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Jalapeno Peach Martini


Jalapeno Peach Martini 3This knife is bad ass.

There are much more eloquent ways of explaining how fantastic this Wüsthof  knife is, like it’s forged from a single piece of specially tempered high carbon steel to ensure outstanding strength, or that The slight curve of the blade makes the Chai Dao ideal for cutting, but that just doesn’t get to the meat of the explanation.

This knife is bad ass.

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It’s a strong cleaver that’s the perfect size, large enough to slightly scare anyone in your immediate chopping vicinity, but not so large that it’s unmanageable.  It’s also sharp enough to slice jalapenos paper thin.

Although I don’t think it’s necessary to buy high end when it comes to all kitchen equipment, knives are the exeption. Knives are an important investment, a tool that will last long enough to pass down to your children, spend money on knives. Don’t buy a cheap block with multiple cheap knives that you will inevitable have to replace in a year (we’ve all done that).

Instead, start to collect. Build your collections one at a time.  Start with the basics, and build. This is a great knife to add to your collection. If you are just starting, here are my recommendations:

Wüsthof Grand Prix Chefs Knife (my first big girl knife, I still use it all the time)

Wüsthof Grand Prix II Hollow-Edge 8 inch Chef′s Knife

Wüsthof Classic Ikon Paring Knife

Wüsthof Classic Chai Dao (Bad ass knife)

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Because I had this knife, and was able to slice thin jalapenos, I made a cocktail. Maybe this doesn’t scream MOTHERS DAY, and fit the theme of this weeks giveaways,  but I’m a mom and I love a good spicy cocktail and a sharp knife. Cocktails and knives are the new mothers day, I swear.

But maybe you wield the knife and start to chop things up with your bad ass knife before you drink that cocktail,  mkay?


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Congrats to our winner, Kelly!

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Mirin Stout Glazed Roast Chicken with Maple Sweet Potatoes topped with Caramelized Shallots and Balsamic Glaze

Yield: Yield: 4 servings


    For the Brine:
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 tbs kosher salt
  • 12 ounces brown ale
  • 2 cups ice
  • 4 chicken leg quarters (or 1 whole roasting chicken, cut into quarters)
  • For the Glaze:
  • 1 cup stout
  • 2/3 cup mirin
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • 1 tbs cornstarch
  • 3 tbs honey
  • For the Sweet Potatoes:
  • 2 large shallots, sliced (2/3 cup)
  • 2 tbs butter, plus 4 tbs divided
  • 1 tbs oil
  • 3 large sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced
  • 2 tbs real maple syrup
  • 2 tbs heavy cream
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 3 tbs balsamic gaze


  1. In a pot over medium high heat, add the water and the salt. Stir until salt has dissolved, remove from heat, add the beer and ice. Stir until ice has dissolved and brine is at room temperature or below.
  2. Add the chicken quarters to a large bowl. Pour the brine over the chicken, cover loosely with plastic wrap, refrigerate for 3 hours and up to 24 hours.
  3. Preheat oven to 425F.
  4. Add the stout, mirin, soy, chili powder, cornstarch and honey, whisk to combine. Add sauce pan to high heat, allow to boil until slightly reduced and thickened, about 5 minutes.
  5. Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil, place a wire rack over the foil lined baking sheet.
  6. Remove chicken from brine, discard the brine. Rinse the chicken well and pat dry. Place chicken on the wire rack.
  7. Brush liberally with the glaze.
  8. Roast at 425F for 45 to 55 minutes, brush with glaze every 10-15 minutes. Remove from oven when the internal temperature reaches 175F.
  9. While the chicken is cooking make the sweet potatoes. In a saucepan, melt the butter with the oil over medium heat. Add the shallots and cook over medium-low heat until caramelized, about 20 minutes.
  10. Boil the potatoes in a pot of lightly salted water until fork tender, about 12-15 minutes. Drain, return sweet potatoes to the dry pot. Add 4 tbs butter, cream, maple syrup, salt, and nutmeg, mash with a potato masher until well combined and potatoes are well mashed, transfer to a serving dish. Top with caramelized shallots, chopped pecans and drizzle with balsamic glaze.


