Food

A Taste of Beaujolais Nouveau for the New Year

Eve M. Ferguson

Considered a vin oridnaire, or local wine, which could only be sold after Dec. 15 by law, it gained popularity after the end of World War II, when the rules were relaxed on Nov. 13, 1951, and the Union Interprofessionnelle des Vins du Beaujolais (UIVB) formally set Nov. 15 as the release date for what would become known as Beaujolais Nouveau. Later, the date was relaxed further to be the third Thursday in November once the wine started to be imported to North America and Asia. 

Researching the Authenticity of Collectable Scotch

Elisabeth O'Leary

Investigators from the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre used carbon-dating to sample 55 bottles of Scotch bought through the secondary market, discovering that 21 were fakes or not distilled in the year declared, Rare Whisky 101, which commissioned the study, said. The sale of rare collectors’ whiskies is more and more popular, and this October a 60-year-old The Macallan Valerio Adami 1926 was sold for a record 848,750 pounds ($1.08 million) at auction.

The Mondavis’ Guide to Holiday Baking and Wine Pairings

Brandpoint

A classic holiday cookie, Snickerdoodles get their unmistakable soft, chewy texture and tangy flavor from cream of tartar. The cinnamon sugar topping adds sweetness and a little heat. Refreshing Sauvignon Blanc, with its subtle aromas of lemon and kiwi and notes of savory herbs, perfectly complements these sweet-tart cookies. Fruit flavors make jam thumbprints and Merlot a delicious pair. Merlot is plush, with hints of cherries, plums and oak.

How Favorite Thanksgiving Dinner Staples Are Changing

Rae Ann Varona

While Thanksgiving dishes have stayed the same at the core, it’s natural that they’ve picked up some changes and influences throughout the years. Think deep-fried or brined turkeys that became popular in the mid-1990s, truffled mashed potatoes and savory bread puddings during the transition to the 21st century, and the use of kale in almost all vegetable dishes in the more recent years.

Mexican Cheese Is the Hot Culinary Trend Right Now

Brandpoint

Cacique, the number-one brand of Hispanic cheeses, chorizos and cremas, wants to give quesos like Queso Fresco, Panela, Oaxaca and Cotija their day in the sun. Just like Mexican cuisine, Hispanic cheeses have great crossover appeal. James Beard-winning restaurateur, MasterChef judge, and proud Mexican-American Chef Aarón Sánchez agrees. "American cooks may not be as familiar with Hispanic cheeses as they are with others at the grocery store," Sánchez says.

The History of Hummus as a Peacemaker

Yamit Behar Wood

One can argue where hummus came from, but this is not something we argue about in Israel. Unsurprisingly, the oldest and most popular hummus places in Israel (such as Khalil in Ramle, Said and Issa in Acre, Lina in Jerusalem) are run by generations of Arab Israelis. In Israel, we smoke the peace pipe over hummus, and if you ask an Israeli where to find the best hummus, most will tell you it’s an Arab joint. 

What Do All Those Food Labels Really Mean?

Brandpoint

Most of us are aware of those little labels on our food, but we often don’t understand what they mean. Like any choice, the key is education. To shop in accordance with our values, we must understand what the label stands for and how it’s been verified. And yes — verification matters. Marketing savvy and great design can create convincing packaging and badges that represent a company’s promise, but often they are not based on rigorous standards.

The Fight Against Food Waste

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has some best practices for families to save money, help those who don’t have enough to eat, and conserve resources for future generations. By making a list of weekly meals and necessary ingredients, shoppers will buy less than they would otherwise and keep things fresh, with less waste. Also, checking the pantry and refrigerator before a grocery shopping trip can prevent buying duplicates of things you already have.

Passing Fad or Fact? Analyzing Benefits of the Ketogenic Diet

Caitlin Cohen

Another example is those who are diabetic and try the diet. The Keto diet already requires people to cut out refined sugars and excess carbs—two factors that diabetics are recommended to avoid due the risk of increasing already high blood sugar. Therefore, someone with diabetes may try Keto with the goal of managing their blood sugar levels. Keeping personal goals other than weight loss in mind when making such a drastic change in diet or lifestyle is important. The desire to only follow the Ketogenic diet for rapid weight loss may not be the best reason to try it if there isn’t much weight to lose. 

The New Trend in U.S. Restaurants? Pickled Onions

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Pickling has been around some 4,000 years as a way to preserve vegetables. It became popular in 18th century England as a way to preserve food, according to savoringthepast.net, and today is traditionally served with fish and chips or with what is called a ploughman’s lunch, a dish of bread, cheese and onions — part of the English diet for centuries. Today, pickled onions are used all over the world in a variety of dishes.

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