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Deluxe Apple Slaw Sandwich – Great for High Tea!

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This recipe was shared with us by Jarlsberg®, sponsor of our upcoming Seattle wine pairing dinner. There’s more to autumn flavors than apple cider doughnuts and pumpkins spice lattes (both of those being beautiful things, of course). For me, some great autumn meals include grilled cheese sandwiches and hot apple dishes. Today’s featured recipe brings […]

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World Famous Sandwiches: Never Met A Sandwich I Didn’t Like

I love a good sandwich – maybe it’s a guy thing, but there is nothing better than two slices of bread piled high with tasty fillings and all the trimmings stuffed inside. I’ve found fabulous sandwiches in countries around the world, but here are some world famous sandwiches that you won’t be able to turn […]

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Fresh + Fruity Tea Sandwich Recipes — Plus Perfect Tea Pairings

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Who doesn’t love tea sandwiches? They’re perfectly sized for mess-free nibbling, and they’re just fun to eat. Most tea sandwich recipes focus on savory ingredients, like egg salad, but let’s not forget the sweet! Any time you have a bounty of fresh fruit that is just dying to join you at tea time is a […]

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Devilish Egg Salad Tea Sandwiches

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Egg salad has been one of the pillars of tea sandwich fillings for a very long time. I’m a firm believer that you can’t go wrong with a classic recipe like egg salad, but every once in a while I feel the need to just change it up a bit, breathe some new life into […]

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Overhead view of a wooden table filled with plates of fancy grilled cheese sandwiches, cheeses, and spreads.

Fancy Grilled Cheese Ideas for Grownup People

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A grilled cheese tea party is pure comfort food fun, but with fancy grilled cheese ideas for grownup people, it becomes a festive celebration of good bread, divine cheese, and lusciously decadent extras. I’ve loved grilled cheese sandwiches since I was a little girl. Back then they were simple affairs, brown bread, butter, and cheddar […]

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Monte Cristo Tea Sandwiches for Brunch Munching

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Here at Plum Deluxe we love a good tea sandwich. Tea is kind of our thing, after all, so a small, easy to serve sandwich that is made to be the perfect accompaniment to tea is always good in our book. While we love tried-and-true traditional tea sandwiches with things like cream cheese, smoked salmon, […]

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Two apple butter ham and cheese tea sandwiches are stacked on a white plate with floral border.

Apple Butter Ham and Cheese Tea Sandwiches

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Ham and cheese is a classic combination that’s been around for a long, long time. So, naturally ham and cheese tea sandwiches are a common site at tea parties. As you know, here at Plum Deluxe we like to add our own spin to the classics, and this time around we are adding a single […]

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Two tomato tea sandwiches sit on a brown and white plate with a brown mug full of tea in the background.

Tomato Tea Sandwiches for a Summer Soiree

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There is nothing quite like the fresh, juicy, sweet taste of summer tomatoes. So, with summer upon us we wanted to take a moment to celebrate the humble tomato by sharing with you our favorite simple summer tomato tea sandwiches. Celebratory Summer Tea Menu Around here we love any excuse to throw a party, so […]

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valentine breakfast sandwich recipe

My Sleepy Valentine: The Perfect Recipe for Breakfast In Bed

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Valentine’s Day is around the corner and everyone’s scrambling to get into that hot new restaurant to celebrate it, but I have a different idea of how to celebrate. Don’t get me wrong, the idea of getting all dressed up and going out is still a great idea, but what I really want to do […]

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Not Your Grandmother’s Tea Party: 3 New Takes on Traditional Tea Sandwiches

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Traditional tea sandwiches are great, there is no questioning that. However, that doesn’t mean that adding a few modern touches doesn’t go a long way to creating a unique experience for you and your guests. The key to a great tea sandwich is the use of simple ingredients that pack a ton of flavor. These […]

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Morish Montaditos: 3 Quick n’ Easy Toasted Tea Sandwiches From Spain

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Montaditos are a Spanish institution. Eaten as a mid-morning snack, washed down with a ice-cold cerveza at lunch, or used to awaken the senses after an afternoon siesta, there is barely an hour of the day that passes without someone, somewhere in Spain, munching down on one of these cute little toasted sandwiches. There are […]

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A Gourmet Cheese Safari: Exploring the World of Cheese via Your Local Grocery

My fine cheese adventures started when my younger brother used one of his first paychecks to order a box of strange and wonderful gourmet cheeses all the way from England. We nibbled our way through Stilton, Double Gloucester, and a ripping good Wensleydale studded with cranberries and wondered how we ever thought that American cheese […]

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Foodie’s Guide to Florence, Italy (Recipes Included!)

