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by Vickie Kline | Thursday, January 15 | Posted in Food

When my husband and I met and began dating, it was also the beginning of our wine journey. We would spend evenings playing gin rummy and sipping wine. I think we felt sophisticated coming home after work, having a glass of wine while making dinner and discussing our day. After dinner we would carry our glasses to the front porch and get out the deck of cards. It wasn't all that exciting, but it worked for us at the time.

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It's not the easiest thing to perfect, but it's a lot cheaper than a Café Du Monde habit.

by Don Winsor | Thursday, January 8 | Posted in Food

One of my favorite coffees, bar none, has always been New Orleans' famous Cafe Du Monde coffee with chicory. Whenever I happen to find one of the familiar orange cans in a specialty market for any sort of reasonable price, I stock up. It's a flavor which, for obvious reasons, is unlike any other coffee; the chicory complements the French Roast in a way that makes a perfect Cafe Au Lait, Cuban coffee or even as reasonable an approximation of Vietnamese coffee as you'll readily find on these shores.

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by Vickie Kline | Thursday, January 8 | Posted in Food

I find all the psycho-babble written about birth order and how it impacts personality development very interesting. Many believe it whole-heartedly, while others question its validity. I enjoy reading the information, but find only portions of it apply to me, my family and siblings. (Yes, I also read my daily horoscope on the off-chance something important is going to happen to me that day — I always want to be ready.)

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by Don Winsor | Wednesday, December 24 | Posted in Food

It's the holiday season, which is a time that often calls for extraordinary levels of either caffeination or intoxication. This evening, I've taken it upon myself to sample a couple of the best recent entries into the now-extensive market of coffee flavored alcoholic beverages. While most people think of Bailey's or Kahlua and such coffee liqueurs when you mention alcoholic coffee drinks, the range of coffee-flavored vodkas, tequilas, whiskies and ales now on the market can leave you dumbfounded with options when all you want to do is make an espresso martini for your mom on Christmas.

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by Vickie Kline | Wednesday, December 24 | Posted in Food

Have you ever received a gift not especially suited to your taste and wondered how to respond to the giver? Maybe you don't wear ties, need another pair of fuzzy slippers, or appreciate the beer can holder that attaches to your belt.

Many friends know I often imbibe and treat me with wine every Christmas. Several years ago, I received a bottle simply labeled as "red." There was no listing of a blend, what type of grape or any other information … just red.

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by Don Winsor | Thursday, December 18 | Posted in Food

When I got home last month, I had planned to reward myself in some small way with something for the house. Something that would've been impractical on the road but would be great to have at home. I decided on a modest purchase — a Baratza Encore grinder. It's a great grinder, well worth the sticker price, and it made as much of a difference in my daily caffeination as I'd imagined. My Hario mini grinder sits forlorn in the doppbag, hoping one day to be called upon again.

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by Vickie Kline | Thursday, December 18 | Posted in Food

A couple of times each year, a wine distributor in Wichita hosts a wonderful wine tasting in the Petroleum Club. The dates are usually in the spring and fall and introduce new wines as well as showcasing some recognizable favorites. When attending the tasting last November, I rolled my eyes and shook my head with the name of this wine: Fifty Shades of Grey White Silk.

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by Vickie Kline | Thursday, December 11 | Posted in Food

Things change so fast any more; it's difficult to keep up. For instance: do you have an iPhone 6, an Xbox One or a 78" flat screen HD TV? I am trying to sound smart and with-it (is that a term still in use?) by mentioning these new technology gadgets and products, when the truth is I don't know the first thing about any of them.

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by Don Winsor | Thursday, December 4 | Posted in Food

Hey, Wichita, I'm back. I have returned from the road after about a year and a half. I have slept in my own bed, I have eaten food made by something other than a restaurant, and I have been to most, but not all, of my favorite coffee spots in town. There is at least one new place you've got to check out, and I say so with some amount of urgency. We'll get to them later.

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by Vickie Kline | Thursday, December 4 | Posted in Food

In my opinion, one of the most interesting programs on TV is the British crime drama Sherlock. The show represents a contemporary adaptation of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson doing their best to solve crimes or mysteries. In one of the shows (spoiler alert if you're not up to date), Dr. Watson gets married and Sherlock is asked to be best man, obligating him to make the wedding toast. Of course the show is made more interesting with drama and intrigue during the reception and the toast turns into a long, drawn-out monologue lasting almost the entire 40 minutes.

