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Food & Recipes, Guest Blogger, Newsletter · January 31, 2017

How to Buy Chocolate

Chocolate runs through our blood at Gourmandise like no other ingredient. It’s there for us in the morning, gives us a perky pickup midday and closes with us after a long day of teaching. We love chocolate, and with Ruth’s passion and expert guidance we have plunged into a cacao wormhole to investigate, explore and experiment with responsibly sourced cacao. Follow along as we guide you through the world of chocolate from bean to bar to palate….

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Articles, Newsletter · January 18, 2017

How to Purchase Sustainable Meat

Buying meat and poultry, whether at your farmers market or Costco, can be confusing. Labels from Organic to Grass Fed to USDA Prime tell us part of the story, but what do they tell us about the welfare of the animals, the feed they’ve been given and how they have impacted or benefitted their environment?

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Food & Recipes, Newsletter · January 4, 2017

Dinner in 20

Our dinner routines, like most of the folks we know who work in food, are unconventional. Dinner is often a grouping of leftovers from work or a grain or starch accompanied by one of our homemade condiments. We get home late after long days in the kitchen and getting the knives out is the last thing we want to do, but like any other obsession, within a couple of hours the pull of the stove beckons and we jump right back in.

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Articles, Food & Recipes, Newsletter · December 29, 2016

Butterscotch makes it better.

Sugar is to butterscotch as reconstituted frozen concentrated orange juice is to a juicy navel orange. The range of flavors and nuances derived from sugar cane as it is processed into sugar are great and far from just one-note-sweet.

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Articles, Food & Recipes, Newsletter · December 15, 2016

Top 5 Cookie Decorating Tips

It’s time to decorate! Relax, make your cookies ahead of time and follow these easy steps to cookie perfection.

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