Most bakers know that boiling water is the easiest way to clean up candy-coated pots and pans, but ingredients like milk, cream, and coffee work just as well, infusing them with an extra layer of flavor that can take desserts such as ice cream, panna cotta, or chocolate cream pie to the next level.
I’ve made hundreds HUNDREDS of recipes on my site over the last 11 (can you believe!?) years. They’re all my loves, most of them, really. Everything from the humble oatmeals to the fussy petit fours. It’s all for the cause – and the cause is getting us all in the kitchen.
Some recipes stick in my taste-brain stronger than others. These Chili Fries are one of them.
I sometimes joke that if I ever wrote a book devoted entirely to cocktails, it’d be called “Brown Drinks, Up” because I tend to order whiskey-based cocktails when I go out, and prefer those on the bitter end of the spectrum, to boot. My favorite trend in the cocktail world is to put a little picture of the type of glass next to the cocktail on the menu, to let you know what kind of glass it’s going to be served in.
I like iced cocktails, too, but generally prefer them in the spring and summer, and stick to “up” drinks in the winter months. I have read that some men won’t order drinks in coupe glasses because they don’t look manly drinking out of them, or something dumb like that. Roger Sterling on Mad Men routinely drank martinis and James Bond enjoyed his Vesper in a stemmed glass as well. Men come in all shapes, sizes, proclivities, and persuasions, and you’ll have to pry my coupe glass from my cold, cocktail-chilled hands.
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