Cold Toddy Shot

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You don’t even have to be sick to enjoy this Cold Toddy Shot! But that’s not to say it won’t work on a cold if you do have one…

Everyone’s heard of a hot toddy right? A hot cocktail with bourbon or whiskey – then you add in some honey, lemon, and drink it down to get rid of that sore throat or head cold.

We’re getting to that time of year when everyone starts to get sick but the weather here in New Jersey (for once) has actually been pretty amazing. Perfect high 70’s – low-80’s. Can’t complain.

So I came up with a Cold Toddy Shot instead that you can drink down even when the weather is warm.

I visited a local farm by my house a few weeks ago and got a lesson in honey. Honeycomb to be exact. This guy sure knows what he’s doing and I’m glad he does – because there’s no way I’d be doing that job. Being coverd with bees all day long is definitely not something I would enjoy.

But this guy does, and he’s really good at it.

I got a lesson on all the health benefits of honey and natural honeycomb. It’s basically a natural cure-all, he tells me. Everything from a bad cold to sore throats to seasonal allergies and even some forms of cancer? Really?

Really. Read this.

Of course I bought some to bring home and then had to figure out what to do with it.

Cocktails? Check. Shots? Double Check.

This Cold Toddy Shot is very customizable. If you like bourbon, use bourbon. If you like whiskey, use whiskey.

I used Jack Daniels Honey because it’s good and it seemed appropriate. The lemon adds a some acidity to cut the sweetness but you can add or not. Whatever you feel like.

But you have to use the honey. If you can get your hands on honeycomb I’d reccommend that you do. Here’s a link to just one honeycomb product on Amazon – The Savannah Bee Company Honeycomb Box . There’s a lot more on Amazon and even where I live some stores do sell fresh honeycomb.

If you don’t want to buy honeycomb, you can substitute regular honey and it’ll be just fine.

Cold or no cold, sore throat or not. Try this Cold Toddy Shot tonight…It’s tasty and it’s good for you.

I might even call this a healthy cocktail.

Mantitlement’s orders…Bottoms up!

 

Cold Toddy Shot

 

Cold Toddy Shot

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Yield: 1 shot

Cold Toddy Shot

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz. Jack Daniels Honey
  • 1/2 t. honey or a small piece of natural honeycomb
  • 1/2 t. lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a small shaker.
  2. Shake and strain into a shot glass.
  3. Garnish with honeycomb.
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Tortilla Fortune Cookies

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These Tortilla Fortune Cookies are definitely going to be a hit at your next party!

These fortune cookies are actually tortillas…I’m not really making fortune cookies. I’m sure it’s been done – I mean I know it’s been done – but I’m doing it the quick and easy way.

I thought these Tortilla Fortune Cookies would be great for a party since you can customize the labels to say whatever you want. Free beer, or better yet, “whoever gets this fortune has to buy all the beer” or something like that.

Folding the tortillas is pretty easy once you get the hang of it.

I had to do it a few times to “get the hang of it” But if I figured it out I’m sure you guys can.

Here’s how you do it…

Fold the tortilla gently in half and hold like this –

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Then holding take your other hand and pinch down the top of the tortilla to meet where your finger was holding the bottom.

 

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The last step is easy, you just fold the two ends back until they touch and then stick a toothpick through the ends so it holds together. I didn’t show you the toothpick but I’m sure you get the idea.

 

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Brush the tortilla fortune cookie all over with melted butter, then cover with a cinnamon-sugar mixture.

Bake for 8 minutes and they’re done! They’ll crisp up once they sit for a while out of the oven and cool down.

Not only are these Tortilla Fortune Cookies fun to make but they’re fun to eat too! There’s nothing really bad about anything coated with butter, cinnamon and sugar.

This is my kind of dessert . Easy, you can make your friends laugh, and they go very well with beer.

OK I made that last part up about them going well with beer.

But I’m sure they do!

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Tortilla Fortune Cookies

Tortilla Fortune Cookies

Ingredients

  • Soft flour tortillas
  • melted butter
  • cinnamon sugar (2 parts sugar to 1 part cinnamon)
  • toothpicks

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Fold the tortillas as demonstrated above and secure with a toothpick to keep the ends together.
  3. Repeat to make however many cookies you want.
  4. Brush the tortillas all over with melted butter.
  5. Cover generously with cinnamon sugar.
  6. Bake for 8 minutes.
  7. Let cool before inserting fortunes into the ends (if doing)
  8. Remove toothpicks once cooled.

