5 Red Wines You Should Be Drinking Chilled

Red wine chilled?!

But mother always said: “White wine should be chilled. Red wine should be room temp.”

Time to loosen those proverbial corsets. On average, it was colder indoors when the custom of drinking red wine at room temperature arose. (Castles are drafty.) Likewise, even though white wines were traditionally consumed right out of the cellar, i.e., cold, they’re not intended to be served as cold as our refrigerators now allow.

So you’re probably drinking red wine that’s too hot.

And white wine that’s too cold.

Temperature affects what wine tastes and smells like to us, making alcohol, acid, and flavor more or less apparent. When a wine is cold, you will be able to perceive the alcohol less, but you also won’t be able to taste the wine’s actual flavors. The warmer a wine is, the more alcohol we perceive when drinking it. (The reason we chill cocktails, cheap beers and shots is precisely to suppress the alcohol taste.)

Which reds should you chill — and for how long? It’s complicated, but consider their body.

Body refers to the weight and intensity of a wine in your mouth. Generally speaking, big-bodied wine will be full in your mouth and powerful, a light-bodied one will be thinner, less intense. There’s also a correlation with color and opacity; if you hold a light bodied wine up to the light, you can usually see through it.

Chances are, even the bigger-bodied bottles of red you have stored at room temperature would benefit from a quick 45 minutes in the fridge, until they’re slightly cool to the touch. (Some wine experts say you shouldn’t drink any bottle of wine above 65º.)

That said, don’t go overboard, especially with expensive, more nuanced wines; you don’t want to cool down a nice $50 red wine too much, because then you might not experience the flavor subtleties you paid more money for. Unfortunately there’s no hard and fast rule for what to chill and how long. But light-bodied wines can certainly handle a little more time in the fridge — about an hour or so, until the bottle is starting to feel cold. So let’s start there.

Here are five wines to try chilled, and how.

Chill half of a bottle, and try a pour of that and a pour of the same wine at room temp side by side to experience firsthand how temperature affects your experience of a wine. Because the most important thing is what you like better.

The key word here is “try.” While some of these wines, like Lambrusco and Beaujolais, are traditionally consumed chilled, not all are. You can even experiment with cooling down a number of other reds not listed here — like Merlot, or a young Spanish Rioja. You can’t guarantee it’ll always be great, but what better way to learn than to try.

And in the meantime, you can say fun, wine-experty things like, “I think this wine shows itself best at a warmer temperature,” or “This wine drinks better a little colder.”

1. Lambrusco

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Lambruscos are very light-bodied sparkling wines made in northeastern Italy of Lambrusco grapes. Supposedly they were first produced by the Etruscans. As you may know, wine results when yeast eats sugary grape juice; if a winemaker stops that fermentation before the yeast are through, there will be sugar left in the wine. Some Lambruscos are sweet (meaning the winemaker has left sugar in the wine itself), some are medium-dry (meaning there’s some sugar in the wine) and some are dry (meaning there’s little to no sugar left in the wine itself).

Why is Lambrusco spritzy? The simplified answer is that the other by-product of fermentation is carbon dioxide. In order to make a sparkling wine like Lambrusco, winemakers first produce a still wine (with no sparkles) and then add more sugar and let the yeast go to town again — what’s called a “secondary fermentation” — this time trapping the gas in the wine.

The wine on the left, Riunite, was very popular in the 1970s and ’80s. It’s very sweet, mass-produced, and has given all Lambrusco a bad name. Don’t let it! Lambruscos like Lini 910, pictured center, exemplify all that’s great about the dry Lambruscos that are (thank goodness) becoming appreciated by American wine writers and consumers again. It’s as light in color as a cranberry cocktail, isn’t sweet, and is oh-so-refreshing. Just be sure you emphasize to a wineshop owner you want a dry Lambrusco.

2. Beaujolais

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Beaujolais is the wine that comes from the Beaujolais region of France. It’s made out of the Gamay grape, which produces some of the lightest-bodied reds out there. There is a general relationship between how big a wine’s body is and how long it needs to be aged in bottle before release. It’s Gamay’s petit personality that enables some Beaujolais to be released as quickly as possible after a harvest as “Beaujolais Nouveau.”

