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Thankful for Tequila Turkey

Tequila Turkey recipe
Thankful for Tequila Turkey

I’ve always known that Tequila is awesome. It warms you up when you are cold and it cools you off when you are hot. (Hello, Frozen Margarita!) Did you know Tequila is also a must-have in your kitchen for creative cooking?

Tequila-inspired recipes vary from meat dishes to salads to desserts. Have you ever tried Tequila ice cream? (If you haven’t I highly recommend you visit Litzy’s on Sonterra Blvd in Jarrell and try some. It’s amazing.) Tequila pork chops, grilled peach and mozzarella salad infused with tequila, tequila lime pie, and margarita cupcakes barely scratch the surface of tequila-infused recipes floating around the internet. Tequila is especially good with chicken and turkey. The flavors truly do complement each other.

This Thanksgiving, we found a fun Tequila turkey recipe to share. Check it out – we hope you enjoy!

 

Tequila Turkey

Ingredients

  • 5 California (dried Anaheim) chiles, stemmed and seeded
  • 3 ¾ cups chicken brother, divided
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 tbsp tequila
  • Salt
  • 1 (14 lb) turkey, giblets removed and reserved
  • 1/3 cup apricot reserves
  • 2 tsp dried oregano, crumbled
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • Dried apricots, California chiles, fresh cilantro, for garnish

 

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F
  • Place chiles and 2 cups chicken broth in medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, and then turn off heat. Let the chiles stand for 5 to 10 minutes to soften.
  • Mix ¾ cup of chicken broth, melted butter and tequila in a small metal bowl. Season with salt. Using kitchen flavor injector, inject mixture into thighs, breast and legs of turkey. If mixture solidifies, place the bowl over a gas burner or in a warm oven until the butter melts.
  • Place the turkey on a rack set in a large roasting pan. Tuck the wing tips under the turkey body. Tie legs together with kitchen twine and place giblets in pan.
  • Transfer the chile puree to a medium saucepan. Rub about 1 cup of chile puree all over turkey (reserve rest of sauce at the end), working some of it between the breast and the skin. Season the turkey generously with salt and pepper.
  • Add 1cup broth to the roasting pan and roast for 45 minutes
  • Reduce the over temperature to 350 degree F. Continue roasting the turkey until a thermometer inserted into thickest part of thigh registers 165 degrees F, about 2 hours longer, basting every 20 minutes with drippings. Cover the turkey loosely with foil if it begins to brown.
  • Transfer the turkey to a platter, reserving the pan juices and allow to rest while preparing the sauce.
  • Strain the pan juices into a large heavy saucepan and discard any solids. Spoon the fat from the top of the liquid and discard. Add the remaining chile puree to the saucepan and stir until well combined. Boil over high heat until slightly thickened, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Garnish the turkey with dried apricots, dried chiles and fresh cilantro. Serve with the chile puree alongside.
  • Enjoy!

 

 

 

Cooking with Spirits

Thanksgiving Recipes
Cooking with Spirits

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays of all time. A holiday based on recognizing all of the good in your life, celebrating it by eating homemade, delicious food and drinking lots of fine wine and spirits – Awesome. Plus you have the added bonus of spending the day (hopefully not at work) with your loved ones.

Thanksgiving is also a time that many of us bust out the pots and pie dishes for their annual use and try to channel our inner Julia Child or Emeril Lagasse.

Once a year I become a master baker and only pies from scratch will do. I bake pumpkin, knead dough and grate the nutmeg all in an effort to add a little something special to the final product.

Did you know that adding vodka to your piecrust recipe makes your crust flakier? Have you ever added bourbon to your pecan pie recipe? The caramelly sweetness of the bourbon complements the pecans perfectly and adds that extra special something to an already delicious treat.

Liquor also makes a great glaze for your meats. Tequila glazed turkey or bourbon and orange glazed ham are both delectable options for a main meal.

Then there are fun concoctions like Fireball Pumpkin Pie, Bourbon-Bacon-Brussels Sprouts and Cointreau Cranberry Sauce.

Liquor can be a great ingredient in the kitchen. If cooked, the hardness of the alcohol dissolves and leaves behind a wonderful flavor. When mixed into cold dishes, it adds both flavor and a little extra kick to be enjoyed by the adult crowd.

This year we’ve compiled some fun recipes to share. So, as you dust off those pots and become a master chef – try something new. Try cooking with spirits.

Independence Day

Independence Day

Easter and Christmas are by far, my all time favorite holidays, but right after those two awesome days, my next two favorite holidays are Valentine’s Day and the Fourth of July – entire days devoted to celebrating love and freedom.

