But this holiday season, we’re actually going to be whipping up a new treat: Syrup Nuts. The recipe for the sweet and spirited mix comes from the recently published The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Dessert Cookbook written by Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell, who are hosts of Cooking Channel’s The Fabulous Beekman Boys (and who, incidentally, won season 21 of The Amazing Race). The concoction calls for an assortment of nuts, sugar, maple syrup and either brandy, Scotch or bourbon.
While it’s tasty enough to eat straight from the jar, Ridge and Kilmer-Purcell suggest spooning the gooey goodness on top of scoops of ice cream or over a stack of pancakes for a truly indulgent breakfast. The perfect start to any holiday!
And if you’re looking for more cooking inspiration, check out our Holiday Entertaining Guide, which features gourmet recipes, tips and advice from celebrity chefs across the country. Bon appétit!
Contributed by Josh Kilmer-Purcell & Brent Ridge INGREDIENTS:
1 cup Mixed unsalted nuts, such as pecans, walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts and cashews
.5 cup Sugar
.33 cup Maple syrup, preferably grade B
1 Vanilla bean, split lengthwise
.25 tsp Salt
6 oz Water
2 tbsp Brandy, Scotch, or bourbon
Preheat the oven to 350° F. Spread the nuts on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes, or until crisp and fragrant.
In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, maple syrup, vanilla bean, salt and water, and bring to a boil over medium heat. Add the nuts, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.
Remove from the heat and let cool, then stir in the brandy or whiskey. Transfer to a clean jar and refrigerate until ready to use. (The nuts can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.)
The company Kawasaki unveiled a futuristic concept of Kawasaki J at the recent Tokyo Motor Show. The concept combines the features projects “Tron Light Cycle” and “Batpod”. Of course, Kawasaki J never been released, but the concept looks very interesting, although it was done with the aim of promoting technology Kawasaki GIGACELL. Several days ago, the Japanese manufacturer has published a very brief video that shows how Kawasaki J can be transformed from a sports bike in almost ATV.
Black Bike Week is an annual bike rally that takes place in South Carolina over Memorial Day weekend. Up to half a million predominantly African American bikers and revelers descend on the seaside vacation town of Myrtle Beach for several days of riding and partying. Each year the traffic comes to a standstill as the streets fill with brightly customized sports bikes, their riders taking advantage of the state’s “no helmet” law to perform burnouts and stunts up and down the main strip along the seafront.
Hordes of women—known as “huggers”—also flock to Myrtle Beach for the event, hoping to be picked up for a ride, and maybe something more. A girl will often perform the “pillion clapping” move as a passenger—essentially twerking on the back of the bike. Unfortunately, the combination of partying and biking without a helmet isn’t an especially safe one, and every year there are people who don’t make it home. The event also attracts a ton of prostitutes, but more and more women are starting to ride their own bikes and each year an increasing number of female biker gangs show up for the party.
LichterFreeway Magazine 2014 CalendarCheck out this great calendar Freeway Magazine just came out with. They use my photos mostly from the great Born Free bikes I photographed for the "Come Together" Sturgis exhibition. I particularly love the cover design with Kevin "Teach" Bass' bike on it.