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The 9-Bottle Bar Guide to Homemade Sweet Vermouth — The 9-Bottle Bar

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If you've been keeping up with The 9-Bottle Bar this month, by now you've learned that sweet vermouth consists of wine that's been fortified with additional alcohol; infused (or "aromatized") with a variety of botanical ingredients, one of which should be artemisia absinthium, vermouth's namesake, better known as grand wormwood; and sweetened with burnt sugar.

The process sounds simple enough — and thus begs the question, Can one make vermouth at home?

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How We Cook: Hannah and Nathan On Working Together In the Kitchen — Kitchen Tour

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Who cooks and eats here: Hannah Vainstein and Nathan Hayden
Where: Santa Barbara, California
Rent or Own? Rent

After observing Hannah and Nathan in their kitchen on multiple occasions, the thing that always strikes me is how fluid and easy their collaboration is. These two artists work in multiple mediums and disciplines within their work, and often their practice overlaps. When cooking, they play to each other's strengths and gently nudge the process along.

As someone who can get a little control-hungry in the kitchen (it's my zone, what can I say?), it's a pleasure to watch a couple do the culinary dance so seamlessly and create such edible fun together. Here's Hannah's thoughtful meditation on working with her partner in the kitchen:

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5 Ways to Use Dried Fruit in Warm Weather Recipes — Tips from The Kitchn

Chances are, you’ve probably got some dried fruit in a corner of your cabinet that’s begging to be used. I’m making it a goal to use up my raisins, dried apricots, and prunes before all the summer produce arrives — early growing seasons around the country mean that strawberries are already out in full force, with nectarines and apricots close behind. Here are some warm-weather recipe ideas using up these decidedly wintery ingredients!

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Recipe: Breakfast Tacos — Recipes from The Kitchn

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Just a couple months ago, my husband and I eloped to Austin, Texas. We had a blast on our short trip, soaking up the SXSW music and eating some unforgettable Tex-Mex cuisine. I sought to recreate my favorite dish, breakfast tacos, back here in California, and the results were delicious!

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The Prettiest Carrot Dish in All the Land — Delicious Links

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You've probably seen plenty of pretty ombré dresses and stunning ombré cakes, so why shouldn't your veggies get the same treatment? A simple dish of carrots gets a beautiful, easy makeover thanks to blogger Jennifer Chong.

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What Are the Pros & Cons of Under-Counter Fridges & Freezers? — Good Questions

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Q: I'm in the early stages of planning a kitchen remodel. Instead of the standard tall refrigerator, I'm considering separate under-counter refrigerator and freezer drawers to open up much needed counter space. I'm curious as to any pros or cons readers have experienced. Will this concept will hold up over time?

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