You will need:
- Crushed Ice
- Sugar (Confectioner’s works great)
- Good Water (Preferably spring)
- Fresh Mint
- Kentucky Bourbon
- Julep Glass (Silver one if you have it -or one of the Derby Glasses from a previous year!)
Put 2 tsp of sugar in the glass, add about 6 mint leaves and crushed ice about 1/3 of the way up the glass. Using a spoon, chopstick or muddler – muddle the contents (mix it around with a crushing motion). Your goal here is to crush the mint, releasing its oil and flavor. Add 2 oz bourbon and water to fill the glass. Stir briskly to dissolve the sugar and mix the leaves into the ice. Garnish with a mint sprig.
Now, sit back relax and sip while you caress your betting tickets (You did bet this race, right? That’s kind of the point) and chant your horses name. When the bell rings and the horses leave the gate – pound your drink down and jump up screaming loud enough that your horse can hear you thru the television! In two minutes you will know if you should increase the amount of bourbon to drown your sorrows – or send someone out to buy way better bourbon for a celebration!
Have a Happy Derby Day. You can repeat this ritual in two weeks for the Preakness Stakes.
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NORML has released the following commercial plea to president Obama, on 4/20.
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Mark Tarbell is a legend around the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. He has been for a long time. For the last couple of years, that legend has grown since he stomped Cat Cora on Iron Chef America.
I haven’t been in his place, Tarbell’s in quite some time…perhaps 7 years. Two events made me decide to head back out there and see what was up nowadays. The first one was the fact that my girlfriend and best friends were itching to head on down and battle the crowd at Pizza Bianco to see if it deserved the accolades it was receiving. The second was a Twitter message announcing a replay of that famed Iron Chef episode on the Food Network. I figured, we better strike before the iron gets too hot again with a bunch of FN groupies heading down there. (Those two things plus the fact that 1/2 the reviews from people on Citysearch said bad things about the staff and management at Pizza Bianco were enough for me to singly swing the tide and put Pizza Bianco off until another day).
So…we ventured to the Biltmore area…and a look of despair fell across the faces of my cohorts as I had them pull into a strip mall. The fact that Sportsman’s Fine Wines was in that strip mall didn’t seem to offer them too much hope… Continue Reading Dinner @ an Iron Chef Victor’s…
That’s one of the engines I am using currently to see if I can increase traffic to my blog. It’s a cool thing…it displays random blogs from around the world for about 7 seconds (this is user selectable, and pausable), then changes the page to a new one.
You should check it out.
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I love tomatoes. All kinds of tomatoes. I hate the fact that almost every tomato we can get easily in Phoenix, AZ comes from Mexico – although Arizona is the United States’ largest producer of commercial tomatoes due to a hydroponic farm up in Prescott, if I recall.
So, in order to cut back on my Mexican tomato consumption and maybe offset a bit of my carbon footprint in the process – I’m growing a few of my own! Continue Reading Store-Bought Tomatoes Suck…
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If you are looking for a way to take your dishes to the next level of culinary bliss, you should try rethinking your spice rack. Never mind the dozens of bottles of rare spices you have culled from the gourmet shops, nor the fresh herbs you have sitting in a jar of water in the fridge. What you need are some finishing salts.
If you have been striving to attain gourmet perfection in your recipes, this is the next logical step Continue Reading You Need Better Salt…