07/29/14

Seared Steak with Pale Ale Butter, Mushrooms, and Onions

Huck’s Famous Spicy Steak with Mushrooms and Onions cooked in a Pale Ale Butter.

Seared Steak with Pale Ale Butter, Mushrooms, and Onions

When I was at the “office job”, I was treated to two overpriced fancy, white table cloth, steakhouse dinners. One for our Christmas party, the other a just because “You’ve never been there??” treat. I greatly appreciate my boss treating us to dinner each time, but both meals were less than stellar. In fact, at the Christmas party, if I was paying for the meal, I would have hand delivered my extremely overcooked, boiled, pieces of unseasoned beef to the kitchen and showed them a thing or two about my good friends Mr. Salt and Mrs. Pepper.

As you may have gathered from my little rant, I’m not a fan of steakhouses. If I’m throwing down over a $100 for a meal, it’s not going to be something I can make better at home.

Seared Steak with Pale Ale Butter, Mushrooms, and Onions

I like hole-in-the-wall or eclectic restaurants. On a recent trip to Coolinary {My favorite restaurant of all time}, I ordered Barley Risotto with Lamb Meatballs. Not overly crazy. Probably something I could recreate on my own {I’ve made Barley Risotto before}, but I could NEVER get the favor into my dish they did. As soon as the food hit my tongue, I closed my eyes, smiled, and ‘Yummied!’ That is my happy place! Then I had a mini battle with myself, do I tell everyone how great this is and share or keep it all for myself?? Of course I shared!

Today’s lunch was a Yum moment. Huck and I have our steaks down to a science, as long as I’m cooking for just the two of us. I like my steak rare and have no problem eating it blue. As long as the outside has a nice sear, we’re good. I honestly don’t know how to cook a steak any other way. We’ll have friends over and they’ll request their steak medium. I start stressing about over or undercooking their piece.

Seared Steak with Pale Ale Butter, Mushrooms, and Onions

Steak is expensive after all. Steak is something we’ll have once or twice a month. We usually buy one Porter House and Huck takes the New York strip side, and I get the filet. Aren’t we just prefect for each other??

So back to lunch, I seared our steaks in an extremely hot pan. I usually smoke up the whole house while doing so. It’s so worth it, though! We marinated the steak yesterday with Huck’s spicy rub we put on everything, literally! {It’s a mix of a bunch of ground pepper powders, garlic, onion, salt and pepper}. Once the steaks were finished, I added about two tablespoons of my Pale Ale Butter to the pan with mushrooms and onions and cooked until the veggies were soft. The slight bitterness from the Pale Ale worked great with the spice from the marinade.

I actually overcooked my piece a little while setting up for pictures. Go figure. Luckily, the center was cooked perfectly.

Seared Steak with Pale Ale Butter, Mushrooms, and Onions

Looking at these pictures makes me want another pieces. Instead I’m making cupcakes. Peanut Butter Frosting for Chocolate Stout Cupcakes to be exact. My goal is to only eat one… Maybe two! I’ll let you know how it goes!

I also announced the winner of the t-shirt from Kona Brewing Company. Head over to see if you were the lucky winner!

{Blog maintenance question before I leave: if anyone knows how delete the boarders around my pictures, I’d really like to know! My Windows Live Writer isn’t working, I’ve watched countless YouTube videos, and read a bunch of WordPress forums and still can’t figure it out:( I don’t like it!!}

Pale Ale Butter

Flavored butters are super easy and added extra flavor to normal dishes. Add additional seasonings or substitute for some of your favorite.

Ingredients

  • 1 stick Unsalted Butter (Room Temp)
  • 2 tablespoons Pale Ale
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • PinchSmoked Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Pepper Powder (Optional)

Directions

Combined all ingredients together until fully combined. Place butter on plastic wrap and roll into log form. Place in the refrigerator to chili until ready to use.
07/23/14

Kona Brewing Co. Castaway IPA Plus Giveaway

Want to know one of the best advantages to being a beer/food blogger? People send you beer samples in the mail!

Kona Brewing Co Castaway IPA

Kona Brewing Co Castaway IPA

Receiving beer samples at work makes everything better!

