3 Hour Slow Cooker Beer Brats Recipe

beer brats

When you are trying to cook something at home without making a trip to the grocery store, it’s nice to use the items you have on hand and still have something tasty. Am I right? No stress, no frills, just some tasty comfort food. Well, grab a beer and get ready to feel like you are hanging out with your friends at the sports bar or a cookout. Today’s #TastyTuesday recipe is super simple 3 Hour Slow Cooker Beer Brats. Yum!

3 Hour Slow Cooker Beer Brats

Ingredients

•   1 Package Original Bratwurst 
•   4oz Beer
•   1/2 Stick Butter
•   1 Tsp Salt
•   1 Tsp Pepper
•   Rolls
•   2 Large Red Onions Sliced 
•   Mustard & Ketchup (Optional Toppings)

Instructions

Start by browning the bratwurst in a skillet.

beer brats
beer brats

Place bratwurst is the slow cooker. Sprinkle in the onion, salt & pepper. nd top with butter.

beer brats
beer brats

Pour in the beer and cook on high for 3 hrs. Serve these bad boys on buns & enjoy!

beer brats

How do you like your beer brats? Let us know how your recipe varies in the comments below or on social media! We would love to hear from you.

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Easy Air Fryer Ranch Drumsticks Recipe

Air Fryer Ranch Drumsticks

I am all about an easily prepared meal. How about you? I am no chef, by any stretch of the imagination. My cooking skills can best be described as “adequate,” but this Easy Air Fryer Ranch Drumsticks Recipe is something that even I can handle. You can put this #TastyTuesday recipe together in just minutes with only a few items that you probably already have on hand. And they are so good that I think your whole family will love them!

Easy Air Fryer Ranch Drumsticks Recipe

Ingredients 

  • 6 Drumsticks 
  • 1 Ranch Packet
  • 1 Stick Butter (Melted)

Instructions

Air Fryer Ranch Drumsticks

Make sure that the drumsticks are as dry as possible by patting them down with a towel. 

Air Fryer Ranch Drumsticks

Coat each drumstick thoroughly in butter. Next, place drumsticks on air fryer basket without overcrowding. 

Air Fryer Ranch Drumsticks

Cook at 375 degrees for 25 minutes and remove from air fryer. Next, coat drumsticks thoroughly and evenly with ranch powder.

Air Fryer Ranch Drumsticks

Place drumsticks back in the air fryer for another 10 minutes. Remove from the air fryer and make sure that the drumsticks are well done or cook longer if needed. Enjoy!

Air Fryer Ranch Drumsticks

We recommend enjoying this Easy Air Fryer Ranch Drumsticks Recipe with Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese for a satisfying comfort meal or check out these 10 Delicious Summer Recipes With Vegetables for more variety.

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5 Italian Restaurants Las Vegas Residents Love

italian restaurants las vegas

Las Vegas is a large city with a variety of restaurants, and it can be hard to choose one, especially if you are in the mood for Italian. If you are craving some of your favorite Italian dishes from lasagna, to risotto, to carbonara, to truffles, or looking for a traditional spaghetti, you can find it in Las Vegas.

Whether you are in the mood for northern, southern, family-style, or gourmet Italian cuisine, you can find a restaurant in Vegas. Below you will find five Italian restaurants that Las Vegas residents love.

5 Italian Restaurants Las Vegas Residents Love

1. Bottiglia

At  Henderson Italian Restaurant Bottiglia, customers can enjoy the bright and lively surroundings, that flows through to the menu. On the list, you will find a variety of antipasti, salads, fresh fish, and homemade pappardelle Bolognese. Henderson Italian Restaurant offers its visitors delicious Italian cuisine and a unique wine list with a variety of choices. Local residents enjoy the Tuscan-style food, as they enjoy the open atmosphere and view of the Las Vegas desert at Henderson Italian Restaurant.

2. Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar Since 1985 Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar have been offering Las Vegas residents a unique and authentical Italian dining experience.  Chef Mimmo is a trained Italian chef, and the best ingredients are used in the restaurants homemade pasta, sausages, breads, and desserts. 

At Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar, pastas, breads, and desserts are made daily on-premise. There are also whole-wheat and gluten-free pasta options available. Along with good food, you can complement your dinner with delicious wine from the extensive wine cellar at the Wine Bar.

3. Chicago Joe’s

If you are looking for a budget-friendly restaurant that has excellent food and reputation, then look no further then Chicago Joe’s. The vibe at Chicago Joe’s is a down-home Italian eatery, and on their website, they keep a picture gallery of visitors. It a popular spot with locals because they can enjoy authentic Italian food without breaking the wallet and get away from the hoopla of the strip.

 4. Scarpetta

The Scarpetta is an elegant restaurant located in The Cosmopolitan in the Boulevard Tower. Customers are treated to a remarkable view overlooking the Las Vegas strip. It’s a great spot that locals like to celebrate birthday or anniversaries at Scarpetta. The menu has lots of seafood, gluten-free, and vegetarian options available for customers to enjoy.

5. Capo’s Restaurant & Speakeasy

Capo’s Restaurant & Speakeasy is off the beaten path and is a place people love to visit for there mobster-style, speakeasy theme, with the restaurant itself dimly lit, and red booths to sit and enjoy your meal.  The food and service are excellent, making Capo’s Restaurant and Speakeasy a popular spot for Las Vegas locals. Enjoy a mobster themed meal, with all dishes being named in a mobster style, for example, “Sawed-off Sauage and Peppers” or  “Bust a Cap.” There’s a variety on the menu for customers to enjoy from traditional family specialties and modern adaptations.  You’ll never forget your eating experience at Capo’s Restaurant and Speakeasy.

Final Thoughts

If you are traveling to Las Vegas for the first time, make sure you relax and have a good time! Look for places that local residents enjoy eating at since locals help keep areas open, the restaurants must offer some pretty good food. If you are really in the mood for one of your favorite Italian dishes, such as carbonara, lasagna, traditional spaghetti, risotto, truffles, or focaccia, then definitely start by visiting one of the five restaurants listed above to get your fix on. You’ll find your favorites from pastas, seafood, breads, and desserts at one of these famous Italian restaurants: Henderson Italian Restaurant, Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar, Chicago Joe’s, Scarpetta, and Capo’s Restaurant & Speakeasy.

Viva Chicken Opening In Winston-Salem 10/30

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Viva Chicken: Arroz Chaufa & Sweet Potato Fries

Yesterday I took my nephews, Bradley and Preston, for a day out in Winston-Salem. We were heading there, specifically, for the soft opening/launch party of Viva Chicken, the new Peruvian Chicken restaurant that will be opening in Winston-Salem on Wednesday. I had never had Peruvian chicken before and neither had my nephews, so we were pretty excited to experience it for the first time.

Viva Chicken Opening In Winston-Salem 10/30

Viva Chicken is a Peruvian Rotisserie Joint specializing in Pollo a la Brasa. Their menu is fresh, flavorful, and packed with inspired recipes that will transport your taste buds to the streets of Peru. Viva Chicken is not only hip and healthy, it’s quick and convenient and a great spot for dine-in or takeout.

As I said, Bradley, Preston and I had never tried Peruvian food before, so ordering was an adventure. Viva Chicken’s menu is really descriptive, though, so even if you are a Peruvian novice, you still get a pretty good idea of what you are getting in advance.

Viva Chicken
Viva Chicken: Arroz Chaufa

I ordered the Arroz Chaufa [Peruvian Fried Rice] – Jasmine Rice, red peppers, green onions, red onions, egg, soy sauce and ginger. I also ordered Sweet Potato Fries. I really wanted to order one of their Signature Juices but couldn’t decide which, so I asked the cashier to decide for me. I ended up with the Chicha Morada [Peruvian purple corn, cinnamon, clove, pineapple, apple, lime], which we all agreed tasted a bit like pumpkin pie – I am thinking because of the cinnamon and cloves.

