In our household we have a pretty serious hummus addiction. We’ll buy one of those giant party tubs and a bag of pita chips, and poof! Demolished in under a week.
Mike, aka ‘the hubs,’ literally eats it a cup at a time.
Then I discovered how ridiculously easy it is to make hummus at home and my life is forever changed. Basically, if you own a food processor or a powerful blender, you too can make delicious hummus in five minutes or less.
It’s just so simple and flavorful: lemony, garlicky, spreadable heaven.
As a beer writer, I find it extremely hard to deliver negative criticism. Partly, that’s because there is so much positivity in the craft beer world that it’s really easy to focus on the good stuff. There are times, however, when a little honesty is important, and needed.
In order to illustrate this point, let me share a little about our recent trip to New England. We visited six breweries – some old favorites, and some brand new to us.
We’ve toured Harpoon many times, but since our last visit, they’ve had a massive expansion, including adding a canning line, increasing the size of the brewhouse, and building a massive, beautiful beer hall. The hotel we were staying at happened to be within walking distance, so we popped into the Beer Hall on a very busy Saturday afternoon to check it out.
The wait was sizable when we arrived. At first we thought it was just people waiting for the tour, but no, it was just folks trying to get in. The line moved quickly though, and before long we were joking with the salty Boston doormen and walking inside.
The vibe at the Hall was vibrant and the staff was pretty friendly, though you could tell they were a little harried from the extreme busy-ness. We ordered some beer right away – the cask conditioned offering, an unfiltered version of the Harpoon IPA, dry hopped with Centennial hops (it seemed a little ‘catty’ for me), and their 100 Barrel Series, a fantastic citra-hop bomb. I love visiting Harpoon because they always have special edition beers you can only find at the brewery.
The site started out as a creative outlet to pass the time, and has grown into a very serious, but still incredibly fun venture. I strive towards continually improving the site, making it fun, educational and artistic, all while sharing these pieces of my life which I love so much. It makes it all worth it to know there are other beer and food loving folks following along, so thank you.
We’ve been visiting family and friends in New England, with plenty of nibbles and brewery hopping, of course, all which makes for fantastic blog fodder. When thinking about what to write as my 100th post, I had a lot of options to choose from.
I hate to pick a favorite style of beer – BUT if I was forced to, at gun-point, saison would narrowly win.
As you know, saison and I have been in a torrid love affair for some time now. I love it’s zippy carbonation, lemony brightness, and peppery bite. Because of these aspects, saison is particularly wonderful when paired with food. The citrus character shines and the pepper sings. The carbonation cleanses the palate after each sip.
Obviously I was AMPED when a representative from Stone Brewing Company reached out to see if I’d be interested in writing a recipe that included their brand new beer, Stone Saison.
This rice recipe is so flavorful and easy it may become a staple at your house. It has at mine.
If you’re just tuning into Love Beer, Love Food – welcome! Let’s get you up to speed. This post is one of a series I’m calling Chef CollaBREWation where my friend Dan Higgins, an excellent chef, and I are working together, aka collaBREWating – because making up words is my favorite. Basically, he is teaching me some of his cooking knowledge and I am learning, as well as pairing beers with his delightful food.
The night we made that absolutely amazing, authentic lamb curry, we piled it on top of this biryani rice. As you know, it was all so good that I ate it, without complaint, for about a week straight.
I was curious about the origins of biryani so I did a bit of research and it turns out that there are many different takes on the dish, which appears to have originated in Persia sometime in the late 1500s. The word biryani comes from the Persian word ‘birian,’ which in Farsi, means ‘fried before cooking’. You’ll see in the recipe that the rice is sautéed with plenty of butter (traditionally ghee, or clarified butter) before adding spices and stock. This technique ensures that the rice doesn’t stick together, which is an essential component of biryani. Continue reading →