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DIY Sugar Cubes

Why make your own sugar cubes? Because it’s fun, ridiculously cheap, and just as cute as it is sophisticated. Have them on hand for your next old fashioned and impress your in-laws next time they make a ‘surprise’ visit. All you need is sugar and water! . . .

DIY Old Fashioneds

I can’t think of a cocktail with more hype, more debate, or more allure surrounding it than the Old Fashioned. The appropriately named classic first appeared in a Kentucky gentlemen’s club in 1881 (yeah, that sounds about right). It is likely to be the first cocktail, as they were originally defined as a concoction of bitters, sugar, spirits, and water. Now, it is a staple on any trendy cocktail bar’s menu, and an essential in any skilled bartender’s arsenal. . . .

Tempering Chocolate Made Easy!

Have you ever tried to make your own chocolate bars or candies, and ended up with a dull, gray sheen on the surface of your chocolate that almost looked like mold? Your chocolate didn’t go bad, it just “bloomed.” As nice as that sounds, it’s not what you want. Bloomed chocolate is the stuff that has gotten a little too hot and lost its temper (pun intended). . . .

Throw a Holiday Chocolate Party!

Seriously, who’s not going to come to a chocolate-themed party? Do something deliciously different for the holidays with some of my best ideas yet. And please, pace yourself ; ) . . .

Hacks for the Perfect Holiday Cocktail Party

Ah, the holidays. A month of snow, shopping, and all those invites. Make your party the one people say yes to! And how? By making it a cocktail party of course! In the haze of family dinners and work functions, people want a place to gather with friends and actually, well, party. . . .

Artisan Profile: Caramoomel

Farm-to-table is a social movement that’s really gained momentum lately. It promotes the consumption of local food straight from the producer, promoting food traceability and support of local economies. Whenever I thought about this movement, I immediately thought of farmers markets and trendy downtown restaurants. Now I think of Caramoomel too. . . .

Thai Lantern Festivals Loy Krathong & Yi Peng

On November 14 this year, thousands of beautiful glowing khom lois, or “floating lanterns,” will light up the night skies of Northern Thailand. Meanwhile, the same luminescence will appear on waters throughout the nation. For this is the full moon of the 12th month of the traditional Thai calendar, and when the festivals of Yi Peng and Loy Krathong, respectively, take place. . . .

DIY Paella

Paella. A meal of many impressions. To the world, it is the national dish of Spain. To Spaniards, it is the regional dish of Valencia. To Valencians, it is an aspect of their identity. It comes in many forms: classic Valencian paella (usually made with chicken and rabbit), vegetarian and vegan paellas, seafood paellas, and ones with all of the above. What do they all have in common? Rice and olive oil. No wonder we love it so much! . . .

Your Indian Spice Arsenal

Alright, so you stuffed yourself with pakoras and chicken tikka masala, washed it all down with mango ginger lassi, and the next day tried to be good with a tandoori chicken salad. Still want more? Of course you do! There is so much to Indian cuisine, but the road to culinary perfection begins with a single step. When we’re talking about Indian, what else would that first step be other than spices? . . .

Indian Regional Cuisine

Being as ancient and populated as India is, the language, attire, and culture of each of the 28 Indian states vary immensely. What is one great thing that ties them together? Amazing food. Though even that is incredibly varied from state to state. Each is so different, yet equally as appetizing, so I’m breaking it down for you. . . .