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Liqueurs for holiday gifts...would you enjoy this trio?

I would say if you're definitely using a chocolate liqueur, you should really include a citrus as well. Intense flavors like chocolate can be divisive; you should definitely include something "lighter", even a berry flavor can be perceived as too heavy. Citrus is almost the opposite, so with chocolate, citrus, and gingerbread you should cover all bases and make everyone happy! Or if you used something like you've mentioned in the comments (blackberry, loganberry -- also what about cranberry?) in place of the gingerbread, that would be quite wonderful as well!

Sep 17, 2013
starrbz in Spirits

Using Up Various Whiskeys and White Rum...

I have a lot of liquor left over from my recent wedding: a big bottle of Bacardi white rum and three bottles of whiskey (Jameson, Dewars and Jack Daniels). Also a bottle of Cointreau, and Beefeater gin (which I know what to do with). I never drink whiskey or rum, so I have no idea what to do with this stuff. I've had some success this evening mixing the rum with fresh lime juice, Cointreau, and seltzer. The best we've come up with for the whiskey is my husband doing shots of it and me drinking the Jameson with ice, but it's not too pleasant.

What's the best way to use this stuff up without suffering? My usual drinks are either gin or vodka, gin being my preference. Tom Collins is "our drink" when I make the cocktails, usually when we're out we both enjoy a gin and tonic if there aren't any interesting cocktails available.

Sep 17, 2013
starrbz in Spirits

Lemon juice like Sicilia in larger containers?

Sicilia's lemon and lime juice are the BEST I have ever found. They use oil from the rind to give it another dimension of flavor. But it doesn't seem to be possible to get it in a larger bottle, only in the little squeeze bottles. I use it a lot in cocktails so I'd like to get something larger - one of those little bottles is only enough to make 2 Tom Collins!

Anyone know a brand that matches up?

Apr 26, 2013
starrbz in General Topics

Using lime juice from concentrate in cocktails?

This is old, but I wanted to add something for anyone who finds it while googling like I did:

If you can find Sicilia lime juice (pretty common in the produce section of grocery stores), it is fantastic in cocktails! Sicilia is special because they use lime oil (from the rind) in the juice, this makes it much tangier and more flavorful. Their lemon/lime products are leagues better than most.

Mar 28, 2013
starrbz in Spirits

Celery smells like maple syrup?

I was just cutting some celery, and I noticed a faint maple syrup smell in the air. And now even my hands smell like maple syrup! I googled celery and maple syrup, and I noticed a lot of people arguing about whether things smelled like maple syrup or celery. Anyone else noticed this, or know why the heck celery smells so much like maple syrup??

Aug 24, 2012
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Pork loin in the fridge for a while... has a slight smell

It was delicious, and I didn't even eat it until the day after I cooked it. Nobody got sick.

Jun 02, 2012
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Pork loin in the fridge for a while... has a slight smell

Well, after a couple of hours marinading, the pork in the marinade smelled great, no trace of weirdness. As I browned it it still smelled awesome, and now it's in the oven... seems like it's gonna be just fine. I'll let you know if I die...

May 14, 2012
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Pork loin in the fridge for a while... has a slight smell

Heh... if it ends up tasting bad I guess we'll just have pasta and cheese

May 14, 2012
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Pork loin in the fridge for a while... has a slight smell

awesome :D

May 14, 2012
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Pork loin in the fridge for a while... has a slight smell

It came in a Styrofoam tray, but I wrapped it myself in freezer paper, which is what it was in the firdge in. Yeah, I rinsed it, and it wasn't sticky at all to begin with, and the color was fine.

May 14, 2012
starrbz in General Topics

Pork loin in the fridge for a while... has a slight smell

Actually, I work at the store I bought it from, so I know it was very fresh when I bought it... assuming it was fresh then, it's probably fine?

May 14, 2012
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Pork loin in the fridge for a while... has a slight smell

Glad to hear it should be OK. I already put it in a marinade (it needed to start now if it was gonna be OK, I figured i'd just throw the whole bag away if people said it was bad) of balsamic vinegar, mustard, garlic, spices, oil... that should probably help lessen the smell, right?

Now I think I actually kinda recognize the smell from beef that was getting on in age a little bit, but was totally OK and delicious when cooked, so I'm getting less worried...

May 14, 2012
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Pork loin in the fridge for a while... has a slight smell

I bought two pork loins a couple of weeks ago, one of them went into the freezer, the other I made right away. I took the frozen one out and put it in the fridge last Tuesday night, but ended up not having a chance to cook it until now. When I unwrapped it, there was no smell that jumped out at me, but if I put my nose a little closer and smell it, it has a kind of weird smell... It's hard to describe, kind of a rich, meaty smell, that's just kind of "off." Do you think the pork is okay?? Could this just be from the juices sitting in the package, not the actual meat?

May 14, 2012
starrbz in General Topics