Viva Chicken
Viva Chicken: The Great & Cilantro Infused Rice

Bradley ordered a sandwich called The Great [Pulled rotisserie chicken, lettuce, tomato and onions, rocoto mayo]. He also added Jalapeno Bacon and he got it on ciabatta bread. For his side, he chose Cilantro Infused Rice. Everything we tried was great but the cilantro infused rice was my personal favorite thing of the whole meal, along with my Signature juice.

Viva Chicken
Viva Chicken: Cilantro Infused Rice

Preston also ordered The Great but he ordered French Fries for his side. Admittedly, I am not that big of a french fry person, but Viva Chicken‘s are really good. Viva Chicken has 3 sauces that you can choose from and we tried all 3 for the French Fries and the Sweet Potato Fries. I liked them all but my personal favorite one was Aji Amarillo [the yellow one]. The sandwiches are pretty big and Preston wasn’t able to finish all of his. Both boys also had Cheerwine with their meals. Even though Cheerwine is from North Carolina, it isn’t all that easy to find in restaurants, so they were pretty excited about this.

It was a beautiful day so we sat outside on the open air patio. Of course, there is lots of indoor dining space, too, for those days when the weather is not as inviting.

I feel like the prices are pretty cheap for the area and you get a nice portion of food that tastes great for your money. There are a few more expensive items on the menu but you could easily eat there for less than $10 a person.

I had leftovers and the boys argued over who got to eat the rest of my Arroz Chaufa. Um, what about me? Haha! I did let them take my leftovers, though, because I am as awesome aunt, naturally.

Viva Chicken

Viva Chicken is located at 3493 Burke Mill Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27103 and opens to the public on 10/30. Check out their full menu here! Try it out and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments below or on social media!

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6 Music Themed Restaurants In Myrtle Beach

6 Music Themed Restaurants In Myrtle Beach

On Thursday I am headed back to Myrtle Beach to go to Carolina Country Music Fest. Last year was my first time attending and I tried to keep the restaurants music related to make it a whole themed trip. Because I am cool like that. If you are like me, and I might be making your acquaintance at this year’s music festival, be sure to check out my favorite music themed restaurants in Myrtle Beach and plan your food festivities accordingly.

6 Music Themed Restaurants In Myrtle Beach

Hard Rock Cafe – If you haven’t been to Myrtle Beach in a few years, you might not know that Hard Rock Cafe changed locations. They used to be in the pyramid building but now they are at Broadway at the Beach. I asked why they moved and was told that they are trying to streamline the look of the Hard Rock Cafes, to make them more uniform, so that the focus can be more on the music. So RIP pyramid and hello brand new Hard Rock Cafe.

I always buy and/or trade souvenir pins when I go to Hard Rock Cafe and now have quite the collection. Unfortunately, I never got one at Gatlinburg before they closed down that location, so if any of you want to hook me up with one, I sure won’t be saying no. 😉

Wahlburgers – I remember when I went to Coney Island a few years ago and laid my eyes on my first Wahlburgers [a franchise co-owned by Paul, Donnie and Mark Wahlberg]. It wasn’t completed yet but I had been watching the show [still do] so I was at least familiar with the franchise. Fast forward to last year and I finally got to eat at one – in Myrtle Beach. If you are able to make it, be sure to order something with “government cheese.” Soooo good.

And for any of you who might not consider this restaurant to be “music themed” I beg to differ. Who can forget about New Kids On The Block and Marky Mark? In the restaurant, you’ll find tons of memorabilia from their music days [as well as their acting careers] hanging around for you to peruse.

