04/2/14

Ales for Anglers

This weekend we attended the Ales for Anglers. It was a beer and music festival in Boca Raton. Huck and Karl were entered into the homebrew competition. They spent many weeks brewing the required 20 gallons of beer for the event. Well, they actually brewed 40 gallons of beer. Four 10 gallon batches. Our house was overflowing with beer the days leading up to the event.

The night before the event, I made signs for each of the beers. Zink Brewing Company {Karl’s homebrew name} made Sunburn Imperial Red and Sinkhole Russian Imperial Stout. Hucklebuck Brewing Company {Huck’s name} made Whitecap Wheat and Operation IPA-1A. I corrected the sign before we left. And don’t worry, the boys wrote the descriptions! 

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Our car was loaded down with supplies.

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Karl and Huck went all out of this event, too. They bought banners, signs, stickers. Actually, all the homebrews at the event went all out. Everyone had names and banners for their beers.

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I helped set up the kegs… I’ve been working out!

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I can’t tell you how many times I had to explain to people they could not buy any of the beer at the event commercially. I think that says a lot when people ask where they can find more of your stuff though!  Ales for Anglers  (7)

Creative tap handles. I handed out beer the whole time. I love Huck’s IPA and didn’t sample much else.

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The women that put up with their homes being taken over by beer and countless Sunday devoted to brewing… Karl and Huck are lucky!!

Greg was at the event, too. He was representing 26° Brewing Company {I had to Google how to add the degree symbol! Holy Hell! It took 6 key strokes!}

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Greg tapped out before we did, and came over to get his Vitamin C fix!

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In the end, Huck and Karl came in 2nd! They were pretty disappointed, too. They were really hoping for first, and worked so hard for it. I felt bad for all three of them.

Right before they announced the winner, it started sprinkling and you could see lightening in the distance. Once they announced the winner, we decided to head out. 

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I thought we’d go home with at least 10 gallons of beer, but managed to tap all four kegs! The IPA was the first to go.

We ended the night with the traditional, post beer competition, pizza before calling it a night.

They actually had to cancel the rest of the event before the headliner started performing.

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These people were hard core! My ass wouldn’t be standing out there! I have a slight fear of lighting. Actually, I don’t consider it a fear. I’m just not stupid enough to stand outside “watching the lighting!”

Huck also made a great video for the event, too. {Click here or on the picture below to watch the video}

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Such a fun day with some of our best friends!

08/11/12

Is that an Oyster in my Beer??

Tuesday night, Huck and I went to the Bx Beer Depot for another tasting class. The topic for the night was Stouts. There are six categories of stout beer: Dry, Sweet, Oatmeal, Foreign, America, and Russian Imperial. The categories go from weakest to strongest.

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Oyster Stout? I thought this beer was a joke. Stout and Oysters are a popular food pairing, so I thought it had something to do with that. I was wrong… This beer is actually brewed with oyster. They put actual oysters into the barrels. It is not recommended for vegetarians. 

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I thought I would end this post with a few of my favorite recipes I’ve made with Stouts. With all the great flavors available they work great in desserts, and I like using coffee stouts to marinate meat.

Stout Oatmeal Cookies

  • 6oz stout beer (use something with chocolate, nuts, oatmeal ect.)
  • 3/4 cup shortening or butter (I used half butter and half shortening because that is all I had)
  • 1 cups brown sugar
  • 12 cups sugar
  • 1 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1cup AP flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 cups oats
  • Beer Glaze (see recipe)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
  2. In sauce pan, reduce beer over low heat by half. You will have 3 oz beer when finished. Cool to room temperature before adding to mixture. Stir often because it can burn.
  3. Mix shortening, sugars, eggs, vanilla, and beer.
  4. In a different bowl, mix flour, salt, and baking soda together. Add in batches to wet ingredients. 
  5. Finally mix in oats. 
  6. Measure out 1 tablespoon of batter and place on lined cookie sheet. 
  7. Bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes. (I like my cookies gooey so I cooked them for 10-12 minutes. Huck likes his crispy 12-15 minutes.)            
            • Makes 52 servings.

Beer Glaze

  • 1/2 Cup Reduced beer
  • Powdered sugar

Mix cooled beer into powdered sugar a teaspoon at a time until you get the consistency and flavor desired.

