Nutella Swirled Brown Butter Cookie Bars with Sea Salt

Nutella Swirled Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars with Sea Salt

What I love most about baking is the aspect of giving.  We often bake sweets with intention, with someone in mind.  We’re offering a token of gratitude or perhaps congratulating someone on an accomplishment or milestone.  A freshly prepared gift of food is never forgotten.  It’s thoughtful and always appreciated.  

Cookie Milk Punch

Frozen Cookie Milk Punch

There are still a few days left of the book giveaway.  Check out the Cherry & Rye Whiskey Sweet Rolls Recipe to enter!Brunches in New Orleans are nothing without Milk Punches.  Made with Brandy (or sometimes Bourbon) and occasionally a splash of rum, these creamy saviors have endless variations just as all classic cocktails do. If…

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Cherry and Rye Whiskey Sweet Rolls

Cherry and Rye Whiskey Sweet Rolls (and a giveaway!!!)

I’ve been neglecting this site for almost two week now.  It was for good reason, though, I assure you. I’ve been preparing for and participating in Tales of the Cocktail 2015.  It is THE cocktail convention of the year.  Bartenders, distillers, food and beverage writers, cocktail enthusiasts, spirits brand ambassadors, and all-around cool people converge…

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Bourbon Bacon Onion Jam

Bourbon Bacon Onion Jam

Here we go again on another bourbon-bacon adventure (because Maple Bourbon Waffle Cake with Candied Bacon Praline and Chocolate Bourbon Bacon Pie weren’t enough)…. I’m sorry to do this to you again.  (I’m not sorry.) Please forgive me.  (Forgive me meaning thank me.  And you’re welcome.) If you can find it in your heart to…

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Fig, Cognac, and Mascarpone Chocolate Cupcakes

Fig, Cognac, and Mascarpone Chocolate Cupcakes

Louis C.K. has a bit about day drinking, saying, “I can’t drink because I just get tired.  I go to sleep.  I don’t know how people drink and then do shit.” That standup special aired a few years ago, and at that time, I scoffed at the notion (a loving scoff because I adore Louis…

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Stout S'mores Ice Cream Sandwiches

Stout S’mores Ice Cream Sandwiches (No-Churn!)

High-volume cocktail bartending requires high-efficiency multi-tasking and an abundance of patience. “I need three Sazeracs.”  Got it.  That’s easy. “I know it’s late and it’s busy, but I really want a Ramos Gin Fizz.”  Crap.  OK.  At least it’s just one.

Blueberry Bourbon Cornmeal Crumble Tart

Blueberry Bourbon Cornmeal Crumble Tart

As far as seasons are concerned, there are only a few I choose to recognize. Not Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer. I observe Fall Baking Season, Holiday Season, Festival Season (probably the most celebrated season in New Orleans), and Blueberry Season.