Beaulieu Vineyard: Uncork a Napa Valley Icon

Established in 1900 by Georges de Latour and his wife Fernande, the iconic Beaulieu Vineyard has a storied past. Its prime Napa Valley location and influence from wine maestro André Tchelistcheff make these some of the most sought after bottles in the business. Read on to learn more about this historic winemaker.

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October 29, 2014

It’s National Chocolate Day: Go On, Indulge

Perhaps you didn’t know when you woke up, but today is National Chocolate Day. Meaning yes, you can give in to your love for everything cocoa – guilt-free. But before unwrapping those chocolate bars, let’s explore some of the creative endeavors this sweet treat has inspired.

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October 28, 2014

Top Chef: 8 Kitchen Picks Straight from the Pros

Whether you’ve mastered the trickiest of recipes (hello, boeuf bourguignon) or have never opened a cookbook, here’s a list of key kitchen items from eight chef-beloved brands.

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October 17, 2014

Cocktails with Rue Magazine: Moscow Mule Edition

When it comes to industry trends, it seems none has spread faster this past year than the copper Moscow Mule mug. With its gleaming exterior and ability to moderate hot and cold temps, it has become a home-bar staple. So this week, we curated a Boutique with just that in mind.

To help us narrow down the necessities for a fail-safe Mule-themed soiree, editor in chief of Rue magazine Crystal Palecek shared her expert tips: “I am admittedly looking forward to indulging in about 700 pumpkin spice lattes this fall. But – we wait all year for these balmy evenings under the stars, and I plan on enjoying every last one.”

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August 19, 2014

The 6 Kitchen Essentials for Every Home Cook

Attention home cooks: Whether you’re a novice or a pro, your kitchen calls for a few necessities. From a copper saucepan for melting chocolate to a cast iron skillet for sautéing meats, this list of kitchen staples will lay the groundwork for every must-try recipe.

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  • Medium- to large-sized skillet (nonstick or cast iron) for sautéing and stir-frying.
  • A 6- to 8-quart Dutch oven with lid for everything from braising to boiling.
  • Stainless steel or copper saucepan for cooking sauces, rice and grains, and vegetables.
  • Enameled cast-iron baking dish for casseroles and desserts.
  • Always-sharp stainless steel cutlery for effortless slicing.
  • Stackable mixing bowls and measuring cups for tidy storage.

 

Stockpile these necessities at our The Rue Kitchen Shop Boutique opening Tuesday, July 22, at 11AM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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July 22, 2014

On the Table: Easy-to-Make Summer Salads

During these hot summer afternoons, few foods are as equally refreshing and filling as salads. No, I’m not talking plain old Caesar or Cobb. The tastiest recipes have the most unexpected ingredients. Two Peas and Their Pod blogger Maria Lichty suggests “Chickpea, Avocado, and Feta Salad. It takes 5 minutes to make and is always a hit.” For a heartier mix? Try “fruit, nuts, quinoa, pasta, beans, and different cheeses… I love salads that are full of texture.”

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Image by Two Peas and Their Pod

Before you hit the farmers’ market, fill your cabinets with the proper prep essentials. Maria says, “Salad spinners make washing greens a breeze and, when used as storage, keep them fresher longer.”

Our Sunday Supper: Summer Salads Boutique opened Sunday, July 20, at 11AM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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July 20, 2014

A Happy (Foodie) Marriage: Chocolate & Wine Pairings

Wine and chocolate are a match made in heaven – if you know how to pair them. Here, we checked in with our friends at Lindt Chocolate for a little cheat sheet. Read up below, and then get ready to seriously impress friends and family at your next dinner party.

Lindt Excellence Wine & Chocolate Pairing Tips

Tasting Tricks

  1. Start with a lighter wine and pair it with chocolate that has a low cocoa percentage. Then work your way up to bolder wines and extra-dark chocolate.
  2. Always taste the wine and chocolate separately before trying them together.
  3. When pairing: Take a small bite of chocolate, then as the flavor is fading, have a sip of wine. Note how the flavors change and interact with each other.

 
The Pairings

  1. Chocolate with a hint of sea salt (we recommend trying Lindt Excellence A Touch of Sea Salt) is the perfect match for a light Rosé. The ripe berries and floral notes from the wine complement the sharp tastes of sea salt and dark chocolate.
  2. Full-bodied wines go best with a high cocoa content. Try a rich Cabernet Sauvignon with a dark chocolate like Lindt Excellence 70% Cocoa.
  3. For a combo with a warm burst, pair a spice-infused chocolate (we suggest Lindt Excellence Chili) with a deep Syrah.
  4. Citrus-flavored chocolate (ahem, orange) pairs best with lighter wine, like a crisp Chardonnay. The full fruit flavors balance out the acidity for a smooth, sweet flavor.

 
Click here for more tips (and some incredible chocolate).

By Mairead McGonagle, Staff Writer

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June 10, 2014

Ready, Set, Barbecue: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que’s Mouthwatering Wings

Fire up the grill and send everyone to the backyard. This wings recipe from John Stage, founder and pitmaster of Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, is guaranteed to draw a crowd.

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Bar-B-Que Chicken Wings

From the cookbook Dinosaur Bar-B-Que: An American Roadhouse by John Stage and Nancy Radke (Ten Speed Press). Copyright 2001.

Serves 4

The Chicken
24 chicken wing pieces
1/4 cup olive oil

The Accoutrements
Blue Cheese Dressing
Celery Sticks

For MILD Wings
1/4 cup All-Purpose Red Rub (recipe follows)
2 cups Mutha Sauce (recipe follows)

For HOT Wings
1/4 cup Creole Seasoning (recipe follows)
2 cups Hot BBQ Sauce (recipe follows)

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June 8, 2014

Say Cheers to Jayla Siciliano: The Brains Behind Bon Affair

Summer is upon us, which means it’s time to break out chilled wines that pair well with heat and humidity. But uncorking at the park, the beach, and the café can add up in terms of calories, which is precisely what inspired always-active former fashion insider Jayla Siciliano to create Bon Affair, a brand of high-quality, low-calorie wine spritzers. (The best part? They’re loaded with electrolytes.) Here, Jayla talks about finding success with Bon Affair on the TV show Shark Tank and what’s next for her fledgling business.

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Rue La La: What’s special about Bon Affair?
Jayla Siciliano: What makes Bon Affair unique is its dry, crisp flavor profile. It’s not sticky-sweet (I try to steer clear of sugar bombs), and it’s great by itself or for making cocktails. I put a full FDA nutritional panel on the bottle so people can read exactly what’s in there.

RLL: What was it like being on Shark Tank?
JS: The exposure from the show has been incredible. And the support from [Shark Tank judge] Mark [Cuban] and his team has been amazing.
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June 4, 2014

French Lessons: Cookware Tips from a Chasseur Pro

Graduation soirees. Outdoor dinner parties. The summer season is packed with every type of get-together. And whether you’re the host of your social circle or just looking to test out your chef expertise, this beaming collection of Chasseur cast iron will put your feast center stage – even if you went off-recipe. Before your fire up the stovetop? See below for a little know-how from the president of this French brand, Michael Walt.

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June 3, 2014