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24 Boozy Desserts You Need in Your Life

Cocktails are great. Desserts are great. So why not mix the two to create the greatest hybrid in human history? Just go easy on the portions–there’s no hangover quite like a sugar hangover. BAKERGIRL BROWN BUTTER BOURBON CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES Best served with an ice-cold glass of milk. Get the recipe. THE FIRST YEAR SANGRIA CUPCAKES Kinda like … Continue reading 24 Boozy Desserts You Need in Your Life

Wine (and Beer) to Pair with Gumbo

Gumbo brings together so many different flavors—dark, rich roux; vegetal okra and green peppers; tangy tomatoes. And that’s not to mention spicy sausage and seafood. When pairing wine with gumbo, you’ll want to think about the main ingredients as well as the heat level to get to the best match. With seafood gumbos. Shellfish and zippy … Continue reading Wine (and Beer) to Pair with Gumbo

Koi Koi Sake Bar

Koi Koi Sake Bar is the first bar in Toronto to specialize in Japanese rice wine, offering a variety of rare and high-end sake imported from Japan along with sake cocktails, whiskey, and Japanese drinking foods. Run by the same folks behind North Poke and the Japanese convenience store Sukoshi Mart, Linda Dang and Nancy Young continue their slow … Continue reading Koi Koi Sake Bar

Wine-Braised Pork Tacos

Photograph by Andrew McCaul Ingredients 1/2 pound bacon, thinly sliced crosswise 2 large onions, halved and thinly sliced 1 carrot, quartered 1 stalk celery, quartered 3 cloves garlic 1 jalapeno pepper, stemmed and seeded 2 pounds boneless pork shoulder, cut into 6 pieces Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 3 … Continue reading Wine-Braised Pork Tacos


Pumpkin seeds, meet your new best friends: rum and bourbon. It’s that time of year we’ve all been waiting for: decorative gourd season. Elaborate jack-o-lanterns are adding spooky flair to doorways across the country and everything from beer to coffee is spiked with pumpkin. But when kids (and, okay, many adults too) carve those pumpkins, hold … Continue reading BOOZY PUMPKIN SEEDS

Pan Seared Scallops Recipe with White Wine and Herb Butter Sauce

Ingredients 15- ounce tub of Land O Lakes® Butter with Canola Oil + reserve 1 tablespoon 8 finely minced cloves of garlic ½ peeled and finely minced shallot juice and zest of 1 lemon 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh parsley 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh thyme 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh chives 2 pounds of scallops foot removed 1 tablespoon of olive oil ¼ cup of white wine Kosher salt and fresh … Continue reading Pan Seared Scallops Recipe with White Wine and Herb Butter Sauce