Creamy Potato Salad. New Music From Yawn Mower.


Here’s a recipe for a really good version of potato salad. It has cider vinegar, which permeates the warm potatoes, and a good dose of horseradish which gives it plenty of zip. The creaminess comes from a mixture of mayo and sour cream.

The comment section over at Food Network had a lot of people balking at the quantity of horseradish. If it’s not really your thing, then definitely decrease the amount.


Creamy Potato Salad

Ingredients:

1 pound potatoes, boiled and cubed (I used a combination of white and red new potatoes)
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons horseradish
2 tablespoons chopped chives
1 chopped celery stalk

Directions:

1. Toss warm potatoes with cider vinegar and salt.

2. Mix mayonnaise and sour cream with horseradish and chives.

3. Toss mayo mixture with the potatoes and celery. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Serves 4

Recipe from Food Network Magazine

Who’s not going to want to listen to a band called Yawn Mower? Made me smile. So does the title of their new EP…”What’s All This New Piss?” And one of the duo is named Biff.

So rich.

‘Shed Is Old’ is the first single from the EP. It’s a rowdy, rockin’ romp.

“The shed was old, that shit was leanin’
But was it termites or neglect?”

Check out Yawn Mower on Bandcamp where you can buy their music and learn of upcoming gigs in New Jersey.

Cheers!

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Vanilla Bean Confetti Cookies. New Music From Griffin Oskar.


Colored sprinkles are such cheerful things. The pop of color they add to anything always makes me smile.

These Vanilla Bean Confetti Cookies, packed with sprinkles, are pure happiness in cookie form. The vanilla-laced sugar cookie dough has sprinkles in it before being rolled into even more sprinkles. My daughter prefers nonpareils to sprinkles so I divided the dough and made half of each.

Vanilla Bean Confetti Cookies

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 vanilla bean
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup sprinkles

Directions:

1. In a medium bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt.

2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Split the vanilla bean and scrape the seeds into the bowl. Add the egg and vanilla extract, and beat until thoroughly combined.

3. Reduce the mixer speed to low, and slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Fold in 1/4 cup of the sprinkles.

4. Place the remaining 1/4 cup sprinkles in a bowl. Roll 2 tablespoons of dough into a ball. Dip the ball in the bowl of sprinkles to cover lightly. Put the balls on a plate. Repeat with the remaining sprinkles and dough. Chill the dough for at least 2 hours or overnight.

5. Place racks in the center and upper third of the oven and preheat to 350℉. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

6. Transfer the chilled dough balls to the prepared baking sheets. Leave about 2 inches of space in between each ball.

7. Bake until the cookies have spread and are just beginning to brown around the edges, but are mostly pale and soft, 10 minutes.

8. Let cookies cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely. The cookies will keep in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

Makes about 18 cookies

Recipe from Joy The Baker




LA-based artist Griffin Oskar has a new EP out titled ‘Hostage’. The title track is awesome with his silky vocals, whoa-whoas, and stadium beats all coming together for a catchy listen.

“If love is a drug
I don’t want it
Because I don’t have any self control”

Check out Griffin Oskar on Facebook. You can buy his music here.

Cheers!

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Buffalo Chicken Pockets. New Music From Lunch Ladies.

I love that video so much. I do NOT love all of the white stuff falling outside my window right now. Jeez…March 24!

I bet those T-Rexes would love some Buffalo Chicken Pockets when they are done shoveling.

Perfect for a snack or light meal, Buffalo Chicken Pockets are super easy and so tasty. All you do is season cooked, ground chicken with Buffalo wing sauce then seal it in purchased biscuit dough with some cheddar. Bake and serve with some blue cheese dressing for dipping.


Buffalo Chicken Pockets

Ingredients:

3/4 pound ground chicken
1/3 cup Buffalo wing sauce
1 tube (16.3 ounces) large refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Blue cheese salad dressing, optional

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375°F.

2. In a large skillet, cook chicken over medium heat 5 minutes or until no longer pink, crumbling it with a spoon. Remove from heat then stir in wing sauce.

3. On a lightly floured surface, roll each biscuit into a 6 inch circle. Top each with 1/4 cup of the chicken mixture and 2 tablespoons cheese. Fold dough over filling and pinch edge to seal.

4. Transfer pockets to a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake 12-14 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with blue cheese dressing if you like.

Note: To freeze, cool the pockets and place in a resealable plastic freezer bag. To use, reheat pockets on an parchment lined baking sheet in a preheated 375°F oven until heated through.

Serves 8

Recipe from Simple & Delicious Magazine


Buffalo Chicken Pockets are perfect for ladies who lunch. Lunch Ladies would probably enjoy them, too. Specifically New Jersey-based Lunch Ladies. Their dream-pop album “Down On Sunset Strip” is filled with brooding tunes set to shimmery beats.

Check out Lunch Ladies on Facebook and Bandcamp where you can buy their music.

Cheers!

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French-Fry Burrito. New Music From Close Talker.


French fries in a burrito?

That’s new to me, but evidently it is thing aka California burritos.

Spiced up beef joins crinkly fries along with refried beans, cheese, sour cream and pico de gallo all rolled up into a tortilla. Delicious.

French-Fry Burrito

Ingredients:

1/2 cup crinkle cut fries
4 oz strip steak
½ teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon chili powder
½ teaspoon cumin
1 (10 or 12-inch) flour tortilla
1 tablespoon refried beans
1/2 cup shredded pepper Jack
2 tablespoons pico de gallo
2 tablespoons sour cream
Additional pico de gallo and guacamole, to serve

Directions:

1. Bake fries according to package directions.

2. Season steak with the salt, chili powder and cumin. Heat a grill or large cast iron frying pan over medium high heat. Grill or pan fry the steak for about 3 minutes per side. Remove to a cutting board and chop.

