Chocolate-Bourbon-Pecan Cake

Happy 5th birthday to Riegl Palate! In keeping with tradition I’m sharing a chocolate cake recipe with all of you in celebration (the closest I can get to sharing an actual cake). [Read more…]

Boston Sour

Looking for an iconic drink for the holidays? Here’s a twist on the classic Whiskey Sour that Ed discovered. What makes it a Boston Sour? Add an egg white to give it some froth. The rest of the ingredients remain the same.  [Read more…]

Strawberry Mint Julep

There’s no rule that you can only have Mint Juleps in early May. This variation celebrates some of the best that early summer has to offer. It pairs three ingredients that work well together – strawberries, mint and bourbon. [Read more…]

Tipsy Cake with Mascarpone Topping

In the summer of 2014 we took a trip to Nashville to visit with family. Knowing how much we love to eat Mark and Peggy J ensured that we tried lots of local fare including the landmark Loveless Cafe. [Read more…]

Bourbon and Almond Baked Brie

My first memory of a baked brie is from a holiday party my parents had back in the early 1990’s. Perhaps I had one prior but that’s a food memory that has stuck with me. Gooey cheese, jam and pastry all baked together. It doesn’t get much better than that. [Read more…]

Papi’s Old Fashioned

We still recall the first time we met our favorite mixologist, Papi Hurtado, about five years ago. We had a great meal at Savona in Gulph Mills, PA with Olga and Kevin L and went to the bar for a nightcap. We could tell by looking at the bar that Papi wasn’t your average bartender as he had lots fresh ingredients plus homemade bitters to mix with a great selection of alcohol.  [Read more…]

Bourbon Sugar Chocolate Fudge

Fudge usually reminds me of summers – boardwalks at the beach or your town’s fair. Think of this fudge as a more cosmopolitan version.  It’s full of chocolate, not overly sweet, plus it contains bourbon. [Read more…]

Rosemary Maple Bourbon Sour

If I were going to write a book on cocktails I’d like to write one like Shake: A New Perspective on Cocktails by Eric Prum and Josh Williams. In addition to lots of tasty concoctions I like how it’s arranged by season plus how they use lots of fresh ingredients.

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Mint Julep

The Kentucky Derby is quickly approaching and that means it’s time to make some Mint Juleps – the official drink of the Derby. While I’m not a regular Bourbon drinker, I do look forward to the annual tradition of sipping a Mint Julep while watching the first leg of the Triple Crown. [Read more…]