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What oak brings to your wine: Tannin, flavors, aromas

The ancient Celts were a people of the forest. They used a lot of wood in their daily lives, for housing, cookery and art. Sometime around the 5th century B.C., they came up with an ingenious new way with wood; they formed it into barrels, for storing liquids such as water, ale and, eventually, when this craft was bequeathed to the modern age, wine.

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Hospice promotes “Vet-to-Vet” volunteer program

With a goal of connecting veterans with other veterans, Home Hospice of Grayson, Cooke and Fannin Counties is offering a Vet-to-Vet volunteer program as part of its We Honor Veterans program. Knowing that fellow veterans can form a strong comaraderie based on experiences, the Vet-to-Vet program will pair volunteer veterans with veteran patients to help provide support along with the rest of the hospice care team.

Scientists have discovered a simple way to cook rice that dramatically cuts the calories

Rice, the lifeblood of so many nations’ cuisines, is perhaps the most ubiquitous food in the world. In Asia, where an estimated 90 percent of all rice is consumed, the pillowy grains are part of almost every meal. In the Caribbean, where the starch is often mixed with beans, it’s a staple too. Even here in the United States, where people eat a comparatively modest amount of rice, plenty is still consumed.