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Drink Review: Jim Beam Red Stag - Bachelor on the Cheap

By Mike Thayer

Jim Beam Red Stag
Best used in a mixed drink

Blended and flavored whiskeys are red hot right now, consumer demand for brown spirits continues to rise with American Whiskey in particular seeing some phenomenal sales growth.

Regular readers know that I am a fan of flavored whiskey, I've always got a bottle of something in my freezer for a chilled shot or flavored specialty in the liquor cabinet to enjoy on the rocks.  My favorite in all this tasting fun so far, has been Yukon Jack Jacapple.

Getting a recommendation from a friend and STILL not finding any liquor store around with Royal Crown Peach in stock, for this tasting I opted for Jim Beam Red Stag, their traditional 4-year-old oak aged whiskey infused with black cherry.  This is an 80 proof whiskey, giving it a little more kick.  Most flavored whiskeys are 70 proof.

As usual, I served this up in a straight shot and on the rocks.  You definitely get the cherry sweetness in the nose, but in the swirl and swallow this whiskey came off as a little medicinal for me, a.k.a., cough drop flavored.  You do get the warm base bourbon in the finish but I think this whiskey is best used in a cocktail such as a Manhattan or an Old Fashioned.  I'd rather have a different flavored whiskey in a chilled shot or on the rocks.

Costing me about $17 for a 750ml bottle, the price is reasonable and this whiskey is a borderline repeat buy, as a mixer only.  Jim Beam Red Stag gets 3 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap Stars.

3 stars

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What to do with leftover ham - make HamDawgs - Grilling Good Eats

Mike's HamDawgsHave some leftover ham from Easter?  Here's a fun and VERY TASTY recipe.

Mike's HamDawgs from www.grillinggoodeats.com
Stuffed hot dawgs

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup finely chopped cooked ham
  • 2 Tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 2 Tablespoons sweet pickle relish
  • 2 Tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons mayonnaise
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • a pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 package of all beef hot dogs
  • 8 to 10 slices of bacon
  • Your favorite BBQ sauce
  • Louisiana Hot Sauce (optional)

Directions:

Mix the first six or seven ingredients.  Slit the hot dogs, cutting them almost end-to-end and about ¾ the way through.  Stuff with the ham mixture.  Wrap the stuffed hot dogs with bacon and secure with tooth picks on each end.  Grill over hot coals, giving them ¼ turns and brushing them with BBQ sauce (and optional BBQ/Louisiana Hot Sauce blend) until the bacon is crisp.  Serve in toasted garlic buttered hot dog buns.


What to do with leftover ham - Bachelor on the cheap

By Mike Thayer

Mac and cheese w hamSo you've got a bunch of ham leftover from the Easter dinner you made, or ham you were given to take home....  You can't just keep slicing a big thick slice of it off and eating it as is.....  Well, you can, but there's no variety in that.

What else can you do with it?

Lots.

There's the obvious, make a sandwich.  Some ham, Swiss cheese, a little mustard between a couple slices of bread or in a bun....  It's another dose of YUM!

You could grab a box of scalloped potatoes from your pantry, make the potatoes per the box instructions, chunk up some of that ham, throw that in before popping those taters in the oven and boom!  Dinner.  To add a little kick, finely dice up some jalapeno pepper to include in the mix.  TASTY!

You could do a similar thing by grabbing that box of mac & cheese from the pantry and in about 10 minutes, you'll have another lunch or dinner.

Dice some ham up and put it in the fridge for later use.  You can quickly grab that diced ham for a number of dishes.....  Diced ham and scrambled eggs for breakfast; Diced ham on a salad;  Ham fried rice; Ham & beans in the crock pot; Grab some tortillas to make ham & cheese quesadillas; open up a tube of crescent rolls and bake them up with ham and green onion.

There's all kinds of things you can do with leftover ham, have fun with it!

Here's a quick recipe for the grill - Ham Kabobs.

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of pineapple chunks
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground clove
  • a splash of orange juice
  • one medium green pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • leftover ham, cut into cubes

Directions:

Fire up the grill.  While the 'outdoor stove' is getting warm and ready to receive, drain the pineapple, saving the juice for a marinade.  Mix that pineapple juice, yellow mustard, clove and orange juice in a small bowl, set aside.  Put the pineapple chunks, green pepper and ham on wooden skewers (you soaked them in water for about 30 minutes, right?).   Grill for about 5-8 minutes over direct heat, basting the kabobs with the marinade and rotating frequently until cooked through.  Makes a great appetizer or side dish!

