08/24/14

Porter Onion Soup with Gruyere Crostini | Love Beer, Love Food

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Like summer, the Beer and Food Social is coming to an end.  What better way to celebrate, than with a big bowl of warm soup?

Today’s recipe is from Lindsay at Love Beer, Love Food. Her site is full of recipes, beer education, pairings, and information about homebrewing.

So, join me as we get to know more about Lindsay and this delicious looking soup!

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Porter Onion Soup with Gruyere Crostini

Hey there! I’m Lindsay, writer and creator of Love Beer, Love Food and I’m thrilled to be joining the #beersocial fun with Sloane here at Life Food and Beer.

As my blog name implies, I am a serious beer and food lover, like, nerd-tastic. Therefore, I obviously believe that beer and food are great when consumed together. However, when you can take a step further, and incorporate beer into a dish? It adds a whole different flavor dimension. Enter Porter Onion Soup.

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A couple weeks back I began to have an inexplicable craving for French onion soup. I’m more of a salty tooth girl, so all that delicious broth, onions, and melty cheese has been calling my name. It wasn’t until the slow creep of colder nights in the past week or so that I decided I just HAD to give in to my craving.

I changed up the traditional onion soup recipe by adding an entire bottle of beer, in this case Revolution’s Eugene Porter. That bit of malt sweetness and roastiness in the beer really rounds out the savory onions and salty broth.

Two things are critical with this recipe.

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First, if you can, use home made stock for the soup. I try and always have some on hand in my freezer for these crazy non-seasonal soup cravings that pop up. When possible, I’ll purchase whole chickens when I need breasts or some other cut of chicken because it’s cheaper than buying it pre-butchered. I store the bones in the freezer and make simple stocks when I’ve stored up a big ol’ bag’s worth. Usually I’ll simply simmer the bones in water, uncovered, for about 3-4 hours. You can add carrots, celery, and other aromatics if you want, but I stick to simple. Once the stock tastes full flavored, I let cool slightly and pour into containers to chill over night. I then scrape off the fat on the top the next day and use right away or freeze.

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Second, take your time caramelizing the onions. It will seriously take up to 45 minutes to get that rich, sweet, dark and sultry caramelized oniony goodness. Slicing the onions as thinly as possible will help speed things up a bit.

It’s a bit of a labor of love, but I know you’ll enjoy this delicious, beerrific soup.

Porter Onion Soup with Gruyere Crostini

By Lindsay from Love Beer, Love Food
Serves 4
Ingredients:
  • 1.5 quarts homemade chicken stock
  • 5 medium-large sized yellow onions, sliced as thin as possible
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 5 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 1 bottle porter, such as Revolution’s Eugene Porter
  • Salt/Pepper to taste
  • 1 crusty baguette
  • 1 wedge gruyere cheese
Directions:

Using a large Dutch oven or soup pot, begin to caramelize your onions by adding butter, onions, and a bit of salt to your pot on medium-low/low heat. Stir every few minutes, until the onions start to brown and stick to the bottom of the pan. When this happens, it’s time to start adding some beer. Add enough to de-glaze the onions – stirring and scraping the bottom of the pan. Add your thyme and bay leaf. When the onions start to stick again, add more beer and repeat until all the beer is gone. The onions should be dark, rick and caramelized throughout by the end. Add your stock and season to taste. Simmer for 20 minutes to bring all the flavors together. You may want to add some water if the stock is very rich. Cut half inch thick pieces of baguette and toast with slices of cheese on top. Add the cheesy crostini atop your bowl of soup and voila!

08/23/14

Chocolate Caramel Porter Pops | Bites ‘N Brews

Happy Saturday everyone! Are you enjoying all these amazing recipes as much as I am??

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Today’s recipe comes from Becki at Bites ‘n Brews, another Colorado beer blogger. Yesterday was a VERY exciting day for Becki! It was the grand opening of her new brewery Snowbank Brewery in Fort Collins. How exciting!?! You can read about the opening here.

Congratulations Becki! And thank you for sharing one of your recipes.

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Chocolate Caramel Porter Pops

Summer calls for…

Popsicles!!! Not just any popsicles though. Popsicles with BEER in them!

I teamed up with fairlife to bring some boozy recipes to the table. Some of them definitely haven’t worked out.

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Beer + dairy = curdled sadness. But these beersicles are a winner!

