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    Books,  Chicken,  How Food Works,  Recipes,  Reviews,  Salads

    Practical Skills to Improve Your Cooking

    There are lots of different practical ways to improve your cooking skills. Most people focus on cooking the same meal until they perfect it, but it makes more sense if you focus on improving several skills at once. This way, you’ll be able to prepare complete courses, be able to cook fancy foods by just examining the recipe, and you’ll never get bored of cooking different things. So check out these fun and practical skills which will greatly improve your cooking ability. Learn to make stocks and gravy One of the best investments of your time is to learn how to cook stocks and gravy. Stock is an incredibly important…

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    Beverages,  Cocktails

    Cocktail Spirits Elevated by Bitters

    What are “bitters?” Historically, bitters were derived from herbs, roots, fruits, infused with wine and used medicinally during Egyptian times. During the Middle Ages, distilled alcohol was included but bitters were still used as a preventative medicine. In the 19th Century, the British incorporated Canary Wine (white fortified wine imported from mainland Spain or the Canary Islands).   Sherry and Port are fortified wines, which are wines augmented with a dose of brandy or other spirit. By the early 1800’s, Americans had developed what we now know as the “cocktail,” a mixture of  liquor, composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water, and bitters. Today, they are used to flavor…