What Is Madeira Wine and How Is It Used In Cooking?

Madeira, a robust and flavorful fortified wine, is famously long-lasting—but what else do you need to know about this Portoguese libation?      What Is Madeira?  Cooking dinner shouldn’t be complicated Madeira is a Portuguese fortified wine. It’s made on the Madeira Islands, off the coast of Africa.  Dry varieties are typically served before or between meals […]

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It’s Mulled Wine Season—Here’s How to Make It

Mulled wine is one of winter’s great pleasures—greater, I believe, than eggnog—and yet I rarely drink it. This year I’m hoping to change that. I was recently reminded of its appeal while visiting a college friend in Berlin. One evening, very casually, he pulled out a bottle of cabernet sauvignon, poured it into a pot, […]

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What Is Wine Flour, and How Do You Use It?

Nothing makes me more excited than being introduced to a new ingredient. Whether it’s a spice brought home from travel to exotic foreign climes, or a new condiment sourced at a local market, or some brand-new invention to just hit the market, it gets the creative juices flowing. For some folks, new ingredients like this […]