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Adult Candy Cane Fudge

I went on a tour of a local distillery recently and got a taste of Eastside Distilling’s Peppermint Bark liqueur. It was delicious, but it got my taste buds wondering, “what can I do with that?” So, I came up with this delicious fudge recipe. 🙂

Eastside Distilling Peppermint Bark Liqueur

Adult Candy Cane Fudge

2 – 10oz. packages Dark Chocolate bits
1 c. – Milk Chocolate Chips
2 (14 oz) – Cans sweetened condensed milk
1 t. – Vanilla extract
1/4 c. – Eastside Distilling Peppermint Bark Liqueur
1/2 c. – Crushed candy canes

Dark Chocolate Chunks

1. In a large saucepan combine the chocolate and sweetened condensed milk. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, until the mixture is smooth.
2. Remove the chocolate from the heat and stir in the vanilla and liqueur.
3. Spread out on a 13×9 glass baking dish.

Candy Canes

4. Dust your fudge with the crushed candy canes.
5. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

Peppermint Fudge

The fudge will keep for several weeks, if you have the willpower, in the refrigerator.

Candy Cane Fudge

Let me take you on a (hash)capade (let’s go)

I’m pretty excited, My friend Clark Haass has been working on this epic hash-adventure and I’ve been along for the ride.

Today, he launched his new site and this epic new video entitled “Think Outside The Can.” Who knew there were so many ways to cook potato hash?

Check out his new video!

My Weekend….

I’ve had quite the busy weekend. I started out the weekend with no intention of major trips, though it seems that is what happens quite often to me.

Friday: I found myself starting the weekend with nothing planned. After I’d gotten home from work I received a call from my friend Chris and he wanted to go out to grab a bite to eat. Now I’ve been wanting to try Fire on the Mountain for quite some time now as I was made to understand that their wings are amazing and I’m a big fan of spicy wings. That being said, off we went to the location found on 18th-ish and E Burnside. What struck me about this place was not only was it quite busy, but the way you ordered. They have the menu up on the wall and you order and find your seat, and wait… And Wait. They have 12 different sauces to choose from for your wings. Also, if you’re not a wing fan they have some interesting sandwiches to choose from, my friend gave the buffalo chicken sandwich a big thumbs up, however, the large chunks of blue cheese weren’t to his liking, so I got to enjoy them…

(Funny side note; while sitting outside waiting on our food, we saw this family come up, a dad and his two sons, one of which had a broken leg – this kid was trying to be really friendly with this girl who was waiting for her order and when the kid sat down at the picnic table, he missed and on his butt he went! Perfectly in view of this rather attractive young lady, after making sure he was alright and properly seated, the girl went back inside to grab her order, on her way out she said “I hope you have more success with gravity next time”. My friend and I couldn’t help but to laugh, poor guy…)

From there, I was footloose and fancy free, so I sent a broadcast out on twitter(I love twitter) indicating that I was not ready yet for my Friday night to be over. 🙂 And I was on my way down to Whiffies Fried Pies when My friend Jan informed me that she was going to see the Andrew Oliver Kora Band at Jimmy Maks.

Now, I’m a big music fan, almost more so without lyrics. I found their music really jazzy/modern/funky/tribal – Yeah, I know, quite a mix of sounds there, but really enjoyed much of it.  Here’s a link to their demo page – and one of the songs that really caught my attention(Opens new page/needs Quicktime…) I strongly urge you to give the band a try. I’ve included some pictures of the band in the gallery below.

During one of the breaks I spotted a man with an incredible cell phone. One that put the iPhone & the Blackberry to shame. I was very intrigued. I had no idea what it was, but I decided to ask…. And it was A Nokia – It was exciting. But the very next moment, I noticed this man had a rather familiar accent – It was European and we (Jan and I) Found out he was from Kazakhstan and he and his friends we from all over the former Soviet bloc – Turkmenistan,  Tajikistan; Armenia, Georgia, & Estonia – all here on Foreign press credentials checking out the music scenes around the United States. They’d been to Tennessee, Georgia (I giggled) Portland, Then to Seattle and New York – It was quite the Friday Night Experience.

Saturday found my day filled with household duties, which meant watching some football and puttering about the house. Some friends of mine and I had planned to meet up at Whiffies for some Friendship and Fried pie, when we heard there would be a new flavor. Now new flavors are something to be celebrated, not that any of the existing flavors are not worth mentioning, but any new flavor creates a buzz and the buzz can be quite loud. Especially when that new flavor was Pumpkin Creme – It was seriously delicious, and one of my friends put it “it was honestly the best thing I’ve ever put in my mouth”. I think the best part about the whole situation is that meeting up at Whiffies gives a bunch of people the opportunity to meet up and chat in a non-bar setting, where all are welcome. That little benefit is so often overlooked in this life, isn’t it?

