Fun Frozen Desserts For Summer

Summers calls for an icy-delight without breaking into a sweat, but how can one achieve the creamy thickness and the sweet melt-in-mouth flavor without using an oven? Be prepared to be amazed with the goodness of frozen desserts; now your taste buds can savor the rich taste without slaving over a hot oven. Here are some must-try frozen dessert recipes for you. Read more

Ice Cream Sandwich: 5 Icy Mistakes You Need To Avoid

Have you thought of a duo so dynamic, that it waters your mouth and freezes your brain at the same time? Well you haven’t someone else did, ICE CREAM – SANDWICH is a creamy delight that combines two of the most delicious things in the world, cookies and ice cream. Read more

If It’s The Last Thing You Do: 5 Wines You Need to Try in Your Life

For seasoned wine enthusiasts, there must be a vintage or three on your bucket list of wines you need to try. Given that there are numerous countries, each producing varieties of wine, it is easy to miss out on some worthy gems while trying to keep up with the gold rush!

No Regrets

You don’t want to be ruminating on the things you didn’t do in life! Least of all, if you take your wine seriously, you don’t want to realize that you missed out on something worthwhile.

For this reason, we have listed 5 wines in this article along with a little bit on what makes them special!

Next time you buy wine online or visit a vineyard, it might be smart to see if you can find any of the following:

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Vintage Port

Port tends to experience something of an awkward phase 10 or so years post production. That being said, 40 – 50 year old vintage port is a whole other story. This wine is full of character and consuming it is like reacquainting yourself with a little history. This is not to mention the brilliant and powerful taste!

Barossa Shiraz

This wine packs quite the punch and is likely as bold and rich as wine can get. Though this might not be for those who are more attuned and show preference for softer, milder flavors, it is ideal for enthusiasts who enjoy their wine when it’s loud and expressive. Southern Australia is known for such wines and the aforementioned, is well worth a try.

First Bordeaux

Bordeaux is probably the most recognized names when it comes to international wine. This reason is known for and has a history with production of fine wines. So much so that they even introduced their own grading/ranking system, still used in the world today. First growth Bordeaux is landslides above second and third growth in both depth and flavor. If you have not tried a first growth Bordeaux aged for ten years or more, you need to.

Vintage Champagne

Champagne on its own is quite the treat. It doesn’t matter if you’re toasting a wedding, new job or just getting out with your friends for a night after graduation. Champagne spells two things; class and celebration. We’re still talking about regular or mid-range bubbly here!

Vintage Champagne though expensive is a class and flavor in its own league. This creamy and rich drink is aged in barrels, which contributes to its incomparable depth.

Classical Cabernet from Napa  

This wine was almost wiped off the face of the planet due to prohibition but luckily thanks to the efforts of certain individuals made a comeback. A nice change from the Bordeaux flavors and equally bucket list worthy, classic Napa Cabernet is the last wine on our bucket list!

Endnote

There you have it. Five types of wine you absolutely need to try if it’s the last thing you do! If you’re interested in buying wine online and want to see if some of these types are available, check out your options!

 

Vivino is an international wine community with an excess of 28 million seasoned enthusiasts as members contributing to make one of the world’s most expansive and popular wine clubs.

 

5 Best Food and Wine Pairings You Need to Try!

When buying wine either online or in person, what goes through your mind? A good time with a few close friends? A much-deserved quiet evening of reading on your couch with a plate of crackers and some wine perhaps? It would be no surprise if what came to your mind was simply; food!

Food and Wine

Wine and food have been friends for centuries. The two have been interlocked in an ancient relationship, ripe with its share of stories, legends, folktales and history. Today the relationship between wine and food is stronger than ever!

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Amazing Combinations

We’ve scoured the internet as well as the culinary world in general to bring you five divine food and wine pairings. This is not just so you try these as they are but also so you may develop a sense of what flavors go together.

Without further delay, here they are:

Chardonnay Shrimp

Among the various foods that grill well, only a few can match up to a nice batch of shrimp! The cutting sharpness of the shrimp needs something that both complements it and enhances the favors. For this reason, one of the best wines to go with grilled shrimp is in fact, Chardonnay.

A firm Chardonnay that comes packed with a hint of Oak would be ideal!

Pork and Nebbiolo

A spiced shoulder of good pork prepared with a strong mix of spice is brilliant when complimented with some aromatic Nebbiolo to iron out the creases. If seasoned apart from the spices with a mix of herbs, a little garlic and a dash of lemon, this superb combination is truly one that would make you and your guests beam from ear to ear.

