There are, of course, an infinite number of ways to screw up Thanksgiving. You can bring your biological parents unannounced; you can make inappropriate jokes about the recently deceased; you can look bad, smell funny, or take all the scalloped potato crust, leaving just white mush for everybody else. But this being Food & Wine, I will stick to cooking mishaps. Any of these can easily happen, even to an experienced cook, and most of them have at one time or another. So be vigilant! Read more >
Earlier today, F&W’s editor-in-chief Dana Cowin hosted a Thanksgiving-packed hour on Sirius XM’s Stars 106 with guests Aaron Sanchez, Dorie Greenspan, Jonathan Waxman and F&W wine guru Ray Isle. During the show, Dana and her guests took calls, answered questions and shared brilliant Thanksgiving tips. The show will be rebroadcast this Saturday at 9 a.m. EST, Sunday at noon EST and next Tuesday at 11 a.m. EST. In the meantime, here are a few of the best tidbits from the show. READ MORE >>
Thanksgiving and Hanukkah are upon us and this year it is going to be double the decorations, double the relatives (sigh) and double the food. For the first time since 1888, these two food-centric celebrations are colliding on November 28 to form one mega-super holiday. Restaurants all over the country are turning out their own mash-ups in honor of Thanksgivukkah with everything from turkey stuffed sufganiyot to sweet potato latkes. Word is that this holiday convergence will not happen again for 77,000 years, so grab your bubbe and your “eccentric” Aunt Carol and get ready to stuff your kishke! Read More >
Tomorrow is the third Thursday of November, which marks the release of Beaujolais Nouveau. This wine, made from the Gamay grape in southern Burgundy, is the first release of the just-completed 2013 harvest. Beaujolais Nouveau is made very quickly, resulting in a juicy, light-hearted wine—perfect for an end of harvest celebration. Joe Campanale, a 2013 F&W Sommelier of the Year and owner of several wine-forward New York City restaurants will not be celebrating with Nouveau, however. Instead, tomorrow he’ll be opening a bunch of what he’s calling Beaujolais Vieilles at his West Village wine bar, Anfora. Here’s why... Read more >
Coffee, wine, beer, cocktails—if it’s made well and it’s potable, then F&W editors will drink it. Here's what we tried this past week. READ MORE >>
A recent report by a pair of Melbourne, Australia-based Morgan Stanley analysts said thatwe are on the verge of a global wine shortage of unprecedented proportions. Egad! Being a wine critic, of course, this prediction chilled me to my very bones. Apparently, despite the fact that the world's vineyards produce some 2.8 billion cases of wine each year, we want more than that. We're a wine-crazed bunch, we humans.
But before the riots in the street start, I should also point out that several other financial institutions weighed in, more or less saying that Morgan Stanley's report was so much hogwash (if you wash your hogs with wine, that is; not many people do, but it does make them an attractive purple color). These other financial experts note that wine production in 2013 is up, that we used to be swimming in a lake of surplus wine and now we are not (a good thing), and that all this vinous doom and gloom is mighty darn premature.
Not being an economist, I'm not going to tell you who's right. But just in case a wine-shortage disaster is nigh, here are five great affordable wines to buy by the truckload, right now. Read more >
For foods like potatoes or soup that aren't as naturally crunchy as this Double-Apple and Brussels Sprout Slaw, try one of these garnishes. Read more >