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

The Good Cookies

Okay, the good cookies. The original go-to recipe from way back before. Brought back here at the request of my brother Jim, who was an early champion of this recipe. Cheers bro! Ingredients: 1 cup butter 3/4 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup white sugar 2 eggs 2 cups rolled oats 1 tsp baking soda 1 … Continued

Brussel Sprouts Sans Bourbon

Taken from the Bon Appetit of November 2003, we have used this on many special occassions to great effect. A nice combination of flavors and the roasting of the sprouts seems to alleviate the feeling of angst many seem to bring up when faced with the prospect of eating these things. Ingredients: 2 tbs olive … Continued

Cooking With Bourbon

Bourbon is more than a quaff in our house: it’s also a spice, the backstop of a sauce, and the flavor you try to guess in a dessert. In other words, we cook with the stuff. Often. We’re not the only ones apparently. The University Press of Kentucky has recently published an award winning cookbook … Continued

Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Cake: What to Drink When You’re Hungry

A company in Kentucky has been formed out of the inspired idea to serve up a Kentucky-style dessert confection. The product is called Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Cake. According to the website the cake: is a moist brown sugar cake with pure maple and chocolate cake, topped with walnuts, chocolate and caramel bourbon icing. We use … Continued

Bourbon Sidecar

The original sidecar was made with brandy, but try it with bourbon – you’ll like the results. Recipe: 2oz bourbon 1/2 – 1 oz Triple Sec / Cointreau (experiment with it) 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice Serve over ice in a high-ballish style glass and enjoy. Some people like to rim the glass with sugar. … Continued

Barrel Aged Cocktails

In the never-ending arms race to top the next guy (or gal), Chicago bartenders have turned to the novel idea of aging their cocktails in barrels to deepen the flavor and increase their revenue per glass. The Chicagoist is reporting that at least one local establishment, The Violet Hour, is aging their bourbon manhattans for … Continued

Maple Bourbon Manhattan has a nice video showing the making of a Maple Bourbon Manhattan by a bartender who knows his stuff. source: