Every year for the holidays my mom would make a cheese ball and a salmon ball that we were able to enjoy throughout the day.
I loved that cheese ball and it was only later after I asked for the recipe that I realized it was full of things I hated like Velveeta (ew!) and blue cheese (double ew!). But it tasted amazing on crackers.
I always associate cheese balls and cheese spreads with the holidays. I don’t know why they kind of went out of fashion. Maybe people wanted to put out cubes of fancier sounding cheeses. Maybe people got lazy and it was easier to cut up cheese and set out chunks without worrying about making it look pretty.
I think now that many associate the cheese ball or cheese spread as something cheesy (pun intended) from the 60s. But I think a cheese ball can be fancy, creative, and a fun thing to have out for entertaining.
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Our Thanksgiving was very low key this year. I didn’t have a lot of time to do prep work because of other commitments during the week. Wednesday I did as much as I could and then on Thanksgiving Day I had to finish up the rest.
Thankfully that wasn’t too much!
I made the mistake of going to the grocery store on Tuesday for some last minute items. Yikes! I won’t be doing that again.
We had a huge turkey this year. It was a half turkey that weighted in at 15lbs. It looked enormous in the fridge and the roaster!
When all was said and done though, we didn’t have nearly as much leftover meat as I had feared.
I tried a new little twist with sweet potato pie that I think turned out pretty well. I added in some eggnog and bourbon to the mix.
Bourbon always goes over well in this house.
We had the basics for sides: stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, and then some green beans. No green bean casserole, just plain beans.
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Craft Beer is definitely becoming more and more popular as people explore beer beyond the boundaries of the Big Breweries.
And many sites are trying to ride this wave by providing beer pairing lists to go with your holiday meal.
And this is where I get grumbly because looking at some of these lists it is very clear the author has no idea what they are talking about or even how to approach the topic.
My two biggest complaints about these types of lists is that I feel the author does not:
- Take availability of the beer they are recommending into account.
- Take the ABV of the beer they are recommending into account.
First up (and the most ridiculous one I found) is from The Daily Meal.
Reading the article you can gather that this author might not be a beer drinker. She states:
“In Boston, the long-awaited release of Shipyard’s Pumpkinhead is accompanied by wringing hands, and excited squeals from grown men.”
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This was a quick I-Have-To-Go-Grocery-Shopping kind of lunch. I threw together what I could find in the pantry and some leftovers in the fridge and called it good.
Sauteed carrots, yellow squash, and chickpeas with some prosciutto tossed in. Salt, Pepper, and some chili powder and I called it lunch.
It was actually pretty tasty and left both of us full for quite a while!
After going to the grocery store, I picked up some English style muffins that didn’t have a super long ingredient list to go with it. The next morning we had breakfast sandwiches with ham, egg, and cheese.
Pork Chops are a favorite around here. Chops with an Isolation Ale reduction along with some roasted herbed potatoes and carrots.
Breakfast Nachos! Scrambled eggs, pork green chili, and shredded cheddar all piled up on some nachos. Pretty tasty!
Slow Cooker Chuck Roast with a Red Wine Tomato sauce along with potatoes and carrots. Delicious and super easy to make. Recipe coming this week!
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I don’t make pretty omelettes. I don’t even pretend that I can make omlettes well and while they might not look amazing they are tasty!
This was a Chicken Cordon Bleu omelette stuffed with shredded roasted chicken, prosciutto slices, and swiss cheese. It made for a pretty awesome breakfast.
Pork brats simmered in New Belgium’s 1554 along with red peppers and onions in the slow cooker for about 6 hours. I then put the brats in a skillet to crisp up the skin. Drained the juices from the slow cooker and reduced by half making a lovely pan sauce. Add the brats, peppers, and onions back in and dinner was served!
I love buckwheat and recently found some during my last trip to Whole Foods. I made some waffles and topped that with some bourbon cranberry applesauce. This is the recipe for the sauce, just add in about 1/4C bourbon at the end.
Sloppy Joes with some extra veggies added. I nixed the bun and served over rice. Delicious, filling, and you can expect a recipe for it later this week!
