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Drink Mon Jan 17 2011

National Hot Buttered Rum Day

IMG00175-20110116-1600.jpgBet you didn't know that MLK has to share his holiday with something else this year did ya? Now that your New Years detox has had two successful weeks, it's time to break the resolution with something worthy. Hot Buttered Rum, that delicious hot drink that warms you down to your toes takes the national stage today. Sure, we have no presidential declaration of the date, nor congressional records to mark the day but I still think it's worthy of celebrating. Whip up your own rum-based, cinnamon and clove-spiced cocktail in a mug and give a toast to MLK. I used carmel vodka to give it that extra warm caramel-y flavor but you could just add a bit of extra rum, if you don't have vodka.


3 oz Ron Abuelo A├▒ejo Rum
1 oz Van Gogh Dutch Caramel Vodka
2 Tbsp stick unsalted butter, softened
2 Tbsp brown sugar
2 Tbsp honey
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp nutmeg
Cinnamon stick

Add all ingredients (excluding rum and vodka) into a hot drinking cup or mug. Mix the ingredients together until they are well combined and have formed a batter. Add rum and caramel vodka. Pour in hot water (1 cup or more to personal taste) and stir vigorously until the mixture has dissolved. Garnish with cinnamon stick.

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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