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Recipes : Bratwurst Sliders

12 pretzel buns (click for recipe) or other slider buns

Ingredients For The Beer-braised Onions
1 tablespoon butter
1 large onion, sliced thin
1 bottle German lager
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon Worcestershire
salt and pepper to taste
1 clove garlic, minced

Ingredients For The Beer Cheese
1 bag (10 oz) cheddar cheese, shredded
¼ pound Gruyere cheese, shredded
1 ½ tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup German lager
1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
1 clove garlic, minced
Hot sauce and Worcestershire to taste

Ingredients For The Bratwurst
6-10 pre-cooked bratwursts cut into fourths

1. Add thinly sliced onions and about a tablespoon of butter to a medium-sized frying pan.

2. Sauté the onions until soft and translucent.

3. Add sugar, Worcestershire, salt, pepper, and pour in your entire bottle of beer.

4. Cook over medium heat until the onions caramelize and most of the liquid has been absorbed.

5. Scoop onions into a bowl and cover with aluminum foil to keep warm.

6. Add sliced bratwurst to your pan, sauté on medium until the skin has slightly crisped in spots.

7. As the bratwurst cooks, mix both cheeses and flour in a medium-sized bowl.

8. In a small saucepan, bring a cup of lager to a boil. Add minced garlic.

9. Bring the heat down to simmer and add cheese mixture slowly. Stir constantly with a wooden spoon to melt the cheese evenly.

10. After the cheese is completely melted, add a tablespoon of brown mustard and a few drops of each hot sauce and Worcestershire sauce.

11. Serve bratwurst, warm beer cheese, and onions on rolls and enjoy!

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Drinks : Boozy Bananas Foster Milkshake

3 ounces of 3 Howls Bananas Vodka
2 scoops of vanilla bean ice cream
½ cup of milk
¼ stick of butter
1/8 cup of sugar
¾ of a banana sliced horizontally into 4 pieces
½ cup heavy cream
½ tablespoon of powdered sugar
¼ teaspoon of vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
Garnish: 2 slices of banana, whip cream, and caramel
Homemade Whip Cream: (feel free to use purchased whip cream and omit this step)

Use a chilled mixing bowl and add heavy cream, powered sugar and vanilla bean paste or extract

Mix on high until stiff peaks are formed –do not overbeat it will turn into butter

Set whip cream aside

*I put the whip cream into a zip loc bag and cut a hole in one of the corners so that I could pipe onto the milkshake

Caramelized Bananas:

In a medium skillet melt butter then add sugar

When the sugar and butter are mixed add banana slices

Caramelize banana slices then take skillet off of the flame

Add 1.5 ounces of vodka to the skillet and return to the flame

Set the alcohol on fire by either using the stove flame or a long lighter

*Be extremely carefully when setting alcohol on fire it can produce a big flame so stand back and be extremely carefully. You can omit this step

Let the alcohol cook off then set skillet aside (this process should produce caramelized bananas and caramel to use for the garnish)

Drink Preparation:

In a blender combine 1.5 ounces of vodka, vanilla bean ice cream, 2 slices of the caramelized banana, and milk

Blend until desired consistency

Note: add more ice cream if mixture is too thin or more milk if it too thick

Pour blended mixture into serving glass

Garnish with 2 slices of the caramelized banana, caramel, and homemade whip cream


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Sources : Boozy Bananas Foster Milkshake Photo | Boozy Bananas Foster Milkshake Article
Tips : EZ Pour Pancakes (And Pancake Art!)

I'm not someone who actually enjoys botching what could've been an artful and clean breakfast. If I could make cool recipes and also have nothing to clean up after wards I would be soooo happy.

Wait, what's that? There are ways to do that?

Yeah folks, it's called not throwing your condiment bottles away. Ketchup, Mayo, Ranch, Mustard, anything that comes in a convenient bottle is easy pickings.

Use a funnel to put pancake or waffle mix into the bottle and make sure it's tight-sealabale if you plan on using it later.

Your hot stove is your canvas. Pour your favorite mix on how you would regularly or make a drawing, let it set for about 6 seconds and then fill it out. You're in control here, not your 1 quart Pyrex measuring cup or mixing bowl.

You can't draw on a waffle maker, but it's still convenient to control whether your mix ends up on the counter.

Sources : Pancake Smiley Photo
Drinks : Honeydew Milkshake

1 honeydew melon,
4 tablespoons honey,
4 scoops vanilla ice cream,
500 ml full fat milk,
Crushed ice.

