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Lusty Hunter Venison Chili

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Your hunter spent the better part of the season traipsing through the woods, scented to smell like a doe in heat. Hours spent hugging a tree from 15 feet in the air, bladder expanded like a helium baloon waiting for that perfect shot to bring home the bacon. Now it’s time to reep the rewards of a suceesful hunt with the ultimate chili, quite possibly the only chili recipe you’ll ever use again. This is a pants unbuttoned, gourmandizing extravaganza feast.

Ingredients:
10 slices maple bacon
3 lbs. coarsely ground venison
2 large onions, diced
2 large green bell peppers, seeded and chopped
2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped
2 cherry peppers, seeded and chopped
6 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup chili powder
2 tbsp. paprika
1 tbsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. dried oregano
2 tsp. kosher salt
1 tbsp. black pepper
1 tsp. sugar
4 tomatoes, diced
2 tbsp. tomato paste
2 tbsp. Lusty Monk Burn In Hell Mustard
1 (12-ounce) bottle of beer
1/2 cup water (add more if desired)
2 tbsp. cornmeal
2 15 ounces cans red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 15 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup shredded cheddar or sharp cheese
sour cream

Directions:
Cook bacon with olive oil in 8 quart saucepan until crisp. Remove bacon, crumble and set aside. Keep bacon drippings in pan.
Add the venison until browned. Add the onion and garlic and cook until soft and translucent. Stir in all the spices and sugar. Mix until all the venison is coated with spices. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, beer, and water, and bring the chili to a simmer. Cook the chili at a low simmer for an hour or until it is thick. During cooking you can add some water to keep the stew moist. Sprinkle the cornmeal on top and stir in. Cook for another 10 minutes until the cornmeal makes it even thicker. Use more or less water or cornmeal for desired consistency.
Scoop into bowls and top with more cheese, onions and sour cream. Serve with fresh homemade bread.

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Maple Whiskey Jelly Shots

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whiskey-jello-shotsMaple Whiskey Jelly Shots from reddit’s vermontgirl
Ingredients
2 packets Knox gelatine powder
1/3 cup maple syrup
3 tablespoons water
3 tablespoons vanilla ice cream
1 cup Cabin Fever (maple whiskey)

Directions
Pour maple syrup into small sauce pan. Add water and gelatin packets. Let sit 3 minutes. Add ice cream. Over med-low heat, whisk until smooth and all the gelatin is dissolved. Turn off heat, stir in whiskey. Pour into pan and refrigerate overnight.
I used a meatloaf pan. I sprayed the inside with a flavorless baking spray and wiped it down with a paper towel, just so the jelly could come off the pan easier. The ice cream settled a bit to the bottom, which made the pretty white layer. Totally unexpected but I like the way it looks. So fan-cy.
I’ve been getting all my jelly shot ideas from Jelly Shot Test Kitchen
Edit: Be careful with gelatin to not warm it too much- definitely not to the point of boiling (which will ruin it’s thickening ability). When you’re gently heating the syrup, water, gelatin, ice cream on the stove- it should only take a few minutes to dissolve the gelatin completely.

Beer Battered Cauliflower Tacos Baja Style

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babaTacosCauli.Beer Battered Cauliflower Tacos via Nicole Presley at Presley’s Pantry

1 – head of cauliflower
1 1/2 – cups flour
1 – teaspoon baking powder
1 – teaspoon Lawry’s seasoning salt
1 – teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 – teaspoon cumin
1 – egg
1 – bottle Mexican beer
Vegetable oil (about 3 to 4 cups)
Corn tortillas
Ingredients for garnish:

avocado
lime
cabbage (thinly sliced)
radish
cotija cheese
Mexican crema

Ingredients for salsa chile de arbol:

5 – tomatoes
8 – chile de arbol
4 – cloves of garlic
1/2 – onion
salt

Directions:

Wash and cut cauliflower into bite size pieces by removing the leaves and stem. Then break off pieces.
In a large pot filled halfway with water over a high flame, bring water to a boil. Drop cauliflower pieces in hot boiling water and let par-boil for 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from water and drain completely.

