Strawberry Daiquiri

It has been super nice here in DC.  This weekend is supposed to reach the 80’s.  So I decided to make a nice refreshing cocktail.  This week’s cocktail is the strawberry daiquiri. This is a quick and easy rum based drink, as long as you have a blender.  No blender, then this might not be your drink.  However, if you have a blender, you are gonna be transported to a tropical island.

Strawberry Daiquiri

Garnished with a simple strawberry this cocktail will socially lubricate the best of them.

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Asian Beef Kabobs

Grilled Asian Beef Kabobs

The other day I went to the store and they had sirloin steaks on sale.  So I picked a few up.  I wanted to try something new so I decided to make Asian Style Beef Kabobs.   I wanted to do a skewer that was reminiscent of a Stir-fry.  So I skewered broccoli, whole water chestnuts, peppers and onions.  Then I created a nice marinade that was thick and could grab onto the meat and vegetables.  This was a great meal.  The meat and veggies came out perfect.

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Stir-Fried Chicken Chow Mein

I wanted to make a fried Udon Dish, but I could not find Udon noodles for the life of me.  I checked the stores close to me and the closest thing I could find was Chow Mein Noodles.  I know they are not even close, but they worked great.  If you can find Udon feel free to substitute it instead of the chow mein.  No matter what noodle you use, this dish is fantastic.

Chicken Chow Mein

The noodles were fried just long enough to give them some color from the pan.  Fantastic!

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Savory Reviews 1 Year Anniversary

It has been one year of posts, quips and some downright fatty and amazing foods.  We have seen everything from Chicken Fried Bacon to Bacon Pancakes to the recreation of the Domino’s Bread Bowl Pasta.  I decided to post some cool statistics.  Most popular posts, number of impressions, most popular search term, etc. Top Ten … Read moreSavory Reviews 1 Year Anniversary

What to do this Weekend in DC

Cherry Blossoms All Weekend The Cherry Blossoms are starting to bloom in DC.  Head down to the National Mall and then head toward the Tidal Basin.  The Jefferson Memorial is the best place to get a nice picture of the whole basin.  If you are not interested in seeing the whole National Mall and want … Read moreWhat to do this Weekend in DC

Sweet and Tangy Memphis Style BBQ Sauce

Memphis Style BBQ Sauce

I am always on the look out for new sauce recipes.  This past weekend I dusted off the smoker and made some pulled pork.  Dana’s family was in town and her Dad said he was a fan of Memphis style sauces.  So I went around the interwebs and found this one.  It was quick and easy to make and I had all of the ingredients.  BTW- When you start barbecuing regularly your pantry starts to run wild.  You start finding yourself stocking 30 different types of vinegar, every spice known to man and a few cases of apple juice (great for basting).  I have also started to buy Mason Jars in bulk.  Who knew.  Back to the sauce, it is sweet, tangy and full of flavor.  Not to mention, it is super simple to make.  It has all powdered spices so no need to blend molten hot sauce.  Basically this is a super tasty and easy sauce to make.

Memphis Style Sauce

This sauce goes great on a pulled pork sandwich, slathered over some ribs or even as the secret ingredient for bbq baked beans.

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Vodka Lemon Sorbet

A couple of weeks ago I picked up an ice cream maker at the discount store.  It was cheap, but it expanded my culinary reach by a lot.  So I made this super simple lemon sorbet.  After tasting it, I knew it would be the base of an amazing cocktail.  So I had a few cocktails and finally came up with the ratio of sorbet to vodka that makes a perfect cocktail.  To my surprise, It was a heck of a lot of vodka.  Hooray for all of us.

Vodka Lemon Sorbet

This can be served in a chilled martini glass, but I prefer to use a stylish chilled rocks glass.  Mostly because my friends break all of my martini glasses.  You know who you are!  All jokes aside, it is easier on my pocketbook to make cocktails in rocks glasses.

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Macaroni Salad Part Deux

Macaroni Salad

A couple of months ago I tackled Pizza Hut’s Macaroni Salad.  I was off by a bit and I finally tried it again.  The salad was close, but it needed just a few flavor enhancements to make it perfect.  I tried the macaroni salad ten times and finally figured out the secret ingredient that makes it all come together.  While you don’t see it, you definitely taste it.  Drum roll please…..  Black Olives.  Yep, it doesn’t take a ton and the ones in there are diced so fine that you don’t see them.  However, when a couple olives are added, it transforms the whole salad to pure awesomeness.

Macaroni Salad

The salad is creamy and delicious.

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The Colonel’s Coleslaw

Growing up we would always stop by the Colonel’s and pick up Coleslaw for all of our coleslaw needs.  Even when we didn’t need a special recipe drumstick we still picked up the coleslaw.  Mainly because it was tasty and finely diced.  The smaller dice allowed for a creamier coleslaw.  So ever since that day I have been trying to make it.  I searched online and there are hundreds of recipes claiming to be it.  I have tried most of them, and this one seems to be the best.  This is a popular recipe on the internet and nobody seems to know where it came from.  Some suggest an employee stole it, but in the end, it was probably an ingenious food blogger with a severe case of munchies.

KFC Coleslaw

I have tried this with sliced cabbage and it did not taste the same.  Something about the small dice changes this coleslaw into something magic.

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Baked Manicotti

I was looking for a meat free dish the other day and Dana suggested manicotti.  I have had this stuffed shell dish, but have never attempted to make it.  So here is my attempt and ultimate success.  They were delicious.  The cheese and spinach stuffing was the best.

Baked Manicotti

Served with a basic marinara these manicotti were awesome.

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It is that time of year – Sign up for CSA

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a popular way for consumers to get their produce. What is it?  Well a CSA is basically like buying a share in a farm.  In return for your payment you get a portion of the produce in return.  This type of system is beneficial for both the farmer and the consumer.  The farmer gets money early in the season to help with cash flow.  The farmer does not have to wait till the end of the season to get paid, so they are more relaxed and can focus on growing awesome produce.  Plus, it brings community back to the farm.  The farmer meets the consumer and has interaction with them, to know what to grow.  The consumer gets to meet the person that is growing their food and also gets farm fresh produce delivered right to their door every week.

Is there risk?  This system involves a little shared risk.  If the farm has a bounty then you will have huge returns.  If there is a drought or swarm of locust that kill half of the crop you get less.  This one concept with be the turning point in you joining a CSA.  For me, it is worth the risk.

Most of the CSA’s are filling up fast, but there is still an opportunity to get into one.

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Panzanella Skewers with Sherry Vinaigrette

Panzanella Skewers

I am always looking for a new way to spice up a salad.  So when I came across this recipe, I knew I had a winner.  Grilled tomatoes and bread served over a nice green salad.  The smokiness of grilled tomatoes and bread add a unique flavor to this salad.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day – Shot of Jamo

Shot of Jamo

There is nothing more fitting on this Holiday of Holiday’s than a shot of Jameson.  So lets have a little history lesson.  St. Patrick is commonly known as the patron saint of Ireland.  Starting out as a Christian holiday this day of feast has become a more secular holiday celebrating Ireland as a whole.  Shamrocks … Read moreHappy St. Patrick’s Day – Shot of Jamo