The rich creaminess of the fairlife 2% chocolate milk makes the texture of these like fudgsicles, not the bland, crystallized, icy frozen milk you might expect. You’ll notice that I instructed to put the beer in the base of these popsicles whereas the pictures are reversed. After a horrible disaster that ended with me hand mopping my entire kitchen floor, I determined that the softer consistency of the frozen beer part would better be placed on the top of the popsicle so you don’t get stuck with puddles of sweet beer and chocolate milk on your floor. You’re welcome.

I used one of my favorite porters around – Killer Boots caramel porter by Verboten Brewing. First, make a simple syrup and let cool completely. I chilled mine in the fridge for a good hour.

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Slowly mix together the beer and simple syrup, tasting as you go. These beersicles end up pretty sweet, so you may want to use less than I did.

Fill the bases of the popsicle with the beer mixture and let them freeze for 2-4 hours, or until slightly solidified.

Fill them the rest of the way with fairlife 2% chocolate milk, until 1/4 inch to the top.

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The genius that I am, I forgot science and the fact that liquids expand as they freeze, so after filling the molds up all the way I ended up cleaning out my freezer and rinsing off the overflow. Don’t do that.

When completely frozen, place the molds in a cup of hot water for about two minutes until the popsicles slide right out and enjoy!

Chocolate Caramel Porter Pops

By Becki from Bites ‘n Brews
Makes 6 Servings | Prep Time: 20 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 12oz stout or rich porter (I used Verboten Brewing Killer Boots caramel porter)
  • 2oz simple syrup
  • 6oz fairlife 2% chocolate milk

Directions

To make the simple syrup:

  • In a small pot, combine 1/2 cup of water with 1/4 cup of sugar, bring to a boil and let cool completely.

For the popsicles:

  • In a bowl, mix together the 12oz of stout or porter with 1-2oz of simple syrup (using more or less to taste).
  • Pour the beer mixture evenly into the bottom halves of 6 popsicle molds and freeze for 4 hours.
  • Once the beer mixture has hardened, pour fairlife 2% chocolate milk into the molds until a quarter inch from the top, insert the sticks and freeze overnight.
08/18/14

Beer and Food Social | Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

BEER AND FOOD SOCIAL

Cooking with beer is what started my love affair with craft beer. My husband loved craft beer and was constantly trying to find ones I liked. He would bring home these amazing sounding and smelling beers, and I’d want to enjoy it so bad. That’s when I decided to start cooking with them. If I couldn’t enjoy it straight from a pint, I’d use it to enhance my meals. Of course, I slowly began finding beers I enjoyed, but even now cooking with beer is still my favorite way to enjoy craft beer. Most people see a beer and think “Yum. I bet this taste good.” I think “This would be great in…”

To celebrate my love of cooking with beer, I decided to have a week long party. Well more like an online social. A Beer and Food Social with some of my favorite bloggers. This week, I’ll have 5 great bloggers sharing some of their favorite recipes plus a recipe from the Cooking with Intuition cookbook.

And what’s a social without prizes? Thanks to some awesome sponsors, you have a chance to win a Craft Beer Lovers Prize Pack.

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Crab Stuffed Mushroom

Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

Do you remember that yummy steak with mushrooms and onions dinner I posted a couple weeks ago? Well, I still have a bunch of the pale ale butter leftover. I had some leftover crab meat in the refrigerator from a fish stew I made and a bunch of mushrooms going bad. It gave me an idea for something I’ve wanted to try my whole life.

Growing up, I thought I was allergic to mushrooms. My parents would order crab stuffed mushrooms when we’d go to dinner, and I’d always want to try one.

Two years ago, I realized I wasn’t actually allergic to mushrooms. Now, we eat them multiple times a week, but I still had not tried crab stuffed mushrooms. Until now!

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They were everything I thought they would be. It was like a crab cake stuffed in a mushroom. The crunchy top was perfect with the creamy filling. The onion and peppers added a nice texture to the mixture too. You can cook them before, but I like the crunch they added. And of course, everything is better with bacon!

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I had some crab mixture leftover and made two crab cakes with a Citrus Wheat Sriracha Sauce. The sauce was so good, we started drizzling it over the mushrooms.  That recipe will have to wait for another time, though.

Come back tomorrow for a recipe from Cooking with Intuition, Jon Boat Boiled Shrimp.

Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

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

Ingredients

  • 8oz Crab Meat
  • 1/4 cup Cream Cheese
  • 1/3 cup Breadcrumbs
  • 1/8 cup Onion (Fine Diced)
  • 1/8 cup Bell Pepper (Fine Diced)
  • 1/8 cup Bacon (Cooked and Crumbled)
  • 8oz Mushroom (Whole- Stemmed Removed)
  • 2 tablespoons Pale Ale Butter ({See Recipe Below})
  • 1/4 cup Breadcrumbs

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combined Crab, Cream Cheese, Breadcrumbs, Onion, Pepper, and Bacon. Stuff mixture into mushrooms and place on a greased baking dish.
Melt butter in microwave, about 10 seconds. Stir in breadcrumbs and sprinkle over mushrooms.
Bake mushrooms on center rack for 20-25 minutes or until mushrooms are tender and breadcrumbs are brown.

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.
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.

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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.
05/1/14

Chocolate Stout and Peanut Butter Popcorn and Jupiter Hammerheads

So, I have a special treat for you guys today!

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That my friends is Peanut Butter and Chocolate Stout Popcorn aka Peanut Butter and Chocolate Crack! Very messy crack to be exact!

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I originally made this recipe a few weeks ago. I was kind of disappointed the chocolate and peanut butter did not harden much and started to melt in my fingers. I was disappointed until I made more the other night and realized that melted PB and chocolate isn’t a bad thing! Peanut Butter and Chocolate is such a great combo on the popcorn {on anything really}. And licking the melted mess off my fingers added to the fun.

Chocolate Stout and Peanut Butter Popcorn

So there’s the warning. This stuff is messy, amazing, goodness! Just have wet naps on standby.

I used Crunchy Peanut Butter in this recipe for added texture, and I’m so glad I did! You could also add some toasted nuts for more texture. Pecans, Walnuts, Almonds, or Peanuts would work.

Jupiter Hammerheads

Friday, we attended our first baseball game at Roger Dean Stadium. Roger Dean offers a 12 pack of tickets for $72. I originally though we’d never be able to use that many tickets. Do we know 12 people here?

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Huck and I started asking around and were really surprised when everyone we invited to the game showed up. By everyone, I mean everyone we’re friends with here! We invited everyone over for hotdogs at our house before heading over.

I laughed as all 14 of us, came walking out of our house in a single filed line. I’m sure the neighbors were wondering how many people could fit in our tiny place!

As I bought the tickets, I asked the guy what seats he had available, he laughed and said we could sit where ever we wanted. He wasn’t kidding either. When our group of 12 {one couple didn’t go to the game} walked in, it looked like we had the whole place to ourselves.

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In one of our group pictures, it actually looks like we’re the only ones there.

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It was extremely quite too! Uncomfortably quite! There was one guy, sitting across the stadium from us that would scream “Heeey pitchaah… pitchaah!” “He’s going for it!”, and he sounded like Peter from Family Guy. It would be dead silent and all you could hear was this one guy. I’m sure the pitcher wanted to chuck the ball at him a few times.

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In the end, the Hammerheads won 12-1. Apparently, Jupiter’s minor league team is pretty good, or Charlottes’ team is just that bad!

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Chocolate Stout and Peanut Butter Popcorn

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon Chocolate Stout
  • 1/4 cup Chocolate Chips (Milk, Dark, or Semi Sweet)
  • 1/4 cup Crunchy Peanut Butter
  • 6 cups Popcorn (One Bag Plain Popcorn)

Directions

Combined Beer, Chocolate Chips, and Peanut Butter into a Microwave safe bowl. Heat, in the Microwave, for 10 seconds, remove, and stir. Repeat until chocolate is completely melted.

Spread popcorn in a thin layer on a baking sheet. Drizzle chocolate mixture over the top, and place in the refrigerator for 15-30 minutes or however long you can hold off from eating it.

ENJOY!
03/3/14

Apple Ginger Pork Tostadas with Pineapple Slaw

I’m really excited to share this recipe with you guys. This recipe actually starts with a Cider, Angry Orchard Cider to be exact. This isn’t something I usually drink or cook with. I found one in our refrigerator a while back. I’m not even sure where it came from, but I’ve been brainstorming recipe ideas for weeks now. I’d like to add Angry Orchard has one of the coolest tap handles.

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The Ginger was throwing me off, but I figured, I’ve give it a try, and I’m glad I did. The Apple and Ginger flavor were perfect with the Pineapple Slaw.

