JAVA

Cold brew coffee is slowly steeped in cool water using rich, coarser beans than you would in hot brewing at home, according to Java House. While you can brew a pot of traditional hot coffee in a few minutes, cold brew takes hours — 12 or more — to achieve the signature result.

Coffee made using the cold brew method has a smoother, naturally sweeter result that is less acidic than traditional hot-brewed coffee. The reason is organic acids (like citric, malic, formic, quinic and acetic) enhance coffee’s flavor and aroma, yet dissolve in hot water. The cold brewing method allows these important molecules to stay intact, which results in a difference you can taste.

EASY RECIPE

Pumpkin Pie Budino

Serve up Pumpkin Pie Budino at your next gathering.

- 1 Edwards Pumpkin Crème Pie

- 32-ounce container whipped cream

- 1 cup caramel sauce

- 1 cup crushed graham crackers

Thaw pie slightly for 20 minutes. Scoop out filling and set aside. Pipe whipped cream layer into a glass. Add caramel sauce layer, spoon or pipe pie filling layer, add crushed graham cracker layer. Add a second layer of whipped cream, caramel sauce and pie filling. Garnish with graham cracker and serve.

EASY RECIPE

Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad with Grapes

Enjoy the following salad for a fresh twist on the Middle Eastern classic.

- 1 1/2 cups water

- 3/4 cup quinoa, rinsed

- 3/4 cup halved red California grapes

- 3/4 cup halved green California grapes

- 2 cups diced English cucumber

- 2/3 cup chopped parsley

- 1/2 cup chopped dill

- 1/4 cup chopped mint

- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

- 2 tablespoons lemon juice

- 1 teaspoon lemon zest

- 1/4 teaspoon salt

- Freshly ground pepper to taste

In medium-sized saucepan, bring water to a boil and add quinoa; reduce heat and simmer until quinoa is tender, about 10 to 12 minutes. Drain excess water, then fluff the quinoa and transfer it onto a baking sheet to cool for 10 minutes. In a medium bowl, combine grapes, cucumber, parsley, dill, mint, olive oil, lemon juice and zest, salt and pepper. Gently fold cooled quinoa into grape mixture and serve.

ENTERTAINING

Tips to entertain like a boss

Brighten up winter evenings by entertaining. Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman of A Beautiful Mess offer these tips:

1. Clean at least one day ahead and set the table the night before.

2. Stock up on ice and easy-to-fix drinks to simplify bartending.

3. Prep food ahead and warm dishes that day.

4. Delegate. If guests ask, “What can I bring?” - don’t be shy. Request a bottle of wine or favorite treat.

5. Cater to all the senses. Set a pretty table, prepare delicious food and play upbeat music. If you don’t have a yummy smelling dish cooking, simmer water with cinnamon and cloves, or use scented candles or essential oils to enhance your party.

- Brandpoint