Articles Tagged: food

Bourbon Gravy

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Making gravy is surprisingly easy. If you’re already making a Thanksgiving turkey, with about 15 minutes extra work you can also have homemade gravy. And like most foods, gravy is even better when you add booze.

Ingredients

    4 cups turkey or chicken stock
    3 tbs butter (unsalted)
    1/3 cup flour
    Pan drippings from turkey (pour fat off first)
    ½ cup bourbon
    salt and pepper to taste

 
Instructions

Cook butter in a large saucepan on medium … Read more

Kentucky Derby Drinks & Eats

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The Kentucky Derby, held annually at the end of the two-week long Kentucky Derby Festival, is considered the “most exciting two minutes in sports” and celebrates its 138th year this Saturday. Whether you’re into horses, into betting or just love a good, old-fashioned race, this year we’ve got some awesome choices to make sure the fun keeps going well past the two-minute mark. 

Drinks

    Kentucky Apple Sour — this sweet, little cocktail is straight from

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Bourbon Apple Glazed Chicken Wings

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Ingredients:
2 lbs chicken wings, trimmed
1 cup Maker’s Mark Bourbon
1 can frozen apple juice concentrate, thawed (12 ounces)
½ cup soy sauce
¼ cup cider vinegar
¼ cup dark brown sugar
4 large cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 tablespoon maple syrup 

Directions:
Combine all of the ingredients in a medium pot. Bring to boil on high heat and then reduce to a simmer for 30-40 minutes … Read more

Grilled Quail with Maker’s Mark Glazed Turnips

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Created by Chef Brian Bistrong
Serves 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes. Cook Time: 15 minutes. Level: Easy.

Ingredients:
4 pieces semi-boneless quail
8 pieces baby turnips, peeled and sliced thinly into rounds
4 pieces scallions, white and green, sliced into 1” pieces
2 tablespoons Maker’s Mark®
2 teaspoons butter
1/3 cup strong chicken stock
Salt and pepper
Zest of ½ lemon
Vegetable oil

Directions:
    1.    Pat the quail dry with a paper towel and then … Read more

Gruner or Chianti – High/Low Wine Weekend

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By day, I am wine student and spend most of my time studying. By night, I work at a high-end restaurant where I pour amazing wines. While I love wine from all over the world, my passion is for food-friendly wines that serve to enhance the dining experience and what people are eating!

One of my favorite white wines is Gruner Veltliner from Austria. It usually shows stonefruit along with citrus notes and vegetal notes. … Read more

Memorial Day Food & Drink Recipes

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In honor of those who have died in service to the country, America celebrates Memorial Day on the last Monday of May. It’s also a great time to say thanks to men and women who have served or are still serving in our military.

Since many people have the day off, it’s also one of the biggest barbecue and picnic days of the year. If you’ll be spending the day outdoors, here are some food … Read more

Cinco de Mayo Food and Drinks

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Happy Cinco de Mayo! Here’s a quick and easy guide to everything you need to know to have a tasty holiday, Drink of the Week style. Enjoy!

    Not exactly sure what you’re celebrating? Here’s a brief primer on Cinco de Mayo.
     
    Margaritas are an essential part of the party. Here’s a classic Margarita recipe, plus a few variations.
     
    Try these twists: Arizona Margarita made with prickly pear, Piña Perfection Margarita with pineapple juice and Blood

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Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

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Chocolate-covered strawberries are the perfect romantic treat for Valentine’s Day. They pair well with Champagne and sparkling wine. They look pretty on the plate. However, they are actually inexpensive and easy to make.

When pairing this with champagne, you can’t go wrong. But if you’re looking for a nuanced pairing, keep in mind that you want the Champagne or sparkling wine to be as sweet as the chocolate. “Brut” has the least sugar, which would … Read more

Brandied Apricots

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This simple recipe is very festive, making it perfect for holiday celebrations or homemade gifts. The brandied apricots are good by themselves or as a topping on ice cream or cake. You can even use the juice in cocktails. It’s probably possible to use dried apricots, although this was made with fresh ones that were flash frozen.

Ingredients

8 apricots, pitted and halved
¾ cup brandy (I used cognac)
¼ cup water
1-2 cinnamon sticks, … Read more

Whiskey and Cheese: Together at Last

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If I made a list of my favorite things to ingest, cheese and whiskey would definitely be in the top five. So excuse me while I get all ooey-gooey about the whiskey & cheese session I went to at the Cheese School of San Francisco on Friday. The word “school” in the name might make you think of a classroom but it’s more like a big dinner party with 10 world-class cheeses, five diverse international … Read more

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