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.

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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.
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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.
02/3/14

Jupiter Beer Fest Weekend

I’m a little behind on some stuff. So, I’m going back, way back, to Beer Fest Weekend. If you remember last year’s Beer Fest was a LONG weekend. This year was no different, but I was more prepared for the festivities.

THURSDAY

The weekend started on Thursday folding T-Shirts. It ended with beers at TBC. I needed to prep my liver after all.

FRIDAY

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Friday, I got off work early and went home to get ready for Field of Beers. This is hands down my favorite food/beer event. Food made with beer + beer pairing = Heaven for me! My favorite food was, of course, the Cider Donuts. Second was the Scottish Egg. It was a hardboiled egg, covered in sausage, breaded, and fried. Honestly, it tasted like an egg wrapped in stuffing. Yum!

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Huck has some great video of me talking about how much I love the donuts. I was waiting for him to finish the video before doing this post, but he hasn’t finished it yet. He has lots of videos to go through.

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The Maple Bacon Coffee Porter from Funky Buddha was really good. I wasn’t sure about it at first, though. I’ve tried a Maple Bacon Porter before and it was like drinking pure maple syrup… Blah!! None of the favors, in this beer, were too overpowering.

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I left only feeling slightly miserable and fairly sober. Over the course of the night, I had 4 donuts total, thinking I could get more on Saturday. They were not available at the beer festival : (. If I had known, I would have consumed a lot more! Next year, it’s on!

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SATURDAY

Saturday, started with me frantically trying to find baskets for the Barley Dolls. I put it off all week, and had to go to 3 different stores to find a plain wicker basket that wasn’t $10+ each. I finally found some at the Dollar Store.

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I arrived at Roger Dean Stadium sporting my new Barley Doll shirt.

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A few weeks ago, the organizer of Beer Fest, asked if the Barley Dolls would be interested in helping with the event. I agreed and asked a few ladies to help out. Our task, throw hops along the “parade” route behind the bagpipe players. When I opened the bag of hops, to fill the baskets, everyone started questioning what we were throwing. Dianna posted a picture with a hashtag saying “Hops not Hash”.

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Once it was time, two groups of 4 bagpipe players, 2 drummers, and 3 Barley Dolls walked around the stadium, starting in the outfield. Each group followed the road around the stadium. We passed the lines of people, one for people who already had tickets and one for people waiting to buy tickets before our groups met at the main gate. Once our group was inside, the gates opened and the Beer Festival officially started. We all laughed as we looked at each other covered in Hops.

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Huck was nice enough to hold everyone stuff during the parade.

I ordered cards to hand out, and everyone spent the day drinking beer and promoting the BD’s. Honestly, I think more guys asked us about our group than girls. The girls that help were awesome! Thank you ladies, again!!

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I actually did an interview for the yearly video as part of the Barley Dolls. It’s never a good idea to agree to be interviewed while drinking, by the way. Guy dressed like a monk: “What’s your favorite part of Beer Fest?” Me: “The Beer?” Really, how else could you answer that?

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After the festival was over, we had dinner, and went home to let the dogs out before heading to TBC. We both sat on the couch and fell asleep around 9:30 and never made it. I’m not even sad about it either. Apparently, some people stayed up until 4AM. NO THANKS!

SUNDAY

Sunday, we woke up nice and refreshed. We headed to the beach around noon where we mingled, ate more good food, drank more good beer, and enjoyed the sunny warm day. After the beach, we made our way to Square Grouper where I called it a night around 8PM. I had a ride home and jumped on it. I went home, cleaned up some, and was in bed by 11PM, “Who am I??” Huck rode the bus back, and arrived home around 1AM. When he woke me up to let me know he was home, I was happy to already be in bed. I told my coworkers I’d be in late Monday, my job is pretty laid back about stuff like that, but ended up getting up early and making it to the gym, “Again, What’s happen to me??” This damn 9-5 job has me all messed up!

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As always, it was a great weekend. As soon as Huck’s finishes the video, I’ll have it uploaded for you guys.

09/21/13

‘Mean Green’ Beer Battered Green Beans

I’m on a diet!

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Can’t you tell?!

I’ve been really good lately. I’m eating smaller portions and making healthier choices.

When I got off from work, Huck and I went to the grocery store to buy food for dinner and my blog post. Today, the Bulldogs are playing the North Texas Mean Green. I wanted to make a recipe using a Texas beer. Unfortunately, I could not find any Texas beer {not even Shiner Bock!}

We were walking around, and I was about to cancel the whole plan, when we walked pass a pack of frozen fried green beans. Mean Green… Green Beans… Got it! Not exactly healthy, but everything in moderation, right?

Beer Battered Green Beans with a Mean Green Ranch dipping sauce. Perfect for my Bulldog theme. Since I couldn’t find a Texas Beer, I decided to stick with a local beer. Monk In The Trunk, by Inlet Brewing, is our local beer. It’s actually brewed in South Carolina, but shipped here for distribution. It’s called Contract Brewing. A brewer gives a brewery their recipe and they brew that beer for them. Inlet Brewery doesn’t have a location in South Florida, but you can purchase their beer at the grocery store and most bars.

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I made a Ranch Wasabi sauce to dip the Green Beans in. That’s what gave this dish the mean part. I love Wasabi because it only burns for a few seconds, but those few seconds are rough.

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Huck jumped in to get some pics, too.

In other news, the Barley Dolls newsletter went out this week. Something so simple took so much time! I’m hoping next months will be a lot easier.

