Saturday, November 23, 2013

Our Labors of Love + Bourbon

Bourbon Pecan Cake. It's all I want to talk about. It took me almost as long to write the post about this rich and sentimental holiday cake, as it did to make the cakes!

And while I am shamelessly eager to promote Chickenblog, to get my mad props, I still have a little charity in my heart and I want to share the bourbon & blog love. I just saw a beautiful cake, a Caramel Bourbon Cake, at the always inspiring Farmhouse 38. She made a gorgeous masterpiece, for sure. But. Well, not to quibble, but her recipe calls for 1.5 Tablespoons of bourbon, the good stuff, and that's sweet and all, but you gotta go with our Bourbon Pecan Cake if you are looking to kick your heels up! That's 1.5 Tablespoons bourbon vs. 2 cups + more in the cheesecloth bourbon! We have a clear winner... urp... sorry... excuse me. Pioneer Woman is cooking with the hard stuff, too, but do carrots count? Well, she's got sugar and butter, and half a cup of bourbon in her Whiskey Glazed Carrots, and I think I'd call that a dessert.

And you? What hoops do you jump through for the holidays? Do you have a bourbon recipe, or any recipe that makes your heart sing... maybe it's not good for your heart, but it does wonders for your soul? My friend, Anna Banana, wants to get together to make tamales for a dinner we are co-hosting... talk about jumping through hoops! But traditions, and elaborate preparations are part of the joy of the season. Not to overtax ourselves... the secret is in sharing the fun, dividing the workload, and belting out the carols while we play.

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