Spicy Caesar Meatloaf

Spicy Caesar Meatloaf

*While I was given this product free of charge to try and review the opinions in this post are solely mine.  And anyone who knows me knows I have strong opinions on everything.  And they are all mine.

I think most of us foodies can agree that over the years our taste buds have become more mature, more refined and quite possibly slightly regressed.  I went from a covert mushroom discarder to someone who could eat them sauteed for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Just mushrooms.  Nothing else.  I love a really deep olive oil.  But keep the olives to yourself.

When it comes to alcohol I have been all over the spectrum and back again. Twice. If I recall correctly my very first taste may have been a deliciously smuggled bottle of Southern Comfort that was added to a McDonalds chocolate milkshake at 15.  After being unbelievably ill from it (it had to have been the flu) I think my next taste was many, many years later  when I became of age.  Or near to it.  My college years were spend getting close to my friend Tommy.  You guys know him as Tom Collins.  But my affinity for him had us on a cutesy name basis.  Those and mixed drinks so sweet they made candy apples taste like rice cakes on a stick.

When budgets got tight a case of 24 for $24 was a sure bet (remember when beer was that cheap) and as I got older and began to appreciate flavour, not just enjoy food and drink, I ventured down the winery road.

Now please don’t mistrue anything I’m saying as being a heavy drinker.  We rarely drink at home unless we are entertaining and we only drink when dining out in social situations.  I like to know I’m getting home safe and that my next day won’t be a write off with fuzzy views and less brain cells than the day before  so more often than not I don’t drink at all.  But when the setting and atmosphere come together in such a way, aligned just perfectly, I will not hestitate to enjoy a delicious cocktail or two.

Spicy Caesar Meatloaf

The one beverage that has been a constant in my life no matter what journey my taste buds are taking me on is a Bloody Caesar.  Thick and spicy, perfect on a hot day, for a brunch kick starter or end of work day refresher,  I love a well made Caesar.  Which is to say it’s never made quite how I want it.  I don’t bother explaining anymore, just leave the bottle of hot sauce on the table.  And as much as I love them, I never make them at home.  Ever. And it’s mainly because of the mix.  Store brought tomato cocktail mixes are either metallic tasty or too salty.  And they just don’t taste right!  And any lover of the Caesar knows what I’m taking about.  That perfect taste of….rightness.

Spicy Caesar Meatloaf

Let me introduce you to my new friend Walter (sorry Tommy).  We just met this weekend.

Walter is an  all natural craft Caesar mix.  The first in this country.  What does that mean?  It means there it is made in small batches.  It has real ingredients. Horseradish, clam juice, worchestershire, hot sauce, tomatoes.  No preservatives.  And  it’s in glass.  Oh and it taste as close to a restaurant made Caesar as you will ever get.  That close.  I’ll admit the first glass was drank before I remembered to add vodka, that’s how tasty it is.  While it comes in two flavors; well spiced and mildly spiced I did have to add more kick.  But that’s just how I roll.  I like absurdly spicy stuff.  Check your local Ontario and B.C grocery stores, restaurants or specialty shops and give it a try.  Even if you don’t drink, have it virgin.  It’s vegetables after all.  Or do what I did. Cook with it.

 

They say you should always cook with a wine that you plan to serve at dinner so I’m applying that logic here as well.

Spicy Caesar Meatloaf

Enjoy and please drink responsibly.

Yields 4

Spicy Caesar Meatloaf
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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 cup Caesar mix or tomato juice plus extra for top
  • a few dashes of hot sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a loaf pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl combine all the ingredients. Use your hands to easily squish everything together until it's perfectly combined.
  3. Press the meat mixture into your prepared pan. Pour more Caesar mix on top until just covered.
  4. Bake in oven 35-45 minutes or until juices run clear.
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Liqueur Recipes

There are so many different types and flavours of alcohols and liqueur’s. One of the more popular ways to drink them are in fancy concoctions know as shooters. Here are a variety that you may want to one day try.

