Thursday, October 3, 2013

The Caramel Apple Martini

Sticky with the theme of fall flavors, here is the Caramel Apple Martini.  I'll warn you; this is a sweet cocktail so beware before you have had 4 or 7 to many.

Steak and Poblano Skewers w/ Cilantro Cream Sauce

So as autumn is upon us and the cooler temps start to creep in. The days of sitting out by the grill all day in the warm embrace of the sun with a frosty beverage may not be an option anymore. 

Monday, September 30, 2013

Adult Pumpkin Pie (Shots)

Alcoholic Pumpkin Pie Shot DrinkFirst week of Fall is upon us, leaves or turning, the nights cooler and pumpkins are starting to show up at the local market.  I love this season!  This calls for a celebration, and with any good celebration we need a round of shots!!!!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Morning After Breakfast Nachos

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Breakfast Nachos
So the morning after an Epic taco party, you may have some extras lying around.  Your head is probably aching from all the tequila you thought was a good idea at the time and now you are in major need of some food to settle the stomach, but just don’t want to cook….NO PROBLEM!!!  Use your leftovers and make some Morning after Nachos.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Thursty Thursdays Drink of the Week: Margarita Summer Shandy

Alcoholic Margarita Summer Shandy Summer Drink
With the emending end of summer approaching with weekend here is one last summer cocktail to help you get over it.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Friday, September 13, 2013

The Ultimate Food Substitution and Conversion Chart

Use this food substitution and conversion chart to select ingredient substitutes when you are cooking and your recipe suggests ingredients you do not have available.

New Mexico Chile Dogs

These hot dogs take a New Mexican turn - topped with a green chile cheese sauce and lots of diced green chiles.

Calfiornia Surf Taco: Spicy Pickled Carrots

Spicy Pickled Carrots
I use to go to the taqueria down the street and they had the best spicy carrot and jalapenos in town.   I watched them one day and here is a scaled down version of the process

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Maple Bacon Kettle Corn

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Maple Bacon Kettle Corn

Making Kettle Corn at home is easier than you'd think.  And trust me you family will never want regular popcorn again.  The great thing about Kettle Corn is that you can create a number of flavor combinations.  Here is my Maple Bacon Kettle Corn.

White Chocolate Swirl Peanut Butter Cups

White Chocolate Swirl Peanut Butter Cup
White Chocolate Swirl Peanut Butter Cup

Peanut Butter Cups are probably close to everyone’s favorite candies. I found a recipe which is amazingly easy and tastes great.  I modified it just a bit to suit my wife’s favorite, white chocolate.

Ladies Night Favorites: The Pink Panty Dropper

The Pink Panty Dropper

Planning on having a ladies night or get together over the weekend? You need a drink that will not only quench a your thirst, but also appeal to the feminine side. Behold The Pink Panty Dropper!  It tastes good and will really loosen everyone up.

Luscious Launa's Big Racks BBQ: Loaded Potato Salad

Loaded Potato Salad
Here is a reboot on your mother's potato salad. This salad tastes more like baked potatoes with all the fixings, which  I believe is what we all prefer. This will soon become the most asked for dish at your next family gathering!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Southwestern Chicken Burger

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This Southwestern Chicken Burger is inspired by my love for the cuisine and flavors of  New Mexico.  In the late summer and fall months the the Chile harvest is in full swing and the bold Southwestern flavors that come along with them.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Luscious Launa’s Big Racks BBQ: Chicken Dry Spice Rub

BBQ Chicken Dry Spice Rub
BBQ  chicken when done right is super moist, packed with big flavor and has that bite through skin that melts in your mouth. But when it is all said and done, your chicken will only be as good as the flavors that you put in it. 

Apple Pie Moonshine

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Apple Pie Moonshine

Here is a basic recipe for the legendary apple pie moonshine. It’s super easy, and surprisingly smooth.  Don’t have access to shine? No problem, 190 proof grain alcohol like Everclear will do the trick.

Luscious Launa's Big Racks BBQ: Smoked Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Chicken

Super Juicy after 3.5 hours on the Smoker!
 Here is an amazing Smoked Whole Chicken Recipe that I tried out the other night…It's got Bacon, Whole Chicken, Bacon, Cheese, Bacon, Onions, Bacon, Fire Roasted Green Chile, and did I mention BACON!

Banberry Pie

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Banberry Pie
 One of the my most favorite pies in the whole world come from a small Bakery Chain in California call Polly’s Pies. Polly’s make this one-of-a-kind Pie called the Banberry Pie.

The Best Chicken Wings Recipe

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Hot Wings

These hot wings are the best recipe I have used because you get the extra element of crunch with the breading , takes a bit longer but worth the extra time.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

VIDEO: Bacon Hotdogs Are Here

Oscar Mayer Introduces Bacon Hot Dog by Buzz60

Thirsty Thursday's Drink of the Week: The Chocolate Cake Shot

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The drink of choice is different from person to person, since it depends on taste and personal choice. But one drink, which is a staple for most bars, parties, clubs and get-togethers, is a shot.

