Virtual Potluck Holiday Party: Barenjager Honeydew Julep

Barenjager Honeydew Julep

Barenjager Honeydew Julep

2 ounces cucumber juice
1 ounce Barenjager Honey Liqueur
1 ounce Maker's Mark bourbon
.5 ounce Midori Melon Liqueur
splash of club soda optional

Add the first four ingredients to a shaker with ice and shake to chill.  Strain into a small Manhattan cocktail glass.  Add a splash of club soda if you'd like it to have some fizz.  Garnish with honeydew and cantaloupe balls and a slice of cucumber.

Happy Holidays everyone and welcome to our Virtual Potluck Holiday Party featuring Barenjager Honey Liqueur.  The nice folks at Barenjager sent the Virtual Potluck group free bottles of this sweet liqueur and asked us to create something with it and share it with you.  We could cook with it, bake with it, or simply use it in a drink.  Since I was a bit short on time due to countless Christmas gatherings, I decided to go with the drink idea.  Mark and I worked together and came up with this drink, the Barenjager Honeydew Julep.  It's a sweet and fresh drink that has flavors of honey, melon, and the juice of a cucumber.  We served it to our family to get their opinions last night and they agreed that it was quite sweet, but that it would be good as a summer drink to sip, or a digestive to have after a meal.  I will say you must be a sweet drink fan or you may not like this one.  But keep in mind, you can calm the sweetness by adding more club soda or maybe even more cucumber juice. 


I'd also like to add that if you don't have the time to put this drink together, I think a great way to serve Barenjager Honey Liqueur would be just straight up, chilled in a small shot glass as an after dinner digestive.  It's like a little shot of dessert! 

Wanna see some other things you can do with this delicious honey liqueur?  Visit the host of this party's blog, The Food Hunter's Guide to Cuisine, and check out her round up of all the different recipes created with Barenjager and get inspired!  There you can click on links that will take you to the other Virtual Potlucker's blogs to see what they brought to the party.  You can also find the Virtual Potluckers' blogs on the side bar of this blog and peruse them that way.

So have fun perusing our creations and thanks for joining us!  If you want to find out more about Barenjager Honey Liqueur, visit their website here:  www.barenjagerhoney.com


Happy Holidays!


Hey everyone!  I hope you all are already enjoying the holiday season and I wish you all many delicious meals and great times with family and friends.  Enjoy, be safe, and remember to take a moment to count your blessings.  Thank you all for remembering to stop by and visit FOODIE here and there - I appreciate each and every one of you! 

I also wanted to pop on here real quick and let you know that I'm working on another Virtual Potluck project with my food blogger buddies, so make a point to check back here on Wednesday, December 28th for our very first Virtual Potluck Holiday Party. We will be celebrating with food and drink featuring Bärenjäger Honey Liqueur (this means lots of cool recipes for you).


You won't want to miss this event so stop by here on the 28th to see what I'm bringing to the party and for links to all of the other VP posts.

Until then Happy Holidays from all of us at Virtual Potluck!

Virtual Potluck


Marx Foods Chocolate Challenge: Spicy Dark Chocolate and Raspberry Napoleon


Happy Holidays everybody!  I hope you're having a great time decorating your houses and baking your cookies in preparation for the holidays.  I celebrate Christmas and I'm loving being able to see our Christmas tree from the kitchen as I cook; it makes me smile.  Did you all get your shopping done?  I did a few days ago thankfully, so I had some time today to create an original chocolate dessert as my entry in the Marx Foods Capricious Chocolate Challenge.  It's of course the last day to enter and I'm typing this up at 10:45pm ;-)  I excel at procrastination like no one else.  haha




The rules of the contest was that we were to create an original chocolate dish, either spicy, savory, or sweet, using one or more of the ingredients sent to us.  The contestants were sent fennel pollen, dried candy cap mushrooms, dried puya chilies, Madagascar bourbon vanilla beans, and coconut sap sugar.  Click on the links for any of these ingredients to find out more about them and how to best use them.

I decided to use the vanilla beans, puya chilies, and coconut sap sugar in my dessert.  I immediately thought of making a chocolate mousse first and foremost because I love it so much.  It's like a fluffy, cool, light pudding.  I also thought it would be a fairly easy way to incorporate some spiciness into my dessert and I really wanted to do that.  I've recently tasted some gourmet dark chocolates with chilies inside of them and really liked them a lot.  The chilies wake up the chocolate and give it that punch that's so much fun to me.  Plus, I love spicy food, so why not continue that idea into my desserts?

Read more after the jump!


The Food52 Cookbook: One-Pot Kale and Quinoa Pilaf (Recipe and Review)

Kale and Quinoa Pilaf

A perfect light lunch.  A delicious side dish.  Dinner for one with a glass of wine when your man is out of town.  This One-Pot Kale and Quinoa Pilaf from The Food52 Cookbook is all of the above.  It's light, delicious, and healthy.  I'm pretty new to quinoa; I've only prepared it a couple of times, but I think I really like it.  As I get older, I'm getting more and more interested in eating healthier and really paying attention to what I'm putting into my body.  You start to realize that it really makes you feel a heck of a lot better when you eat real food, rather than quick and dirty fast food.  (Although...  if I've had a few too many beers, well, I've been known to still ask for a beef and cheddar from Arby's.  I just try to do it a lot less frequently these days.)

So let me tell you more about this cookbook.  This might be the coolest idea for a cookbook I have ever heard of and this is definitely one of the most beautiful cookbooks I've ever seen.  This book comes from the writers of the website by the same name, FOOD52.  I've only just begun perusing this site, but it seems like an amazing place and when I have more time, I fully plan to get more involved in the community.  There are so many home cooks that can cook just as good as a chef in a restaurant, but they do it for fun instead and websites like this are a way for them all to connect and share their creations.  The amazing thing about this cookbook is the writers and founders of FOOD52, Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, decided to run a cooking contest every single week...  for 52 weeks... and created a cookbook using the winning recipes!  How great would it be to have one of your original recipes published in a cookbook?  I know my answer would be, "amazing!"  That is why I immediately fell in love with this cookbook and can't wait to cook a ton out of it.

One of the most important things to me when choosing a cookbook is that it has plenty of pictures of the recipes.  I want to know what the dish is supposed to look like before I attempt to prepare it.  I think that's important for beginner cooks as well as expert-level cooks.  I like to flip through the pages and let my eyes be tempted by the pictures and decide what to make that way.  This book has a picture of every single recipe.  Did I mention this cookbook is awesome? 


To see what I prepared from this cookbook, meet me after the jump!