Zefiro Torna Added to the Death List

Added the Monteverdi madrigal Zefiro Torna to my death list recently. This is a stunner of a tune, beautiful to listen to and with some great words if you’re so inclined to pay attention. The version I added is from Christina Pluhar’s recording Monteverdi: Teatro D’Amore, a very fine recording. Here is a translation of … Continued

Black Prairie

While it’s not new music, it’s new to the bar staff at the Bourbonhours, and we find it suits us right down to the bottom of the bottle. In particular, their 2012 effort A Tear in the Eye is a Wound in the Heart, which has been on fairly regular rotation here. One of our patrons … Continued

Sweet Virginia – The Rolling Stones

This is the second Stones tune added to the Bourbon playlists. The first was Dead Flowers, which made the seminal Julep Sessions Volume I playlist. This one is from the only Stones album that I have in my collection, Exile On Mainstreet. I grew up with this band courtesy my older brothers, who passed the … Continued

Crazy Rhythm – Stan Getz and J.J. Johnson

Adding a few tunes to the Bourbon list tonight based on a fantastic random set spun out of the bourbon wheel. This piece is just thrilling jazz from Mssrs. Getz and Johnson. Dig this crazy rhythm cool people, while you dance a jigger in ice and bourbon….

Koko Taylor – Gonna Buy Me a Mule

Adding Koko Taylor to the Bourbon list tonight. Fantastic song. Swirling with character, smoky authenticity, and hilarious proto-feminist in-your-face blues lyrics, this is a winner even before the protagonist decides she’s gonna replace her useless man with a mule. Seriously folks, pour yourself a double and check this out…  

Hip Hug-Her

Adding this one to the bourbon list – crazy that it hasn’t yet appeared. Connection to bourbon? Well, for starters, the bourbon genre simply loves a good instrumental (and if you look at the various cd’s we’ve put together, this fact will be borne out). Not just any type of instrumental mind you, but something that … Continued


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Grilled Eggplant Quinoa Greek Salad

We’ve made this a few times, trying to up the ante on a summer Greek salad. This time was a winner with a mix of grilled and fresh veggies mixed with Quinoa and a light lemony, fresh herb dressing… Fear not, there’s still room for grilled peaches and ice cream for dessert! Ingredients 1 cup … Continued

Grilled Potato Salad

This potato salad is not the one you’ll remember from your childhood family picnic gatherings. There’s no mayo, mustard, or hard boiled eggs. The addition of a vinaigrette dressing, oranges and arugula dramatically alters the usual potato salad experience, creating a delightful refreshing accompaniment to any barbeque meal. Serves 4. Thanks to Rachael Ray for this recipe! INGREDIENTS … Continued

Beanhole Beans

This is the granddaddy of all baked beans recipes: made from scratch, in a Dutch Oven and smoked on the grill. It’s a basis in reality for all family gatherings, be they seasonal celebrations, weddings, or funerals. Advance preparation: Soak the beans overnight before you plan to cook. Ingredients: 1 lb dried navy beans 10 … Continued