House Of Blues – Some of my absolute favorite memories of Myrtle Beach include House of Blues. I remember one time, a few years ago, leaving for Myrtle Beach kind of late and being really exhausted when we finally got there. So, we headed over to House of Blues for the Murder Mystery Dinner Theater and then we hung around to listen to the Journey tribute band that was playing afterwards. It was the perfect way to relax after a 5 hour car ride.

And last year during Carolina Country Music Fest, we tried out the Sunday Gospel Brunch for the first time. I know that many of you who are attending this year’s music festival will be looking for Sunday church. Why not go to House of Blues? There you will find amazing gospel music singers and a buffet full of fantastic southern food. If you really want to immerse yourself in southern culture, be sure to try chicken and waffles. It was a first for me [even though I am from the south] and I left a fan.

Margaritaville – Anytime I travel, I make it a point to stop by Margaritaville. And, after years of promising me they would soon have them available for purchase, they finally have souvenir pins. I believe I now have pins from both the Pigeon Forge and Myrtle Beach locations. But I will be checking my pin collection before I head out to make sure. Otherwise I will be picking up one on this trip.

Anyway, who doesn’t love Jimmy Buffett? Even if you don’t love his music, if you are headed to a beach, you are probably down with his vibe. Seriously though, if you don’t love “Come Monday” can we even be friends?

The Bowery – I mean, come on people! How can you go to the 5th annual Carolina Country Music Fest, where Alabama will be playing Thursday night by the way, without going to The Bowery? Did I mention it’s Alabama’s 50th year and they got their start at the legendary Bowery. Plus, it’s located right next to the music festival. So, if you aren’t driving, you don’t even have to worry about paying the Uber fare. Just walk on over. Convenience. I got you. 😉

I stopped in last year and you can trust that I will stop in again this year. Who knows? Alabama might even drop by The Bowery, too!

Dave and Buster’s – I am throwing Dave and Buster’s in, too, because they have music themed games and the TVs play music videos that you can watch while eating. So, even though it might not be predominately music themed, they offer enough that I think all of you music aficionados will still really enjoy the atmosphere there. Plus, they have really good food and offer money saving deals on food and game combos. I recommend joining their email list for specials.

And did I mention cocktails? Dave and Buster’s has some super fun drinks to choose from, too, many that come with fun monsters on the side! Yes, I am an overgrown child. 😉

These are just some of the music themed restaurants that I have tried out in Myrtle Beach and, of course, I haven’t been everywhere. Do you have a favorite to suggest that I missed? I’d love to hear about it if you do!h

Still don’t have your tickets for Carolina Country Music Fest? What the heck, people? Get on it already before they run out and you are left sitting at home, watching my Instagram for updates!

4 St Patrick’s Day Cocktail Recipes

4 St Patrick's Day Cocktail Recipes! Cheers! 4 St Patrick's Day Cocktail Recipes

St Patrick’s Day is just around the corner. What will you be doing? Will you be hanging out with a leprechaun, looking for that mythical pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? Or will you be hiding out in your house, trying not to get pinched. Either way, don’t drink the same old green beer again this year. Try one of these 4 St Patrick’s Day cocktail recipes instead! Cheers!

4 St Patrick’s Day Cocktail Recipes

4 St Patrick's Day Cocktail Recipes! Cheers! 4 St Patrick's Day Cocktail Recipes

SPARKLING MINT MOJITO
  
INGREDIENTS
5 oz Sparkling Ice[1] Lemon Lime
1 ½ oz White rum
6 Mint leaves lightly muddled
Splash of lime

DIRECTIONS
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and pour into a chilled tall glass. Garnish with a lime slice.