Cut the cauliflower into little nugget sized chunks and set aside. Heat up the oil in a pot over a medium to high heat. Mix all the batter ingredients and dunk a little pea sized amount of the batter into the oil to test if it’s ready; if it is ready, it will bubble happily. Place a few cauliflower chunks at a time in the batter, let them drip off and then place them in the oil; flip a few times and cook until golden brown. Place on paper towel. In a large bowl add in flour and baking powder. Then the lawry’s, garlic powder and cumin. Mix to combine. Pour in egg and beer. Whisk until batter is no longer clumpy. Set the batter to the side to rest for 10 minutes, then it’s ready. Pour drained cauliflower pieces into beer batter. Mix to combine well.  In a pot add vegetable oil over a medium flame. Allow to get hot. Using thongs add in one piece of battered cauliflower at a time. Deep fry for several minutes or until golden brown. Oil will bubble, and once it starts to calm down a little the piece is golden and crispy. Place all crispy cauliflower pieces on a paper lined plate to drain.

Make the salsa: In a small pan filled with water halfway over a medium flame bring to a boil. Add in tomatoes and chile de arbol. Boil for 35 to 40 minutes.

In a small frying pan with a touch of vegetable oil over a medium flame, add in onion and garlic cloves. Fry until browned on the outside.
In a blender add in tomatoes, chile de arbol (stems removed), onion, garlic, salt, and 2 cups from the water the chiles boiled in. Blend until smooth about 5 minutes. Heat the corn tortillas, fill with crispy cauliflower pieces, and garnish as you desire.

 

Buttery Beer Bread

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Buttery Beer Bread Via Jessica Segarra at The Novice Chef Blog

Yield: 1 loaf Total Time: 1 hour
Recipe Note: I used Yuengling (original) this time. I prefer to use Shiner Bock, but the store was out. I would suggest using a darker beer because it gives the bread better flavor, but a light beer will work in a pinch!

ingredients:
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 bottle (12 ounces) beer
1 stick unsalted butter, melted
Butter w/ Canola Oil
directions:
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan. Line with parchment paper for easy removal (optional).

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Using a wooden spoon, stir the beer into the dry ingredients until just mixed.

Pour half the melted butter into the bottom of the loaf pan. Then spoon the batter into the pan, and pour the rest of the butter on top of the batter.

Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Serve immediately with a smear of more butter, or reheat in the microwave for 20 seconds.

 

.@LustyMonk Mac & Cheese Stuffed Bacon Weave #CXCWtacos

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Found at Nick’s Dude Foods modified with Lusty Monk

Ingredients:
1 lb elbow macaroni
2 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons Lusty Monk Original Sin mustard
2 tablespoons flour
2 cups milk, warmed
1 -2 lb sharp cheddar cheese

Directions:

1 Boil and drain macaroni per box instructions.
2 Melt the butter in a skillet.
3 Sprinkle in flour and stir until pasty.
4 Whisk in warmed milk and let cook until thickened.
5 Add cheese and Lusty Monk to sauce
6 Add sauce to pasta.

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Add lettuce, tomato and mac and cheese to bacon shell

 

Couch By Couchwest Online Music Festival #CXCW14

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Yes indeedy it is that time of year, If it’s SXSW it’s CXCW  March 9th through March 15th

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Let’s face it, we’re all too broke to go to Austin, and even if we had the money, we couldn’t get out of work anyway. There’s this pesky thing called “life” that keeps getting in the way. Allow us to introduce you to Couch by Couchwest.

