Monday, April 12, 2010

Tax Day 2010

It can make your blood run cold.....April 15th......Tax Day.

Whether you end up owing the government money or they end up paying you this deadline is no fun to meet. Finding receipts, remembering expenses, defining a “home office”. It’s a struggle. On the other side of the coin (no pun intended) if you are a CPA this is the culmination of at least 4 months of work. Let’s face it you all need a drink and a hearty snack! What follows are my recommendations for after the envelope is sealed and in the mail.

The Tax Day is a traditional drink originating from the era when the government decided we needed to pay taxes on a regular basis(1913).

The Caper is a delicious, strong, and simple drink that will ease the pain of writing that check to the IRS.

The Cheese Steak Bites are a decadent and satisfying end to tax season.

The Tax Day
1 oz Gin
1 tsp. Dry Vermouth
1 tsp Sweet Vermouth
½ oz Orange Juice
2-3 dashes Angostura Bitters

Fill your mixing glass with ice. Add the ingredients and shake. Strain the contents into a rocks glass filled with ice.

The Caper
Plymouth gin
5 drops dry vermouth
1 single caper berry

Fill a shaker with ice. In the shaker mix gin and the vermouth. Shake!! Serve up in a chilled glass with the caper berry as the garnish.

Cheese Steak Bites
1 - 8 oz steak
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
1 tablespoon butter, softened
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 teaspoons chives, minced

Preheat boiler.
Mix the Gorgonzola, butter, garlic and chives. Set aside.

Slice the steak into bite-sized pieces. Heat the olive oil in a saute pan at high heat. Sprinkle with salt. Cook 3 minutes on each side. Drain on paper towels.

Arrange the cooked meat in a single layer in an oven-proof pan. It’s a good idea to use a pan you can serve in as well.

Spread cheese mixture over the steak. Place under the broiler, watch carefully. Broil for 3-5 minutes.

Serve hot with toothpicks to eat.

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