I was contacted by a representative from Kona Brewing Company weeks ago about trying out their new IPA! As you all know, I have a slight obsession with IPAs. For me, the day I had an IPA and said, “Wow! I really like this!” was the day I knew I’d become a craft beer fan for life. Trust me, that didn’t happen overnight. It took a couple of years experimenting with beers to finally, truly, enjoy an IPA. Now, it’s what I order 8 out of 10 times.

Now, back to the beer. To give you a little history about Kona. They started in 1995 in Hawaii. They’re Pacific Golden Ale and Fire Rock Pale Ale were their first two beers. Now, they’re the top selling craft beer in Hawaii. They also distribute to 36 states and 9 countries.  Their new Castaway India Pale Ale made its debut in the Mainland in 2014. For us South Florida peeps, it will be making its way down here this summer. We’re the last to get everything! ;)

Kona Brewing Company Castaway IPA- Life Food and Beer

The Castaway had a nice hop balance, but wasn’t super bitter like some IPA. I would compare it to a session IPA, maybe? I never claimed to be a BJCP judge after all. There is a hint of citrus flavor that I love in an IPA. Here is the description from Kona’s website.

Take a sip of this copper-colored India Pale Ale and you’ll taste bold, citrusy hops with a touch of tropical mango and passion fruit, balanced by the rich caramel malts. Castaway IPA has a clean, crisp finish that’s as refreshing as the wind in your face when you set sale for adventure.

It’s brewed with Galaxy, Citra, Simcoe, and Milenium hops.

My husband buys Citra by the pound! He’s also known as the Citra king.

The bitterness is moderate in this beer with only 50 IBU {International Bitterness Units}. To compare, Lite Lagers are around 10 IBU. The alcohol by volume is 6.0%.

We actually did a tasting with Karl and Holly, and we all agreed, it was a nice tasting summer IPA. Good for a hot summer day.

Kona Brewing Company Castaway IPA- Life Food and Beer

Isn’t the packaging awesome? So creative shipping the beers in a Wilson volleyball, like from the movie Cast Away.

Now the best part, Kona is offering one of you guys a prize. Unfortantly, it’s not beer! Sorry, I tried! But they are providing a t-shirt for one LF&B reader. I don’t know about you, but I love beer shirts. Now, that I work from home, it’s all I wear.

All you have to do is leave a comment below telling us what’s your favorite Kona beer or what’s your favorite line from the movie Cast Away. When the Kona rep asked me that question, I could only come up with one. I’ll be interested to see if anyone comes up with something different.

You can enter for more chances to win below. Winner will be announced July 30th. Please us the Rafflecopter box below to leave a comment. It will select the winner randomly.

{Winner will be able to select T-Shirt size}

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Disclosure: Kona Brewing Company provided me with two bottles of their Castaway IPA and a t-shirt for one reader in exchange for the post. As always, the opinions are all my own.  

07/21/14

MIA

Hello! Its been a while! Just when I had motivation to blog regularly again, life happened! I’m not complaining, though.

A blog that I like to read does this thing every couple weeks called High Low High. She shares the high points and low points from the week. I though I would be fun to share some of the things going in our lives with my own High Low High, so here we go.

HIGH- I got a new job.

My office job was supposed to be a temporary job until I could find another property adjuster job. I really like property insurance. Yeah it’s lots of paperwork. Yea, climbing on roofs isn’t my favorite. Yea, most of our claims are in the worst parts of Hialeah. But I love working for myself. I love the freedom that comes with it. And I actually like the job! I’m not made for 9-5 Monday-Friday. I’ve either worked for myself, 12 hour shifts, or enjoyed the semi-retired life for a long time. Some days, I felt like a bird in a cage. Having to ask off to do simple stuff like go to the doctor, drove me INSANE! Sitting at a desk for 8.5 hours was even worse. It’s crazy because I can work on claims for 16 hours a day {I did it 3 days this week}, and it doesn’t feel the same. I have no idea why. I also got to the point where all I wanted to do was stay home. I felt like I was gone all the time, and when I was off work, I just wanted to hang out here. I’ve NEVER been like that before.