Growing up, I hated cabbage and that included slaw! I’m not sure what changed but recently, I’ve started liking it. It’s crazy how your taste buds change. I still HATE sauerkraut, though. The addition of Pineapple really made this dish. It added a nice sweetness to the spicy BBQ sauce I used.

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I’m also in love with my slow cooker. I can prep everything before work, and when I get home the house smells amazing and dinners finished! The best part, it’s a one pot meal! Win Win!

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Any BBQ sauce will work for this recipe, but I recommend trying something with a little heat. The slaw helps cool the spicy but adds an extra layer of flavor.

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You can also make these ahead and assemble when ready to eat. Honestly, it’s the prefect meal. It’s a full meal on a crispy tostada.

Weekend Recap

Friday night, we had dinner with our friends Brent and Leaha, in Lake Worth at Havana Hideout.

We started with a massive plate of nachos, and I had the What Guy Ate {the restaurant was featured on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives.} My dish came with a  Half Cuban Sandwich, Fish Taco, and Pianono, and Huck ordered a Tamale. Everything was really good.

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After dinner, we went to a bonfire on the beach. This is my new favorite thing to do, now! Unfortunately, it was the last one until September.

Lake Worth Bonfire

Saturday, we were sitting around the house. I went out to walk the dogs and told Huck to get ready. We were leaving. I was way to nice outside to be suck inside. We started the day at Guacamole in Jupiter Farms.

We started with the best tortillas chips EVER! The were thick and crispy. Man they were good!

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Huck ordered Steak, Chicken, and Shrimp Fajitas

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and I ordered Tamales and Chicken Tacos.

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We ate this for 2 more meals, too. They didn’t mess around with portions.

After dropping our leftovers off, we headed to TBC to grab a growler.

Tequesta Brewing Company

With a growler of Gnarly Barley in hand, we made our way to the beach.

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Saturday, we went to the beach, went swimming at our neighborhood pool, and grilled outside. We acted like real Floridians.

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Husky

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Apple Ginger Pork Tastadas with Pineapple Slaw

Serves 4 Servings {2 tostadas each}

Ingredients

  • 8 Corn Tortillas
  • Cooked Apple Ginger Cider Pulled Pork ({See Recipe})
  • BBQ Sauce (I used Honey Habanero)
  • Pineapple Slaw ({See Recipe})

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place corn tortillas on a baking sheet in a single layer, and bake until crispy, about 10 minutes. Remove from oven.
In a large bowl, combined Pork and BBQ sauce.
Top each Tortillas with BBQ Pork mixture. Add a spoon full of Pineapple Slaw.
Drizzle with extra BBQ sauce and ENJOY!

Apple Ginger Pulled Pork

Ingredients

  • 3lb Pork Tenderloin (Excess fat removed)
  • 4oz Apple Ginger Cider (or Apple Cider)
  • 3 cloves Garlic (Chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Red Pepper Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1 cup Chicken Stock

Directions

Combined all ingredients in slow cooker. Cover with lid and cook for 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low.
Once meat is done, remove to bowl and shred with forks. Meat should just fall apart.

Asian Slaw

Ingredients

  • 1/4 Head Cabbage (Shredded )
  • 1/2 Bell Pepper (Thinly Sliced )
  • 2 Scallions (Sliced)
  • 1 Carrot (Shredded)
  • 1/4 cup Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1/8 Low Fat Sour Cream
  • 1-2 tablespoon Honey (Depends on how sweet you want it. )
  • 1/8 cup Red Wine Vinegar

Directions

Combined Cabbage, Peppers, Scallions, and Carrots. (I used my food processor for the veggies)
In a small bowl, combined Yogurt, Sour Cream, Honey, and Red Wine Vinegar.
Serve on the side or on top of Asian Tuna Burgers.
01/7/14

Brussels Sprouts Gratin and Sailfish Brewery

Honestly, I can’t remember eating Brussels Sprouts growing up. The first time, I remember trying them, was a few years ago. I’ve been a lover every since, but the only way I ever make them is roasted or sautéed in a pan with Crumbed Bacon, Garlic, and Crushed Red Pepper.

A few weeks ago, Huck wanted Potatoes Gratin. I decided to change it up some. While searching through the freezer, I found a bag of Brussels Sprouts, and came up with a plan.

Brussels Sprouts Gratin

Brussels Sprouts Gratin with Beer, Bacon, and Cheese. Yummy!! I actually made this for Christmas dinner and everyone loved it. We’ll, I think everyone loved it. There wasn’t any left, and I got lots of compliments.

