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A “Totally Rewarding” Giveaway

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I love a good cookbook. My collection is eclectic to say the least. It’s heavy on sweets, hearty on Martha and instead of the classics, the things that grab me to make a cookbook purchase are some of the quirkier aspects… like the funny and fun, vintage styling in Baked Explorations or the amazing and adorable sketches in Kitchen Scraps.

The Seven Stars CookbookI was really excited when Total Rewards sent me the Seven Stars Cookbook to “test” and give away. Its a gorgeous coffee table style cookbook thats filled with recipes from the best and the brightest of Harrah’s Entertainment’s top chefs- Bobby Flay, John Besh, and Guy Savoy to name just a few. It also offers tips from hosting parties, to setting up a bar, to how to select the perfect cut of meat.

VooDoo Steak ingredients

While I’m always up for new and exciting adventures in the kitchen, adventures isn’t what I ended up my first go around with this book. Instead, I was intruiged to try a “real” steakhouse preparation of ribeye steaks from the famed VooDoo Steak & Lounge in Vegas. I had heard but never actually realized how much butter is used in steakhouses but that is really what sets this recipe apart from my every day preparation- that and bacon in the potatoes! (I spent an additional 20 minutes on the spin bike the next morning)

Fingerlings w bacon
Next time I make this recipe I will add the bacon 1/3 way thru cooking... some pieces were a little too crisp
Margarita Queen at the High Rollers Bar
I'm baaaack! (This margarita is delicious!)

The Margarita Queen was happy to make a comeback to sample The Tahoe Wabo margarita from the famed Cabo Wabo Cantina in Lake Tahoe. This recipe is from a section of the book titled “High Rollers’ Bar”. (Awesome!) I’m guessing, like us, many people have that 3/4  full bottle of Chambord in their bar cabinet. The Chambord splash adds a nice black raspberry kick! Yum!

This recipe calls for “sweet and sour mix”. As mentioned in previous dedicated posts to margaritas, I always mix my own fresh juice “sour mix”. In this case I squeezed a few limes and mixed it with agave and saved the leftover mix in the fridge.

Margarita mixing
Use a whisk to help you incorporate the agave (which is thick and syrup like) into the juice

Fabulous news! Thanks to Total Rewards, I have two of the Seven Stars Cookbooks to give away! Here are the rules and regulations…

Total Rewards/ Sweet Dani B Cookbook Giveaway: Share Your Foodie “JUICE” with “the JUICE”!

In the comment section of this post, please tell us about the best steak you ever had (details please! who made it and where it was from would also be fun to know)… OR what is your favorite margarita? Where is it from? Is it a flavor? Frozen or on the rocks? Is it a Margarita Queen recipe perhaps? Hmmm?

Since we will be giving 1 cookbook to 2 different people, you are welcome to share your thoughts on both topics but please comment only once.

Don’t forget to leave your email address (please type it in after your comment)! We’d really, really appreciate it if you like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and subscribe to “the Juice”, but we aren’t forceful kind of people so that is simply a sweet request.

We will be collecting Foodie “Juice” comments up until midnight this coming “lucky” Saturday (3/17/12). Two very lucky winners will be chosen using random.com. International entries are welcome but you may be required to contribute to shipping costs.

I think that covers it! Boy, I am hungry… Now, what’s for lunch?  Xo Dani



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Sweet Dani B is my small business and my mantra is Life Is Sweet! Both my business and life center around celebrating life’s occasions and making those occasions amazing. We design one-of-a-kind cookies, invitations, paper goods and pull them all together to deliver fabulous parties and events.


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  • Love the ginger margaritas at The Spice Market! Love reading your blog and just ordered new cutters for Easter…

  • Recently the best steak I’ve had we purchased at Eatly and cooked at home. It was truly amazing!
    As for margaritas, I’m loving the spicy ones that I’ve been coming across when I’m out. The spice from a jalapeno makes it taste even better!

