Sep

20

2010

Gadgets Make Kitchen Play Fun

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Nectarine Bourbon Cocktail

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Lucky us to have the opportunity to participate in the September launch of Kitchen Play. Casey of Tastestopping recently announced one of her new projects to bridge the gap between food bloggers and PR companies. The first part of her campaign is the Progressive Party, and she has teamed up with Sur La Table who provided her, and thereby us, with the goods. Each month and every month, six different food bloggers will receive a new kitchen tool–this month from Sur La Table–and go about creating an original recipe. It was an honor to be included in the initial blogger list, and without a doubt, brainstorming a feature would take mental strength. Casey assigned us the cocktail/beverage course, which would be quite interesting depending on what tool arrived.If there’s one thing that excites the average person, it’s receiving real mail–mail that is delivered via United States Postal Service or Fedex. When a little brown box arrives at your doorstep, you feel a bit giddy inside, especially when the gift is a new piece of cooking equipment. Inside the box was the Trudeau Perfect Mix–an oil and vinegar salad dressing dispenser that promises to provide the perfect ratio of both ingredients for your next bout of lettuce drizzling. Do not forget that we had to make a cocktail though. This would not be an easy feat. There would be no greenery topped with oil and vinegar this time. We would need to devise a sipper based on this gadget. Well, the little brains went to work.

With the end of summer coming, it felt most appropriate to fashion a cocktail bidding adieu to many people’s favorite season and welcoming ours–the fall. Did you know that our California peaches, plums and nectarines see their best harvests between June and September? That means, they are perfectly ripe, sweet and tender. That also means, they need to be used in any and every way. Why not a cocktail? We made a Caramelized Peach and Bacon Pasta last month that loosely inspired the drink. Instead of peaches, rum and basil, there would be nectarines, bourbon and mint (Hey, we said loosely inspired).

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Now to figure out how the Trudeau Perfect Mix would come into play. The exterior cup would typically hold oil, with the vinegar sitting in the middle section. Pour as normal, and both oil and vinegar flow out in a six to one ratio, respectively. There are also buttons on top–O for oil and V for vinegar. Select and hold down the button of your choice based on what you’d like to add to your plate. In theory, this would work for a drink. That theory was right. With a sweet nectarine and bourbon purée in the main chamber and club soda in the interior compartment, nothing but good pours would follow. Talk about a true Southern California cocktail–a traditionally Southern spirit with fresh California fruit. Cheers!

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Nectarine Bourbon Cocktail – Serves 4
1 tablespoon brown butter* (Look out for a post on brown butter coming very soon!)
3 tablespoons brown sugar
Juice of 1 lemon
3 medium nectarines, peeled, pitted and chopped
2/3 cup bourbon
Club soda
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, finely chopped

1. Heat the brown butter and brown sugar in a shallow pan over a medium flame until smooth and the sugar has dissolved. Add the lemon juice and nectarines, turn the heat down to low and cook the fruit until very soft, approximately 7-10 minutes.

2. Stir in the bourbon, remove the pan from heat and set aside to cool slightly. Pour into a blender or food processor and pulse until smooth and uniform. Cover and cool completely.

3. Pour the nectarine purée into the main outer chamber of the Trudeau Perfect Mixer. Add club soda to the middle chamber. Fill four tall glasses with ice and the mint, then split the cocktail between all the glasses, topping off with extra club soda as desired. Stir well to mix.**

*If you do not want to heat your butter down to the brown stage, just use regular butter.

**Of course, everyone at home may not have the Trudeau Perfect Mixer, so pour the nectarine purée directly into the glasses and top with club soda.

There’s now a useful salad tool in the pantry for us, but the fun part of Kitchen Play is that the monthly participants are not the only ones to grab new gadgets. If you like this recipe, give it a try, post it on your own blog and link back to Kitchen Play as your entry to win the Swissmar V-Slicer. There will be six winners, so you have a good chance of taking something home. Who doesn’t want a mandolin? There will also be a larger drawing for a Le Creuset Oval Wide French Oven valued over $250! Cooking is fun when everybody wins, so put your name in the hat. Visit Kitchen Play now for the full rules and regulations of the contests and to learn how to get involved.

