Wine Wednesday: End of Summer Bourbon Burgers and sauce

Can’t believe that Summer is quickly fading away…. No more barbeque…no more beach…no more summer travel. Sigh!! Wait – did I say no more burgers – never!! If you love bourbon, you can and will love this burger. I prefer a good bourbon and Coke when I’m hanging out with the guys. By taking bourbon from the glass to your food, will surely create a well-balanced experience. You can incorporate as much or as little of the sauce as you want but remember….THIS IS NOT CHILD FRIENDLY!!! It’s a little smoky, a little spicy, a little messy – but you will be licking your fingers so no worries.

Bourbon burger and sauce recipe

Serves 3-4

Ingredients:Bourbonburger11

For the bourbon burgers

  • 1 pound 85 percent lean ground beef
  • 2 teaspoons bourbon
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 slices cheddar cheese
  • 3 slices baked bacon, cut in half
  • 1/2 sweet onion, sliced into rings
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3-4 buns
  • 1 large tomato, sliced
  • 4 large lettuce leaves

For the bourbon sauce

  • 3 tablespoons bourbon
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup

Directions:

  1. Preheat your grill to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the meat, bourbon, garlic powder, salt and Worcestershire sauce. Mix using your hands. Form 3 to 4 large patties, and indent the centers using your thumb.
  3. Place the patties on a well-oiled grilled, and cook for 15 minutes or until done.
  4. In a large sauté pan over medium heat, melt the butter. Stir in the onions, and cook until tender. While the onions and the patties are cooking, get the ingredients for the bourbon sauce ready.
  5. To a small pot over low-medium heat, add all the ingredients for the bourbon sauce. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, and then remove from heat.
  6. To make the burgers, layer the bottom bun with lettuce, tomato, patty, cheese, onions, bacon, bourbon sauce and then the top of the bun.

 

You can also try this grilled salmon recipe using a delicious bourbon-soy marinade.

Ingredients

  • 4 (6 ounce) salmon fillets
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 2 tablespoons lower-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed

Directions

  1. Combine the marinade ingredients in a large plastic bag with a seal-able top.
  2. Add the salmon, seal the bag, and marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes, turning the bag once.
  3. Remove the salmon from the bag and discard the marinade.
  4. Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Grill the salmon for 5 minutes on each side, or until it flakes when a fork is inserted.

No matter which you choose, enjoy these last days of summer nights, wine on the deck, kids in the pool and fireflies at night. Happy Wine Wednesday!

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Wine Wednesday celebrates Reds and Grilled Porterhouse with Chimichurri Sauce

Hello!!  I’m waving to you!

I know it’s been a while and I’m sorry.  You know – life! There are tons of new things that are happening and there is going to be a new “addition” to what you’ve seen here in the past.  It’s a little more raw…a little more vulnerable…open..and truthful. I’ve been working on it for a while and lately feel like it’s time to take you on a ride with me.  Do you want to come??  I hope so.  But since the summer winding down (where did it go?!?), I thought a wonderful steak would be a great thing to share – along with what became my favorite wine this summer.

First – what a lucky girl am I?? My boyfriend (are they still called that when you’re over 30?) took me to the South of France for holiday. I KNOW!! It was all his planning (which means I wasn’t working on a review of a property), with the perfect house rented, with pool and nothing on the agenda but having wine, cheese and fun.

Upon our arrival we went looking for the house, sort of found, it but had to wait for the owner to come to give us the keys.  Starving from our travels we finally found a place that prepared our first meal of steak, fries and served some amazing wine. I mean we’re in France…there is no such thing as bad wine in France.  Domanie du Coulet Rouge a beautiful medium-bodied red quickly became our favorite and I dare say one we both wish we could bring cases of back home.  This is a easy drinking wine that pairs well with a firm cheese, figs or in this case would be perfect with steak.  walkwithshaemylove

This is us on our property in France…during our Wine Wednesday walk through the lavender

Now, this PorterHouse is pretty easy to make and the Chimichurri Sauce can be as spicy as you want it to be, just use some of the jalapeno seeds.  To have a wine like the Domanie is a perfect compliment because the steak doesn’t overpower the flavor.  So I’ll tell you more about the wines we fell in love with in France next time.  I’ll also be sharing some of the adventures and people we met.  It was an amazing time to be with someone I truly love.

Happy Eating and Happy Wine Wednesday – Cheers! steak

This take on the classic Argentinean condiment includes a little heat in the form of a jalapeño; it’s a perfect pairing for a big, beefy porterhouse steak.

  • 1 (2-inch-thick) porterhouse steak (about 2-3/4 lb.)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1-1/2 cups coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, more as needed
  • 1 Tbs. sherry vinegar, more as needed
  • 2 medium cloves garlic

1 small jalapeño

Season the steak well with salt and pepper. Let sit at room temperature for at least 1 hour or refrigerate uncovered for up to 48 hours. Meanwhile, make the chimichurri: In a blender, purée the parsley, cilantro, oil, vinegar, garlic, jalapeño, 1 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp.  pepper, adding more oil as needed. Transfer to a small bowl and season to taste with more salt and vinegar, if needed.

If the steak is refrigerated, let it come to room temperature before grilling. For a charcoal grill, light a chimney starter full of charcoal and bank the coals against one side of the grill. For a gas grill, start with all burners on medium high and then turn off one or more of the burners to create a hot zone and a cool zone.

