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How To Make Kumquat Simple Syrup

Plus, a fresh cocktail starring this tart citrus
Mar 7, 2014 3:00 pm

These olive-sized citrus fruits have a short season, and are usually only found in stores between January and March. Luckily, we’re in the thick of kumquat season, so grab yourself some. Citrus fruits, whose rinds are packed with powerfully fragrant essential oils, make especially flavorful syrups. Kumquats are the perfect candidate for this technique, which inspired this bright gin cocktail.

How To Make Homemade Cultured Butter

Velvety butter made for slathering in 6 steps
Feb 28, 2014 11:00 am
Photos: Francoise Villeneuve

Two studies over the past year have turned what we thought we knew about dairy fat on its head. They both showed that full-fat butter, cream and milk in your diet may actually help prevent obesity, since the fat makes you feel full. We tested different homemade butter methods, and here’s the easiest recipe for cultured butter out there. The simple technique, after the jump.

How To Eat Soup Dumplings: A Step-By-Step Guide With Red Farm's Ed Schoenfeld

Slurp politely and effectively. It's the only way.
Jan 30, 2014 11:00 am
Photos: Gabi Porter

“You’re really sucking right now, and I’m not talking about what you’re doing to the dumpling juice,” Red Farm owner Ed Schoenfeld scolds me, partly amused but mostly horrified that I’ve just spilled the entire contents of a soup dumpling on my shirt. I’m at the new Upper West Side location of his wildly popular Chinese restaurant to learn the technique behind properly eating soup dumplings. And there's a whole lot of technique involved.

How To Make Your Own Maple-Walnut Bitters

Add some warmth to homemade cocktails this winter
Dec 26, 2013 2:00 pm

This winter, I wanted to prepare a seasonal bitters that would bring some  holiday spirit to my bourbon cocktails. So I’ve created a maple-walnut variety flavored with cloves, allspice and black peppercorns, then sweetened with maple syrup instead of the traditional simple syrup or molasses. Dark, complex and spicy, these nutty bitters add a touch of cold-weather warmth.

5 Ways To Buy Surprisingly Good American Caviar Online

The rarified roe has a place at your holiday table
Dec 9, 2013 2:00 pm

Caviar. The perfect foil for Champagne and sparkling wines, kicking off any festive meal on an haute note. Retailing for up to $125 per gram, it's not exactly fuel for the proletariat. But did you know that there is a revolution stirring stateside? Chefs and cooks across the country are ignoring the imports and topping their dishes with a dash of American ingenuity all year long. Read on.

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