Smoked Salmon and Lox Aren’t the Same

Smoked salmon, lox, Nova—they’re all the same, right? Nope. These various categories of cured fish have about as much in common as bread and pasta or salad and pickles. Translation? They can be made with the same raw ingredient, but once manipulated, they’re totally different foods.  As someone who grew up on lox (I literally […]

Wines to Drink with Spicy Food

Hot Tip Something to note about pairing wine with spicy foods: it’s important to be mindful of the amount of alcohol present. In food, chili heat tends to create a warming or burning sensation on our palate. The higher the level of alcohol in a wine, the more astringent (and uncomfortable) spicy food it will […]

How to Sauté Onions

onions, sautéed in a pan

Sautéing onions concentrates their natural sugars so they take on a glorious sweetness as the onions soften. Cook them longer, and they eventually caramelize into a golden brown. When you know how to sauté onions to bring out that natural sweetness, you’ll start adding them to your cooking much more often. Sautéing onions simply means cooking […]

Understanding Whiskey – The Complete Guide

Scotch in a glass

Everything anyone could ever want to know about whiskey and why it tastes the way it does. What really makes whiskey taste like whiskey? If flavor truly just came down to a simple formula of distilling ratios of grains plus time spent in a barrel, then there wouldn’t be an infinite range of tastes, profiles […]

Sicilian Orange Bread

sliced orange cake

Everything goes in the mixer, oranges with the peel included and the dessert is practically done. Orange bread is a super simple recipe perfect for breakfast, picnics or an afternoon snack. Its texture is soft and fluffy, and its aroma intense and citrusy; it’s orange bread. A traditional Sicilian dessert which is prepared during winter […]

Too Late for a Gimlet Before?

Table top Him Gimlet

It’s true, kids: If you don’t use it, you lose it. The ability to touch your toes, youthful optimism and manageable hangovers all wane with the passing of each season. So does citrus. Though available year-round, lemons, limes, and the like are just as seasonal as any other fruit, and the cold-weather window to the […]

What’s the Difference: Shallots vs. Onions

Slicing onions with a knife

You’re in the produce aisle, staring at an overwhelming spread of veggies, trying to decide between a white onion, a purple onion and a yellow onion, when that familiar feeling of grocery store panic starts to creep in. Wait, what about shallots? you think. What about them! While all alliums—onions, shallots, garlic, scallions, leeks, ramps, chives and their friends—are […]