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While the original gimlet, from 1930's The Savoy Cocktail Book, was made with equal parts Rose's lime juice (sweetened, concentrated lime juice) and gin, today's palates prefer a stiffer drink.
Shaken and served straight up, the light green gimlet is still surprisingly sweet and easy to drink, which is why we think it's Mad Men character Betty Draper's go-to cocktail.
The herbaceous gin and syrupy Rose's lime juice combine for a classy cocktail that you'd be happy to drink either noon or night.
Arguably the sharpest (and most dangerous) knife on the block, the serrated knife tears through crusty bread like it's no big thing (and thumbs too, as I unfortunately learned in culinary school). But despite my love-hate relationship with the serrated knife, there's no denying its toothy blade has many functions. Besides the obvious cutting of bread, here are three more ways to utilize the serrated knife.
- To cut through dough: When making cinnamon rolls or other delicate doughy treats, the serrated knife slices through the dough without squishing, pulling, or tearing it.
- To slice watery vegetables and fruits: The watery, fragile interiors of tomatoes and melons can turn into a puddle if not sliced with a serrated knife.
- To layer cake: Most layered cakes are not baked in thin sheets, but rather they are carefully cut in half using a serrated knife, like in these layered petit fours.
In what other kitchen tasks has your serrated knife proved to be useful?
Lately wedding cakes, which used to be a nonnegotiable part of nearly any nuptial celebration, have taken a step away from the spotlight. In their place are unconventional cakes (like those wedding cake made entirely of cheese), cupcake towers, dessert bars, and other ilk. Frankly, we're not quite sure how we feel about that absence of a wedding cake. Where do you stand on the matter?
My Sandra Lee semi-homemade alter ego comes out when I make things like cheese balls. As I squash seasonings into cream cheese, it doesn't look pretty at first. But I know that the result will look as refined as fancy French cheeses, and my peppered cheese ball will be the first snack item to be scraped clean at the party. I mean, who can resist a good cheese ball?
For years, I grew up eating my Aunt Elaine's cheese ball during the holidays, but a cheese ball is appropriate for any sort of gathering. They're seasoned with a ranch dressing packet, and I thought I'd attempt to make a similar cheese ball but with fresh herbs and ingredients.
I opted to stick with the pepper seasoning coating, but beware: this cheese ball is slightly spicy and garlicky (in the best way possible, of course!). This cheese ball is like spreading spicy ranch cream cheese atop crackers. If that's not your thing, coat the cheese ball in dried fruit like cranberries and toasted nuts like pecans or almonds.
Last month we celebrated an unofficial — but hardly insignificant — food holiday: beer month. In its honor (and, OK, partially just for fun) we sipped our way through a legion of frothy brews, buffed up on brewing knowledge, and added a splash (or more) to our favorite dishes. In the process we discovered — and revisited — a variety of brews ranging from bold and boisterous to crisp and refreshing; click through for our top picks, and share yours in the comments.
— Additional reporting by Anna Monette Roberts
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Conventional wisdom maintains that white wine pairs better with cheese than red. There's certainly some validity to that statement, but with the right kind of red wine and cheese, this can be done to elegant effect, as I recently learned at a seminar taught by experts Laura Werlin and Naomi Smith at the Artisan Cheese Festival.
Much of the issue with pairing red wine with cheese comes down to tannins (the bitter, mouth-drying component present in red wine, tea, coffee, and some fruits like acai), which are notably absent from white wine. When selecting wines, choose a red with integrated tannins — think smooth and velvety, rather than rough and harsh. Wines grown in a cooler climate — think Oregon, Washington State, or Sonoma versus Napa — and particular milder, lighter-bodied wines like Pinot Noir or a restrained Cabernet Sauvignon are a safer bet. Look for a wine with an alcohol content of 14 percent or less when pairing with cheese, as these wines are less likely to overpower their cheesy companions.
Now that Easter's over, you may find yourself drowning in too much leftover candy. Let's face it: Peeps — those sugar-coated, adorable animal marshmallows — are easy to get carried away with. The good news? People love to make creative things with them as much as they enjoy eating them! We've searched the Internet for the coolest ways to use Peeps and rounded them up here. From Peeps sushi to Peeps brownies, keep reading to see the most interesting ways to make use of this springtime candy.