960X960CXCW is an annual online music festival that is for everyone. No badges, lanyards, bracelets, parking fees, ticket lines, exclusive parties, VIP tents, porta-potties, babysitters, dogsitters, expensive beer prices, or crappy hotel rooms…just the sweet comfort of your own couch. Here’s how it works, artists and bands from all over the globe record a video performance for us from their living rooms, kitchens, porches, bathrooms, you name it…pretty much anywhere but a stage…and we post them during the week of the festival (March 9 – 15, 2014).

Listen, you’re not the only person out there stuck in an office or a classroom or at home while all the supposed “cool kids” are trudging through the crowds of Austin. We are here for you, friends! So crack open a beer and a laptop, crank up the volume, and enjoy the couch!

Musicians: Please upload your unique to CXCW 2014 video (i.e. for the CXCW festival) to YouTube or Vimeo and send the link to us via the below form or to cxcwest at gmail dot com. (Think of this video as your performance for the Couch by Couchwest audience.)

  • Videos do not have to be recorded on a couch, but they should be recorded essentially anywhere but a stage (we strongly encourage creativity). See these videos from CXCW 2012 for examples.
  • Submitted videos should be unique (i.e. for the CXCW audience). Please do not send us promos, EPK’s, live concert footage, music videos, slideshows, etc…
  • Low-budget iPhone videos are absolutely acceptable, in fact, they are encouraged.
  • For the love of god, no lip syncing.
  • You may do more than one video, but if we run out of time we may post both videos at the same time, or post only one. Your best bet is to do one kick-ass video that knocks our socks off!
  • Please tag your video with “CXCW2014″ so that we may keep track of it on our YouTube channel (if you use Vimeo or some other service, please do the same).
  • Also please include where you are from and any links you wish us to use (website, facebook, twitter, etc…) so that we may point our readers to you.
  • If you are uploading your video prior to the start of the festival, please set it to “Unlisted”. This can be changed once the festival starts. Setting it to “Private” means we won’t be able to see it.
  • We will be your new best friends if you submit your video link in this format – Youtube: Share: Embed: Video Size: 640 x 360/480, copy/paste
  • We love all types of music and will try to post everything (unless overly offensive of course…i.e. Nickleback covers). Only Darius Rucker* is allowed to send in a video of “Wagon Wheel.”

*The Darius Rucker “Wagon Wheel” provision was enacted in 2012 well before his version was even recorded, and quite frankly, we are amazed and sickened at the power we wield. Proof. This provision still stands and is henceforth known as the Darius Rucker Wagon Wheel Provision of 2012.

Those in the crowd: we want to see how you spend the CXCW festival! Send us pics of your CXCW festivities, recipes, haikus, pet photos, avant garde performance art, kegerator, moonshine still, etc… viacxcwest at gmail dot com.

We are currently accepting submissions, but we will not begin posting them until March 9. Receiving videos ahead of time makes life a lot easier on this end, and allows us more time to watch videos and drink beer during the week (hint hint).  The last day to submit photos/videos is at 12:00pm Noon Eastern/9:00am Pacific time March 15th!

Remember, we do hand out dubious awards at the end of the festival so be creative and get your rock on!

Where the beer is cheaper and the only hipster is you.

Where the beer is cheaper and the only hipster is you.

CXCW2014 Beardliest Beard & Mustachliest Mustache Contest
The fine folks at The Mod Cabin have graciously offered some of their premium beard and mustache care products to us, so what to do…HAVE A BEARD AND MUSTACHE CONTEST OF COURSE! Winner for each category will win a Mod Cabin prize pack which will consist of Beard Balm + Beard Oil set and Mustache Wax + Mustache Comb respectively. To enter simply tweet or email us a photo of your glorious face fur tagged with #CXCWbeard or #CXCWmustache

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CXCW2014 Taco Tuesday Contest
Here at CXCW, Taco Tuesday runs from Tuesday to Saturday. Send us photos and/or recipes to be entered. Please tag with #CXCWtacos

CXCW2014 Waffle Taco Wednesday Contest
We want to see your best examples of the infamous Waffle Taco. Send us photos and/or recipes to be entered. Please tag with #CXCWwaffletaco

