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Now There's a Rap for Riesling

Now There's a Rap for Riesling

Well, that's one way to publicize German wines

This riesling rap may even rival that "Wine Country Rap" out of San Francisco this year. In case you needed a soundtrack while you drink your rieslings, the Wines of Germany (a company meant to promote, well, you know, wines of Germany) released a rap video dedicated to the varietal. The tune, called "German Riesling Rap (Must Be Seduktion)" features a swagged out rapper and a long-haired "wine scientist," classing it up with a glass or two.

Sadly, the riesling "Seduktion" doesn't exist — but we wish it did. And we'd really like to stroll the vineyards with that German "wine scientist," Doktor Hans (especially if he dons that grape costume).

Need some German riesling recommendations? Our wine experts recommended plenty in our 52 Wines for 2013 list: the 2011 Donnhoff Niederhäauser Brucücke Riesling from Rheinland, or the 2009 Kesselstatt Josephöfer Mosel GG Riesling Trocken. And then there's the very popular Dr. Frank's rieslings from the Finger Lakes region, and the Lucien Albrecht Alsace Riesling Reserve from Alsace, France. Check out the rest of our wine recommendations for the year.


No-Carb Recipes: 12 Completely Carb-Free Meals

While low-carb and ketogenic diets' popularity continues to gain momentum, many people are also starting to follow an altogether "zero carb diet", which is a diet that completely eliminates carbohydrate consumption.

A zero carb diet typically includes a variety of animal-based protein, like beef, eggs, and pork, as well as added fats, like butter, oil, and ghee.

Why No-Carb?

There are a variety of reasons that someone would eat a meal consisting of zero grams of carbohydrates, but the primary purposes usually relate to weight loss goals, gut healing, or, for some, a ketogenic diet is strictly followed and they have already eaten their allotment of carbs for that day.

Whatever the reason may be, eating a zero carb meal can be very delicious, enjoyable, and nutrient-dense!

The Carnivore Diet

Since many of the foods that contain 0 grams of carbohydrates are sourced from animals, many people follow a carnivore diet, wherein they solely eat from the animal kingdom and, in addition to eliminating all carb-containing foods, they also do not eat oils that have been sourced from plants, nuts, or seeds, like avocado oil or coconut oil.

Some carnivore dieters also completely restrict the consumption of dairy, while others may occasionally eat dairy-containing foods, like hard cheeses and heavy cream.

A Carbless Meal Plan

So, what does a daily meal plan look like for someone who follows a zero carb diet? Some carbless meals include cooked ribeye, sauteed shrimp, hard-boiled eggs, and roasted chicken wings.

For some of these meals and depending on your hunger, it may or may not be necessary to add additional fat during or after cooking. For example, a meal like a cooked ribeye is quite high in fat content and may not need additional fat added however, a meal with a lean protein like chicken may be best cooked in butter.

No matter how you decide to cook and eat your meals, each of these meal choices are free from carbs.

When in Doubt, Test!

If you are unsure about whether following a no-carb diet will benefit you, test it out and see how you feel! You can either immediately eliminate carb consumption or you can gradually decrease consumption until you’re eating solely protein and fat.

During the early stages of following a zero carb diet, you may feel slightly sluggish, which is completely normal this is because your body is likely transitioning to a new energy source.

Be sure to note your hunger cues and, when you’re ready to prepare a meal and eat, take a look at these carb-free recipes for a variety of options to satisfy your cravings and energize you throughout your day.

No-Carb Diet Recipes

Just like when starting any new diet, the most important thing that you should do to ensure success is to always be prepared! Bookmark these recipes and have food stocked in your refrigerator, freezer, and pantry, which will make it much easier to continue following a zero carb diet.

While zero carb recipes may seem challenging to find online, the 12 recipes you'll find compiled in this post are all tried-and-true winners!

Whether you're looking for something made with beef, like Mustard Roast Beef, salmon, like Easy One Pan Garlic Dill Lemon Baked Salmon, or even a caffeinated beverage, like Bulletproof Coffee, you’re sure to love all of these no-carb diet recipes. In the mood for something sweet? Be sure to check out our favorite no-carb desserts!


Eggs with potatoes and toast

This is egg-and-wine pairing in its purest form. The aim is to balance the egg’s delicate flavor with the creamy yolk that coats the plate like a slow lava flow.

A traditional-method sparkling wine is great here, since it not only cuts through the egg, but pairs beautifully with fried potatoes and toast. Alternately, look for a dry, high-acid white that combines vivid fruit with herbal character (think of an herb omelette with jam-streaked toast).

Sauvignon Blanc is recommended frequently alongside eggs, but for a change of pace, try the Sicilian grape Grillo. It shares qualities with Sauvignon Blanc—citrus, herb and tropical fruit flavors—but is less “green,” and often has a subtle, briny sensation that accentuates the flavors on your plate.

Don’t like runny yolk? Grillo will work, no matter how you take your eggs.

Pairing recommendation

Firriato 2017 Altavilla della Corte Grillo (Sicilia) $15, 89 points.

Further reading

Grillo, the Cool White Wine from Sicily

How can we boost our electrolytes?

