12 ounces gemelli pasta (or any other desired pasta)
Three-quarter medium-size onion chopped
4 cups sliced mushrooms
One cube unsalted butter
1 tablespoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
1/2 half cup Crown Royal Whiskey®
1 cup water, white wine or chicken broth
Two extra-large vegetable bouillon cubes
1/4 cup flour and water for thickening
1 pound cooked shrimp skinned
1 – 2 teaspoons dried chives

Fill a larger pasta pot 3/4 full and bring to a medium boil.  Add the desired amount of pasta to the hot water.  Continue to cook the pasta while preparing the rest of the dish.  Check it for doneness occasionally and turn off when it become al dente.

Sauté onion in a large skillet with melted butter until they begin to caramelize and the onions turn slightly brown, stirring occasionally.  Add mushrooms to the skillet and continue to sauté over medium heat until the mushrooms are soft.  Continue to stir occasionally while they cook.

Pour Crown Royal Whiskey® into the pan to reduce and deglaze the pan. If using fresh shrimp then you should add them now and sauté for a few minutes until they begin to turn pin..   If they are already cooked then hold off and add them at the end of the recipe so that they do not over cook and become rubbery.  Add 1 cup water, white wine or chicken broth (reduce bouillon if using chicken broth) or as much as you want to create enough sauce.  Add bouillon cubes.  If you have selected chicken broth instead of water, then reduce the bouillon to one cube instead of two.   Stir occasionally with the saucepan at a slow simmer.

Cooking Tip: Create a thickening sauce by placing 1/4 cup flour in a measuring cup.  Add water to the 1/2 cup mark and whip with a small whisk until it is a smooth consistency with no lumps.  Make sure you add enough water so that it can be poured from the measure cup into the saucepan.

With the saucepan at a slow simmer, slowly add the flour mixture while stirring continuously.  Stir until the sauce thickens and cook until all taste of flour is cooked into the sauce.  The taste of the  Crown Royal Whiskey® and any wine should have cooked to a slightly sweet and non-alcohol taste.

Add the shrimp now if they were pre-cooked.  Then add the dried scallions.  Stir all together and continue to simmer on low while you drain the gemelli.  Serve with pasta and shrimp dish mixed together, or if you prefer, serve shrimp on a bed of pasta.

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Why is it that I love to cook with spirits.  I haven’t figured it out but I do on a regular basis.  Crown Royal Whiskey is one of my favorite cooking ingredients for reducing mushrooms or making a sauce similar to a Marsala Wine sauce.  A few weeks ago, I wanted to do something different with Yellow Fin Tuna.  So, here was invented Drunken Yellow Fin.  From now on anything I make with spirits as an ingredient will probably be called “Drunkin Something”.  What is really funny is that I do not even like the taste of most alcohol unless it’s in food.  Now, wine is a different story.  Maybe that’s why the booze is in the food and the wine is in my glass.

To start, we create a marinate for the Tuna.  It’s composed of:

2- 8 ounce Yellow Fin Tuna Steaks
1/2 cup Royal Crown Whiskey
1/2 tablespoon Old Bay Lemon & Herb Spice
1/2 teaspoon salt

Place these ingredients in a shallow bowl and then add the yellow fin tuna.  Turn tuna a couple of times in the marinate, then refrigerate for around 30-60 minutes.  Turn the tuna every 10-15 minutes depending on how long you want to leave in the fridge.

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Place the lovely tuna on a thoroughly heated medium-high grill.  You could also use a grilling pan if you do not have a gas grill readily available.  Add the following two ingredients after placing the fish on the grill.

1/2 teaspoon chopped basil
freshly ground salt and pepper to taste

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Cook the tuna for 5-7 minutes on each side.  Halfway through the first 5-7 minutes turn the tuna clockwise on the grill so that it scores both directions, horizontally and vertically.

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If the fish appears to be getting dry, spray with a little olive oil to keep it moist as it cooks to a light pink center.  You may want to turn down the heat to medium if it’s cooking to hot.   It’s a  fine balance.  If you take it off too soon then the fish will be undercooked.  Well, some of you may like sushi so this would be okay for you.  We like it cooked medium so that the tuna is still pink in the center but not dry on the outside.  I can highly recommend a great cookbook; “Timing is Everything” by Jack Piccolo to help with determining cooking times.

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I place the finished tuna in a foil wrap and then added a little more Crown Royal.  While the rest of the meal finished up the tuna rested for around 5 minutes in the foil.  Turned out quite well for another new drunkin experiment.

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This sweet and savory stuffed mushroom appetizer is made with ground sweet Italian sausage, goat cheese & chopped Calimyrna figs.  For a little extra eye appeal they’ve been topped them with slivered almonds.

Fresh Calimyrna figs  are definitely my preference over the darker variety fig as they have a milder flavor that doesn’t over power the other ingredients.  The tastes of this stuffed mushroom will burst with variety of sweet and savory flavors that seem to crunch and pop out individually.

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You can easily substitute golden delicious apples and feta cheese for figs and goat cheese if not available.  Sometimes you can find dried figs packaged on the same aisle in the grocery as where you find raisins.

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