Calories

90 Calories per cookie with glaze
(Serving size: 1 Tbsp of batter with a drizzle of beer glaze)

Smoked Boston Butt

  • 10 lb Boston Butt/Pork Shoulder
  • 22 oz Coffee Stout Beer (I used Southern Tier Imperial Jah-va Coffee Stout)
  • Pork Dry Rub
  1. Rub dry spices on meat and pour beer over meat. Marinate for 12-24 hours turning in beer a few times. 
  2. Prep Smoker. If you don’t have a smoker, you can use a slow cooker.
  3. Wrap meat in aluminum foil and place on smoker. 
  4. Using leftover marinate, reduce over medium heat and brush on meat ever 1-2 hours.  
  5. Cook meat 1 1/2 hours per pound. 
  6. Let meat rest before slicing or chopping.
08/8/12

Blogger Meet Up and WIAT

Yesterday was eventful. After doing a little work, I headed to Jupiter Donut Factory to meet Dianna from The Kitchen Prep. I found Dianna a few weeks ago and realized she lives in Jupiter too. I’m not going to lie, I was a little to excited to find a local food blogger. We talked back and forth through email for the last few weeks, and planned to meet for Donuts around 11:15. Little did we know, that was late in the Donuts world. When we arrived all they had left were Apple Fritters.

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The Apple Fritter was huge, flaky, and messy!! The picture does not do it justice. I also enjoyed a cup of coffee.

We talked about Blogging… Why we blog, what we want from our blogs, where we want our blogs to be ect. No one I personally know has a blog. My family and friends tell me they enjoy my blog but they do not understand the struggles and disappointments that come with it. “Oh you just write a poorly written quick article and take a few pictures, right. How is it that hard?”

One, writing is not easy for me. I write a blog post and think, no one cares or wants to read this. I read so many well written blogs and dream of a blog like theirs. I feel my writing is very elementary.

When I started this blog, I told Huck, I just want to write recipes (which isn’t as easy as you think). Since my writing skills suck, I did not want to write about what we did or talk about restaurants.

I like the Life part of my blog, though. It is a way for me to share my life with my friends and family that I do not get to see often, and it is nice to look back on our lives over the last 9 months.

Another VERY time consuming aspect of the blog is the behind the scenes website design and setup. Do you know now long it took me to make all those little drop down menus?? Please tell me you have used them!!

Networking to increase readership, thinking about blog post, setting up and planning for photos of food, and reading and learning how to take better pictures of my food, take lots time.

So why do I do it? Why do I spend all this time on something that I don’t even make enough money to cover my hosting fees? Because I LOVE IT! I love my little piece of the internet world. I love knowing people read my blog (I can see how many people view it each day).

I love feeding people. I live for the “OMG this is amazing” reaction you get when someone likes your food. Since I can not cook for my family every day, I can still share my recipes with them.

I do not plan to quit blogging anytime soon. My pictures are starting to look better… It can only go up from hereSmile

RANT OVER!!

It was nice talking to someone that understands and is going through the same struggles. I can’t wait for our next Donut Day. Dianna likes to bake, too. If you are looking for a really good dessert, head over to her site and check it out. I’m not a baker. It is to exact for me. I’m more of the throw it together and see if it work kind of person.

After our Donut date, I came home and stamped all my invitations for the wedding. I can’t believe we are really getting married in a few months!

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We mailed out over 60 invites for our “small” wedding!

Back to WIAT.

Lunch was leftover dinner from the night before. Beer Cheddar and Garlic Biscuits with Beefless Beef, Veggie, and Barley Stew. I accidently bought Beef Stew Bones instead of Beef Stew Meat. I was excepting the worst, but it turned out to be pretty good. Even without meat, Huck still liked it, too.

The Beer Cheddar and Garlic Biscuits were the best part, though.

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Beer Cheddar and Garlic Biscuits

Makes 6 Biscuits

  • 1 Cup Bisquick Mix- Homemade Recipe to Follow
  • 1/2 Cup Shredded Cheese
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Butter
  • 1/3 Cup Light Beer or Milk
  • 1 tsp Oregano
    • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
    • Mix together Bisquick, cheese, and garlic powder.
    • Add butter and incorporate into dry ingredients using a fork to cut butter into flour. (Click the link to learn how)
    • Mix in milk or beer and combined.
    • Using two spoons, scoop batter into spoon and drop onto a grease baking sheet.
    • Sprinkle with oregano.
    • Bake 10-13 minutes or until golden brown.
      •   Serve immediately.

