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Boozy Food & Tailgate Cocktails for Fall

With football season among us, we wanted to make sure your tailgate is prepped to impress no matter which team you cheer for. Below is a couple of recipes you can easily whip at home or at the tent.

Be the ‘king’ of the tailgate with savory Crown Wings or get your hands dirty with Adam Perry Lang’s George Dickel No. 12 Barbecue Sauce. Just be sure to accompany with one of the perfect for football cocktails – The Team Captain, Chili Manhattan or Crown Royal Sour.

See below for the recipes and why they’re great for your tailgate!

What it is: Crown Wings

What’s in it:

.3 cup Crown Royal Canadian Whisky®
.3 cup Honey, SueBee®
.25 cup Soy sauce, Kikkoman®
2 Tablespoons Thai chili sauce
1 packet (0.75-ounce) stir-fry seasoning, Sun Bird®
2 teaspoons crushed garlic, Gourmet Garden®
4 pounds chicken wing drumettes
3 scallions (green onions), finely chopped (optional)
.25 cup chopped peanuts, Planters® (optional)

How it works: In a large bowl, combine whisky, honey, soy sauce, chili sauce, stir-fry seasoning, and garlic. Add drumettes, tossing to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and marinate in refrigerator for at least 3 hours, preferably overnight.

Set up grill for direct cooking over medium-high heat. Oil grate when ready to start cooking. Let drumettes stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Place on hot, oiled grill. Cook for 12 to 18 minutes or until cooked through, turning occasionally. Transfer chicken to a platter. Sprinkle with chopped scallions and peanuts (optional).

Why it’s great for football season: With an incredible sauce made from Crown Royal Canadian whisky, these wings are a feast fit for kings and queens. Take a drumstick in each hand and declare your team champions – you’ve earned it.



What is it: Adam Perry Lang’s George Dickel No. 12 Barbecue Sauce

What’s in it:

1 cup of Honey
1 cup of White Vinegar
1 cup of George Dickel Tennessee Whisky No. 12
3 cups of Your Favorite Barbecue Sauce

How it works: In a low pan, add honey, white vinegar and George Dickel Tennessee Whisky No. 12 over medium heat.
Cook mixture until you hear a frying sound and alcohol is cooked off.
Add barbecue sauce and stir to combine.
Place back on fire and let simmer for at least 10 minutes.

Why it’s great for football season: Add flavor to that pigskin and your tailgate guests are sure to shout “it’s good!”


What is it: The Team Captain

What’s in it:

1.5 oz. CAPTAIN MORGAN® Original Spiced Rum
1.5 oz. Orange Juice
0.5 oz. Sour Mix
3 oz. Lemon Lime Soda
Lime Garnish

How it works: Combine ingredients in a tall glass filled with ice, garnish and stir.

Why it’s great for football season: Every team needs a captain, just like every tailgate needs a cocktail. The spiced rum and fruit flavors create a blend so sweet, you’ll know it’s “the real MVP.”


What is it: Chili Manhattan
Recipe courtesy of Butch Friedman and Kleila Dula at Passion8

What’s in it:

1 oz. Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye
. 5 oz. Sweet Vermouth
2 Dashes Black Walnut Bitters
.5 oz. Chili Cinnamon Syrup

Why it’s great for football season: We know that a little chilly weather doesn’t stop you from cheering on the home team. The cold never bothered you anyway, so keep warm with the Chili Manhattan.


What is it: Crown Royal Sour

What’s in it:

1.5 oz Crown Royal Deluxe
.5 oz Lemon juice
.75 oz. Simple syrup
Garnish with lemon wedge

Why it’s great for football season: In sports, every second counts and sometimes things go sour – blame it on the refs, missing your game day ritual, the wind. We won’t judge. One thing that never disappoints, is the Crown Royal Sour.




– Nicole Chabot
TWITTER: @taylorstrategy


Maybe columnist Molly Ivins was right – Texas lawmakers ARE crazy. At least this is what my neighbor, Lyle, is also saying when he read about Houston representative, Al Edwards, proposing a law to ban dirty dancing by cheerleaders.


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Lyle points out this quote by Edwards: “They’re shaking their behinds and breaking it down.” Under Edwards’ bill, if a school district knowingly permits such a performance state funds will be reduced in an amount to be determined by the education commissioner. We’re thinking $ 500 for a grind, $ 1000 bucks per bump, $ 2000 for having Big Busty on top of the pyramid. Short skirts, possibly okay, as long as everyone is river dancing.

