Finding A Great Deal On A Bottle Of Wine

TIP! If you are serving seafood for dinner, it can be paired quite well with a Pinot Grigio. This wine will really bring out the strong flavor of seafood or fish.

Wine dates back thousands of years. You can cook with wine or drink it. Selecting the best wine for your meal is key, because it will affect the way your food tastes.

TIP! Windex can be a life-saver if you spill wine on your clothing. Windex has the fighting power to eliminate wine stains immediately, much better than soap and water will.

A Pinot Grigio is something that pairs very well with a seafood dinner. It can help bring out more of the food’s flavor. Along with Pinot Grigio, many different white wines go well with seafood. White wine and seafood can be a perfect match.

TIP! Before deciding on a wine, give it a test drive by buying a single bottle. Since there are many different varieties, this gives you the opportunity to sample several and find one that is right for you.

Wine tastings are great to attend. Explore and try wines that are different from what you usually enjoy. It is a great social gathering. Take along friends that enjoy wine as well. You might be able to gain a better friendship and drink the wine as well.

TIP! Don’t allow the warnings on labels about sulfites scare you. American distributors are required to place these warnings on their labels.

Trust your gut and your own particular taste when buying wine. For instance, should you have a friend who swears by a particular wine, you may not enjoy that type of wine. Don’t head out to buy it based only on their suggestion. This only ends up in wasted money on bottles you won’t enjoy.

TIP! Red and white wines have their own separate style of glassware. White wines are best served in a narrow wine glass, which keeps air away from the wine with its smaller opening.

Inexpensive wine can be quite tasty, contrary to popular belief. Chilean wines taste great and are more affordable than wines from other places in the world. Lots of wines from this area can be had a great price points. Specifically, look toward their Sauvignon Blancs and Cabernet Sauvignons. Argentina, New Zealand and South Africa are also places that have great prices on their wines.

TIP! Experiment when you order wine when eating out at a restaurant. To impress your dinner guests, pick a wine they don’t know.

Keep your own preferences in mind when buying wines. You might be told that one wine is better than the one you like by a professional wine taster, but that won’t make it taste better. If you prefer a cheaper bottle of wine, that is what you should drink. It’s not about wine snobbery, it’s about enjoying the beverage that is in your hand.

TIP! A great tip for all people interested in wine is to understand how to take off the label from a bottle. The easiest way is to put your bottle inside the oven.

Do not use red wine in a narrow glass and white in a wide glass. White wines should go in narrow glasses to prevent excess warm air from penetrating their surface. Use larger glasses for red wines. This allows for better airflow and allows the wine to warm, which brings out the flavor.

TIP! Sparkling wine and champagne should always be served chilled. Room temperature will not do for these varieties.

Experiment when buying wine. You can learn a lot about different countries by trying new wines. Take your time to check out the differences in the wines available. You can never predict what you’ll find as a favorite!

TIP! Make sure you are only drinking the particular wines you love. Many bars try to promote particular brands because of their markup.

Not every white whine needs to be chilled before serving. Not all white wines have similar textures, meaning some are served better at different temperatures. Sauvignon blanc should be served very cold, while a chardonnay or pinot gris can stand to be a little warmer.

TIP! A Spanish wine should always be kept fresh but this is not an absolute rule. Most people drink Rioja in our country, and it will last as long as seven years after being bottled.

Consider a visit to the region where your favorite wine comes from. To fully appreciate the different tastes of grapes, you need to see where and how they are harvested. It will help you understand the terminology and the reason behind the different tastes. Additionally, visiting wine regions can make for spectacular vacations.

TIP! Wine is best enjoyed in a calm environment. YOu should feel relaxed to get the full experience from the wine.

The largest difference between red and white wines is the type and color of grape. Purple grapes are used to make red wine and that gives it a stronger body. Green grapes are used for white wine and make a crisp and light flavor. There are more differences, but that’s the basic idea.

TIP! Toasting is frequent at social events. It is likely that this will result in the communal tradition of clinking glasses.

When you are going to be serving wine, you have to be sure that your stemware is right for that occasion. You have to have clean glasses which look great. If you have stemware that is chipped or outdated, invest in new pieces.

TIP! White and red wines should not be served at the same temperature. Ideally, reds should be warmer than white by approximately 10-15 degrees.

Tilt your glass and observe the color before you start tasting a wine. Once you’ve sloshed the wine a bit, bend down and smell the wine by putting your nose right in front of the glass opening. Sip a small quantity of wine, keep it in your mouth and enjoy its different flavors before spitting it back.

TIP! A good tip when trying to pair wine with food is to keep on exploring the possibilities. You might be surprised to find that a certain dish tastes better with a particular sort of wine.

