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Homemade Corndogs Recipe

June 17, 2015
Homemade Corn Dog

Once that summertime heat starts ramping up, the only thing to reach for in that bucket of ice water is an American Lager. Clean, crisp, and refreshing, I think you’re familiar with the stats on this perennial heatwave favorite. You probably have one in your hand right now. Baseball, football, hockey… even soccer, this beer goes with everything. One pairing you may not have tried is with homemade corndogs. Fun to make with the kids, but also easy to slip…

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Beer-Soaked Sweet Potato Fries with Chipotle Mayonnaise

May 28, 2015
Beer Soaked Sweet Potato Fries

Hi! I’m Becca, and I blog over at Amuse Your Bouche, where I share my favourite simple vegetarian recipes. My recipes tend to involve lots of vegetables, lots of pulses, and lots and lots of cheese. But, now it’s time to indulge in one of my other favourite ingredients: beer! I love beer. Probably more than I should admit, to be honest… but there’s nothing better than relaxing in the evening with a cold one (or three), especially if it’s…

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Potato, Bacon, and Cheese Pierogi Recipe

May 17, 2015
Potato Bacon Cheese Pierogi

 Pierogi are the original “you can’t eat just one,” food, hence the use of the plural form in the name. There are almost as many forms of the word pierogi as there are fillings, which are virtually endless. This iteration is a take on a loaded potato skin minus the pool of grease. These half-moon pillows of delight have a subtle charm that goes well with the straight forward goodness of a Canadian blonde brew. Clean and crisp with a…

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Jalisco Style Red Pozole Recipe

May 5, 2015
Jalisco Style Pozole

Cinco de Mayo is a chance for all peoples of the world to celebrate Mexican culture, cuisine, and cerveza. But for the people of Puebla, it is the day 4,000 Mexican soldiers defeated the well-equipped French army, twice in number and unbeaten in the 50 years prior. Nobody fiestas harder on this day than them, so on the morning of Seis de Mayo (Sixth of May), I’m sure the Capital City of Puebla is filled with the scent of this…

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Spicy BBQ Chicken Wings Recipe

April 29, 2015
Spicy BBQ Wings

“And can I get that on the fly?”  Dreaded words in the kitchen, but so common that there is no point in having any reaction except, “Coming right up!”  Technically, when cooking on the line, everything you make is “on the fly.”  It simply means you are doing things quickly “in midair or in flight.”  In many of the places I’ve worked, BBQ sauce is not an item we would keep in stock. So when the infrequent request came in…

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Pork Char Siu Bao Recipe

April 5, 2015
Pork Char Siu Bao

At first glance, it would seem like these two delights have nothing in common, like Bert and Ernie. But once you get to know them, it becomes apparent that they just work together. Two very different cultures, Cantonese and German, together producing complimentary flavors of plum and blackberry, gently cloved with five spice and a special wheat yeast. Slightly caramelized malts contribute to the honey bbq profile of the pork. A bright and bold combination, brought back to earth with…

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Beer Cheese Recipe

March 21, 2015
Beer Cheese Recipe

Beer and cheese. I’ll give you a second to take that in. Because that’s how long it took me to finish the first IPA and bowl of racecar yellow goop. Having gotten that out of the way I can take my time with the second helping of both. The citrus like bitterness cuts the gooey texture and the floral bouquet contrasts with the savory saltiness. As for that lingering spiciness, the hops will first fan the flames and then extinguish them, readying you for…

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Jamaican Jerk Chicken Recipe

March 19, 2015

Sun hanging low directly above, I tong the last of the juicy chicken off my half barrel grill, eyes and mouth watering from the smoke and spice. A scoop of rice, and I head to the hammock. The sweet desert breeze refreshes my hand as I free an ESB from the confines of the cooler. After a pop and a pour, I tear into the chicken while my beer settles. Succulent warmth, island aromatics, crisp char. The heat is building,…

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Irish Stout Beef Stew Recipe

March 17, 2015

Nothing says St. Patrick’s Day better than beef stew enriched with Irish stout. This recipe was provided by forum member MichaelL. Thanks Michael! Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone! Ingredients  2 pounds stew beef (sirloin preferred, chuck OK) Flour for dredging Salt and pepper, to taste 4 tablespoons butter ¼ cup canola oil 2 medium onions, chopped 2 cups beef stock 2 cups Guinness-style Irish stout 5 carrots 4 medium potatoes, cut into 1-inch cubes Directions  Season the meat with salt…

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Oktoberfest Pretzels Recipe

March 12, 2015

It doesn’t matter if Oktoberfest is right around the corner, or far far away; whether we are “tying the knot,” or simply celebrating National Pretzel Day on April 26th, whether we are giving ourselves a little reward at the bar while we daydrink, or making ourselves into their human likeness at the yoga studio, these salted brown benders are a staple of life. And because, “These pretzels are making me thirsty!”  (Cosmo Kramer, 1991), I think I’ll twist off the…

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