Salmon Salad and Pinot

Salmon is rich and packed with character and flavor. In combination with a light and zesty salad, this alone could be considered a complete and fulfilling dish. On the flip side, you take the same salmon salad and pair it with your choice of Pinot and you have something else entirely. The pinot and salmon dance on the taste buds, one urging the other to show a little more flavor!

Pan Roast and Rioja

Roasted potatoes are comfort food. Pan roasted potatoes with sausage absolutely divine. Chop up some arugula and toss them in. Do the same with a bunch of chalets. Add a hint of lemon and you’ve got one hell of a dish. Of course if you throw in some sweet Spanish Rioja, the younger lot will likely pair beautifully with the ingredients mentioned above.

Pizza Rose’

This was a tough one as we were about to go with a combination of Carménère along with a medium or medium rare steak, but figured this one would be more fun. A simple sweet grilled pizza with a bit of cheese, tomato paste and whatever other light toppings you desire goes will with Rose! Yes we realize how that sentence is upside down but it is true!

Conclusion

These sure as hell aren’t the only food and wine combinations that are worth trying. There are many more and better yet, you could even experiment with your own combinations.

Buying wine online allows you to choose from an extensive range of wine types, origins and ages. Check out some of the most recognized and reputed online wine communities and see if you would like to join!

Vivino is an international wine community with an excess of 28 million seasoned enthusiasts as members contributing to make one of the world’s most expansive and popular wine clubs.

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Top Benefits Of Baking With Almond Flour

Once primarily used to give the scrumptious base texture you find in macaroons, almond flour is now one of the standard ingredients in a modern baker’s kitchen. Cook or bake with it, you can not only boost the nutrition of meals you prepare with almond flour, but also create foods without compromising their deliciousness and quality for those who have certain gluten-related eating restrictions. Read more

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Of Knives and Spatulas: Must-Have Tools for Every Chef

They say everyone needs a shiny something in their lives. For a chef’s life, it is a lot of “shiny somethings” – their tools. They are what a wand is to a magician; a power to transform the dough and blends and mixes into something flavorful and artistic – almost as if by magic.

Chef Tools

 A common misconception that runs especially amongst newbie cooks is that “hands are enough”.

Quite untrue. The use of right culinary gadgets and gizmos is the paramount basis of finest looking meals.

As the trend for gourmet meals and designer cakes take rise, so does the variety of tools available for chefs around the world. While the collection of cooking and baking tools is quite vast, there are some basic tools – the utensils for perfecting the culinary art when hands and fingers just do not suffice.

Knife Sets

Chef Tools OnlineKnow the texture of ingredient you cut in. And then know the edge you need to cut into that ingredient. A professional knife set is a must have tool for every chef.

From jagged edges for breads and fruits to sleek-sharped lines for delicate meat cuts; designer knives have quality sharpness and ergonomically designed handles.

Whisk

When the powdery solids blends into mix into batters and you get those maddening lumps – whisk to the rescue! This hand-held tool is ideal for blending batters and mixes, sauces and soups.

Spatulas

Why endure the clunky mess and sounds of spoons against mixing bowls when a rubber spatula does the work twice as fast and tidily? Spatulas come in two different styles:

  • Flexible rubber pads on long wooden/ plastic handles – great when to have to wipe out bowls, or pat down the mix along edges of the baking tins/pans.

 

  • Flat metal length with short handles – ideal for smoothing out frostings and spreading out mixtures over pies or tarts.

Graters

To create shavings of whole spices, garlic or ginger, or some fresh citrus zest; graters are a significant addition to a chef’s tool set. You’d be surprised just how many times this will come in handy when you expand your palette.

Pastry bags

Fruit & Pastry Fillings StoreCommon polythene not hygienically unreliable but also hinders with the shape of a frosting or batter mix. Spoons and forks are simply messy for working with designs.

Use disposable pastry bags, which have a structurally sound outer surface for firm control for frosting designs and can be neatly cut off wide at the tip for external fittings.

Nylon pastry bags are a stable reusable option. These can be washed out with boiling hot water.

 

Think you’re ready to get started on working will new tools? Head on over to Divine Specialties; they provide a select range of professional chef tools online amongst 5000 specialty products in California.

What are you waiting for? Get your chef game on!