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Confessions of a Mixologist: Ferdinand's Matador

The original Matador cocktail called for Tequila, Orange Curacao, and French Vermouth. “Trader” Vic Bergeron created his own version in the early seventies throwing pineapple and lime juice into the mix. These are just the two most famous Matadors but certainly not the only ones. Today, in keeping with the growing trend of “Dry January” we humbly submit our spicy nonalcoholic version to be added to list.
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Confessions of a Mixologist: Binny's Big Bowl of Champagne Punch

Our resident Mixologist put together an original Champagne punch, fit for a New Year’s Eve. Punch, in some form, has been around for centuries. Punch’s long history has allowed for endless variations to arise, making it a diverse and many splendored thing that can be alcoholic or not, hot or cold, simple or complex, but no matter the iteration it must always be festive.
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Demo Kitchen Recipes: Cioppino

Whether you spend Christmas Eve indulging in the Italian American tradition of The Feast of the Seven Fishes or you are just looking for a seemingly extravagant dish to wow guests, cioppino is for you. In San Francisco, Italian immigrants from Liguria modified the fish stews of their homeland to incorporate the glorious seafood the Pacific Ocean provided, birthing cioppino.
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Confessions of a Mixologist: Laird's A-Leaping

A holiday bonus from our resident mixologist: two cocktail recipes this week. The Saratoga is a pre-Prohibition classic that's a cross between the Manhattan and the Metropolitan. The Laird's A-Leaping is a riff that uses Laird's Apple Brandy.
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Confessions of a Mixologist: The Chicago Cocktail

Even during Prohibition, Chicagoans could find a stiff drink if they knew how to ask for it. The Chicago Cocktail is not your typical Champagne cocktail. Brandy takes the lead in this big-shouldered Prohibition-era favorite.
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Big Game Showdown: Lobster Corn Dogs

This year’s Big Game pits Tampa Bay and their OG superstar quarterback, against the dynamic youngster from Kansas City. This match up deserves an equally exciting duel in the realm of game day food.
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Demo Kitchen Recipe: Southwest Turkey & Green Chile Hash

Hash is a fantastic way to repurpose leftover meat whether it’s corned beef, roast beef or turkey. This version has the flare of New Mexico making for a spicy Thanksgiving weekend brunch or even dinner.
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Be A Baller This Holiday Season

If you’ve been down to Kentucky for a whiskey distillery tour, there is a good chance your tour concluded with a taste of bourbon and a bourbon ball. These chocolate covered vanilla cream candies are often made with pecans, and of course a splash of bourbon.
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Confessions of a Mixologist: Barrel to Bottle Rum Cocktails

If you think all Tiki drinks are sugary sweet, you just haven’t had a good one.
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Demo Kitchen Recipe: Char-grilled Vegetables

Grilling is a sure way to add extra layers of flavor upon already flavorful vegetables. The high heat caramelizes, imparting not only a smokiness but also a satisfying sweetness that elevates any humble vegetable.
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