Booze Up Your Food: Spice up your meals with an age-old tradition

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It seems like every time you turn on a cooking show, the host is making something you would never even think about attempting on an ordinary weeknight. It usually involves an inordinate amount of chopping, grating or whisking. There’s usually a thermometer of some kind Involved. And at some point, a healthy amount of booze is poured into the dish. While we [&hellip
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The Secret to Being a Sommelier: The building blocks of pairing good food and wine

Written by Josh Perilo on . Posted in Arts Our Town Downtown, Dining Our Town, Dining West Side Spirit, Eat & Drink, Lifestyle, On Topic OTDT, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, The Penniless Epicure

It was my friend Brian’s housewarming get-together, and I knew I could always count on a meticulously planned event from him. This time, he had hired caterers to pass around finger foods and corresponding glasses of wine with each food choice. The first two were tremendous: a sparkling wine with a fried oyster and aioli [&hellip
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The Greatest Meal Ever

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Memories, plus serious flavor, create unforgettable experience By Josh Perilo In a recent issue of Saveur magazine, the cover story posed the question “what was the greatest meal you ever had” to 25 notable writers and personalities. When I read that query, I immediately started scanning through the volumes of my own amazing food memories, [&hellip
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Knowing Your Bitters

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Too strong on its own, this unique ingredient adds a bite to drinks By Josh Perilo Joe, one of the bar regulars, looked up after taking the first sip of his drink. He smiled from ear to ear. “This is fantastic!” he cried. “What’s different?” “New brand.” “Well whatever it is, don’t change it back!”
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Hard to Find Treasures for the Masses

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Hunting for the best and most obscure gourmet ingredients By Josh Perilo It has become a startlingly familiar sight: rows and rows of extra virgin olive oils with prices topping $20. Precious-looking containers of aged Aceto Balsamico lined up like vials in an Elizabethan apothecary. Geographically-specific spice blends from far off micro-regions of Morocco and [&hellip
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Portfolio Tastings: White Burgundy

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By Josh Perilo For the last couple of weeks I’ve been recounting my findings from the annual New York wine and liquor distributor portfolio tastings. “What are these portfolio tastings?” I hear those of you out there who haven’t read my last two installments asking. In a nutshell, the distributors that sell wine to liquor [&hellip
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Portfolio Tastings: Malbec Malbec Everywhere

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By Josh Perilo Bordeaux grape is carving out own niche in marketplace Continuing the theme from my last column, I will feature a “category” of wine this week that I thought shone brightly during this year’s massive portfolio tastings. For those who may not have read the previous column, the portfolio tastings are annual (or, [&hellip
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Three Generations of Cookbooks

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Classic culinary text is guide through seasons of life By Josh Perilo In 1945, just months after the end of the Second World War, my grandfather, Jack Hatfield, returned home to Wichita, Kan., and married my grandmother, Florence. At that humble ceremony in my great-grandmother’s house, the young couple was given the 1945 Deluxe Edition [&hellip
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