Thursday, June 14, 2018

Get a Taste for Winemaking You Can Do at Home

There's nothing quite like a glass (or two) of good wine. But think of how good it would taste after making it yourself! This Saturday, you can learn how at Beer & Wine Hobby in Woburn. Beer & Wine Hobby's Introductory Winemaking Class is for the beginner wishing to learn the fundamentals of making wine at home from concentrate kits and juices at only a fraction of the cost of commercial wines.


In this introductory class students will learn the following:
  • The basic equipment necessary for home winemaking 
  • How to properly use sanitize and store equipment 
  • The procedures involved in making wine from a concentrate kit 
  • The difference between making wine from a concentrate kit vs. fresh fruit 
  • Selecting the proper yeast for use with fresh fruit 
  • How to properly preserve and stabilize wines 
  • Selecting corks and bottles and bottling procedures 
  • Question and answer session 
If you purchase Beer & Wine Hobby's Complete Winemaking Kit and ingredients on the day of your class, the full class fee will be credited toward your purchase! Beer & Wine Hobby has been providing practical products and superior supplies to individuals since 1972 and is one of the largest home craft brew and wine and artisan cheesemaking companies in the United States.

At Beer & Wine Hobby, every season offers something new. In the late winter, they offer hop rhizomes and grape vines for early spring planting. During the spring, fresh grapes and juices arrive from Chile. Summer brings preparation for the bountiful harvest of fresh grains, hops and grapes. Their craft winemakers enjoy preparing for the fall, when they offer fresh grapes and juices from California, Italy and Washington. Year round, craft brewers enjoy their famous partial-mash craft brew kits, ready to take home and craft a fine batch of beer.

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Whether you are looking for Reference Books, Cordial Extracts, Cheese Making Supplies or Mushroom Growing Terrariums, Beer & Wine Hobby is the place to go. Reserve your spot in their intro to winemaking class today and devour the details of making your very own wine!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Wedding Wednesdays: The Best Blooms for Your Summer Wedding

Choosing in-season blooms will guarantee the best quality and the lowest price tag for your big day. Today, we're sharing which ones work for your summer wedding so you can plan ahead and budget for them. The hottest of all seasons, the summer months mean longer days and lots of sunshine—perfect growing weather for really robust blooms. Here are the four we recommend for your upcoming summer wedding!

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1. Astilbe

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Densely packed astilbe has a feathery, wildflower look. It’s a hearty stem, great for boutonnieres or for a touch of texture in a rustic or romantic bouquet.

Colors: White, pink, mauve and crimson
Price: $

2. Mock Orange

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Despite having “orange” in its name, this fragrant flower blooms white. But its scent is thought to resemble that of orange blossoms.

Color: White
Price: $

3. Clematis

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This flower grows like a vine, with carefree twists to its stems. The blossom has delicate petals and an eye-catching center.

Colors: Purple, pink, blue violet and cranberry
Price: $$

4. Garden Rose

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The big-headed blooms on these stems are perfect for making a bold statement or adding romance to an arrangement.

Colors: Red, cream, yellow, orange, pink and purple
Price: $$$

Get the best blooms and devour the details of your budget with these perfect summer wedding floral recommendations. You'll be happy you did!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Tasty Tuesdays: Mini Key Lime Pies

The key to your summer soirees are these mini pies! Perfection in every bite, these treats are easy to make and complement any summer menu. Nothing beats a little key lime! Get the ingredients today and enjoy this delicious dessert all summer long.

Mini Key Lime Pies

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Ingredients:

For the crust:
3 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs
¼ cup brown sugar
¾ teaspoon cinnamon
a pinch of salt
1 ¼ cups butter, melted

For the filling:
1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
3 egg yolks
½ cup key lime juice

For the whipped cream:
½ cup heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla
piping bags
piping star tips
4-5-inch tart pans

mini key lime pies recipe via laurenconrad.com

Instructions: 

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a large bowl, heat butter in the microwave until melted. Add the rest of the crust ingredients.
3. Mix with a large spoon or spatula until everything is combined.
4. Generously spray mini tart pans with cooking spray. Firmly press crust mixture into each tart pan. You want enough to fill the bottom and the sides.
5. Bake in the preheated oven for 8 minutes.
6. While the crusts are baking, make your filling.
7. Add the sweetened condensed milk, key lime juice, and egg yolks to a medium bowl. Whisk until combined.
8. Pour the filling into the baked crusts and fill to the very tops.
9. Place the tarts back in the oven and bake for 15 minutes, or until the middle is no longer jiggly. If the tops start to crack, take out immediately. Don’t worry, they aren’t ruined, just a tad overbaked. They’ll still taste delicious!
10. Let the tarts cool to room temperature. Once they are cool enough to handle, place into your fridge or freezer until chilled. The colder the tarts are, the easier they will be to pop out of the tart pans.
11. Pop out all of the mini key lime pies and place onto a serving tray.
12. To make the whipped cream, add all of the ingredients to a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment and whisk on medium-low until stiff peaks form.
13. Add the whipped cream to a piping bag fitted with a star piping tip and pip little star or rosette designs on top of each pie. Serve and enjoy!

These two-bite beauties are perfect for any summer get-together. Get to baking and devour the details of these mini key lime pies!