So you’ve probably seen the orange bottle on the left before in a grocery store around Thanksgiving. That’s George DuBoeuf Beaujolais Nouveau, another example of a European figuring out how to market a cheap wine to a big American audience.

But remember: Not all Beaujolais is Beaujolais Nouveau. (And not all Beaujolais Nouveau are George DuBeouf.) A lot of the best Beaujolais needs more time in bottles before it will be palatable. Both the Louis Jadot Chateau des Jacques Morgon 2009, pictured center, and the Fleurie Vieilles Vignes Marcel Joubert 2011, on the right, were complex and fruity, and lovely chilled.

3. Pinot Noir

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Though some people first heard about it in Sideways, Pinot Noir is one of the world’s most revered wine grapes. It’s the basis of the red wines of Burgundy — one of France’s most iconic regions — and it’s planted lots of other places, including New Zealand, California, and Oregon. It’s lighter bodied and produces famously complex and delicious wines.

One of the problems with Pinot Noir wines is they’re labor-intensive to produce and therefore it’s hard to get good ones on the cheap. The Acacia Pinot Noir, pictured left, came in under $15 and was fantastic chilled — really bright, with characteristic Pinot Noir earthiness. The other two pictured likewise aren’t that expensive, which should be the name of the game, because chilling a wine will make it slightly less complex.

4. Barbera d’Asti

Also in northeastern Italy, the Barbera D’Asti region relies upon the Barbera grape, which is the third-most planted grape in Italy. Barbera D’Asti wines have relatively high acid, aren’t tremendously complicated and aren’t usually aged for a long time, which is all good news for chilled drinking.

Terre Sabaude, pictured left, didn’t have as big a personality as some of the other reds on this list but was hardly objectionable slightly chilled. It’d pair well with food.

5. Zinfandel

White Zinfandel is a wine product derived from Zinfandel grapes, loaded with sugars and preservatives, and sold by the likes of Beringer and Franzia. This is not that, making this yet another example of a great wine whose good name has been sullied.

Zinfandel is arguably the flagship red grape of California — for a long time, in fact, people even thought it was native there. (Since genetic testing came about, it’s been discovered it’s the same as a red grape from Italy called Primitivo.) The biggest bodied of the wines on this list by a long shot, Zinfandels are not often consumed cold, nor should they all be.

As with the Pinot Noirs, you can break the bank with Zinfandel — and there’s no need to for these purposes. You want something inexpensive, bright, and jammy. Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley is a great place to source from. Do not judge the Dead Bolt Zinfandel, on the left, by its garish bottle; it was dee-licious cold.

So chill out and try something new!

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/sandraeallen/5-red-wines-you-should-be-drinking-chilled

17 Surprising Food Etiquette Rules From Around The World

1. In Italy, never order cappuccino after a meal.

 

Italians never order a milk beverage after a meal because milk hinders digestion. Instead, they’ll opt for straight espresso or coffee. No one’s going to be outraged at you for ordering a cappuccino, but you might be branded a tourist.

2. In China, never flip a fish.

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Flipping a whole fish after eating one side is considered bad luck, as it’s associated with a capsized fishing boat, and that makes total sense. Instead, remove the bones completely if you want to get to the other side, or just stare at that delicious fish meat taunting you from your plate.

3. …but feel free to burp while eating.

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When dining in China, go nuts. Burping is a sign of appreciation for the food.

4. In Ethiopia, get used to eating off one giant plate.

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While individual plates are sometimes used, family meals are served off one giant plate. Extra plates are considered wasteful.

5. In Japan, never stick your chopsticks into the rice bowl.

In Japanese culture, this behavior is only acceptable at funerals, when food is offered to hungry ghosts. Also, it can resemble funeral incense, which is just going to make dinner awkward.