So, I spent the last year searching for the right job. Our trip to NOLA a few months ago, was actually to meet with a company for both of us. Not just Huck {I lied! Sorry!}. After talking back and forth for a few weeks, June 30th I received my first claim. It was a happy day! Followed by an Oh Shit! I don’t know what I’m doing day. Luckily, I have Huck and some really great support helping me learn the ropes. It adds a lot more pressure, though. Huck’s like a rock star claims adjuster, and I’ve wanted this job so badly. I’m really scared I’m going to screw it up, and I’ve been stressing myself out thinking I should know EVERYTHING already and feel like a failure when I mess something up. Honestly, I don’t think I’m doing terrible. Just learning! But I’m still stressing.

Life Food and Beer

{Our office!!}

Low- I was let go from my old job.

I’m really thankful for the office job. Yea, I hated it, but it keep me employed and provided a steady paycheck for 10 months. I was miserable before I found that job. I had nothing to do all day. I also wasn’t contributing to our household. I didn’t want to do anything or buy anything because it was Huck’s money. Not mine. So, the office job made me feel better. It gave me something to do, and there was a time when I actually thought I could see myself growing with the company.

I was hired as an assistant claims manager for a bus company and to help with office work for a workers comp agency. I’ve worked in workers comp before but this stuff was over my head, and for a while I really wanted to learn. I was constantly asking for more things to do and more responsibilities. I can’t tell you how many time I said “I’m a fairly smart, educated woman, that doesn’t like to be bored. Give me something challenging to do!” A few months ago, I was told, basically, I was good at answering phones and that’s what they wanted me to focus on. WTF!!

I think that was the last day I asked to help anyone or for more “responsibilities”.  I checked out! It didn’t help we were traveling and had visitors so much in May and June, either. I wanted my freedom back more than ever. I hadn’t worked a full week since May. I fell bad because that’s not the kind of employee I am! Again, I’m very thankful for the job, but it wasn’t a job for me! I actually had my whole “I quit, here’s my notice” speech all planned out.

They beat me to it, though. I arrived to work a couple weeks ago, and was told they were letting my go. My response “You couldn’t have told me over the phone and saved me the time driving here.” Because it’s so far. Then I was furious because I wanted to quit. It wasn’t supposed to happen this way. I came here to break up with you, damn it! They didn’t give me the exact reason they let me go. Apparently in the state of Florida, you don’t have to give a reason… cop out!

Honestly, it worked out better. If I put in my notice, I’d still be there until next week. I’ve been so busy this week {remember the 16 hour work days?}, there’s no way I’d be able to handle both. I still feel bad for being a shitty employee, but I was only there to answer the phones after all.

High- One Year Cancer Free

Last week marked the one year anniversary of the scariest week of my life. It’s when we found out Huck had a cancerous growth in his colon. Luckily, it was caught before it could spread and no other treatment was required. He had his 6 month check up in January and follows up regularly with his doctor.

Life Food and Beer

Low- We had a water leak

The property adjusters had to file a water claim… how ironic. At least we knew what to do. Now, our house is currently a mess! We’re missing half the flooring in our bedroom and closet. We had fans and dehumidifiers in the house for 2 days last week. Dog hair was blowing everywhere.

Life Food and Beer

Luckily, it wasn’t that bad. We have the air mattress in our office. It’s not bad as long as no one has to get up.

The house just feels so dirty right now!! I’m ready for everything to be back in it’s spot so I can start scrubbing!

We picked up the flooring today, so hopefully we can finish our bedroom tonight. Fingers crossed.

High- People actually use my recipes!

One of my old coworkers posted this picture on my Facebook page, and said she tried my Blueberry Pound Cake and really liked it.

Blueberry Pound Cake

My sister also tried the Buttermilk Fried Chicken a couple weeks ago.

Buttermilk Beer Fried Chicken

It make me so happy to know people are actually trying my recipes!!

I’m hoping to start sharing more with you guys in the coming weeks. The weathers been pretty crazy lately. Like it rains ALL THE TIME, but that’s life in South Florida. I’m hoping I can start cooking and photographing at lunch like I did before I started the office job. It’s typically not raining then. I have so many great ideas I want to share.

Check back in on Wednesday for a change to win a t-shirt from Kona Brewing Company.