 Homemade Bisquick Recipe

Makes 1 Cups

  • 1 Cup All Purpose Flour- Sifted
  • 1/2 Tbsp Baking Powder
  • Dash Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Butter
    • Mix together dry ingredients
    • Cut butter into dry ingredients.
      • Recipe can be doubled and stored in airtight container in refrigerator for up to 4 months.

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Beefless Beef, Veggie, and Barley Stew

  • 1 lb Beef Bones or Beef Stew Meat
  • 1 Tbsp Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Flour
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 Cup Beef Stock
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 Package Frozen Mix Vegetables
  • 2 Carrots- Diced
  • 1 Onion- Diced
  • 3-4 Cloves Garlic- Chopped
  • 6 oz Mushrooms- Sliced
  • 1 Can White Kidney Beans- Drain and Rinsed
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 1 Cup Quick Barley
    • Heat oil in a pan over medium high heat.
    • Combined flour and salt and pepper
    • Dust Beef in flour and add to pan to sear the outside on all sides.
    • Combined Stock, Water, Onions, Garlic, Veggies, Mushrooms, Beans, and bay leaves in a crockpot.
    • Add meat and cover with lid.
    • Cook for 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low.
    • Add barley in last 30 minutes if cooking on high and last hour if cooking on low, or cook separately and serve veggies over barley.
    • Season with salt and pepper as needed.
      • Serve and ENJOY!

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Last night, we went to another class at Bx Beer Depot. I will write a post about that later. This post is getting a little longSmile

For dinner, I made my Mediterranean Fish Packets.I did not cook the fish in the parchment paper and did not have wine. I really missed the wine and put way to much crushed red pepper in it. It was OK. We ate dinner and watched more Workaholics! I love that show!!

Well that was WIAT. Not much summer favorites other than the Fish Packets. They are prefect when it is hot outside!

Make sure you follow me on Twitter and Facebook! Anyone else notice the improvement in the pictures! They look a million times better than pictures like this…

07/11/12

The Only Way I like My IPA

Last night, Huck and I went to the Bx Beer Depot for another beer class. This week was IPAs. I’m not a fan of IPAs. To bitter for my virgin beer palate. I like IPAs in small doses though, so the small samples of each beer was a perfect amount.

The night started with Hop Jelly. I’m not sure how Sally made it but I plan to ask for the recipe next time I see her.

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Huck loves IPAs. The more bitter the beer the better!

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Cory went over some information about Hops and the History of the IPA. IPA= Indian Pale Ale. He asked if everyone knew the history, and I actually did (Years of listening to Huck ramble about beer stuff paid off). England was shipping Pale Ale beer to Indian but it was spoiling during the voyage, so they started adding more hops because hops are used as a preservative. And that’s how IPAs were born! Super interesting right?? ** Sorry I was miss informed or “did not understand”! Hops do not increase alcohol in beer. “Beer with more hops usually have higher alcohol levels because it requires more sugar to balance the bitterness” Thanks Greg:)

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Great Divide’s Rumble tasted and smelled horrible. I thought it was just me. Everyone said it smelled like DMS (Dimethyl Sulfide or canned corn smell and flavor… Ewww) After trying this one, I’m glad we missed the Off Flavors Class 2 weeks ago.

I enjoy the class. I have not interest in becoming a beer judge, but I like learning about the different flavors and different styles of beer.

Now I’m off to use the paint supplies I bought yesterday. I told Huck our house was going to be decorated with crappy paintings Smile

What is your favorite style of beer?

06/12/12

Skunk Smelling Beer

Tonight, Huck and I went to a BJCP class at the Bx Beer Depot. This was my first night. To judge beer competitions, you have to be certified by the BJCP. This class teaches you about each style of beer and what each style should taste/look/smell like. Tonight we talked about American Lagers and Pilsners.