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 oz. coffe liqueur
  • 1/2 oz. Irish cream liqueur
  • 1/2 oz. orange liqueur
  • 3/4 oz. vodka
  • 3/4 oz. Tequila Rose
  • 3/4 oz. vodka
  • 3/4 oz. hazelnut liqueur
  • 1/2 oz. vodka
  • 1/2 oz. blue curacao
  • 1/2 oz. grenadine
  • 1/2 oz. creme de menthe
  • 1/2 oz. creme de cacao
  • 1/2 oz. light cream
  • 1/2 oz. vodka
  • 1/4 oz. melon liqueur
  • 1/4 oz. pineapple juice
  • 1 oz. tequila
  • couple of drops Tabasco.

Instructions

  1. Carefully pour each shot layering them in the glass.
  2. Mix together and pour in shooter glass.
  3. Add Tabasco to tequila in glass.
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The History of the Frappe

A fairly newer creation, Andreas Dritsas, a Greek distributor of Nestle products, is credited for this discovery. In 1957 at the Annual Thessaloniki International Fair, Andreas grabbed a shaker normally used for Nestle Cocoa and filled it with Nescafe instant coffee and cold water. Shaking it vigorously he was left with a cold foamy beverage that would eventually become a popular choice at many a coffee house. It is the cream-like foam that makes a true frappe.

Shortly after Andreas’ discovery Nestle began promoting this cold coffee though their original recipe called for ice cream. This resembled the French’s classic café frappe thus securing its name. Several years’ later ice was removed from the equation and the directions for making a frappe were simply “beat together Nescafe, sugar and cold water.”

Hot Mulled Cider

Serves 1/8

Hot Mulled Cider
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp whole allspice
  • 1 tsp whole cloves
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • dash of ground nutmeg
  • 3" cinnamon stick
  • 2 qts. apple juice

Instructions

  1. In crock pot add sugar, allspice, cloves, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon stick and apple juice.
  2. Cook on low for 4 hours to steep the cider well.
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Cherry Popsicle

Serves 1

Cherry Popsicle
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Ingredients

  • 2 oz cherry liqueur
  • 1 oz blue Curacao
  • ginger ale

Instructions

  1. In a tall glass with ice add the cherry liqueur and blue Curacao.
  2. Top up with ginger ale.
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Homemade Lemonade

Serves per glass

Homemade Lemonade

Add a cup of vodka to make a drink for the "big kids".

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup lemon juice, fresh
  • 3 to 4 cups cold water

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan over low heat stir together the water and sugar until dissolved. Let cool.
  2. In a large pitcher add the lemon juice and sugar water.
  3. Add cold water until the lemonade is at your desired strength.
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If you don’t have  a juicer here’s a trick to squeeze the lemons by hand and not get any seeds in the juice.

Start with your lemon.

Roll it around a hard surface for a bit, pressing into the fruit to soften it up.  This helps break down the pulp inside.

Slice the lemon in half.

Take one half and place it cut side down in the palm of your hand.

While you are squeezing the lemon the seeds will get trapped in your hand while the juices run through your fingers. (Remember to have clean hands before starting this.)

Continue with all the lemons until you have 1 cup of juice.  This took approximately 8 lemons.  Pour the juice into a jug or pitcher.

Meanwhile add your cup of sugar to the cup of water in a small saucepan.

Over medium heat cook the liquid until the sugar is completely dissolved then allow it to cool.

Once the sugar water is cool pour it into the jug with the lemon juice.

Add 3-4 cups of cold water, stirring and tasting as you add until you get the sweetness you prefer.  Serve in a tall glass with a lemon slice on the side.

