Honey Mustard Wings with a Kick

I have a definite weakness for sticky-sweet-spicy chicken wing sauces, and this might be the ultimate. I know, I say that every time, but when you have to keep tasting the sauce “just to make sure it’s still ok” while the wings cook, you realize that some good things are about to happen to your… Continue reading Honey Mustard Wings with a Kick

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“Great Balls of Fire” Bourbon Mustard Sauce

Hat tip to Pork n Whiskey blog! Bourbon, mustard, and pork…great combination!  Oh look, the recipe says to flambé the bourbon.  “I can do that”, I think to myself.  “This will make a great photo for the blog”, I tell James.  I set my phone on the butcher block, in camera mode.  I want to… Continue reading “Great Balls of Fire” Bourbon Mustard Sauce

Cranberry-Cherry Bourbon Compote

Cranberry sauce isn’t everyone’s favorite, but I personally have a deep abiding love for the stuff and can’t imagine a Thanksgiving table without it.  I usually try a new recipe every year – there’s just so much you can do with it – but this recipe must might end up as a perennial favorite.  Where… Continue reading Cranberry-Cherry Bourbon Compote

Maple-Bourbon Smoked Pork Belly

Modified from Los Angeles Times What a smoking weekend!  Determined to clear out some of the pork products in the freezer, we decided to get the Big Green Egg smoking most of the day Saturday with a pork shoulder roast (aka pork butt) and a pound of pork belly.  We’ve been getting pork belly every… Continue reading Maple-Bourbon Smoked Pork Belly

Crustless Mini Pecan Pies (grain-free)

Pie filling recipe adapted from Cooks Illustrated (membership required to view link) This recipe may have been born out of my inability to concoct a gluten-free pie crust that meets my satisfaction, but that doesn’t mean these crust-less gems give up anything that you expect in a pecan pie.  They are every bit as gooey… Continue reading Crustless Mini Pecan Pies (grain-free)

Thanksgiving Round-up

Thanksgiving is our favorite holiday.  For a cook, there is nothing quite so satisfying as planning, cooking, and serving up a feast to your family or friends. One giant meal for the day, with lots of nibbling and snacking in between.  I look forward to that first stolen bite of turkey, the privilege of which… Continue reading Thanksgiving Round-up

Ham with Candied Orange Glaze

Ham Ham Ham Ham (Glorious Ham)!  Ham is all over the place!  For many people, a glazed ham is the centerpiece of an Easter dinner.  Consequently, when I went to the grocery on April 23rd, the meat case was piled high with hams…and they were on sale!  I don’t know why we don’t have ham… Continue reading Ham with Candied Orange Glaze

Bacon-Bourbon Jam (with Bangers)

I ran across this recipe on Serious Eats and thought it sounded pretty good….but this was soooo beyond good!  This bacon jam is unbelievably tasty – so amazing that James said it was “slap your momma”-good (adding not my momma, no one would ever want to slap her).  Bacon is great on it’s own, but… Continue reading Bacon-Bourbon Jam (with Bangers)