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BOURBON PEACH CRUMBLE

Here’s another peach recipe I recently went crazy over. Buying a half bushel of peaches from The Peach Truck over at the Nashville Farmers Market was one of the more fun things I’ve done this year. Shhh, don’t judge! I’m a simpleton. And I must say, cooking with bourbon is a new thing for me, which I’m loving! It must have something to do with living in Tennessee the last few years, hmm I dunno. I think it’s important to share that you don’t have to like bourbon to enjoy this dessert. The bourbon mixed with butter and sugar truly gives a very caramel-like flavor. And it just pairs so well with peaches. I wouldn’t want peaches any other way in a crumble!

You don’t have to be a baker to make a crumble. Trust me, I’m not a baker! You can easily put this together very quickly; in fact I think cutting the peaches is the longest part LOL. It’s so worth it though! So the fun part, you know… all the ways you can enjoy a crumble. Of course you can eat as is, piping hot. Yet it’s amazing straight out of the fridge too. Serve it over ice cream if you dare. I pretty much learned from my Father that you can put anything yummy on ice cream LOL. And I know this may sound strange but, this is good over toast or an English muffin. It’s not too far from a jam! All I’m saying is, this won’t last long when you make it. Prepare to have to make it again. Enjoy!

 

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BOURBON PEACH CRUMBLE
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BOURBON BUTTER
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  1. Place the peaches in a 9” x 9” baking dish.
  2. Put the bourbon, vanilla extract, butter, and arrowroot powder in a small sauce pan over medium-high heat, stir until it comes to a boil. Add the brown sugar, lower temperature to low-medium, whisk while it simmers for about 3 minutes. Let cool.
  3. In a food processor add the all purpose flour, sugar, 1/4 cup dark brown sugar, chilled butter, cinnamon, and salt. Make sure the butter is cold and cut in small cubes. Pulse everything about a dozen times until everything resembles coarse meal.
  4. Drizzle the bourbon butter mixture over the peaches and sprinkle the crumble on top evenly.
  5. Bake at 375 F degrees for about 25 minutes or until everything is gold brown on top.

BOURBON VANILLA PEACH JAM

There’s nothing quite like homemade jam using fresh fruit. With peach season in full swing I snagged several peaches from my half bushel I got at the Nashville Farmers Market and decided to once again incorporate bourbon with peaches. It’s part jam and part fruit butter that can be used on ANYTHING! I’ve used this on toast, on ice cream, as a glaze for wild caught Alaskan salmon that turned out incredible.

But I must confess, one of my weaknesses is cheese and crackers. Not just any cheese though, a great strong tangy cheese will go great like swiss, sharp cheddar, a little gorgonzola or a soft cheese like camembert. And since we’re on the topic of cheese, you could totally make a quick crostata or galette with your favorite store bought dough. A little cheese, peach jam and nuts. SO GOOD! You know, just some ideas for you to enjoy!

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  1. Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil. Make a very shallow cut like an “X” at the bottom of the peaches.
  2. Boil each peach for about 30 seconds. Remove from the water and peel the skin off.
  3. Cut the peach flesh off from around the pits and discard them.
  4. Puree the peaches in a blender or food processor and set aside.
  5. In a sauce pan, melt the butter, add the peach puree, bourbon, sugar, lemon juice, and vanilla extract. Let it come to a boil stirring frequently to prevent from burning.
  6. Reduce the heat so the jam can reduce slowly while it simmers. Still stirring frequently, scraping down the sides from time to time. Do this for about 40 minutes or until fairly thick.
  7. Let it cool before placing in a jar.
Recipe Notes

The jam will thicken more as it cools.

BOURBON BALLS

A friend of mine celebrated his birthday in September and gave me a little hell for not posting a Bourbon Balls recipe on the food blog in honor of bourbon month. I’ll admit I had never heard of bourbon balls before until he mentioned it. WELCOME TO THE SOUTH, JENN! I had discovered there are so many ways to make yummy bourbon balls and I truly wanted to try a few different variations but because I was on a mission to make a batch for his birthday, it was important that I took into consideration of his nut allergy. Instead of using 1 cup of ground pecans, I used shortbread cookies. All that butter, come on… of course it was still good. So, if you’re looking to make this recipe, feel free to use pecans if you like. I have found using pecans is most traditional.

