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If you’re at all familiar with home wine making, one of the final steps is degassing the wine. It can also be the most labour intensive steps in the whole process from kit-to-bottle.

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And the first kit still tastes great. View full article »

I was a target of a random act….

Of kindness. View full article »

Return from my hiatus

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amateuraficionado:

Yet another recipe I have to try….

Originally posted on Daily Crave:

I have two favorite things about living in New Jersey.  First is having the luxury of living in the secluded countryside while only being a short train ride away from one of the world’s biggest and greatest cities.  And second, is pizza.  Good classic Italian pizza (and all other Italian deliciousness you find everywhere).

I rarely make pizza at home because we are surrounded by so many wonderful restaurants with those blazing brick ovens.  The ones that cook your pizza to a crispy, flavorful perfection within seconds.  But sometimes in the summer, when grilling season is upon us, I love to put on my sweats, grab a glass of wine and put a cheesy pizza over the coals.  It’s the next best thing to the brick oven kind. 

And if you’re like me, you’ll seek out your favorite pizza shop and buy the dough already made for only a couple of dollars. …

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I haven’t been as active blogging lately as I’d hoped to have been.

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The long awaited (by two or three of you), and mildly anticipated Mini Beer Review, Part 2. View full article »

Well, it’s been a while since I started the whole process of turning concentrated grape juice into wine…. but it’s finally done. I called up a friend, a fellow oenophile, to help out with the process. She was more than happy to help out, especially since I offered her a bottle of wine as payment.

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amateuraficionado:

Looks amazing. I’ll have to try this one out.

Originally posted on Hungry Foodies Pharmacy:

I need to read more.  I feel well-informed of current affairs from reading various news media, but I don’t read enough books.  I used to love thumbing through books, especially historical fiction novels that had something to do with China and Mao’s Cultural Revolution.  Now I spend the majority of my day at work staring at a computer screen, only to come home to stare at a computer screen perusing through different food-related websites, my blog, and anything else of interest.  And then there’s the television.  I’m addicted to my television.  How pathetic, right?  I love my Bravo station.  Real Housewives of Atlanta, Beverly Hills, New Jersey, New York, and Orange County?  Yes, please!

The sad thing is that I can’t even remember the last time I picked up a book for leisure.  I even bought myself and my partner a Kindle in hopes that it would encourage me to…

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Kyocera coffee grinder

I recently got a stove top espresso maker, a Bialetti Moka Express. It’s a great little gadget. Inexpensive, and brews a nice espresso. Now I understand the purists out there may disagree that this doesn’t actually make espresso, it makes coffee from espresso grounds. “True” espresso is made under high pressure, like 8 or 9 bars… this just uses steam pressure generated in a sealed environment which probably tops out at about 1.5 bars. View full article »

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