Deuce Cities Henhouse

Hey Guys! Hope you all had a super great weekend. We had a great time hanging with buddies and seeing a show at the zoo - that's right - the zoo, we are getting old. This recipe is a really great one if you're looking to use up your leftover turnip, beet or even radish greens. I had a lot of tops from the beets and turnips we received in this weeks CSA box. I didn't want to just throw them out, but looking at all those greens and thinking about eating them all seemed daunting. Wilting the greens and breaking them down was a good and delicious way to get them in my stomach! If I made this again I'd probably go a bit lighter on the red chilis and oil, but that's just me. It might be perfectly peeñty for you. Here it is:       Spicy Braised Beet & Turnip GreensRecipe from Driftless Organics Ingredients: ▼ 1 bunch beet greens, coarsely chopped ▼ 1 bunch turnip greens, coarsely chopped ▼ 4 scallions, diced ▼ 3 garlic scapes, diced ▼ 3 tbsp olive oil ▼ 1 tablespoon red chile flakes ▼ Salt to taste ▼ Pepper to taste In a large sauce pan, saute scallions, garlic scapes, a sprinkle of salt, and chile flakes in oil over medium heat. After a few minutes, add all of the greens, toss to incorporate all ingredients, and cover pan with lid. Once greens are wilted, remove lid. Cook greens until tender, about 8 minutes leaving the lid off for the last 2 minutes. Serve immediately, using Get the Scoop [...]
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CSA Recipe : Radish & Turnip Salad

I'm so excited that it's CSA season again! We just received our first box from the South West Wisconsin farm, Driftless Organics, last week. Our fridge is overflowing with greens - I could just sit and stare at it all day. I wouldn't though, that would be crazy, but it is really refreshing to see so many raw veggies in our fridge again. Subscribing to a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) has a lot of great benefits. It allows you to support local agriculture and farmers on a first hand basis, you get and opportunity to eat lots of healthy stuff, and it gives exposure to new varieties of veggies that you may have never cooked with or even tried before. The hard part of course is being dedicated to preparing and eating your CSA box, it does take a bit of dedication. Every season starts with greens so be prepared for a few salad recipes in the coming weeks, this one is a doozy. I could eat radishes all day long in the summer time, so I especially love this recipe. Salad turnips are almost as good as radishes with the a similar but smoother texture and milder flavor. The root vegetables are delicious with the oregano vinaigrette dressing.       Radish & Turnip Salad with Oregano VinaigretteRecipe from Driftless Organics For Salad: ▼ 1 head chopped butterhead lettuce ▼ 4 salad turnips, sliced ▼ 2 medium rashes, sliced ▼ 2 purple scallions, chopped ▼ 4 hard boiled eggs, sliced (optional) For Vinaigrette: ▼ Get the Scoop [...]
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It’s Cocktail Time : The Rusty Iceberg

Hey you guys! It's Friday, and tomorrow is March, and even though it's so cold outside (STILL) I'm going to rise above it all, I'm gonna enjoy my weekend! Can you tell my new vitamin D3 supplements are starting to kick it ;) Let's start the weekend off with this most delicious cocktail. I'm not joking around here you guys, this for sure is my new fav. I've been on a tequila kick all winter - words I never though I'd utter after spending that one night in my 20's puking my gutz out. Tequila is my jam, I have found that I love the smokey taste of tequila, and it goes nicely with the Averna - something I've had on my bar cart all winter. It seemed only natural to mix the two together. I've been trying to come up with cool new ways of ingesting rather than just sipping or shooting it, and this new cocktail recipe is right on the money. I added my two favorite other cocktail ingredients (citrus and ginger, duh) to the Averna and Tequila combo, and then magic happened my friends. In my humble opinion, this recipe is the holy grail of tequila recipes. Be careful, you'll want to drink these fast, and then have another, and another, and another. Guess what I got in my stocking this Christmas, you guys? This super cool silicone ice mold made by Tovolo. I've been building up a stash of round ice balls. If you like making cocktails at home I would highly recommend getting yourself a set.       The Rusty Iceberg Recipe (for 1 cocktail) Get the Scoop [...]
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It’s Cocktail Time : Peeñed-Up Tequila Mule

Happy Friday everyone! I don't know about you but I am going to pretend it's June this weekend and enjoy a few of these Spicy Tequila Mules. See what I did there, I combined all of my favorite things; Tequila, Moscow Mules and a bit of peeñed-upedness. My pal Crystal, brought over some delicious spicy tequila to share at our holiday party earlier this winter. We ended up with spicy tequila leftovers and I've been making these delicious mules with it ever since - I thought I'd share the recipe with you guys, cause it's so good!       Spicy Tequila Mule Spicy Tequila ▼ 1 bottle premium tequila ▼ 2 ancho chilis ▼ 1 fresh jalapeño, sliced ▼ 1 serrano pepper ▼ 1 tsp black pepper, whole Combine all the ingredients together and let sit for 12-24 hours depending on how spicy you like it. Strain of peppers and enjoy at your leisure.   Peeñed-Up Tequila Mule ▼ 2 parts Spicy Tequila ▼ 2 parts ginger beer (I recommend Goslings) ▼ 1 half lime juiced ▼ A cup full of crushed ice Fill a 8oz copper cup to the brim with crushed ice. Crushed ice has more surface area and will chill your drink faster - the copper cup transmits the cold faster making it supper chilling and enhancing the flavor of the ginger beer and lime. Add some freshly squeezed lime juice, and the spicy tequila. Top off your refreshing cocktail with a Get the Scoop [...]
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It’s Cocktail Time : The Friendly Warm-Up

Hi Guys! We are hosting our annual (going on 9 years!) holiday party this weekend, better known as "Friend Feast"! It's the kind of party where all the friends, old and new, come together and celebrate with a good old fashioned all night hang sesh. It's like a big booze fueled potluck. All the friends are responsible for a cool snack and beverage, and then we just go nuts. Usually there is tons, and tons of beer at this party - it's easy and portable, so it makes sense. This year, I wanted to contribute a friendly winter cocktail to switch it up a bit. Supplying an entire party with a cocktail can be a hard task when you are trying to make cocktails for 30 people, but I came up with a pretty alright solution. I thought ahead and decided I needed a recipe that was both seasonal and pre-makable (not a word but whatever). I needed something that could be served on ice and wasn't carbonated. I give you, "The Friendly Winter Warm-up" A delicious combination of sweet and bitter, with herby notes and seasonally infused aromas. The perfect Friend Feast cocktail. I pre-made the cocktails already, days in advance - pretty forward thinking of me, guys! I made a big batch and portioned it out in small 8oz jelly jars, allowing enough room for ice. The jelly jars work perfect for party cocktails because I can pile them up in a basin full of ice, and don't have to worry about them spilling or making a mess. Prior to the party I will garnish them all with an orange twists studded with cloves. They'll be totally Get the Scoop [...]
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