Notes

The idea for these Tortilla Fortune Cookies was found in the Food Network Magazine.

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Crock Pot Asian Meatballs

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Who doesn’t love a meatball? Not many people that I know, and these Crock pot Asian Meatballs are no exception.

There are a couple of steps to these meatballs..but the effort is definitely worth the turnout.

This isn’t one of those crockpot recipes that you can just dump everything into the bowl and turn it on, they do need to be baked in the oven first. But the bonus? If you’re watching what you eat – maybe trying to keep things a little more on the light side? These Crock Pot Asian Meatballs are for you. Even if you’re not watching what you eat, you’re never going to know that these meatballs are actually healthy.

So what’s different about these meatballs you ask? For one, there are zero breadcrumbs in these guys…none. So if you’re into low-carb you’re going to love this recipe.

There’s also napa cabbage and mushrooms stuffed inside. Talk about a way to sneak vegetables into your kids.

I had to call the wife two times about the napa cabbage in these meatballs. I’ve never bought it before, although she tells me I’ve eaten it because she’s cooked with it, so I guess I have. It’s very inexpensive, a couple of bucks for a huge head of cabbage. Knowing how good it is for you and how cheap it is…I might be putting cabbage in some more recipes.

These Crock Pot Asian Meatballs don’t take long at all to put together. Saute the cabbage and the mushrooms, then mix in into your lean ground pork, some eggs, scallions, ginger, garlic and seasonings.

 

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Form the mixture into large meatballs. I used a #20 ice cream scoop and they came out just the right size.

Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minuets…

 

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While the meatballs are baking you can mix up the sauce real quick and have it ready.

When the meatballs come out of the oven, put them in your crock pot and pour the sauce all over the top.

 

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Cook on high for 3 hours, or on low up to 6 hours. They’re already cooked but the crock pot makes infuses the flavor of the sauce and makes the meatballs softer. 

A fun way to serve these meatballs is on a butter lettuce leaf so you can just grab and pop in your mouth. The lettuce also adds a good crunch to the meatballs – something different besides setting out the toothpicks!

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Crock Pot Asian Meatballs

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Yield: 20 large meatballs

Ingredients

    For the Meatballs
  • 2 T. canola oil
  • 3 c. thinly shredded cabbage
  • 2 c. thinly sliced white mushrooms
  • 1/2 t. salt, divided
  • 1 1/2 lbs. ground pork
  • 2 eggs plus 1 egg white
  • 3 scallions, chopped fine
  • 1" piece of ginger, peeled and grated
  • 2 T. soy sauce
  • 1 t. sesame oil
  • 1/4 t. fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 t. cornstarch
  • 1 t. sugar
  • For the Sauce
  • 1/4 c. hoisin sauce
  • 1/2 c. barbecue sauce, I used Open Pit
  • 1/4 c. chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 t. honey
  • 2 T. soy sauce
  • 1 t. sriracha
  • Garnish
  • sesame seeds
  • butter lettuce leaves

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add 1 T. of the canola oil.
  3. Add in the shredded cabbage and 1/4 t. of the salt.
  4. Stir and cook until wilted, about 5 minutes.
  5. Push the cabbage to one side of the skillet and add the sliced mushrooms to the other side with the other 1/4 t. of salt.
  6. Cook until the mushrooms are slightly browned, then stir together with the cabbage and cook another 2-3 minutes.
  7. Remove to a plate and let cool.
  8. Add the ground pork in a large bowl, add in the eggs and egg white, scallions, ginger, soy sauce, sesame oil, black pepper, cornstarch and sugar.
  9. Mix well to combine.
  10. Form the meatballs by using a #20 large ice cream scoop, or make them into the size of a large golfball.
  11. Place the meatballs on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake in the oven for 20 minutes.
  12. Remove the meatballs from the oven and place in the bottom of your slow cooker.
  13. Pour the sauce all over the meatballs, making sure they're all coated with some sauce.
  14. Set on high for 3 hours, or low for up to 6 hours.
  15. Sprinkle the meatballs with sesame seeds and place into a butter lettuce leaf for serving.

Notes

Alternately, you can serve the meatballs on a platter with the lettuce leaves stacked on the side so they don't wilt.

Or just serve on a platter with toothpicks.

Adapted from Food Network

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Banana Split Martini

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Instead of cake or pie…try a Banana Split Martini for dessert!

