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Kitchen Tips Tuesday: Reviving Sparkling Wine

February 23, 2016


1635400166_compDo you sometimes have leftover champagne or sparkling wine that has lost its fizz? No worries, the bubbles in your bubbly can be revived! The genius folks over that The Kitchn shared this simple tip for bringing the sparkle back to sparkling wine; drop a raisin into the bottle.

Yep, that’s it. The theory is that the carbon dioxide, which makes the wine fizzy, will adhere to the ridges of the raisin, and release itself back into the Champagne, reactivating the bubbles. Once the Champagne, or other sparkling wine has started to go flat, drop a raisin into the bottle and wait for the magic to happen. The wine will start to bubble and the results should last a couple of minutes.
No more tossing out expensive wine before it’s time. Just add a raisin.


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Unrecipe of the Week

November 5, 2009


Hot Cranberry and Apple Compote/ aka: Cranberry Jones

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it’s time to start planning the menu for the big event! This is one of our favorites, discovered at my first holiday meal with my husband’s family. Trust me, this will become a family tradition at your house too. We call it Cranberry Jones, but our guests just call it delicious!!

Spray a large ovenproof dish with cooking spray.

3 cups apples, peeled, cored and cut into chunks

3 cups cranberries

¾ cup sugar

¾ cup brown sugar

¾ cup oatmeal

¾ cup pecan pieces

¾ cup raisins

1 stick melted butter

Toss ingredients into the pan. Drizzle with melted butter.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes, stirring ½ way through.


This can be made in advance, baked part way, and reheated.

Photo: Glasshouse Images

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