“This is unAmerican,” says Lyle, “they’re going to have to pry my sexy cheerleader out of my cold dead hands. What a cheerleader does in the privacy of her own stadium is nobody’s business but her own. If she wants to shake a little booty and you don’t want to watch it, you can keep your eyes on her boobs.”

We don’t know if we’ve ever seen Lyle so worked up. We are sure this is probably not a good way to spend taxpayer’s money. We’re also a little confused by the words “sexy.” We can’t figure what part of slender, attractive females in short skirts, tight tops doing high leg kicks and panty exposing flips does not qualify as “sexy”? Is Mr. Edwards proposing the Texas schools take a note out of the Amish Cheerleading guide and wear full length skirts and bonnets? “Churn, churn, churn that butter!” “Go thy team!” Where was Mr. Edwards when we needed him – when Elvis Presley was coming up?

“This is just plain nuts,” says Lyle. “I just bought a brand new camcorder. Now what am I going to do? Next thing the legislature is going to say is that you can’t carry a concealed cheerleader in your car. They’ll be a seven day waiting period before you can take home a cheerleader. This is ridiculous. Texans needs to stick to things they know something about, like executing jaywalkers and running over armadillos.”

We’re not sure how the exact wording of the law will pan out, but those in the cheerleading industry don’t seem to be as fearful as Lyle. J.M. Farias, of the Austin Cheer Factory, says his industry will welcome the law and that cheering competitions already penalize for suggestive or vulgar movements.


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“But that’s just the beginning,” says Lyle. “Once the camel gets his nose under the skirt, there’s no telling where he’ll go next.” I hate to tell Lyle he’s messing with the metaphors, again.

“When the founders of our country wrote our laws do you think they worried about what you could or couldn’t shake? They had other worries, like termites in their wooden teeth. Like sword fighting with their mighty pens. They made no laws about cheerleaders.”

I think of telling Lyle that, maybe, the founders had no cheerleaders. “What about the Painettes?” smirks Lyle. I’m sorry I was thinking or asked. Now I have to hear about Thomas Paine and his famous Painettes. “Do you remember These are The Times to Try New Shoes? Go George, Go George, Cross that Delaware.”

Please Lyle, take your camcorder and your placard. Head down to Austin and keep that bill from passing. Your country needs you.


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– Stan Silliman


TWITTER: @stansilliman

FACEBOOK: stan.silliman

Four Strategies for Flipping the Classroom: Blending Your Classroom

Technology can help teachers “Ignite Learning” in the classroom by promoting literacy development and critical thinking. The ability to communicate and create is what sparks learning.

“Kids these days” are just wired to operate in a digital environment, which enables them to take control of their education. This technology captivates students and makes them desire to learn more about the content.


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Elite and innovative educators are “Flipping the Classroom” in order to meet the diverse needs of students. The numerous FREE online resources available can create a classroom that extends beyond normal school hours and walls.

This provides students with more flexible opportunities for peer interaction, learning the content, and developing technology skills. “Flipping the Classroom” and in-person environments are really the best of both worlds because students receive the benefit of face-to-face interaction with more opportunities to learn outside of the classroom.

“Flipping the Classroom” consists of a combination of online learning using simulations, videos, and forums in addition to small group differentiated instruction facilitated by the teacher. These instructional methods are appealing to digital natives.

Need some tips on how to engage students in a 21st century way? Check out these resources!

1. In the classroom, I use video clips from Discovery Education and Safari Montage to “Ignite Learning”. Our school district pays for an annual subscription to these websites.

Unfortunately, students do NOT have access to Discovery Education videos at home. Therefore, I post videos on my classroom website from Khan Academy, TeacherTube, and Vimeo, which engages students at home for FREE.

Khan Academy ( is a non-profit educational organization providing video tutorials and interactive exercises for a variety of subjects and grade levels. Their Virtual Teacher Workshop demonstrates how to create classes, manage students, collect data, and provide feedback and much more.

TeacherTube ( is a video sharing website similar to, and based on, YouTube. Teachers can also view audio, documents, photos, and blogs. Teachers can register and upload files for students or parents. Teachers can also upload students’ videos in order celebrate their work.

Vimeo ( is another popular video sharing and social networking site. A community of professionals knows it for high-qualilty videos. It has a cleaner layout with no advertisements.

2. I facilitate the use of the Internet in order to have students conduct research, collaborate with classmates, and establish an online classroom presence. Students enjoy their time posting comments to a blog or on a social media site.

For my classroom blog, I use Google Blogger ( Students can also create their own blog in order to show and present their work.

Blogger allows users to chose from different artistic templates. It also has widgets that users can use anytime to insert HTML codes, pictures, slideshows, links, videos, and much more.

