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Dashi and dried shiitake mushrooms

What is Umami – A History of the Fifth Flavor

The history of umami, what it is, where it comes from, what it tastes like, and how Umami was discovered is a fascinating journey wrapped up in culture and chemistry.

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Hanging Out on the Edge of the Boundary Waters in Ely, Minnesota

Sometimes it feels like Ely’s purpose in life is to make people less afraid of the woods. Nestled on the edge of Superior National Forest, Ely is home to two internationally recognized wildlife centers, the Root Beer Lady Museum, and has more places to hike, bike, and paddle than you can cover in a lifetime.

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A Florentine Christmas with Risotto

On Christmas Eve, long ago, I navigated the tunnel-like streets of Florence to my apartment on a curvy hill across the river. The risotto we cooked is normally too simple for a holiday feast, but that night no one seemed to care.

 

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Vintage Spirits And Forgotten Cocktails: From The Alamagoozlum To The Zombie 100 Rediscovered Recipes And The Stories Behind Them

Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails: From the Alamagoozl...

Anyone who enjoys an icy drink and an unforgettable tale will love this expanded and updated edition of Forgotten Cocktails ...
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3D Skull Flexible Silicone Ice Cube Mold Tray Makes Four Giant Skulls Round Ice Cube Maker Black Pack Of 1 By DineAsia 0

Flexible Silicone Skull Ice Cube Mold

Have a little fun with your drinks with these skull ice cubes.  This ice cube mold makes four giant cubes ...
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Spartan Knife Block Handmade Premium Birch Holds Your 6 Knives Solid Heavy Magnetic Steel Holder 0

Spartan Knife Block

It's time to defend your kitchen with a Spartan knife block.  Made to resemble a Spartan warrior this unique knife block ...
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Instant Pot 60 Max 6 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker Silver 0

Instant Pot Max – 6 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker

The Instant Pot Max is the first smart cooker by Instant Pot that provides people with the ability to cook ...
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Copco Stainless Steel Ice Cream Scoop

This stainless steel ice cream scoop by Copco has an elongated shape to cut through frozen ice cream with ease. The ...
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Thessaly Hammered Copper Platter Made by Sertodo Copper

These handmade copper platters are a perfect show-stopper for your next party. These large platters can be used as trays to ...
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