6. Never pass food from chopsticks to chopsticks.

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During funeral rituals in Japan, bones are passed from one set of chopsticks to the other, so passing food this way is considered taboo.

7. And when eating sushi… actually, just never eat sushi, because you’re probably doing it all wrong.

But here’s a chart if you insist:

8. When visiting friends in Nigeria’s Kagoro tribe, don’t even think of asking for a spoon if you’re a woman.

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According to Margaret Visser in The Rituals of Dinner, women aren’t allowed spoons. Everyone knows spoons lead to insurgency.

9. In America, impress your friends with a place setting that takes up five acres of table space.

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There are some variations on table placement, but either way, Hot Pockets will taste so much better with a fancy place setting.

10. In Thailand, don’t stick forks in your mouth.

You’re supposed to use your fork to shovel food onto your spoon, then eat off that.

11. In Korea, take cues from your elders.

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Wait to eat until the eldest person has started, and keep pace with them. This isn’t a race; there’s plenty of kimchi to go around.

12. Also, never pour your own drink.

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According to Eat Your Kimchi, it’s polite to pour drinks for others. Keep an eye on your friends and refill accordingly.

13. When vacationing in Ancient Greece, only eat meat slaughtered via ritual sacrifice.

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Léopold Migeotte explains in The Economy of Greek Cities that animals were sacrificed to the gods before consuming their meat, and the bones and fat of the animal were set aside for deities.

14. In the Middle East, eat with your right hand only.

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The left hand is commonly associated with, uh, bodily functions, so the right hand is used to eat and socialize with. If you’re a lefty, you’ll apparently starve to death.

15. In Britain and America, do all the right things with your teaspoon or risk great shame.

1. When stirring, never touch the sides of your cup with the spoon.
2. Don’t leave your spoon in the teacup.
3. Place your spoon on your saucer, facing the same direction as the cup handle.
4. Sip tea in complete terror and try your best to avoid faux pas.

16. In the U.K., be classy when it comes to soup.

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Tilt the bowl away from you, and scoop away from you, as if to say, “I hate this soup, I couldn’t possible eat it,” before giving in and daintily sipping from the side of your spoon.

17. In London, it’s OK to fart (as long as you’re a giant and you’re eating snozzcumbers and drinking frobscottle).

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/adamellis/surprising-food-etiquette-rules-from-around-the-world

Oh Shit, Grumpy Cat Cake Pops

The queen of twee baking has outdone herself this time. Bakerella’s Angie Dudley recreated two of the internet’s cutest pets, Grumpy Cat and Boo, using her signature cake pops. And I, for one, could not be more thrilled.

Made from crumbled cake and frosting, Dudley’s basic cake pops (click here to see Bakerella’s recipe) are pretty easy to make. But to turn them into recognizable, internet-famous pets requires a little more skill, both artistic and architectural. For Grumpy, the ears are chocolate wafers cut into triangles. The eyes are Jumbo confetti sprinkles broken in half. The rest of the face — well you basically have to draw it with chocolate.

Check out how Bakerella did it below, and visit her site for the recipe.

Not a cat person? You should probably look at the Boo cake pops, instead.

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/emofly/oh-shit-grumpy-cat-cake-pops

How To Make Spaghetti With Chorizo, Black Beans, And Lime

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2. Spaghetti with Chorizo, Black Beans and Lime

Serves 4

Recipe by Rebekah Peppler

INGREDIENTS
1 lb spaghetti
1 lb cured chorizo*
6 cloves garlic
1 15-oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
2 teaspoons chili powder
juice of 2 limes
1 lime, cut into wedges, for garnish
kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

*If the chorizo at your local grocery store comes in a 14-oz. package, using just 14-oz. is fine.

PREPARATION
Cook spaghetti according to package directions, until al dente. Drain through a colander, reserving about a cup of the pasta water.

Thinly slice the chorizo, and finely mince garlic. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat, then add chorizo. Cook for about 2 minutes, flipping halfway through, until warm and lightly browned on each side. Reduce heat to medium-low, add minced garlic, and cook for another minute. Stir in black beans, chili powder, lime juice, and 1/4 cup of the reserved pasta water, and stir to create sauce. Add the cooked pasta and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper and transfer to a serving bowl.