Edmodo ( is a secure social media site accessible through a code you generate in order to invite students. Teachers of all grade levels are using Edmodo to post assignments and allow student discussion.

Students can also upload assignments, take quizzes, and receive alerts. This is an excellent resource for sharing content with students while keeping them socially engaged.

3. Graphic organizers, diagrams, and other tools can help focus student learning depending on the topic. This allows the teacher to have more time to assist students with work during class time and provides more opportunities for review at home.

Quizlet ( allows teachers to create flashcards to help students’ remember and study vocabulary. There are also study tools and educational games for students to use.

Teachers can choose from the library of flashcards already made by others. There are six study modes, 18 languages, and it is very easy to share on a classroom website.

InstaGrok ( is a great tool because it allows students to visually research a topic. Students use a graphical map that shows how concepts connect using key facts, links, images, and videos.

InstaGrok allows teachers to monitor students’ research and note-taking activity. Up to 200 students can be linked to your teacher dashboard.

4. There are many ways to create a flipped classroom. Teachers need a “Face of the Classroom” in order to provide a location to share these online learning resources with students and parents.

Weebly ( is perfect for creating classroom websites and student e-portfolios. This resource allows teachers and students to express themselves using a variety of multimedia tools.

Weebly consists of an easy to use drag and drop website editor. Teachers can protect all student websites with a password in just one click.

Remind ( is a communication tool that helps teachers connect instantly with students and parents. They receive it as a text message or e-mail.

Teachers can also send photos, documents, and links. This is an excellent way to effectively communicate the resources available on your “flipped classroom” website.



– Mike Lerchenfeldt

Twitter: @mj_lerch

Hillary Wipes IHOP Server…

Funny faces: Hillary Clinton

E-mails Are Gone, So Is The Syrup


Hillary Clinton loses 30,000 top secret e-mails placed in the care of her IHOP server instead of a more secure Applebee’s hostess.

The former Secretary of State has gone on the record saying that, “this is one big mistake, I wanted to go to Denny’s and get the Grand Slam Breakfast, but IHOP was the first place we saw.“

House Republicans are insinuating that the former First Lady wiped the server clean in an attempt to obstruct the House’s investigations. Hillary Clinton insists that the cleanup was strictly a humanitarian effort, “Did you take a look at her? She had syrup and jam all over her face, neck and apron, she needed to be cleaned up; it was the least I could do. I am for the working people.

The Justice Department ordered Clinton to release almost 2,000 e-mails taking up almost 4,000 pages of text, memes, including close to 837 pieces of digital correspondence asking if she was satisfied with the size of her penis, another 714 looking for hot singles in her area, 12 coupons to Bath and Body Works, and 43 bounce backs from messages intended for former president Bill Clinton. Hillary later found out that former president Clinton recently updated to a .porn account. The mistake was promptly fixed, by forwarding the missing messages to Bill Clinton’s Ashley Madison Account.

In late July, a grand jury issued a court order for Clinton’s staff to turn over the IHOP server to the United States Department of Justice, and she is now working as an assistant attorney specializing in ethics violations.

In related news…

Through the investigation our condolences were sent to the Clinton and Rodham families. It was recently discovered that three of her long lost relatives have passed away while holding office in Nigeria. The combined inheritance will total over $15 Million, as soon as she sends her personal financial information so the Nigerian government can deposit the funds.



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– Brad Johnson

Cocktails to Celebrate National Bourbon Heritage Month

September is (already!) upon us and, while this month marks the unofficial beginning of fall, it’s also one of the most exciting times for bourbon lovers in America – National Bourbon Heritage Month.

This month-long holiday was declared in 2007 when the United States Senate passed a bill to honor the American-made spirit as well as the family heritage, tradition and legacy that the bourbon industry contributes to the United States.

To celebrate this brown spirit and its heritage, we’ve rounded up a few of the best American whiskeys plus some easy-to-mix cocktail recipes. Offering something for everyone, we thought the below drinks would be great to share and perfect for raising your glass and toasting to bourbon during the month of September!

If you’re looking to celebrate the holiday with more than just a cocktail, they can also visit the Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Experience at Stitzel-Weller. The most recent addition to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, Stitzel-Weller is a historic site that is home to many of the industry’s iconic brands – and you can learn more about (and taste!) the Bulleit portfolio while you’re there.

The Anytimer

1.3 oz. Bulleit Bourbon
1 oz. Orange juice
1 oz. Lemon juice
½ oz. Simple Syrup
½ oz. amaretto

Shake ingredients and strain into an ice filled tumbler. Garnish with an orange and cherry.