Our next meet up is Tuesday at TBC. We even made the line up for Hop Week…

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I was really excited to see our name posted on the Hop Week board. It’s only our second month and we’re already a big deal ;)

Now, I’m off to watch Football and clean. This is my last full day at home for 2 weeks. Tomorrow, we’re going to the Miami vs Atlanta game and next weekend we’ll be in Georgia.

Beer Battered Green Beans with Wasabi Ranch

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • Oil
  • 1/2 cup Flour
  • 1/2 cup Panko
  • 1 tablespoon Spicy Blend (I used a mix of Pepper, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Pepper Powder, and Salt)
  • 1 cup Beer
  • 1lb Green Beans
  • 1/4 cup Ranch Dressing
  • 2 teaspoons Wasabi (Optional depending on Spice preference)

Directions

Heat oil in a fryer or large skillet to 350-375 degrees. {I used a large skillet and added 1 inch of Oil}
Combined Flour, Panko, Spices, and Beer in a large bowl. Add Green Beans to batter and fully coat each Green Bean with the Beer Batter. Remove from batter and carefully drop into oil. Cook the Green Beans in small batches not to overcrowd the pan.
Cook for 1-2 minutes or until golden brown. Using tongs, flip Beans if needed to brown on both sides. Removed from oil and let drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with salt if desired.
In a small bowl, whisk together Ranch and Wasabi.
ENJOY!
08/31/13

Barley Dolls First Meet Up

Thursday was the first meet up for my new female beer group, the Barley Dolls.

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I told everyone, as long as I wasn’t sitting at the bar, drinking beer by myself, I’d be happy. I had no idea how many people would come. Everyone I’ve talked to loved the idea, so I figured I’d have a few people come.

I was so surprised how many people showed up. I counted a total of 26 chics. The most girls in TBC at one time, I’m sure. Four of my friends came to support me :)

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This picture was taken at the end of the night after a few ladies left. I didn’t have a beer for the first picture and Kenny came running over with one. The leader of the Barley Dolls needs a beer after all.

Fran, a brewer at TBC, gave us a tour of the brewery.

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Everyone enjoyed the tour.

I tried to introduce myself to everyone, but I know I missed a couple that came in later. Some of the ladies had really great ideas for future events. I may need to start planning biweekly meetings.

All in all I would say it was a complete success! I had a great time and met new, like minded, people.

I can’t wait to announce next months event! It’s going to be amazing!

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I’d like to thank Deb for all her help and TBC for the brewery tour and just always being a great place to hangout.

I would also like to thank Holly for the coasters she made.

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I saved one for myself and let the other girls have one. A souvenir from the first event. I need to create a logo this weekend. Or find someone to create a logo. Everyone there said they want shirts :)

Stay tuned for next months event… I promise some of you are going to be jealous you’re not a woman!

08/22/13

Hoptimism

Last night, we drank beer to support a good cause. No, really we did!

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Last night was the second annual Hoptimism event benefiting Alzheimer sponsored by TBC and Alzheimer’s Community Care

Alzheimer’s Community Care is a Florida-based 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization. Alzheimer’s Community Care provides specialized care to Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders patients, and also supports the needs of caregivers. The organization proudly serves Palm Beach, Martin, and St. Lucie counties.

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Our neighbor works for Alzheimer’s Community and we’ve talked about his job a few times. Check out their History and Mission page to learn more.

For $25 each we received one beer, hors d’oeurves, meet and greet with the brewmasters, and a tour of the brewery. We also received awesome name tags!

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The food was well worth $25! ChefCorp provided all the food for the night. You may remember them. We were paired up for the Els for Autism event a few months ago. Chef Carlino provided all the food for the event last night. ChefCorp provides all the food for Alzheimer’s Community Care. We learned last night, Alzheimer’s patients can stop eating and Chef Carlino works to provided healthy delicious meals.

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Cooking in the Brewery!

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The Shrimp and Crab Roll were hands down the best thing I’ve had all week. Huck agreed.

Matt and Fran provided tours of the brewery and talked about the brewing process.

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Next Thursday, the guys are taking the Barley Dolls on a brewery tour, too. {Have I mentioned how nervous/excided I am for our meeting one week from today? I think we are going to have a great turnout!}

I did make a new friend last night. I would like to introduce you to Chris…

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He looks a lot like Huck doesn’t he? I posted this picture on Facebook with a caption “Speed Date with Chris. Don’t tell Huck!” Huck’s family is the only ones that call him ‘Chris’. I’m not sure if I shared this story, but for some reason, I wrote Christopher on our wedding invitations. I have no idea why, but my Grandmother called my Mom and asked who Chris was and what happen to Huck! Oh and Huck introduced himself to my other Grandmother when we first started dating and he said his name was ‘Chris’. She leaned over to me and said “I thought you’re boyfriend was Huck. Who is this?”

We mingled for a little while before calling it a night.

It was a great night for a great cause. TBC provided the Beer, ChefCorp donated the food, and all the money raised went to ACC. Thank you, Rob, for inviting us. We will be back next year for sure!

04/25/13

Cut off

Yep. I’m cut off. I’m sure you’re probably thinking I’m giving my poor liver a break. And you would be wrong. Actually, I get the most blog hits for my drinking related post, so I’ve been trying to come up with ways to drink more to increase my traffic. I’m completely joking by the way.

Nope, I’m cut off from the grocery store. My kitchen is full of food and I can’t justify buying anymore when the pantry is so over stocked. I’m avoiding the grocery store for 10 whole days! Really, we have enough food to avoid the grocery store for 2 weeks, but that seemed too long. I need fresh veggies!

I started my challenge with a recipe Huck’s sister made while we were home for Christmas. I’m not sure you can call this a recipe, though. It’s so EASY and makes so much food!

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