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Belly Up to the Bar: Pizza Dip Recipe and Perfect Beer Pairing

Posted on September 17, 2014 by Miriam Zelinsky | 0 Comments

Football season is here! Break out your favorite jersey and invite over a few of the guys. While we all know you would rather be tailgating in the stadium parking lot, away games can give you a chance to enjoy the comforts of your couch and close-ups of all the action. One recipe that is sure to please is this layered hot Pizza Dip. Who can resist gooey cheese and spicy sausage while your favorite team is racking up the TDs? Anything goes when it comes to dippers so be creative! Crackers, chips, bread are crowd-pleasers but for the carb conscious (pfffft…boo!) go with wide cut vegetables. Think sturdy, this is not a dip for the faint of heart.

When watching the game I don’t want a heavy beer that fills me up fast (it’s not soccer). With Pizza Dip I suggest a Peroni. The flavors of a pizzeria deserve a refreshing Italian beer to wash it all down. Light in color, the taste won’t scare away even your most mainstream beer drinkers.


--M. Perrelli 

Pizza Dip

What You'll Need:

1 8-oz block cream cheese

2 cups tomato sauce

dried herbs (use what you like, a few shakes of oregano, basil, Italian seasoning or my favorite, fennel seeds )

1 bunch scallions, chopped

1 small can sliced black olives, drained

8 oz. mozzarella cheese, shredded

1 lb. hot Italian sausage, remove from casings, cooked and crumbled



1. Spread cream cheese on the bottom of your casserole dish.

2. Layer subsequent ingredients in order on top of cheese.

3. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Best Burgers in the USA

Posted on September 03, 2014 by Miriam Zelinsky | 0 Comments

(Pictured: Minetta's Black Label Burger) 

Zagat just came out with their list of the best burgers in NYC. We were definitely intrigued.

Here's the list. It's fine but predictable, although it's worth noting that if you've been avoiding it because it's too trendy, Minetta's Black Label Burger does justify the hype. Just make sure to get the marrow if it's being offered when you're there.

A better list, of course, is still Alan Richman's classic lineup from 2006. New York burgers are numbers 2 (Luger), 9 (Burger Joint), and 14 (J.G. Melon). But really, I think we all trust trust Alan Richman enough to travel to Hollywood, Florida, if he says it has the best burger in America.



Cocktail Recipe du Jour: Boozy Strawberry Basil Lemonade

Posted on August 28, 2014 by Miriam Zelinsky | 0 Comments

Ice cold lemonade is one of my favorite drinks for a hot summer day, so, I decided to use lemonade as a base for this cocktail. I also love fresh strawberries in the summer so I decided to incorporate them as well. I used vodka, but I've tasted this recipe with bourbon and tequila, so feel free to customize the recipe with the liquor of your choice. This recipe is so tasty and refreshing – and guaranteed to sneak up on you after a day of boozing. It's also a great recipe to multiply for a party/bbq!
What You'll Need:
4-6 strawberries
4-6 leaves of fresh basil
3 oz of lemonade (bonus points for fresh squeezed)
Optional: simple syrup or sweetener to taste -- I omit this part since there's sugar in the lemonade already.
2 oz of vodka or liquor of your choice
What To Do:
1) Add the strawberries and basil to a shaker and muddle.
2) Add the liquor and lemonade to the mixture and shake well.
3) Pour the drink over in a glass with ice or strain in a martini glass.
4) Garnish with a strawberry and basil leaf.

The Chicken Fried Bloody Beast

Posted on August 11, 2014 by Lazyjack Press | 0 Comments

Thanks, Thrillist for reporting on this ultimate Bloody Mary! 

Thrillist wrote about Sobelman's in Milwaukee who invented the most awe-inspiring Bloody. Seriously.

Besides the actual bloody part, it includes: olive, onion, pickle, cheese, sausage, asparagus, scallion, shrimp, tomato, celery, brussels sprouts, two skewers of bacon-wrapped jalapeño cheese balls, and a WHOLE fried chicken.

This sucker will set you back $50, but $5 will go to charity. We are definitely sold. Has anyone tried this sucker?

Read the whole article here!

Cocktail Recipe du Jour: Jealous Mary

Posted on July 30, 2014 by Lazyjack Press | 0 Comments

As you all probably know by now, we're huge fans of the Bloody Mary and I get excited about any variations I come across. I found this recipe while watching Rachel Ray one morning. I really loved the idea of using grilled green tomatoes instead of regular tomato juice as a base. The tomatoes only took a few minutes to grill, yet had a sweet and smokey taste, which was nice. What's nice is this drink isn't too labor intensive and can be made ahead of time. There's no reason for this drink to be green with envy – it's definitely a go-to this summer while green tomatoes are in season!


What You'll Need: Serves 2

3 green tomatoes


Tabasco (about 10-20 dashes depending on how spicy you like it!)

Worcestershire Sauce (15 dashes)

Horseradish (2 table spoons)

Black Pepper 

Bonus: Throw some cocktail onions and/or olives on the grill as a garnish.

What To Do:

1) Start out by slicing the tomatoes and throwing them on the grill. Leave one raw (it adds a nice tangy flavor to the sweet smokey tomatoes).

2) Add the tomatoes grilled and raw tomatoes to a blender along with the Worcestershire Sauce, Tabasco, horseradish, black pepper and the juice from one lime. 

3) Blend until smooth and pour the contents of the blender into 2 high ball glasses with ice and your favorite vodka.

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