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Cooking with Beer | Kaiser Butternut Squash Soup

October 20, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

It’s the middle of October, the shelves are filled with gourdy beers and the temperatures are falling outside. If there’s one thing I love about fall evenings, it’s sitting inside and stuffing my face full of delicious treats. On this particular day, I decided butternut squash soup would be the perfect meal to accompany my Netflix binge-sesh. This ain’t your run of the mill butternut squash soup either – I filled it with apples, fennel, onions and garlic. To give it an extra kick, I tossed in a good amount of Kaiser – an Imperial Oktoberfest Lager by Avery Brewing that is chock full of festive spices. The final product is finished with a balsamic reduction drizzle and a few sourdough croutons. Make this meal, cuddle up on the couch, and never leave your house again.

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Cooking with Beer | Hoppy Fried Chicken

May 27, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Happy Memorial Day, folks! In order to best prepare you for swimsuit season, I’m serving up a recipe for hoppy fried chicken. As most of us know, nothing screams ‘bikini body’ like a big, greasy meal.

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Cooking with Beer | Dragon’s Chili

February 4, 2016 | 1 Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

It’s the NFL Super Bowl – aka time to get your chili game strong. Check out this recipe for New Holland Brewery’s Dragon’s Milk infused pork green chili. You won’t be disappointed, even if your team loses.

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Cooking with Beer | Oatmeal Yeti Braised Short Rib Tacos

January 19, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

I had never cooked short ribs before but I had eaten them plenty of times. Knowing how delicious they are, I wanted to venture out and make the little ribbies for myself. Since they are somewhat pricey pieces of meat to purchase, I needed to do a lot of research first. I figured out how long to cook them for, at what temperature, and read how people succeeded and more importantly, how they failed. I knew that by using Oatmeal Yeti from Great Divide (#yetimafia) something good had to come out of that pot…it just had to. So, I took the plunge, threw everything in my big red Le Creuset, and hoped for the best. As the short ribs simmered in a bath of onions, garlic, and Oatmeal Yeti, I prayed for a delicious outcome. Someone must’ve heard my prayers because a few hours later, something amazing came out of my oven. I’ve documented my trip to short-rib-braising-ville so that you can learn from my experience and become a master of cooking with beer.

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Cooking with Beer | Top 5 Recipes for NFL Sunday

January 30, 2015 | 1 Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Since the NFL Sunday is really just a weekly holiday of food disguised as a football game, I’m bringing you five recipes instead of one. If you follow Drink and Spoon religiously, you may have seen some of these recipes before. If not, welcome to the wonderful world of Cooking with Beer. As you travel through this list of good eats, you’ll see that I have laid out a step-by-step guide on how to properly prepare all of these dishes throughout NFL Sunday. Enjoy and may the best appetizer win!

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Cooking with Beer | Passionate Risotto

October 30, 2014 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

I haven’t cooked with beer in a while which is why all of my built up creativity exploded into this one recipe. Luckily, I didn’t spend my night slaving away in the kitchen for nothing – this meal turned out to be delightful. The Passionfruit Sour Ale by Breakside Brewing imparted a tangy flavor into the grains that integrated beautifully with the apples and goat cheese. The addition of blackberries and green onions took this dish to the next level. If you didn’t pick up on it from the name, this ‘Passionate Risotto’ is anything but boring.

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Cooking with Beer | The Great American Beer Burger

October 2, 2014 | 2 Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Since the Great American Beer Festival is approaching, I decided to post the ultimate Cooking with Beer recipe: the Great American Beer Burger. To properly honor the most epic festival of all time, I knew I had to come up a downright mind-blowing creation and I knew it had to be loaded with beer. I figured nothing is more American than a good ol’ fashioned burger topped with about 1000 calories of ingredients – so I made this dream a reality. A whopping total of six different beers are used to create this monster of a meal plus whatever brews you decide to drink. If you make this thing, you’ll be so impressed with yourself for actually putting it all together, even if you don’t manage to fit it all in your belly. Hell, I’ll be impressed that you actually had to balls to try. If you’re on the fence and can’t decide, just think of this: Why settle for just one recipe with beer when you can combine them all?

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