DIY: Butter

Butter Ball Knife

When I was a boy, my family took us on vacation to visit my relatives in France.  My most treasured memories of this trip were of French food, breakfast in particular.  Every morning we would snack from a sampling of fresh baguettes, jam, butter, and la vache qui rit.  The adults would drink strong coffee with milk (often kept at room temperature), and the kids drank hot chocolate.  One of the key components of this breakfast, which is

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Peach Tarragon Rosé Jam

Peach Tarragon Rosé Jam

It’s scorching outside.  And it’s humid.  I’m talking 97 degrees and 100 % humidity.  Hurry up, October.  Please.  I need you here.  Right now. In the meantime, let’s make the best of summer fruit and wine into a perfect little jam.  Spread it on anything (Black Pepper Buttermilk Biscuits), or eat it straight out of the jar.  Make some DIY Butter too if you’re feeling extra DIY-y. Whatever you do, please, just stay inside.  Have

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Black Pepper Buttermilk Biscuits

Black Pepper Buttermilk Biscuits

My first experience making biscuits as a young girl was, at the time, a crowning achievement.  I was probably no more than 9 years old, and I couldn’t believe how easy it was to get breakfast on the table for my family.  Who’s getting everyone’s day started off right?  This little lady. Now I sort of feel as though I had cheated.  I had used a box mix.  You know the kind.  Add various proportions

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Ginger and Roasted Peach Tequila Milkshake

Peach Tequila Milkshake

A few months ago, the New Orleans Chapter of the USBG (United States Bartenders’ Guild) held a Cinco de Mayo party for its members.  A jelly bean spoon race, a friendly cocktail competition, and a busted piñata made for quite an enjoyable evening. Did I mention there was Don Julio?  ON TAP?!  Yes, not only was Don Julio kind enough to sponsor the event, but we also each received a bottle of Don Julio Anejo

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Fig & Anise Shortbread with Scotch Honey Glaze

Scotch honey anise fig shortbread

  This is a quick, easy dessert to whip up in a jif, and I would consider it to be very “giftable”.  The shortbread is great on its own, but I highly recommend adding the scotch honey drizzle for added elegance.  I hate to say which single-malt I used because I don’t to get the “I can’t believe you used (insert high-end booze here).  It should only be sipped neat/neat with a splash of water/on

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Peanut Butter Bourbon S’mores

Peanut Butter Bourbon S'more cover

This recipe was a mistake.  The result of a failed attempt.  A total accident. While working on the Mint Julep Moon Pie, I tried several different marshmallow techniques.  This version came out too thick for moon pie use (couldn’t pipe it onto the cookies), but I decided to keep them anyway.  I had almost forgotten about them the next day when an intense craving for a snack hit me suddenly.  National S’more Day (who decides

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Mint Julep Moon Pie

Mint Julep Moon Pie

Arnaud’s French 75 Bar is the best bar in New Orleans.  No, seriously.  It’s official.  They won.  And it’s not as though it was some mysterious, electoral college, no-one-knows-who -really-decides-these-things sort of contest.  Nola.com polled their readers (And the No.1 New Orleans bar (according to our readers) is…), and they won fair and square.  I could go on for days about why they truly deserve this honor, but I’m just going to focus on one

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Tales of the Cocktail: Part 3 – Chocolate Bourbon Bacon Pie

Chocolate Bourbon Bacon Pie_

Dear Four Roses, I love you.  I very much enjoyed your tasting room at Tales of the Cocktail.  Let’s do this again soon. Yours Truly, The F&B Department   Two words:  Barrel Strength. The Roosevelt Hotel?  I think I may have heard of that place… Cellar Door Chocolates (based out of Louisville, KY) was on hand passing out their Bourbon Balls.  I went back for seconds.  And thirds. Then I saw this sign.  I took

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Tales of the Cocktail: Part 2 – Vanilla Bourbon Cherry Ice Cream

Cherry Bourbon Ice Cream

Here are a few quick notes from Tales:   -Ginger beer is one of my favorite cocktail/mocktail/dessert ingredients.  Copies of the May/June issue of Imbibe were available featuring a homemade ginger beer recipe that I will be trying out in the near future.  If you’re not feeling so DIY, the Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer tasting room was offering ice cream floats with their product.  It has a 4.8% ABV (bye, bye mocktails) and is widely available in the UK.

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Tales of the Cocktail: Part 1 – Angostura Bitters Glazed Popcorn

New Angostura Popcorn

This is the first year I’ve been able to fully experience Tales of the Cocktail.  I worked at the Carousel Bar the last two years, and due to the masses that Tales brings to an already high volume bar, the event, to me, was more about survival than education and enjoyment. We ran out of Green Chartreuse last year, and were it not for the back ups of Fernet Branca, there may have been a

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