I grew up watching 1776 and have fond memories of visiting historical Philadelphia with my Dad as a child. After graduating from college, I joined the military and the 4th took on an even bigger meaning to me. I was blessed to experience cultures and nations that truly don’t know freedom. These experiences gave me a profound appreciation for this beautiful land we call home. We are a diverse nation filled with people from every race, every nation and every faith group and it is our differences that make us strong. This Fourth of July, I hope you will take a minute to celebrate our nation and the men and women whose ingenuity and courage bore our great nation way back when.

So pour yourself a drink – maybe a glass of 1776 Bourbon, Sailor Jerry rum or everybody’s summer favorite, ice-cold beer and let’s toast Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, General George Washington, Molly Pitcher and that entire generation of patriots.

Give me Liberty or Give me Death! Happy Birthday to the USA!

 

God Bless America!

A toast to Dads

A toast to Dads

What makes a Dad so awesome? I know all Dads are different, but I’m pretty sure if you were blessed to have a great Dad or know a great Dad, you might find there are a few qualities they all have in common. Maybe it’s their steadfast love for their family or their willingness to do whatever kind of work it takes to provide for their family.

For everything Dad does for you - let’s treat him with something special this Father’s Day.

 

If your Dad is anything like my husband and the father of my children, then a rare and special bourbon is the way to go.

We are proud to host a variety of bourbon from all over, but let’s focus on some of our finer ones brewed right here in the Lone Star State.

When looking for bourbon, it’s important to note that since Texas weather is hotter and more humid than other bourbon distilling places, like say Kentucky, it takes less time to achieve the perfect wood influence that some enjoy so much.

Texas Giant Pot Still, a locally distilled bourbon, recently won a silver medal in the San Francisco world spirits competition. Aged slowly in American Oak and weathered by the Texas sun, Giant is rich with strong butterscotch, vanilla and spice notes. It’s a good bourbon.

Alamo, an excellent sipping bourbon, is also distilled in the great state of Texas. It has a hint of chocolate and some good charcoal notes with an extremely smooth finish, making it an ideal gift for a bourbon-loving Texas Dad.

Then there is Cotton Hollow. There’s vanilla, there’s caramel and it has a really nice finish. It’s also a small Texas company – so not only good bourbon, but it’s always nice to support small businesses.

 

Of course if your Dad’s taste buds are more like my Dad’s, a man raised in an Italian home, than a fine wine might be the answer.

We just started carrying the Mollydooker line of wines and we are so excited to share them with you. Grown and vented in Australia, Mollydooker wines have won numerous awards.

The Scooter, Mollydooker’s one and only merlot, is a delicate wine layered with chocolate and spice. If you like merlot, this will not disappoint.

My personal favorite type of wine is Cabernet and Molly Dooker has two great ones – Matire D’ and Gigglepot.

Matire D’ is noted as a bright and lively wine awash with notes of cherry, strawberry and blackcurrant – approachable and expressive. This one will absolutely leave happiness on your taste buds.

Gigglepot is named after the winemaker’s daughter. It is a vibrant and elegant fine wine, full of personality and perfectly suited to its name. With flavors of raspberry, briar, mocha and mint this wine is fabulous.

No matter what you get Dad this Sunday, do it with love and let him know how special he is to you.

To every awesome Dad out there, we wish you a Happy Father’s Day!

Memorial Day

A toast to the fallen
Memorial Day

To many this weekend marks the beginning of summer – the neighborhood pool opens for the season and the scent of charcoal wafts through the air as folks fire up the grill. The new norm begins – sunglasses, sunscreen, cooking outdoors, ice-cold beer, fabulous cocktails and the promise of beautiful weather everyday. It’s an exciting time – school’s out and trips to the lake, the ocean or the river become the priority.

This weekend also marks the beginning of the red, white and blue season. It’s a time to be patriotic. Babies, parents and grand-parents will don their stars and stripes in everything from bedazzled diapers to swim trunks while Old Glory will be seen flying through neighborhoods across the country. Nationwide, flags will fly from the graves of service members no longer with us – collectively, we are proud to be American, proud of our nation’s history and proud of the men and women whose sacrifices paved the way to this great nation.

For a few, this weekend will be met with somber emotions and the memory of a friend or loved one who is no longer here. For this small group of people Memorial Day wears a name like Travis or Captain Lawrence. The blessing of a life shared, the mourning of a life lost and the prayer for eternal peace and a better tomorrow.

Whether you’re planning to fire up the grill, hit the lake or visit a cemetery this weekend – take a moment to lift your glass and toast the lives of the brave men and women whose selfless service paid the price for our freedom.

 

 

 

 

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