Luscious Launa's Big Racks BBQ Rib Rub

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Rub the Meat
Ribs are the holy grail. Mastering them marks the difference between a meat burner and a pitmaster. The most distinctive difference between most ribs is the rub that is used. Rubs can be sweet, savory, spicy, hot, and of course, perfectly ed to your tastes. Finding the rub that is right for you can seem like daunting task but it is well worth the time. This rub is my favorite to use, it's sweet and spicy rub which perfectly represent our bbq!

Luscious Launa's Big Racks BBQ: Best Ribs Ever

 Ribs are the holy grail. Mastering them marks the difference between a meat burner and a pitmaster.  There are sooooo many recipes for ribs around the country. In Memphis, all you need is a dry rub. They skip the sauce. In parts of South Carolina the sauce is mostly mustard and in Kansas City they come with sweet heat and candy sauces.  

Drink of the Day: Mason Jar Sangrias

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Mason Jar Sangria
Sangrias have always been the favorite of people of all ages. Most sangria recipes are pretty simple: wine + fruit (+ sometimes brandy or another spirit) + ice = pitcher of refreshment. Please, please, please take note of one thing: good sangria does not come out of a pre-mixed bottle. Ever. No matter what Boone's Farm tries to tell you. Just say no. All you need is a relatively inexpensive bottle of wine, some fruit and an adventurous spirit. Let us know if you have your own favorite blend!.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Shakey's Copycat "Mojo" Potatoes

I don't know if you remember Shakey's Pizza but they would serve these “Mojo” potatoes with their Pizza and Chicken and it was good! ,Here is a Copycat recipe for Mojos from a popular west coast Pizza Parlor called Shakey's Pizza.

The Best Buffalo Chicken Dip

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Buffalo Chicken Dip
This flavorful, creamy dip tastes just like Buffalo chicken wings. It's best served hot with crackers and celery sticks. Better make 2 batches cause this one goes FAST!

Drink of the Day: The Spicy Tequila Sunrise

Spicy Tequila Sunrise
If tequila makes her clothes fall off, this spicy little number is likely to leading to all kinds of trouble. As we head into the last few weeks of summer let turn up the heat with this innocent-looking drink that packs a sizzling kick of jalapeno pepper.

Hot Chili Cheese Dip

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Hot Chili Cheese Dip
Super Easy and Super Delicious! A football party favorite in our house.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Drink of the Day: Refreshing Classic Mojito

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Classic Mojito

Refreshingly crisp and undeniably tasty, The Mojito cocktail is both easy to make and a welcomed accompaniment to a hot summer’s day.

The "Hail Mary" Bar a football spin on the classic bloody mary bar

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Hail Mary Bar
 You are throwing a football viewing party this weekend and you want something different then the same old beer and malted beverage options.  No problem!  A “Hail Mary Bar” (Bloody Mary Bar) is full of options and creates its own fun and entertainment for your guests.

Best Spinach Artichoke Dip

Just as good as TGI Fridays!
In the spirit of Opening Week in the NFL, here is a the last Spinach and Artichoke Dip recipe that you will ever need.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Authentic Avocado Salsa Verde

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Avocado Salsa Verde

I grew up in Southern California, where street tacos were readily available.  This creamy avocado salsa verde is a wonderful change up from regular salsa. Its light, its flavorful, and has many uses.  We love it in tacos, burritos and eggs. This is an easy, fail-proof salsa that is sure to please.

Aphrodisiacs: Get in the Mood with Food

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Check Please!
There aren’t any major scientific findings that conclusively prove that aphrodisiacs truly get people in the frisky mood.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Throwback Thursday's- Aunt Jemima's Bacon Infused Pancakes

Aunt Jemima Bacon Pancakes
Aunt Jemima was a woman way ahead of her time...As you can see from this picture she too was bitten and entranced by the Bacon Bug.

Thirsty Thursday's Drink of the Day: Jack and Coke Slushies

Frozen Jack and Coke
Jack and Coke Slushies

It's hot everywhere these days, thanks Global Warming (allegedly), which is why these Jack and Coke Slushies are so necessary to cool off your friends and yourself.

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Chorizo Poppers

If you like flavorful, spicy food this is a quick and easy snack, that's great for parties.
Bacon Wrapped Chorizo Jalapeno Poppers

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Baja Rolls

Baja Rolls
This is one of our favorite summer appetizers. These rolls were inspired by Wahoo’s Fish Tacos.  Chopped Chicken, Cream Cheese and Spinach served on a hand rolled flour tortilla and served with a cilantro cream sauce or fresh salsa.  Goes great with fish tacos or any tasty summer spread.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Balsamic Cucumber and Tomato Salad

Straight from the Garden
This time of year (August) we typically find ourselves with an abundance of tomatoes and cucumbers.  And nothing screams summer like this refreshing and healthy summer salad.  This simple salad is new favorite of mine.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Bacon Brittle Candy

Bacon Brittle
Most everyone who knows me knows that I am a bacon addict.  I ran across this idea about a year ago, and decided to give it a try.  Yep, brittle is better with BACON!!! This is now a must have in our household and always a mouth watering experience upon mention ENJOY!

Friday, August 23, 2013