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For this recipe, I used Cigar City’s Hotter Than Helles Lager. It’s not actually hot but a nice refreshing lager. Munich Helles Lagers are a style of beer. Helles is actually German for Bright. It’s a bright yellow, light refreshing beer. I ordered this beer a few weeks ago on a trip to Fort Peirce.

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Fort Pierce and Sailfish Brewery

A few weeks ago, Huck and I were sitting around bored. We both wanted out of the house but couldn’t decided what to do. We finally decided to venture north to Sailfish Brewery. We’ve talked about going for a while and figured it was the perfect excuse to get out of the house.  It’s a new Brewery in Fort Pierce, about and hour north of our house. Once we arrived, he had an early dinner at the Original Tiki Bar.

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It was an open bar style restaurant right on the water.

Original Tiki Bar (2)

I thought I took pictures of our food, but can’t find them. I ordered a Beer Battered Fish sandwich, that was amazing, and Huck ordered Chicken nachos that he really enjoyed as well. We were really surprised with how good the food was. Bars can be hit or miss when it comes to food.

Original Tiki Bar (3)

After dinner, we stopped at P.P. Cobb General Store. Karl told Huck about their impressive craft beer selection. The owner told us he had over 500 different beers.

P.P. Cobb General Store (2)

You can build your own six pack from any beers in the store, even if they’re in a case. Huck started pulling beers out of 6 pack boxes, and I told him you can’t just start pulling any beer out you want. He quickly informed me he could. He’d talked to the owner while I was gawking at the beer.

P.P. Cobb General Store (1)

They also have craft or specialty sodas. They reminded me of the old fashion Coca Cola bottles. Everyone, in town we talked to, raved about the food there, too. They served lunch everyday. I’d like to plan a trip back just for lunch. The city of Fort Pierce is spending a bunch of money to revamp the Downtown area. It was a neat area with cute shops. I wish we had more time to wonder around. It was getting dark by the time we left P.P. Cobb.

Once we bought our beer and random general store stuff, we headed to Sailfish. Sailfish is location in a historical building in downtown Fort Pierce. Another fun fact, one of the girls in the Barley Doll’s, husband, is part owner of the brewery. I spoke with the head brewer a few months ago about possibly doing a brew class with a couple of BD’s and Sailfish. Which reminds me, I should work on that for an upcoming BD event.

Salfish Brewing Co (1)

They’re currently expanding the brewery, and were installing new equipment when we were there. The building to the right will be their new brew house. They had a nice outdoor patio, too.

I can’t remember exactly what beers we tried. I ordered a light beer, a wheat maybe. It was a good beer for what it was. I’ve noticed I don’t like wheat beers that much anymore. I like hops! Huck ordered a Brown that was really good.

Salfish Brewing Co (2)

We got a growler of the brown to go, so I could enjoy one when we got home.

Salfish Brewing Co (3)

It was a fun day. We explored a new area close to home and added another brewery to our list. If you’re ever near the Treasure Coast, I recommend a trip to Fort Pierce and Sailfish.

Brussels Sprouts Gratin

Serves 4
This recipe is great for a cold day. I recommend using a Lager or American Wheat Beer. Strong flavors or bitter beers can over powered the dish. Serve with Roasted Poultry or Beef for a complete meal.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup Milk
  • 1/3 cup Beer (Lager, Pale Ale, Wheat)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • Pepper to Taste
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Cheese (I used Vermont Sharp by Cabot)
  • 3-4 pieces Bacon (Cooked and Crumbed)
  • 1lb Brussels Sprouts (Thawed and Drained)
  • 1/2 cup Panko Bread Crumbs (Regular Bread Crumbs will work too)
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese (Fresh Grated is best)
  • 2 tablespoons Melted Butter
  • Cooking Spray

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Combined the Milk, Beer, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, and Pepper in a large bowl. Once fully combined add the Brussels Sprouts, Cheese, and Bacon.
In another bowl combined Bread Crumbs, Parmesan Cheese, and Melted Butter.
Spray a baking dish with Cooking Spray and add the Brussels Sprout mixture. Evenly cover the top with the Bread Crumbs and Cheese mixture.
Place baking dish in the preheated oven and cook for 25-30 minutes or until Brussels Sprouts are desired tenderness and top is golden brown.

 

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