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A Father’s Day Giveaway: Burgoo, Barbecue, and Bourbon

Schmid Cover for blogYes, Father’s Day is still about a month away, but it’s never too early to start thinking about what you might get dad. (He deserves it, right?) Luckily, we’re here to help you out with a Father’s Day giveaway!

This week, enter to win one of three available copies of Albert W. A. Schmid’s brand new Burgoo, Barbecue, and Bourbon: A Kentucky Culinary Trinity. Use the form at the end of this blog post to sign up by Friday, May 26 at 1:00 pm Eastern time for your chance to win!

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About the book

Burgoo, barbecue, and bourbon have long been acknowledged as a trinity of good taste in Kentucky. Known as the gumbo of the Bluegrass, burgoo is a savory stew that includes meat—usually smoked—from at least one “bird of the air,” at least one “beast of the field,” and as many vegetables as the cook wants to add. Often you’ll find this dish paired with one of the Commonwealth’s other favorite exports, bourbon, and the state’s distinctive barbecue.

Award-winning author and chef Albert W. A. Schmid serves up a feast for readers in Burgoo, Barbecue, and Bourbon, sharing recipes and lore surrounding these storied culinary traditions. He introduces readers to new and forgotten versions of favorite regional dishes from the time of Daniel Boone to today and uncovers many lost recipes, such as Mush Biscuits, Kentucky Tombstone Pudding, and the Original Kentucky Whiskey Cake. He also highlights classic bourbon drinks that pair well with burgoo and barbecue, including Moon Glow, Bourbaree, and the Hot Tom and Jerry. Featuring cuisine from the early American frontier to the present day, this entertaining book is filled with fascinating tidbits and innovative recipes for the modern cook.

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Recipes from Bourbon Country

Celebrate Wellness Wednesday with three recipes from Chef Albert W. A. Schmid’s newest cookbook Burgoo, Barbecue and Bourbon: A Kentucky Culinary Trinity9780813169880

In this new book, Award-winning author and chef Albert W. A. Schmid serves up a feast for readers, sharing recipes and lore surrounding these storied culinary traditions. He introduces readers to new and forgotten versions of favorite regional dishes from the time of Daniel Boone to today and uncovers many lost recipes, such as Mush Biscuits, Half Moon Fried Pies, and the Original Kentucky Whiskey Cake. Featuring cuisine from the early American frontier to the present day, this entertaining book is filled with fascinating tidbits and innovative recipes for the modern cook.

Today’s recipes come from the section of dishes made to pair with the book’s central meal of burgoo, although they would be well suited to any meal.


Chicken Barbecued in a Brown Paper Bag

4 servings

3 tablespoons catsup

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

2 tablespoons butter

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

2 tablespoons vinegar

3 tablespoons brown sugar

1 teaspoon dry mustard

4 tablespoons water

1 teaspoon chili powder

1 teaspoon paprika

1 chicken, cut in pieces

Preheat oven to 500 degrees F. Combine the sauce ingredients. Grease the inside of a heavy paper grocery bag and place it inside a roaster pan. Salt and pepper the chicken pieces, dip each in the sauce, and place in the bag. Pour the remaining sauce over them in the bag. Close the bag with a double fold and secure with a medal clip. Bake uncovered for 50 minutes, then cover the pan and roast for 15 minutes longer. Serve extra sauce in a separate bowl.


Angel Biscuits

Makes 6 dozen

5 cups all-purpose flour

¾ cups vegetable shortening

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

3 teaspoons baking poweder

3 tablespoons sugar

1 yeast cake (1 packet of yeast) dissolved in ½ cup lukewarm water

2 cups buttermilk

Sift dry ingredients together; cut in shortening until mixed thoroughly. add buttermilk and dissolved yeast. Work together with a large spoon until the flour mixture is completely moistened. Cover and put in the refrigerator until ready to use.

When ready, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Take out as much batter as needed; roll it onto a floured board to 1⁄2-inch thickness and cut into rounds or squares. Bake on a greased cookie sheet or in a round 8-inch or 9-inch cake pan for 12 minutes, or until brown.


