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The Drunken Spatula: Chad’s Favorite New Facebook Friend

I can’t wait to tell Moon about this website.  He may never leave the house again.  LOL!  I have a new Facebook friend that he is going to fall in love with.  In fact, I think I have a new Facebook friend every single one of you may love.  It’s called The Drunken Spatula and the page shares delicious recipes that involve food, cocktails and, sometimes, both!  Check this out.

Here’s an example of the type of food recipes The Drunken Spatula shares.  Ladies and Gents, meet Stuffed Italian Bread!

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STUFFED ITALIAN BREAD
1 Italian loaf, about 12 inches long
1 stick butter, melted
1/8 cup olive oil
3 tsp minced onion
2-3 cloves garlic, grated
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp poppy seeds
3 tsp chopped parsley (add more if you wish)
12 oz grated cheese (use a mix of white cheddar and Monterrey jack.)(Or your choice)

Preheat the oven to 350 F.

Mix the melted butter, olive oil, onion, garlic, Dijon mustard, poppy seeds and parsley in a bowl.

Cut the bread into cubes with X slices without cutting all the way through the bottom crust.

Pour the butter-onion garlic mixture carefully into those X cracks using a small spoon and over the top of the bread. Fill those delicious cracks with the grated cheese. (It seems like a lot of work and trouble but it’s all worth it. Yes.)

Wrap the entire loaf with foil, sealing the sides properly and bake for 15-20 minutes. Remove from the oven and unwrap. Bake for another 10 minutes until the cheese is melted and gooey.

Your mouth is watering, right?  You want to French kiss that Italian hunk of bread, don’t ya?  Slobber all over it like a Saint Bernard.  It’s fine.  I do too.  Just give into the temptation and go with it!

And, prepare yourself for more deliciousness!  In addition to offering ridiculously good-looking food recipes, The Drunken Spatula (I suppose because the word “Drunken” is included) serves up amazing cocktail recipes that I have never heard of but can’t wait to try.  Recipes like THIS one!  Ladies and Gents, meet the Campfire S’mores Martini!

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Hey, Bartender!  I will have two, please.  Any drink that combines Vodka, chocolate, vanilla creamer, Kahlua, and Graham cracker crumbs has to be good, right?  CLICK HERE if you want the recipe!

And, the best part about The Drunken Spatula is that, sometimes, the site shares food recipes that have alcohol in them.  Like this one I came across this weekend.  Ladies and Gents, meet Jack Daniels Bread Pudding!

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Excuse me while I lick the computer screen.   The Drunken Spatula pulled this little slice of heaven from a site called Texas Recipes and shared it on Facebook!  Check this out . . .

Jack Daniel’s Bread Pudding

2 lbs coarsely chopped bread (Texas Toast works well)
1/2 t. Ground Cloves
1/2 t. Ground Nutmeg
2 t. Ground Cinnamon
1 cup tightly packed brown sugar
1/8 lb. (2-3 T.) real butter, melted
8-10 eggs, beaten
1/2 quart Half & Half
1/2 quart heavy whipping cream
1 T. Mexican vanilla extract (get the real stuff)
1/4 c. real Jack Daniel’s Bourbon (Black Label)
1 c. raisins

Pre-heat the oven to 325 degrees, F. 

Put bread cubes into a large container and allow to dry while whipping up the ‘pudding’.

Combine the brown sugar, cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon in another large container. Mix well until blended.

Add the eggs, melted butter, half and half, heavy whip cream, vanilla and bourbon to the brown sugar mix. Mix with a wire whip until well blended.

Pour the egg mixture over the bread cubes and mix gently. Add the raisins and mix them in.

Spray a 13 X 9 X 2 inch glass baking pan with buttery flavor non-stick spray. Pour the bread mixture into the pan and jiggle the pan to settle the bread. The top will be jagged. Don’t worry about that.

Place the pan into the 325 degree oven and bake for 40 to 50 minutes until a toothpick can be stuck in and pulled out of the middle of the pudding clean and moist. Do not overcook. Ovens vary in their cooking time, so watch the time carefully.

Jack Daniels Bread Pudding Bourbon Sauce

1 lb. butter
1 lb brown sugar
1 cup heavy whip cream
2T. to 1/4 c. Jack Daniels Bourbon

Directions:

Melt the butter in a heavy pan on the stove top at a medium setting (do not burn the butter!). Add the brown sugar a little at a time until mixed. Whisk constantly until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is smooth and almost to the point of simmering. Don’t boil the sauce! It will crystallize.

Slowly add the heavy whipping cream while continuing to stir. Blend well and immediately remove from heat.

Add the Jack Daniels Bourbon and mix well.

Serve the sauce over the Bread Pudding and go to dessert heaven! If you want even more calories, add a scoop of vanilla ice cream! You can get all of your daily allotment of calories in this one dessert!

There are so many reasons that (insert hiccup) The Drunken Spatula is may new favorite Facebook friend.  In addition to great recipes, the Spatula has a great sense of humor.

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MasterBaker????  LOL!  Yes, I may have the mind of a middle-schooler, but that is hilarious!

Take my advice, Peeps!  LIKE The Drunken Spatula now.  I am definitely going to be trying out some of these recipes and I will let you know how they work out.  As soon as I get over my hangover!

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