Shamrock Shooter Recipe

Shamrock Shooter

St. Patrick’s Day is coming right up, so if you’re looking for party recipes, check out this yummy cocktail from Pinnacle Vodka:

Shamrock Shooter

Recipe courtesy Pinnacle Vodka.


1 part Pinnacle® Coconut Vodka
1 part Irish Cream


Shake with ice and strain into a shot glass.

Hot Toddy Recipe

Hot Toddy

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Winter is the perfect time to bundle up and go sledding with the family! And when you come back in from the cold and wind down the day, grownups can shake off the chill with this new twist on an old favorite – the hot toddy:

Hot Toddy

Adapted from Dr. Pat’s hot toddy recipe


Just under 1 oz Wild Turkey
About 4 oz hot water
1 TBSP Truvia Brown Sugar Blend


Place the Truvia Brown Sugar Blend into a mug. Cover with Wild Turkey and hot water; stir thoroughly and enjoy!
Note: I omitted lemon juice because I didn’t have any on hand, but feel free to add it to yours!

The Truvia gives a nice sweetness that takes off the sharp edge of the Wild Turkey. Jai said I ought to call this a “Hot Turkey”. ;)

How do you warm up from the cold?

Thai Style Noodle Bowl Recipe

Thai Style Noodle Bowl

Here’s another yummy recipe to try from StarKist:

Thai Style Noodle Bowl

Recipe courtesy StarKist.


· 2 (2.6 oz.) Pouches – Gourmet Selects® Thai Style Tuna

· 1 Tbsp. canola or peanut oil

· 1⁄4 cup sliced carrots

· 1⁄2 cup sliced red peppers, cut in 2-inch pieces

· 3 scallions

· 1⁄2 cup snow peas, trimmed

· 2 oz. rice noodles, cooked (about 1 cup cooked)

· 2 Tbsp. chopped peanuts (optional)


· Heat oil over medium-high heat in a wok or sauté pan.

· Add carrots, peppers, scallions and snow peas, toss with oil and cook until just tender.

· Meanwhile, cook rice noodles in boiling water for 3 – 4 minutes. Drain and toss with vegetables.

· Add tuna and toss to just heat through.

· Divide between 2 plates and top with peanuts if desired.

Simple and Spicy Tuna Taco Recipe

Simple and Spicy Tuna Taco

Some like it hot and if that’s you, try these spicy tacos from StarKist:

Simple and Spicy Tuna Tacos

Recipe courtesy StarKist.


· 1 (5.5 oz.) Can – StarKist Autentico® Chunk Light Tuna in Oil with Jalapenos, drained

· 2 tortilla shells

· 1⁄2 cup shredded lettuce

· 1⁄4 cup diced tomato

· 1⁄4 cup Monterey Jack cheese, finely shredded


· Place tortilla shells on plate. Distribute tuna over the shell.

· Top with lettuce and tomato and cheese as desired.

Mediterranean Tuna Baguette Recipe

Mediterranean Tuna Baguette

This sandwich from StarKist looks like the perfect afternoon pick-me-up:

Mediterranean Tuna Baguette

Recipe courtesy StarKist.


· 2 pouches (2.6 oz.) StarKist® Gourmet Selects® Mediterranean Style Tuna

· 2 single ciabatta rolls

· ¼ cup roasted red pepper strips

· 1 small tomato, sliced

· A few red onion slices

· Sliced black olives

· Artichoke hearts, quartered

· 10 – 12 medium fresh basil or spinach leaves


· Slice bread lengthwise in half.

· Line one side of the bread with basil leaves and layer vegetables on top.

· Place tuna on top of vegetables. Top with the other side of the bread.

· Cut in half and serve.

Royal Smile Cocktail Featuring Calvados Boulard V.S.O.P.

Calvados Boulard V.S.O.P.

Sample provided.

Last week, I tried Calvados Boulard V.S.O.P. for the first time. This spirit is an apple brandy that starts out very strong and ends with just a hint of the fruit. I liked the elegant bottle and found an appreciation for the flavor, which was admittedly intense at first. I was pleased to be introduced to it!

Although the recommended serving is neat (as I enjoyed it) or on the rocks, it can also make a fine addition to a cocktail, such as in this recipe:

Royal Smile

Recipe by Frank Caiafa, Waldorf Astoria, NYC – courtesy Calvados Boulard V.S.O.P.


1 ½ oz. of Calvados Boulard V.S.O.P.
1 oz. of Hayman’s Old Tom Gin
2/3 oz. of lemon Juice
2/3 oz. of House-made Grenadine


Add all ingredients to shaker filled with ice, shake well and strain into chilled cocktail glass.