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It was nice to hear what other people taste in each beer. I could taste/smell different flavors, but was not sure what some of them were. One of the beers we tried had a skunk smell to it. This smell comes from light and is called Light Struck. This is why most brewers use dark bottles. The beer we tried was a pretty common beer too… Stella. The next class is off flavors and IPAs. Can’t wait to try a bunch of feet tasting beers. WOW.

I’m keeping this post super short because I am tired and hot and my laptop produces a lot of heat. Our A/C is broken and we do not know when they are getting the part to fix it. Currently in house is 82 degrees at 1045PM. For people that keep their house at 72, we are not very comfortable right now. Hopefully we will have it fixed tomorrow.

06/11/12

Sorry For Sweating In Your Beer

I would like to start this post with one of the coolest inventions I have seen in a while.

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It’s like Capri Sun for Adults!! All it needs is a straw.

Yesterday, we went to the Bx Beer Depot for our second beer competition. The first one we attended, Huck won first place. This time, he was asked to judge the IPA competition. That left me to handout beer samples. We made a Tropical Fruit Punch Kool-Aid Wheat. Huck used a basic American Wheat Beer recipe, like the one I used for my Key Lime Mango Wheat, but added the Kool-Aid at the very end.

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It is hard to tell in this picture, but the beer came out a dark red color. How cool is a beer with red foam? Real Cool!

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Huck sat inside in the A/C while I was baking in the oven that is South Florida. Luckily most people that go to events like this do not even notice the person pouring their beer. All they want is the beer. Our friend, Greg, brought his friend with him to handout his beer while he judged, as well. I was really thankful to have someone to talk too. Deena was really cool. It made the 95 degree temp and 100% humidity more bearable. I also talked to a bunch of other home brewers there too. Huck seemed lost when he finished judging, and we had our own conversations going on. I was so dehydrated and stinky, I’m not even sure what we were talking about.

One guy spent way to much time telling me what I could do to make the Kool-Aid Beer better and what he would of done. Deena said “Dude, it’s Kool-Aid Beer. It’s not that serious.” I died laughing.

Most of the review for the beer were good. Most people said either

Drunk Person “Wow. That really does taste like Kool-Aid”

Me “Yes. That is why it is called Kool-Aid Wheat”

Drunk Person “Oh. I thought you were joking”

or

Drunk Person “So, what did you use to make it taste like Kool-Aid?”

Me “ Tropical Punch Kool-Aid”

Drunk Person “Like really Kool-Aid”

Me “Yes. Real Kool-Aid Packets”

Drunk Person “So you can add Kool-Aid to beer?”

Me “NO. You can’t. Only I can!”

There was a bunch of woman, that were probably dragged to the event by their husband, that liked our beer. We were the only woman really handing out beer, so I had a lot of them asking me about brewing and wanting information about how it is done and how much it cost. Most of their husbands wanted to start brewing. Most of them were like I use to be. “You want to make your own beer?” “Are you going to drink all this beer by yourself?” “How much did that cost?” “We need to talk!” Smile

Now I just go with it. 99% of the time.

After arriving home and rehydrating myself, I decided to make a Low Country Boil for dinner. I wanted to change it up some, so I baked everything in the oven instead of boiling it.

Roasted Low Country Boil

  • 1 lb Red Potatoes (I precooked my potatoes in the microwave for 5 minutes before so they wouldn’t take so long)
  • 2 Corn
  • Cajun Seasoning
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1/2 lb Spicy Sausage
  • 1 lb Shrimp
  • Oil
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Combined potatoes, Cajun Seasoning, Garlic, Sausage, oil, and Salt and Pepper.
  3. Add to baking sheet and cook for 15 minutes or until edges start to brown.
  4. While potatoes are cooking, add corn to boiling water and cook for 15 minutes.
  5. Remove corn from water and sprinkle with Cajun Seasoning.
  6. Add corn to baking sheet and cook for 5 more minutes.
  7. Remove pan from oven and add shrimp. Toss with all ingredients and continue cooking until shrimp is cook through.
  8. We enjoyed Garlic Bread and Collard Greens with our dinner.

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Try not to lick your computer Smile

Here is a sneak peak at my Birthday Drink… I see some Pineapple Mojitos in my future!

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Recipe will be posted in a few days. Followed by my post Birthday hangover. 4 more days as a 26 year old Crying face

Goodnight everyone!

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