Monthly Archives: August 2013

Chef Edward Lee’s Bourbon Pickled Jalapeño Recipe

August 28th, 2013|

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Chef Edward Lee’s Bourbon Pickled Jalapeño Recipe

Foreword by: Fork & Stave

In his recently released cookbook, Smoke and Pickles, Chef Edward Lee offers up a recipe that will satisfy your sweet and spicy cravings in one bite.  These are easy to prepare and make a great topping for nachos, baked potatoes, or pizza and are equally good for a quick snack.  I left the seeds in my jalapeños, but you can remove them if you would like less heat.  I’ve [...]

Widow Jane Unfiltered Rye Whiskey Review

August 27th, 2013|

Widow Jane Rye Whiskey

Widow Jane Rye Whiskey

By: Fork & Stave

Barrel 1, Bottle 17

Proof: 91 Proof (45.5% ABV)

Rating: 4 Barrels (4 out of 5)

Widow Jane’s rye whiskey is aged 2 years and is made from a mash bill of 95% Rye and 5% barley.  The unfiltered whiskey starts it’s life in a Midwest distillery, it’s aged for 2 years, and shipped to New York to be brought to proof and bottled.  The water used to bring [...]

Milk Braised Pork Shoulder Recipe

August 26th, 2013|

Milk Braised Pork Shoulder Purple Pig Chicago

My recipe (top) and the original (bottom) from The Purple Pig in Chicago.

Milk Braised Pork Shoulder

Foreword By: Steven Rodia

On a recent trip to Chicago, I was fortunate enough to dine with the good people at The Purple Pig.  Everything that I sampled from their menu was excellent, but the one [...]

The BLT – Bourbon, Lemon, and Tonic Cocktail Recipe

August 25th, 2013|

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Bourbon, Lemon, and Tonic (BLT) Cocktail Recipe

By: Fork & Stave

I’m not a big fan of cocktails using tonic, but I recently tried the wonderful stuff from Brooks Reitz and I was hooked.  It’s so delicious that I began looking for ways to incorporate it into a cocktail with my favorite spirit, bourbon.  One of my favorite cocktails of this Summer was the BLT.  The fresh citrus flavors from the lemon and tonic paired with the toffee, caramel, and vanilla flavors from the [...]

Blackberry Bourbon Tonic Cocktail Recipe

August 25th, 2013|

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Blackberry Bourbon Tonic

By: Fork & Stave

With Summer comes a bounty of fresh fruits that can be used to bring delicious flavors to your cocktails.  One of my favorites fruits to use in mid-to-late Summer is fresh blackberries.  I picked up a bin of them yesterday from a local market in Avondale called Freshfully.  When I’m making a cocktail where muddled fruit is required, I like to mix the main liquid ingredients separately to keep the fruit from being stirred [...]

Woodford Reserve Four Wood Masters Collection Bourbon Review

August 21st, 2013|

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Woodford Reserve Four Wood Masters Collection Bourbon

By: Fork & Stave

Proof: 94.4 Proof (47.2% ABV)

Rating: 3 Barrels (3 out of 5)

This review looks at the Four Wood Master’s Collection release from Woodford Reserve.  The purpose behind the Masters Collection is to create a special product by varying one of the five sources of flavor: water, grain, fermentation, distillation, and maturation.  Woodford Reserve Four Wood Selection is crafted from a unique batching of bourbon, matured [...]

Four Roses 2011 Limited Edition Small Batch Barrel Strength Bourbon Review

August 17th, 2013|

2011 Four Roses Limited Edition Barrel Strength Bourbon

Four Roses 2011 Limited Edition Small Batch Barrel Strength Bourbon

By: Fork & Stave

Proof: 110.2 Proof (55.1% ABV)

Bottle: 932 of 3,792

Rating: 5 Barrels (5 out of 5)

This 2011 limited edition barrel strength specimen utilizes four of the ten distinct bourbon recipes that Four Roses employes.  All of the bourbons used are between 11 and 13 years in age.  Specifically, the 2011 year uses OBSK (13yr), OESK (11yr), OESV (12yr), and [...]

Homemade Fork & Stave Flour Tortilla Recipe

August 14th, 2013|

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Homemade Flour Tortillas

If  you’ve ever thought about making your own tortillas at home and assumed it’d be too complicated, you need to reconsider.  There are few things that can drastically improve a great fajita or quesadilla recipe as much as adding homemade flour tortillas.  I developed the recipe, below, over the years and it is very straight forward to prepare.  If you’re like me, these crispy, chewy, flavorful tortillas will have you hooked and keep you from ever considering store bought tortillas again.

Ingredients:

3 cups all purpose flour

 2 [...]

Widow Jane 7 Year Straight Bourbon Whiskey Review

August 13th, 2013|

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Widow Jane 7 Year Straight Bourbon Whiskey

By: Fork & Stave

Batch 121, Bottle 3

Proof: 91 Proof (45.5% ABV)

Rating: 4 Barrels (4 out of 5)

Widow Jane’s single barrel 7 year bourbon is made from a mash bill of 75% corn, 21% rye, and 4% malted barley.  To get their name out on the market quickly, Cacao Prieto chose to buy bourbon for the Widow Jane brand that met their specifications from a [...]

Papaya Habanero Skirt Steak Fajita Recipe

August 12th, 2013|

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Papaya Habanero Skirt Steak Fajitas

For those of you not afraid of a little spice in your life, I have the recipe (courtesy of Saveur Magazine) for the perfect skirt steak fajita.  The natural sugars in the papaya and citrus ingredients balance out the heat from the habanero while the acids help tenderize the steak.  I found the ingredients easy [...]