Thankfully, Ryan Fitzgerald, tequila expert and bar manager at Beretta, led me through a crash course on tequila, complete with flight tastings and all. Two hours later, I felt equipped with all the knowledge I needed to dive right into tequila appreciation. The basics of tequila — where it comes from, the way it's made, and how to taste it — when you read more.
Fans of smoky heat were smitten with this option, praising its prominent chipotle punch and perfect level of heat that tingles taste buds without lighting one's mouth on fire, making it all too easy to come back for seconds. One taster even noted that it lived up to its promise, as it reminded her of her favorite cantina's salsa. That said, it was a touch too smoky for some, so if you're not a chipotle super fan, skip the jar.
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Tostitos Cantina Roasted Garlic Thick & Chunky Salsa
This roasted garlic-laced salsa left some tasters uninspired, citing a slightly too-sweet flavor and watery texture as its undoing, though most found it better than standard supermarket salsa. Those who enjoyed it touted its just-right level of punchy garlic, tanginess, and balanced saltiness. All in all, try this one for yourself: essentially, it came down to a matter of personal preference.
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This past month we've been working on our culinary resolutions, which have included eating a little cleaner, cooking basics to make at home, and indulging in some comforting classics. From green juice to limoncello Champagne cocktails, buttermilk pancakes to truffle mac and cheese, take a look at all the jaw-dropping recipes we made this January.
If we thought January was busy, it's because we had no 2013 frame of reference: with the Super Bowl, Mardi Gras, Valentine's Day, Chinese New Year, and our favorite award show, the Oscars, February is going to be action-packed. Thankfully, we've got a few new obsessions to keep us fueled through the month! From Chinese cooking tools to New Orleans desserts, see what we're crushing on right now.
Slices of pink grapefruit also adorn the salad. If you do not like the bitterness of grapefruit, try salting it before tossing the slices in with the greens. It neutralizes the tartness, letting the essence of the grapefruit flavor shine through. Slices of watermelon radish add a bit of crunch and vibrant color. Compared to other radishes out there, watermelon radish is mild in spiciness, plus it's fun to chomp on a naturally neon pink food!Finally, Point Reyes Toma, a semihard cow's milk cheese, provides a creamy, buttery counterpart to the salad. Everything is tossed in a very simple vinaigrette to let the fresh ingredients dazzle your taste buds.
- Curb cravings with mussels and meatballs in yellow curry — Tasting Table
- A bartender's guide to Italian spirits — Zagat
- And the new Ben & Jerry's 30 Rock flavor is . . . — HuffPost Food
- Gourmet nachos: so hot right now — First We Feast
- Burger King admits to having horse DNA in its Whoppers — Grub Street New York
- Make beer pizza for Super Bowl Sunday — Delish
January could be about greens and juice cleanses, but the bitter cold month makes us crave comfort food. Nothing beats burgers, soup, melted cheese, and pastries, to name a few things. We challenged you to share Instagram photos of the comforting food you're eating; take a look now.
Looking for a lighter snacking option this Super Bowl? Try delectable sweet potato hummus from crccooks.A healthy, nutrient-packed dip and appetizer that you can feel proud of serving to your family and friends.
For more — and the recipe — check out his blog, and then be sure to share your food photos in the YumSugar Community or by starting your own blog. If you're on Instagram, then chime in on the conversation with the hashtag #savorysight.