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Welcome Erin Jackson, AHT's New Contributing Editor

Congratulations Erin!!! Woooooooo!

Guest Bartender Video: Make The Curly and The Turk with Christian Sanders from The Tippler, NYC

Looks interesting. How does one make blue curacao?

The Burger Lab: An Even Better Way To Make Any Cheese Melt Like American (This Time in Slices!)

Awesome, thanks Kenji.

The Burger Lab: An Even Better Way To Make Any Cheese Melt Like American (This Time in Slices!)

Thanks for the how-to! Now, let's say I wanted to infuse some beer into the cheese slices. I am thinking that you could bloom the gelatin in beer rather than water. But would one tablespoon of beer be enough to really get the flavor into the cheese? Any suggestions?

Thanks!
Brandon

Plymouth Pilgrims' Punch

This looks delicious.

Do you have any other suggested liqueurs? Dimmi?

Thanks!!

Scooped: Earl Grey and Lemon Cookie Dough Ice Cream

Sounds good, thank you!

Scooped: Earl Grey and Lemon Cookie Dough Ice Cream

This looks super tasty. So would you recommend using the citrus variation from the link you provided (with lemon, lime and orange) or would you recommend just doing all lemon. If all lemon, would you add the zest from 1.5 lemons?

Thanks!
Brandon

Meet Our New Sites!

Hahaha, I love the picture of Giada. She is having so much fun with that beet!

And, "Stars Caught Red Handed" HA!!

Happy April Fool's Day!
Brandon

Top This: Pitfire's Pumpkin Pizza

This looks super good. I've used acorn squash on pizza before with spectacular results. Definitely going to have to give this a try. Thanks for sharing.

Brandon

A Sandwich a Day: Grilled Four Cheese Sandwich at Urban Solace in San Diego

This is the first thing that I ever ordered at Urban Solace. I've been hooked ever since. The sandwich is legit and the tomato fennel soup is bold and flavorful. An amazing combination. Their sweet potato fries are great as well.

Thanks!
Brandon

Cook the Book: Quick and Easy Korean Cooking

I have only had Korean BBQ. I really enjoyed it. I am looking forward to seeing some of the recipes from this book.

Thanks!
Brandon

Scooped: Roasted Beet and Dark Chocolate Ice Cream

Raspberries and Smoke: Make Alex Ott's Despacho Cocktail for Valentine's Day

What an interesting concept. I am definitely going to have to try this at home.

Thanks and Happy Valentine's Day!
Brandon

Snapshots from Germany: Döner Kebab

I spent some time living in Germany and I used to have these all of the time. So amazingly delicious. Especially after a night of drinking!! Now I miss Germany.

Brandon

Cook the Book: Ultimate Sriracha Burger 

Officially salivating.

I think I am going to make these for my Super Bowl Party!!!

Thanks.
Brandon

San Diego: Not Your Average Burger at Urban Solace

Mmmm, Urban Solace is my favorite restaurant in San Diego. I have yet to try their burger. Perhaps I will on my next visit.

I would highly recommend the Duckaroni if this burger doesn't seem like your thing (mac and cheese with duck confit). Yum.

Thanks!
Brandon

Market Scene: Hillcrest Farmers' Market in San Diego, CA

Hillcrest Farmer's Market heeeeeeey!!! One of my favorites in San Diego. I could probably spend a solid hour grazing at the Baba Foods table. Yum!

San Diego: Killer New York-Style Pies at Bronx Pizza

Mmmm Bronx Pizza is definitely one of my favorite spots in San Diego. I usually go there when I am not making my own pizza!

Poll: Panettone, Way or No Way?

Yes, totally love Panettone. I recently made this Panettone French Toast for brunch. Prepared with fresh orange zest and orange juice. Yum.

Thanks!
Brandon

Serious Heat: 10 Homemade Spicy Food Gifts

For those of you interested in spice infused alcohol, check out this Bacon and Habanero Infused Vodka. Major heat + bacon savory goodness = one hell of an infusion. I used this infused vodka as a bloody mary base. So yum.

Enjoy!
Brandon

Chocolate Mint Thumbprints

Ummmmm, excuse me?! These look a. mazing. I am also in love with Andes Mints. Officially bookmarked.

Thanks!
Brandon

Market Scene: December at the San Rafael Farmers' Market in California

Mmmm, this is definitely one of my favorite times of the year. I just looooooove citrus season. Especially the meyer lemons. I recently made meyer lemon sorbet with a decent sized farmer's market haul. I think my next project is going to be meyer lemon curd.

Thanks!
Brandon

Roasted Pumpkin Soup

@violent peas I would recommend using a 3 - 4 pound butternut squash.

How to Plan and Host a Cocktail Party

While I certainly agree with everything mentioned above, I always like to have a signature cocktail available for my guests. Try devising a seasonal cocktail in advance keeping in mind the theme of the party (if any). Bump up the wow factor with flavored simple syrups, home infused alcohol or unique garnishes.

The key to keeping this stress free is to only offer one specialized drink. If you increase your offerings, it can be difficult juggling all of the components.

At Thanksgiving, I offered a signature spritzer featuring homemade Cranberry, Orange, Vanilla Vodka. I prepared the vodka a few weeks in advance and simply served it on ice with soda water. Minimal effort, big wow factor.

Enjoy!
Brandon

Thanksgiving Recipe Inspiration: Soup

This year, I will be making Spicy Pumpkin Soup with Toasted Cumin Crema. The soup alone is delicious and fiery; however, when you add the dollop of crema, the whole dish goes to another level. So yum. And it uses canned pumpkin!!

The only thing I haven't figured out yet is if I am going to have this readily available during the appetizer course or serve it as a first course before everything else.

Enjoy!
Brandon

Bacon Tostilocos

Bacon Tostilocos, a Mexican street food snack, is made by topping salsa verde-flavored chips with bacon, tamarind candies, Japanese peanuts, jicama, pickled cucumbers & onion, lime, chamoy, hot sauce and cilantro.

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