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.

Brown Butter M&M Cookie Bars

Brown Butter M&M Cookie Bars

It’s after 10 P.M, and I’m in the grocery store.  I don’t mind the grocery store at this hour, but all of my favorite checkout lines are closed.  The pharmacy, cosmetics, customer service, the photo department (some stores still have those).  These are the best lines during normal business hours.  They’re usually just one or…

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Dark Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes with Goat Cheese Frosting

Dark Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes with Goat Cheese Frosting

My boyfriend’s family was in town visiting this past week, so rather than working, I played tourist in my own city. His mom always tries to acclimate to New Orleans in her own way.  She buys a new Voodoo doll every trip, insists on riding the streetcar as often as possible, and although she’s not…

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Dulce de Leche Swirled Brownies with Tequila Whipped Cream

Dulce de Leche Swirled Brownies with Tequila Whipped Cream

Tequila gets a bad rap here in America.  Too often, customers at my bar cringe at the mention of it.  I get the “No, I can’t do tequila… too many bad nights” excuse.  Sure, plenty of bachelor/bachelorette parties and wild college nights have been capped off with a round (or rounds) of tequila shots.  Perhaps…

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Salty Triple Malt Boozy Brownie Pie

Salty Triple Malt Brownie Pie

One of the (many) perks of bartending is having the opportunity to hang out with amazingly talented people from all over the world while tasting brands and spirits you haven’t yet had the chance to savor.  There are many events held throughout the year that serve as hubs for sampling an array of spirits at…

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