Mistakes Commonly Made When Cooking Quesadillas

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Based in Smyrna, Georgia, Aric Keck is a sales and business development professional with years of experience in software and hardware technology sales, currently serving as a regional manager with Vectra Networks. In his free time, Aric Keck enjoys cooking, especially Italian and Mexican cuisine.

Quesadillas are one of the easiest and most satisfying Mexican dishes to prepare at home. However, it is also easy to make mistakes. Here are some to avoid:

1. Using corn tortillas. Corn tortillas are great for tacos, but quesadillas require flour tortillas: the flour is more pliable and will hold the cheese and filling together. Flour quesadillas are also easier to flip.

2. Using two tortillas. It is tempting to make larger quesadillas with two tortillas laid flat on top of each other, but the folded, half-moon approach is much easier to handle. First, fill one side of the tortilla with cheese and filling, then fold the other half over.

3. Overstuffing. To avoid breaking apart and spilling the contents, limit the quesadilla to two heaping tablespoons of filling per tortilla, aiming for a balance of cheese and filling.

Differences Among Three Classic Red Wine Varietals

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Aric Keck serves as the regional manager of Vectra Networks in Smyrna, Georgia. He previously held positions with Intel Corporation and Exostar, LLC. Aric Keck is also a Certified Specialist of Wine through the Society of Wine Educators.

Many of us enjoy drinking wine but do not have a good understanding of the differences among the varietals. Three of the classic red wines include the following:

1. Pinot Noir. Pinot Noirs often offer the lightest body with fruitier flavors and aromas. Pinot Noir is known for its acidity. Since this type of wine has low tannin, the acidity is more potent.

2. Syrah. Syrahs are often smooth and velvety with dark fruit flavors like plum and blueberry, bolstered by additional notes of chocolate and tobacco, and have great body. Syrah wines pair well with lamb and cheese.

3. Cabernet Sauvignon. Cabernet Sauvignon is the most popular red wine globally and is full of tannins. Tannins create the dry taste of the wine and are also great antioxidants. Cabernet Sauvignon pairs well with steak.