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I had been in a cooking rut for a little while but things have turned a corner and now I’m jotting down ideas like crazy.
I’m not sure if it’s the change in weather (fall and winter being my favorite time of year) or if I just happened to have come across some inspiring recipes. Probably a little bit of both.
I had the chance to spend a great deal of time in the kitchen earlier this week and was very thankful to have that moment. Cooking puts me at ease and is a big stress reliever.
I made a dish, the soup pictured above, and it took all day long. It started off in the slow cooker and finished on the stove. It was well worth it because it tasted fantastic.
Sometimes cooking a meal can take 30 minutes and sometimes it can take hours. Either way you end up with something fantastic that you took the time to make. It is always worth the effort.
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I know that October is almost over but I’ve been thinking about October Intentions ever since September.
While I didn’t knock my September Intentions out of the park, I did do a good job with them.
Exercise More: Nope. Just didn’t happen. I felt guilty and annoyed by this but I refuse to feel that way any more. Either I do it or I don’t, but I’m not going to beat myself up over it. I have gone on 45 minute walks almost everyday though because I walk Avery around the neighborhood.
Cook More: YES! In September I think we got take-out only once or twice. Both times, while the food was delicious, I felt bloated and a little icky afterwards. This was a great reminder to me that I always feel better when making food at home.
Game More: Yes and No. We did game some and finished up BioShock Infinite (which I didn’t care for if you’re interested). And started Gears of War Judgement, which I also don’t care for so much.
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Last weekend I was lucky enough to attend Whole Foods Fort Collins Fall Festival event!
There was pumpkin painting events and even two pie eating contents. Those pies were no joke either, it was their caramel apple pie that weights in at 2 pounds.
2 pounds of pie that folks had to eat in under 10 minutes. Holy. Crap.
There was also a cooking contest, Iron Chef (American not Japanese) style between three local chefs. The secret ingredient was winter squash which had to be used in three dishes: Appetizer, Main Course, and Dessert.
Myself along with my buds, Kristin from Feasting Fort Collins, and Andrea from Serving Up Fort Collins were asked to judge this event.
It was amazing and awkward all at the same time! The day was gorgeous but windy as heck, so we were kind of being blown all over the place as we anxiously awaited the tasty dishes.
It was awkward because I have never had so many folks stare at me as I ate. Thankfully nothing was messy so I did not make a fool out of myself!
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Missed the first two reviews? Check them out here and here!
This week we are taking a look at Dry Dock Brewing’s Imperial Pumpkin.
Dry Dock is a brewery located out of Aurora Colorado and they make a wide variety of beers.
One of my absolute favorite summer beers (though it is available all year round), is Dry Dock’s Apricot Blonde. If you want a beer with strong apricot flavor that isn’t over powering or too sweet, this is it. Fantastic.
But today Fall is on the brain and we’re talking about their Imperial Pumpkin, so let’s get to it!
Strong spice smell full of cinnamon and allspice. A little clove in there as well. The minute you smell this beer you know you are in for a fall inspired brew.
The head is foamy white but on the smaller side. Which is nice because when you really want to drink that beer, having to wait on the head to go down can be a bit of a distraction.
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Fall is here and the temps have dropped down to chilly. We haven’t turned on the heat yet but it’s getting close. In the mornings, the house temp is at 60. I have busted out the heating pad for the bed though and I have no shame in that.
The bed is all toasty warm when I curl up at night and it’s delicious.
We’re still slowly (very slowly) getting stuff put away and finding places to store things. Hoping that gets wrapped up soon so I can start decorating for the seasons.
We’ve been talking lots of walks in our cute little neighborhood. The streets are all tree lined and I can’t wait to see how gorgeous they look once the leaves turn.
We’re constantly discovering cute little gems around the neighborhood.
Like this builder’s stamp on the sidewalk from 1924. And there are old school mail boxes tucked away on corners.
We’re getting settled and comfortable here. It’s funny because the house and the neighborhood totally fit us. It’s like we’ve lived here for ages.
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