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by Mike Marlett | Wednesday, December 3 | Posted in Food

The official Facebook page of David Tennant, the 10th actor to play The Doctor on the British sci-fi show Doctor Who, shared an image from the Donut Whole.

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by Christina Calhoun | Wednesday, November 26 | Posted in Food

Adjusting to the temperatures and routines of a new season can leave your body out of sorts and vulnerable to sickness and fatigue. Empower good health with foods that keep your defenses strong.

Stocking your kitchen with essentials like ginger, turmeric, red pepper, garlic, broth, fresh vegetables and fragrant herbs makes it easy to eat well.

This soup is a favorite autumn/winter staple. Slightly spicy with a light curry profile, but well-balanced with flavorful vegetables and herbs, it's versatile enough to act as a main course or a warming side.

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by Elizabeth Jackel | Wednesday, November 19 | Posted in Food

When the onslaught of pumpkin beers first marched through town, I considered addressing the tide of spiced autumnal ales. But with temperatures hovering in the high 90s and market bins bursting with the green, striped, summery member of the Cucurbitaceae family, I just couldn't bring myself to utter the words "pumpkin beer," much less drink them.

In the interim, I have sipped some squash-based beers, but what's to say? Most are a variation on the same theme with few real standouts. Instead, let's talk about another fermented fall beverage: cider.

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by Vickie Kline | Wednesday, November 19 | Posted in Food

The truth is I like to select and purchase a wine according to the look of the label.

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by Vickie Kline | Thursday, November 13 | Posted in Food

Last Saturday, it turned rather chilly for the first time this year. The days of stepping out the back door and pulling some fresh herbs or greens from the garden are gone. Every plant has been pulled and replaced with dirt from the compost pile. Winter is on its way.

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But it's also just ridiculous.

by Don Winsor | Thursday, November 13 | Posted in Food

"Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn't stop to think if they should." — Fictional chaos theorist Ian Malcolm once said when visiting Jurassic Park.

This was my first thought when I heard of what is in some places called "bulletproof coffee." It is not a drink endorsed by the NRA as an alternative to stricter gun laws; in fact, in reality it isn't even mildly bullet-resistant. It's actually just butter coffee.

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by Vickie Kline | Thursday, November 13 | Posted in Food

"Wine makes every meal an occasion, every table more elegant, every day more civilized." — Andre Simon

Let's start by saying Andre Simon had one thing right — this Fabre Montmayou 2012 Malbec Mendoza Gran Reserva bottle looks great on the table and adds elegance. If that's what you're after, then this is the wine for you. But, if you are interesting in a great tasting malbec, then I'm not so sure.

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by Don Winsor | Thursday, November 13 | Posted in Food

Many people prefer to go out for coffee, for various reasons. For some it's a social thing, like highballs and Manhattans. Others feel that perhaps a good barista at an excellent shop is probably going to do things a bit better than they can at home. Given time, though, developing a love for coffee usually leads to the acquisition of home equipment, as we've discussed here before. Some are told, unreasonably often, that they have enough coffee gadgets and they don't need another one. That is unfair, and yes I do.

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by Vickie Kline | Thursday, November 13 | Posted in Food

"No, if anyone orders Merlot, I'm leaving. I am NOT drinking any fucking Merlot!" — Miles Raymond (Paul Giamatti) in the movie Sideways

Browsing the aisles in the liquor store is a fun way to spend time. It's enjoyable to see what's new, what's interesting and hopefully find something incredibly tasty. I begin by looking for eye-catching labels, and if something jumps out at me, then I look more closely to determine if it's worth buying. This is a great way to expand wine choices and learn about different varietals and winemakers.

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by Emilee Palomino | Thursday, November 13 | Posted in Food

Chili is fall in a bowl. As soon as the slightest chill is in the air, I fill the house with the spicy aroma of a pot that's simmered all afternoon.

There are a few secret ingredients to putting a twist on this cool weather comfort food: cocoa powder, cinnamon and beer. They may seem like unlikely allies, but all three add a curiosity that people won't be able to put their fingers on.

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