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How-To Tuesdays

Cut Stone Fruit

Stone fruits (like apricots, peaches, plums and nectarines) are wonderfully sweet and juicy, but they can be tricky to cut up without damaging the delicate flesh. In this video, Meredith Kurtzman, Pastry Chef extraordinaire at Otto, demonstrates how to cut open and de-pit these guys and still keep them intact, whether they’re hard, soft, or…

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GRILLED VEGETABLE FOCACCIA SANDWICH

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Shakerato

Made of only three simple ingredients–espresso, sugar and ice–the shakerato is the perfect coffee drink for a sweltering summer afternoon.  With a quick shake, the coffee gets foamy and sweet…and, of course, ice cold.  The measurements here are starting points.  Adjust the sugar-espresso ratio to your liking.

How-To Tuesdays

Simple Syrup

Almost every cocktail utilizes simple syrup, and you’ll need to have some on hand to whip up drinks at home.  A “simple” solution of sugar dissolved in water, this bar staple is great in iced tea and coffee too–you won’t have to wait for regular sugar crystals to dissolve.  It’s pretty easy to make, but…

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Grill a Perfect Burger

A bad burger is a horrible travesty, but a great one is not rocket science if you know the basics.  Burger genius Jon Littleton of B&B Burger & Beer shows you his foolproof method to grill a burger perfectly.  Watch carefully!  It’s deceptively simple but the results are anything but ordinary.  Juicy on the inside…

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THE 10 MOST IMPORTANT PASTA COOKING TIPS

Italians are pretty specific about how to cook and dress their noodles, and we urge you to adhere to our ten basic rules when cooking pasta!!   10. For each pound of pasta, use 6 quarts water and 3 tablespoons kosher salt. Don’t salt the water before it has come to a boil, or it…

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Michigan Summer

I first came to the Leelanau Peninsula over a decade ago. My wife, Susi, went to college in Michigan, and she had friends near Traverse City. We rented a house on a little beach for a week. The next year it was two weeks, the next year three, then four. We ended up buying a 1920’s…

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