Thursday, February 15, 2018

Buttered Bourbon Pop-Tail

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Do you and your friends love seeing all the Oscar nominated movies before the awards are handed out? It's definitely movie watching time around here and the planning of a festive group Oscar watching party. It's so much more fun to watch with other people.

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We'll need snacks, of course, but we definitely need cocktails. Since movie watching and popcorn eating go so well together, I thought a popcorn flavored cocktail would be fun on Oscar night. Making a popcorn flavored syrup is super easy and the taste will vary based on the type of popcorn you use. I used plain and added some butterscotch liqueur for that buttered popcorn flavor. But using kettle corn could be all kinds of fun. Make a big pitcher of this drink and a big bowl of popcorn and then settle in with your friends for a serious critique of what on earth the movie stars are wearing. Cheers!

Buttered Bourbon Pop-Tail
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by Hungry Couple
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 5 Minutes
Ingredients (1 Serving)
  • 2 oz. Bourbon
  • 2 1/2 oz. Popcorn syrup (recipe follows)
  • 1/2 oz. Butterscotch liqueur
  • 2 oz. Half and half
Popcorn Syrup:
  • 1/2 Cup sugar
  • 1 Cup water
  • 3 Cups popcorn
  • Pinch of sea salt
Instructions
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Bring the sugar, water and salt to a simmer and cook for a couple of minutes until the sugar has dissolved.

Stir in the popcorn, remove from the heat and allow to cool.

Pour into a jar with a tight fitting lid and place in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours.

Strain out the popcorn and store the syrup in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Add the bourbon, popcorn syrup, butterscotch liqueur and half and half to a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice, shake well and pour into a chilled cocktail glass.







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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Individual Red Lentil Pot Pies

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There are just some culinary terms that make me extra happy and pot pie is one of them. The image of creamy filling encased in pastry is enough to make me hungry. It's also an incredibly versatile dish since both the crust and the filling can be varied so much.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Apple Puff Tart with Tahini Caramel

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Not all Valentine's Day desserts have to contain chocolate. Especially if you suspect a box of your favorite chocolate truffles is being purchased for you because somebody knows how much you love them. So, on the assumption that somebody knows what's good for them and is purchasing said truffles, I think it's safe to move away from the chocolate. There should still be caramel, though.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Ground Beef Stroganoff

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Sunday was cold and rainy and I was feeling run down from a long week. Normally I make a big pot of soup when I feel like that but I was more in the mood for something rich and hearty. Or, at least, rich tasting.