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Budget Barista Series: Latte Macchiato

WHAT IT IS A latte macchiato is a dirty little drink.  Macchiare means “to dirty” or “to stain,” so a latte macchiato is milk that has been dirtied-up, so to speak, with a shot of espresso.  That is exactly how I like to dirty my milk. The beverage is made by putting steamed milk and the milk foam into a glass …

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Budget Barista Series: Espresso

Espresso is the foundation for many popular hot and cold Italian beverages, so by rights it should have gone first in my “Budget Barista Series.”  But cappuccino’s more fun, and one of my all-time favorite drinks besides, so it got top billing. WHAT IT IS The Italian cousin to Turkish coffee, espresso is strong, dark, …

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Budget Barista Series: Cappuccino

You don’t have to go to Italy to get a great cappuccino (and you don’t have to stand in line at Starbucks, either—but in keeping with the theme of this blog, I’m evoking Italy). WHAT IT IS Cappuccino is an espresso based drink, made of one-third espresso and equal parts steamed milk and foamed milk.  There are …

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Pancake Tuesday

Ash Wednesday is just around the corner–this year it falls on February 22.  So get ready to fire up your griddle and pour out the pancake batter on Pancake Tuesday! WHAT IT IS “Shrovetide” is the English name for the two or three days immediately preceding Lent, and the Tuesday before Lent is known as Shrove …

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European Chocolate–Vive la Différence!

February 14th is a chocolate-dipped day.  This year, dip your day into the chocolates of Europe. WHAT IT IS We know there’s a difference between European chocolate and a bag of Halloween candy—but what is it?  Basically, it has to do with the quality of ingredients.  Cheap chocolate will use cheap ingredients, such as oils …

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Pretty, Perky Polish Pottery

What’s pretty, perky, and plays well with others?  Why, Polish pottery, of course!  I was introduced to this delightful stoneware while living in Munich.  The region of Boleslawiec, Poland, where the pottery is made, is near the German border.  An enterprising expat mom named Shari recognized the appeal of the pottery and made a small cottage …

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