Our love of meals in jars is no secret, but with their versatility and good looks, jars are useful for holding more than just food on the table. And if a plain glass isn't your thing, we have a few ways to dress up even humble old spaghetti sauce jars.
Party season is coming up — weddings, graduations, Mother's Day brunch, picnics in the park, and just good old-fashioned dinner parties seem to enjoy their full glory in the springtime. We love having people over to dinner, but the costs can rack up. How do you keep budgetary concerns from blowing your party spirit? Come see some of our favorite posts on the topic, and please — share your own tips and good ideas!
We all know the hardships of cooking and eating alone. It can be hard to make an effort to cook a full meal and eat it gracefully, sitting at a table with a napkin and a fork. But the rewards are great; some of my favorite cooking memories were formed in my tiny solo kitchen. And there are other advantages as well: Luxury dinners that we think of as expensive are actually quite economical when cooking for just one. Here are five of my own favorites.
Katy is an old friend based in Santa Barbara, California. Last year, she shared her cooperative kitchen in Isla Vista, where she cooked dinner for about 30 people each night that she was on cooking duty. Today, Katy and her boyfriend Cassidy invite us to peek into an entirely different kitchen; their tiny cooking spot in their sailboat. This is a creative space where fresh meals are being served up by a gourmand couple who see possibilities within limitations. All aboard!
Budget Wine: Voveti DOC Prosecco, NV
Average Price: $17
Prosecco: Delicious bubbles for everyday. I am a huge fan of bubbly wine, both for special celebratory occasions and everyday triumphs, like getting through a tough week, finishing an assignment, or just because I feel like having a glass of bubbly!
While Champagne will remain the ultimate sparkling wine of choice for me, it is expensive to drink everyday. Prosecco is one of the most affordable and popular non-Champagne sparkling wines on the market, and who isn't charmed by its delicate floral aromas and alluring gentle mousse?
Breakfast can be a pricey meal. It's a meal that motivates heavy advertising from big food manufacturers, because they know it's hard for people to eat breakfast in the morning and consumers will pay more for convenience. But these conveniences come with a cost — have you looked at cereal prices lately? Yikes! If you're pinching pennies, here are three ways to get that convenient breakfast for less — and all three have one thing in common: Oats.
Evolution Red, 1st Edition is a delicious, lively wine packed with succulent dark berry fruit. Despite its easy-drinking appeal, this is a wine with a lot to say and a big personality. Blackberries, wild cherries, bramble fruit, black plums, licorice, clove, sweet spices, vanilla cream are but some of the bright, fresh flavors I picked out. Smooth, gentle tannins caress rather than grip on the palate. Juicy finish with moderate length.
Read on for pairing suggestions and a little more about this wine!