10 Things You Should Know Before Drinking Mezcal

10 Things You Should Know Before Drinking Mezcal

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Mezcal is a distilled spirit made from the agave plant, which is also how we get tequila. There are more than 200 types of agave plants, 45 to 50 of which are used to make mezcal, Gaston says. The word "mezcal" literally means "roasted agave," Gaston shares. Three things set mezcal and tequila apart. Tobalà is referred to as "the king of mezcals" because the agave plant is more scarce and harder to harvest.
11 Places You Can Buy Thanksgiving Dinner If You Don't Want To Cook This Year

11 Places You Can Buy Thanksgiving Dinner If You Don't Want To Cook This Year

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According to research conducted by Bob Evans Restaurants, the average American spends seven hours prepping a Thanksgiving meal from scratch (!!). They have everything you need for a full Thanksgiving feast, including turkey breast, stuffing, turkey gravy, cranberry sauce, potatoes, and one additional side. Cracker BarrelBoston MarketBoston Market typically offers some sort of holiday meal like a Thanksgiving meal that feeds up to 12 people for $120. Trader Joe'sLeave it to Trader Joe's to have a crazy-good deal on Thanksgiving turkey. The box also comes with turkey gravy and cranberry sauce, so you're about a third of the way to a full meal already.
15 Best Tequilas Of 2021

15 Best Tequilas Of 2021

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While margaritas are objectively delicious, tequila can be used for other mixed cocktails and enjoyed neat or on the rocks. But, first things first, we need to go through a little background behind the three main types of tequila: blanco, reposado, and añejo. The difference is all in the aging process. As the name suggests, blanco tequila is the clearest in color and goes well in mixed drinks or as a complement to Mexican dishes. This longer aging process gives it more complex flavors that can be better appreciated when sipped alone rather than mixed into a cocktail.
21 Gifts the Epi Team Is Giving This Year

21 Gifts the Epi Team Is Giving This Year

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Not to brag, but we at Epicurious are very good at giving gifts. Below are a few of the kitchen and cooking gifts we’re planning to give to our friends and families this year. Whether you’re aligned with David’s love of dates or empathize with Joe’s longing for drinks out of real, actual coupe glasses (remember bars? I’m thinking I’ll get a set, plus a bottle of gin to go with! I’ll encourage a swap by sending a brand new GreenPan, which I’ve been using for my eggs every morning this year.
26 Gifts From Etsy We Love (Yes, There Are Mugs)

26 Gifts From Etsy We Love (Yes, There Are Mugs)

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Searching for Etsy gifts can be a bit overwhelming: you know, the hand-carved wooden spoons, muted linen napkins, and speckly sand-colored ceramic mugs that are hiding on their somewhere. But you might also just end up with a search page full of bridesmaid gifts with that curly “live laugh love” script emblazoned across each one. The result: 26 Etsy gifts anyone would be lucky to receive. If it’s a unique looking mug you’re after, there is really no better place than Etsy (especially if you love that speckled, neutral-toned minimalist look). Beyond mugs, Etsy also has excellent dishware: The pasta bowls, which I love for everything from salad to braised chicken, are at the top of my list.
28 Le Creuset Cyber Monday Deals to Shop Now

28 Le Creuset Cyber Monday Deals to Shop Now

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We've curated the best Le Creuset Cyber Monday deals for you to shop today, since the brand's wares are as classically expensive as they are beautiful. Keep reading for our guide to the best Le Creuset Cyber Monday deals to gift your loved ones this holiday season. CYBER MONDAY DEAL: Le Creuset Round Wide Dutch Oven, Nectar $380 $250 at Le CreusetCYBER MONDAY DEAL: Le Creuset Round Wide Dutch Oven, Meringue $380 $250 at Le CreusetCYBER MONDAY DEAL: Le Creuset Round Wide Dutch Oven, Artichaut $380 $250 at Le CreusetCYBER MONDAY DEAL: Le Creuset Round Dutch Oven, 1.5 Qt, Kiwi $250 $165 at AmazonSauteuseLike a Dutch oven, a sauteuse can be used for braising, searing, and sautéing. CYBER MONDAY DEAL: Le Creuset Signature Deep Round Grill, Caribbean $170 $100 at Le CreusetCYBER MONDAY DEAL: Le Creuset Signature Deep Round Grill, Indigo $170 $100 at Le CreusetHeritage Oval CasseroleThese small casserole dishes are perfect for making weeknight dinner sides, like mashed potatoes or roasted squash, all winter long. At $54 each, this is one of the best Le Creuset Cyber Monday deals we've found.
3 Toaster Oven Cyber Monday Deals: Our Favorite Models from Breville

