When cooking something special calling for wine?
That reminds me of the Galloping Gourmet of many years ago on TV. He was always having a slurpee of wine whie cooking. Makes for a happy cook anyhow. =)
If I put one cup of red cooking wine into beef stew will you be able to taste the wine?
No, the alcohol cooks off. The wine will enhance the flavor.
When cooking something for a group of people..is it a good idea to improvise..?
I would probably not do that, you wanna enjoy the evening rather than be worrying how the food is gonna turn out :)
What is the difference between Red cooking wine and dry red wine?
IF you couldn't find dry red wine, you weren't in a liquor store worth shopping at. Cabernet works. Cooking wine has a load of salt in it, so cut whatever salt the recipe calls for.