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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61 thoughts on “Jalapeno Peach Martini

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

  2. 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… 🙂

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

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

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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!!

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

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

  11. 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!

  12. 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.

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

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