Grown Up Hot Chocolate


I made this last night and put the initial picture on Instagram. Lots of people wanted the recipe so here it is. Grown Up Hot Chocolate 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk 1/2 cup cocoa or shaved bittersweet chocolate (I actually like the Williams-Sonoma Hot Chocolate mix) 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1/8 teaspoon salt 5 cups hot water caramel sauce whipped cream 1 oz. amaretto...

Then there’s the brisket sauce


Once you’ve made brisket, you need the sauce to go with it. I tinkered with a recipe in the Williams-Sonoma Grill Masters cookbook for over a year before I got one that I really like. This is what I make every time I make brisket. I also use it on Boston butt, but it is best with beef. 3 tbs margarine (see note) 1/2 cup sweet onion, minced 1 clove garlic, minced 1 cup Heinz ketchup (see...

How I Smoke Brisket


While I’m largely removed from politics for the next few days (and no radio) thanks to a perforated ear drum, I did get up and get a brisket ready for the smoker and will share with you what I do. First, I’m a Big Green Egg guy, so know that. But here’s what I do. SMOKED BRISKET 8 hours before hand: 7 to 12 lbs. brisket 2 cups beef broth 1 tsp. onion powder 1 tsp. garlic powder...

My White Barbecue Chicken


This has become a go-to recipe for my family when we are entertaining people. It is very easy to make and quite delicious. White Barbecue Chicken Ingredients: 3 c mayonnaise 2/3 c apple cider vinegar 1/2 c + 2 tbls lemon juice 4 tbls sugar 4 tbls cracked black pepper 4 tbls Lea & Perrins Chicken Marinade (green label Lea & Perrins) 4 to 10 chicken breasts cut diagonally into strips...

Homegrown: Illustrated Bites


I have mentioned, while filling in for Rush Limbaugh, that Christy and I like to grow our own vegetables and cook. I grow okra, onion, and bell peppers for gumbo. We also grow herbs and jalapeños for salsa and other cooking. It’s really not that hard and if you do it right, you are not constantly pulling weeds. In any event, a listener from one of my fill-in shows sent me this book. Her...

Two Day Stew


I was sick this past week and up late watching the Cooking Channel. Alton Brown came on and I saw his stew recipe. I modified it a bit from what he had. My mom and dad made beef stew when I was young. I had been wanting it and decided, after seeing Good Eats, to combine the best of both worlds. It takes two days. Neither is intensive. It is totally worth it. 6 boneless short ribs 1/4 cup tomato...

Bourbon-Buttermilk Gingerbread


This just came out of my oven. The whole house smells great. One note about this recipe — it is not a sweet gingerbread. It has very deep flavor and you may want to top it with some whipped cream when eating. Ingredients: 1 stick unsalted butter, softened ½ cup light brown sugar ½ cup molasses 2 large eggs 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour 1 heaping tablespoon ground ginger 1 teaspoon cinnamon ¼...

Braised Short Ribs


Ingredients: 8 whole Beef Short Ribs Kosher Salt and Pepper To Taste 1/2 c All-purpose Flour 6 pieces bacon; Diced 2 tb Vegetable Oil 1 whole Medium Onion; Diced 3 whole Carrots; Diced 2 c Red Wine (or Beef Broth) 2 c Beef Or Chicken Stock (enough To Almost Cover Ribs) 2 sprigs Thyme 2 sprigs Rosemary Directions: 1. Salt and pepper ribs, then dredge in flour. Set aside. 2. In a large dutch oven...

Gravy. It’s Just Basic Chemistry.


This is an important skill for Thanksgiving. And I make fantastic gravy. People, use butter. And remember, put the flour in the butter, not in the stock. You’ll have lumpy gravy if you put the flour in the stock. Also, use your turkey drippings if you can, supplementing with chicken stock. Don’t use chicken broth. You need to use stock. If the flour gets in the water based stock...



A photo posted by Erick Erickson (@ewerickson) on Oct 10, 2014 at 12:45pm PDT Outside of politics, I do a lot of cooking. I have enjoyed it since I was five. I was such a picky eater, my mother made me learn to fend for myself. I have enjoyed it. Over the last couple of years, I have taken to growing a garden to get what I want for food. Okra, tomatoes, herbs, green onions, etc. have all...

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