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Spike Up Your Holiday Season

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 09:12 AM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

Since appearing on season 4 of Top Chef, life has been pretty hectic for Spike Mendelsohn. Besides opening an empire of restaurants in the Washington, DC area—including Good Stuff EateryWe, the Pizza and new Capital Hill French bistro Bearnaise (slated to debut in late February)—the celebrity chef can be seen delivering funny one liners on Bravo’s Life After Top Chef and competing in Food Network’s Next Iron Chef.

As if his plate wasn’t already full, Spike has recently teamed up with Captain Morgan to create unique recipes featuring the spiced rum and their newest signature liquor, Black Spiced Rum—a bold flavored Caribbean rum blended with natural spices. So how’d this new partnership come about? “I’ve always been a fan of Captain Morgan, so for me it was an exciting opportunity to partner with them. As a chef, it was kind of an adventure to create these new food and cocktail recipes for the brand. It’s been really interesting and a very fun campaign.” Spike shared with me.

And how he got creatively inspired? “Literally, I pictured myself in a pirate’s outfit on a pirate ship, sailing around the Caribbean and being inspired to create some really delicious food and drinks that incorporate Captain Morgan.” he mentioned. Aye aye, Captain Spike.

Spike was kind enough to share a few of his exclusive recipes, which are sure to spice up all your holiday celebrations. Enjoy!
 

 
Captain Morgan Spiced Sweet Potato Marshmallow Casserole

  • 10 baked sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup  brown sugar
  • 1 cup  butter
  • 1 teaspoon  cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon clove
  • 1 dash nutmeg
  • 1 dash allspice
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • ¼ cup Captain Morgan® Original Spiced Rum
  • One (1) 16-ounce bag of mini marshmallow
  •  
    Bake sweet potatoes on 375°F for 25-30 minutes, until tender. Remove pulp with a large spoon and place in a large bowl. Stir together the sweet potatoes, brown sugar, butter, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg allspice orange juice and Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum. Salt and pepper to taste.  Next, butter a casserole pan and layer sweet potato mixture then marshmallows. Do as many layers as you can, finishing off with the remaining marshmallows. Lastly, sprinkle brown sugar on top. Bake at 350°F for 20 – 30 minutes, or until topping is golden brown.

     

     
    Black Apple Harvest

  • ¾ cup apple sauce
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 dash allspice
  • 1 dash nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon crushed ginger
  • Juice from one lemon (save the rind)
  • 0.25 ounces apricot liquor
  • 1.25 ounces Captain Morgan® Black Spiced Rum
  •  
    In a shaker, add ice and shake it like your momma taught you. Fill a rocks glass with ice, take a lemon rind and rim the glass. Next, take a thin slice of ginger and rim the glass and then put both garnishes in the glass. Pour cocktail through holes of the shaker. Cocktail should still have some apple sauce texture, but shouldn’t be thick. Lastly, drizzle with honey.

    Note: If you don’t have apricot liquor on-hand or don’t want to make a run to the store, feel free to try without it.

     

     
    Port Royal Punch (serves 25)

  • Two (2) 46-ounce cans of pineapple juice
  • 3 cups mango juice
  • 1 750 mL bottle of Captain Morgan® Original Spiced Rum
  • 4.5 ounces of grenadine
  • 3 oranges sliced thinly and quartered
  • 3 cans of Sprite for fizz
  •  
    In a punch bowl or large serving vessel, add the above ingredients and stir. Serve over ice in a punch glass – or glass of your choosing.
     

    Additional recipes can be found on Captain Morgan’s Facebook page.

    Images courtesy of Taylor Strategy and Kraut Rocks

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    Cook for the Cure: Host a party, make a difference.

    Sunday, July 15, 2012 at 04:07 PM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

    Who doesn’t love throwing a good party? But instead of just feeding and entertaining guests, here’s your chance to make a real difference while playing host. Join KitchenAid for 1,000 Cooks for the Cure—a weeklong, DIY fundraising initiative with the goal of reaching 1,000 parties in homes and offices across the country.

    From Friday, July 20 — Sunday, July 29, 2012, plan a party of any kind—whether an office potluck, a family barbecue or weekend brunch with friends. Rather than accepting hostess gifts, food or wine, you can encourage guests to bring a small donation for Susan G. Komen for the Cure to help in the fight against breast cancer.

    Any party host that raises $50 or more will receive a FREE plate designed by Jacques Pepin in the mail, and anyone who hosts a party and registers it on our website will automatically be entered to receive the ultimate “thank you” from Jacques Pepin himself—a 3-day trip to NYC to attend one of his private cooking classes!
     
    Participating is as easy as pie:

     1. Host a Party. Invite your friends and family to help raise money for the cause. Download KitchenAid’s hosting guides here and use their pretty pink product images and logos to plan your own unique soirée.

    2. Register Your Party. Quick and easy online registration here.

    3. Share Your Stories. Upload party photos and stories on KitchenAid’s Facebook page.
     
    Cook for the Cure® is a program that gives people with the passion for cooking a way to support the fight against breast cancer, and the partnership between Susan G. Komen for the Cure and KitchenAid has raised over $8 million in the past decade. Let’s keep cooking together to bring an end to breast cancer!
     
    For more information, visit KitchenAid.com.

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