Garnish with additional slices of lime, if desired.

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4. For this recipe, you’ll need a 12-inch skillet and a large pot to cook the pasta.

 

You can get a great skillet here (pictured left, worth the price, will last forever) or a more affordable decent one here. Any stock pot that’s at least 8 quarts will work, but a 12-quart pot (pictured right) is your best bet. Get a simple one here.

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/christinebyrne/how-to-make-spaghetti-with-chorizo-black-beans-and-lime

17 Best Thanksgiving Moments From TV And Movies

1. Friends: “The One With All The Thanksgivings”

Monica dances with a raw turkey on her head to apologize to Chandler. She’s rewarded with a declaration of his love instead of, more realistically, salmonella.

2. Rugrats: “The Turkey Who Came To Dinner”

Four babies hold their own Thanksgiving parade with a live turkey. Child services is not called.

3. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

Who among us hasn’t dreamed of eating Thanksgiving around a ping pong table?

4. Scrubs: “My Day Off”

JD comes down with appendicitis on Thanksgiving, which means his vivid daydreams become fever dreams. The content doesn’t really change.

5. Boy Meets World: “Turkey Day”

The Hunters host the Matthews for Thanksgiving dinner, raising all kinds of issues about socioeconomic differences that are not resolved but forgotten when all the kids gather together for some pie.

6. Pieces of April

Katie Holmes finally has her teenage rebellion, puts on some eyeliner, tries to cook a Thanksgiving dinner, and learns valuable turkey-related lessons.

7. Full House: “The Miracle of Thanksgiving”

“Full House” reminds its audience that the three cute kids are being raised by three different kinds of comic relief because their mom just died. Also, the turkey gets charred but it’s ok because they still have each other (and side dishes).

8. Scent of a Woman

A miserable old blind man is babysat by an endearingly sweet prep school kid. And like Milo and Otis, they become besties in spite of their differences. But not before grumpy ruins his family’s Thanksgiving.

9. Gilmore Girls: “A Deep-Fried Korean Thanksgiving”

The Gilmore girls manage to fit in four Thanksgiving dinners into a single day and their tiny bodies. Here, their friend’s husband prepares to deep fry a turkey, which sparks a deep frying frenzy that leads to a deep fried boot.

10. The West Wing: “Shibboleth”

Given the task of selecting a turkey to be presidentially pardoned, the press secretary pleads for the lives of both. SPOILER: Both turkeys are saved.

11. Homeward Bound

On Thanksgiving day (evident by the leaves, special occasion outfits, and mom who comes out from cooking the Turkey) two children get their cute pets back and one boy is reunited with the best dog ever.

12. South Park: “Helen Keller the Musical”

Timmy adopts a special needs turkey (Gobbles) to perform in the 4th graders’ Thanksgiving play “Helen Keller: the Musical.” Though the odds are stacked against him, Gobbles stuns everyone by jumping through a ring of fire successfully.

13. Addams Family Values

Sent away to summer camp, the Addams kids rebel against the world’s most politically incorrect Thanksgiving play and make it more interesting, but not less offensive.

14. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: “Pangs”

An angry native American spirit is unleashed, and among other things, gives Xander syphilis.

15. Frasier: “A Lilith Thanksgiving”

In an effort to get their son into a prestigious elementary school, Frasier joins forces with his ex-wife. After completely embarrassing themselves during their interview they assume the only solution is to offer the dean their Thanksgiving turkey. They don’t leave a note.

16. Alice’s Restaurant

It’s Thanksgiving, it’s the 60s, don’t even worry about it man.

17. How I Met Your Mother: “Slapsgiving”

Barney is going to get slapped? Or is he? No he totally is, and it’s so epic it gets its own song.

