Crown and Ginger

So this week my buddy Eric is getting married.  To honor this holy union I decided to make his favorite cocktail, Crown and Ginger Ale.  Back in Wisconsin we called these High and Dries.   Some may know them as the Whiskey Buck or the Crown Buck, well with the addition of a lime wedge.  Anyway you call it, it is delicious!  I am not a fan of ginger ale, but when you add a little whiskey to it, it is awesome!  Well whenever you add a little whiskey to anything it tastes awesome! 

The High and Dry
The High and Dry

Even though this is a simple cocktail, it has strong flavors that pair perfectly.

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Chewy Brownies

My parents came to visit this past weekend to barbecue and hang out.  One night my Mother wanted something sweet, so I opened up the Art and Soul of Baking and found a great chewy brownie recipe.  I made them and they were a hit.  The brownies are extremely rich and can fulfill anyones sweet tooth.

Fudgy Chewy Brownies
Fudgy Chewy Brownies

Nuts and chocolate chips round out these amazing brownies.

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Hamburger Baked Beans

This past weekend my parents came to visit me out in the Nation’s Capital.  I decided to barbecue and my Mom made the sides.  She made these amazing baked beans with bacon, onions and ground beef.  I had to get the recipe as they were delicious.

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Macaroni Salad

When I was a kid my parents would take me to Pizza Hut for the pizza and salad bar buffet.  It was the best time as it was all you can eat breadsticks and pizza.  Before diving knee deep into the pizza I always went to the salad bar for a quick healthy snack.  That is when I fell in love with the macaroni salad.  It wasn;t like most macaroni salads.  It was full of pimentos and relish.  I have been looking for a good recipe for this type of macaroni salad for a while.  Finally my Mom and I figured out a recipe.  It is basic, but it is really good.

Macaroni Salad
Macaroni Salad
Macaroni Salad
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
8 mins
Total Time
18 mins

Delicious and simple. This reminds me of the salad that I used to eat at Pizza Hut!

Keyword: Macaroni, salad, pizza hut, easy, simple
Servings: 8
  • 1 Pound Elbow Macaroni
  • 3/4 Cup Sweet pickle relish
  • 4 Oz Pimentos diced
  • 1 Stalk Celery finely diced
  • 1/2 Medium Onion finely diced
  • 1 1/2 Cups Mayonnaise
  • 1/2 Cup Sour Cream
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  1. Drain and dice up the pimentos

    Add the pimentos and sweet pickle relish to a large clean bowl.

    Add the celery and oinions

    Next add the mayonnaise, sugar, sour cream and milk.  Stir the mixture until the mixture is creamy.

    Add the macaroni and mix thoroughly.  Taste and add the salt and pepper.  Refigerate for 30 minutes before serving.

    After the salad sits for at least 30 minutes, eat and enjoy!!

It is a little sweeter than most macaroni salads, that is probably why I loved it as a kid.

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Steak Fajitas

I was craving steak the other day so I went to the store to see what was on sale.  Flank steaks were on sale so I picked one up.  When I see flank steak I think of one thing, Fajitas.  So I picked up some peppers and an onion and it was on.

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What to do this weekend in DC – (September 25-27)

Every Friday I pick the best culinary events in the DC area for my readers to enjoy. This weekend there are some great events to attend in and around the DC metro area from Octoberfest to a Buffalo Wing showdown in Georgetown. Share Our Strength Great American Dine-out – Friday and Saturday (Sept. 25-26) Share Our Strength … Read moreWhat to do this weekend in DC – (September 25-27)

Epic Failure – Pot Holders and 2nd Degree Burns

As a starter, I am writing this post spaced out on Percoset.  Now that is a good first line.  If this post seems to run on or go a little weird you know why. Well we should start this out at the beginning.  Today I was going to post about some fabulous steak fajitas (the … Read moreEpic Failure – Pot Holders and 2nd Degree Burns

It is still Summer to me – Try a Mojito!!

I love mojitos.  The lime and mint coming together to mask the sharp bite of rum.  Yeah, I drink the cheap stuff.  Anyways Rum is good, but Rum with mint and lime is awesome!!!.  To take a line from Jim Brewer, Jackpot!!!  Hopefully he doesn’t get mad as that is his only line, but I gave him credit where credit was due. 

The Mojito - Sweet and minty, the perfect drink to mask your garlicy breath.
The Mojito - Sweet and minty, the perfect drink to mask your garlicy breath.

Garnished with a sprig of mint and a lime wedge, Mojitos are amazing!!

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Roasted Garlic Hummus

I have been craving some hummus and I figured that there was no time like the present to make my own.  I wanted a garlicy hummus so I opted to make roasted garlic hummus.  This is another super easy recipe as long as you have a food processor.  Without one it could be a little hard to make.  However, if you like to make pie doughs, hummus, pesto or quickly slice or shred vegetables they are less than $20. 

Roasted Garlic Hummus with Pitas
Roasted Garlic Hummus with Pitas

With the roasted garlic and the fresh tahini this is a great dish.

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Hot Fudge

I had a tub of vanilla ice cream lying around and I wanted to make a sundae, but I had no toppings. So I decided to make my own hot fudge. Luckily I had a pretty stocked pantry and had a can of evaporated milk lying around. Hot fudge is really easy to make. If I had known it was this easy, I would have made it years ago.

Homemade Hot Fudge
Homemade Hot Fudge

The fudge was amazing!

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Football Food – Buffalo Chicken Pizza

Yesterday I had friends over to watch College Football.  We were hungry and I didn’t have much in the house.  However, I had some frozen wings, some wingsauce and 1 hour to make a pizza dough.  So I made Buffalo Chicken Pizza.  Super simple and so darn tasty.

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Arghh – Swedish Pancakes

Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day!! Yes, I am getting into the spirit of things. I wanted to make something that relates to Pirates. I could have made some crazy classic pirate food like parrot or something. I could have gone Somalian since they are so into pirates right now. However I went with my … Read moreArghh – Swedish Pancakes

What to do this weekend in DC – (September 18-20)

Every Friday I pick the best culinary events in the DC area for my readers to enjoy. This weekend there are some great events to attend in and around the DC metro area from a chocolate tasting at the Botanic Gardens to a Wine Festival in Northern Virginia.

Chocolate: A Consumer’s Guide & Tasting – Friday (Sept. 18)

Come learn how to decipher chocolate labels and enhance your enjoyment of this popular treat.   We’ll explore the healthy side of chocolate and discuss how chocolate gets its flavor.  Learn about terminology like “chocolate liquor” and “cocoa mass” while tasting a variety of chocolates ranging from classic milk chocolate to single-origin 70 percent dark chocolate.

Time: 1:00-2:30 – Registration Required

Admission free for Members or $5 for non-members

U.S. Botanic Garden at 245 First Street, S.W., Washington, DC, 20024.

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