11 09, 2013

Fork & Stave Spicy Jalapeño Potato Gnocchi Recipe

September 11th, 2013|Recipes|0 Comments|



 Jalapeño gnocchi in progress (top) and a serving option finished in a skillet with shaved parmesan and Benton’s bacon crumble (bottom).

Jalapeño Potato Gnocchi Recipe

By: Fork & Stave

I grew up with a grandmother that made the most outstanding gnocchi.  They weren’t too heavy or chewy or too light and flimsy…They were just right!  I would think [...]

8 09, 2013

Michter’s US★1 Small Batch Bourbon Review

September 8th, 2013|Spirit Reviews|0 Comments|


Michter’s US★1 Small Batch Bourbon

By: Fork & Stave

Batch 13-42

Proof: 91.4 Proof (45.7% ABV)

Rating: 4 Barrels (4 out of 5)

This is my first experience with a product from 2012 Distiller of the year: Michter’s Distillery.  Like many of you, I’ve been seeing their bottle all over the place lately, so I figured it was time to sample the goods.  It can be difficult to find certain small batch or rare whiskies here [...]

5 09, 2013

Woodford Reserve Double Oaked Bourbon Review

September 5th, 2013|Spirit Reviews|1 Comment|

Woodford Reserve Double Oaked

Woodford Reserve Double Oaked Bourbon

By: Fork & Stave

Proof: 90.4 Proof (45.2% ABV)

Rating: 4 Barrels (4 out of 5)

Woodford Reserve Double Oaked starts life as standard Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select bourbon.  When the Distiller’s Select is emptied from it’s original barrel, it is put into a second barrel, made specially for this purpose, at 110 proof for roughly 9 months.  The characteristics of the second barrel include a longer [...]

2 09, 2013

Nelson’s Green Brier Belle Meade Straight Bourbon Review

September 2nd, 2013|Spirit Reviews|0 Comments|

Belle Meade Bourbon

Belle Meade Bourbon

By: Fork & Stave

Proof: 90.4 Proof (45.2% ABV)

Rating: 4 Barrels (4 out of 5)

I saw this bourbon for the first time when visiting some friends in Nashville this past Spring.  When I returned home to Birmingham, I saw that it was also available in my local liquor store.  Belle Meade Bourbon is the culmination of the efforts of Charlie and Andy Nelson, two young entrepreneurs.  Their great-great-great grandfather [...]

28 08, 2013

Chef Edward Lee’s Bourbon Pickled Jalapeño Recipe

August 28th, 2013|Recipes|0 Comments|


Chef Edward Lee’s Bourbon Pickled Jalapeño Recipe

Foreword by: Fork & Stave

In his recently released cookbook, Smoke and Pickles, Chef Edward Lee offers up a recipe that will satisfy your sweet and spicy cravings in one bite.  These are easy to prepare and make a great topping for nachos, baked potatoes, or pizza and are equally good for a quick snack.  I left the seeds in my jalapeños, but you can remove them if you would like less heat.  [...]

27 08, 2013

Widow Jane Unfiltered Rye Whiskey Review

August 27th, 2013|Spirit Reviews|0 Comments|

Widow Jane Rye Whiskey

Widow Jane Rye Whiskey

By: Fork & Stave

Barrel 1, Bottle 17

Proof: 91 Proof (45.5% ABV)

Rating: 4 Barrels (4 out of 5)

Widow Jane’s rye whiskey is aged 2 years and is made from a mash bill of 95% Rye and 5% barley.  The unfiltered whiskey starts it’s life in a Midwest distillery, it’s aged for 2 years, and shipped to New York to be brought to proof and bottled.  The water used [...]

26 08, 2013

Milk Braised Pork Shoulder Recipe

August 26th, 2013|Recipes|1 Comment|

Milk Braised Pork Shoulder Purple Pig Chicago

My recipe (top) and the original (bottom) from The Purple Pig in Chicago.

Milk Braised Pork Shoulder

Foreword By: Steven Rodia

On a recent trip to Chicago, I was fortunate enough to dine with the good people at The Purple Pig.  Everything that I sampled from their menu was excellent, but [...]

25 08, 2013

The BLT – Bourbon, Lemon, and Tonic Cocktail Recipe

August 25th, 2013|Cocktail Recipes|1 Comment|


Bourbon, Lemon, and Tonic (BLT) Cocktail Recipe

By: Fork & Stave

I’m not a big fan of cocktails using tonic, but I recently tried the wonderful stuff from Brooks Reitz and I was hooked.  It’s so delicious that I began looking for ways to incorporate it into a cocktail with my favorite spirit, bourbon.  One of my favorite cocktails of this Summer was the BLT.  The fresh citrus flavors from the lemon and tonic paired with the toffee, caramel, and vanilla flavors from [...]

25 08, 2013

Blackberry Bourbon Tonic Cocktail Recipe

August 25th, 2013|Cocktail Recipes|0 Comments|


Blackberry Bourbon Tonic

By: Fork & Stave

With Summer comes a bounty of fresh fruits that can be used to bring delicious flavors to your cocktails.  One of my favorites fruits to use in mid-to-late Summer is fresh blackberries.  I picked up a bin of them yesterday from a local market in Avondale called Freshfully.  When I’m making a cocktail where muddled fruit is required, I like to mix the main liquid ingredients separately to keep the fruit from being [...]

21 08, 2013

Woodford Reserve Four Wood Masters Collection Bourbon Review

August 21st, 2013|Spirit Reviews|0 Comments|

Woodford 4 Wood

Woodford Reserve Four Wood Masters Collection Bourbon

By: Fork & Stave

Proof: 94.4 Proof (47.2% ABV)

Rating: 3 Barrels (3 out of 5)

This review looks at the Four Wood Master’s Collection release from Woodford Reserve.  The purpose behind the Masters Collection is to create a special product by varying one of the five sources of flavor: water, grain, fermentation, distillation, and maturation.  Woodford Reserve Four Wood Selection is crafted from a unique batching of [...]