Category Archives: Cooking and Cocktails

The Fuzzy Viking

Created by my friend Jason Nicholas of Pennsylvania.

The Fuzzy Viking

  • 2 Parts Icelandic Whiskey (Floki- an organic Icelandic Single Malt)
  • 2 parts Peach Schnapps
  • 3 parts Orange juice
  • 1 dash of blood orange juice Or Grenadine (mostly for color)
  • ICE

Combine in shaker, and shake well.  Strain.  Serve in a mug or drinking horn with a blood orange garnish slice.

 

Copyright Jason Nicholas 2015  Used with Permission.

 

 

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Corned Beef and Cabbage in a Crock Pot

This is my first time ever making Corned Beef and Cabbage.  I used a recipe I found on Food.

  • 4 cups HOT water
  • 2 Tablespoons  Cider Vinegar
  • 2 table spoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of fresh ground Pepper
  • 1 large onion cut into quarters
  • 3 lbs corned beef brisket (with spices)
  • 8 small white or yellow potatoes scrubbed and cut into quarters
  • 1 head of cabbage cored and cut into 10 wedges (1.5 lbs)
  • 4-5 Carrots cut into one inch pieces

 Instructions

Combine water , vinegar , sugar and pepper and onions in a 6 qt crockpot and mix well.

Place corned beef and the contents of the spice packet in the mixture

Scatter the potatoes over the top and along the sides

Cover and cook on high heat setting for 4 hours

Remove the lid and scatter the cabbage wedges over the top.

Cover and continue cooking on high 3-4 hours or until the beef is tender.

To Serve care the beef into slices against the Grain and serve with the cabbage and potatoes and carrots with some of the cooking liquid spooned ontop of the beef to keep it moist.

I found that the potatoes were done after the first four hours and removed them.  Perhaps place the potatoes when you place the cabbage leaves and the carrots or just remove them as i did after the first four hours.

This smells so great cooking in the house all day.

Cup cakes Red Velvet

Today I made cupcakes for our valentine day “party” in the lounge during work this week.  I had no choice but to make them today because I work tomorrow and get off too late to be making cupcakes the night before.

I used Dunken Hines Red Velvet cake mix  and I made the cream Cheese frosting myself using the following recipe.

2- 8 oz packages of cream cheese

1/2 cup butter, softened

2 cups shifted confectioners sugar (10x)

1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

In a medium bowl, cream together the cream cheese and butter until creamy. Mix in the vanilla, then gradually stir in the confectioners’ sugar. Store in the refrigerator after use.

(recipe from All recipes.com)

I used my new cake decorator that I got for Christmas this year to decorate the cupcakes.