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Rupa Bhattacharya Rupa Bhattacharya is a Food and Beverage Editor in Food Network Kitchen. “I eat, figure out what ought to be written about food, drinks and new business products, and then write it, and do lots of things with wine.”

Super Food Nerds: Make Hard Apple Cider from Scratch (Sort Of)

by , November 11th, 2014

I’ve been pretty into hard cider for a while, so for this latest installment of Super Food Nerds I wanted to meet some people who make it and could shed some light on the fermentation process. Through the magic of the Internet I found Hayley Jensen, the beer sommelier at Manhattan’s Taproom 307 who, along with her husband, Stephen Durley, (the taproom’s chef), is an avid, multiple-award-winning homebrewer and has been making cider at home for a few years.

Jensen suggested we meet at her home instead of the restaurant, which we understood upon arrival: It’s a beautiful, light-filled New York City apartment outfitted with a beer room. The small spare bedroom is tricked out with racks and racks of professional-grade brewing equipment and hundreds of gallons of various brews, including Candy Crush, a caramel-apple-inspired “city cider” made from store-bought apple cider.

The couple started making city cider after a trip to Jensen’s sister’s farmhouse, where they’d made cider entirely from scratch. Durley explains: “It was a big process. It took basically a full day to juice all the apples, wash them and take them to the press. Then you have to grind them, press them, get the juice and bring it home. We really liked it, but I was like, ‘Wait: Can’t we just buy some apple juice and have some fun?”

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Your Buttery Thanksgiving: What You Need to Know

by in Holidays, November 5th, 2014

Butter is back — though depending on whom you ask, it never went away — and there’s no better time to celebrate it than on one of the most butter-friendly holidays of the year.

We’re starting to see more and more varieties of butter in stores — not just the regular salted and unsalted sticks, but local butters, grass-fed butters, cultured (sometimes called European-style) butters and even goat butters. Here’s what you need to know for your butteriest Thanksgiving yet.

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Pure and Simple: The Cold Truth About Clear Ice

by in News, October 15th, 2014

Ice CubesA restaurant in D.C. is making waves for levying an surcharge on patrons who want to savor their cocktails with perfectly crystal-clear ice cubes. To be fair, the equipment needed to make crystal clear ice cubes can be expensive for restaurants, reaching the mid four figures — and if you want to do it yourself, it’s a whole process, involving coolers and chisels.

The advantage to clear ice isn’t just aesthetic — a byproduct of the clear-ice-cube-making process is denser, more slowly melting ice, which will dilute rocks drinks more slowly. That said, a large cube of not-clear ice will do almost as good a job. Use a large silicone ice cube tray to make 2-by-2-inch cubes or spheres that are perfect for sipping drinks.

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Super Food Nerds: The Making of Sausages

by , September 22nd, 2014

Ever since making chorizo for Super Food Nerds several months ago, we haven’t stopped wondering how sausages are made. So, over the summer, we began debating doing a deep dive into the making of either sausage or hot dogs. We decided to let a poll on Facebook determine our fates, and the people spoke loud and clear: They wanted sausage. So we reached out to the proprietor of butcher shop Hudson & Charles, Jason Fox, who had visited our offices a few years ago to teach us how to break down pigs. The newly opened shop, named for the corner it’s on in New York City’s West Village, is co-owned by Jason and partners Kevin Haverty and Adam Gale.

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Go-To Ingredients for Grilling Season

by in In Season, June 17th, 2014

Go-To Ingredients for Grilling SeasonWhat do you really need on hand for quick, easy summer dinners? Here’s our go-to list — it’s a combo of veggies that turn into meals in a snap, seasonings that make everything a little more summery, and starches that help round out whatever you’ve got on hand (ideally without heating up the house too much).

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Choppedsicles: 5 Outside-the-Basket Ice Pops

by in In Season, Recipes, June 16th, 2014

5 Outside-the-Basket Ice PopsWe had just lost the amazing ice-pop stand downstairs from our office and were really feeling the void. To make up for our loss, we developed some fun, summery flavors sort-of-inspired by Chopped baskets, working savory flavors in where we could.

These mixed-up pops were ridiculously fun to test (and taste). If you plan on developing your own recipes, here’s what we learned: Basically, it’s really easy to freeze things — you could put plain fruit juice in the freezer and it’d end up a pop — but for perfect popsicle texture, you’re looking for a balance between fruity, creamy and icy.

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Drink the Olympics: How to Toast, Russian Style

by in How-to, View All Posts, February 15th, 2014

In case you’re hopping a plane to Sochi, Russia, right now or hoping to re-create Russia at home, here’s a quick primer on how to toast like the Russians do.

Obviously, vodka is a must. It should be served ice-cold, straight from the freezer (or the windowsill, if you’re in a particularly frigid region). Homemade infusions (lemon or horseradish work nicely) are fine, or just go with plain. Read more

Drink the Olympics: 5 Winning Hot Drinks from Around the World

by in Drinks, Events, February 7th, 2014

Drink the Olympics: 5 Winning Hot Drinks from Around the WorldIt wouldn’t be the Winter Olympics without an inordinate amount of snow. Stay warm and cheer on your team with one of these winning hot drinks from around the world.

Glühwein — German mulled wine (often with a shot of aquavit or brandy added) — is a classic during the holidays and after skiing. Ina’s recipe is a hybrid between mulled wine and mulled cider.

Chai masala is an aromatic Indian drink that usually features cinnamon, ginger and other spices. Try Aarti’s classic recipe.

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Foods to Torch (on Purpose) for the Opening Ceremonies

by in Events, Recipes, February 6th, 2014

Foods to Torch (on Purpose) for the Opening CeremoniesTo us, nothing says Olympics like a pie on fire. On Friday, one of the most-epic torch relays in recent memory comes to an end at the opening ceremonies in Sochi, Russia. If you’re feeling inspired to follow along, here’s some food to set alight in the privacy of your own home.

Let’s start simple, with torched desserts. Alton’s Creme Brulee is classic and straightforward; Food Network Kitchen’s Pumpkin Brulee Cheesecake has a bit of a twist.

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Patience + Sugar: How to Make Your Own Caramel Apples

by in How-to, October 31st, 2013

How to Make Caramel ApplesMaking your own caramel might seem daunting, but it is actually remarkably easy — you just need sugar and patience. And when the reward is gorgeous tart-sweet, just-chewy-enough caramel apples, it’s worth being patient.

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