Give a Fondue Party

A Fondue Party is ideal for an informal evening with friends. This popular dish comes from Switzerland where villagers in the mountains had to rely on local produce, like cheese, wine and home baked bread during the long winter month. The name fondue comes from the French word "fondre", which means to melt or blend. Fondue meaning melted cheese in wine. You will need a chafing dish over a spirit stove and long fondue forks. Place the heated fondue dish on the spirit stove in the center of ...
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Posted on November 24th, 2015

Christmas Recipes

Christmas recipe serves: 16 calories per serving: 495 preparation time: 25 minutes cooking time: 1 hour 40 minutes Suitable for freezing after step 5 Christmas recipe ingredients: * oil for greasing * white chocolate, 125 g (4 oz) * milk chocolate, 125 g (4 oz) * plain chocolate, 375 g (13 oz) * softened butter, 175 g (6 oz) * caster sugar, 175 g (6 oz) * ground almonds, 175 g (6 oz) * eggs, 6 separated * breadcrumbs, fresh brown 75 g (3 oz) * cocoa powder, 45 ml (3 tbsp) * orange, grated rind ...
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Posted on November 23rd, 2015

How to Start Your Day with the Best Espresso

Starting the day with well made espresso can make the difference between a nice and successful day or a boring and sleepy one. While making a good espresso is not a form of art, there are a few tips and tricks you can use to make your espressos even better than before. If you are using a super automatic espresso machine, you should try to adjust the settings for fine grinding. The trick is not to go for the lowest grinding number because you want the grinder to still keep slightly larger pieces ...
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Posted on November 22nd, 2015

An Informational Guide to Wine Tasting

Think that you aren’t sophisticated enough or don’t fit in the right income bracket to enjoy wine-tasting? Think again. These tips will help you fake your way through a wine-tasting session - or develop a lifelong Epicurean hobby (the finest pleasures, not the most!). Supplies - All you really need is a good wine glass, some wine, and preferably some good company. Glasses - Obviously if you are at a wine-tasting party or tasting the wares at a winery you won’t be bringing your own glass ...
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Posted on November 21st, 2015

An Angel of an Ice Cream Cake

Ice Cream cakes are always something special. They are a perfect blend of rich and creamy ice cream with moist cake and smooth frosting. These dessert delights are easy to make when you utilize store bought ingredients and a bit of imagination. First things first write out your shopping list. You will need; 1. Angel Food Cake 2. Your Favorite Flavor of Ice Cream 3. Frozen Whipped Topping 4. Fresh fruit or chocolate as garnish When you bring home all your ingredients place the cake and the ice ...
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Posted on November 20th, 2015

Quick Bread Mix (With Recipes for Pancakes, Biscuits and

Quick Bread Mix (with recipes for pancakes, biscuits and muffins) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 cups flour 1/3 cup baking powder 1/4 cup sugar 1 tablespoon salt 2 cups vegetable shortening Cut the shortening into the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Continue working the mixture until it resembles finely ground meal. Quick Bread Mix can be stored in an airtight container for 6 weeks. Pancakes ~~~~~~~~ 2 cups of Quick Bread Mix 1 1/3 cup milk 1 teaspoon vanilla ...
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Posted on November 19th, 2015

An Ancient White Wine

Viognier is a very common and ancient white grape that used to be fairly common. Now it is a rare white grape and the wine made from it is usually quite expensive (but also quite good!). This wine grape probably originated centuries ago in Damatia. Roman history says it was brought to history in 281 A.D. by the Empower Probus. Many people believe that it is named after the city of Vienne which was a military outpost for the Romans. It also sounds like the Roman phrase that means "the road to ...
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Posted on November 18th, 2015

Grenache: A Wine of the World

Grenache is a very popular Spanish wine that is also called Gamacha in Catalan. It is planted everywhere in the world. It is a red wine grape that does bet in hot dry condition so it also does well in the South of France. It is thought to have originated in Spain, probably in the Aragon wine producing region. It is not a boring wine. It is spicy and berry flavored and has a soft feel in the mouth. It can be more alkaline than most wines and it can be used to tone down more acidic wines such as ...
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Posted on November 17th, 2015

Wine Color and Fementation

In addition to describing wine color, the terms white and red used to indicate the way wine is fermented. Believe it or not, just about all grapes, even red ones, have clear juice. The red pigment comes from the skin of the grape. By fermenting the juice with the pulp and skins, red wine is made. It is during this fermentation process, that the red color is pulled from the skins. After fermenting for several days, the new wine is pressed and the liquid and solids are separated. In addition to ...
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Posted on November 16th, 2015

The Different Kinds of Wine Storage

A fine feast would not be finalized without having a drink of fine wine to go together with it. If you frequently hold dinner parties at home, or you feel like spicing up a normal dinner with red or white wine, you can do so if you have your own wine storage in your own household. If you open a bottle of wine and don't drink all of its contents, then you need to store it in a fresh, dry place. Just put the cork back on and you can store the wine in the refrigerator for about three days. If you ...
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Posted on November 15th, 2015