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Drink Review: Bird Dog Apple Whiskey - Bachelor on the Cheap

By Mike Thayer

Bird Dog AppleBlended and flavored whiskeys are red hot right now, consumer demand for brown spirits continues to rise with American Whiskey in particular seeing some phenomenal sales growth.

Regular readers know that I am a fan of flavored whiskey, I've always got a bottle of something in my freezer for a chilled shot or flavored specialty in the liquor cabinet to enjoy on the rocks.  My favorite in all this tasting fun so far, has been Yukon Jack Jacapple.

I recently tried Crown Royal Regal Apple, so in staying with the apple flavor theme, tonight it was a tasting of Bird Dog Apple Whiskey.  I've sampled Bird Dog Blackberry Whiskey, which I enjoyed, but how will the Bird Dog Apple compare to Yukon Jack Jacapple? 

Here's the description from the Bird Dog website: 

Bird Dog Apple Flavored Whiskey flourishes with lush apple flavor. Barrel aged and finally ripe.

Potency: 80 PROOF / 40% Alc/Vol

Color: Golden Amber

Nose: Ripe, fresh apples

Body: Succulent apple flavors combine for a savory, smooth experience

Finish: Sweet apple fades into bourbon with a lingering warm, cinnamon zest

Of note, this whiskey is 80 proof. Most other flavored whiskeys are 70 proof, so this has a little more 'kick' to it.  I served up this whiskey in a straight shot and on the rocks.  Bird Dog pretty much delivers on all the promo above.  The nose is fruity apple, the color is inviting and you get all as advertised in the swirl and swallow, the cinnamon notes come through.  What I like best about Bird Dog is the finish, you get the base bourbon, which is exactly what you want in a flavored whiskey, a compliment.  While best as a chilled shot and a good one, I still prefer Yukon Jack Jacapple.  Costing me about $16 for a 750ml bottle, the price is reasonable and it's worth a repeat buy (if you can't find the Yukon).  Bird Dog Apple Whiskey gets 4 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars. 

4 stars

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Drink Review: Crown Royal Regal Apple - Bachelor on the Cheap

By Mike Thayer

Blended and flavored whiskeys are red hot right now, consumer demand for brown spirits continues to rise with American Whiskey in particular seeing some phenomenal sales growth.

Regular readers know that I am a fan of flavored whiskey, I've always got a bottle of something in my freezer for a chilled shot or flavored specialty in the liquor cabinet to enjoy on the rocks.  My favorite in all this tasting fun so far, has been Yukon Jack Jacapple.

20190412_110637Currently, there's a big buzz about Crown Royal Peach...  The stuff is SO popular right now, it's not available, liquor stores are sold out and it's on back order.  So in lieu of that, I picked up a bottle of Crown Royal Apple.  How will it compare to the Yukon Jack Jacapple? 

Here's the description of the flavored whiskey from the Crown Royal website: To create this extraordinary blend, Crown Royal whiskies are hand-selected by our master whisky blenders and infused with Regal Gala Apples and apple flavors. The result is a delicious Canadian whisky balanced with notes of crisp apple flavor.

20190412_110931As I have with all the other flavored whiskey samplings, I served up this whiskey in a straight shot and on the rocks.  You definitely get the apple right off the bat in the nose.  The swirl and swallow is smooth but almost bordering on being apple forward and you get some nice undertones of cinnamon and oak.  But the most important thing in what you want in a good flavored whiskey, getting the base whiskey in the finish and it's there.  Costing me $20 for a 750ml bottle, the price is reasonable and this whiskey is worth a repeat buy but is it as good as Yukon Jack Jacapple?   Nope, in the Yukon vs. Crown Royal Apple Whiskey battle, Yukon is still King of the Apple Hill in my book.  Crown Royal gets 4 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.

4 stars

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Food Review: Garden Lites Veggie Bacon & Potato Frittatas - Bachelor on the Cheap

By Mike Thayer

Garden LitesI look forward to having breakfast every morning, but I'm not talking about a simple bowl of cold cereal or sugar loaded donuts.  Bagels and cream cheese?  Nope.  I like to enjoy a hot breakfast, nothing elaborate mind you, nothing too heavy either...  A simple breakfast sandwich and a cup of coffee is quite satisfying thank you, a nice start to the day.

