Champagne Taste Test

Since today is New Years Eve I wanted to do a little Champagne Taste Test.  I like to drink a lot of champagne, so I like to go with quantity.  Thus, all of the bottles are less than $15.  As you know, price does not always translate to quality!

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Garlic Bread Revisited

I know I usually have drink recipes on Wednesdays, but this week I decided to make a special drink post on New Years Eve.  Thus, today I decided to post one of my favorite sides.  Garlic Bread.  I love garlic bread.  I like it crispy, crunchy and extremely garlicky.   Basically I like it so garlicky that it scares off vampires, small animals and unfortunately women.  Happens, but you have to choose, garlic or the ladies.  In the eternal struggle between Garlic and Ladies, today Garlic won.

Garlic Bread Revisited
Garlic Bread Revisited

Break off a bit and eat with your favorite pasta or pizza.

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Chicken Nachos

I love nachos!!!  Yep, three exclamation points.  Besides being delicious they are quick and easy to make.  Take a few tortillas, cover with your favorite ingredients, and then coat with cheese.  Melt and serve.  Howe easy can that be.    My favorite type of Nachos are Chicken Nachos.

Nachos
Nachos

Top with some sour cream and you have a great meal.

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City Chicken

When I was growing up my Grandma Donna used to make us City Chicken.  It was always the best meal of the year.  This year we decided to make City Chicken for our Christmas meal.  What is City Chicken you ask?  Well it is a combination of meat on a stick that appears to look like a chicken leg.  The funniest thing, is that there is no chicken in it.  Yep, City Chicken is pork and beef.

City Chicken
City Chicken

Serve it with mashed potatoes and all of your favorite sides.

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Cheese Bread

Last year I went to a little diner in New Jersey called Mastoris.  They had this amazing cheese bread that I loved.  I wanted to recreate it, but unlike a standard cheese danish this had a bread-like texture.  It was more bread than danish.  So after a little searching online, I think I found the perfect recipe.

Cheese Bread
Cheese Bread

Serve for breakfast or any time that you want a sweet treat.

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from Savory Reviews.  Tucker and I are going to take a break today to celebrate Christmas.  For all of you faithful readers, we have a nice little Christmas card for you. Tucker really didn’t mind the antlers, which I thought was weird.  Well, Anything goes with Tucker.  We wish you and your families … Read moreMerry Christmas!

Homemade Chocolate Fudge

I am continuing with Holiday Appetizer Week. This time we are changing things up a bit. When it comes to bite size food, people usually forget about dessert.  Granted most desserts are finger food, but not many are bite size.  So I decided to make little bite sized squares of fudge.  Fudge is the perfect bite sized finger food.  It is small, rich and delicious.  Just a little bit of fudge goes a long way.  Thus, it is more bang for the buck.  The perfect single bite to end an amazing meal.

Homemade Chocolate Fudge
Homemade Chocolate Fudge

Serve it in paper cupcake cups or just stacked on a plate.

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Homemade Egg Nog

There is no drink that is more in the holiday spirit than egg nog.  Today I am going to be making it from scratch.   I know you can pick up the pre-made stuff from 7-11 to the pharmacy, but this stuff is 100 times better.  I have only had the pre-packaged egg nog till today and the prepackaged stuff does not even compare.  I hated the store bought egg nog, actually I was thinking about not even trying to make it.  In the end I did and I am completely surprised with the results.  I like egg nog.  Let me say that again, I love egg nog.  Who knew.  Granted it takes a few steps to make homemade egg nog, but it is totally worth it.  Plus this recipe includes bourbon.  The egg nog at the corner store does not have bourbon in it, does it?  Take that corner store egg nog, this egg nog is better.

Egg Nog
Egg Nog

Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of freshly grated nutmeg.

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Mini Beef Wellington

I am continuing with Holiday Appetizer Week.  With all of the snow in DC, Tucker and I have been cooped up in the house.  So, I wanted something warm and delicious to eat.  Nothing says warm and delicious like Beef.  When I used to work as a caterer we served mini beef wellingtons as an appetizer.  They were amazing.  After a bit of research, I purchased some puff pastry and beef tenderloin.  With a little experimenting I figured it out.

Mini Beef Wellingtons
Mini Beef Wellingtons

Cut the perfect little beef wellingtons into 1/2 inch thick rounds and serve to your lucky guests.

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Bacon Wrapped Pineapple

Around the holidays my family usually gets together for dinner, but before we eat we usually have appetizers.  So this week I wanted to showcase some great appetizers.  Today is the simplest appetizer of all.  It just happens that it might be the most delicious too.

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Bottling Beer

Back in October I brewed beer with a couple friends at Shenandoah Brewery.  Here is the link.  Last week before the giant blizzard we went back to bottle it.  It was a pretty simple procedure taking about an hour and a half for 120 bottles.  In the end we ended up with a fine product.

Hellesfest Octoberfest Beer
Hellesfest Oktoberfest Beer

We didn’t splurge for labels as they added almost a dollar to each bottle.  I think I can imagine a label no problem for that price.

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Make your reservations now. Restaurant Week.

It is that time of the year again.  DC Winter Restaurant Week.  Here is the gist of it.  Restaurant Week consists of the best DC area restaurants offering a 3 course prix fixe meal for $20.10 for lunch and $30.10 for dinner.  Restaurant week is from January 11-17, 2010.  So making a reservation at your favorite restaurants is a must as they fill up.

Here are my tips for a great restaurant week

  • Pick a restaurant that has the full menu for restaurant week
  • Stay away from the Steak Houses – They are usually lame
  • If the restaurant has a Restaurant Week menu look at it on their website before reserving a spot.
  • Try a new restaurant – Restaurant Week gives you the opportunity to try new and interesting cuisines.
  • Have fun! – Order a glass of wine with dinner.

Here is my list of restaurants.  All of them serve the lunch and dinner prix fixe unless otherwise noted.  I have provided links to check for reservations.  The links are set to look for open tables starting Jan. 11.

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