Rude Rudy Cocktail Recipe with Jack Rudy Tonic Syrup

Why wait for the weekend…? When your Jack Rudy Cocktail Company order comes, you don’t wait to make a cocktail.

I’m not a mixologist, I entertain at home and like most of us, we want to come up with delicious drinks and cocktails to serve our guests.  Why should bars be unique?  A home bar is just as good as a martini or high end regular bar?  It shouldn’t.  A Home Bar (or your friends bar!) is the perfect bar!  I created a Facebook Page for my recipes and tips / tricks called The Kitchen Beast and I’d be honored if you’d like and follow me there!!!

Jack Rudy for those that don’t know is a boutique small batch prohibition era style company that makes absolutely delicious syrups and other mixers.  I have tried their elderflower tonic syrup, regular original tonic syrup, extra bitter tonic syrup, sweet tea syrup, and the other goodies Jack Rudy has like vermouth soaked olives, etc.  Everything was delicious but in my honest opinion, the elderflower tonic syrup and the original tonic syrup are my favorites.  That’s what inspired me to create the Monday Night Rude Rudy Cocktail!!!!!  So without further delay…

Monday Night Rude Rudy Cocktail Recipe

 

Add together:
1 1/2oz. Makers Mark 46 Bourbon
3/4 oz. Jack Rudy Elderflower Tonic Syrup

Add ice, and top with 5oz. Carbonated Water (club soda or sparkling water will do just fine!)

For a little “extra” you can add a couple drops of Jack Rudy Cocktail Company Aromatic Bitters

Stir or shake, your preference.

Sip and enjoy responsibly!

PF Chang’s Home Menu Sauce Sesame Recipe

PF Chang’s New Home Menu Sauce – Sesame Recipe for Mini Kabobs!!!

This is an awesome sauce! Easy to use and SO GOOD!!!

Just stir fry wok (like a hot pan fry) your favorite vegetables and protein (I used chicken with peppers – red and yellow!) and then add the PF Changs Sesame Sauce and simmer for a few minutes to let the sauce go through. Skewer, top with sesame seeds (optional of course) and serve! Be careful, don’t add any salt to this as it has plenty – not TOO MUCH – but you sure don’t want to add any more. If you’re feeling frisky, go ahead and add a little hot sriracha or asian hot garlic to it for an extra kick! SO GOOD!!!!

 

The Best Crockpot Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili Recipe

Anyone who says they have the best crockpot (or slow cooker) white chicken chili recipe, it had better contain corn.  That’s all I have to say about that.  Corn is what makes this recipe different and a must-have for any type of chicken chili.  Trust me on this one, corn is essential.  And spicy chicken chili is delicious, so don’t skimp on the heat.  Let’s get to the recipe:

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 – 1/4 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast – defrosted and trimmed, sliced into cubes
  • 4 cups chicken stock (32 ounces)
  • 2 15oz. cans of white beans – prefer Italian style, like cannellini – rinsed and drained thoroughly
  • 1 15oz. can of corn
  • 4-5 cloves garlic, minced (or use a garlic press)
  • 1 medium to large onion – sweet vidalia or even a white cooking onion would work, cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 package taco seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon chili seasoning
  • salt & pepper (fresh ground, preferred)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • sliced jalapenos (optional, but delicious)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Place cubed chicken at the bottom of your crockpot or slow cooker.  Top with chicken broth, white beans, corn, garlic, onion, cumin, oregano, cayenne pepper, taco seasoning, chili seasoning, and sprinkle with salt & pepper.  Stir to combine thoroughly.
  2. Ensure all the chicken is below the broth line, cover with lid and turn your crockpot / slow cooker to high for 1 hour. After the first hour, stir once and replace lid.  Turn crockpot / slow cooker to medium and let cook for another 1.5 – 2 hours.   Cook times vary crockpot to crockpot so make sure you know how fast yours cooks.  It’s very difficult to overcook this recipe, so even if you leave it in for too long – you’ll still end up with incredible results.
  3. Once cooked, turn off crockpot and throw (optional) a handful of jalapeno slices in (4-5) depending on taste.  The white chicken chili will already be spicy without the jalapenos but add some extra at the end for a little wow factor!
  4. Let cool (it will be hot for a while!!) and serve.