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/mollykateri/17-best-thanksgiving-moments-from-tv-and-movies

12 No-Electricity Meals

Some of these might call for electricity in one for or another, but when they do it is not essential. They are meant to be used as inspiration. BuzzFeed Food will continue to update this with more ideas as long as we have a working web connection. Good luck storm cooks!

1. Avocado-Coleslaw Open-Face Sandwich

Make a quick coleslaw by combining cabbage with mayo, vinegar, sugar and salt. Pile on a bagel or english muffin and top with avocado.

2. Vegetarian Soba Noodles

If you still have power and are concerned about losing it — and your ability to boil water — cook a bunch of pasta and soba now.

Get the recipe from Cookie and Kate

4. Raw Tuscan Kale Salad

Serve this with an egg salad sandwich to round out the meal. Like the pasta tip above, it’s a good idea to hard-boil half a dozen or a dozen eggs to have on hand if you’re concerned about losing the ability to boil water.

Get the recipe at 101 Cookbooks

7. Simple Kale and Black Bean Burritos

Get the recipe from Cookie and Kate

8. Simple Peach, Basil, and Ricotta Flatbread

This recipe asks you to heat the flatbread or naan, but if your gas is out and the oven doesn’t work you could skip that part and it would still be pretty delicious.

Get the recipe from Cookie and Kate

9. Ribboned Asparagus and Quinoa Salad

Get the recipe at Cookie and Kate

12. Summer Rolls with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Get the recipe from Cookie and Kate

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/emofly/12-no-electricity-meals

Weirdest Things U.S. Presidents Have Eaten At Thanksgiving

1. Yes, William Howard Taft went in for roasted Georgia possums.

Each with a potato in its mouth!

2. George W. Bush ate “morelia-style gazpacho.”

Which, it turns out, is not tomato soup but a chopped tropical fruit salad?

4. Ronald Reagan always had persimmon pudding.

You can make it too! Here’s Nancy Reagan’s (housekeeper’s) recipe.

5. Grover Cleveland loved him some parsnip fritters.

Those sound great, actually. The Washington Post has a recipe.

6. Bill Clinton insisted on cherry Coke salad.

It’s a Southern thing? Try this recipe from Taste of Home.

7. Harry Truman (on a diet) ate clear soup and celery.

The saddest Thanksgiving in the world. :(

8. Barack Obama serves six different pies, including huckleberry.

OK, that’s not weird, it’s just really impressive. The full Pie Lineup is apple, huckleberry, sweet potato, cherry, banana cream, and pumpkin. Get the official White House huckleberry recipe here.

Thanks to The Washington Post for definitively proving that presidents are just as weird as our moms. Have a special Thanksgiving recipe of your own? Tell us about it here!

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/rachelysanders/weirdest-things-us-presidents-have-eaten-at-than

Hooters Is Letting Moms Eat For Free On Mother’s Day

1. There’s a sign-up on their site to bring mom to Hooters.

2. According to Business Wire:

“Kids of all ages are encouraged to invite their mothers to Hooters for special treatment on Mother’s Day,” said Dave Henninger, chief marketing officer, Hooters of America. “The free entrée deal is just one way for Hooters to show its appreciation for hard-working moms and to provide a relaxed atmosphere to enjoy a delicious meal with the family.”

3. Based off the response Hooters got from the deal last year, they’re expecting 20,000 moms to come by for wings.

4. So, you know, if you’re looking for a “relaxed environment”…

5. …to have “a meal with the family,” Hooters is the place for you.

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/ryanhatesthis/hooters-is-letting-moms-eat-for-free-on-mothers-day

Top 10 Ways To Save Money On Food

Food prices are skyrocketing due to the introduction of biofuels, high regular fuel prices, inflation, and other events outside of our control. For many people, the food budget is becoming the most expensive part of the household living costs. This list is to help people who don’t want to suffer these prices so they can put their hard earnt cash in to more productive areas. This list is in no particular order – using all or just one or two of the tips here should help you save money – substantially in many cases.

