A Southern Classic, The Mint Julep Cocktail Recipe

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The mint julep is a mixed alcoholic drink, or cocktail, consisting primarily of bourbon, sugar, water, crushed or shaved ice, and fresh mint. As a bourbon-based cocktail, it is associated with the American South and the cuisine of the Southern United States in general, and the Kentucky Derby in particular.

Ingredients: 1 teaspoon Powdered sugar, 2 oz. Bourbon whiskey, 2 teaspoons Water, 4 Mint leaves
Preparation: In a highball glass gently muddle the mint, sugar and water. Fill the glass with cracked ice, add Bourbon and stir well until the glass is well frosted. Garnish with a mint sprig.
Served: On the rocks; poured over ice
Standard garnish: Mint sprig
Drinkware: Highball glass

Say What? Backlash and Division – Goya, Trump, the Boycott and Latino Community

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When Goya CEO praised Donald Trump, a firestorm of backlash and division erupted in the Latino community. It’s a sensitive topic for a number of reasons. It’s the ongoing debate of freedom of speech. Why is praising the president divisive? Overwhelming, Trump is considered a racist, divisive and indifferent to not only Latinos but people of color.

A poll conducted by the polling firm Latino Decisions, found only about one-in-five Latinos (21 percent) said they would probably or definitely vote for Trump, with only 13 percent saying they “definitely” would. An overwhelming majority —almost eight-in-ten (78 percent)—said they are strongly or somewhat “frustrated with how Trump and his allies treat immigrants and Latinos” and are worried thing will get worse.

So when a CEO from Goya praises Donald Trump, many eyebrow are raised. Goya, is a staple food provider to many in the Latino community. Goya provides thousand of jobs…

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What are Cave Aged Cheeses?

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Gruyere Cheese Milk Image by PDphotos

CaveAged Cheeses

Long ago, underground caves created the ideal environment for aging cheese. … Cave and cellar-aged cheeses ripen in environments naturally more humid and develop rinds on their own, resulting in a dry, moldy crust, and flavorful interiors.

Different Types of Cave-Aged Cheese
  • Cheddar. Cheese maturing in the caves at Cheddar Gorge.
  • Gruyere. A maturation of Gruyère cheese, Gruyères, Switzerland.
  • Manchego. Manchego cheese.
  • Grana Padano. A storehouse of Italian cheese Grana Padano.

Red, White and Blue Potato Salad Recipe

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I’ve never liked potato salad mainly because I am not a big fan of mayo.   However, one day while at the deli counter of the supermarket, Vons in California I was offered a sample.   I initially refused with my canned response but a persuasive deli counter worker convinced me there was something different to this potato salad.    Once, I tried it best I could tell there was no mayo.  Blue Cheese starred as a main attraction among savory red potatoes complimented with bacon.  Now depending on the recipe the sour cream or a white sauce is used.   I use sour cream.     Click for step by step instruction on how to make this scene stealing side dish. 

Mexican Street Style Bacon Wrapped Hot Dog

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Photo by Crystal Johnson 

If you’ve ever walked through the streets of Los Angeles late at night, you may have been lucky enough to happen upon a street vendor selling bacon-wrapped hot dogs piled high with caramelized onions, sautéed peppers, pico de gallo, avocado, ketchup, mustard and mayonnaise. This version of Mexican hot dogs, also known as street dogs or Los Angeles hot dogs, is believed to be a riff on a similar recipe that originated in Sonora, Mexico.   READ MORE.

INGREDIENTS

FOR THE HOT DOGS:

  • 8 hot dogs
  • 8 bacon strips
  • 4 jalapeños, stemmed, halved lengthwise and seeds removed (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus more for drizzling (if needed)
  • 1 small yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • ½ small red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • ½ small green bell pepper, thinly sliced
  •  Kosher salt
  • 8 hot dog buns
  •  Ketchup, yellow mustard and mayonnaise, for serving

 

 

It’s S’more for Adults

 

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The S’more recipe is a classic campfire experience bringing joy to kids all over America but some of the kids have grown to adults and still want in on the fun.   How about pairing strawberries and Prosecco to offer a more adult spin to the classic.   Prosecco pairs well with juicer fruits. Felicia Robinson came up with this ultimate pairing of comfort food during the 2020 Pandemic.  Click  to see Hershey’s original recipe for the snack.

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