Wednesday November 24th 2010, 12:03 pm
Shakin’ and Bakin’ With Paul McCartney
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YouTube Preview ImagePaul McCartney, Mashed Potatoes Master

Paul McCartney shows off his masterful mashed potato cooking skills in this video clip. He says some amazing lines like “Get me wee cloth and wipe me handies” and even gets into an argument with his oven mit. As I’ve been assigned mashed potatoes duty at this year’s Thanksgiving feast, I’ll be using this clip as my guide. Cooking with Paul…wish me luck!

YouTube Preview ImagePaul and Linda McCartney- Eat At Home

Friday January 08th 2010, 3:02 pm
Shakin’ and Bakin’ With Elvis Presley
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YouTube Preview ImageElvis Presley- Polk Salad Annie

In honor of Elvis Presley’s 75th birthday, why don’t you put on some sweet Elvis tunes and make one of his favorite creations (and I’m not talking about polk salad).  Now, we all know that Elvis had a passion for fried Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwiches. But if you really want to go all out, you can attempt to make the famous Fool’s Gold Loaf, which was a sandwich that he actually flew from Memphis to Denver to get on the evening of February 1, 1976. He literally got the craving in Memphis, hopped on his plane and flew the two hours to Denver (arriving at 1:40 am). He then had 22 Fool’s Gold Loaves delivered from the Colorado Mine Company Restaurant right to the airport hangar where he ate them with his friends and crew over the course of three hours and then returned home right after, never leaving the airport. The sandwich features an entire loaf of bread hallowed out and filled with bacon, grape jelly and  peanut butter. Check out the recipe for the sandwich after the jump.


Friday May 22nd 2009, 2:40 pm
Shakin’ and Bakin’ with Bourbon Peach Pie
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YouTube Preview ImageThin Lizzy- Whiskey in the Jar

My old college buddy Richard recently started a website called Pie a Day where he bakes a different pie every single day and shares his experiences and recipes with you. I asked him to create a little country themed pie for When You Awake and he came up with this delicious deep dish Bourbon Peach Pie. You can find step by step instructions (with pictures) on how to make this delectable treat at Pie A We recommend pairing the baking and devouring of it with a little Thin Lizzy and the booze-fueled tune, “Whiskey in the Jar.” Total peach perfection.



Friday April 24th 2009, 1:43 pm
Shakin’ and Bakin’ With Bloody Marys
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YouTube Preview ImageWillie Nelson- Bloody Mary Morning

What better way to start off your weekend than with Willie Nelson and some tangy booze. Whether you’re just looking to wake up in the morning or to fix a broken and bleedin’ heart like our man Willie, check out the recipe after the jump.


Tuesday February 24th 2009, 1:50 pm
Shakin’ and Bakin’ With Leon Russell and Jambalaya
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YouTube Preview ImageLeon Russell- Jambalaya (On the Bayou)

To join in the Mardis Gras revelry, why not whip up a bowl of the New Orleans’ staple Jambalaya? The Creole/Cajun dish, made from a mixture of rice, meats and spices, is so good that it has actually inspired numerous artists to sing it’s praises.  For instance, here is Leon Russell singing  “Jambalaya (On The Bayou)” in February of 1965 at the tender age of 23. Did you notice Glen Campbell rocking out on the banjo? The recipe for this delicious dish and more versions of the tune by Hank Williams (who wrote the tune), Dwight Yoakam, Andy Kaufman and others are after the jump.


Thursday November 27th 2008, 12:13 pm
Shakin’ and Bakin’ with Bob Dylan and Country Pecan Pie
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YouTube Preview ImageBob Dylan- Country Pie

The Holidays are here and the extended family is arriving. So you know what that means?  Tis the season to dust off that old bottle of Whiskey and put it to some use! To fire up that holiday spirit, add Country Bourbon Pecan Pie to your Thanksgiving meal. Pair it with a song like Dylan’s “Country Pie” and you’ll feel so calm and toasty, you won’t even mind Auntie Mildred pinching your cheeks. Recipe is after the jump.


Wednesday April 02nd 2008, 11:50 am
Shakin’ and Bakin’ With George Jones and some Whiskey Tea
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YouTube Preview ImageGeorge Jones- Tennessee Whiskey

What’s smooth, sweet and warm? It’s either George Jones’ love interest in the song ‘Tennessee Whiskey’ or this fine cup of Whiskey Tea! Get ready for some heavy relaxation when you mix up this heavenly concoction. With milk, sugar and a whole of lot of whiskey, it’s sure to hit the spot. Hmmm… is 11 am too early for tea time?

Wednesday March 26th 2008, 4:25 am
Shakin’ and Bakin’ With Whiskey Cherries
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YouTube Preview ImageTammy Wynette- Your Good Girl’s Gonna Go Bad

“I’ll even learn to like the taste of Whiskey”. Your sweetheart sure will when you whip them up a jar of Whiskey Cherries! Mix them into your favorite drink or even try baking them into an apple pie or atop some ice cream and you will be singing the praises of these sweet little things (with a kick of course). They are supposed to sit for at least 6 months to fully achieve that perfert whiskey-enhanced flavor, but what a delightful treat come winter! And who said that March is too early to start thinking about Christmas gifts?

A Lunar Eclipse only happens once every couple of years and we have provided you with the ingredients to make it the perfect experience! First, we are offering a special edition When You Awake Mixtape with songs about the Moon. And then to make tonight “out of this world”, pair the mixtape, which features music by Van Morrison, Hank Williams and Wilco among others, with our Whiskey Moon Cake recipe and let the moon gazing begin!


Friday February 15th 2008, 11:29 pm
Shakin’ and Bakin’ with Warm Winter Whiskey
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The days have been sunny, but the nights have been freeeeezing here in Los Angeles! Should you decide to spend your Friday evening bundled up at home, I would completely understand. Let me offer you a hot whiskey beverage to make and enjoy in the comfort of your warmest pajamas.



Drink to Merle Haggard’s “Stay Here and Drink”, and you’ll find yourself nodding your head, tapping your fingers on your glass, and with the help of this recipe, singing the praises of old Merle. Yeah, I think I will stay here and drink!