3 Toaster Oven Cyber Monday Deals: Our Favorite Models from Breville

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Aside from crisping up toast and frozen waffles, a toaster oven can be used exactly like an actual oven. And it's on sale today for $269, making it the best toaster oven Cyber Monday deal we've found. Read more about each of these toaster oven Cyber Monday deals below and see which model is best for you. Breville Smart Oven Compact Convection Toaster OvenThis is already a moderately priced appliance from typically pricey Breville, and with the discount it's a great deal for the amount you'll use the toaster oven. CYBER MONDAY DEAL: Breville Smart Oven Compact Convection $350 $280 at AmazonBreville Smart Oven Pro Convection OvenWhile the Breville Compact Convection Smart Oven won our test, we also love the upgraded Pro Convection, which includes all of the same capabilities but is larger and can accommodate more than its less-expensive counterpart.
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.
7 Things That Happen To Your Body When You Go Gluten-Free

7 Things That Happen To Your Body When You Go Gluten-Free

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But if you're sensitive to gluten — about 1 in every 133 Americans — cutting it out of your diet is a necessity. Like with any other major change you make to what you're putting in your body, there could be side effects. A lot of the whole-grain foods you cut out on a gluten-free diet (like bread and pasta) are good sources of fiber. Digestion requires a lot of energy, and it takes even more of a toll when your body is trying to process something it can't. After going gluten-free, you'll be putting less of a strain on your gut, and there's a good chance your energy levels will benefit.
8 Things You Should Know Before Buying Booze At Costco

8 Things You Should Know Before Buying Booze At Costco

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Costco is the largest wine retailer in the U.S.Wine makes up nearly half of the big box store's yearly alcohol sales. The most recent number Costco shared was $1.69 billion in 2016 wine sales, which placed it as the country's largest wine seller. Costco's wine markups are half that of most stores. If you see this tiny star (*) in the upper right hand corner of a sign, it means Costco has the item on clearance. You know how Costco keeps empty cardboard boxes near checkout registers that are free for the taking?
A Cauliflower Casserole With Cabbage, Hold the Cream

A Cauliflower Casserole With Cabbage, Hold the Cream

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With their easy prep and lush texture, casseroles are the ideal path to the kind of contentment I seek. So when I came across the cauliflower and cabbage gratin in Scandinavian Green, the new plant-forward cookbook by Danish chef Trine Hahnemann, I immediately flagged the page. This casserole is not the dump-and-stir sort—the sauce is made from scratch and the vegetables are blanched in salted water prior to assembly. To make it, you whisk the poaching liquid from your cabbage and cauliflower into a simple roux (flour and melted butter; whisk it in by the half-cupful to avoid lumps). Stir the chopped, blanched cabbage and cauliflower into the yolk-enriched sauce, and finally fold in the beaten egg whites.
A New Site Tracks Tells You When McDonald's Ice Cream Machines Are Broken

A New Site Tracks Tells You When McDonald's Ice Cream Machines Are Broken

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The chain's ice cream machines seem to be busted so often that it's pretty much a running joke at this point. Rashiq Zahid created a new site called McBroken.com which provides a map of McDonald's locations and little dots that indicate if their ice cream machines are working or not. Only a true @McDonalds fan would go to these lengths to help customers get our delicious ice cream! — David Tovar (@dwtovar) October 23, 2020The buzz around this site comes as McDonald's franchisees reportedly formed a team specifically to focus on solutions to improve these ice cream machines. With all these brains working toward this common goal, it seems like broken ice cream machines may be a thing of the past pretty soon!