Balsamic glaze can be bought at the store, often by the balsamic vinegar, or you can make it by reducing 1 cup balsamic and 1 tbs white sugar or honey in a saucepan until reduced and thickened.

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Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious May 1, 2013 um 1:35 am

Jalapeno in a martini? YES! Although I should probably lay off the alcohol for like, well, the rest of my life.


Averie @ Averie Cooks May 1, 2013 um 4:10 am

I wish they were serving these Friday night 🙂 Would have been so good!


ashley – baker by nature May 1, 2013 um 4:25 am

I have that knife and totally support the bad ass theory! It’s amazzzzzing!

And this martini?! Whaaaaat. I love it. Shake us some next time I’m on the west coast please 😉


Diane May 1, 2013 um 6:27 am

The large hollow edge Santoku is my most used knife. Anyone who uses it in my kitchen is surprised and amazed.


Cassie | Bake Your Day May 1, 2013 um 8:34 am

I love my Wusthof knives and would love one of these martinis too!


Gerry @ foodness gracious May 1, 2013 um 8:51 am

I put this knife up in a giveaway recently and it made me sad, wanted to keep it 🙂 I had a jalapeno martini once and it was fantastic!!


Rachel @ Baked by Rachel May 1, 2013 um 9:08 am

Such a fun and creative flavor! PS totally adore Wusthof.


Valerie May 1, 2013 um 9:14 am

Craving this knife (to replace my current, meek, chocolate chopper), and this martini! Because it’s never too early for a martini.


Heather May 1, 2013 um 9:31 am

Love Wusthof knives. Not familiar with that particular one, but I will find a nice home for it next to my other knives…


Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet May 1, 2013 um 9:41 am

Wow! Talk about martini with a kick!! LOVE it! The knife looks like it should be in every kitchen!


Megan May 1, 2013 um 9:42 am

These knives are the best!


Ivana May 1, 2013 um 9:46 am

Will try! 🙂


Rose Houser May 1, 2013 um 9:53 am

Would love to win this wonderful knife!.


Kim McCallie May 1, 2013 um 10:04 am

Would love to have this beautiful knife. My husband and I always looking for good knives.


Malorie May 1, 2013 um 10:12 am

I received a Wustof knife as a wedding gift and it’s basically the only one I use, they are so great!


Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes May 1, 2013 um 10:28 am

Yes please to jalapenos in booze! This martini looks AMAZING.


tiffany May 1, 2013 um 11:31 am

Those jalapenos look amazing! It’s wonderful what a good knife can do.


Stephanie May 1, 2013 um 11:46 am

A martini and a new knife are totally my mom too… haha and me too I guess. We are always cooking and we love some good drinks! or wine… 🙂


Kari M May 1, 2013 um 11:47 am

Yum! Spicy booze – sounds fantastic!


Kim May 1, 2013 um 1:00 pm

Definitely went O.O when I saw that cocktail combination haha


Juli V May 1, 2013 um 1:35 pm

Wow, what a beautiful knife! Thanks for the giveaway!


eve May 1, 2013 um 2:43 pm

My favorite knife is a wustof. And the cocktail recipe is now in my phone, ready for the next drinking session.


Sara May 1, 2013 um 2:43 pm

I need a new knife in a bad way!!!! Am I entered?


Kristen May 1, 2013 um 2:44 pm

This looks amazing!


Michelle D. May 1, 2013 um 3:46 pm

You even use Tito’s! 🙂 Really want to try this recipe and of course would LOVE to win this knife!


Jeffrey May 1, 2013 um 4:34 pm

I would love this Wusthof, it does look like a BAD A$$ blade!


Blessie Nelson May 1, 2013 um 5:36 pm

Wow! I really hope this is the knife I will finally trust! Thanks for a bad ass review!


Maneesha Pradhan May 1, 2013 um 5:50 pm

I make a jalapeno coconut water martini. It works really great. Also pineapple jalapeno margaritas too.


Whitney May 1, 2013 um 6:40 pm

Thanks for the knife recommendation’s! It’s time I got some big-girl knives!


Joline May 1, 2013 um 8:00 pm

Have been searching for a fab knife- who could ignore a "bad ass" review??


