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Six Summer Champagne Cocktails To Sip By The Pool

Posted by on Jul 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Six Summer Champagne Cocktails To Sip By The Pool

Champagne cocktails are light, refreshing, and usually just a little bit sweet. This makes them the perfect choice for sipping by the pool at your next elegant pool party. Here are six champagne cocktail recipes for you and your guests to enjoy. Raspberry Mint Spritzer Made with brut champagne, which is on the drier side, this cocktail is a good choice when you’re craving something refreshing that won’t overwhelm your palate. The fresh mint leaves give it a cooling quality, and the raspberries impart a bright pink color. Ingredients: 6 large raspberries 4 mint leaves 4 ounces brut champagne, chilled 1 ounce club soda Pour the club soda, raspberries, and mint leaves into the bottom of a champagne glass. Use a spoon to slightly mash the raspberries. Pour in the chilled champagne. Let the drink rest for 5 minutes before serving, which allows the raspberry and mint flavors to permeate the liquid. Sunny Coast Sunrise A play on the classic mimosa, this sweeter champagne drink has a fruity, tropical flavor that appeals to even the pickiest drinkers. Serve this drink in a hurricane glass and garnish it with orange wedges or a piece of pineapple, and then sip away to relaxation. Ingredients: 4 ounces sweet champagne, such as demi-sec or doux 2 ounces orange juice 1 ounce pineapple juice 1 teaspoon coconut rum Combine the orange juice, pineapple juice, and coconut rum in an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake until condensation forms on the outside of the shaker, and strain into a hurricane glass. Top with the champagne, and enjoy. Mock Margaritas Do you love the taste of margaritas but want a lighter version? This mock margarita is made with just three ingredients (plus salt), and you can sip it all afternoon long without worrying too much about over-indulging. Ingredients: 2 ounces semi-dry champagne, such as dry/sec 2 ounces lime juice 1 teaspoon triple sec margarita salt Use your finger to coat the edge of a margarita glass with a little champagne. Dip the glass in margarita salt to coat the edges. Pour in the lime juice, triple sec, and champagne along with a little ice. Give the mixture a brief stir, and enjoy. Electric Blue Spritzer The bright blue color of this cocktail makes it an excellent choice for lively parties. Serve it in a hurricane glass and garnished with a miniature umbrella to really show off your style. Ingredients: 2 ounces sweet champagne, such as demi-sec or doux 2 ounces lemon-lime soda 1 ounce pineapple juice 1 ounce blue curacao Pour the lime soda, champagne, and pineapple juice in a glass and stir. Pour in the blue curacao, but do not stir. Serve the drink with the blue color floating through it, and let the person enjoying the drink stir it in themselves. Peachy Punch If you’re making drinks for a crowd, save yourself some time and prepare a whole pitcher of cocktails at once. This peach punch will remind you of a bellini, thanks to its delicious peach flavor. The recipe serves six, but it is easily doubled. Ingredients: 2 cups semi-dry champagne, such as dry/sec 1/2 cup creme de peach 1 1/2 cups club soda 1/4 cup cranberry juice 2 Sliced fresh peaches Place the sliced peaches in the bottom of a pitcher, along with several...

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6 Simple Secrets To Create A Flavorful French Farm-Style Chicken Dinner

Posted by on Jul 8, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 6 Simple Secrets To Create A Flavorful French Farm-Style Chicken Dinner