Below you’ll find some pictures from my weekend travels, please do enjoy.

I’d like some cheese with my wine

So here it is, Saturday night and I was alone at home, wanted to settle in with a glass of wine. So I went to my kitchen, pulled out a wine glass and grabbed my bottle of Domane Chiroulet Which I purchased at my absolute favorite wine store in Portland, Square Deal Wines (Please Patronize them!) and poured in it. It was at that moment that I realized something was afoot! There was a certain scent I’d not smelled from that wine before… Oh no! It had turned to something resembling the taste of vinegar…. Sad! Very Sad!

Now, my favorite wine store isn’t open at 10pm on a Saturday evening, and I wanted wine, so I had to make do. So off to my local Fred Meyer… While they have remodeled the one in Oak Grove, it does have a fancy wine selection and a wanna be Sommelier – again, not at 10 pm so I went with something comfortable; a Pepperwood Grove Pinot Grigio; But while I was there, I noticed that my local Fred Meyer, has a cheese bar, and its not a puny one, nor does it have things like Colby Jack or Cheddar (Unless its a 10 year old cheddar – Pronounced CheddAH – I’m sure) So I thought, I like wine, I like cheese! Lets be adventurous, so I grabbed a couple of cheeses I’d never heard of and thought I would share my thoughts and experiences with you. 🙂

Here we go!

First, I would be remiss if I didn’t share with you my opinions of the Wine, I’m a fan of Pinot Grigio – This one, which is reasonably prices and very versatile its smooth with no real adverse aftertaste, I’m not a wine expert, but I likes it.

Now the cheeses;

I purchased 3 different cheeses – A Marco Polo, Wensleydale with Cranberries & A Pierre Robert.

The Pierre Robert actually had the consistency of Brie- a little bit of a crust with a creamy center, and the one thing that really stuck me was that it had really no scent. Upon tasting it I noticed the outer harder portion of the cheese had the flavor of a Roquefort blue without the lasting taste and the center of a a soft creme cheese. I’d much rather use it in cooking. I wasn’t a big fan.

The Wensleydale with Cranberries was interesting. The cheese really didn’t have its own taste, it really was just kind of the consistency that seems to be its major quality, with the addition of the cranberries it really tamed them both I think. There was a light hint of sweetness, but no real major taste. I think it would go well with grapes or cashews. Just something to change the outcome.

The Marco Polo was by far my favorite. The cheese itself was firm, almost like a real Parmesan only with a much softer after taste, less bite, but a really soft presence, which was great because this cheese had peppercorn strewn through its body. It’s gentle heat added so much to the taste and flavor. It pared so well with the wine that I put the other two away for another day and had a nice snack with my wine while I wrote. 🙂

And that was that. Thanks for reading and joining me on my cheesy adventure.

Below you’ll find the web-descriptions of the assorted cheeses for your reference:

Pierre Robert: is a decadent triple-crème-style cheese from Seine-et-Marne. When Robert Rouzaire and his friend Pierre began to tire of their Brillat-Savarin, inspiration struck. They began aging the same triple-crème longer in their caves, enabling it to further develop its flavor and become even more meltingly rich in texture. They named their new success Pierre-Robert, for obvious reasons. With a whimsical boulder (“Pierre” means rock) adorning its snow-white rind, Pierre-Robert appeals to anyone craving pure and utter decadence. Buttery, smooth, and mild, this cheese ought to be eaten spread on bread or even graham crackers.

Wensleydale: is a firm, mild cow milk cheese from the dales north of London. This British traditional has been a staple for many households for so long that if you mention cheese, Wensleydale would likely be the one that would come to mind. This cheese makes a great snacking cheese on its own or it can be used in cooking as well. Unpretentious, solid, reliable, not at all agressive but so gentle that kids will love it too; the Wensleydale is one of our benchmark cheeses.

Marco Polo: This favorite from Beecher’s fleet of artisan cheeses celebrates the great thirteenth century adventurer Marco Polo – credited with bringing pepper and other discoveries to Europe. Beecher’s Marco Polo takes lightly milled green and black Madagascar peppercorns and blends them with our creamy cheese. The result is cheese with bite and texture, sophisticated yet approachable.