07/11/14

Grilled Peach and Porter Ice Cream

Grilled Peach and Porter Ice Cream. plus a giveaway sponsored by Joy Cones and The Kitchen Prep.

Grilled Peaches and Porter Ice Cream

I love Porters and Stouts, but when it’s a million degrees outside, like it is right now, I usually skip them and go with an IPA or Pale Ale. I couldn’t get enough Stouts while on our trip to Minnesota last year. To me, cold weather and stouts/porters just go together. Now, this doesn’t mean I avoid them all together, I just usually sip some of Huck’s.

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When Dianna from The Kitchen Prep asked me to be apart of her Ice Cream Social, I instantly started brainstorming ideas.

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I knew I wanted to use a beer from TBC, and after our trip to Fort Peirce, I knew I wanted a use Grilled Peaches. I asked the brewers at TBC if they had anything fruity I could use for my dessert, and the answer was no. But, they did recommend their Baltic Porter. At first I wasn’t sure about using a Porter with Grilled Peaches?

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I started off using the Porter in a basic ice cream recipe. After consuming about half the batch, I deciding to try adding the Grilled Peaches. I almost keep the recipe as is! It was that good, but I had my heart set on Grilled Peach Ice Cream.

Grilled Peach and Porter Ice Cream

I experimented with the recipe a few time {AKA we have a TON of ice cream in our freezer, currently!!} The final batch was a complete success. The grill helped caramelize the sugars in the peaches and give them a roasted, charred flavor. That paired great with the sweet beer, cream and sugar.

I’ve now found the perfect way to enjoy a stout or porter on those hot South Florida days.

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Don’t forget to head over to Dianna’s blog and enter for a chance to win the Ice Cream Social Prize Pack, and check out some of the mouthwatering recipes she’s posted this week.

Ice Cream Social Post:

They all sound amazing, but the Nutella-Swirled Ice Cream is pour genius, and you don’t need an ice cream maker!!

Grilled Peach and Porter Ice Cream

Serves 6-8
Prep time 1 hour
Website Bless This Mess- Fresh Peach Ice Cream
{Reminder: since the beer isn’t cooked, there is alcohol in this recipe. Great for the adults; not so great for children}

Ingredients

  • 3-4 Medium Peaches (Pitted and cut into thick slices)
  • Cooking Spray (Optional)
  • 1/2 cup 2% Milk
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 cup Sweet Porter or Stout
  • 1 tablespoon Vanilla
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • Pinch of Salt

Directions

Preheat the grill or grill pan over medium heat. Lightly spray the grill or peaches with cooking spray
to prevent from sticking, if desired.

Place peaches flesh side down and cooking until peaches start
to brown. Flip.

Once peaches have nice grill marks on both sides, place half of the peaches in a food processer and blend until smooth. You can add some of the milk to help thin out the mixture if needed.

Dice the additional peaches into small pieces. Place in a bowl, in the refrigerator to cool.

Add the blended peaches to the refrigerator and cool for 30 minutes.

While the peaches are cooking, whisk together the Milk, Heavy Cream, Beer, Vanilla, Sugar, and Salt.

Once the sugar is dissolved, place in the refrigerator until the peach mixture is ready.

Combine the Beer mixture with the pureed Peaches and add to an ice cream maker. (For the ice
cream maker I was using, it took about 20 minutes for the mixture to be a soft serve consistency.)

Add the diced up peaches half way through the process.

Enjoy right away or freeze to enjoy later.
06/30/14

Peach BBQ Sauce with Cigar City Operation Homefront IPA

Georgia Peach BBQ Sauce and Marinade  with Cigar City Brewing’s Operation Homefront IPA Grilled Chicken.

Peach BBQ Sauce with Cigar City IPA- Life Food and Beer

It’s easy to forget there is still so much we haven’t done or seen here. Some weekends, we don’t even leave Jupiter. Saturday, we decided to get out and explore. I didn’t want to spend another weekend in the house, and it was a gorgeous day!

We started our day with breakfast at The Nook. Great food and atmosphere!

The Nook Jupiter

Once we finished breakfast, we drove north to Port St. Lucie to go to the batting cages. Noon during the summer, in South Florida, probably wasn’t the best time to go.

