3 Things You Need to Know to Talk Like a Sommelier

I freely admit that I know next to nothing about wine, but last fall I had the chance to go on a trip to Napa Valley, the wine-making capital of the United States. Included in my trip was a tasting event, with 30 or so different vineyards touting their wares. I had dozens of sommeliers talking to me about a wine’s notes of chocolate or berry, how rain changes a flavor profile, and why they only used bourbon barrels.
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Setting Your Holiday Table...On the Cheap!

I love throwing big family-style dinners and have grown up significantly in terms of my plating and serving. Right out of college my "Friendsgiving" used just about every bowl, utensil, and cooking instrument that I owned. Anyone on a tight budget knows that serving platters are a luxury, not a necessity, so we're eating right out the pot those potatoes were cooked in! But as I got older I wanted to "fancify" my big family-style dinners and slowly accrued colorful serving bowls, platters, nice glasses and more. I'm still a long way from Martha Stewart but every year my Friendsgiving gets a little more chic. I don't quite have the patience to sit and build my own fall foliage baskets, but that doesn't mean I can come up with a great holiday table on the cheap! Here's how you can do it:
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What Makes a Product Organic?

Sales of organic products have climbed from $3.6 billion to $24.4 billion in the past 10 years as more and more consumers look to buy products that have no genetic modification, don’t use heavy pesticides, and are locally and sustainably produced. Plenty of consumers argue that organic foods taste better, but the jury is still out on whether organic foods really are healthier for you. But regardless of why you want to go organic, it's important to note that there are different levels of organic when it comes to labeling and what you're eating might not be as organic as you thought!
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6 Spooktacular Recipes for Halloween

Are you throwing a Halloween party and want to have more than just buckets of candy to pass around? Check out these six spooktacular Halloween recipes and get those creative juices flowing!
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