OPTIONAL SERVING SUGGESTIONS:

Feel free to add fresh limes, sour cream on top, shredded cheese, layer the chicken chili on top of tortilla chips for a new take on frito pie! (I LOVE FRITO PIE!!!) The options are endless!!!

 

The Best Pickle Recipe Ever

If you are looking for The Best Pickle Recipe Ever you have come to the right place. Maybe just not the best pickles ever, but the best DAMN PICKLES EVER!

RECIPE:

2-3 English Style Seedless Cucumbers, sliced

1 TBSP coriander seeds

1 TBSP black peppercorns

2 tsp. Garlic Salt

1 TBSP granulated garlic

2 bay leaves 

1 tsp dry mustard

2 tsp One & Done Seasoning (the best salt & pepper replacement EVER! but you can use seasoning salt or make up your own black pepper/salt blend, but I cannot recommend One & Done enough!!!)

1/2 cup sugar

4 cups white vinegar

1 cup water

1/2 tsp chili powder

Marinade the cucumbers in the brine and enjoy!

Tips For Reheating Pizza – How to heat leftovers

Looking for tips on what to do with leftover pizza and how to reheat it? Good because a lot of people throw it in the microwave and call it a day.  To that I say NO NO NO NO NO!  No way.  Pizza is not meant to be microwaved and if you eat cold pizza, I’m afraid we can’t be friends.

Is there such a thing as “leftover pizza”?

I mean if there’s leftover pizza, you’re doing something wrong!  Just kidding.  But seriously, what’s the best way to store and reheat that pizza that you just couldn’t finish.  First, the trick is to wrap it loosely with aluminum foil.  Do not wrap it too tight or the foil will stick to the pizza and be difficult to get off when you go to unwrap it.  Wrap each slice individually with aluminum foil, that way it’s easy to take a single piece out and heat it up.

Now, how do you actually reheat it?  In the toaster oven (or regular oven if you don’t have a toaster oven).  Seriously.  Just take a single slice of pizza out of the freezer, unwrap it, and place it in the toaster oven. (ok, maybe two slices…)  No need to thaw it out, just put it in and turn on the toaster oven.  At around 375 degrees, it takes about 8-10 minutes to reheat.  Don’t skimp on the process, let it crisp up.  I mean you’ve come this far.  Don’t take it out prematurely! Let it crisp and get golden brown and then take it out and eat it.  Over time you’ll dial in the temp and time perfectly, guaranteed.

 

 

Tabbouli / Tabouli / Tabbouleh Recipe

Here’s a very simple Tabbouleh Recipe with Batata ma3 Kizbra Recipe.   I can barely spell Tabbouleh so if I can make this recipe, you can too!  As is traditional in Lebanese cooking, this is typically made with “a bit of this…”  “some of that….”  “a pinch of this”  “a few of that….”  So I’ve tried to capture what was made in The Kitchen Beast‘s kitchen as best I can.  I bring you the Tabbouli Recipe.  (Shortcut because you should actually make the Tabbouleh Mix from scratch… but this works well too!)

INGREDIENTS

1 cucumber
1/2 large sweet onion
6 large on the vine tomatoes
1/2 c. fresh basil
1/4 c. fresh mint
8 oz. fresh mozzarella
5-6 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
juice of 2 whole lemons
5-6 cloves of garlic
salt and pepper to taste
2 boxes of Near East Tabbouleh Mix

OPTIONAL: Serve atop Romaine Lettuce if you would like to make this into a salad

DIRECTIONS

  1. Make the Near East Tabbouleh Mix as on the package.  Place in refrigerator to cool for 30 minutes.
  2. Finely (rough) chop the sweet onion, garlic, basil, mint, fresh mozzarella, and tomatoes and place them into your separate large salad bowl.  Largest bowl you have is always my choice!
  3. Juice all the fresh lemons and pour it over the mixture. Add olive oil, black pepper and salt in the mixture. Mix well.
  4. Take the Tabbouleh mix out of the refrigerator and combine with the above mixture.  Mix well.
  5. Place in refrigerator to cool for 15 minutes. (or longer)
  6. Serve and enjoy!  Refrigerate any leftovers for up to 3 days.

This Tabbouleh was served with a side of Batata ma3 Kizbra (Potatoes and cilantro).   This was paired with a very delicious cocktail that I call “Cool As A Cucumber”.  It’s a light refreshing blend of fresh lemon, simple syrup and sliced cucumber and can be made with or without vodka.  (Cocktail or mocktail).