Remove the skin and seeds of the melon and cut into chunks, toss in a food blender. Add the milk and the honey and blend well for a couple of minutes. Add the crushed ice and the ice cream and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

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Recipes : Bacon and Blue Cheese French Fries

2 whole potatoes, cleaned, and peeled
3 slices of Nueskes bacon (or your favorite), cooked, and chopped
1/4 cup shallot, finely diced
2 cloves garlic, diced
1 tbsp unsalted butter
1 cup of blue cheese, crumbled
1/2 cup of milk
1 tsp cracked black pepper
3 cups canola oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Start by cutting your potatoes in half, lengthwise. Then cut them into about 1/2 inch slices, lengthwise. Place them on their side, and slice in 1/2 slices again until you have a french fry cut. See the picture below, or do a quick Google search to see how it’s done.

Place your cut french fries into a large bowl of cold water as this will help remove some of the starch as well as prevent the potatoes from turning brown.

To medium size pot, add the canola oil and bring it up to 325 degrees. While the oil preheat, drain the potatoes and lay them out on a towel. Gently pat them to dry as you do not want wet potatoes to go into the hot oil.

When the oil has reached temperature, add a small handful of potatoes to the oil, and cook them for about 4 minutes. After 4 minutes, remove them with your kitchen spider or slotted spoon and set them on a paper lined baking sheet to drain any excess oil.

Repeat with remaining potatoes, making sure you bring the oil temperature up to 325 degrees after every batch.

During this time, let’s go ahead and make the blue cheese sauce.

To make the sauce, add the butter to a skillet and let it melt over medium heat. Toss in the shallots and garlic, and give that a good mix. Let this sweat down for about 4 minutes.

Add in the blue cheese, milk, and black pepper. Raise the heat a bit and let this begin to melt down and become nice and bubbly. Stir along the way. Once the sauce thickens, reduce the heat to low, or remove from the heat and set aside.

Once all of your potatoes have cooked, raise the temperature of your oil to 375 degrees.

Again, in small batches, add the precooked potatoes back into the oil, and cooked until golden brown, roughly 4 minutes. Again, remove with your spider, however toss in a paper lined bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Repeat with remaining potatoes.

After the french fries are complete, it is then time to assemble.

Preheat your oven broiler to 450 degrees.

Add a bundle of french fries to a baking dish. I used my good ‘ol cast iron fajita skillet, spoon a bunch of the blue cheese sauce all over the fries, and top with the chopped bacon.

Place under the broiler until the cheese is nice and bubbly, roughly 4-5 minutes.

Your end result is an awesome flavor combination of smoky bacon and blue cheese. Pair that with these amazing homemade french fries, and well in baseball terms, you just hit a homerun. Perfect for any side dish, and heck pair these up with a classic burger, and you’ve just impressed not only yourself, but those around you. Hope you enjoy.


Sources : Bacon and Blue Cheese French Fries Photo | Bacon and Blue Cheese French Fries Article
News : Ben & Jerry's Renames Famous Flavor

In support of yesterdays Obergefell v. Hodges ruling, Ben & Jerry’s is renaming one of their most popular ice cream flavors.

For the rest of the summer, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough will be named I Dough, I Dough at participating Ben & Jerry’s scoop shops. From their website:

Across the country and around the globe, the movement for marriage equality is on an unstoppable roll, generating history-making victories, game-changing wins and growing waves of public support for legalizing same-sex marriage everywhere.

With this ruling, the SCOTUS recognizes the bond of love and commitment between two people, and protects the fundamental rights and freedoms that come with it. They’re deciding to be much classier about this whole thing than I am; there’s not even a single “SUCK IT, CONSERVATIVES” sprinkled in there.

The interesting thing is this couldn’t have been a snap decision; considering how quickly Ben & Jerry’s was on the ball with this, they had to have been planning it for a while. This underpins something that, in the understandable rush to joy and celebration, hasn’t really been addressed much: the fact that it was, essentially, a foregone conclusion. We can and should celebrate the ruling (and the conservative freakout; oh, God, the glorious conservative freakout*), but we also have to acknowledge that it was in no way a surprise. If you were shocked by the Obergefell’s outcome, you haven’t been paying attention.

For most companies, I’d probably see something like this as trying to make a PR move. Having seen the way Ben & Jerry’s actually operates from the inside, though, I can say with confidence that the company legitimately believes in this and all of its political aims (the Save Our Swirled campaign is no shill move, either; they really, really care about reducing methane emissions and combating climate change**). I know it’s generally a good plan to be cynical as hell about any business that reaches the size of Ben & Jerry’s, but in this case, an exception has to be made. They’re a really, really difficult company to dislike.

* This was the only part of this whole thing that actually shocked me; not that conservatives got all huffy about the decision, but that many of them seemed legitimately surprised by it. Have...have you guys been living in this country for the past 10 years? A broken weathervane could tell which way the wind was blowing on this one.

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