4 Fundamentals of Nonalcoholic Cocktails

4 Fundamentals of Nonalcoholic Cocktails

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But spirit-free cocktails aren’t for everyone; they can feel a little too much like boozy cocktails for some people. (The U.K. is way ahead of us in spirit-free bottlings for nonalcoholic drinks, but many will make their way to the U.S. in the coming months and years.) If you can make a salad dressing, you can make a nonalcoholic cocktail: It’s about layering flavors and getting the balance right. It’s worth remembering, too, that you don’t always need one-to-one substitutes; you’re not locked into imitating classic cocktails when you make nonalcoholic drinks for Dry January (or anytime). Cut the sweetnessDrinking soda or fruit juice is not the same as drinking a well-made nonalcoholic cocktail, in part because those drinks are straightforwardly sweet.
Catfish: How to Cook It and Why It's Important to Soul Food Culture

Catfish: How to Cook It and Why It's Important to Soul Food Culture

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Here are the best ways to make catfish — plus more on its importance to soul food culture. Catfish: How to Cook It and Why It's Important to Soul Food CultureHow to Buy CatfishFresh catfish should not smell fishy. Mix together the seasoned pepper, garlic powder, and seasoned salt in a small bowl. Here's a traditional Southern fried catfish recipe. Great if you don't care for that sometimes overpowering catfish taste.
How to Cook Butternut Squash in the Oven or on the Stove and Win at Fall

How to Cook Butternut Squash in the Oven or on the Stove and Win at Fall

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How did butternut squash become the most-cooked squash in America? And I believe that knowing how to cook butternut squash is essential kitchen intelligence, particularly during the cooler autumn and winter months. You can cook butternut squash in a variety of ways with great results: roasting, steaming, grilling, sautéing. More good news: As far as winter squash varieties go, butternut is pretty easy to dissect (get the full rundown on how to cut butternut squash here, and some short GIF tutorials here). How to roast butternut squash halves
McDonald’s Now Serves Mini Hotcakes With Nutella For A Warm, Chocolaty Treat

McDonald’s Now Serves Mini Hotcakes With Nutella For A Warm, Chocolaty Treat

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That’s certainly the case with McDonald’s Australia, because they are serving up Mini Hotcakes with Nutella. Our famous Hotcakes made mini, with a delicious layer of creamy Nutella,” the description says. McDonald’s Australia announced the menu item on Instagram in December 2020, noting that it’s only available for a limited time. The treat is served hot, so we picture it to be a warm, gooey, chocolatey bite that will keep us coming back for more. The good news is, however, is that since McDonald’s in the U.S. has hotcakes, you can simply get an order and fill it with your own Nutella.
Quick and Almost-Professional Buttercream Icing

Quick and Almost-Professional Buttercream Icing

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Thumb Up Helpful (306)Rating: 5 stars This is a great buttercream icing recipe. Thumb Up Helpful (218)Rating: 5 stars This icing recipe is my absolute favorite out of all that I've tried! Thumb Up Helpful (180)Rating: 5 stars This recipe is for REAL frosting not the garbage that comes from the store. Thumb Up Helpful (110)Rating: 5 stars This icing was just what I was looking for as I didnt really want to take the time to do boiling icing. I will have to remember this one the next time I need birthday cake frosting, this is that special.
The Best Cookbooks of 2020

The Best Cookbooks of 2020

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In the Before Times, when we thought about the best cookbooks of the year, we sought inspiring dinner party recipes and fun dishes for a crowd. Thinking about the best cookbooks of 2020—which ones we used the most, which ones kept us from ordering delivery after the millionth night of staying in—was different, of course. We loved our cookbooks more than ever in 2020. Below are the 2020 cookbooks that we loved most of all. So no, this isn’t really dinner party fare, but dinner parties weren’t a thing in 2020 anyway.
The Best Holiday Gifts for Cooks, Hosts, and Everyone In-Between

The Best Holiday Gifts for Cooks, Hosts, and Everyone In-Between

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That's the question we asked ourselves when coming up with our annual list of gifts for cooks. Photo by Chelsea Kyle, Prop Styling by Beatrice ChastkaDuralex Picardie Colored TumblersDuralex’s clear Picardie tumblers are everything a drinking glass should be: stackable, affordable, virtually unbreakable, and of course, tasteful. That’s gift territory. BUY IT: Duralex Picardie Colored Tumbler Glasses, six for $37 on AmazonPhoto by Chelsea Kyle, Prop Styling by Beatrice Chastka, Food Styling by Laura RegeOpinel No. 08 Carbon Steel Knife, $15 on Amazon
The Best Vase for Every Type of Flower

The Best Vase for Every Type of Flower

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But vases aren’t a one-size-fits-all deal: The best vase depends on the types of flowers and arrangements you’re working with. Narrow mouthed vasesShape: medium-size vase that tapers off to a small openingPerfect for: Single stem large blooms and sparse farmers market bouquets. While narrow-mouthed vases can sometimes restrain multistemmed flower arrangements, they are quite well-suited for a single stem with a large bloom, like sunflowers or chrysanthemums. “A vase that is taller than it is wide is more useful for your average person who doesn’t want to spend a gazillion dollars on flowers,” Patterson notes. Bud VasesShape: Small with little openingPerfect for: individual flowers, wispy stemmed wildflowersJust because flowers came together doesn’t mean you have to keep them together.
What Olive Oils Do Chefs Use? We Asked 5 of Them About Their Favorites

What Olive Oils Do Chefs Use? We Asked 5 of Them About Their Favorites

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Still, even chefs have a variety of preferences—and place varying levels of importance on the specific brand—when it comes to olive oil. To some, like Amanda Cohen, the chef at New York City’s Dirt Candy, there’s nothing precious about olive oil. Claire Saffitz, Contributing Editor at Bon Appétit: Frantoia Extra Virgin Olive OilBon Appétit’s Claire Saffitz uses olive oil every single day. For a more widely available oil, Nosrat recommends the organic extra virgin olive oil on Costco’s shelves. “Most of the pasta, meat, and fish dishes I make for dinner use olive oil in the cooking process and I often drizzle extra virgin olive oil over rested meat and fish before serving.”