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The Perfect Kiss Cocktail at Chasing Delicious: Cocktails. Recipe by Alessio Fangano
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15 Oct The Perfect Kiss Shot

Infusing is the bread and water of a good cook and cocktail maker. The magic of extracting scents and aromas from almost anything to combine at our will is simply arousing.   One way to speed up the extraction process is by applying heat to the mixture of the solvent (the compound we want the aromas to go into) and the aromatic components. This is what we do with most of our water-based hot beverages,…

Backyard Boulevardier and Smoked Bourbon at Chasing Delicious. Recipes from Christopher Ciesiel.
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25 Sep Backyard Boulevardier & Smoked Bourbon

Some may call my riff on the Boulevardier a bastardization of a true classic. After all, the Boulevardier has withstood the test of time and predates the Negroni; and it is a perfect blend of sweet, savory, and bitter spirits. So hold on and let me finish before you judge me, as I promise I will convince you to indulge in this beautifully burly cocktail.   Out of impulse I purchased a smoking gun several weeks back,…

Black-Olive brine & Strawberry Martini at Chasing Delicious: Cocktails. Recipe by Alessio Fangano.
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23 Sep The Black-Olives Brine & Strawberry Martini

Pickling olives is a long-standing tradition in Mediterranean culture. It all starts with a long bath in a salty brine. This is a necessary step since it helps to soften the olive’s flesh and, most importantly, leaching out a good part of their bitterness and astringency, which is mostly caused by a compound called oleuropein.   Another way of helping vegetable cells breakdown is by raising the pH of the solution in which they are…

A Day in the Life of a Food Blogger. The man behind Chasing Delicious, @rvank, shares the secrets of food blogging.
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14 Sep “The Hunt”

If you’re a food blogger, you will know what I mean when I say the hunt. For buying fruit is no longer just buying fruit; it’s hunting for the perfect specimen. Afterall, we don’t just eat this fruit: we use our divine magic to turn it into perfection; we build a shrine for it in which to photograph it; we tell a story about. We, for a brief moment in our lives, devote our entire…

Molly Allen's Reese’s Peanut Butter Filled Chocolate Cupcakes at Chasing Delicious.
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12 Sep Reese’s Peanut Butter Filled Chocolate Cupcakes

Amazing, amazing, amazing and amazing. There is no better cupcake in the world. It’s fact. Look it up. I’m not kidding. These deliciously chocolaty, rich with peanut butter, covered in more chocolate and peanut butter cupcakes are to die for.   Ladies and gentlemen,   I present to you the best cupcakes in the world. If you know me at all, you are likely aware of just how obsessed I am with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups….

The Last Word at Chasing Delicious: Cocktails. Recipe by Ian Carrico, Photo by Alessio Fangano.
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11 Sep The Last Word with Maraschino Liqueur

I am sure you have seen the almost florescent unnatural jars of maraschino cherries in your grocery store, but this is not on our agenda for today. The original maraschino cherries come from the marasca cherry juice, after Luxardo Distilling Company makes, from it, their famous liqueur of the same name, Maraschino. For any classic cocktail enthusiast, a bottle of Maraschino is a must have. It is part of many recipes from The Aviation to…

Sugar Plum and Cinnamon Pancakes at Chasing Delicious. Recipe by @rvank
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10 Sep Sugar Plum and Cinnamon Pancakes

Sweet, tart, deliciously cinnamony (is that a word?) and fluffy. These pancakes are a delicious marriage of summer and fall flavors. The cinnamon and nutmeg give these pancakes that warm sweater, autumn leaves falling comfort while the sugar plums add a deliciously sweet and tart bite of summer.   I swear the mornings are getting cooler. (They’re not.) I think I saw a leave turn to orange and fall. (It didn’t.) I bet tomorrow I can…

The Elixir of Long Life at Chasing Delicious: Cocktails. Recipe by Ian Carrico, Photo by Alessio Fangano
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09 Sep The Elixir of Long Life

In 1605, an old manuscript was given to the monks of the Carthusian Order. After careful study, the apothecarian wisdom held within this tome was distilled, quite literally, until the monks were able to create the formula for a long and healthy life: Chartreuse.   Today, the distillery in Voiron is still run by the Carthusian monks, and only three currently know the full recipe for Chartreuse. It combines over 130 different herbs from across…

The Plum Blackberry Cobbler at Recipe by Ken Leung.
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04 Sep Plum-Blackberry Cobbler

During September, we transition from the fading of summer to the early sighting of fall. Crisp morning air gives hints of what’s to come, but the warmth of the sun lingers to tease us one more time to the beach. Combining the best of both seasons, this Plum-Blackberry Cobbler delivers the perfect cocktail for the metamorphosis.   Start by cooking summer plums with ginger and cinnamon – a process that intensifies the flavors. The addition…

A Day in the Life of a Food Blogger. The man behind Chasing Delicious, @rvank, shares the secrets of food blogging.
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31 Aug “Dear Kitchen Loiterers”

This is an open letter to all family, friends, and spouses of food bloggers. Dear Kitchen Loiterers, I love  you. I really do. But there is something you need to know, something you need to do for me. Stop coming into my kitchen while I’m working. Don’t hang around waiting to snatch a freshly baked cookie. Don’t try and sneak a little batter from the bowl. Don’t ask what is in this recipe I just…