Month: March 2018

Balsamic Vinaigrette

Balsamic vinegar (Italian: aceto balsamico) is a very dark, concentrated, and intensely flavoured vinegar made wholly or partially from grape must, originating in Italy.

The term “aceto balsamico” is unregulated, but there are three protected balsamic vinegars: “Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena” (Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena), “Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Reggio Emilia” (Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Reggio Emilia), and “Aceto Balsamico di Modena” (Balsamic Vinegar of Modena). The two traditional balsamic vinegars are made the same way from reduced grape must aged for several years in a series of wooden barrels, and are produced exclusively in either the province of Modena or the wider Emilia region surrounding it. The names of these two vinegars are protected by the European Union’s Protected Designation of Origin, while the usually less expensive Balsamic Vinegar of Modena (Aceto Balsamico di Modena) is made from grape must blended with wine vinegar, and produced exclusively in either Modena or Reggio Emilia, with a Protected Geographical Indication status.

Balsamic vinegar contains no balsam. The word balsamico (from Latin balsamum, from Greek βάλσαμον) means “balsam-like” in the sense of “restorative” or “curative”.


Savoury Parmesan Spinach-Artichoke Dip

Servings 20 Prep Time: 10 min Cook Time: 20 min Total Time: 30 min 1 package (8 oz.) Philadelphia cream cheese, softened 1 jar (12 oz.) marinated artichoke hearts, drained, chopped 1 package (10 oz.) frozen chopped spinach, thawed, well drained 1/2 cup […]

What Does Kosher Really Mean

The Torah permits only land animals which both chew the cud and have cloven hooves.  Four animals are specifically identified as being forbidden for this reason; the hare, hyrax, camel, and pig – although the camel has two toes, and the hare and hyrax are hindgut fermenters rather than ruminants.

How to Cook with a Wood Burning Stove

The first wood burning stove was patented in Strasbourg in 1557, two centuries before the Industrial Revolution would make iron an inexpensive and common material, so such stoves were high end consumer items and only gradually spread in use.

Don’t Hold Back Your Avocado

The Aztecs of the ancient Americas grew the Avocado to make a sauce for their maize tortillas-most likely the first Guacamole. Though Spanish conquerors ate and loved the avocado while in the Americas, the fruit was much […]

Scotch Quail Eggs

 Prep Time 15 Min Cook Time 30 Min Total Time 45 Min Serving 12 12 Quail eggs 3 thick higher-welfare sausages 2 sprigs of fresh thyme 1 large free-range egg 100 g breadcrumbs Directions Preheat the oven […]