Coffee Milkshake with a Kick

Serves 1/6

Coffee Milkshake with a Kick
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Ingredients

  • 3 cups cold coffee
  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 1/4 cup Amaretto
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. Combine everything in a blender and whip until smooth.
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Tequila Sunrise

Serves 1

Tequila Sunrise
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Ingredients

  • 2 oz tequila
  • orange juice
  • 2 dashes grenadine syrup

Instructions

  1. Pour tequila in a glass with ice and top with orange juice.
  2. Add grenadine by tilting glass and pouring grenadine down side by flipping the bottle vertically very quickly. The grenadine should go straight to the bottom and then rise up slowly through the drink.
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Mango Daiquiri

 

Serves 1

Mango Daiquiri
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Ingredients

  • 1 large ripe mango, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • 6 nips white rum
  • 3 cups ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Put all ingredients in a blender and blend till smooth.
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Orange Blossom

Serves 1

Orange Blossom

The Orange Blossom was created back in the times of Prohibition when the gin was too harsh to drink straight and they needed something to make it more palatable. Given it's time of inception you can consider this drink to be the parent of the screwdriver we drink today.

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Ingredients

  • 2 oz gin
  • 1 oz orange juice
  • 1 tsp superfine sugar

Instructions

  1. Combine the gin, orange juice, and sugar in a shaker half-filled with ice cubes.
  2. Shake well, and strain into a cocktail glass.
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Vanilla Milkshake Twist

Serves 1

Vanilla Milkshake Twist
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Ingredients

  • 2 oz. Godiva white chocolate liqueur
  • 1 scoop French vanilla ice cream
  • 1 oz vanilla vodka

Instructions

  1. Stir everything together with a spoon.
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Dry Martini

Serves 1

Dry Martini

It's the murky olive brine that is added to your martini that makes it "dirty".

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Ingredients

  • 3 oz. gin
  • 1 tsp olive brine
  • 2-3 olives
  • 5-8 ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Chill your martini glass.
  2. Fill the shaker with ice, gin and olive juice. Shake vigorously for 6-10 seconds.
  3. Strain into the glass and garnish with olives on a toothpick.
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Caipirinha

Serves 1

Caipirinha

Cachaca is a national product of Brazil. Whereas rum is created from molasses, a by product of sugarcane that is boiled down, cachaca is created when the sugarcane juice is distilled and fermented. It is used primarily for it's national drink the Caipirinha.

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Ingredients

  • 2 oz cachaça
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 lime (cut into chunks)
  • ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Muddle lime with sugar in a rocks glass. Fill the glass with ice. Pour cachaça and stir.
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Black Cow

 

Serves 1

Black Cow

A black cow, brown cow or ice cream float are all the same. A couple of scoops of ice cream in a glass of root beer. The carbonation of the soft drink forms bubbles which is what makes the ice cream "float" at the top of the glass.

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Ingredients

  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 10 oz root beer
  • 1 tbsp chocolate syrup
  • 1 1/2 oz whipped cream
  • maraschino cherries

Instructions

  1. Pour the root beer over ice cream and chocolate syrup in a large tumbler glass. Garnish with whipped cream and a maraschino cherry. Serve with a straw and a long spoon.
Recipe Type: Drinks
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The Drunken Gingerbread Man

Serves 1

The Drunken Gingerbread Man
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Ingredients

  • 1 part Irish Cream
  • 1 part Goldschläger
  • 1 part butterscotch schnapps
  • 1 part Vodka

Instructions

  1. Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into shot glasses.
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Mint Julep

 

Serves per glass

Mint Julep

Before there was the Mojito there was a fancy mint drink named julep. Widely popular in the South, this beverage was normal served in silver chalises on a silver platter

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 32 oz bourbon
  • 8 sprigs fresh mint leaves for garnish

Instructions

  1. Combine water, sugar and chopped mint leaves in a small saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil over high heat until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  3. Allow syrup to cool, approximately 1 hour. Pour through a strainer to remove mint leaves
  4. Fill eight cups with crushed ice and pour 4 ounces of bourbon and 1/4 cup mint syrup in each. Garnish with more mint leaves.
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Absinthe

There is a lot of controversy about this green (or sometimes colourless) anise-flavoured spirit with it’s high alcohol percentage of 45 to 75 % ABV (Alcohol by volume).  Sometimes diluted with water it has many famous consumers with Vincent van Gogh and Oscar Wilde known to enjoy it’s effects.