CXCW2014 Haiku Contest
It’s a CXCW tradition, tweet us or send us your CXCW Haiku to be entered. Please tag with #CXCWhaiku

CXCW2014 “Roll-Your-Own” Poster Contest
Budgetary cuts have forced CXCW to slash budgets and gut departments, and of course the lowly art department is the first thing to go. This is where you all come in friends. We know there are some talented people out there who can create MUCH better posters than we ever dreamed of, plus we enjoy seeing what you guys come up with. So this year we are announcing our CXCW Poster contest. Send us your best CXCW poster via twitter or email to be entered. All entries will be entered in the final CXCW2014 Raffle to win prizes from our prize pool. Please tag your tweet/email with #CXCWposter to be entered. To view the posters we have received, please visit our Downloads page.

CXCW2014 Poster Posting Contest
What good is having a bunch of awesome posters if they never get posted anywhere? Here’s how it works, choose from the posters on our downloads page and send us a photo of one posted somewhere. Around your town, at your favorite bar, on your own walls, in your Grandma’s bathroom, hell we don’t care and we LOVE creativity. Send us a photo via twitter or email to be entered. Make sure to use the tag #CXCWposter to be entered.

The CXCW2014 Prize Pool
Participants from all contests (except beard & mustache) will be entered into one big CXCW raffle at the end where we will draw names at random for each of the prizes listed below. Please note: you may participate as much as you like in each contest, but you will only be counted once per contest entered (example: You send in an entry for 3 contests, your name will go into the raffle 3 times. You send in 3 entries to one contest, you will go into the raffle once).

 

 

Visit the CXCW Archives for a list of past performers, and highlights from previous year’s CXCW festivals.

Contact us at cxcwest@gmail.com

For video and photo submissions, please see the Submissions page.

Visit our Youtube channel for videos from past CXCW fests.

Find us on TwitterFacebook and Instagram

Text us: 240-CXCWEST (240-292-9378)

 

Mardi Gras Dyed Decadent @Lustymonk Deviled Eggs

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Coloring instructions and photo from Happier Than A pig in Mud

“1 tsp vinegar, 1/2 C warm water and about 20 drops of food coloring for each color.
Dip them until you get the desired color. After each dipping I turned them upside down on a paper towel to drain.
I’ll be honest and say purple isn’t an easy color folks. For every 10 drops of red add 2-3 of blue. Mine kinda looked brown so I read to add a pinch of baking soda and did… figured it couldn’t hurt.
For the best coloring, these eggs should be eaten the day they’re made.”

mardi gras eggs

 

6 large eggs

12 small romaine lettuce leaves

2 to 3 tablespoons mayonnaise

2 teaspoons Lusty Monk Alter Boy mustard

1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, optional

1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 anchovy fillet, minced

1 small clove garlic, minced

1/4 teaspoon grated lemon zest

1/4 cup panko bread crumbs

2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese or more, to taste

Place eggs in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Once water begins to boil, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer eggs for exactly 10 minutes. Drain eggs and cover with cold water. This will help the eggs chill more quickly.

Arrange 12 small lettuce leaves on a serving platter. Carefully peel eggs and cut in half lengthwise. Remove yolks and place them in a small bowl. Arrange egg whites on lettuce. Mash yolks with mayonnaise, LustyMonk mustard, Worcestershire (if using), lemon juice and 1 tablespoon parsley until smooth. Season generously with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Set filling aside.

In a small skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add anchovy and garlic, and cook, stirring until anchovy begins to dissolve into oil, about 1 minute. Add lemon zest and bread crumbs, and sauté them until golden, about 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in Parmesan , then aside.

When you’re ready to serve eggs, spoon yolk mixture into cavities of egg whites, mounding it slightly in the center. Sprinkle each egg with some of the crumb mixture (about 1 teaspoon), allowing some to spill onto the lettuce cups. Garnish with remaining chopped parsley and serve.

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