Batting Cage Superplay USA

Once we burned some calories, we traveled to Fort Pierce to check out Endless Summer Vineyard & Winery. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but the place was great. I’d definitely like to go back during the winter {when it’s more comfortable to sit around outside during the middle of the day}. While there, we did a wine tasting, and tried all of the wines they offer. We both agreed we’d like to learn more about wine, and would like to do more wine tastings in the future.

Endless Summer Winery Fort Pierce

Our last stop of the day was at Sailfish Brewing Company. We had a beer each before heading home. We were hungry!

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On our way back, we stopped at a roadside vegetable stand. I was planning on making Grilled Peach Ice Cream, for a blog project, this week and couldn’t pass up fresh Georgia Peaches.

Peach BBQ Sauce with Cigar City IPA- Life Food and Beer

Huck came up with the idea to have grilled peaches and chicken. I started brainstorming ideas for incorporate the two ingredients together, and I think I did a pretty good job. I’m giving Huck 100% of the credit for this recipe, though. I never would have thought to mix peaches and chicken together. I’ve seen Peach BBQ sauce before, but never thought to try it.

Peach BBQ Sauce with Cigar City IPA- Life Food and Beer

This recipe is made with store bought BBQ Sauce, but it would also work great with my Homemade Beer BBQ Sauce. We were hungry, and the sun was going down, so this way was quicker.

Peach BBQ Sauce with Cigar City IPA- Life Food and Beer

After our breakfast at The Nook, we walked next door to Beer City. They have a huge craft beer selection. While walking around the owner told us they had some Cigar City Operation Homefront. Apparently, it’s had to find in this area, so we bought that plus a few other beers you’ll likely see in the near future on LF&B.

Operation Homefront is a collaboration beer that started in 2011 to help raise money and awareness for Operation Homefront. It’s released every year on Memorial Day.

Cigar City Operation Homefront IPA

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Peach BBQ Sauce with Cigar City IPA- Life Food and Beer

A minimum of $150,000 from the sale of this beer will be donated to Operation Homefront!

Peach BBQ Sauce with Cigar City IPA- Life Food and Beer

The Peach BBQ Sauce would work great on Chicken, Fish, Shrimp, or Pork. I highly recommend trying this with chicken with the skin still on. The contrast of sweet, spicy, charred, and crispiness was amazing! It’s finger licking good!

Peach BBQ Sauce with Cigar City IPA- Life Food and Beer

Huck helping AKA waiting for the okay to take the plate downstairs and eat. I didn’t have to tell him twice.

This recipe is super easy and would make a great addition to any 4th of July celebration.

Peach BBQ Sauce and Marinade with IPA

Serves 1 Cup
Prep time 5 minutes
Cook time 20 minutes
Total time 25 minutes
Georgia Peach BBQ Sauce with Cigar City Brewing’s Operation Homefront IPA. This Peach BBQ Sauce or marinade works great with Chicken, Pork, or Seafood.

Ingredients

  • 2 Medium Peach (Ripe and Soft)
  • 2 Medium Peach (Ripe and Soft)
  • 1/2 cup Beer (IPA, Wheat, Lager)
  • 3/4 cups BBQ Sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon Onion Powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon Ground Pepper Powder (More or less depending on your heat preference)

Directions

Cut each each in half and remove the seed. Squeeze each peach, with your hands, to remove as much juice as possible. Strain juice to remove any skin or pulp.
Combined Peach Juice, Beer, BBQ Sauce, and Seasonings.
BBQ Sauce: Add mixture to a small pot over low to medium low heat. Cook for 20 minutes or until mixture is thickened. Stir often to prevent burning.

Marinate: Add 1.5 pounds of meat to a large bowl or Ziploc bag. Add half of peach mixture and refrigerate for 30 minutes or up to 24 hours {longer is better}. Add the other half of the mixture to a pot and reduce down. Brush thickened BBQ mixture on meat during the cooking process.
06/28/14

My Birthday Celebration

My birthday came and went way to fast. Honestly, just the time spent with my family went by way to fast! We had a great time while they were in town. We did a bunch of new stuff plus a bunch of old. We ate good food. We spent lots of time together. And I didn’t have to work. It was a great week. 

We took a ride on the Manatee Queen

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You guys didn’t know I was married to Zach Galifianakis, did you?  

