The Gourmandise Blog

Whiskey 101 with Matthew Biancaniello

We sat down with Matthew Biancaniello, alcohol alchemist, in the middle of the Wednesday market, his canvas bags spilling with flowers, weeds and sprouting seeds, to discuss whiskey (it’s a tough job, but I’m willing to sacrifice on your behalf).

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How Whiskey is Made

Whiskey is, quite simply, distilled beer. The Scots use barley, your Kentucky Bourbon is made from at least 51% corn and Canadian Whisky’s got rye. These grains go through a series of processes to go from grain to alcohol -stay with us! Here’s who it works (we’ll go with single-malt Scotch’s life cycle as our example today):

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5 Pie Tips from Evan Kleiman

Making pie dough is deceptively easy, but were going to let L.A.’s pie queen Evan Kleiman share a few of her top pie tips before you work yourself into a tizzy:

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Food & Recipes · March 11, 2017

How Irish Soda Bread Works

Irish soda bread did not originate in Belfast, just as potatoes weren’t indigenous to the green isles and tartans aren’t Scottish. The Irish picked up the soda bread tradition from Native Americans who had been leaving their breads with pearl ash, a precourser to modern baking soda. These loaves taste like a hybrid of a savory muffin and crusty loaf of bread, but they’re closer to your mama’s banana bread than a sourdough in their chemistry.

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Food & Recipes · March 7, 2017

Korean BBQ at Home

It’s not quite BBQ season yet, but we’re all itching to break out the charcoal, call our friends over and…eat! Chef May (who you may have had in a Sushi or Chinese Dumplings class) hosts the best get togethers and makes it look effortless. We sat down with her for a quick bite and to find out about her favorite way to entertain, Korean BBQ style:

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