Welcome to Cooking with Elegance, Spirits

Cooking with elegance is a collection of recipes dedicated to cooking with alcohol and spirits written by Bob Findley. People of all backgrounds, all over the world have been cooking with spirits for years. The smells and tastes that accompany cooking with alcohol are some of the best experiences you can have while eating and preparing food. Cooking with alcohol will not only let you experience greater pleasures while cooking and eating but can also offer additional benefits as well. Studies have found that moderate or light drinkers have a lower risk of heart disease—30 to 50% lower—than nondrinkers. Alcohol raises blood levels of HDL ("good") cholesterol—which removes cholesterol from the bloodstream—and thus helps prevent hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis).Consequently, some people compare alcohol to aspirin as a way to prevent heart attacks. Both can be helpful, if taken in small doses. Many people have wondered if alcohol cooks off food when cooking; do you get the same intoxicating effect when eating food cooked in alcohol? Can you cook with alcohol if you are an alcoholic with any effect of becoming intoxicated? For all intents and purposes, alcohol does seem to cook off when cooking but it does take time in the cooking process. Because much of the alcohol cooks off during cooking, you don't get same effect as drinking straight alcohol as you would in a drink. I have found out however that, for some alcoholics, even a tiny taste or smell may cause a problem and trigger drinking again. For stated reasons, it's my opinion that if you are a recovering alcoholic, refrain from using alcoholic ingredients in this cookbook.

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The results are still delicious. Some people who have different religious beliefs may have a problem when eating foods that have been prepared with alcohol. Whatever you personal situation is, the choice is totally yours whether you choose to cook with alcohol or not. I personally feel the small doses you consume in these recipes are worthwhile for the entire family when taking in consideration the wonderful aromas and flavors it offers the pallet, not counting the effects small quantities of alcohol may have on your well being after a period of time. Cooking with Elegance, "Spirits" is a book of recipes that does not condone drinking in any way but really is just the opposite. Food recipes like " Bourbon Fudge" doesn't call for more than a 1/2 cup of bourbon for the entire recipe and since one person is only consuming a single serving of the entire dish, I would have absolutely no qualms about serving a dish or dessert like this to anyone in the family but some recipes are a little stronger than others and in that case, you may want to use judgment as a parent. The choice is yours. This book allows the cook and the consumer to experience cooking in a way that unlocks the senses to a world of flavors, smells and experiencing a new way of cooking and eating.

Latest Recipe

January 17, 2012

Sample Recipe

"Bourbon Party Smokies" from Cooking with Elegance Spirits cookbook:

2 lbs. smoky sausages, 1 1/2 c. ketchup, 1/8 tsp. garlic salt, 1 tsp. liquid smoke, 1/4 tsp. ground pepper, 1/2 tsp. sea salt, 1/2 tsp. basil, 1/2 tsp. hot sauce, 2 T. Worcestershire sauce, 2 T. brown sugar, packed, 1/3 c. bourbon, 1 tsp. sweetened lime concentrate, 1/8 c. triple sec.

Combine: In slow cooker all ingredients, except bourbon. Cover and cook on LOW for 4 to 5 hours. Add bourbon during the last hour of cooking. Serve hot from slow cooker. (from cookbook: Cooking with Elegance Spirits).

March 10, 2012

Recipe Hint

When making "Bourbon Hot Wing Sauce" (Cooking with Elegance Spirits), try adding 2 tablespoons of honey to give your sauce a little extra sweetness and thickness. I like pure Sourwood honey.

February 29, 2012

Helpful Cooking Hint

1. Substitute: 1 c. tomato juice with 1/2 c. tomato paste plus 1/2 c. water.

2. To keep cakes fresh: Put an apple cut in half in container.

3. Put a clove of garlic in a bottle of bought french dressing to improve flavor.

4. Add 1 teaspoon of salt water to keep egg white from escaping a cracked shell when being boiled.

5. For perfect Spaghetti, add 1/8 tsp. olive oil and cook 10-12 minutes.