During the hotter months of the year, one of our team members, Lindsey, likes to use ConcenTrace® Trace Minerals Drops. They add an extra boost of natural electrolytes on days when she’s doing a lot of work outside or perspiring more.

The liquid contains very concentrated levels of minerals sourced from concentrated seawater in Utah’s inland sea. Some home water filtration systems remove these minerals from the water, so this is an easy way to add them back.

A mere 20 drops will remineralize a gallon of water. Lindsey says she uses these drops to successfully prevent as well as treat muscle cramping in her legs and other extremities.

Workout remedies

While the below natural electrolytes smoothie cube recipe is great to have on hand, sometimes I need to take electrolytes with me on a long run. If I’m running more than 8 miles (especially in the Florida heat!) I’ve got some go-to ways to keep my body balanced as well as energized:

Skratch Labs sports hydration drink mix offers concentrated minerals that you just add to water. So you can rehydrate as well as replenish electrolytes at the same time.

LMNT drink mix also focuses on a concentrated mix of minerals to recharge your body.

Both of these mixes are super small and can fit in a pocket or running pack, then used when needed.

Are sports drinks good for you?

Sports drinks have long been all the rage as ways to hydrate and replenish whether it’s during a sports game or other times of physical exertion. However, if you look closely at the labels you’ll find some unsavory ingredients including artificial flavors and colors.

In an attempt to appeal to a larger audience, there are even organic, dye-free sports drinks available now. Always read the ingredient list before purchase, and try to choose the most natural electrolyte drink you can find!


Wrap recipes

Roll up a savoury treat for lunch with tortillas and flatbreads. Choose from vegetable and falafel wraps, chicken fajitas, breakfast burritos and more.

Vegetarian wraps

Try these flavour-packed veggie wraps filled with pickled onions, roasted veg, coconut tzatziki and spicy green sauce. They will feed four people for under £10 – perfect for a hungry crowd

Ultimate falafel wrap

Make our 5-ingredient falafels to create these ultimate veggie wraps, packed with falafels, avocado and herbs and topped with a delicious tahini sauce


No Fuss, No Muss: How to Oven-Fry Chicken Wings

There may be no more enticing sight in the world than a platter of freshly fried chicken wings. Straight out of college, I'd gladly tag along with my friends to watch football at bars, despite my profound disinterest in the sport, just because I knew I'd be able to order a pile of Buffalo wings. Even bad bar wings have the advantage of being deep fried, which I, in my ignorance at the time, thought was beyond my abilities as a home cook.

Of course, that was before I discovered how easy a wok makes deep frying at home, particularly if you've got a trick for efficiently cleaning your fry oil. But I completely understand that people generally remain a little leery about cooking with a pot of hot fat, and that sometimes, particularly when hosting a bunch of people for a game or a party, standing in front of a fryer for an hour or so isn't the most attractive idea. And that's when it's time to consider oven-frying your wings.

Oven-frying gets a bad rap, in part because the result rarely lives up to the name. Usually, oven-fried chicken is just breaded baked chicken. And in the rare recipes that call for adding a large quantity of hot oil to your baking dish, there's another problem: It's just a variation on the same hassle you were trying to avoid by using the oven in the first place.

But, as Kenji discovered when looking to create a truly good oven-fried wing, you can mimic the crisp skin and moist interior of a deep fried wing perfectly with little more than a rack, a baking sheet, and a very hot oven.

First off, you'll want to sprinkle your wings with a combination of salt, baking powder, and pepper, and then let them rest, uncovered, in the fridge for at least eight hours. This seasons the wings while dehydrating their skin and increasing their pH, ensuring extra-crispy results. Then, when you're ready to get cooking, just crank your oven to 450°F (232°C), place your wings on a rack set on a baking sheet and let them cook for about 40 minutes, flipping once midway through, until they're nicely crisped and browned.

And that's it! They're ready to be coated in Buffalo sauce, or tossed with a little oil in a hot wok with a blend of Xi'an-inspired spices.


Coconut cake

Coconut fans, we're calling your name! If you love coconut, then you know you simply can't avoid going all out on coconut flavor when it comes to a cake. This coconut cake utilizes flaked coconut and coconut extract in the cake batter to add delicious flavor and beautiful texture.

Then, this cake is topped with a generous helping of luscious coconut frosting and covered in toasted coconut. Is that enough coconut for you? Make this tropical cake for any celebration for a coconut lover.


Grilled Snacks and Side Dishes

Grilled Brazilian Cheese Skewers (Espetinhos de Queijo de Coalho)

It's not hard to see why these grilled cheese skewers are such a popular snack in Brazil—how do you argue with molten cheese on a stick? Plus, they're so easy, they practically make themselves. The cheese of choice, queijo de coalho (available online if you're not lucky enough to have a Brazilian market nearby), typically comes pre-skewered, so all you have to do is grill the skewers until the cheese is deeply golden brown on the outside and warmed through.