5 Days Left to Have the King’s Hawaiian Starring Roll

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20-24 servings, 30 min to prep., 3 hr. to marinate, 30 min. cook


  • 3 lbs (about 9 pieces) boneless/skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 ½ oz Italian dressing
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 ½ green bell pepper, cut to the size of the dinner roll
  • 1 ½ red bell pepper, cut to the size of the dinner roll
  • ¾ red onion, cut to the size of the dinner roll
  • ¾ cup mayo
  • 2 (12-pack) KING’S HAWAIIAN Original Hawaiian Sweet Dinner Rolls (cut horizontally)
  • Fresh pineapple, for garnish


  1. Mix oregano, basil, and Italian dressing.
  2. Cut the peppers and onion into slices small enough to fit the King’s Hawaiian Original Sweet Roll.
  3. Add chicken and vegetables to marinade and mix. Be sure to evenly coat all ingredients.
  4. When the chicken and vegetables are evenly coated with the marinade, refrigerate (for food safety) for about three hours.
  5. Heat grill pan over a medium-high heat. Grill chicken until cooked. Grill vegetables until tender.
  6. Spread mayo on both sides of the roll and assemble sliders, in this order: bottom of bread, chicken, bell pepper, onion, top of bread. Use a toothpick to skew a pineapple garnish and hold the sandwich in place.

To Create Pineapple Garnish:

  1. Cut fresh pineapple lengthwise into ½ inch slabs.
  2. Lay pineapple slice onto a cutting board and use a star-shaped cookie cutter to cut pineapple.

Chef’s Tip: To add extra flavor and create beautiful grill lines use a cast iron skillet with ridges.


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We like ours in quite a few different ways. Here are some Chili Dogs with Cheese and Fritos.


Then this next one has a hot dog with avocado, fried onions, and crab. It was so good!


Amarula Cream Liqueur: A Sweet Treat

Amarula Cream

Sample provided.

Last month, I shared a recipe for the “Skew’s Me” cocktail, and I took notice of one of the ingredients: Amarula Cream, a cream liqueur produced in South Africa. I’ve always loved cream liqueurs, so I looked at the Amarula Cream in the cocktail and thought, mmmmmm!

So naturally, when they offered to send me a bottle to try, I had to take them up on the offer. Amarula Cream comes packaged in an attractive bottle, and its insides are just as beautiful as its outsides: This is a sweet, delicious liqueur that is perfect to sip on.

A shot of Amarula Cream Liqueur

I poured a little glass for Jai, since he shares my appreciation for cream liqueurs. He enjoyed it as much as I did and said that he might possibly prefer this over our favorite Irish cream we normally get. He noted that it seemed sweeter, which makes sense given its Marula fruit base. We both love this straight, or maybe with coffee; but if you’re more of a cocktail person, here’s another tasty drink to try:

Lover’s Revenge

Recipe courtesy Amarula Cream


​1 oz Amarula Cream
1/5 oz cream
1/5 oz milk
1/5 oz pomegranate juice
1 oz Crème De Cacao
pomegranate seeds
shaved flakes of 70% dark chocolate
ice cubes


Combine the pomegranate juice and Crème De Cacao and pour into a highball glass layered with pomegranate seeds at the bottom and fill three-quarters with ice. Mix the remaining ingredients in a cocktail shaker, blender or closed container with ice and strain into the highball glass. Add another layer of pomegranate seeds on top, along with shaved flakes of 70% dark chocolate.

3 Red Carpet Cocktails

3 Red Carpet Cocktails

Just in time for awards season, here are three delicious red-carpet worthy cocktails from Pinnacle Vodka:

Red Carpet Dazzle

Recipe courtesy Pinnacle Vodka.


2 parts Pinnacle® Whipped® Vodka

4 parts Cranberry Juice


Mix in a glass filled with ice and garnish with a lime wedge and an updo.

Pinnacle® Best Picture

Recipe courtesy Pinnacle Vodka.


1½ parts Pinnacle® Raspberry Vodka

1 part DeKuyper® Creme de Cocoa White Liqueur


Shake with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass. Place chocolate chips in raspberries and float in martini.​

Glam Squad

Recipe courtesy Pinnacle Vodka.


1 part Pinnacle® Cinnabon® Vodka

2 parts Champagne

1 part Orange Juice


Build in order over ice in a highball glass. Garnish with a cherry dropped in.