Friday, November 14, 2014

FRIDAY COCKTAIL - HUNTRESS WOMAN!

Yes Rachel this is for you...AND they also have a Hunter's cocktail  for Drew which is pretty much the same without the cream.  The perfect drink after a long day out in the woods and fields hunting for BAMBI!!!!!!

Ingredients:

1 oz bourbon whiskey
1 oz cherry liqueur or brandy
1 oz cream
dash of triple sec

In a cocktail shaker with ice add all ingredients..shake briefly and pour in a rocks glass with ice.


HUNTING SEASON!
ENJOY!

Friday, October 17, 2014

FRIDAY COCKTAIL - AUTUMN SANGRIA!



I love a good sangria - especially red ones.  This combines such great fruits and molasses to be purely AUTUMN!  I may use this as my signature cocktail for Thanksgiving!

Ingredients:

2-3 fresh figs or 1 cup dried figs
2-3 fresh plums or 1 cup dried plums
2-3 fresh apricots or 1 cup dried apricots
1/4 cup molasses
1 750 ml bottle of light red wine like Pinot Noir or Gamay
1 750 ml bottle of sparkling apple cider or club soda, chilled
1 orange (peeled if you prefer) sliced

Halve or quarter the fruit and combine with the molasses.  Add the wine, stir to combine.  Cover and chill it for 2-24 hours.  When you are ready to serve, add sparkling apple cider and orange slices.  Gently stir and serve.  Makes 8 servings.

WINE TIME!
ENJOY!

Friday, October 10, 2014

FRIDAY COCKTAIL - HOT APPLE PIE!



Yes it is getting colder.  In the 30's here this morning.  It's time to break out the "hot" drinks for that nice Autumn comfort! This charmer highlights Tuaca, a fabulous hidden treasure from Italy with vanilla and citrus flavors.

Ingredients:

2 oz Tuaca
hot apple cider
whipped cream
cinnamon stick for garnish

Pour Tuaca in the bottom of an Irish Whiskey glass.  Fill with hot apple cider and top with whipped cream.  Garnish and sip!!

HOT COCKTAILS!
ENJOY!



Wednesday, October 1, 2014

WELL DONE WEDNESDAY - ALEPPO PEPPER!

I was trying to find a spice that added a little heat, but milder than cayenne or crushed red pepper.  Aleppo is a Turkish pepper that is used far more internationally than here in the US.

While it offers heat, it is more smoky and actually has a bit of a fruity taste.  I use it in just about every kind of protein especially in a pan fried chicken dish.

Amazingly it is fabulous in brownies and other chocolate desserts.  It makes brownies a little more complex than your average boxed type brownie. 

Great in deviled eggs too!

ALEPPO!
ENJOY!

Friday, September 19, 2014

FRIDAY COCKTAIL - ITALIAN BERRY MULE!

Still time to get great raspberries and this is so simple to make..delicious!

Ingredients:

6 raspberries
2 oz vodka
1/2 oz fresh lime juice
1/4 oz simple syrup
1/2 tsp aged balsamic vinegar
2 oz chilled ginger beer
ice

In a cocktail shaker muddle the raspberries.  Add ice and all other ingredients except ginger beer.  Shake Well!  Strain the drink into an iced filled glass and top with the ginger beer.

If you don't know how to make simple syrup by now, you shouldn't be making cocktails!

RASPBERRIES!
ENJOY!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

WELL DONE WEDNESDAY - MUSTARD CRUSTED SALMON!

This is the perfect marriage of lemon and mustard.  Just wonderful!!!!!

Ingredients:

3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
1-1/2 tsp lemon zest
1 tsp fresh chopped Italian parsley
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 Tbl olive oil
veg oil
2 Tbl Dijon mustard
4 (6 oz) salmon fillets

Combine first 6 ingredients and set aside.  Spread mustard on top of the salmon fillets and then add the breadcrumb mixture on top.  Pat into the mustard.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

In a saut√© pan with vegetable oil saut√© fillets skin side down for 3-4 minutes.  Move pan to the oven and cook until the topping is golden brown...5-7 minutes.  Serve with lemon wedges.

LEMON AND MUSTARD!
ENJOY!

Friday, August 29, 2014

FRIDAY COCKTAIL - END OF SUMMER SNOWCONE COCKTAIL!

SAD BUT TRUE!

But, we have one weekend left so let's get the party started!
 
 
Ingredients:
 
1 cup sweetened frozen strawberries, pureed
1/4 cup (or more) vanilla vodka
2 tbl Grand Marnier
1 tbl pineapple juice
1 tbl fresh lemon juice
strawberry garnish
shaved ice
 
Mix the pureed strawberries with all other ingredients.  Put shaved ice in a tall glass.  Slowly pour the strawberry mixture over the ice and garnish.
 
HAPPY SUMMER'S END!
ENJOY!