Florence is one of those places I seem to keep going back to.  My trips have ranged from cultural deep dives, exploring the many museums in more detail while spending time picking out a rather expensive pile of artwork, to shopping excursions and wine-themed trips. On one memorable visit, I was joined by my friend […]

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Foodie's Guide to Rochester, New York

I know what you’re thinking: food? Rochester?  But Rochester really does a great job of offering some fantastic food, much of it sourced and prepared from local ingredients.  You’ll also find friendly service and great venues full of atmosphere – with decent prices.  So I couldn’t resist sharing with you the best of the best […]

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Luxe Up Your Lunch: Wagyu Beef Patty Melt Recipe

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Who doesn’t love beef sliders? This bar snack is one of my go-to recipes when I want to grab and go on the grill. The prep-work is quick and the end result, delicious. The Plum Deluxe upgrade is the Wagyu, the “foie gras of beef.” In this recipe, I used Lone Mountain, which is easy […]

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Irish Apple Cake Recipe for Afternoon Tea

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The Irish are nearly as well known for their afternoon tea as the English are, so it only makes sense that they have their own take on afternoon tea accompaniments. This Irish Apple Cake is a perfect example of that; it’s a much more rustic and authentically Irish-style cake than the delicate style of cakes […]

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Overhead view of a Christmas tea party with loose leaf tea, cookies, and tea sandwiches on a wooden board and green plates and mugs.

Christmas Tea Menu for Holiday Cheer

If you are a tea lover around the holiday season, go the extra mile for your Christmas get-together this year and style it like a winter tea party. We have a multitude of recipes to fill your Christmas tea menu and keep your party merry. Christmas Tea Starters First up on your Christmas tea menu […]

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Homemade Spice Cake Recipe with Cream Cheese Frosting

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You don’t really need an excuse to make an exquisite cake, but why not use these chilly fall days? We figure it’s as good an excuse as any other. We have been hard at work developing this homemade spice cake recipe to ensure that it meets all our fall flavor requirements. It was no easy […]

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A row of goat cheese and honey stuffed cherry tomatoes sits on a plate.

Two Bite-Sized Stuffed Cherry Tomato Recipes

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Cherry tomatoes are the host’s dream when it comes to simple appetizers that pack a punch. These two stuffed cherry tomato recipes are just the right size for a single bite, making them the perfect vessel for a number of delicious fillings. Not to mention, the bright red color makes them stand out on just […]

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Coconut Lime Cookies with Cream Cheese Filling

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The perfect summer cookie his here and ready to party. These laid-back coconut lime cookies are reminiscent of those fine-feeling beachy cocktails that we are all familiar with — but of course a little sweeter. Lime and coconut are a classic combination that are nearly as old as time, and for good reason, since they […]

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Palate Pleaser: How to Make Your Own DIY Focaccia Bread

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Flatbreads have become so popular. They are crispy, delicious appetizers in restaurants, great finger food with wine at home, and can be used for sandwich makings and croutons or a nice lunch with soup. There are lots of crusty edges. It is an excellent use of seasonal produce, yet can be fantastic with just some […]

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Classy Tea Party Catering: Mini Croque Monsieurs

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Here at Plum Deluxe, there’s no denying our obsession with all things French. French food, while not the easiest to master, always impresses. You don’t have to go all out, though — and today, we’re going to show you an easy, straightforward French classic that will have your next special occasion feeling classy and chic, […]

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Sweet Potato Spiced Rum Waffles

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Let’s get this out of the way up front. Waffles. Rules don’t apply to waffles. They can be prepared either sweet or savory. The sweet waffles can be enjoyed as a savory dish and vice versa. Want to sneak more veggies in your diet? Looking for a creative use of inexpensive good-for-you sweet potatoes? Just […]

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Elegant Eggplant Rollups Recipe

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Eggplant is one of those recipes that I’d like to use often, and yet, whenever I decide to prepare it, all I can think of is eggplant Parmesan. How unsatisfying. Just this past weekend I was eating an Egyptian sandwich (to clarify, a sandwich from an Egyptian food cart here in Portland), and noticed inside […]