Pat the steak dry and grill over the hottest part of the grill, rotating it occasionally to create a crust, until well browned on one side, 2 to 4 minutes. Flip and sear the other side.

Move the steak to the cooler part of the grill, cover, and cook to your desired doneness (about 14 to 18 minutes for medium-rare). Let rest 5 to 10 minutes before serving with the chimichurri sauce.

Make Ahead Tips

The sauce will keep in the fridge for 1 week.

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Special Kimpton Hotel Package for Fla Residents…Just drive over

Oh my Florida Couples, have I a real deal for you. Leave the parking to Kimpton’s distinct hotels and save at their Florida properties with their latest savings packages.  Now through Sept. 30, Florida residents can enjoy a summer solstice “staycation” Park and Play Package with savings of up to 20 percent and complimentary valet parking for guests staying at  EPIC Hotel in downtown Miami; Surfcomber Miami, South Beach; and  Vero Beach Hotel & Spa. For residents looking to save at the pump, The Angler’s Miami, South Beach is offering a $20 gas card plus up to 25 percent off in savings with their customized Drive + Play Package. 

IF you’re looking for a quick getaway that will get them the VIP treatment without the matching price tag can consider any of the four Kimpton hotels a home away from home with world-class services that range from kicking off the morning with coffee or tea service, to toasts during the nightly hosted wine hour to venturing around town with Kimpton’s branded bikes–all free services for guests.  Guests looking to get refreshed should check with the front desk about the hotels’ equally refreshing non-alcoholic, complimentary beverages which are available throughout the summer.

With four distinct experiences, guests have a choice between basking in the summer sun at EPIC’s sky-high pool deck looming above the Magic City; Surfcomber’s iconic pool deck and South Beach scene; Vero’s family-style pool and beach retreat and The Angler’s European sense of charm nestled within South Beach’s top entertainment centers. There’s no better way to making summer, a time of rest, relaxation, vacation and absolute fun.

EPIC Hotel, rates starting at $299 – Living up to its name, EPIC is a classic contemporary luxury waterfront hotel at the heart of downtown Miami.  Offering 20 percent off and complimentary parking under the Park and Play Package, the hotel’s guests will indulge in exclusive amenities that include spectacular skyline views from roof-top pool deck; top-rated restaurants, including Area 31; a full menu of head-to-toe spa therapies and 24-hour access to the  state of the art fitness center.  Recognized by Condé Nast Traveler magazine as a World’s Best Places to Stay and Gold List 2012, EPIC is at the EPICenter for excellence in luxury accommodation and the glorious rush of downtown Miami.

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To book any of the packages offered, call 1-800-546-7866 or visit the hotel’s individual website and request the FSR rate. Blackout dates apply. Guests must present valid Florida State ID upon arrival.  To stay up-to-date on the latest news and travel deals, become a fan of the EPIC, Surfcomber, Vero, and Angler’s Facebook pages, or follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest @KimptonInFL.

 

 

Vera Wang LOVE – One-of-a-Kind Fine Jewelry for Every Summer Gift Giving Occasion

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Wedding Paper Divas Celebrity Invitation Style

Wedding season is here, and celebs are clearly feeling the love! With many recent star-studded engagements, Wedding Paper Divas experts used their vast design collecion to share their vision of our favorite celebrity couples and their upcoming nuptials. You can bring a bit of this Hollywood flare to your wedding celebration.

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Wearing a girl’s engagement ring isn’t the strangest thing we’ve seen on Johnny Depp, and we predict his upcoming wedding to model Amber Heard will be an affair as unique as they are. For their invitation design, we see them going for something similar to this simply stated gold foil design. Metallics are a hot trend, perfect for that couple looking to add a touch of drama to any design.

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If we take a cue from their lavish engagement party and her one-of-a-kind ring, we’re thinking Ashlee Simpson’s wedding to Evan Ross will be a vintage affair. This design perfectly illustrates the Modern Vintage trend, featuring classic shapes and patterns reinvented.

George Clooney and Amal Alamuddingeorge

The shock that one of our favorite bachelors is off the market is still wearing off, but we’re already looking forward to what is sure to be a wedding to remember. We’re swooning over the emerald cut rock that the actor gave his British human rights attorney, Amal Alamuddin, and if it’s any indication, the nuptials will feel as stunning and classic as this powerhouse couple is.

Haylie Duff and Matt Rosenberghaylie

This design from the new Marchesa collection (available exclusively at Wedding Paper Divas) is simply chic like the actress, singer and blogger, Haylie Duff. It’s sweet and feminine, but the dark undertones will also appeal to her entrepreneur fiancé, Matt Rosenberg. Whether it’s an outdoor summer wedding or an intimate wintertime affair, this design is perfect for any season.

Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutchermia

After keeping their engagement (and pregnancy!) a secret for some time, Mila Kunis is finally sharing all the joyous news and we can’t wait to see what the bride-to-be and her actor fiancé Ashton Kutcher are planning for their big day. This design would be perfect for the couple, who is famous for their laid back style. It adds a touch of elegance and romance, but is still fun and playful.

Olivia Palermo and Johannes Hueblolivia

The wedding of style icon and former reality star Olivia Palermo, who is engaged to her long-time boyfriend, model Johannes Huebl, is definitely one that every fashionista will be waiting for. Olivia recently revealed that she will be wearing a sleek dress (no ball gowns for this tastemaker!), which makes us think that the wedding will be romantic, feminine and timeless. This elegant design with just a touch of whimsy perfectly complements such a stylish occasion.

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