• Seasonal beers are one of the great things about the change of seasons. Samuel Adams Octoberfest is one of the best tasting and best selling seasonal beers around. It’s one of my favorite things about fall….. right up there with pumpkin doughnuts! This Octoberfest twist on the traditional Sauerbraten will only make you love Octoberfest season even more. This  Samuel Adams Octoberfest Sauerbraten is also a great recipe to brighten up your tailgate party. I’ve added a few twists to this recipe; I’m always looking for ways to use juniper berries. Serve it over egg noodles, potato dumplings or spätzle.
  • Fall. I love fall. Pumpkin everything. My version of Thanksgiving comes around – “Hanksgiving”. And, Terrapin Pumpkinfest. This beer looks and smells like pumpkin. As it should, since it’s made with real pumpkin! You can smell the spices of fall; nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger, as well as hints of caramel and graham crackers. It’s truly a beer that makes you visualize everything great about the fall. Once you taste Terrapin Pumpkinfest Spicy Crab Bisque, you’ll feel the same. I’ve incorporated all those beautiful fall flavors in this off the charts bisque. Paired with the Terrapin Pumpkinfest Salted Caramel Crusted Beer Bread, your tummy will be very happy. In fact, I’d say you’ll “fall” for it!
  • I grew up loving root beer. What kid didn’t? While I rarely drink it these days, every once in a while, it’s a little piece of nostalgia that I greatly enjoy. And, well, a little piece of nostalgia is exactly what Small Town Brewery excels at creating.  Small Town Brewery Not Your Father’s Root Beer tastes just like root beer, all while boasting a 5.9% ABV (trust me, you’ll want a case of this!). I thought about my favorite treat as a child; a root beer float. How do I make magic happen with the two? Small Town Brewery Not Your Father’s Root Beer Float Cake, of course! The cake, like Small Town Brewery Not Your Father’s Root Beer, gives the touch of nostalgia, without all the sugary sweetness (there’s some, don’t get me wrong!). The cake is light and tasty, not too sweet, and the perfect complement to this flavorsome ale.

Seasonal beers are one of the great things about the change of seasons. Samuel Adams Octoberfest is one of the best tasting and best selling seasonal beers around. It’s one of my favorite things about fall….. right up there with pumpkin doughnuts! This Octoberfest twist on the traditional Sauerbraten will only make you love Octoberfest season even more. This  Samuel Adams Octoberfest Sauerbraten is also a great recipe to brighten up your tailgate party. I’ve added a few twists to this...

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Fall. I love fall. Pumpkin everything. My version of Thanksgiving comes around – “Hanksgiving”. And, Terrapin Pumpkinfest. This beer looks and smells like pumpkin. As it should, since it’s made with real pumpkin! You can smell the spices of fall; nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger, as well as hints of caramel and graham crackers. It’s truly a beer that makes you visualize everything great about the fall. Once you taste Terrapin Pumpkinfest Spicy Crab Bisque, you’ll feel the...

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I grew up loving root beer. What kid didn’t? While I rarely drink it these days, every once in a while, it’s a little piece of nostalgia that I greatly enjoy. And, well, a little piece of nostalgia is exactly what Small Town Brewery excels at creating.  Small Town Brewery Not Your Father’s Root Beer tastes just like root beer, all while boasting a 5.9% ABV (trust me, you’ll want a case of this!). I thought about my...

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I’m known for my mac and cheese. I mean REALLY known. It occurred to me that I hadn’t made a Cookin’ with Craft version. What better time than March with Rogue Irish Lager. I’ll admit, I have way more Greek in my bloodline than Irish, but I celebrate St. Patrick’s Day as if I had a double dose of Irish in me (I KNOW there’s a dirty joke or two in there!). Erin go bragh! Rogue Irish...

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I’m one of those people who starts searching for something on line, and I end up miles away; no where near my original intent. Maybe it’s because my mom bought Encyclopedia Brittanica for us as kids. My brother, Bill, and I would just pick a volume and start reading. Yes, Virginia, this was well before the internet. So, this morning, I started looking for St. Patrick’s Day cover photos for my Facebook page, and somehow I ended up reading...

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Who doesn’t love chocolate? Coffee? If you’re a fan of both, you’ll love Bell’s Special Double Cream Stout Mocha Flourless Torte. Bell’s Special Double Cream Stout is smooth and creamy – the way I like my chocolate AND my coffee! Go ahead; take a sniff. You’ll smell espresso and chocolate. Go ahead; taste it. You’ll taste a creamy mixture of espresso, chocolate and a little bit of smokiness. How perfect is that for a cold winter’s night in front...

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This year, a rum version of horchata has become all the rage. And for good reason! It’s quite the yummy concoction. So, natch, a pumpkin pie using it has popped up. And it’s off the chain pumpkin pie. Be careful, folks are copying the recipe from RumChata.com, and most have it wrong and/or missing key ingredients. I’ve done a little tweaking to the recipe, but it’s based on the RumChata.com recipe.

The great thing about cooking with any liquor...

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It’s beginning to look at lot like…..  Whoops. Getting a little ahead of myself. It’s TURKEY TIME! One of the things I strive to do is take the mystery out of cooking. Well, and have a few cocktails. Folks have mentioned to me that turkey brining seems so complicated. Or so many cooking shows have led them to believe. Yes. turkey brine. I’m here to tell you, brining is EASY! Brine is simply a mixture of salt and water. Then add...

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I’m one of those people that would probably eat a paper plate if it had chocolate & peanut butter on it. Really. Imagine my “bliss” when given the task of creating a recipe using Terrapin Beer Co Liquid Bliss. The angels sang! Really! Terrapin Beer Co Liquid Bliss is a chocolate, peanut butter porter. No, your eyes are not deceiving you. They really did it. To me, the nose was all cocoa. God bless whoever discovered cocoa nibs. As it rolls over...

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Yes, I did. I put Full Throttle S’loonshine Moonshine into a traditional, all American dish, and turned Apple Brown Betty right on her head. Why? ‘Cause I can, and that’s what I do! Purists – you have NO idea what you’re missing. The rest of you fun folks will love it. I had it for breakfast. And, I’ll probably have it tonight for a night time snack. I could, honestly, eat it for every meal.

I know you’re wondering, Betty? Who...

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