Watched a Baseball Game at Roget Dean.

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We went to Blowing Rock.

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Blowing Rock Jupiter

Walked on the beach.
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They tried Mellow Mushroom for the first time and loved it!

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{My birthday cake!}

We had drinks and watched the World Cup at Benny’s on the Beach.
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We celebrated my birthday at Square Grouper.

I’m sad they’re gone. It sucks being so far away and not know when I’ll get to see them again. Until then, there’s always Skype. 

I had a great birthday week. Having my parents here was the greatest birthday gift. I also loved my 22oz Shiner Bock from Huck, picture frame from Deena, UGA scarf, and an awesome picture from Tabby.

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This is the end of our two months of craziness! So much has happened throughout May and June:

06/25/14

Spicy Beer Fried Chicken and Cinnamon Roll Waffles

Spicy Buttermilk and Beer Fried Chicken and Cinnamon Roll Waffles Drizzled with IPA Cajun Gravy Spicy Beer Fried Chicken and Cinnamon Roll Waffles

I’ve had this recipe on my desktop for WEEKS! Every time I look at the pictures, I think: “These pictures are weak.”, “Man, I want Fried Chicken and Waffles”, or “I should probably retest this recipe… You know, to make sure it’s 100%!”.

I’ve seen Cinnamon Roll Waffles all over Pinterest over the years. Last year, I bought Huck a Waffle Iron, so we could make Carrot Cake Waffles like Coolinary. We haven’t made them once by the way! So, we have this waffle iron taking up precious space in our super small kitchen, and I’ve only used it twice! One time was for my Gingerbread Waffle and the other was for Double Chocolate Chip and Stout Waffles that I’ve never posted… Coming soon!

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When I was putting the leftover fried chicken in the refrigerator, I seen an unopened pack of cinnamon rolls in the door. I instantly knew what we were having for breakfast. If I wasn’t so miserable full, that night, we would have had it for dessert!

When making the waffles, I sprayed my waffle iron with cooking spray just to make sure the sugar didn’t stick or burn to the iron. I added the prepared cinnamon roll in the middle, closed the lid, and cooked for 4-6 minutes. Some seemed to cook faster than others. That could also be due to the fact that I have a really cheap waffle iron. I just crack open the lid and checked on them every few minutes.

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I placed the chicken in the oven, to warm, while I was making the waffles. I didn’t want to use the microwave and make that yummy, crispy, outside mushy! I placed the chicken on a rack, on the lowest shelf of the oven so it wouldn’t brown too much. Now, I know what you’re thinking. This can’t possible get any better. Well, you’re wrong! Once my waffles were plated and topped with real maple syrup and the spicy fried chicken, I drizzled the whole thing with leftover IPA Cajun Gravy! This is the perfect balance of sweet and spicy.

Since it was so early, we had to take everything outside to take photos. Huck was standing over me like a hawk waiting for the okay to dig in. He’s a lucky lucky man! He gets meals like this for breakfast!

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Truth be told, I’m really the lucky one! I’m married to an amazing man! I hope you guys enjoy this delicious breakfast!

Spicy Buttermilk and Beer Fried Chicken

Serves 4
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 25 minutes
Total time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • MARINATE
  • 3 cups Buttermilk
  • 1 cup Beer (IPA or other full flavor beer)
  • 1/2 tablespoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon Onion Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Red Pepper Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Jalapeno Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Paprika
  • Salt and Pepper To Taste
  • 2lb Chicken Legs or Thighs
  • Vegetable Oil
  • BATTER
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon Onion Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Red Pepper Powder (More or less depending on your heat preference)
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Jalapeno Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Paprika
  • Salt and Pepper (To Taste)

Directions

Combined Buttermilk, Beer, and Seasoning in a large bowl with a lid. Place chicken pieces into the bowl, cover, and refrigerator overnight.
When your ready to start cooking, remove the chicken from the refrigerator.

Add oil to pan. Do not fill pan more than 1/2 full with oil. Preheat oil to 325 degrees.
While oil is warming, combined flour and additional seasonings to a large bowl. Remove chicken from buttermilk mixture, removed excess mixture, and add to flour. Coat with flour and shake off excess.
Slowly dip chicken in oil and lower in the opposite direction of yourself to prevent splashing yourself. Do not overcrowd the pan.
Cook until golden brown on each side, about 10-12 minutes, or until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
Remove chicken from oil and place on a rack in a 200 degree oven until ready to eat.