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Get Thoroughly Pickled: The World of Gourmet Pickles

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If you are like me, when you hear the word “pickle” you automatically think of the words “dill,” “gherkin,” and “Swedish.” However, if you are not from the United States or Canada, this is not true; your world of pickles is far grander than ours. Once you leave the comfort of the pickled cucumber behind, […]

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Recipe Roundup: 10 Easy Upgrades to Classic Picnic Foods

June is always an interesting month. It feels like all the seasons wrapped up into one: dark and cold one day, warm and sunny the next. The tease of summer leaves us all daydreaming about how we are going to spend the months ahead. From barbecuing to boating, there are plenty of ways to enjoy […]

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A Foodie’s Guide to Having Fun with Super Foods

You undoubtedly have heard the hype about super foods, because it’s everywhere—and that’s a good thing, because these so called “super foods” are a must in terms of nutrition and better health. This is one aspect of healthy eating that you can really enjoy and have fun with, though. Super foods are simply those foods […]

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Feasting On Chocolate: A Foodie’s Guide to Chocolate Pairings

Chocolate and romance are a likely couple. So, why not devote a whole day to feasting on the luxurious aphrodisiac with your beloved? Let’s look at some ideas for a day of decadence certain to make your sweetheart swoon. Breakfast – Chocolate with Bread and Bacon To start your day, whip up a batch of […]

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Foodie's Guide to Krakow

Most visitors come to Kraków for sights – the imposing Wawel Royal Castle, St. Mary’s Church on the grand, medieval Main Square, or bustling Sukiennice Cloth Market to name just a few. But especially for those new to Poland, Kraków also provides a great introduction to that key aspect of exploring all foreign lands: food. […]

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Foodie's Guide to the Best of Quebec

My first trip to Quebec was to the province’s largest city, Montreal. As I’ve mentioned, I love Montreal. On my recent trip to Ottawa, I stayed in Gatineau, which is the French half of Canada’s capital. It was there that I found the profound (and waistline-influencing) importance of food in Quebec. Let’s look a little […]

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Mile High Foodie: Eating your way through Colorado

Being a native born citizen of Colorado I have picked up a few favorites when it comes to eating out. Thankfully, there are tons of great places to eat in Colorado.  From Durango to Boulder here are my top 9 places you should eat during your next Colorado sightseeing adventure. Durango, CO

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Closeup view of a plate of sliced chicken breast covered in a tea marinade for chicken.

Spicy Tea Marinade for Chicken

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Chicken is such a wonderfully versatile thing, perfectly suited to a variety of marinades — such as our Spicy Comfort Blend Tea Marinade for Chicken. Far too often, tea is relegated to the realm of Hot Drink Only, but it can be used in so many other creative and delicious ways. With its delicate aromas […]

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Three blue and white mugs filled with the best pea salad recipe ever are displayed on a blue and white platter on a wooden table.

Spring Salad with Peas and Prosciutto

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Spring is around the corner and we are getting so excited to start serving more fresh, spring-y recipes. ‘Tis the season for all things green! In the process of rounding up some amazing food to share with you, we stumbled on what we think is the best pea salad recipe ever. I mean, anything with […]

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Overhead view of a plate of fruit and tea sandwiches surrounded by a robin's egg blue teapot and a purple and white floral teacup full of tea on a vintage white and green cloth.

5 Things You’ll Need (and enjoy!) for a Traditional Tea Party

Like many of you, I drink tea all the time. I go through the rituals of heating water and steeping leaves several times a day. But sometimes, I want to set aside a special time to gather friends and celebrate my favorite drink. Tea parties are steeped in tradition, and can feel a bit stuffy […]

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Mugs full of soup and fried onions are arranged on a wooden table along with a plate of grated cheese and fresh onions.