When making these sexy bite-sized treats it’s important to keep extra bourbon available because depending on the weather that day you may need to add more bourbon. For example, the dry air of Autumn was kicking in and so I had to add an extra splash. And even some times had to dip my finger tips in bourbon that I poured in a bowl to help smooth everything out. Also make sure you use a bourbon that you love drinking.

A few last things to make your bourbon balls more to your personal liking. You don’t have to roll the balls in cocoa powder, you can use whatever you like. Finely chopped coconut shavings, mini chocolate chips, crushed nuts, powdered sugar, or sprinkles. I lightly brushed edible gold dust on top of mine after rolling them in cocoa powder for a subtle look of class, which you can find at pretty much any craft store or on Amazon.com. Let me know how they come out for you!

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  1. Use a food processor to ground the Nilla wafers and shortbread cookies until it’s a flour consistency. If there are any big chunks, remove them.
  2. Add the powdered sugar, cocoa powder, and salt. Pulse several times until everything is combined together. Then, add the bourbon and honey. Let the food processor run until everything forms together like a big sticky ball. Add a splash of bourbon if the dough is too dry.
  3. Place the bourbon dough in a glass bowl, cover with plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes. Put about an 1/8 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder in a separate bowl.
  4. Use a medium-sized melon baller to scoop out the bourbon dough. Gently roll the dough in between the palm of your hands until it forms a perfect sphere. Roll each ball in the unsweetened cocoa powder and place in a paper candy cup.
  5. Refrigerate until ready to serve. They also stay just fine at room temperature.

BOURBON CHICKEN KEBABS

WOOHOO!!! I’m thrilled to share my 100th recipe with you on this nifty lil food blog of mine. It’s been over two years now and I remember the day I launched it thinking it’s going to take forever for me to catch the attention of many from around the world. Because all I really want to do is share how simple cooking can be (and I’m not even a chef nor trained in any fashion). I’ve been a strong believer that utilizing moderation in everything not only with food but anything else is a great way to be healthy, feel healthy, live healthy with little to no failures, lesser cravings like many people struggle with, with actual diets. This of course is best practiced in combination with getting adequate exercise regularly. So what better way to celebrate all of that with grilling! If you’re not a big veggie person, this is a great recipe to help turn you into one.

Make sure if you’re using wooden skewers, to soak them for about 20-30 minutes in water first. You will likely need 6 wooden skewers for this recipe. Personally, I love using the long metal ones that you can get pretty much anywhere. If you can’t find any kind of bourbon ale beer (I use Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale) you can always use your favorite light beer and add 1-2 shots of bourbon to it. Lastly, you can serve this with anything you want a suggestion, I love serving mine over rice. My Lemon Turmeric Rice is perfect for this recipe because all you have to do is throw everything together and let it cook on its own while you’re tending to the kebabs. Happy Grilling!

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MARINADE
  1. Combine everything together in a large glass bowl, cover and let it sit in the fridge over night.
ASSEMBLE
  1. Remove the chicken from the marinade setting the marinade aside for later.
  2. Place the chicken, zucchini, mushrooms, bell pepper, and onion on skewers, alternating them. Place them on a large plate and set aside.
GLAZE
  1. With a fine strainer, strain the marinade into a small sauce pan (to remove the chicken bits) over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the dark brown sugar, honey, and sea salt, stir. Let it come to a steady boil, whisk on and off until it reduces about half.
  3. Turn off the heat, strain one more time into a glass. Reserve about half for basting when you grill the kebabs and the other half to drizzle when you serve.
  4. Heat the grill on high for about 10 minutes. Drizzle about a tablespoon of oil into the glaze, stir and baste the kabobs. Grill them for 10 to 12 minutes, rotating 90 degrees every 4 minutes, basting each time you turn them.