Restauranteur Rob Connoley on Foraging and the Cooking Hack Everyone in the Ozarks Knows

Restauranteur Rob Connoley on Foraging and the Cooking Hack Everyone in the Ozarks Knows

Rob Connoley runs Bulrush, a St. Louis restaurant inspired by the culinary traditions of the Ozarks. Off the clock, he’s at his family cabin foraging around for black walnuts and wild berries—and scarfing down smashburgers.

Here’s a look at some of Connoley’s favorite foods, drinks, and tools for when he’s off the clock. — as told to Adam Erace

Nocino Danilo Agutoli

Go-To Drink

Nocino

I could survive in the woods year-round. I forage for mushrooms, acorns, berries. Every June, I gather black walnuts to make nocino, a walnut liqueur from Italy that’s fantastic with nuts and cheese and as an after-dinner sipper. It was one of the first projects that I taught myself. I like the magic of a clear liquor turning black before your eyes, and transforming from jet fuel to an aromatic, sweet drink.

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Sorghum Danilo Agutoli
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Perfect Pairings: 5 Best Wines to Drink With Steak

Perfect Pairings: 5 Best Wines to Drink With Steak

Whether you’re sinking your teeth into an inch-thick ribeye or a sizzling skirt steak, you want a wine that’ll both stand up to and complement the umami-rich character of beef. Some wines pair well with pretty much any style of steak, but others are better suited to leaner or fattier cuts.

“For a fatty cut of beef, I would recommend a wine with good acidity, structure, and texture to clean the fattiness from the mouth,” says Sebastian Zuccardi, owner of Argentina’s Zuccardi Valle de Uco winery.

Zuccardi was recently named one of the top 10 winemakers of South America. And as an Argentinian, he knows his beef.

For leaner cuts, he suggests a bigger, bolder wine. “I would pick a wine with good volume, and one that’s concentrated enough to take up your entire mouth with flavor,” he says. You also want a wine … Read the rest

How Boozing at the Beach Is Making You Burn Faster

How Boozing at the Beach Is Making You Burn Faster

Having beers on the beach is a rite of passage for summer, but emerging research shows it could come with a big downside: more skin damage. Although the exact cause is still being determined, studies show that alcohol can increase your risk of sunburn, NPR reports. The research isn’t new, but the link between your beachside beer and sunburn has received little attention—despite mounting evidence that alcohol can leave skin more vulnerable to the sun.

 

The link between alcohol consumption and sunburn stems partly from the effects of booze on decision-making. When you’re buzzed, you’re less likely to be diligent about applying (and re-applying) sunscreen, and your risk of a burn goes up.

But research shows that alcohol can also affect the skin itself, making it more susceptible … Read the rest

What You Need to Know About the Jim Beam Bourbon Fire

What You Need to Know About the Jim Beam Bourbon Fire

On Tuesday, July 2, a fire broke out in one of Jim Beam’s Kentucky whiskey warehouses, which quickly spread through the structure and then to a second warehouse. The fire burned for days, and it eventually destroyed both structures and the whiskey inside them. According to Whiskycast, Beam had a sprinkler system, which did go off, but the blaze was so intense it overwhelmed the sprinklers. The two buildings housed approximately 45,000 barrels of bourbon, all of which were destroyed by the fire or lost in runoff from damaged barrels.

 

The runoff liquid, which was by then a mixture of bourbon and the water that had been used for flame suppression, made its way to the Kentucky River, where it entered the water and began traveling downstream, according to the BBCRead the rest

The Best Red and White Wines to Drink With Pizza

The Best Red and White Wines to Drink With Pizza

Beer and pizza are old friends, but they don’t really play well together. The suds will rinse out your mouth between bites, but most beers won’t amp up the flavors of your pie the way a good wine will. That said, pairing wine and pizza can be a little tricky, says Harry Hansen, director of winemaking at California’s Sterling Vineyards. The ideal wine pick depends on your preferred toppings and sauce, he says.

Almost any dish that features cooked tomatoes—that includes pizza with red sauce—are going to pair well with acidic, fruit-forward wines, Hansen says. Wines made in this style are food-friendly to begin with. But paired with pizza, they can stand up to the cooked tomato’s sharp flavors and cut through greasy cheese.

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How to Host the Ultimate Backyard Bash This Summer

How to Host the Ultimate Backyard Bash This Summer

The grill is ready for some barbecue, your friends are ready for some liquor, and you’re ready to let loose for a few hours. Here are some tips to turn your cookout into the highlight of the season and to help you master the backyard bash.

1. The Party Primer: How to Keep the Good Times Rolling

Contain the Space

To ensure your cookout feels full, says Priya Parker, author of The Art of Gathering, confine the party area so that people aren’t widely dispersed, draining the energy. “Density is your friend,” she adds, so don’t let people hang out in the kitchen, sucking away momentum.

But Spread Out the Goods

You want to give people reasons to keep moving and chatting with other guests. To that end, separate the essentials—the punch bowl, the appetizers, the beer cooler—so guests aren’t stagnant.

Play by the Rules

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Wine vs Beer: Alcohol and your diet plan

Wine vs Beer: Alcohol and your diet plan

Did you know that the FDA doesn’t require nutrition facts
for alcoholic beverages?? Does this mean that innocence is bliss when it comes
to alcohol and your diet plan?? What you don’t know doesn’t count or doesn’t
hurt you?? Well, the waistline seems to respond regardless of the data. Wine
has been called the “nectar of the gods” and beer has developed into a brewery
on every corner. Alcohol is a pleasurable beverage many people enjoy; which
type is a matter of personal preference, availability, and sometimes culture.

A bottle of wine has about 750 calories compared to a six
pack of beer that has about 900 calories. This means that if you had a standard
glass of wine every night (6oz), that’s 1260 calories added up for the week. Having
a standard pint of beer (14oz) each night would be 1500 calories for the week. For
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Hand Sanitizer: Does it work??

Hand Sanitizer: Does it work??

Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to avoid getting sick and spreading germs. When this gel first hit the market, we were prone to believe it would stop all germs in their tracks.  However, in certain situations, soap and water are not available. When this occurs, according to the CDC, using alcohol -based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol can be effective. Alcohol concentration between 60-90% can successfully help kill germs. When correctly used, alcohol-based hand sanitizer can kill many types of microbes, understand that soap and water are most effective at killing more strains of germs. Application must involve spreading the sanitizer over the entire hand. However, when the hands are too greasy or soiled, sanitizer will not be as effective. They also do not remove harmful chemicals such as pesticides.

Hand sanitizers are now found everywhere. They’re in
hospitals, bathrooms, restaurants, and in … Read the rest