  • I recently had a delicious margarita at a restaurant called “Bombay Talkie”. I usually just stick with good old fashioned lime on the rocks, but this time I ordered a passion fruit margarita on the rocks and loved it! It wasn’t overly sweet, was made with all fresh ingredients and proved to be the perfect aperitif before a delicious meal!

  • Best steak I’ve had recently was at Keens Steak House in Manhattan – a really cool, historic place. I always order my steak medium-rare when I’m at a real steak house and they nailed my T-bone! I’m too scared to do medium-rare at home, but I love when it’s handled by professionals.
    I like my margaritas on the rocks with salt, and not too sweet. Lots and lots of lime.
    Now I want a steak and margarita.

  • The best margarita I’ve ever had was the perfect combination of the following:
    1. The freshest mango and sprigs of mint from Tulum, Mexico
    2. The craftsmanship of a lovely man named Papatzul
    3. A beautiful sunset over the ocean
    4. The company of one of my all time favorite people

    And for this memorable cocktail experience, I applaud Mezzanine in Tulum!

  • The best steak I’ve ever had was at the place my husband and I got married in Mt. Tremper, NY…but not on our wedding night. Dinner was indeed delicious that night as well, but we returned a little over a year later and ordered the “filet tornadoes”…the same dish we both had on our wedding night. It was cooked to perfection and was a wonderful way to remember and celebrate our anniversary.

  • Reading everyone’s posts really makes me want a margarita! The best margarita I’ve had was last summer in Pebble Beach California. It was a grapefruit margarita using fresh juice. I believe it was patron tequila and they also used a bit of Patron Citronge organge liqueur that added a wonderful flavor. Grapefruit and tequila are a great combination!

  • Hello ! I love your blog… and this give-away. I have to say I had the best margarita ever at a place named El Toritos in Concord, California. I don’t know how it was made, but it was delicious! Best steak… would be at Rutherford Grill. Cooked just right… not too rare and not overly cooked…seasoned just right. Yum!!!!

  • The most delicious steak that I have recently had was at dinner at Marea in NYC. It was a Pat LaFreida 50-day dry aged sirloin. Delish! And fresh juice margs are always my favorite!

  • The best steak I ever ate was in Barberino del Mugello, Italy: it was a “Fiorentina”: spectacular, high, juicy. I’ve never eaten either before or after a steak so tender and 5 cm high, so great that we have eaten in two!

  • My yummiest steak was in Vegas at a Brazilian steak house. It was all you can eat feast of steak and brazilian meats! I had to be rolled out of the restaurant 😉

  • The best steak I ever had was at the Ear Inn, the historic bar/ restaurant at the bottom of Spring street. They made t-bone steaks to die for and my ex and I used to go a couple times a month. Since she was semi-vegetarian, this is saying something. They were done so soft you could sink a knife through them – not quite like butter, but almost. Once, we had a t-bone steak each – then split another for dessert!

  • A good…no great, margarita is hard to come by. It’s one of those things that sound easy enough to make, but alas, so few people do it well. However, I do feel the trick for ensuring your margaritas are top notch, is to follow very strict instructions, that are as follows:
    Using very good 100% agave tequila (aged or un-aged…commonly referred to as blanco or reposado) and always using fresh squeezed lime juice- never bottled! Followed by simple syrup and cointreau.
    And there you go, the perfect margarita. Follow these instructions and you too can sip on your way to margarita bliss, ensuring that no matter where you are, you can always whip up a nice, refreshing batch of deliciousness.

  • the best margarita ive ever had was at the mexican restaurant around the corner from my house. it was just a lime margarita on the rocks… but it was so good because my boss and i took half a day and went drinking for the rest! 🙂 not a bad day of work… madde the margarita taste much better

  • I honestly don’t think I’ve ever had a really, REALLY good steak. I think Texas Roadhouse is the best it’s gotten! As far as margaritas go, I usually go for the standard lime and have recently started getting salt on the rim. My favorite was from Consulo’s in Columbus, OH. Margaritas and patios, win.

  • My brother makes the best steak on his grill of any I’ve ever had. He marinates it simply and grills it to perfection every time.