Two Dinner Party Soups to Comfort Your Soul

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While it’s fun to plan a lavish dinner party with all the trimmings, sometimes comfort food is in order, and dinner party soups fit the bill beautifully. From Macaroni and Cheese Soup with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes and springy Curried Pea Soup to Thick and Savory Broccoli Stilton Soup or Caramelized Carrot Sweet Potato Soup, the […]

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Nutty and Sweet: Maple and Pecan Cookies

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We have found your new favorite cookie. These maple and pecan cookies are the perfect combination of soft and chewy with just a bit of nutty crunch — not to mention they are sweetened with maple syrup, which give them a comforting woodsy flavor. They make a great addition to nearly any menu. It’s not […]

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Soup and a Scone (with Maple Scone Recipe)

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Typically scones are thought of as something that comes out sweet, and not savory. However, sometimes something a little more savory is what really hits the spot. This maple scone recipe with bacon is a perfect example of how to make a scone savory. A basic scone recipe is given a salty-sweet upgrade with the […]

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Best Bread for Tea Sandwiches

The Best Bread for Tea Sandwiches

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Tea sandwiches are such a delicious accompaniment to a fragrant cup of tea, but finding the best bread for tea sandwiches can be a challenge. You want something substantial that won’t fall apart when you pick it up, yet something light enough that it enhances the filling rather than detracts from it. After much experimentation […]

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chai infused apple butter recipe

Chai Infused Apple Butter

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As we move into fall, apples are becoming available in abundance. Every year we like to do what we can to preserve their amazing flavor during its peak. Aside from the usual crumbles (like this Spicy Orange Apple Crumble), coffee cakes, and pies (or almost pies) we also like to put away a few jars […]

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Tuna Stuffed Tomato Melts

Tuna Stuffed Tomato Melts

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The tuna melt is an American classic, something that nearly everyone is familiar with. Basically it is a simple open-faced sandwich typically made with tuna and melted cheese — an easy-to-make, inexpensive, and delicious dish that has really stood the test of time. Here at Plum Deluxe we can’t leave well enough alone; we love […]

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Hazelnut Tea Infused Cake

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While I love a fancy dessert as much as the next person, sometimes I just want something simple and plain but delicious, like a moist and tender tea infused cake. A nice butter cake provides a wonderful base for all sorts of lovely infusions from tea and coffee to flowers and spice. For cake with […]

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Mixed Summer Berry Tea Jelly Recipe

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Summertime is berry season, and throughout these warmer months a multitude of different berries become ready for harvest in a seemingly unending succession of sweetness. Preserving these berries at the height of their flavor and freshness becomes of the utmost importance, since once the weather starts to cool down there will be no more berries […]

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This Bark Is Better In Bites: 3 Chocolate Bark Recipes Beyond Peppermint

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Are you tired of holiday-themed peppermint bark? Me, too! But I always have room in my life for classic chocolate bark. Here’s the master plan for making your own chocolate treats, plus three chocolate bark recipes your sweet tooth — and your sweetie — will love. Find Some Flavor The awesome thing about chocolate bark […]

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Break Bread, Make Marinara: The Little Black Dress of Recipes

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Spicy marinara sauce is a lovely thing to have on hand for last-minute, stress-free entertaining during the holidays. Delicious hot or cold, it can quickly be turned into a light snack or hearty meal. Breaking Tradition While marinara sauce is traditionally a topping for pasta, it works equally well as a dip or spread. Serve […]

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2 Easy, Appetite-Pleasing Flatbread Spreads

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This feature was brought to you by Wasa. One of the things I’m always working on when it comes to healthier living is my snacking. I work from home and, being an entrepreneur, work irregular hours — both things I enjoy immensely. But this also means that I eat at really random times. My favorite […]

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Yummy Minty Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Recipe

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Few flavors pair so beautifully together than mint and chocolate. There’s hot chocolate with mint tea. Or a chocolate mint cocktail. And need I mention mint chocolate ice cream?! Your dinner party guests will be thankful for your hospitality when they see this beautiful mint chocolate cheesecake recipe come out of your kitchen at the […]

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Tandoori Spice Crusted Chicken Recipe

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Chicken is one of my favorite meats to work with — I adore crusty, crunchy chicken. But deep frying a few slices of chicken isn’t always the best solution. If you’re getting tired of roast chicken, try this crusted chicken recipe using tandoori spice potato chips! Specifically, I’m using Tandoori Spice Naan Crisps from Stonefire. […]

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Ciders & Sliders: How-To Tips and 4 Fabulous Pairings

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You’ve savored sliders with beer or wine, but what about cider? One of the most popular beverages in Colonial America (it’s why John Appleseed planted all those apple trees), cider is making a comeback with flavor and styles that are better than ever. Best of all, cider is a versatile pairing partner thanks to its […]