3. Top tortilla with refried beans, the steak, fries, cheese, pico de gallo and sour cream. Fold over the sides and roll it up.

4. Microwave seam-side down until warmed through, about 1-2 minutes. Serve with pico de gallo and guacamole.

Serves 1

Recipe from Food Network Magazine


Canadian band Close Talker will be releasing their third album this spring. The first single “Okay Hollywood” will give dem french-fry burritos the California feel they need. It’s a lovely jab cloaked in some slinky pop-rock.

Check out Close Talker on the band’s Website where you can learn of upcoming world tour dates and buy their music.

Cheers!

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Short And Sweet. Molten Chocolate Surprise.


Q: What’s a dentist’s favorite kind of doughnut?
A: One with filling.

And filling is the key word in this absolutely fabulous and insanely easy Molten Chocolate Surprise.

Just pop a purchased chocolate chip cookie into a cupcake liner and top with a quick to make chocolate batter. (Note: some of the cookies don’t fit into the liners. Just search the package for ones that do) The batter sets into a cake on the outside with a smooth chocolate filling inside. It is amazing to see the chocolate ooze out when you crack into the cookie. So much fun and totally delicious.

Molten Chocolate Surprise

Ingredients:

4 oz semi-sweet chocolate
1/2 cup butter
2 whole eggs
2 egg yolks
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/3 cup flour
12 Chips Ahoy! chocolate chip cookies
1/2 cup thawed Cool Whip whipped topping

Directions:

1. Heat oven to 425°F.

2. Microwave chocolate and butter in a large bowl on high for 2 minutes or until butter is melted. Whisk until chocolate is melted and mixture is well blended.

3. Whisk whole eggs, egg yolks, sugar and flour in separate bowl until blended. Gradually add to chocolate mixture, beating until well blended.

4. Place 1 cookie, upside-down, in each of 12 paper-lined muffin pan cups. Cover cookies with batter.

5. Bake 8 minutes or until cakes are firm around the edges but still soft in the center. Let stand 1 minute.

6. Carefully remove cakes from pan. Invert each onto a dessert dish then remove the paper liner. Serve with Cool Whip.

Serves 12

Recipe from Kraft


Here’s a short and sweet song. Bonus: The band’s name is Super Desserts!

Check out Super Desserts on Bandcamp where you can buy their music. Their album ‘Twee As Folk’ is so good (and has awesome song titles) that I also shared some songs not long ago here.

Cheers!

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Crawfish Fettuccine. New Music From SQRD.


Spring and crawfish go together in the south. Fortunately, frozen crawfish tails are becoming readily available everywhere so everyone can join in on the crayfish/crawdad/mudbug/yabbie fun.

Get your crawfish fix with this super creamy and cheesy pasta dish. Crawfish Fettuccine has a hint of spice and is packed with the meaty little crustaceans. I have a love-hate relationship with Velveeta, but it really works magic in this dish.


Crawfish Fettuccine

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups butter
3 medium onions, finely chopped
2 medium bell peppers, finely chopped
1/4 cup flour
4 Tbs dried parsley
3 lbs crawfish tails
1 pint half and half cream
1 lb Velveeta cheese, cut into small pieces
2 tsp jalapeño relish
2 cloves garlic, minced
Salt, crushed red pepper, black pepper to taste
1 lb fettuccine, cooked
Parmesan cheese

Directions:

1. In a Dutch oven, sauté onion and bell pepper in butter. Add flour and cook about 15 minutes stirring frequently.

2. Add crawfish and parsley and cook, covered, 15 minutes, stirring frequently.

3. Add cream, Velveeta, garlic, and jalapeño relish. Season with salt. crushed red pepper and black pepper.

4. Cook, covered, over low heat for 30 minutes. Add cooked fettuccine and mix well.

5. Transfer mixture to a large baking dish. Sprinkle with Parmesan.

6. Bake 20 minutes at 350℉.

Serves 18 (Reduce quantities by 2/3 to serve 6)

Recipe from Cooks.com



Let’s leap into the week with some electro-pop. ‘Together’ is new from Swedish artist SQRD. Why I chose to pair it with crawfish is as much a mystery as what SQRD stands for.

Check out SQRD on Facebook. You can buy the music here.

Cheers!

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Irish Iced Coffee. Listening To Picture This.



Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Change up the classic hot Irish coffee with this refreshing iced version. Coffee gets amped with some espresso and whiskey. Ice it up and serve with whipped cream. Much better than green beer. Sláinte!


Irish Iced Coffee

Ingredients:

2 ounces Irish whiskey
1 teaspoon ground espresso
2 teaspoons demerara sugar
3 ounces cold brew coffee (recipe here—but I just used some chilled leftover coffee)
Whipped cream and some demerara sugar (for serving)

Directions:

1. Combine whiskey and espresso in a small bowl. Let stand 15 minutes then strain whiskey through a coffee filter into a cocktail shaker.

2. Meanwhile, stir sugar and 2 teaspoons of hot water in a small bowl until sugar is dissolved.

3. Add demerara syrup and cold brew to cocktail shaker. Fill with ice and shake for 30 seconds.

4. Strain into a Collins glass filled with ice and top with whipped cream. Sprinkle with demerara sugar if you like.

Serves 1

Recipe from Bon Appétit

The uplifting ‘Take My Hand’ is the stuff Irish Fridays are made of. It’s fun stuff from Irish duo Picture This.

“I’m standing there freezing
But my clothes look so good on you”

Check out Picture This on the band’s Website where you can learn of upcoming tour dates in North America, Ireland and the UK and buy their music.

Cheers again!

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