I'm a sucker for a sausage, egg and cheese biscuit, wrap or croissant of some sort, but I'm open to other options and a little variety.  So when grocery shopping one day and in the freezer section of breakfast foods I happened upon these Veggie Bacon & Potato Frittatas made by Garden Lites. Going meatless for breakfast is not usual for me, so this purchase most certainly falls into the 'open to other options' category.

20190413_080633Being marketed as a healthier breakfast alternative, these frittatas sound decent enough, potatoes, onions, cheddar cheese, eggs...  there's also cauliflower which I've been into lately (riced cauliflower, Parmesan, salt and pepper isn't a bad substitute for hash brown potatoes, much lower in carbs too) and the veggie bacon is made with Pinto Beans.   They are tiny frittatas though, according to the box the serving size is one frittata at 80 calories.....  I microwaved three for breakfast.

So how are they?

I'm not buying them again.  They are WAY under-seasoned and there's no bacon flavor at all, not even a little bit. I know, what did I expect from "Veggie Bacon" right?  I've had veggie burgers before and there are a couple good ones out there, so I was kind of expecting something at least somewhat resembling bacon here, but no, the pinto beans just don't cut it.  They may look like bacon bits, but in the flavor department, nope.  Garden Lites should be ashamed of themselves calling it "Veggie Bacon."  Regarding the other main ingredients, you do get the onion and cheddar cheese flavor notes and the egg is surprisingly moist coming out of the microwave, but overall, these frittatas are really, really boring.  Hey Garden Lites, veggies like potato, cauliflower and yes, pinto beans need seasoning!

20190413_074637A bit pricey at $12.59 for a box of 20 frittatas, that's about $0.63 per frittata or if having three for breakfast as I did, that's a $1.88 breakfast, a very unsatisfying breakfast.  It may be a healthier breakfast alternative but it really comes up short in the flavor department.  I'm giving Garden Lites Veggie Bacon & Potato Frittatas just two out of five Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  They are NOT a repeat buy. 

2 stars

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Kicking popcorn up another notch - Duck Sauce Popcorn - Bachelor on the Cheap

By Mike Thayer

20190210_190755-1Why is popcorn one of my favorite snack foods? 1. It tastes great, 2. It's WAY cheaper than a bag of chips, 3. You can add just about any flavor to it by popping your own, turning it into a gourmet treat!

Don't buy those pre-packed popcorn seasonings, create your own flavor with whatever you have on hand.  Today, I'm using some "Duck Sauce" packets I have leftover from enjoying some Chinese take out the other night.

20190411_140943-1Try this the next time you pop some corn.... When melting butter while that popcorn pops, add two packets of "Duck Sauce" to the butter.  Add a pinch of salt, stir to incorporate.  After mixing the melted butter with the popcorn in a big serving bowl, give that bowl a healthy shake of Parmesan cheese!  It's another dose of YUM!  Yessssir.....  popcorn, tasty, tasty, tasty!

Take advantage of all those leftover flavor packets from restaurants, be it mustard, honey, honey mustard, bbq sauce, sriracha, you name it!  Combine it with butter and you've got some rockin' flavors for seasoning popcorn! 

Product Review: The Salbree Popper

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Related:

"Sweet Heat" popcorn

"Honey Butter" popcorn

BBQ popcorn


Drink Review: Old Camp Peach Pecan Whiskey - Bachelor on the Cheap

By Mike Thayer

20190410_182720-1So I walk into my neighborhood liquor store for the third time in the last couple weeks, looking for Crown Peach Whiskey and the store is STILL sold out with what apparently is great stuff on back order!  Other stores in my neck of the woods are sold out too, that Crown Whiskey is all the rage right now!

So tonight, in lieu of what I was shopping for, I went with Old Camp Peach Pecan Whiskey, a recommendation from one of the guys working the store.  The Crown Peach will have to be reviewed another day.

Blended and flavored whiskeys are red hot right now, consumer demand for brown spirits continues to rise with American Whiskey in particular seeing some phenomenal sales growth.

Regular readers know that I am a fan of flavored whiskey, I've always got a bottle of something in my freezer for a chilled shot or flavored specialty in the liquor cabinet to enjoy on the rocks.  My favorite in all this tasting fun so far, has been Yukon Jack Jacapple.

There's really not much of a description of the Old Camp Peach Pecan whiskey either on the bottle or on the company website, other than to say it's "smooth"....

It's not.  "Eh" is a good word to describe it.