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A Pair of Recipes for Deluxe Dinner Party Chicken Wings

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This feature was brought to you by Hidden Valley Ranch. When I prepare for a dinner party, one of the foods that is always in the game plan is a flavorful chicken wing. Chicken wings are quite possibly the perfect party food. Though they’re not always seen as elegant, a properly prepared chicken wing can […]

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Slow-Cooked Southwest Shredded Pork Sliders

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We obviously have an obsession with slow-cooked anything – first it was pizza, and now sliders. These slow-cooked southwest shredded pork sliders taste like you’ve slaved away for hours, when really the slow cooker does all the hard work. These are fantastic for dinner parties as you can prep the pork beforehand and then quickly […]

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Perk Up Your Pucker with Hungarian Sauerkraut and Other Sour Superfoods

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They may make your lips pucker, but sour SUPERfoods are a brilliant way to benefit digestion, increase absorption of minerals, and help the body resist disease. Fermented foods such as sauerkraut and kimchi are chock full of vitamins and probiotics, and pickled foods made with vinegar are effective at controlling blood sugar levels and increasing […]

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Marvelous Malbec! 4 Wines to Try This Summer

Malbec is a warm-climate black grape used to make primarily red wine (although I tasted a sparkling rosé of Malbec recently). It originates from the Cahors region of France, but many of us may know of Malbec because it is produced in great quantities in Argentina. In France, Malbec is one of the six grapes […]

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Flavored Butters: Impress Your Guests with this Easy Upgrade

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This 4th of July when all your friends and family are at your place for a backyard cookout, serve up a spectacular spread with the help of flavored butters. Also known as compound butters, flavored butters are the easy way to make everything that comes off your grill as appetizing and delicious as the food […]

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Keep the Oven Off! A No-Cook Meal Recipe Roundup

I don’t know about you, but my apartment gets hot in the summer. Like, west-facing-brick-insulated-not-enough-airflow hot. And on those summer nights when even sitting on the couch makes me sweat, I flat out refuse to turn on the oven. The heat is just miserable. Luckily, there are tons of really great no-cook meal options available […]

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A Hawaiian’s Guide to Eating Pineapple (With Recipes!)

You don’t have to travel to Hawaii to get a taste of the islands; pineapples are one of the rare imported fruits that travel well, so pick one up at your local grocery store and enjoy bringing a little stay-cation into your daily routine. Keep reading for all you need to know about picking and […]

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Sweet & Savory Scandinavia: Top 10 Traditional Foods to Try

Europe is a wonderful place for foodies to visit, and Scandinavia (Denmark, Norway, and Sweden) is no exception for the value luxury traveler. All three of these countries have regional specialties, but also share common dishes that are favorites with locals and travelers. Scandinavia is also home to some of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious […]

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Fun Restaurants in London

Asked to write a follow up piece to the excellent Foodie’s Guide to Fun & Must-Have New York City Eats, I got to head scratching and contemplation. I figured I must represent my fair city of London in all its glory. I must unlock some of the hidden passageways and side streets, the secret hideaways […]

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Foodie’s Guide to Fun & Must-Have New York City Eats

Our foodie’s guides are some of our most popular features, but sometimes, it’s hard to nail down a proper guide. For a place like New York City, well, you could have an entire book – and in fact, many exist just for that purpose! Nonetheless, we couldn’t celebrate STE Loves NYC week without talking about […]

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Foodies Guide to Sao Paulo, Brazil

Editor’s Note:  Special thanks to Marco and Bruno Lucarelli for help compiling this amazing list of the best Sao Paulo restaurants!  Their foodie advice and Brazilian cuisine wisdom is much appreciated. In 2004, Food and Wine magazine called Sao Paulo the country’s glamour capital, highlighting the fact that foodies were flocking to Brazil to sample […]

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Food and Drink in Brazil: Life's a Beach!

Like any traveler, when you reach a new country you want to explore it’s art, history, culture and livelihood. You yearn to breath in the spirit of the people and if you are in Rio de Janeiro you want to learn the joys of the Carioca (a local who is from Rio). Yes there are […]

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Foodie’s Guide to Amsterdam

High season is approaching here in Europe, and hopefully many of you will be finding your way to Amsterdam, one of my favourite cities and a place very special to me.  Despite being a great place for shopping, the city is a gustatory paradise, and if you are “in the know” (and avoid the terrible […]

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