Wings Wings Wings

Wings Wings Wings

It’s that time of year… The big game between the non-cheating Seahawks and the ever-cheating Patriots! I thought about doing some sort of Pacific Northwest seafood, parked with some kind of deflated lobster roll from the northeast… But I decided on wings instead. It’s simpler, and easier to make for the game. With wings, though, ... Read More »

Derby Day Grilled Sandwiches

Derby Day Grilled Sandwiches

I’ve done the smoky pecan mint julep for Derby Day; now it’s time to have a bit to eat. The Kentucky Derby is only 2 minutes long, there’s no need to go hungry, right? My solution is to have smaller sandwiches that can easily be eaten, while also enjoying the smoky pecan mint julep, during ... Read More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

The 9th Annual HalloWine Party

The 9th annual McAdams HalloWine party was this weekend, a weekend we look forward to each year. This year was a week later than usual, which actually turned out well; the time change was that night, and everyone got an extra hour to sleep after the party! The party is themed each year based on ... Read More »

Pitpork

My wife and I both love what I like to call “pitbeef”. I have no idea if it’s like the pitbeef served in Maryland, as I’ve never had it there, but it’s what I like to call an eye of round that I smoke to rare, slice very thin and serve on sandwiches with sour ... Read More »

Christmas dinner, two days late

I know I haven’t posted in over 3 weeks. I won’t make excuses other than getting caught up in the holiday season (we have a 14′ tree still up in our great room!) and being busy getting a new job that I start next month! Woohoo!!! 2010 is looking good to me so far! I ... Read More »

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