Charcoal Chimney–Grilled Broccolini With XO Sauce

This recipe showcases our preferred way to grill crisp green vegetables so that they actually stay crisp even as they char. By placing the vegetables on a small wire rack directly over a chimney starter full of hot coals, you ensure they get hit hard with the intense heat they need to cook through quickly without turning limp. Stalks of broccolini, cooked until just tender and dressed in umami-rich XO sauce, are a perfect illustration of the process.

Charcoal Chimney–Grilled Sugar Snap Peas With Buttermilk-Dill Dressing

Save the snap in your sugar snaps by grilling them with the same hot-and-fast chimney-starter method used for the broccolini above. Once they're well blistered, we pair these sweet snap peas with a creamy buttermilk-dill dressing for a nicely dippable backyard snack.

Charcoal Chimney–Grilled Asparagus With Green Goddess Dressing

It's really easy to burn asparagus on the grill, or overcook it until the stalks are floppy and flaccid. Using the chimney-starter method lightly chars the asparagus and helps the spears retain a slight bite. An herb-filled Green Goddess Dressing makes an excellent dipping partner.

Grilled Cabbage With Spicy Thai Dressing

Cabbage may seem like an underwhelming choice for a vegetable side, but when prepared on the grill, it develops a nutty, sweet flavor and tons of crisply charred edges. Cutting the head into wedges, but leaving the root end intact, allows you to grill it without it falling apart. This version pairs the cabbage with a punchy Thai dressing of hot chilies, fish sauce, lime juice, garlic, and herbs for alternatives, check out our Grilled Cabbage With Blue Cheese Dressing and Grilled Cabbage With Yogurt and Mint.

The Best Basic Grilled Corn

Grilling brings out the best in fresh summer corn: The powerful heat helps concentrate the kernels' sweetness, and, if you use our recommended method of shucking before grilling, adds a pleasant char to the exterior. Basic grilled corn needs very little adornment, but if you want to get adventurous, try adding flavorings, like garlic and ginger soy butter, harissa and mint, or spicy chili mayo.

Elote (Grilled Mexican Street Corn)

Perhaps the best way in the world to serve grilled corn, and certainly our personal favorite, is in the form of elotes, or Mexican street corn. Simply slather your lightly charred corn with a creamy mixture of mayo, garlic, cilantro, chili powder, and Cotija cheese. A squeeze of lime finishes it off, cutting through the richness of the cheese and mayonnaise.

Grilled Spiced Cauliflower

Like cabbage and other brassicas, cauliflower benefits from an intense blast of heat to bring out its sweetness, and a grill is the perfect tool for the job. An earthy spice rub with just a bit of heat gives this cauliflower lots of flavor, while starting over direct heat and finishing over indirect leaves the thick wedges crisp on the outside and tender inside.


Is Edamame Actually Healthy?

While soy has a bad rap in some nutrition communities, I believe it’s processed soy that is harmful to health, like soybean oil, texturizers, and stabilizers. Yuck!

Is edamame good or bad for you? Edamame is good for you, packed with nutrients and protein. Whole, unprocessed organic soybeans like edamame can be part of a healthy eating plan. Choose organic whenever possible.

In fact, some studies suggest that whole, unprocessed soy is one of the healthiest foods on the planet. Many of the studies that indicate that soy is bad for you were done with highly processed soy. Stick to organic whole edamame, which is not processed, for the healthiest way to consume soy.

What are the benefits of edamame? The benefits of edamame are high levels of protein, fiber, and good carbohydrates, while also packed with nutrients like calcium, vitamin K, vitamin C, and folate. It can also reduce cholesterol levels.


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More Fun Vanilla Faqs!

I’m out of vanilla! Can I make this (cake/cookie/frosting/etc.)?

Probably. For centuries, vanilla didn’t appear in desserts, because the Western world didn’t yet know it existed. Sometimes I omit it from recipes on purpose, especially if it’s a deeply chocolate-y recipe or one that’s full of warming spices, so I can focus on those ingredients. That said, the plainer the recipe, the more you’ll notice the missing vanilla.

This cake/cookie recipe calls for a tablespoon of vanilla extract. Isn’t that a lot? Usually it’s just one teaspoon.

In the past few decades, pastry chefs have begun using a lot of vanilla extract in recipes. It gives them a noticeable depth. Give that tablespoon of extract a shot! We think you’ll love the results.

My mom told me you can measure vanilla extract using the bottle’s cap—one capful is a teaspoon.

Wow, do we have the same mom?! This is a very adorable myth, but not all caps are created equal. When accuracy counts, get your measuring spoons.

I read that imitation vanilla is made from beaver’s anal glands and coal.

Some imitation vanilla is made from vanillin derived from coal tar. Sounds creepy, right? But it won’t make you sick. In scientific terms, the source of molecules is irrelevant once the molecules have been isolated, the vanillin should be quite pure. But if this makes you steamed, there’s a solution: Buy real vanilla.

No vanilla whatsoever is made from any part of beavers. There truly is a flavoring compound made from beaver gland secretions, but it’s not vanillin, and therefore not used in imitation vanilla. If it were, it would probably be even more expensive than real vanilla. If there’s one thing harder to get than orchid seed pods, it’s beaver secretions.

Is vanilla an aphrodisiac?

Some studies have said yes. Why not try a recipe below and see for yourself?


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