One species of grape is in use within varietal wines. These include Syrah and Pinot Noir. You have to use 90% of the juice from one grape to get this tag. Most wineries will mix juice from other grapes to create an interesting flavor.

TIP! A single variety of grape produces varietal wine. These can include Pinot Noirs and Syrahs.

You can use wine in numerous ways, due to its versatility. Selecting the best wine is key, because the way your food tastes will be impacted. Use these tips to enhance your wine knowledge.

Valuable Tips To Become Better At Cooking

TIP! Preparation is key when cooking for family or friends. Double-check to make sure you have all the necessary ingredients.

There are dozens of different ways that you can improve your cooking. This article will allow you to learn what you need to do to be an outstanding cook. Read them in their entirety to ensure you learn exactly what it takes to get cooking like a pro!

TIP! In order to get the most out of your selection of spices, you should store them out of the light and heat. When they are stored in the sun, they lose shelf life because of exposure.

Prepare in advance as much as possible. The wise cook prepares as much as possible before starting to cook. Cooking with a deadline to meet can become stressful. Get everything prepared at least a day ahead of time.

TIP! A sharp knife is indispensable for efficient cooking. Dull knives, in addition to being ineffective, are actually very dangerous.

People often use more apples in fall and winter, but they will spoil if not stored properly. Apples will be ruined if they are stored in a warm place, make sure you store them in the fridge or in a cool place. Keep an eye on them though, because one rotten apple in the bag will spoil the rest of them in no time.

TIP! If you wish to have crispy French fries, then you should soak the potatoes in cool water for 30 minutes and then fry them. The potatoes need to soak because the fibers will be reinforced through the cold fluids which in turn makes them fry better.

They will act like a sponge and just soak up a lot of that water. Instead of this, you should use a clean, wet cloth, and proceed to wipe the mushroom off by using your hands.

TIP! To maintain nutrients and color in your vegetables, quickly steam them until just crisp-tender. Vegetables that have been slow-cooked are not as nutritional or tasty as vegetables that are cooked in other ways.

Finding the correct amount of time to grill certain meats is a science that not many of us know how to do. The best way to be sure that your meat has cooked fully is to test it with a digital meat thermometer near the center of the thickest part of the meat. Thicker cuts of meat should be cooked with the grill lid shut, in order to reduce the amount of time cooking and maximize juiciness.

TIP! When you use fresh ingredients, your cooking will be considerably better than if you used canned, dried or frozen ingredients. The more fresh ingredients you use in your cooking, the better your dishes will be.

Sauteing vegetables in a little chicken broth is a healthful way to cook them. The vegetables will take on the broth flavor, and reduce the oil that is used when sauteing. This is an easy, delicious way to prepare veggies for you meal.

TIP! Many times your burgers can stick to your grill and it could be nearly impossible to free them without destroying them. Try brushing a thin coating of vegetable oil on the grill or pan to keep food from sticking.

When you are preparing food that needs to be seasoned, add the seasoning every few minutes. If you do it this way you can ensure that you do not overdo your seasonings or use too little.

TIP! When you put flour or other baking needs away, put them in a vacuum seal holder. Bugs can creep into your food, and most food items will become stale if exposed to the open air.

Whenever you are cooking a recipe that calls for garlic, seek out the freshest possible garlic available. When garlic is fresher, it will not taste as bitter. If your garlic is not shriveled up or soft and has a nice and firm skin, your garlic is fresh.

TIP! Sauteing vegetables in a small amount of chicken broth is a healthy and delicious way to cook. The chicken broth adds to the taste of the veggies and, you will not have the extra fat.

If you have decided to serve salad with the meal that you are preparing for guests, be sure to serve the salad dry and serve the dressing on the side. It is much better to let guests add the amount of dressing that they prefer according to their needs. Offer your guests a variety of dressings.

TIP! When you have an upcoming dish that has garlic as an ingredient, go out and get the freshest available garlic that you can find. It is widely known that the fresher the garlic is, more than likely the sweeter the taste will be.

If you do not have time to cook for your family, prepare things in advance. Chop your onions, slice your vegetables, make the sauce or marinate your meat before bed. You will feel much relief the next day, and cooking will be more of a pleasure.

TIP! You can make many preparations a day in advance to keep serving a family dinner from getting overwhelming. Easy ways to prep in advance include cutting up any ingredients that needs chopping, throwing together the ingredients for any sauces or marinades or assembling a casserole before you head to bed for the night.

When you prepare a turkey for Thanksgiving or any other time, don’t ever toss the leftovers. Rather, cut up the meat and store in in the freezer. This will help the turkey to stay fresh over the next few weeks so that you can make sandwiches with the leftovers.

TIP! Make your own sun-dried tomatoes. Prepare by cutting ripe tomatoes into half-inch-thick slices or slicing Roma tomatoes in half down their long axis.