As I have with all the other flavored whiskey samplings, I served up this whiskey in a straight shot and on the rocks.  This stuff is overly sweet, coming off as more of a Peach Schnapps rather than a flavored whiskey.  You do get the pecan in the finish, a redeeming quality, but overall, I'm regretting buying a fifth of this whiskey.  The nose is too fruity, the swirl and swallow is overpowering peach with that hint of pecan in the finish.  Costing me about $22 for a 750ml bottle, the price is NOT Bachelor on the Cheap friendly and it is NOT a repeat buy.  Old Camp Peach Pecan Whiskey gets just 2 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  This is another whiskey fail that will either become an ice cream topper, or used to create more BBQ sauce.   Oh, and I think this is the first time the store guy's recommendation failed.  I should have gone for the Bird Dog Peach.

2 stars

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Drink Review: Jim Beam Maple Whiskey - Bachelor on the Cheap

By Mike Thayer

20190330_172944-1After recently reviewing Jim Beam's Honey Whiskey, I decided to stay with the brand in my next tasting.

Blended and flavored whiskeys are red hot right now, consumer demand for brown spirits continues to rise with American Whiskey in particular seeing some phenomenal sales growth.

Regular readers know that I am a fan of flavored whiskey, I've always got a bottle of something in my freezer for a chilled shot or flavored specialty in the liquor cabinet to enjoy on the rocks.  My favorite in all this tasting fun so far, has been Yukon Jack Jacapple.

In browsing the liquor store shelves tonight, the flavor of maple called out to me and so the bottle of choice became Jim Beam's version of a maple flavored whiskey.

Here's the description from the bottle:  Our distillers have infused smooth, rich maple liqueur with fine Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.  The perfect mix of bourbon with hints of sweet brown maple.  Enjoy on the rocks or as a chilled shot. 

I sampled this whiskey just as Jim Beam suggested, in a straight shot and on the rocks.  It's VERY maple forward. So forward, it comes up more maple than whiskey.  It's in the swirl, the swallow and lingers in the finish.  As I've mentioned in other flavored whiskey reviews before, I want the flavor to compliment the whiskey, not overpower it.  Jim Beam's balance here is maple forward, too much so.  It's more liqueur than straight bourbon whiskey.    Costing me about $16 for a 750ml bottle, the price is reasonable but I will not buy it again.  The remainder of this bottle is going to go towards topping ice cream, perhaps making a BBQ sauce.  Jim Beam Maple Whiskey gets just 2 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  It is NOT a repeat buy.

2 stars

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Drink Review: Jim Beam Honey Whiskey - Bachelor on the Cheap

By Mike Thayer

It's been awhile since I've done a flavored whiskey drink review!

Blended and flavored whiskeys are red hot right now, consumer demand for brown spirits continues to rise with American Whiskey in particular seeing some phenomenal sales growth. 

Regular readers know that I am a fan of flavored whiskey, I've always got a bottle of something in my freezer for a chilled shot or flavored specialty in the liquor cabinet to enjoy on the rocks.  My favorite in all this tasting fun so far, has been Yukon Jack Jacapple.

20190318_182853-1Tonight I'm trying a different flavor, honey, and the bottle of choice is Jim Beam's version of a honey flavored whiskey.

Here's the description from the bottle:  Our distillers have infused sweet, delicate honey liqueur with Fine Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.  The perfect mix of bourbon with subtle hints of caramel, oak and vanilla.  Enjoy as a shot or with lemonade over ice.

I sampled this whiskey in a straight shot and on the rocks.  Both were pleasurable enough, nothing harsh.  The honey flavor is definitely there and you notice the vanilla note finish.  But I will say this flavored whiskey comes up more honey than whiskey.  As I've mentioned in other flavored whiskey reviews before, I want the flavor to compliment the whiskey, not overpower it.  Jim Beam's balance here is honey forward.  After sampling the shot and on the rocks, I did a mixed drink using my very own creation, the Hillbilly High as a base recipe.  The Jim Beam is pretty darn good in a mixed drink.  Perhaps that was what Jim Beam was going for here because that's how I'll sum this up, it's better in a mixed drink, than as a shot, served neat or on-the-rocks.  Costing me about $16 for a 750ml bottle, the price is reasonable but I'm not sure if I would buy it again.  I'm going to have to try other honey flavored whiskeys before making that determination.  Jim Bean Honey Whiskey gets 3 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.

3 stars

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