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Barrel Aged Negroni at Chasing Delicious. Recipe by Christopher Ciesiel.
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17 Jun Barrel-Aged Negroni

As Americans, we pride ourselves on making things bigger, bolder, and better. What was once a simple quarter pound hamburger, small fry, and twelve ounce drink is now a belt-expanding monstrosity. It’s now a full pound Angus beef patty piled high with grilled onions, bacon, three different cheeses, and barbecue sauce with thick cut heavily-seasoned potato wedges to fill a bucket and a forty-four ounce sugary soft drink (actually, that sounds pretty good right about…

Stacked Cookie Cake at Chasing Delicious
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17 Jun Cookie Stacked Cakes

I could stare at the mesmerizing trickle of falling rain drops, stirred about in the gentle breeze accompanying the cement-grey clouds hovering high above, for hours. Bare feet carry me about a warm, dim house so my fingers can click, tap, switch and toggle what little noise-making devices remain on. Now I can watch and listen.   I slide open a tricky window and sit on the paint-chipped sill. A warm, damp breeze rushes over…

DIY Blackberry Liqueur at Chasing Delicious: Cocktails. Recipe by Ian Carrico, Photo by Alessio Fangano.
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10 Jun DIY Blackberry Liqueur

Summertime cooking down south means some good brisket in a smoker, slaw in the kitchen, and a cobbler in the oven. Nothing finishes out a good barbeque better than a blackberry cobbler, so in honor of this desert, I created my own blackberry liqueur for a sweet refreshment.   A standard liqueur is any distilled spirit that has been flavored with a fruit, spices, nuts, or any assortment of other ingredients and has been sweetened….

Birthday Cookie Cake at Chasing Delicious
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10 Jun Birthday Cookie Cake

Today is my brother’s birthday. He turns 25. He’s my younger brother. So I’m not too happy about what this means for my own age. Besides, didn’t we just turn 9 and 11 last year? I digress. It’s his birthday and that means I, the resident baker, and tasked with creating something extravagant, decadent, over the top and grossly fancy.   Cue the cookie cake. Without fail, for the last 25 years (okay, for the…

Strawberry Balsamic Smash at Recipe by Ken Leung.
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04 Jun Strawberry Balsamic Smash

Now that summer is approaching, I’m eager to entertain outdoors. It’s time to gather in the backyard, light up the grill, and serve up some seasonal dishes with the perfect food accompaniment – the Strawberry-Balsamic Smash.   Strawberries are in season, and their vibrant, red color gives any occasion a festive feel. The balsamic vinegar added to this drink goes beautifully with the berries. It adds a unique, refreshing taste, plus it works as a digestive for the…

Grilled Herb Pizza at Chasing Delicious
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30 May Grilled Herb Pizza

I am a sucker for pizza. Next to hot dogs and cheeseburgers, pizza is my all time favorite food – and yes I will likely die of a heart attack at a young age but at least I will die a delicious death. One of my favorite ways to prepare pizza is over the grill. Grilling pizza adds a delicious char and smokey flavor that kicks up an otherwise traditional pie.   For this pizza…

Citrust Cheesecake with a Lemon Marmalade Topping at Chasing Delicious
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28 May Lemon Marmalade Topped Citrus Cheesecake

I sit in a bored stupor, staring at blank pages in front of me. I count the moments I’ve achieved nothing. This won’t do. I hop up, trek across my unkempt backyard, and out the old wooden gate that requires more effort than a 45 pound bench press – that’s a lot for me. I ignore the tickle of dry, scratchy, wind-tossed grass biting at my ankles, and the unpleasant smush I get with each…

The Menta Julep at Chasing Delicious: Cocktails. Recipe by Ian Carrico, Photo by Alessio Fangano
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24 May The Menta Julep

Some of the best liqueurs, in my opinion, stem from old recipes that have been perfected over the years, and Branca Menta is no exception. This old family recipe is the result of the Branca family’s work from over a hundred years ago. The recipe was developed in 1845 with the creation of Fernet Branca by Maria Scala. The family then used a similar base and spices to produce Branca Menta, their second product. Branca…

Homemade Spinach Pasta at Chasing Delicious
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23 May Homemade: Spinach Pasta Dough

Of all the doughs (bread, pie, short dough, and pasta), pasta dough may be the simplest – aside from a few bread recipes. Most pastas are a mix of just flour and water. Enriched pastas add eggs to the mix, giving the pasta a richer color and flavor. And then there are specialty doughs like this one that add flavorings and other ingredients to change the color and add flavor. Here the spinach adds a…

How to Make Rhubarb Grenadine at Chasing Delicious. Recipe by Christopher Ciesiel.
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22 May Rhubarb Grenadine

One of my fondest memories as a young boy was throwing back kiddie cocktails while out to eat with my parents. As this was a rare occasion, I was thrilled to be able to drink something other than milk. However, over the years, my palate matured, and the thought of consuming artificially flavored beverages disgusted me, along with the adulteration of sodium benzoate, Red #40, Blue #1, and high fructose corn syrup that is commercial…