The Anytimer

Gramercy Buck

Cocktail created by Amanda Tissue of the Gramercy Park Hotel 


1.3 oz. Blade and Bow Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
1 oz. Lemon Juice
.75 oz. Simple Syrup
Muddled Strawberries

Top off with Ginger Beer

Serve in a highball glass.


Old Fashioned

1.3 oz. I.W. Harper Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Bar Spoon of Brown Sugar
Dash of Orange Bitters
2 Dashes Aromatic Bitters
House-made Cherries
Garnish with Orange Twist


Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 21 Year Old

1.5 oz. Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 21 Year Old
Enjoy neat or on the rocks




– Brianna Linden
TWITTER: @taylorstrategy

Week 1 Fantasy Football Quick Hits


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Eddie Royal was already a sneaky PPR play…now Alshon might not even play!

No Ladarius Green or Antonio Gates? Stevie Johnson, I think I love you.

The Matt Jones hype will not stop, in need of RB help and missed Dion Lewis? This is your man.

Sam Bradford wasn’t even drafted in a standard league but has top 5 QB upside this week. #lateroundQB

Speaking of Antonio Gates, if your TE situation is sketchy, think about stashing him early.

Need a defense streamer? The Dolphins take on Kirk Cousins, enough said.

Can’t wait to use your shiny Colts player? Temper your expectations in week 1 against the scary good Bills D.

Everyone is getting ready to blow their waiver claim on Dion Lewis, love the kid, used him in DFS, but Blount is coming back and do you really want to use your claim on a Pat’s secondary RB?

Speaking of DFS, Click HERE to sign up for Fanduel and I’ll love you forever.




– Adam Dulski

Twitter: @adamdulski



Last Race Before the Chase (Richmond)


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Technical difficulties prevented my piece from getting out in time last week, you missed out on some really mediocre material.

A short track and Joey Logano is on the pole, SHOCKER! A must start and the heavy favorite for the win.

Kevin Harvick has to be a heavy favorite, but his price to points earnings just hasn’t been there recently.

Carl Edwards offers great value with serious upside.

Speaking of upside, Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt have a lot of it after poor qualifying efforts.

Caution: Denny Hamlin is the Sam Bradford of NASCAR, he’s made of glass. I don’t want my driver in a car with an ACL tear.

Speed on the Cheap: Justin Allgaier and Brian Scott both had great cars in qualifying and practice. Justin has a higher ceiling, but Brian provides better value for the cash strapped.


Ideal Setup:

Kyle Busch
Kurt Busch
Martin Truex
Joey Logano
Brian Scott


– Adam Dulski

Twitter: @adamdulski


It’s #LaborDayWeekend2015!


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Labor Day honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of their country.
….Aaaannnnnnndddddd college football, BBQ’s, and the beginning of the school year (I mean, it doesn’t, but it kinda does…)

REGARDLESS, it’s the perfect opportunity to entertain your friends and family, and our resident Lead Mixologist #BexInTheBar and her team has provided us with the perfect sharable punch to celebrate!

Labor Day Party Punch

1 Liter Spiced Rum
1 Liter Southern Comfort
1 Liter Amaretto
1/2 Gallon Orange Juice
1/2 Gallon Pineapple Juice
3 Cups Fresh Lime Sour
3 Cups Grenadine
1 Liter Black Rum

Add all ingredients EXCEPT the Black Rum to a 2.5 gallon container and stir.
Chill for at least 2 hours; Stir before use.

Fill tall highball glass with ice.
Add punch to the glass stopping 1 inch below the rim.
Top with a .75 oz floater of the Black Rum.
Garnish with fresh cut citrus.


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Have an amazing holiday weekend and, as always, celebrate responsibly and NEVER drink and drive! #TeamPHCP #USA #LaborDay



– Morgan Alexander Kosinski

Instagram: @PHCP

Retro Darlington


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Sunday night old school paint schemes and car setups will be back, but it appears all the new school guys are still fast. Low downforce and quick wearing tires should make this one of the best races of the year to watch on NBC.

Brad K – Pole sitter and great on long runs

Denny Hamlin – Won nationwide race and and speeds stayed good on the quick wearing tires. He does however have a knack for being fantasy kryptonite.

Kevin Harvick – The consensus car to beat in the garage.

Kyle Busch – *insert term of the week for how good he is*

Martin Truex – Lot of chatter about how awesome he was on very long runs.

Speed on the cheap – Michael Annett seems to be the cheap driver you want.

Caution – Lot of garage chatter about Jeff Gordon, just not buying it with Hendrick’s continued struggles.


