Shrimp Scampi With a Touch of Kentucky

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I love finding new products to try from local businesses here in the Bluegrass State. I can’t stress enough, but SHOP LOCAL. Something that you may not know about me is that I love to cook. However, if you follow me on instagram, then I know you know that I love to eat hahaha! I love to experiment in the kitchen and try new foods. Over the past couple of years, I have turned from a picky eater into a way more adventurous eater.

I’m a huge fan of pasta, so I figured that I would make shrimp scampi. Usually when I make pasta, I make cheese sauces, so by making this shrimp scampi, it was one of the first wine sauces that I have made. Since it uses wine in the sauce, it was the perfect opportunity to hit up Liquor Barn (the mecca of all things alcohol) and pick up a wine from one of the local wineries. Kentucky may be known for its bourbon, but it has plenty of wineries too! The wine I chose was Kentucky Lady from Old 502 Winery. Kentucky Lady is a white wine.

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Last Minute Dessert: Festive Holiday Pretzels

It’s that time of year, when we are invited to family affairs, Ugly Sweater parties, White Elephant/Dirty Santa shindigs, or maybe even a potluck at your place of employment. With parties, there comes food. I’ve been making these little treats for the past five years, and I’ve tried making all different varieties. These pretzel treats are super easy to make and also very delicious! This quick dessert allows you to customize them in any way you deem fit. You can use different types of kisses and m&ms, as well as different color m&ms.

I usually prefer my “7 Layer Bars” that I’ve been making since I was a child, but they are relatively expensive to make and sort of time-consuming. Plus, I don’t like to share those.

These pretzel treats are perfect for the person who is a last minute shopper or who doesn’t have a lot of time. These only take about five minutes to cook, and the rest of the time is spent in the refrigerator to allow the chocolate to harden. Plus, they are inexpensive to make, which is a huge win-win!

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Root Beer Float With a Kentucky Twist

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You may remember me mentioning Buffalo Trace, when I visited the distillery a few weeks ago. To refresh your memory, Buffalo Trace is one of the many bourbon distilleries in Central Kentucky. Buffalo Trace is located in Frankfort, Kentucky, and has historically been known by other names, such as the George T. Stagg Distillery and the O.F.C. Distillery. Buffalo Trace claims the distillery is the oldest continuously-operating distillery in the United States.

At the end of our tour that we had at Buffalo Trace, we had a tasting, as there is at all distilleries once the tours are finished. During the tasting, we tried Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, and Bourbon Cream. I’m usually not a fan of cream-based and milk-based alcoholic beverages, but since the opportunity presented itself for me to try it, I wasn’t going to turn it down. That just would’ve been silly. While at Buffalo Trace, we got to try it straight, plus they had root beer for us to mix in with our Bourbon Cream. Well, once I tried it, I was pleasantly surprised. So much so, that when we went to Liquor Barn that night we bought a bottle. So later, we made a root beer float with a Kentucky twist!

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Easy Peasy Flourless Bourbon Brownies

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National Bourbon Heritage Month is getting ready to come to a close. The Kentucky Bourbon Festival has come and gone. It was September 12th through the 18th in Bardstown, Kentucky aka “The Bourbon Capital of the World.” Some may be wondering if I went, but I didn’t go. Instead about 20 friends, my husband, and I went down to Huntsville, Tennessee to go to Brimstone to go 4-wheeling, camping, drinking, and to see Hank Williams Jr. in concert (That particular event was called Brimstone Paragon). Brimstone is approximately 19,196 acres with over 300 acres of trails for riding. Sorry, but none of the shenanigans (haha!) will be posted here on my blog, but you can see a few pictures, if you follow me on instagram.

Anyways, just because National Bourbon Heritage Month is almost over, that does not mean that the bourbon events have come to a close. I mean, this is Kentucky after all.  There IS always some type of bourbon or foodie event going on! In fact, The Bourbon Social is comprised of four events back-to-back in October (Thursday, October 6 through Sunday, October 9). On Thursday, the event is Bourbon & Bites. On Friday, the event is A Day at the Races, which is at Keene Manor at Keeneland. On Saturday, this is when The Main Event takes place. Lastly, on Sunday, the event is The Buffalo Trace Brunch held at none other than the Buffalo Trace Distillery. I’m really excited because I bought tickets for Saturday’s and Sunday’s events. The Bourbon Social has hosted other bourbon related events throughout the year (but October is the main extravaganza), including the Beer, Bourbon, and Bacon Garden Party, I attended back in June of this year. Tickets are almost all gone to the upcoming events!

Even if you don’t like bourbon, these events can still be for you!

As promised, earlier this month, I said that I would be posting several recipes in spirit of National Bourbon Heritage Month. So, today, I have for you…

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The Glorious Thing That Is Known As Beer Cheese | Recipe For Bourbon Beer Cheese Puffs

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Kentucky is responsible for the creations of many different foods and drinks: burgoo, bourbon, Ale-8, Derby Pie, the cheeseburger, the hot brown, the Mint Julep, lamb fries, benedictine, and much much more. However, today, I’m going to share with you the glorious thing that is, beer cheese. If you follow me on instagram, then you have seen me post quite a bit about beer cheese – beer cheese that I have bought from stores and beer cheese that I have ate at restaurants.

Some people may be wondering what exactly is beer cheese? 
Well, beer cheese is a cheese spread that is most commonly found in Kentucky. The spread is nearly ubiquitous (which means you can find it basically everywhere). It is on just about every menu at the majority of restaurants here. You can eat it with chips, put it on burgers, have it as a topping on a hotdog, use it in soups; the possibilities are endless. Beer cheese is usually made with cheddar cheese, spices, and beer. There are so many varieties and not one is alike.

So, what’s in beer cheese?
Beer cheese can vary from very mild to spicy hot. It starts with sharp cheddar cheese and then beer is added for flavor (sometimes it is recommended that the beer if flat). Garlic, a variety of spices that include dry mustard, horseradish, and cayenne pepper as then added. As with anything, everyone has their own recipe and own preference of ingredients and none are the exact same.

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