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The Science of Fat-Washing Cocktails

I have done a significant amount of fat washing. Bourbon, scotch, vodka, and tequila all with clarified bacon fat. I think they all turn out pretty awesome, but I think the bourbon is the best. I use it in old fashioneds and as a bitters to add a smokiness and savory aspect. A dash is super useful in bloody maries. The vodka is, surprisingly, not as good. Somehow I have always thought duck fat or goose fat and gin would be good, but I haven't tried that.

Cook the Book: 'My Paris Kitchen' by David Lebovitz

Snails. Lots of snails. Also, longoustines, and clams and all matter of delicious custacions. One of the best meals of my life. Second thought is baguettes, awesome cheese, and sunny parks.

Ask a Bartender: How Do You Prevent a Hangover?

A B12 vitamin, two IBprofen, and a half liter of water before bed.

Why I Love Hotel Bars

I could not agree more. I love going to hotel bars in my own city. Best place to go for a drink when by one's self.

Fresh Pineapple Margaritas

And I did. Two pitchers of margs may have been a bit much. They were good though.

Fresh Pineapple Margaritas

I am not a fan of fruity drinks but this recipe is amazing. I could drink a million of these.

Leftover Pizza + Waffle Iron = Delicious Crispy, Gooey, Cheese-Stuffed Snack

This method is crazy awesome. My family approves.

Cook the Book: 'Nom Nom Paleo' by Michelle Tam and Henry Fong

I think of the Urban Caveman's burger bowl. Yum! Great Paleo food truck in Milwaukee:

Ask a Cicerone: How to Pair Beer and Chocolate

Dark chocolate with The Poet from New Holland is 1a;
Malted milk balls with Samiclaus is 1b.
Both pairings are unreal good and the best way to end a meal.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: The Baking Steel

Ango Nog: An Even-More-Wintry Eggnog

Just made up a batch and it is pretty great. I did 50/50 bitters and whiskey because I am low on my Agostura bottle. It tastes light a pumpkin nog, but in every good way. Definitely one to mix up.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Thermapen Thermometer

Chain Reaction: Texas Roadhouse

Texas Road House Steals a piece of my soul every time I visit. My in-laws like this restaurant so I am dragged along occasionally. There is no place in the world I loath more than that restaurant. It is a sad spectacle of everything I hate about chain restaurants. Sorry.

I hate paper coffee cups; solution?

As a follow up, I am talking about ceramic cups. Not travel mugs. Travel mugs are ubiquitous here, but I find drinking out of them to be just as bad as out of paper cups. I am talking about bringing a ceramic espresso cup with me. I am surprised this is so common in other places.

Pork Lettuce Wraps

Definitely a good place to start. I used less than half the hoisin sauce called for and it was still too much for me. I would recommend using way less hoisin. I used a bit of soy sauce, water, chilis, and garlic to augment the sauce. I love the crisped potatoes and veg in there though. That part is really good.

I hate paper coffee cups; solution?

I have never seen someone bring there own cup in MKE. Although, I wouldn't say we really have much of a coffee culture yet. Lots of good coffee roasters, and a lot of cafes, but not much of a wide spread culture yet.

Book recommendations for a newby griller

Not a book, but you obviously have the internet. Check out

They have great info on the basics and more advanced grilling topics.

Serious Heat: My Love for Mojo Sauce

So I am guessing that the "4 heads of garlic, peeled" is supposed to be 4 CLOVES of garlic? Right? Has to be.

7 Summer Cocktail Party Pitfalls To Avoid

On point #3, bottled cocktails are another good idea. Guests especially like interactive bottled cocktails like a ramos gin fizz. I bottle the fizzes with everything but the seltzer, the guest shakes there own fizz, then tops with seltzer. I use the San Pellegrino bottles for my cocktails. I keep a flat of them around and use them all the time.

Grilling: Mexican Roadside Chicken with Green Onions

Just made this recipe last night. Super easy, super delicious. It is definitely a recipe to keep handy.

Whose Espresso Is Better: Third-Wave Cafés or Traditional Italian Espresso Bars?

The Italians win on culture, but the new style espresso tastes better.

The Pizza Lab: Combine The KettlePizza and the Baking Steel For The Ultimate Home Pizza Setup

@esjay- I agree. It seems like the only thing the steel is adding is thermal mass and a radiant body. I love the pizza steel product, but it sounds like a pile of my cast iron pans would be just as effective and I already own them.

What's Your Iced Coffee Method?

Shakeratos or hot brewed coffee poured over ice. I brew my fresh coffee into a shaker tin filled with ice, stir quickly, then strain into a glass of fresh ice. I feel the coffee stays much more concentrated that way and stay freezing cold longer. Also, some high quality dark chocolate melted into the espresso before shaking your shakerato is excellent.

Do You Compost Your Food Scraps?

Yes, we compost all non-animal food leftovers and scraps. You can compost everything, but we don't do meat dairy because the smell is bad and we keep our collection bin in the kitchen. We empty the bin a couple times a week. It is amazing the reduction in garbage that this provides. Since composting our garbage volume is down by half. I was surprised by the impact. And our veggies gain the benefit.

I live in WI.

What To Do With Leftover Egg Yolks

Pasta! I more often have the reverse problem, what do I do with this bowl of egg whites. I make fresh pasta every sunday. Maybe I need to do some egg white omlets for breakfast then use my saved yokes for dinner.

I hate paper coffee cups; solution?

I am a coffee lover. I especially like espresso, macchiatos, cortados, and lattes. During the work day, I do not have a nice espresso machine available and like to run to my local cafe for a sip. While my preferred cafe will serve me my double shot with a twist in a nice ceramic cup, most places will not. Instead I get a cheap paper cup and it kills the experience for me.

So to combat the problem of paper cups, I am considering bringing my own cups with me. Over the top? Or can I get away with this? Do any of you have the same problem?


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