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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Maple Bourbon Waffle Cake with Candied Bacon Praline

Maple Bourbon Waffle Cake with Candied Bacon Praline

The typical service industry schedule greatly conflicts with maintaining healthy eating habits.  We often don’t wake up until 10 AM or later, and our battered and bruised bodies are slow to get moving. By the time we’re up, washed, and caffeinated, it’s pushing noon.  At this point there’s two options: either have a breakfast-like meal…

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Port Wine Pop Tarts

Homemade Fancy, Boozy Pop Tarts with Fig Jam and Port Wine Glaze

Today I had wine for breakfast.  More specifically, dessert wine.  Double shame?  More like double awesome. I woke up feeling fancy, so I made myself some Homemade Pop Tarts with Fig jam and Port Wine Glaze.  You need to treat yourself sometimes, you know?

Rum Raisin Carrot Cake Doughnut

Rum Raisin Carrot Cake Doughnuts

“Doughnut” or “Donut”?  The proper spelling is debatable, and I’ve mostly been on Team Doughnut (because it’s a ring of dough).  Curious to see which spelling is more popular, I conducted an informal study by searching for both terms across various search engines, food porn hubs, and recipe websites. Here’s a brief sample of the…

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Soy Ginger Shorbread Bars

Toasted Sesame Soy-Ginger Shortbread Cookies

Do you have a go-to hangover dish?  The one that will bring you comfort and save your aching body (or at least not upset it further)?  It’s usually a deliverable dish because let’s face it, you’re not standing up for any length of time to cook, and you’re certainly not putting on pants and leaving…

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Strawberry Pink Peppercorn Cointreau Cake

Strawberry Cake with Pink Peppercorn and Cointreau Frosting

The weather has made a favorable turn, but it’s presenting a new dilemma.  I no longer desire to complete any task or participate in any activity that requires staying indoors!  No work, baking, or household duties (I’m looking at you, Ever Growing Laundry Pile).  Not even any dining out unless there is courtyard seating available….

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Hazelnut Irish Coffee Cupcakes

Hazelnut Coffee Cupcakes with Irish Coffee Frosting

I fully intended to NOT do a St. Patrick’s Day recipe.  It’s one of the most dreaded holidays for bartenders to work because too many use the holiday as an excuse to get (amateurishly) bombed.  By 8PM, most customers are either too drunk to serve, trying to kiss everyone, or falling asleep at the bar….

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Whiskey Red Velvet Cheesecake Cake

Whiskey Red Velvet Cheesecake Cake

Though its origins are up for debate, the South has certainly adopted red velvet cake as it as it’s own.  It’s very representative of Southern culture as a whole.  Bold, self-confident, borderline gaudy in appearance, it’s always well-dressed and commanding the attention of the dessert table.  One bite, however, and you’re reminded of it’s true…

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