IPA Cajun Gravy

Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 15 minutes
Total time 25 minutes
Gravy with a kick.

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons Butter
  • 1/4 Small Onion (Finely Diced)
  • 1/4 Small Bell Pepper (Finely Diced)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cajun Seasoning
  • Salt and Pepper To Taste
  • 1/4 cup Flour
  • 1/2 cup Beer (IPA, Red Ale, Lager, American Wheat)
  • 1 1/2 cup Chicken or Beef Stock

Directions

Preheat oven to medium low heat. Added Butter and Veggies to pan. Saute until veggies start to soften. 1-2 minutes.
Combined Cajun Seasoning, Flour, Salt, and Pepper together. Mix Flour into Butter mixture.
Add liquids slowly, while whisking, to prevent lumps. Cook for 5-7 minutes to thicken mixture.
Serve over Mashed Potatoes or Mashed Cauliflower.
06/23/14

IPA Cajun Gravy

IPA Cajun Gravy over Mashed Potatoes

Mashed Potatoes with IPA Cajun Gravy

Happy Monday everyone. Did you have a great weekend? I wanted to drop in for a minute since I haven’t talk to you guys in a while. My parents were here last week. I plan to post a recap from their trip, as soon as I find the SD card with the pictures for our adventures.

Huck was in Fort Lauderdale this weekend for a bachelor party and most of our friends were out of town. I decided to spend the weekend relaxing and enjoy doing nothing since I’ve felt like we’ve been nonstop for the last 2 months. I watched movies and way to much True Blood, went shopping, slept in the middle of the bed, and detoxed. I literally ate nothing but veggies and fruit this weekend. No beer, coffee, oils, meat, etc. I cheated and had eggs a couple times, but for the most part, I did good.

The guys came up to Jupiter yesterday before their flights, and I did meet them at Square Grouper for a beer. I was going a little crazy being by myself.

As you can guess, it was kind of hard looking at food this weekend, so I avoid blogging.

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I’m back now, and ready to eat/share some great recipes. Now that our two months of craziness are over, I’m ready to get back into a regular blogging schedule. I have a few more recipes I made weeks ago I’m dying to share with you guys.

This gravy was on the top of the list. I’m a huge fan of IPAs as anyone that reads my blog regularly, know. The Abita Spring IPA had a great bitterness and citrus flavor. IPAs pair well with spicy or strong flavor foods. That’s why it paired so well with my spicy Cajun gravy.

Mashed Potatoes with IPA Cajun Gravy  (2)

You can serve the Gravy with Mashed Potatoes or Mashed Cauliflower for a healthier version.

This recipe was inspired by our recent trip to NOLA. On a quick lunch break, we ate a Popeye’s. They serve their mashed potatoes with a yummy Cajun Gravy. We decided to try to recreate the gravy at home to serve with my Spicy Buttermilk and Beer Fried Chicken.

I have one more recipe to share from our NOLA inspired meals… Chicken and Cinnamon Roll Waffles. Let that sink in. I’ll be back later this week with the recipe!

Until next time, I hope everyone has a great week!!

IPA Cajun Gravy

Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 15 minutes
Total time 25 minutes
Gravy with a kick.

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons Butter
  • 1/4 Small Onion (Finely Diced)
  • 1/4 Small Bell Pepper (Finely Diced)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cajun Seasoning
  • Salt and Pepper To Taste
  • 1/4 cup Flour
  • 1/2 cup Beer (IPA, Red Ale, Lager, American Wheat)
  • 1 1/2 cup Chicken or Beef Stock

Directions

Preheat oven to medium low heat. Added Butter and Veggies to pan. Saute until veggies start to soften. 1-2 minutes.
Combined Cajun Seasoning, Flour, Salt, and Pepper together. Mix Flour into Butter mixture.
Add liquids slowly, while whisking, to prevent lumps. Cook for 5-7 minutes to thicken mixture.
Serve over Mashed Potatoes or Mashed Cauliflower.
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