Fall Beers

This past weekend, with it’s gorgeous mild weather, was a strong sign of the season to come – FALL!!! It’s time to break out the sweaters, plan the tailgate parties, and hunt down your favorite Seasonal Beer.

While summer is a time of pale ales and citrus notes, fall answers with pumpkin-flavored brews, darker ales, and—best of all—fresh hop beers.  Everyone knows that fall is harvest time, and that goes for hops as well – over 90 percent of the world’s supply is harvested between the beginning of September and the end of October. While most of these hops are destined to be dried and frozen, a growing number of brewers are taking them fresh from the fields and crafting harvest ales, which capture the essence of these flavorful little flowers while they’re still brimming with tasty resin.

beer hops

There is something for every beer lover—from pumpkin and spiced flavored ales to German-style Oktoberfest.

Continue reading Fall Beers

No Knead Beer Bread

Beer Bread is buttery, chewy, and tastes like your favorite beer.  Be wise, however, in choosing the beer you use. A beer with fruit tones will lend a sweeter, fruity bread. Likewise, a dark ale will lend a robust flavor to the final product. I recommend you use a beer you know and love. Beer bread is excellent when sliced and spread with butter, cubed and sprinkled on top a thick, hearty chili, or dipped into a spinach or cheese dip. Give it a try—the recipe couldn’t be easier! Especially since Chef John, over at foodwishes.com, has the following “how-to” video. So just follow along!

beer bread

Prep: 10 mins, Cook: 35 mins, Ready: 3hrs 55mins

Continue reading No Knead Beer Bread

Beer Battered Fish and Chips

Why “Beer Battered”?

Beer makes such a great base for batter because it simultaneously adds three ingredients—carbon dioxide, foaming agents and alcohol—each of which brings to bear different aspects of physics and chemistry to make the crust light and crisp.  The beer contributes a nice, yeasty flavor. It’s the stuff that gives fish and chips that “wow” factor. Be sure that the beer is cold. Along with the carbonation of the beer the temperature helps make the batter crisp.

So, which beer should you use?

The beer that works in the batter will generally be the correct beer to drink with the final dish.
If deep-frying seafood use the following beer in the batter:

  • Flathead – Lager or a Pale Ale.
  • Cod –Pale Ale or an English Bitter
  • Sardines – a Japanese Lager
  • Oysters – Stout or Porter

 

Ok then, why Cod?

Cod is perfect for Fish and Chips.  With it’s mild flavor, low fat content and a dense, flaky white flesh, it’s no wonder cod is one of the most common fish used for fish & chips along with haddock.

beer_battered_fish_and_chips-291x437Servings: 4 servings
Prep Time: 25 min
Cook Time: 30 min
Difficulty: Moderate

Continue reading Beer Battered Fish and Chips

Sweet Brown Rice Kugel

Kugel is one of those words that doesn’t really have a good English translation. It’s not quite a casserole, or a pudding, but those are probably the closest descriptions.

Traditionally kugels were fried, and since most frying pans are circular, the kugels came out round, which is where the name comes from.  Nowadays, kugels are typically baked in square or rectangular pans.

This is a brown rice kugel that is tasty, nutritious, and gluten-free. It’s similar to rice pudding, but a little more solid so you can cut it into pieces.

Kugel sweet brown rice

Ingredients

Continue reading Sweet Brown Rice Kugel

Pomegranate Coleslaw

Pomegranate is a fruit that has been cultivated and naturalized over the whole Mediterranean region since ancient times.  They are high in antioxidants, have a sweet flavor, and have a gorgeous colorful appearance. Over the years they have grown in popularity and are used in Kosher recipes during Rosh Hashanah.

Here’s a unique side dish for any time of the year.pomegranate coleslaw

 

Ingredients

Continue reading Pomegranate Coleslaw

All American Apple Pie

Quick and easy, with a great non-crust topping.

We admit we had doubts about the crust but it turned out great. It was nice to be able to make a pie without getting flour all over.

(For those of you having trouble with the topping, keep in mind that the butter/margarine needs to be cold -out of the fridge, not at room temperature – in order to make crumbs.  Can’t go wrong with this one.

apple pie crumb

Prep: 25 minutes, Cook: 45 minutes, Ready: 1 hr 10 min

Continue reading All American Apple Pie