This tasty little martini is pretty simple to make. If you're making an 8-oz martini, this has a significant amount of caffeine in it. So, don't have it too late in the evening, unless you're looking for an extra boost of energy. Otherwise, you might want to consider using a good quality de-caffeinated espresso to make this. The better quality espresso you use, the cleaner this drink will taste. Our favorite espresso blend is from LaVazza, but you can use any dark-roasted coffee. Using freshly ground espresso will produce that nice foam you see floating on top.
The cooler the temperatures get, the more and more we gravitate towards comfort food. This recipe is a variation on the traditional chicken cacciatore (or hunters stew). It omits the bell peppers, but instead include mushrooms. This meal is great accompanied with a good rustic bread, pasta or polenta, but the dish is definitely a big enough meal on its own if you prefer to skip the sides. We used dry white wine in the recipe, but you can substitute chicken stock, red wine or sweet red vermouth.
Bun Thit Nuong
Bun Thit Nuong is usually served as a lunch menu item in Vietnam; however, we decided to bring it into prime time. Vietnamese food is ranked as one of the healthiest cuisines in the world due to their use of fresh ingredients, minimal use of oil, and reliance on herbs and vegetables. After reading an article about Bun Thit Nuong on one of our favorite food blogs, we knew we had to make the dish. After researching several recipes, we decided to venture out and attempt to create the dish loved by so many Vietnamese.
We are not going to keep this blog entry long. We take no credit for this recipe, having found this combination of ingredients by searching the internet for a "fresh" margarita recipe ... one that doesn't involve ingredients like Rose's Lime Juice (yuck!), triple sec or some fructose-laden, ready-to-drink mix. This is really good, but it is STRONG. Our advice is to let the ice melt for a few minutes before you start drinking it.
Any dog owner knows that you cannot utter (or even whisper) the word "treat" without having your dog go hysterical. We've resorted to spelling the word or referring to it by other names in order to avoid making Bella go crazy. We did some research a while back to see how easy it is to make homemade and healthy dog treats. This is the result ... or at least one of the results, since you can experiment with varying some of the ingredients.
The adventures of two guys who like to bake, cook, drink and try new recipes