Becoming a better cook will require you to take the time to learn more about this activity. To some it comes naturally, but for others, they need as much advice as they can get. After reading, you can become the cook you want to be.

Balsamic Basil BBQ Chicken Recipe

This is a tasty little recipe using fresh herbs and spices as a rub, and then marinating it while it cooks.  It is a balsamic basil bbq chicken dish, and when done properly it ends up with a glazed and crispy skin and chicken that carries a wonderful fresh herb taste throughout.


Chicken – you can use any skin on chicken; chicken breast, thigh, drumstick or even wings

Fresh Basil

Fresh Oregano

Fresh Thyme

Fresh Rosemary

Garlic Powder

Onion Powder



Balsamic Vinegar

1 Bottle or can of beer


Spray Bottle

Prepare the rub by combining equal amounts of the spices/herbs, except the basil and rosemary.  You want two parts basil and a half part rosemary.  Chop the herbs and combine all ingredients in a bowl.  You can adjust the amounts based on how much chicken you are cooking.  Combine the chicken with the rub in a ziploc bag.  I like to leave some air in the bag to help coat the chicken.  Once coated, you can squeeze the air out and reseal.  It should look something like this:

Balsamic Basil BBQ Chicken

Start the coals in the center of the grill, leaving empty space around the edges.  You want to cook this on direct heat, but you need to have some cooler areas of the grill that you can move select pieces to in order to ensure proper cooking.  Once the coals are hot, place the lid on the grill with vents open for a couple of minutes to cool it down slightly.  You don’t want to burn your chicken when putting it on the grill.

While you are waiting on the coals, combine in the spray bottle one part balsamic vinegar, one part water, two parts beer.  Any beer you have handy will do, but I typically will use a lighter beer rather than a darker beer if possible.

Place the chicken on the grill and cover.  Keep an eye on your chicken, this is the critical time.  You want to avoid burning the chicken of course!  Flip the chicken every five minutes, spraying with the balsamic vinegar mix each time.  You don’t want to soak the chicken with the spray, but you do want it dampened.  Continue to move your chicken around to cooler or warmer spots on the grill to ensure nice even cooking.

Depending on the type of chicken you are cooking, your cooking time should range between 30-60 minutes.  For thighs as pictured, you should figure on about 45 minutes cooking time.  Use a meat thermometer to ensure doneness.

Balsamic Basil Barbecue Chicken

BBQ Cornish Game Hen Recipe

Here is a great tasting BBQ Cornish game hen recipe.  It has a sweet flavor, and you can make adjustments to the final taste of the game hen by substituting various barbecue sauces for the one we used.  You can figure each Cornish hen is going to feed 1-2 people, so adjust the recipe as needed.


1 Cornish game hen

1 fresh tomato (garden fresh is best)

3-4 sprigs rosemary

3-4 sprigs fresh thyme

8-10 fresh basil leaves

3-4 sprigs fresh oregano

3 cloves garlic

1 medium sized shallot

1/2 bottle BBQ sauce (I use Jack Daniels Honey BBQ sauce)

Garlic oil



Prepare the grill to BBQ using the indirect method.  I also like to create a drip pan of tin foil that I set on the top of the grill, with the hen resting on top of a metal vegetable grill basket.  That way the Cornish hen is above the liquid drippings, but they are easy to get to to baste the hen as it cooks.  You can see this set up here:

Chop and mix all ingredients listed above (except the game hen!) in a bowl.  The mixture should be chunky and thick.  Stuff the hen with the mixture, and cover the outside with a generous coating, reserving about half of the total mixture in the bowl.  Place on the grill and cover, opening all vents, checking every 10 minutes and re-applying more sauce.

Once the drippings start to fill the tin foil, baste with the remaining sauce in the bowl and then with the drippings.  One hen should take about an hour and fifteen minutes (use a meat thermometer to ensure the hen is completely cooked).  You can adjust this recipe by adding rice, vegetables, citrus fruit or apples to the cavity of the bird.  This is a very easy dish, and it comes out great!






Grilling Asparagus

Grilling Asparagus is easy when you know how! Here’s a quick recipe that is very tasty and easy to cook. This is what you will need:

1 pound asparagus spears

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon minced garlic

1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated

1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper

2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil

1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds

Salt and Pepper

Trim asparagus and rinse well. Combine the soy sauce, vegetable oil, sugar, ginger, garlic and pepper. Pour over the asparagus, lightly toss and marinate for 30 minutes to one hour. Remove asparagus from marinade and drain. Grill over direct heat 3 to 4 minutes on each side, until tender and slightly browned. Return to the marinade, add the sesame oil, and toss again, coating each spear well. Place the spears on a serving platter, top with sesame seeds and serve.