Shoppinglist

When you are shopping for food, it is important that you make a list – this will help you to avoid buying things that you do not need. The highest cost of shopping is almost always the unexpected extras that you don’t really need. Making a list also helps you to realize just how much food you are buying – you would be surprised how much “deadwood” you can cut out. This is particularly effective when used in conjunction with item 6 and 8.

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Cooking from recipes is great if you are not the most confident cook, but if you force yourself to experiment with food, you can use up all the bits and pieces left over in the refrigerator and cupboards that might otherwise just sit there and spoil. If you try to empty your cupboards between shopping you will save a fortune – in some cases you will find that you can skip a whole week of shopping. When you are trying to save money you have to give up the idea of luxury meals every day.

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When I shop online with a list (see item 10), my grocery bill is more than halved. Supermarkets are designed by specialists who know how to convince you to buy things you don’t want. Every item is placed in such a way that it will entice you. The supermarkets have become incredibly good at this (as is evidenced by my half price shopping bill when I don’t go to the store). You usually save so much money that the small delivery fee charged by some online shopping stores is worth paying. Make sure to follow tip 10 and buy only what it is on your list – nothing more.

Leftovers

Supermarkets have a tendency to package items in odd numbers – such as packs of 3 steaks when you only want 2. This can work to your advantage – buy the 3 pack, cook it all, and save one piece for lunch the next day. This is true of all leftovers – they can either be reheated and eaten the next day, frozen for later use, or recycled in another meal (when you cook leftovers it is called rechaufe). Left over chicken from a roast can be turned in to a hearty chicken soup, left over cooked meat can be ground (minced) and made in to a pie filling, the list is endless. Just remember (item 9) that recipes are not going to help you to cook with leftovers – you need to just dive in and give it a try.

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It is a good idea to make a core menu for the week – a menu that doesn’t change from week to week. This may include things like sausages and mashed potato, fried chicken, caesar salad, etc. By adding 5 regular meals you can control the cost of your shopping, and as time goes on you can learn ways to make shortcuts and save more money. Furthermore, one large bag of potatoes can be used up in 2 weeks instead of half a bag sitting around spoiling. Use your extra two days to add a special meal – something that changes every week so you don’t get bored with your meals.

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Buying in bulk is almost always cheaper than buying small portions. It is important to remember, however, that this is not an effective shopping tool if you are buying bulk items that you don’t normally use. Bulk shopping should be reserved to the items that you use regularly and in large quantities. For example, if you bake your own bread you should buy the largest sack of flower you can – but if you never bake your own bread you should not buy bulk flour. This seems like an obvious point, but a lot of people get so enthusiastic about the savings that they buy unnecessary goods.

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Not only are store brand goods almost always cheaper, but often they contain the very same food as a label brand. This is true not just of food but also clothing. It is definitely not worth paying twice the price just for a fancy label when the quality of the goods are identical. We certainly wouldn’t buy a Lada with a mercedes logo on it for twice the price as a Lada with the Lada logo. Why do it with food?

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Cooking from scratch is one of the best ways to save money in shopping. Pre-packaged and pre-cooked meals are expensive – every step in the process of turning raw food in to prepared food adds more to the price. This is true of cuts of meat as well – chicken with the skin and bones intact costs a lot less than skinned boned chicken breasts. For the 2 minutes work you save when buying pre-cut meat it is hardly worth paying a premium price. Cooking from scratch will not only save you money, it will make you healthier as your food will not contain preservatives and chemicals. Also, you can quite often cook a meal from scratch in the same time as it takes to open and heat a pre-made meal.

Coupons Grocery Shopping

Coupons are an excellent way to save money. Some shops use loss leaders- this is when they sell goods at cost or less than cost. The aim of loss leaders is to draw customers in to the store. Take advantage of this and shop at a few different places – buying only coupon items. You will be amazed how much money you can save. But be warned – just like bulk buying – do not buy items you do not need just because they are so inexpensive. You are not saving any money when you buy something you don’t need.

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Buying local produce will always be cheaper than transported goods because you are not paying transportation costs, and it is these costs which are growing the most rapidly at present. Furthermore, you get to build up a good relationship with members of your local community and get the freshest fruit and vegetables. This also means that you are eating seasonal produce and not something that has been frozen for a year before it hits the shops. Why pay twice the price for last year’s apples when you can get apples that have just come off the tree?

