Jack Daniels BBQ Burgers Home Style

The winters are very cold up north in the “nosebleed seats” of New York. So quickly turn to things that warm you up, meat, potatoes, whisky and cuddling. Curtis is a big fan of the chain, “casual dining” restaurants and so this was my attempt to keep up with their corporate culinary skills. I think I did pretty well, and I think he would agree. He also helped out a lot, he made the onions, and they were so good he even ate them, and the boy hates onions.

Note: this recipe is more fun when you do shots while cooking.

Jack Daniels BBQ Sauce

Jack Daniels BBQ Burgers
Serves 4
Prep Time 30 Minutes
2lbs Lean Hamburger Meat
Thick Sliced Pepper Jack Cheese 4 slices
1/2 cup crisp bacon cooked and chopped
1/2 onion sauteed with garlic and butter til soft
1 tbsp parsley
1 tsp basil
garlic to taste
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 egg
BBQ sauce of your choice
1 tbsp Jack Daniels

Mix together ground beef, parsley, basil, garlic, egg and salt and pepper in a large mixing bowl until well blended. Shape patties to your pleasure, I like round and normous.

While waiting cook off your bacon and make your onions

In a large skillet cook your burgers. Note that the more lean the beef is the less it will cook down. We learned the hard way and had “mondo” burgers (see Good Burger with Kenan and Kel) for dinner but no one complained. Cover them so that they cook through for about 10-15 minutes turning over to avoid burning over medium high heat.

While they are cooking put bbq sauce of your choice in a sautee pan and add Jack Daniels so the flavors blend and some of the alcohol cooks out.

Top the patties with sauce, sauteed onions, cheese. Recover to melt, when cheese is melted top with a ton of bacon. SERVED.

Burgers!

Delicious, drink beer with it.
Dancing while buzzed from the Jack Daniels in the kitchen late at night after is also highly suggested.

9 Christmas Gifts for Foodies

Late but fun list of Christmas gifts under $50.00 for all of those foodies on your list! Click on photos to access products online.

1. Drum Salt and Pepper Shakers, Holy Cute! That warms me up and makes me think of the islands, and college drum circles..ahh the memories.

S&P Shakers with a riddum $19.95 at DrumBum.com

2. Brew your own Sake! It’s fun to do beer, and wine but this is different and fun and puts a spin on your sushi night.

Sake Brewing Kit from BrewOrganic.com $9.95

3. I’m a big fan of hand made products especially recycled ones. This is a melted wine bottle turned into a cheese plate. Genius. Oh and it’s $10.00!

Wine and Cheese! Etsy.com Tapena Wine Cheese Plate $9.95

4. If you are over the Julia Child cookbook and tackled it with ease and laughter, I challenge you to Escoffier. The Godfather of modern french cooking- this book is the bible for culinary professionals and amateurs. It is now available for online download for $7.00 but is also available in hard back form on Amazon.com.

Escoffier's Cookbook Available for $7.00 Download!

5. I think this is a fun way to spice up your Gin and Tonic. While it is horrible to create novelty products out of tragic historical events, I find that due to the infamous Titanic movie and it’s also infamous Celine Dion soundtrack, these ice cubes are more then appropriate for alcoholic beverages while attempting to enjoy all three.

If you can't beat the ice, join it? $7.50 at Amazon.com

6. Bento Boxes. I’m waiting for these to catch on. With the recession and more people cooking at home and bringing their lunches to work, along with dieting with the new year, these boxes provide great portion control. Most are really obnoxious and girly, but this one is basic and plain and would look great with an apple sticker on it.

Bento Boxes, Great for New Year's Resolutions $22.50 at JBox.com

7. I didn’t intend to put these on the list, but when I stumbled on them on amazon.com they were instantly added. From the same creators of the titanic ice cubes, we bring beer bands. Perfection. I am ordering them this week.
Beer Bands! $6.00 at Amazon.com

8. These aprons are the epitome of sexy. It’s a vintage, domestic diva look that heats things up in the kitchen. Super cute.
Jessie Steele Aprons, Hot and Vintage $32.95 at JessieSteele.com

9. I thought this was an interesting book!
The History of Food in New York $19.80 at Amazon.com

Happy Holidays and I hope you enjoy!

Pink Pancakes!

This morning Curtis and I made pancakes, and on a whim I wanted them pink. As most of you can see my photography skills are poor to quite poor and low and behold, Curtis loves photography. I have been dreaming of being on foodgawker and I think this handsome photo stallion might be my ticket. It’s nice to be able to share your passions and interests with someone you care so much about and who cares so much about you. I present you with: Morning photoshoot, Pink Pancakes.



Culinary Recipe for the Ages
1 box of pancake mix
Add indicated amount of water
Add red food coloring (to desired hue)
Cook in skillet 🙂

BBQ Shrimp, With Love

Florida Flavors Reach Upstate New York
I’m now in New York, upstate near the border of Vermont, and needless to say it is cold. After spending so much time in Miami this summer, my seafood addiction has gotten really strong. The cold just makes it worse. Time for BBQ shrimp!

This shrimp isn’t actually BBQ’d nor does it use a BBQ sauce. The name actually has really no relativity to the recipe. It is broiled shrimp with an incredible spicy and warm sauce that is absolutely irresistable. It provides a great amount of heat without overwhelming the palate with spice. Cooked with shells, and in the oven, it provides a great little buddy for a corona, landshark or my personal diet favorite Michelob Ultra with lime. Add a loaf of french bread and this is not only a meal/appetizer but an event. Peeling and dipping and eating and drinking. It’s an experience, a warming, cozy experience perfect for a cold winter evening in the Adirondacks.

Ingredients
2lbs Shrimp Shell On (the bigger the better)
2 Sticks of Butter
1/3 cup olive oil
1 tsp Basil
1 tbsp Paprika
2 tbsp Cayenne
1 tbsp Garlic
1 tsp Oregano
1 tbsp Shrimp and Crab Boil
1/2 Lime
S+P to taste
Devein thawed shrimp
In a saute pan heat and melt sticks of butter and olive oil. Add garlic and spices. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place shrimp in a baking pan and pour butter sauce over. Cook at 450 degrees (farenheit) for 10 minutes. Broil for another 5 minutes.
Serve Shrimp in Pan and Serve with French Bread. Squirt lime over shrimp upon serving.
Enjoy with a nice cold beer or white wine
Warning! Will stain acrylic nails, best to serve over newspaper, messy fun shrimp.