In 1915 Absinthe was banned in the US and most of European countries blamed for being an addictive psychoactive drug due to the small presence of the chemical thryone. It wasn’t until the early 1990’s that reauthorization of the beverage began in those countries and distillation resumed.

Traditionally absinthe is prepared by the “French Method” when a slotted spoon is placed over a glass containing a shot of the spirit.

A sugar cube is placed on the spoon and ice cold water is slowly dripped or poured over the sugar.

A variation is the “Bohemian Method” where the sugar cube is presoaked in alcohol and set on fire.  It is then dropped into the absinthe with also catches flame before the water is added to douse it all.  Both of these methods usually call for 1 part absinthe and 5 parts water.

Mulled Wine

 

Serves 1/8

Mulled Wine
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Ingredients

  • 2 bottles dry Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Peel of 1 orange
  • 1 cinnamon stick, broken into halves
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 1 whole nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • orange slices

Instructions

  1. Pour wine in slow cooker.
  2. Wrap the orange peel, cinnamon stick halves, cloves, and nutmeg in cheesecloth.
  3. Add to slow cooker. Cover and cook on HIGH 2 to 2.5 hours.
  4. Discard the spice bag before serving and use the orange slices to garnish each glass.
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Kahlua Recipes

Serves 1

Butter Chocolate Kiss Brown Cow Chocolate Blackberry Brownie
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Ingredients

  • 1 oz kahlua
  • 1 oz butterscotch schnapps
  • 2 oz milk
  • 2 oz kahlua
  • 6 oz milk
  • Nutmeg
  • 1 shot kahlua
  • 1 shot Blackberry liquer
  • 2 shots cream
  • ice

Instructions

  1. Pour all ingredients into a cocktail glass, stir, and serve.
  2. In a glass with ice, add kahlua and top with milk. Stir. Sprinkle with nutmeg.
  3. Fill the glass with ice cubes. Pour in the liqueurs and then top with cream. Garnish with chocolate shavings on the top.
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Classic Margarita

Serves 1

Classic Margarita
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 oz. triple sec
  • 1 1/2 oz. gold or white tequila
  • Coarse salt
  • Juice of 1/2 large lime

Instructions

  1. Mix tequila, triple sec, and lime juice with ice in a shaker.
  2. Rub rim of a chilled cocktail glass with a piece of lime and then dip it in a saucer of salt until it is evenly coated.
  3. Strain Margarita mixture into glass and garnish with a thin slice of lime.
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Brandy Alexander

Serves 1

Brandy Alexander
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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz brandy
  • 1 oz dark creme de cacao
  • 1 oz half-and-half
  • 1/4 tsp grated nutmeg

Instructions

  1. In a shaker half-filled with ice cubes, combine the brandy, creme de cacao, and half-and-half. Shake well. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with the nutmeg.
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Irish Coffee

 

Serves 1

Irish Coffee
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Ingredients

  • 6 oz. hot coffee
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 oz. Irish whiskey
  • heavy cream

Instructions

  1. In a glass mug combine the coffee, sugar and whiskey.
  2. Gently pour in the cream so that it is floating on top. Enjoy!
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Hot Buttered Rum

 

Serves 1

Hot Buttered Rum
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Ingredients

  • 1 small slice soft butter
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 pinch ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 oz dark rum
  • boiling water

Instructions

  1. Place the butter, sugar and spices in the bottom of mug and mix well.
  2. Pour in the rum and boiling water. Stir to combine.
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Hot Toddy

 

Serves 1

Hot Toddy
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Ingredients

  • 1 oz brandy, whiskey or rum
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1/4 lemon, juiced
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 tea bag

Instructions

  1. Coat the bottom of a mug with the honey.
  2. Add the liquor and the lemon juice.
  3. Make a boiling cup of tea and pour into glass with liquor. Stir.
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