Desserts

Category: Cookin With Craft

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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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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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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Hazelnuts roasting on an open fire…..  Wait. That’s not how the song goes. But since were turning things upside down with the Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar Ale, why not? This tasty delight has hints of brown sugar with the hazelnut, and VERY easy to drink. With the beautiful taste of this beer, I didn’t want to do the usual chocolate hazelnut recipe, so we went white chocolate and flourless! And, oh, the caramel sauce! To die for! My first...

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If you’re like me, and love most everything about rice pudding, but always think, “Why???? Why must they ruin this beautiful rice pudding by putting raisins in it?”  Blech!  I found a way to turn that frown upside down! Beer!  See? It worked already! Dogfish Head Festina Pêche is a refreshing neo-Berliner Weisse, with the natural peach flavors woven into the yeast. which makes it, well, just peachy! It’s dry, with a slight sweetness that is fabulous for the...

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Strawberries just might be nature’s perfect fruit. They’re low in calories, but high in fiber. They have potassium & magnesium, which promotes bone health. And, so much more. Now, real Louisiana strawberry juice is in beer. Seriously! Abita Strawberry Harvest Lager adds the juice after filtration, so it maintains all the fabulous aroma and flavor of the strawberries. The taste…. It’s incredible. Pair it with lighter foods and cheeses, it’s a party. Put it in...

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I know, I know. You’re thinking, “Beer, grapefruit, brie and grandma’s apple crisp?  What the what?”  Welcome to the delicious world of craft beers! This Schofferhofer Grapefruit Brie Apple Crisp will conjure up some of those wonderful grandma’s cooking memories, but it will also bring you into the new (ish) & exciting world of craft beer, and all the fabtastic foods you can create. Alone, this Schofferhofer Grapefruit hefeweizen is refreshing to the taste buds and nose, worthy of any spring fling...

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Mocha brownies. Chocolate. Bourbon. White Chocolate. Ganache.

It’s the stuff dreams and Valentine’s Day are made of. Since I’m on an anti-Valentine’s kick, I thought I’d make an effort to embrace it for the sake of others. This is my good deed for the day.

I mean, how hard can it be? Brownies. You just can’t be grumpy with brownies. Make them a little mocha-ie to change them up a bit. Cut them into hearts (I promise, I resisted the urge...

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