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A word from the event’s sponsor:
“Sur La Table provides inspiration, tools and techniques for those who wish to enhance their lives through creative cooking and artful entertaining. Sur La Table’s comprehensive selection of products includes tools from around the world to prepare any cuisine, as well as beautiful dishes, linens and glasses to create a striking presentation. Sur La Table shops the world for new products providing the unexpected and a sense of discovery, whether you step into one of its stores nationwide, open the pages of its catalog or visit Sur La Table.”

***We’re in the running for Foodbuzz.com’s Project Food Blog contest. Click here to visit our profile and vote!***

Click HERE for the printable recipe.

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  1. [...] appropriate that Chrystal and Amir from The Duo Dishes received the Trudeau Perfect Mix from Sur La Table to create a signature cocktail. Usually [...]

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  2. This sounds like such a fun cooking event! Sur La Table is one of my absolute favorite stores.

    This dispenser sounds awesome! Perfect so that you don’t have to mix up new dressing every time. Or a new drink! And THIS way, once you’ve had a few too many of these delightful drinks, you’ll still be sure not to mess up the ratios!

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  3. Awesome! I love Sur La Table and spends hours wandering in the store. I have to have this gadget. It’s also a cool tool to introduce kids to cooking.

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  4. Peach and Bourbon sounds about perfect.

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  5. Oh how I do love Sur la Table with all my heart :) And this drink looks increcible!! Perfect for the end of summer!

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  6. Now that is a cocktail! Beautiful and what an inventive way to use the Trudeau Perfect Mix!

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  7. you got my vote – and my tweet – good luck!

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  8. Your cocktail looks spectacular, but I’ve been wowed by your creativity. I’m new here, and have spent some time browsing through your earlier features. I love the food and recipes you feature and I’ll be back often. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings…Mary

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  9. That cocktail looks AMAZING! Good luck with the Project Food Blog.

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  10. Yummie, what a lovely cocktail…looks gorgeous…we have one Sur La Table not to far from us and I love browsing the store :-0

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  11. Of course you’ll be included in the blog list! You guys are an adventurous couple, always having fun in the kitchen that is infectious to readers.

    Voted for you on PFB, though I hardly think you need my help to get to the 2nd round! ;-)

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  12. I love how your minds work :)

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  13. Sounds fantastic! I got the salad course…and a V-Slicer. Not your typical equipment for that course either. But the way you used yours is brilliant.

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  14. I would completely fail at making a cocktail with that gadget!

    Salad dressing for a quinoa dish on the other hand… ;)

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  15. Voted for you!!!

    You know a nice cocktail or two sounds about good right about now. :) It is happy hour as I write this up.

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  16. Wow, what a creative use of a vinaigrette tool! You guys rock.

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  17. cool toy and love the cocktail thanks for your kind words on my blog made my day rebecca

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  18. What a fun event! Sounds like the perfect cocktail.

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  19. How fun to be part of the new Kitchen Play! Interesting to use brown butter in this Nectarine Bourbon Cocktail. I probably wouldn’t be able to place it in the drink that you used brown butter. I’m sure it’s absolutely fabulous! :)

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  20. You’ve gotta love Sur La Table. I’m dangerous in that store. Love that you guys used this to make a cocktail. I have something similar at home that I use for dressings but I have have to grab this one to use doe cocktails :)

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  21. [...] Regional & Ethnic : Gadgets Make Kitchen Play Fun [...]

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  22. I’ve recently acquired a taste for bourbon, Woodford Reserve specifically. And I love nectarines. This sounds like the perfect drink for an end of summer BBQ.

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  23. [...] the October Progressive Party appetizer, White Bean and Rosemary Bruschetta. Chrystal and Amir from The Duo Dishes made the drink for the same menu: a nectarine bourbon cocktail using a tool from this month’s [...]

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  24. Just found this recipe! Sounds delicious!!!!!

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