Trail Mix Freezer Cookies

Whether taking a hike on Sugarloaf Mountain, a bike ride on the C&O Canal, or spending the day at the beach these Trail Mix cookies are perfect for tossing in your backpack and heading outdoors for some fun.  And one of the best things about these particular cookies, aside from their hearty and nutritional value, is that you can store the dough in the freezer and bake them to order.

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yield: Makes about 27 three-inch cookies

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Stomp Festival

Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard was just bestowed  their latest title of “Best Winery” in the July 2014 “The Best of Washington” issue.  And we carry several of these prized wines here at the Market.  Check out these:

Rose
Viognier
Circe
Comus
Cabernet/Franc
Stomp

This time of the year is perfect for taking a weekend drive up to Sugarloaf Mountain and sample their wines.
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It’s hard to beat such a perfect combination. –  cool crisp mountain air,

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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.

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

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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

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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

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