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Harpoon UFO White AleBarbecue sauce – the staple of summer cooking. I grow weary of the same ole ketchup/tomato based sauces. On a day when the early morning temp was already 85, I decided to challenge myself with creating a light, unique barbecue sauce recipe for chicken or pork, deserving of the UFO White beer.
To be honest, the lightness of the UFO White, with notes of orange & coriander (and I swear I detected a hint of banana! Some say a note of hay – I’ve personally never tasted hay!), I felt this was the perfect beer to meet this challenge. Warning: this is such a fabulous summer beer, you’ll have your own challenge to not drink several while you’re making this!

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I’m known for my mac and cheese. I mean REALLY known. It occurred to me that I hadn’t made a Cookin’ with Craft version.
What better time than March with Guinness Irish Lager. I’ll admit, I have way more Greek in my bloodline than Irish, but I celebrate St. Patrick’s Day as if I had a double dose of Irish in me (I KNOW there’s a dirty joke or two in there!).
Enjoy your Henriettibles Guinness Irish Lager Mac & Cheese with a smooth and creamy glass of Guiness! Erin go bragh!

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I worked to re-create this eggnog recipe for several weeks (it was a tough gig!).

Back story: I remember when I was 13 or so, I made fresh eggnog for the first time. I fell in love with it. Unfortunately, I have no idea what that recipe actually was, but this (minus the booze!) is the taste that I remember – or close to it. I know  didn’t have cloves or cardamom, but I think they add some nice warmth to the recipe. This recipe is the best I’ve ever had!!!  Or made!!

  • I used the store bought to make the Henriettibles Peppermint Eggnog Martini, and while store bought eggnog is passable for the martini, it’s only available seasonably. THIS eggnog, you can make any time you have a “Hank”ering – for eggnog or a tasty martini!

A couple notes:

  • You can reduce the amount of bourbon and/or rum to taste.
  • RAW EGG WARNING!!!!!  If you don’t get pasteurized eggs, be sure to properly test the eggs before using to avoid salmonella poisoning.
    • The FDA suggests avoiding contact between the egg white/yolk and the exterior shell.
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For a special drink for the holidays, but refreshing and yummy any time, enjoy the kiss of minty Peppermint and the holiday spirit of Eggnog in an easy to make and enjoy martini.

For this I used store bought eggnog.

But if you want to make your own eggnog for this martini, just visit our Henriettibles Best Eggnog EVAH recipe!

This martini is Mild and Refreshing.  Mmmmmmm!

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Turkey - before briningThis is video on how to make my Sweet & Spicy Turkey Brine and my more traditional Herbaceous Turkey Brine.

I know, I know. You watch the cooking channels and you think, “This sure sounds difficult to brine a turkey. I’ll watch, but I’m not crazy enough to actually try it!”

I’m here to show you just how very easy it is! Brining a turkey is very simple, and produces an amazing bird; the meat is moist and tasty.

Start with a basic brine and add anything you want to it. Just keep it cold!

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One of my favorite versions of pumpkin pie for the Holiday season is made with a rum variation of horchata, called “RumChata”. It’s quite the yummy concoction.

The RumChata.com website posted the original version of this recipe. And I have seen and tried several other variations of this special pumpkin pie, which were based on the original recipe. But the others all seemed a little off to my taste, and some were even missing key ingredients!

I’ve done a little tweaking to the recipe, and this is my RumChata pumpkin pie recipe for you to prepare and enjoy with family and friends!

The great thing about cooking with any liquor like this? I can also put it in my coffee! Now THAT is how you start the day right!

I’ve also added my pie crust recipe, ’cause that’s how I roll!  🙂

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Seasonal beers are one of the great things about the change of seasons. Samuel Adams Octoberfest is one of the best tasting and best selling seasonal beers around. It’s one of my favorite things about fall….. right up there with pumpkin doughnuts! This Octoberfest twist on the traditional Sauerbraten will only make you love Octoberfest season even more. This  Samuel Adams Octoberfest Sauerbraten is also a great recipe to brighten up your tailgate party. I’ve added a few twists to this recipe; I’m always looking for ways to use juniper berries. Serve it over egg noodles, potato dumplings or spätzle.

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You’ve had Guinness Stew.  You’ve had beef stew. You haven’t had Henriettibles Guinness Stew!  Lot’s of flavor, a suprise ingredient….  And plenty of heartiness for St. Patrick’s Day festivities!

​I’m a HUGE fan of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations (that’s no blarney!). I really wanted to do a little more than the usual corned beef and cabbage. I love bevvies and red meat. Viola, a little of the black stuff magic happened. It’s bleedin’ deadly.

It’s not just me, friends loved the taste test. To quote one of my best birds, Tracy Collins, “Not only is it delicious, it will keep you regular, too!”  Howver, the most common words from the taste testers was, “Oh. My. God. This is soooo good!”​  They were gobsmacked. One tester from another continent thought the flavors tasted like there were some exotic spices in the stew; you’ll be stunned at how the simple flavors combine to create some savage taste.

​Enjoy and ​Beannachtam na Feile Padraig!

 

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Fall. I love fall. Pumpkin everything. My version of Thanksgiving comes around – “Hanksgiving”. And, Terrapin Pumpkinfest. This beer looks and smells like pumpkin. As it should, since it’s made with real pumpkin! You can smell the spices of fall; nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger, as well as hints of caramel and graham crackers. It’s truly a beer that makes you visualize everything great about the fall. Once you taste Terrapin Pumpkinfest Spicy Crab Bisque, you’ll feel the same. I’ve incorporated all those beautiful fall flavors in this off the charts bisque. Paired with the Terrapin Pumpkinfest Salted Caramel Crusted Beer Bread, your tummy will be very happy. In fact, I’d say you’ll “fall” for it!

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I grew up loving root beer. What kid didn’t? While I rarely drink it these days, every once in a while, it’s a little piece of nostalgia that I greatly enjoy. And, well, a little piece of nostalgia is exactly what Small Town Brewery excels at creating.  Small Town Brewery Not Your Father’s Root Beer tastes just like root beer, all while boasting a 5.9% ABV (trust me, you’ll want a case of this!). I thought about my favorite treat as a child; a root beer float. How do I make magic happen with the two? Small Town Brewery Not Your Father’s Root Beer Float Cake, of course! The cake, like Small Town Brewery Not Your Father’s Root Beer, gives the touch of nostalgia, without all the sugary sweetness (there’s some, don’t get me wrong!). The cake is light and tasty, not too sweet, and the perfect complement to this flavorsome ale.

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