Half Moon Fried Pies

Makes 16 miniature pies

1 pound dried apples or peaches

¾ cup sugar

2 tablespoons butter or margarine

2 teaspoons cinnamon (to taste)

piecrust

lard

additional sugar

Cover the dried fruit in water and soak overnight. Drain the fruit, add a small amount of fresh water, and cook slowly until tender. Mash the fruit. add the sugar, butter or margarine, and cinnamon. Stir well and let the mixture cool.

Make your favorite piecrust, using only half the regular amount of shortening. Cut into circles 4–6 inches in diameter. Place a generous tablespoon of the fruit filling on one side of each circle. Fold the other side over and seal firmly along the edge with your fingertips or a fork. Fry in about 1⁄2 inch of hot lard, turning once. When the pastry is browned, remove and drain on paper towels. While the pies are still warm, sprinkle them lightly with sugar.

Alternatively, bake the pies at 400 degree F. for about 30 minutes; brush the top with melted butter before baking in order to make the surface crisp.


For the stories behind these recipes and many more, preorder the book here.

Is the Old Fashioned the Leading Man’s New Cocktail?

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Can you spot the Old Fashioned?

This week, we’ve already talked about the Old Fashioned’s part as practically a supporting character in Mad Men, but did you know that the classic cocktail is a favorite of another smooth-talking character?

As Albert Schmid details in his preface for The Old Fashioned, the drink makes a pretty big splash in the 2011 Warner Brothers picture, Crazy, Stupid, Love. Ryan Gosling’s character, Jacob, resident Don Juan and romance coach to Steve Carell’s Cal, casually sips the whiskey cocktail (which contains Pappy Van Winkle bourbon to be precise) all throughout the movie’s two hours and ten minutes.

Schmid states, “Of all the cocktails for Jacob to use in the art of seduction, the Old Fashioned is the most poetic drink he could choose. The bittersweet whiskey-flavored beverage is simple to make but requires practice to perfect. The process of muddling the fruit (as some recipes call for) can be very seductive, if done by the right person.”

There have definitely been a bevy of articles proclaiming the return of the Old Fashioned over the past few years, and choice for signature cocktail of these characters indicates that those in Hollywood definitely have a finger on the pulse of new trends. So what is it about the Old Fashioned that says “leading man?” Is the Old Fashioned just what Hollywood is making men drink or maybe, is there supposed to be a little something more to the men who drink Old Fashioned’s?

Don’t forget to register by tomorrow at 1PM for this week’s giveaway, The Old Fashioned by Albert W. A. Schmid!

A Drink Like Don’s: How Mad Men Helped the Old Fashioned’s Revival

don-draper The season six premiere of Mad Men is coming up in just a few short weeks. AMC already has their promo out and as I watched the tantalizing clips the other night I remembered Don Draper’s yen for the Old Fashioned. I think it’s safe to say that the amber colored cocktail has made more appearances on that show than some of the supporting characters, and as a result, its quiet presence unleashed a whole new love for this classic drink.

Similar to the draw of the Cosmopolitan on Sex and the City, the Old Fashioned on Mad Men introduced many to this original whiskey cocktail and induced them to order it at bars in droves. As Robert Simonson wrote in a May 2012 article for the New York Times called “Old-Fashioned or New Fangled, the Old-Fashioned is Back,” “A quick scan of today’s drinking scene illustrates the cocktail’s new currency. It’s a rare craft cocktail bar whose debut menu doesn’t feature either the Old-Fashioned or a modern twist on the drink’s elegant formula of whiskey, water, sugar and bitters.”

In keeping with the resurgence of the Old Fashioned, Albert W. A. Schmid’s The Old Fashioned has over 40 recipes for variations on the drink, from the pared down, no explanation “The Old Waldorf Bar Old Fashioned” to the more exotic “Blackberry Honey Old Fashioned.” Though Don Draper might not have gone in for the latter, we happen to think he would approve of an entire book devoted to his favorite drink.