Derby Day Step 3 – The Julep Trials Are Over!

Derby Day Step 3 – The Julep Trials Are Over!

The epitome of Derby libations is, without question, the mint julep. A friend of mine, Christo, recently pointed out to me that the julep can be more than bourbon, sugar, water, mint and ice, though. I looked up the definition of “julep”, and, sure enough, it’s just a drink of sweet syrup, flavoring and water, ... Read More »

Derby Day Step 2 – Trial 2

Derby Day Step 2 – Trial 2

Day 2 of infusing some bourbon samples with pecans got here, and what did I find? One day of soaking pecan pieces in bourbon seems to be the best amount of time! The upside there is that it doesn’t take long to get really nice pecan flavor in bourbon. Step 3 will be adding some ... Read More »

Derby Day Step 2 – Trial 1

Derby Day Step 2 – Trial 1

After 1 day of infusing, I tried a mint julep with the bourbon infused with pecans. The julep making is simple: 4-5 mint leaves 1 teaspoon Maguey Sweet Sap or light molasses 2 – 2 1/2 ounces pecan infused bourbon Lots of ice Muddle the leaves in a tall glass, then add the Maguey Sweet ... Read More »

Derby Day Step 1

Derby Day Step 1

The Kentucky Derby is coming soon, the greatest two minutes in sports! Some may argue that there are other great two minutes, but the event itself is only two minutes of great horses in the first leg of the Triple Crown. More than that, though, it’s tradition and style and people dressed in outrageous hats, ... Read More »

Livefire Whisky: Blanton’s Bourbon

Livefire Whisky: Blanton’s Bourbon

Welcome to the first Livefire Whisky post as part of Livefire! Instead of 2 different websites, both Livefire’s outdoor cooking and Livefire Whisky are on Livefire! I figured I needed to do something fun for this post, so I got a half-bottle of Blanton’s a couple of weeks ago to try. I’ve had Blanton’s before, ... Read More »

Winesgiving

Winesgiving

I’m not sure how I neglected posting this already, but it’s now months past our annual wine party at the McAdams household! We generally have had our parties at the end of October, calling them HalloWine parties; this year, however, timing was different, and we ended up having the party the 2nd weekend of November, ... Read More »

Simple Stuffed Mushrooms

Simple Stuffed Mushrooms

This winter has been rough all over the country, but that’s still no reason not to fire up the grill! Get a fire going, and it’s much warmer outside… Just do something simple, healthy and really tasty. Part of trying to eat better means fresh and organic (when possible). It also means less fatty meats, ... Read More »

Upgrade Your Superbowl Drinks

Upgrade Your Superbowl Drinks

I’ve been talking about upgrading the eats you serve for the Superbowl, but what about your drinks? Budweiser is already showing off its new commercial, and it’s really great, but the beer, not so much. Craft beers are great, and there’s a bigger variety now than ever before, but how about going with a simple ... Read More »

Upgrade Your Superbowl Eats, Part 2

Upgrade Your Superbowl Eats, Part 2

For more Superbowl food that is a bit more than nachos and wings and fat-dripping potato chips, I have to suggest one of my favorite easy-to-make foods, pit beef! The original pitbeef is from Baltimore, where they grill beef over fire, sliced thin when ordered. My version is smoked, not grilled, and gets served with ... Read More »

Upgrade Your SuperBowl Eats

Upgrade Your SuperBowl Eats

By now, we’ve all done the wings and nachos and dips, maybe even pulled pork sandwiches. But it’s 2014, and it’s time to raise the bar! First, though, I have some new intentions for 2014. The more I read, the more I’m moving to the side that organic is better than not organic. Our bodies ... Read More »

Living Dayton TV Christmas Treats

Preparing for Christmas, I was asked to come on Living Dayton TV with Sallie Taylor again! On December 18, I’ll be doing some quick, simple and delicious holiday treats that can be done with easy to find ingredients and done ahead of time. The idea is to spend time with family, not the grill! But ... Read More »

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