I never know who—or if—to thank for these packages. Barenjager, known to less-than-most as a German honey liqueur, sent in a sample bottle of their new Honey & Bourbon boozer. Though initial impressions bring to mind the nipple-searing tipple of a pertussic bosun, our friendly bartender Nick Keane worked some magic on the stuff one recent afternoon and came up with the following smartly-balanced cocktails. All on the five-person tasting panel found at least one favorite among the bunch, so if you have a bottle of this curious premium liqueur ($28.99 MSRP) kicking around, may this guiding light help your feet find the path. It is, as Nick succinctly put it, “definitely an adjunct and not a base spirit.”
Recipes and flavor sets after the jump.
We have a winner in the Plaid Pantry recipe contest! David Dekrey, please come to the Mercury offices (bring your ID) to claim your sexy, high-quality Bialetti Aeternum ceramic frying pan. The recipe for David’s chocolate cream pie is after the jump, along with a photo of the finished product.
The Bialetti cookware company sent me two 12” nanoceramic nonstick frying pans. One was for me to futz around with at home, and the other was to be given away to readers. This sexy pan is a $40 value, and yours for the taking if you meet my Frugal Reader Cooking Challenge, as outlined below.
CONTEST: You can’t swing a dead cat in this town without doing so relatively near a Plaid Pantry (try it sometime). “The Plaid” is inexpensive, ubiquitous, always open, and stocked with a fairly consistent set of goods. Think up a complete sweet or savory dish using only edibles from this store, mail your idea (and perhaps photos of your experiments, if you actually test it?) to email@example.com, and we’ll test out the best-sounding ones. The winner will be announced here in one week, and then told to come pick up their fancy new pan.
The pan will just be in an area; there will be no ceremony.
Caught up in the socio-erotic minefield that is the 39th & Powell Safeway, I had not before now experienced the Grocery Outlet. Consider it the Marshall’s of goods both perishable and tinned: the milk may go sour in seven minutes (Hurry! Drink it! Drink the milk, dear little Timothy!), and the expired bath tissue may feature gnomes in balaclavas, but I think you could buy the entire place out for twenty-three dollars. As a personal challenge, I decided to make chicken pot pies from their inventory, and this is what resulted:
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