Read more: http://listverse.com/2008/09/12/top-10-ways-to-save-money-on-food/

35 Next-Level Appetizers For Your Holiday Party

1. Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts

A crisper, crunchier alternative to classic (and still excellent) bacon-wrapped dates. Recipe here.

2. Holiday Baked Cranberry Brie Cups

Recipe here.

3. Cauliflower Feta Fritters with Pomegranate

They’re like the “mashed cauliflower” of latkes. Recipe here.

4. Gooey Baked Camembert

Or, save yourself any extra work and just bake the cheese right in the pretty wooden box it comes in. Recipe here.

5. Homemade Bagel Chips with Everything White Bean Hummus

 

Why didn’t you think of this before? I don’t know.
Recipes: Bagel Chips, Everything White Bean Hummus.

6. Pear Blue Cheese Sweet Potato Appetizers

Recipe here.

7. Fig Balsamic Olives

Classy. EASY. Recipe here.

8. Bruléed Pears with Prosciutto, Goat Cheese, and Cranberry Sauce

Recipe here.

9. Smoked Trout on Pumpkernickel

John Kernick / marthastewart.com

Recipe here.

10. Harvest Crackers with Cranberries, Pecans, and Rosemary

Emma Christensen / thekitchn.com

Amp up that cheese plate. Recipe here.

11. Chipotle and Rosemary Roasted Nuts

Recipe here.

12. Pomegranate Arancini with Goat Cheese Fonduta

Fried risotto balls with creamy goat cheese? Yes, please. Recipe here.

13. Bacon Sweet Potato Tots

YES. Recipe here.

14. Baked Brie

Bake your cheese inside a delicious puff pastry shell. Recipe here.

15. Caesar Salad Deviled Eggs

Recipe here.

16. Potato Rings with Homemade Buttermilk Ranch

Recipe here.

17. Bacon-Wrapped Squash Bites

Butternut squash is perfectly in season. And bacon is always in season. Recipe here.

18. Chicken Liver Pâté with Sage, Apple, and Thyme

Anjali Prasertong / thekitchn.com

Recipe here.

19. Potato Latkes with Cranberry Applesauce

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Happy Thanksgivukkah, everybody! Recipe here.

20. Lamb and Harissa Sausage Rolls

NOT your average pigs in a blanket. Recipe here.

21. Herb and Walnut Pie Crust Leaves

Just when you thought pie crust couldn’t get any more perfect. Recipe here.

22. Italian Cheese Bread

Garlic is bread, but why not up your game a little bit? Recipe here.

23. Smoked Salmon, Crème Fraîche And Caviar Potato Skins

Recipe here.

24. Bacon-Wrapped Apricots Stuffed with Pistachios and Mozzarella

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Recipe here.

25. Butternut Squash, Cranberry, and Goat Cheese Crostini

Recipe here.

26. Sweet Potato and Pancetta Gratin

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Recipe here

27. 5-Ingredient Blue Cheese Gougeres

 

Recipe here.

28. Smashed Roasted Baby Potatoes with Rosemary and Parmesan

If you’ve never tried twice-cooked smashed potatoes, be warned that they are a TOTAL GAME CHANGER. Recipe here.

29. Fried Rosemary Mozzarella Balls

Recipe here.

30. Loaded Mashed Potato Cakes

Because a food as perfect as mashed potatoes should be showcased as often as possible. Recipe here.

31. Beer-Pretzel Cheese Ball

Recipe here, courtesy of Great Balls of Cheese.

32. Roasted Grape Flatbread with Rosemary

Recipe here.

33. Warm Gruyere, Bacon, and Caramelized Onion Dip

Recipe here.

34. Parmesan Brussels Sprouts Crostini

Recipe here.

35. Rosemary Lemon Monkey Bread

Recipe here.

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/christinebyrne/next-level-appetizers