According to wine director Jeffrey DeVore of David Berkley Fine Wines and Specialty Foods, wine glasses make a difference. Good ones help you taste everything the wine is supposed to be, while bad glasses dull it down.
Though most people think Rob Roys should be made with sweet vermouth, the original recipe calls for dry vermouth, one bartender says. He makes the cocktail with Scotch, dry vermouth and a couple of dashes of orange bitters, an update that adds complexity.
In winter, when fresh produce is scarce, canned and dried products make acceptable substitutes. Dried mushrooms, for example, are easy to reconstitute in a recipe for Chinese mushroom soup, which is provided.
At the International Home and Housewares Show in Manhattan, promising new gadgets include a Pedrini 3-in-1 Garlic Press that can process three cloves at a time. Also highlighted are sustainable cork bowls from Bambu and a 6-quart Electric Multicooker by Fagor.