Monday, December 19, 2011

WE HAVE MOVED!

Our Website has Moved!. 

CowTown Chow is now located at CowTownChow.com. 

Come visit us to see our new and improved site featuring easier to search for recipes, a more visually appealing format, and all sorts of other great things that make the NEW CowTown Chow even that much better!

Come on over, take a look, and let us know what you think. 


Friday, December 9, 2011

Another new SPIN! Pizza?


Recently it was announced that SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza will be taking over a part of the current CVS Pharmacy space in Prairie Village's Corinth Square. Now rumor has it that SPIN! is about to annouce plans to move into the Casey Brother's Sinclair gas station located at 5710 Jonson Dr. in Roeland Park, KS. If this comes to fruition, this will be the 7th location planned for the local pizza chain.

Neither SPIN! Pizza or Casey Brothers Sinclair station could be reached for comment at this time, but if any further details become available, we will surely pass them along.

Drink Recipe | Homemade Eggnog


Amazing Homemade Eggnog!

In continuing with our recent trend of providing you with tasty recipes for drinks people tend to buy already prepared, today we are going to talk about making homemade Eggnog.  Like many other cold weather drinks, eggnog is one most people just tend to buy from the store already made.  While that option is easy, nobody is ever the hit of their holiday party by breaking out a carton of store bought eggnog.  Wow your guests, or be the talk of the next party you attend by making your own eggnog.  It's simpler than you would ever think.

This great recipe includes alcohol, but is still quite tasty if you leave the bourbon out.  If you aren't a bourbon fan, you can substitute a good spiced rum if you'd like. 

Time: 16 Minutes
Yield: 7  - 8oz servings


Ingredients:
  • 2 cups heavy cream 
  • 1 quart milk
  • 2/3 cup + 2 Tbsp sugar 
  • 8 egg yolks
  • 8 egg whites
  • 3/4 cup bourbon
  • 2 teaspon freshly grated nutmeg

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Drink Recipe | Soul-Warming Homemade Hot Chocolate

pic courtesy of therunawayspoon.com

In this day and age of pre-packaged foods sometimes it's really nice to go back to a simpler time and make something from scratch.  One of my favorite things during the cold weather months to make like my grandmother used to make is hot chocolate.  These days we can all pick up the dry powder mixes at the store, heck some of them even have "marshmallows" that come right in the package.  In a pinch these dry powder mixes are better than nothing, but when you're wanting a good cup of hot chocolate, isn't the extra couple of minutes worth it? 

This is one of my favorite homemade hot chocolate recipes of all time.  You can make it just as the recipe directs, or if you're feeling a little adventurous you can add a host of other ingredients or items to customize this drink to your particular taste.  Here is the base recipe, followed by some great additions I've tried over the years.


Cook Time:  8 Total Minutes | 3 Min Prep | 5 Min Cook
Yield: 4 mugs


Ingredients:

  • 3 2/3 cups milk (for hot chocolate I really like 2% or Vitamin D milk)
  • 3/4 cup sugar (you can use a sugar substitute if you'd like to cut some calories out)
  • 1/3 cup boiling water
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup half & half

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Recipe | Hand Dipped Marshmallows


Every time you go to a party or have a pot luck there is one dish that stands out from the crowd.  One thing that people in the room are buzzing about.  Hand dipped marshmallows are a sure fire party hit.  The combinations are limited only by your imagination.   These chocolate dipped marshmallows can be customized based on your party theme, school or company colors.  Anything you can dream up that goes well with chocolate can serve as a great topping for these delectable treats.

For this I chose a few toppings that sounded good at the time, but even after serving them at the party we hosted recently I already have ideas for a number of other combinations I can't wait to break out next time. If you have any that come to mind, don't hesitate to share them with us in the comments section below. 

Now onto these show stopping treats:

Coating and Toppings:

Candy Cane Bits



Colored sprinkles are a great contrast to the white of the marshmallow