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Schnapps can be a lot of fun

By Mike Armstrong

Reporter, Carbon County Comet

 

The word Schnapps is rather inclusive of several types of liquors that are actually a bit different depending on what flavor is being drunk. It is a type of alcoholic beverage that may take several forms, including distilled fruit brandies, herbal liqueurs, infusions, and flavored liqueurs made by adding fruit syrups, spices, or artificial flavorings to neutral grain spirits. 

Tandoori Chicken is a gateway to Indian food

By Mike Armstrong

Reporter, Carbon County Comet

 

If I have not made clear in my younger years I was a picky eater, I will do so now.

Drop Cookies are Great

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North Platte Valley Medical Center

 

I know I am a decent cook. 

I remember when my cooking took a step up.

It all started in Macau before it was turned over to the Chinese. There  I saw many styles of food fused before it became popular in the USA. Macau was turned to the Chinese in 1999, a couple of years after Hong Kong went back to China.

Timeless Sex on the Beach

By Mike Armstrong

Reporter, Carbon County Comet

 

I won’t say fruity cocktails started in the 1980s because the Tiki drinks of the late 1940s and 1950s began a trend toward tropical drinks like the Pina Colada, Scorpion and Mai Tai.

The Lynchburg Lemonade Special

By Mike Armstrong

Reporter, Carbon County Comet

 

When I was working for Jim Beam in Taiwan as their brand ambassador some years back, one of my jobs was to find drinks that would please the local population. If ex-pats liked it, that was a bonus.

Sweet but delicious
A Classic Champagne Cocktail

By Mike Armstrong

Reporter, Carbon County Comet

 

When I decided to do brunch on Sundays at my restaurant in Taichung, Taiwan, I knew I would have drinkers. 

The drinking culture in Taiwan is fairly intense. My bar shut on Fridays and Saturdays supposedly at 2 a.m. but it was not uncommon for me to stay open until 3 a.m. 

Scrambled Eggs Do’s and Don’ts

By Mike Armstrong

Reporter, Carbon County Comet

 

I have always been a fan of brunch partly because it reminds me of growing up in my father’s household.

Breakfast in the morning during school days was orange juice, milk, pop tarts or cereal. Weekends were a little different depending on which family I was with. 

How to Make a Cadbury Egg Cocktail

By Mike Armstrong

Reporter, Carbon County Comet

 

Discover the Culinary Journey of SPAM

The Lunch Lady Corner

CJ Lindsay

 

Vermouth should be at every bar

By Mike Armstrong

Reporter, Carbon County Comet

 

When I first started bartending, I was lucky that the bars I worked at had a huge variety of brands of spirits. A lot of flavored spirits were coming out, but a lot of the brands people were drinking were not quite the top sellers they were then. 

Vodka was not the top spirit then, but the revolution was starting.

Drunken noodles 

By Mike Armstrong

Reporter, Carbon County Comet

 

The first time I had Drunken Noodles was in Taichung, Taiwan in a small restaurant. It was good as I remember, but one thing I learned traveling in Asia, there are a lot of different recipes that call dishes Drunken Noodle. 

My favorite recipe is a Southeast Asian version and it is the dish that comes to mind for many when eating Drunken Noodles.

An open bottle of wine lasts...

By Mike Armstrong

Reporter, Carbon County Comet

A question I had to answer often a few years back was “How long does wine last after it has been opened?”

How do I know the answer to this?

I worked for a New Zealand Wine company that specialized in Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir a little before I started being a reporter. It was a great job in that I learned a bit about wine. 

Surprisingly Eggs-cellent Dish

By Mike Armstrong

Reporter, Carbon County Comet

 

As a kid, because I loved all types of vegetables, my folks didn’t care I was picky about a lot of food. Even then, most of the food I wasn’t wild about were expensive. I didn’t eat seafood except for a few white fish, and king crab. I wasn’t wild about beef, but I would eat hamburgers.

Good things from the Buffalo Trace Distillery

By Mike Armstrong

Reporter, Carbon County Come

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Easy chicken/shrimp coconut noodle soup

By Mike Armstrong

Reporter, Carbon County Comet

 

One of the best things about living in Asia for about 15 years or so, I got to be fairly proficient in cooking some of my favorite Asian dishes.

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