Lemon Meringue Pie

Sorry that I missed my post yesterday.  I drove from Michigan to DC and it only took 12 hours.  I saw multiple car pile-ups and a ton of bad drivers.  It was a pretty good Sunday.  Unfortunately I was unable to post anything for yesterday.  However, today I have a great pie that my Mom and I made for my Cousin Thomas.  It was his birthday over Thanksgiving so we decided to make him his favorite pie.  Lemon Meringue.  I have never made a lemon meringue pie so this was new to me.  We decided to use a recipe that we found in the Lady and Sons cookbook. It made a pretty tasty pie.

Lemon Meringue Pie
Lemon Meringue Pie

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Leftovers – Thanksgiving Potato Skins

I am a huge fan of potato skins.  The other day I made bbq chicken potato skins.  While making them I realized that potato skins are the perfect vessel for Thanksgiving leftovers.  Fill the skin with your leftovers and your are there.  I must say that these are some of the most delicious potato skins that I have ever had.

Thanksgiving Leftovers - Potato Skin Edition
Thanksgiving Leftovers - Potato Skin Edition

Serve with a side of gravy and you will be in heaven.

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SavoryReviews – Black Friday Edition

Every Friday I usually list the things to do in DC.   However, today is special. It is Black Friday. Only the greatest day to pick up kitchen gadgets. So I have compiled a list of the best deals today for Kitchen appliances and gadgets.

Macys.com

  • KitchenAid Classic 4.5-qt. Stand Mixer (After Rebate) $179.99
  • Cuisinart 7-cup Food Processor $79.99
  • 40% off All Hot Beverage Makers, Coffeemakers, Espresso Makers and Tea kettles
  • 40% off All Blenders, includes Cusinart, KitchenAid, Breville and Others
  • Martha Stewart Collection 8.5-qt Stainless Steel Casserole $19.99
  • Martha Stewart Collection 2.75-qt. Round Enameled Cast-Iron Casserole $24.99
  • Martha Stewart Collection 20-Piece Essential Cutlery Set $37.99

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Happy Thanksgiving!!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.  Today I decided to take a little break from cooking and recap my favorite Thanksgiving dishes.  If you need a few tips for cooking your turkey check out my turkey hints and tips that I posted on Tuesday.

Roasted Turkey Breast
Roasted Turkey Breast

Herb Roasted Turkey Breast

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Vodka Cranberry Spritzer

When I was a bartender I made T-shirts that said “Vodka Cranberry not Cranberry Vodka”. Everyone always ordered a Cranberry Vodka and then they gave me blank stares when I asked if they wanted a shot or what they wanted the cranberry vodka mixed with. Yep, they make cranberry vodka. We stocked two kinds of it. So here is a tip, order the spirit then order the mixer. I love cranberries and I also love vodka. So I did a little twist on the vodka cranberry and added a little lime juice and some sparkling water. Everything is a little better with some fizz.

The Vodka Cranberry Spritzer
The Vodka Cranberry Spritzer

Garnish with a lime and you are ready to go. Not the most manly drink, so I would suggest drinking it at home away from other people. Haha.

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Turkey Tuesday Roundup

Well it is the Tuesday before Thanksgiving and I wanted to give a few pointers.  Let me know if there is anything that I have left out.

Roasted Turkey
Roasted Turkey

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BBQ Chicken Potato Skins

I always seem to bbq an extra chicken breast every time that I grill.  I have no idea why there is an extra one, but there is always an extra.  So I decided to come up with a great way to use the leftovers.  On a side note, this use of bbq chicken leftovers is so good, I actually grill chicken to make it.  Yep, it is chicken smothered in bbq sauce and layered with bacon and cheese.  Oh, I forgot the best part.  It is all in a potato bowl.  How awesome does that sound?

BBQ Chicken Potato Skins
BBQ Chicken Potato Skins

Top with a dollop of sour cream and some freshly cut green onions.

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Book Review: The Cocktail Primer

The Cocktail Primer
The Cocktail Primer

This weekend my friends came over and helped me build a home bar in my basement.  It is pretty sweet.  I will post pictures once it is finished.  However, this was the perfect time to Review the Book, “The Cocktail Primer” by Eben Klemm.  This is a great book on the basic cocktail.  It goes over the makeup and level of complexity of each drink and further links the drinks together by drink family.  Along with drink recipes, Klemm discloses how to set up your home bar.  Everything from what spirits are necessary, to ingredients to have on hand all the way to the equipment that you will need.

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Pumpkin Waffles

So I purchased a bunch of canned pumpkin and now I am unsure what to do with it all.  So today I decided to break out the waffle iron and make some pumpkin pancakes.  Pumpkin goes great with breakfast.  Pumpkin pancakes are awesome, and honestly, who doesn’t sneak a slice of pumpkin pie in the morning. So here are some awesome pumpkin waffles.

Pumpkin Waffles
Pumpkin Waffles

These go great with warmed natural maple syrup.

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What to do this weekend in DC – (November 20 – November 22)

This weekend in DC is the start of the Holiday Season. I am a huge fan of the Holidays. Good food, good company and presents. Everything from Gingerbread sculptures to Thanksgiving parades.

The Mount Vernon Gingerbread House – (Nov. 20-24)

Roland Mesnier the former White House Pastry Chef is constructing a replica of George Washington’s Mount Vernon. Every day from the 12th to the 24th Roland will be constructing the replica in the Vaughan Lobby from 10am to 3pm. Visitors can watch as Mesnier constructs the masterpiece, which will include intricate details such as works of art on walls and several marzipan figures. The best part is that admission to the Mount Vernon Estate is not required to visit the Vaughan Lobby, so this is totally free.

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Enchilada Lasagna

The other day I was craving both Mexican and Italian.  So I assembled my own version of Lasagna using Mexican ingredients.  It was tasty.  The tortillas made a perfect substitution for lasagna noodles.  They were soft yet crunchy around the edges of the pan.  Delicious.

Enchilada Lasagna
Enchilada Lasagna

A dollop of sour cream and this meal is ready for the big time.

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The True Sour

This weeks drink of the week is the True Sour. It can be made with almost any spirit, but today I made a nice vodka sour. Usually when made at a bar, vodka sour is made with vodka, sour mix and club soda, or with vodka and squirt. But today I am using a recipe from The Cocktail Primer. A great book written by Eben Klemm that showcases everything that you need to know to make the perfect cocktail.

True Sour
True Sour

Garnished with a lemon slice and a simple cherry, this drink is perfect.

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Parmesan Crusted Pork Skewers

A month or so ago my friends got together at Fogo De Chao for a bachelor party. If you have ever been to Fogo De Chao you know that it is meat heaven. 20+ different types of meat delivered to your table on a sword. How cool is that. One of the meats that came around was Parmesan Pork. We all really enjoyed it, so I decided to figure out how to make it at home. After searching the internet for tips, I came across an article that had the actual recipe from one of the Chef’s at Fogo De Chao Miami. Granted the recipe had a few strange ingredients, I went for it anyway. Wow, it was dead on. Some of the tastiest pork I have had.

Parmesan Crusted Pork
Parmesan Crusted Pork

After cooking the pork, coat it in Parmesan cheese and grill again to slightly melt the cheese.

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