Joline May 1, 2013 um 8:00 pm

Have been searching for a fab knife- who could ignore a "bad ass" review??


Runinboise May 1, 2013 um 8:04 pm

What a fun drink! Thanks for sharing & hosting the giveaway.


Hernan J. Colon May 1, 2013 um 8:32 pm

Strange enough, I think I might like that!


Shannon McClear May 2, 2013 um 12:24 am

Love, love, love Wusthof!


Michael May 2, 2013 um 1:44 am

I’m trying to decide if I should turn this cocktail into ice cream or sorbet… Any suggestions?


Laura May 2, 2013 um 5:51 am

Jon bought me a set of Wusthof Grand Prix II as my last big Christmas splurge before we had babies. Love, love, love them – have added a few pieces here and there as well. They’re so comfy in my hand, and such workhorses in the kitchen.


Audrey May 2, 2013 um 7:22 am

Thank you for hosting this giveaway.


katherine d May 2, 2013 um 8:11 am

would to chop veggies with this knife!


Amy May 2, 2013 um 8:44 am

Totally badass knife! I love my Wusthof chef’s knife, especially since it is just the right size for me, and its too small for my husband!!


amy May 2, 2013 um 9:31 am

My current knife is horrible and I’ve been dreaming of a knife like this one!


Andrea M May 2, 2013 um 11:49 am

best knife ever!


Kelly Wirtz May 2, 2013 um 2:12 pm

I love my Wusthof knife, unfortunately the 1st time I used it, I ended up in the ER getting 4 stitches. Needless to say you don’t realize how much you use your pointer finger. I’m 100% good now though and I love my Wusthof knife!


Adele Forbes May 2, 2013 um 3:13 pm

This is one Bad Ass Knife got me at the get go. I cook for 1 family 6 months out of the year and carrying my 'Bad Ass" knives around with me is just a given. Wusthof knives are my favorite. Your writing is raw and eloquent all at the same time. I find that very endearing. Keep up the good work and thank you for just being you.


Wholycheesus May 2, 2013 um 4:33 pm

I’d love to get to chopping with that beautiful awesome knife


Marie May 2, 2013 um 5:13 pm

I’ve been wanting to own one of these knives for so long! It would be amazing to win one for free 🙂


Rust May 2, 2013 um 8:56 pm

That knife is beautiful! The martini looks great too!


Khanh May 3, 2013 um 12:14 am

I’m not much of a drinker but my husband is going to fall all over himself for this one (probably literally!) And that is one gorgeous knife!


Cindy Brickley May 3, 2013 um 3:52 am

Love your recipe, my kind of drink. I just love your jalapeno pics, I put them on/in everything. And I would love to win the Wüsthof® Classic Chai Dao. I really need a good knife. Thanks for the posting.


Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. May 3, 2013 um 10:06 pm

I love their knives! This martini is so great! Love the peach and jalapeno combo!


marcela May 3, 2013 um 10:07 pm

Love Margaritas!..That knife is beautiful! The martini looks great too!


Carlie May 4, 2013 um 11:44 am

Awesome cocktail! Reminds me of a jalapeño cocktail I had in Raleigh, called the sting.


Elena May 4, 2013 um 1:06 pm

thank you for the giveaway!


Kate May 4, 2013 um 5:11 pm

Thank you, this knife looks amazing!


Elena Vo May 4, 2013 um 10:07 pm

This recipe seriously knocked my socks off!


Kristin t May 5, 2013 um 11:28 am

I’d love to win!


Erica Best May 5, 2013 um 6:57 pm

wow cool giveaway thanks


claire @ the realistic nutritionist May 6, 2013 um 7:01 am

I just got that knfie, and OMG IT’S LIFE CHANGING.


RavieNomNoms May 6, 2013 um 8:23 am

Um, hello! What a unique martini! Looks and sounds amazing!


Maggie May 6, 2013 um 1:19 pm

If I were a mom, I’d be PSYCHED to get a knife for Mother’s Day, especially one like that!


Julia May 8, 2013 um 5:34 am

I looooove my wustof knife and NEED to add more to my collection.
I also need this martini in my life!


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