4 St Patrick's Day Cocktail Recipes! Cheers! 4 St Patrick's Day Cocktail Recipes

GINGER SAGE COCKTAIL
SERVINGS: 8-10

INGREDIENTS
1 bottle of Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore DOCG[4]
Simple Syrup
1 cup honey
3 cups water
2 whole pears, peeled, cored and diced
1 large piece of ginger, peeled and diced
20 fresh sage leaves (plus more for garnish)

DIRECTIONS
In a saucepan combine the honey and water over medium heat and bring to a light boil. Turn the heat down to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the honey has dissolved completely. Add the pears, ginger and sage leaves. Simmer, stirring occasionally until the mixture has reduced by 1/3 (about 15-20 minutes). Remove from heat and let the mixture steep for an additional 10 minutes. Strain the syrup into a large canning jar or thick glass bowl. Discard the ginger and sage leaves. Place a few pieces of the cooked pear into each stemless wine glass followed by 2 tbsps of the simple syrup. Add Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore and serve.

4 St Patrick's Day Cocktail Recipes! Cheers! 4 St Patrick's Day Cocktail Recipes

GINGER JELLO SHOTS   

INGREDIENTS
16 oz Sparkling Ice[1] Ginger Lime
10 limes
1 cup vodka
2 packages unflavored gelatin
2 tbsp chopped mint

DIRECTIONS
Cut the limes in half lengthwise and scoop out the insides, set to the side. In a saucepan, add Sparkling Ice[1] Ginger Lime, sprinkle gelatin over and allow to sit for 2 minutes. Place over low heat and stir until dissolved, about 5 min. Remove from heat and stir in vodka and mint.  Pour mixture into lime halves and place into the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or until set. Cut limes in half to serve and enjoy!

4 St Patrick's Day Cocktail Recipes! Cheers! 4 St Patrick's Day Cocktail Recipes

GINGERED APPLE SPARKLER

INGREDIENTS
1.5 oz. handcrafted Vodka
1.5 oz. sour apple liqueur Splash of Angostura Bitters
4 oz. chilled
1 maraschino cherry

DIRECTIONS Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the vodka, liqueur and bitters; shake well. Strain into an ice-filled highball glass. Top with Brooklyn Crafted and the cherry.

Oscars Cocktails:: Apricot Negroni Spritzer Recipe, Inspired By Call Me By Your Name

Oscars Cocktails:: Apricot Negroni Spritzer Recipe, Inspired By Call Me By Your Name

Prepping for an Oscars party this year? Why not try this updated Italian Negroni, with apricot liqueur and French dry vermouth? This Apricot Negroni Spritzer recipe is inspired by Oscars Best Picture Nominee, Call Me By Your Name, and the film’s Italian location, the apricot orchards surrounding the family’s Italian countryside villa and the French heritage of romantic lead character, Elio. Oh, and no peaches were harmed in the making of this cocktail. 😉
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Oscars Cocktails: Dark Love Recipe, Inspired By Best Picture Nominee Phantom Thread

Oscars Cocktails: Dark Love, Inspired By Best Picture Nominee Phantom Thread

I am excited for the Oscars. I make it a point every year to watch them live. This year, I might invite some people over and have some drinks. And this Dark Love recipe is just so tempting. And, what do you know? I already have Blue Curacao on hand. 😉 [Read more…]

Oscars Cocktails: The Churchill, Inspired By Best Picture Nominee Darkest Hour #DarkestHour

Oscars Cocktails: The Churchill, Inspired By Best Picture Nominee Darkest Hour #DarkestHour

Are you having an Oscars party this year? If so, naturally, you will need some libations for your guests. Might we suggest this fabulous Churchill recipe [Champagne Cocktail variation] from Cocktail Chameleon Author and Entertaining Expert Mark Addison, in honor of Best Picture nominee, Darkest Hour.
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Easy Tropical Pirate Rum Punch Recipe #RumOn #PiratesLifeEvent

Easy Tropical Pirate Rum Punch Recipe #RumOn #PiratesLifeEvent

Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is now in theaters everywhere, people! Who is excited? So, you know what you need to do? You need to throw a Pirate Party! Yes! And you know what it takes to make the perfect Pirate Party? All you need is a great rum punch recipe and some awesome tunes. And I have the hookup for that right here. 🙂 [Read more…]