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Tasty Trivia: Eat your peas and carrots!

Every evening around 6 o’clock, the world’s children transform from hellish, screaming banshees into modern-day Picassos, van Goghs and Rembrandts. Peas are arranged into elaborate emoticons, mashed potatoes and gravy shaped to re-enact Mount Vesuvius’ destruction of Pompeii and spoons become catapults laying siege to a carrot diorama of the Bastille. Parents clamour incessantly, trying […]

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Ask a nutritionist: What’s in beer, and is it good for me?

What is beer?  Beer is made from four ingredients: water, barley, hops and yeast. Barley seeds must be malted and mashed, processes that convert the starchy grain into a sugary syrup. The syrup, or mash, is added to water and boiled with hops to produce wort. Hops, the female flower from the hop plant and […]

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Make it yourself: Butterscotch-Ale Bread Pudding

If you couldn’t tell by now, this writer has a pretty big sweet tooth. Donuts, cookies, ice cream, I love ‘em all. One of my favorite winter desserts, by far, is homemade bread pudding. I’m not talking about that gruel-style crap with the reconstituted raisins you were fed as a tyke in preschool. Oh no, […]

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Tasty trivia: why brown is the new green

Ever wonder why your favorite beer is bottled in a brown bottle, rather than a more eye-catching green, blue or clear bottle? The answer is chemistry. We all know that ultraviolet light (UV) can be harmful to our skin in high rates of exposure, but it can also be detrimental to the quality of your […]

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Beer Belly

Nothing beats a cold one after a long day on your feet or  fielding calls at the office. Beer is considered one of the oldest beverages known to man and the oldest form of alcohol fermentation, rivaling wine and distilled spirits. Created from an abundance of grain production as far back as 6,000 years ago, […]

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DIY Ganache and Macerated Mint-Infused Raspberries

Forget about that 3-year-old bottle of Hershey’s chocolate syrup in your cabinet—here’s an easy recipe for homemade chocolate sauce that’s sure to impress. The recipe is actually a 2-in-1 deal and can be incorporated into many dessert options, from chocolate-dipped fruit to cupcake frosting. Both the ganache and the macerated raspberries requires only three ingredients, […]

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DIY Vanilla Extract

Baking fans will love this simple, two-set recipe to make homemade vanilla extract. All you need is a glass (8 fluid ounces) of bottom-shelf vodka and a half dozen (6) vanilla beans. Using a sharp knife, split the vanilla pods open by slicing down the spine starting just below the tip of one end all […]

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The yin and yang of food: chocolate and vanilla

Some enjoy chocolate and vanilla swirled in an ice cream cone, while others are steadfast in their determination to keep them apart. It is debatable which flavor reigns supreme, but you never hear anyone say, “You’re so chocolate,” when referencing another’s bland decision. Instead, vanilla was thrown under the bus of sweet treats. In honor […]

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Review: LA Lasagna Co.

Review: LA Lasagna Co.

Lasagna is one of the few Italian recipes that has undergone minimal change over its extensive lifetime adorning menus worldwide, and rightly so. It has not been sullied by the hands of would-be chefs seeking to carve their name in culinary history by bastardizing a classic dish. Instead, lasagna has emerged as a survivor of […]

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Tasty Trivia: Pasta Edition

The Italian name for a pasta dish is derived from the pasta used combined with the focal point of the dish itself, indicative of its origin. For example spaghetti alla carbonara translates to ‘spaghetti of the coal workers,’ referencing [one] anecdotal origin of the dish was created to satisfy the coal workers’ appetites after a […]

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A match made in heaven

This dish takes me back to the week I spent in Northern Italy in 2011. I maximized my relatively short stay by eating five meals per day, many of which included various types of pasta (and gelato). However, one of my all-time favorite meals is spaghetti carbonara– a truly wonderful, and gluttonous pasta dish loaded […]

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Pass the pasta, please!

Spaghetti, lasagna, penne, farfalle, angel hair, fusilli, tortellini, gnocchi– we all have our favorite. There are a million and one ways to enjoy pasta, and Americans love twirling and forking each delicious bite. There are more than 47 common types of pasta, all made in various shapes and sizes to complement specific sauces and applications. […]

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