Ideal lineup :

Kyle Busch
Kurt Busch
Michael Annett
Kevin harvick
Martin Truex


– Adam Dulski

Twitter: @adamdulski

The Lost Razor

Meet Steve, he is tall, who typically wears jeans that he found at a local thrift shop. Recently dabbled in a few nineties flannels as well since, appearance as of late has not been his main concern. Not that long ago he celebrated his thirty-first birthday, alone in his tiny apartment, with his cat Frumpy. Life has been quiet and peaceful for quite sometime. Nothing interesting happens to him, since he started following a straight arrow routine for himself. He goes to work as an accountant, looking at numbers instead of people, and then goes home. Making himself a variety of frozen dinners that he places in his small old rusted toaster oven, followed by grabbing a nice cold lager. He then tends to settle down on his deformed couch that Frumpy has taken a hold of by ripping it to shreds over the last few years, and puts on the History Channel to catch up on some knowledgeable insights. This has been his life until one day he lost his razor.


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These days it is fairly simple to go out and buy a new fresh blade, to remove fuzz of all types and sorts of areas, however, this razor was a classic. A special gift he once received from a girlfriend he once had and when days were filled with a brighter future for Steve. It was the one item he had left to cherish a memory about the one that got away. The one who will never return, even after his several drunken email attempts, sending her careless updates including cute photos of Frumpy in hopes that would send out an “awwa” response. Steve has heard nothing from his treasured romance he will never forget that lasted for a brief three months and ended over five years ago. Steve didn’t want to buy a new razor, he didn’t want a replacement, the old one was the only one he wanted to hold on to. The only one that knew where to go without cutting him open and spewing out a ghastly amount of blood. It had the perfect touch and it was gone forever. At this frightening realization, solitary has become his official reality

A few weeks pass by and a lengthy amount of stubbled fuzz has grown. Steve walks into the office, keeping to himself as always since, talking to people leads to heartbreaking disappointment. However, on this day, he noticed a few of his colleagues looking at him differently. Even Melody in the HR department looked over with a blushing stare. Steve takes out his phone to see his reflection and notices his beard and stache has grown a lot faster than he thought.


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Not used to the attention, he goes out for the first time in five years and hangs out at a local dive bar. Sitting there with a 20oz lager, he stares at the fizz while stroking his freshly fleshed out beard. A strapping young woman in her early-mid twenties appears next to him, flirtatiously sipping on her vodka cranberry. Steve glances over and notices her while doing a double take not used to having someone recognize him. He nods his head and lifts his hand slightly for a brief hello and carries on with his drink and well, nothing else. The young early-mid twenties chick, senses a challenge is approaching. She tosses her long dark hair around, purposely coughs and “surprisingly” notice her drink has finished. Steve looks over at the now pouty woman and nicely offers to buy her a drink in hopes she would leave him alone. She perks up and says “thank you…” At this point she realized they haven’t exchanged names. She continues, “My name is Ruth, do you have a name that goes along with your adorable face?” Steve startled slightly, looked at Ruth and decided to speak back, “Steve.” Ruth noticed his shyness and enjoyed it however, she decided to order a round of fireball shots.

As the evening progressed after over one hundred bucks worth of booze went down their throats, Steve was able to take a liking into Ruth. Flushed face and all, he moved his body directly towards hers, as he flirtatiously grabbed her hand shortly after the two indulged in a chuckling joke. Their bodies swayed closer towards each other as, the daring Ruth caved into Steve’s fuzzed patch, cutting her lips and chin, and heading directly to his lips as she found a magical way to stick her tongue inside. Steve’s eyes sprang wide open out of complete shock, he pulled her away. At this point the aggressive Ruth pushed herself back in and kissed even further and deeper, until Steve was unable to push back.


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Minutes later Ruth abruptly ended the kiss, she wiped the slobber off of her now rashed face while, Steve indulged in the left over saliva that has dripped into the sea of his sharp and hairy abyss. He briefly looks down at his now bulged pants and back at Ruth and asks, “do you want to go back to my place?” Ruth gently placed her hand over his and cries out, “no.” The baffled Steve, curls away in shyness as, Ruth leaves him with her business card and says, “my cell is on there, feel free to use it.”

The following day, Steve walked into his local pharmacy and purchased a brand new razor of his own. He ran into the bathroom and shaved his homeless looking do until he looked brand new. As he walked out of the bathroom he noticed Frumpy playing with a random piece of paper. He scared Frumpy off to grab this object which happened to be Ruth’s business card. He looked at the card and shortly decided to take out his phone to begin his new romantic journey.



– Zenae D. Zukowski

TWITTER: @Zenaefilmz