Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Tastes Newsletter April 2010: All About Value! Restaurants, Hotels, Wines, Cars and More

Tastes Newsletter: April -- All About Value!

Tax season doesn't mean you have to forgo all of your creature comforts. Just moderate your hedonistic nature a bit and balance your finances with your fun with the help of our value lists in categories that range from meals to vacations to wine. To see all of our value options at one glance, check out our GAYOT Economic Stimulus Plan!

Gourmet Steals

Spring is shaping up to be full of delicious dining deals. Just check our lists of Best Value Restaurants around the country to find gourmet experiences that won't break the bank. Keep in mind, though, that value doesn't necessarily equate "cheap." Value is about getting quality for a relatively good deal!  But if you're looking for "inexpensive," consult our Top 40 Cheap Eats from coast to coast, or check out our lists for Best Breakfast in your area and Top Take-Out.

GAYOT Economic Stimulus Plan

Frugal Rooms

Got taxes (due), will travel. If that's your mantra this month, consult our expertly compiled Top 10 Value Hotels Worldwide and Top 10 Value Hotels in the U.S., as well as Best Value Hotel lists in individual cities, from Albuquerque to D.C. Got a refund? Then there's no reason to stay in town. Check out our Top 10 Hotels in Italy, Top 10 Hotels in China, Top 10 Value Spas, and be sure to read our review of Amelia Island Plantation, Florida's greenest resort. We also have savings via travel specials, ranging from 2-for-1 Asian cruises to complimentary nights in Hawaii.

Value Vroom!

Pessimistic about pump prices? Our Top 10 Value Automobiles lists 2010's most sensible, attractive and well-rounded quality models, each an excellent bargain. The Lincoln MKS EcoBoost, too, is a reasonably-priced alternative to its European competition. Fitted with a muscular 3.5 liter, it's a sporty, power-minded sedan.

Sensible Sipping

Don't reach for the "Two Buck Chuck." Instead, check out our list of Top 10 Wines Under $10. None of these bottles are pricey, so that you can spend more on the main course! The Top 10 Value Wines might cost you a little more, but they display superior taste and complexity for their price range.

Laughter is Cheap

If the approaching April 15 date has you down in the mouth, keep in mind that a little laughter will turn that frown upside down. Our list of Top 10 Comedies will soon have you in tears—of joy!

You'll find more good stuff online, including our health section, blog, restaurant reviews, culinary events calendar, hotel write-ups and much more. Or be a critic yourself and review a restaurant or hotel on our site for our millions of visitors to read.

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Culinate Newsletter: Ham, high yield gardening, chicken soup, Passover fritters

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Dear readers,

We’re not big ham eaters around here. But last December I spotted a huge, bone-in, dry-cured ham at the farmers’ market and, feeling festive and nostalgic for the Christmas hams of my childhood, decided to claim it for a party we were hosting in a couple of days.

I hauled my ham home and tucked it into the basement fridge, then put it out of my mind for the next 36 hours, while I went to work on the parts of the menu I felt more confident about.

Finally, midmorning on party day, we remembered the ham. In haste, we consulted the internet. We looked over Dana Bowen's ham story and the rest of the ham content in the December issue of Saveur. We read Mark Bittman on ham. Finally, we applied a simple glaze, wedged the whole lot into the oven at about 1 o’clock, and crossed our fingers. By the time guests arrived after work, it was warmed through and perfectly flavored.

If you want to serve an Easter ham but aren’t sure how to go about it, help is here. Bruce Weinstein and his partner Mark Scarborough have just come out with a book about all things ham. Bruce, a Jewish kid from New York, may seem an unlikely ham fan, but on Culinate this week, he shares his hilarious account of how he came to love the pig’s hindquarter.

Kim Carlson
Editorial Director

Featured Stories

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Open sesame

The next time you buy sesame seeds, know what you’re buying — courtesy Matthew Amster-Burton.

High yield, high benefit

Caroline Lewis suggests what to plant if you’ve got a small garden space and you want to maximize your yield.

Featured Recipes

Chremslach (Matzo Fritters)

Drenched in honey, these fritters are a sweet side dish — or dessert — for the Passover table.

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Italian Wedding Soup

Italian Wedding Soup is but one of eight simple chicken soups by Zanne Miller on the site this week.

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Monday, March 29, 2010

Easiest-Ever Easter + Super-Quick Spring Dinners

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Fig-and-Orange Glazed Ham from our Easy Easter Menu
Serve these elegant no-fuss recipes and have more time to enjoy the festivities.
Paula's Easter Treats
Get a helping hand from Paula with a make-ahead dish or classic dessert.
Passover Desserts
Lemon Sorbet
Super-Quick Spring Dinners
Rotisserie Chicken Burritos
Try one of these recipes for a delicious meal ready in 30 minutes – or less!
What to Watch
Ultimate Recipe Showdown
Ultimate Recipe Showdown
Make the $25,000 winning Hot & Spicy recipe: Chipotle Steak Tacos. Then watch the Burgers competition Sunday at 9pm/8c.

Inside Food Network
Private Chefs of Beverly Hills
Who's crazier: the chefs or their over-the-top clientele? Watch this new series, premiering
April 9!
More Food to Enjoy
Plan your Easter celebration now

From tarts to salads, check out recipes using spring's first fruit.

Italian Cooking at Home

NEW! Giada at Home book

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