, we tend to wear ourselves out pretty quickly. Already this past weekend, I saw people fighting over a parking space. How ridiculous did that look? And ...
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Updated Classic - Swordfish Nicoise Salad

Now, there is nothing wrong with the classic Nicoise salad, but it's no fun if I just give you a recipe for something that has been done well forever. Here, I bring you the classic salad with a few twists. The classic uses canned tuna, anchovies, olives, capers, boiled potatoes, hard boiled eggs, haricots verts, and in some cases, tomatoes and Boston lettuce. My version combines the olives, capers and anchovies in a tapenade; for those that have an anchovy phobia, this is a great way to forget ...
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How Are India White Tea Compared With Ceylon White Tea

White tea is quickly becoming one of the most popular teas in the world. Tea connoisseurs everywhere are scrambling to learn about the different varieties of white tea and sampling them like made. The vast majority of white tea is grown in China, with Japan being the second most popular place for growing white tea. However, each year more and more white tea comes from India and Sri Lanka, making these the two fastest growing regions for the production of white tea. Many people are not familiar ...
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Snicker doodle cookies Yummy Yummy Yummy!

What are snicker doodle cookies they are an old fashioned cookie that have a sugar cinnamon coating and a sweet and buttery flavor. These classic cookies are topped with cinnamon sugar and are so good we promise you won't be able to eat just one. A great score with kids and adults, they are so fast to put together too! I actually got it from an old recipe that I found in an old clipped out of a newspaper. They store great, and I didn't have any of the problems many others did! I never need to ...
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