This Banana Split Martini is my second cocktail over on the Food Fanatic website and it’s a good one. It has all the flavors of a huge banana split sundae shaken and poured into a martini glass.

This martini features Smirnoff Caramel Vodka, which I think at the moment is one of my favorite flavored vodkas. It actuallly tastes like real caramel and not a bad imitation. I’ve made a few drinks with it so far and they’ve all come out amazing. Add in some strawberry and banana liquor, cream and some fresh banana that’s shaken up in the martini – and you’ve got yourself dessert in a glass.

I love trying to make cocktails taste like something else. I’ll put a drink down in front of one of my friends and make them guess what the drink is supposed to taste like. Usually they do guess but sometimes they just can’t put their finger on it. This Banana Split Martini was an easy guess. But some aren’t and we’ll be getting to those…

This martini is all about combining dessert and your booze together. Maybe you don’t feel like a big bowl of ice cream or a huge slice of pie…but there’s always room for martinis!

Click over to read the full Banana Split Martini post and recipe over at Food Fanatic, and make sure to browse some of the other cocktail and drink recipes while you’re there!

Oh yeah, and there’s actually food recipes too. We do need food to go along with all these cocktails!

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Spicy Dan Dan Noodles

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Dan Dan Noodles are actually the real name of a dish, just in case you hadn’t heard of them before. Spicy Dan Dan Noodles are the name of my recipe, because I put my own spin on them and made them extra spicy. I’ll have to admit that I’m starting to like things with some heat to it.

With the exception of a buffalo wing, I used to stay far away from anything with too much spice to it.

It’s just never been something I liked – until now.

Like a lot of other foods I’ve talked about spicy foods are a new type of food that I started experimenting with.

First a little heat, then a little more, then a little more.

Until finally I inhaled a bowl of these noodles and realized that my mouth was on fire – and then I washed it down with a beer. And then I had some more.

I’m finding out that some recipes just call for a little heat and these Spicy Dan Dan Noodles are one of them.

You can use regular spaghetti if you don’t have chinese noodles, whatever you have on hand.

Make up the peanut sauce in your blender or food processor and set it aside until you’re ready.

Then just brown up your meat and vegetables, add the cooked noodles and peanut sauce…toss together and let fry a little in your pan and your ready to eat.

 

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These Spicy Dan Dan Noodles are totally customizable to what you have in your fridge or the level of heat you like. You can leave out the chili flakes altogether if you really want to. I don’t recommend that but if your feeding the kids then maybe…and you can add the spice to your own plate.

This recipe is a great way to use up what you have – don’t run out to the store to get ingredients, just use whatever meat is in your freezer…chicken, pork beef, or leave it vegetarian…and if you have broccoli, throw it in. Pea pods, throw them in. You get it – now go and make it! 

 

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Spicy Dan Dan Noodles

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Yield: 4 servings

Spicy Dan Dan Noodles

Ingredients

  • 12 oz. chinese noodles or spaghetti
  • 1/2 lb. ground beef
  • 1 T. canola or vegetable oil
  • 1/3 c. peanut butter
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 T. fresh grated ginger
  • 2 T. soy sauce
  • 1 T. brown sugar
  • 1 T. sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup chicken stock
  • 1 T. rice wine vinegar
  • 4 scallions chopped
  • 1 carrot, peeled and grated
  • 1/4 c. chopped peanuts
  • 1 1/2 t. hot chili sauce with garlic
  • 1 t. crushed red pepper flakes

Instructions

  1. Start a large pot of water to boil over high heat.
  2. Once it comes to a boil, add in a small handful of kosher salt and then add your noodles.
  3. Cook 1 minute less than the package instructions, you want them just slightly undercooked.
  4. Drain and set aside.
  5. Add the ginger, garlic, soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, chicken broth and chili sauce to a blender or a food processor and blend until smooth.
  6. Set the sauce aside.
  7. Add the oil to a wok or a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  8. Add in the ground beef and brown, breaking up into small pieces.
  9. Add in the scallions, reserving 2 T. for garnish, and the grated carrots and cook for 2 minutes.
  10. Add your drained noodles and the peanut sauce to the wok and toss together with tongs until well combined.
  11. Let fry for 2 minutes and then transfer to a large platter.
  12. Top with chopped peanuts and reserved scallions.

Notes

you can substitute ground pork, chicken or turkey instead of the beef, or leave the meat out. Any vegetables would work such as broccoli, snow peas, edamame, bean sprouts, etc.

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