Robust flavors, fresh produce and savory seasonings are the hallmark of authentic, country-style French cooking. There’s no need to be intimidated by the fancy sauces and hard-to-pronounce ingredients often associated with French cuisine. Instead, entertain your family and friends with a roast chicken dinner made with the flair and finesse that’s found beyond fancy Parisian restaurants. SECRET 1:  Poulet Rouge – Specialty Free-Range Chicken Raised from breeds that originated in the French countryside, poulet rouge has more intense flavor than the commercially raised chicken you’ll find in the grocery store. Order the poulet rouge in advance allowing ample time for delivery and a day to thaw the frozen bird before your dinner party. Officially, the pronunciation is poo-LAY roozh, but don’t worry if you don’t have the accent just right. The rich flavor and succulent texture of the meat speaks for itself. This type of grain-fed chicken is allowed to roam freely in large outdoor pens. And it takes twice as long to reach full, mature size as the commercially raised chicken from your supermarket. Expect to pay more for this premium quality chicken than what you’d spend on ordinary chicken at the store. You can check out sites like http://www.joyce-farms.com to find this type of chicken. SECRET 2:  Real Butter Your classic dinner deserves the creamy texture and full flavor real butter brings to the meal’s components: Slather the poulet rouge in butter to roast it in the oven at 350-degrees Fahrenheit. The chicken’s thin skin will be crispy and golden-brown when it’s done. Add a generous portion of butter to the hot pan drippings. Stir until melted for a rich sauce to lightly drizzle over the carved chicken. Mix a small amount of butter – a teaspoon or less – with the hot vegetables to give them a glossy, visually attractive sheen. SECRET 3:  Haricots Verts – Slender green beans You can find these classic French green beans at many farmer’s markets or at a specialty food market. Haricots verts are slender, meaty and have a delicate crunch. But if you can’t find them, use fresh, whole green beans that are no thicker than a pencil. In a pinch, even frozen baby green beans will do. Cook the little green beans quickly in boiling water for two to three minutes just before serving. SECRET 4:  Thyme and Tarragon These two herbs are traditional flavorings for French-inspired cooking. For your special chicken dinner: Stuff fresh thyme and a lemon cut in half inside the poulet rouge before roasting. These seasonings will infuse the meat with delicate flavor and enhance the balance of the sauce you make from pan drippings. Chop fresh tarragon leaves and toss them with the haricots verts or small green beans just before serving. Decorate the serving plates with a sprig each of thyme and tarragon. SECRET 5:  Scalloped Potatoes In France, the dish is known as Gratin Dauphinois. But you may be more familiar with the American version – scalloped potatoes. Prepare the dish from thin-sliced potatoes arranged in a well-buttered casserole pan. Add a pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper. Top with grated cheese and hot milk or cream. During the last half hour the chicken is roasting, slip the casserole in the oven beside it. When you remove the chicken, turn the...

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Six Sensational Gifts For Your Favorite Beef Jerky Enthusiast

Posted by on May 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Six Sensational Gifts For Your Favorite Beef Jerky Enthusiast

Do you have a jerky lover in your life? You can find a number of perfect gifts that are sure to please anyone who loves those chewy sticks of dried meat. The next time you find yourself in need of a present for someone who loves jerky, consider these jerky-tastic ideas that are sure to thrill.  Jerky of the Month Sign someone up to receive the jerky of the month, and you will have made a friend for life. You can have a different flavor of online gourmet jerky sent to a deserving someone each and every month of the year. Your gift recipient will begin to await the mail carrier, drooling with anticipation.  Jerky Sampler Create your own gift basket by picking out an assortment of jerky types for the recipient of your gift. Maybe you weren’t aware that beef jerky comes in a variety of delicious flavors. Here are just a few.  hot and spicy ghost chili jerky sweet and spicy Asian inspired teriyaki beef jerky coffee infused java jerky spiked with a hit of caffeine aromatic and savory garlic jerky mouth awakening black pepper jerky tangy southern barbecue jerky You can also get jerky made from all types of meats other than beef and venison. Consider giving these jerky types a try.   smoky pork jerky deliciously healthy chicken jerky lean and light kangaroo jerky surprisingly tender alligator jerky pleasantly mild shark jerky flaky and flavorful fish jerky Jerky Cookbook If you can’t find a big enough basket to hold all the types of jerky your friend would want to scarf down, consider the gift of a cookbook for homemade treats and crazy experiments in delicious jerky. Your jerky loving buddy will have a wonderful time trying a variety of recipes and making changes here and there to suit individual tastes.  Jerky Wear You can design and order all kinds of t-shirts, hats, jacket, socks and other apparel online. Create a one of a kind masterpiece that announces your recipient’s love for beef jerky with a personalized wardrobe staple.  Cheese Grater Even someone who loves jerky might not realize how versatile it can be. Blow your recipient’s mind and open up a whole new world with a simple cheese grater. This nifty device can be used to grate jerky into small pieces that can be used to top a salad, added to a rice dish, sprinkled over a flatbread appetizer or thrown into a favorite chili recipe to give it an extra kick. The best part is that it’s very easy to do. You don’t have to be a chef to cook with jerky.  Dehydrator A true jerky fan will make great use of a dehydrator. Use this simple appliance by spreading strips of meat onto trays that are then stacked on top of each other so the meat can be dried out through heat. This is the ultimate machine for anyone who wants to make beef jerky, or any other kind of jerky, to order. Make the strips as thin or as thick as you like, and make use of flavors limited only by your imagination.  Many people see jerky as far more than a tasty treat you pick up on a trip to the corner store. In fact, jerky can be a gourmet snack...

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