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Top 10 Most Ridic Thanksgiving Recipes Roundup

Posted by on November 26 2014 in Holiday, Lists

Here at ES we obviously LOVE Thanksgiving. Mass quantities of turkey, gravy, stuffing, cranberries, pumpkin… what could be better?! Weeeell, okay, the only thing better than traditional Thanksgiving dinner is ridic Thanksgiving dinner. Luckily, thanks to the advent of Pinterest, there’s no end to the creative, tempting, and sometimes downright insane recipes people can come up with and share these days.

We scoured Pinterest to find some of the best/weirdest/most intense Thanksgiving recipes from the bloggers out there. Some posts very new, some from a few years ago but making a renaissance thanks to social media. Make one of these for the big holiday and freak out your family, or wait until you have an overload of leftovers and go crazy.

Oh, and – Happy Thanksgiving!

1. Cranberry, Butternut, Brussels Sprouts and Brie Skillet Nachos
from Half-Baked Harvest

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2. Stuffing Waffle Croque Madame
from Serious Eats

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3. Bacon Blanketed Herb-Roasted Turkey
from The Runaway Spoon

Bacon Wrapped Turkey

4. Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Caramelized Onions, Brie and Sage
from Recipe Girl

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Posted by on November 26 2014 in Sponsored

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Endless Pairings: European Beer Dinner

Posted by on November 25 2014 in Food Travel, Restaurants

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Thankfully, beer pairing dinners are becoming increasingly popular in my area. And lucky for you, you get to hear about it. Now, we can all embrace the fact that beer pairs just as well with food as wine does! Sands Bethlehem and St. James Gate hosted a European Beer Dinner. The dinner paired imported European beers with four courses of fall flavored gourmet style meals. Similar to the wine pairing, representatives introduced each beer to discuss the characteristics of the beer and where it comes form. The chef also circulated during the event and was willing to answer questions.

The pairings were not what I expected for each meal, but each complemented the meal nicely. In speaking with the chef, he explained that he tasted each suggested beer first, then he decided what kind of meal to pair it with. Meanwhile, in our DIY pairing, we were thinking about what the beer would taste like, then finding something to complement the beer. For a true beer pairing, the beer should really complete each meal and bring out the flavors of the meal. We determined our favorite meal, favorite beer, and favorite pairing. Check it out.

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Platter of Donuts or Pile of Onion Rings?

Posted by on November 24 2014 in Photos

You be the judge…

Giant Onion Rings

Golden, deep-fried, hot bready rings of goodness.

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Okay, maybe it’s not THAT big of a challenge to figure out. They’re onion rings. But they’re the biggest, most ridiculous onion rings ever. ML and I stumbled upon these treasures at Stingrays sports bar in Port Aransas, TX. Obviously when multiple ESers travel together, intense amounts of food will be discovered, ordered, and conquered. I don’t think these photos accurately portray how huge this pile of onion rings was, and how big each individual ring was.The avocado ranch dip on the side didn’t hurt the situation either.

It you’re wondering, of course we ate them all. Duh.


Endless Beer: Ommegang Three Philosophers

Posted by on November 21 2014 in Drinks

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Ommegang famously brings us the Game of Thrones series beers, but also offers other varietals that pack their own punch. Speaking of fame, one of Ommegang’s more well known brews is the Three Philosophers. Weighing in at 9.7% ABV, the Three Philosophers promises to relax if nothing else. Three Philosophers was born when Ommegang asked homebrewers what the “perfect brew” would taste like. The answer was flavors of caramel, chocolate, and cherry. Ommegang messed with various variations until the reached a mixture of 98% ale and 2% kriek (lambic). Here are our tasting notes:

ABV: 9.7%

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Favorite Fall Spiced Tomato-Pumpkin Soup

Posted by on November 20 2014 in Recipe, Veggie

Favorite Fall Tomato Soup

I made this last week when I was (a) trying to eat extremely healthy to make up for some weekend indulgences and (b) really craving a big bowl of something hot, cozy, and autumn-y. Soup was the obvious answer. I love tomato soup and wanted to make a homemade version of that, but also noticed I had some pumpkin puree leftover in the fridge and didn’t want it to go to waste. Guess what? Pumpkin and tomato are great together. You don’t really taste the pumpkin-ness with all the other flavors going on, at least not overwhelmingly so, but it adds a nice thickness and fall flavor.

Favorite Fall Spiced Tomato-Pumpkin Soup
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The ES Summit: Top 10 Beers and Booze for Politics

Posted by on November 19 2014 in Drinks, Politics

The tides are shifting in American politics. A new party is in control and our President is willing to work with them to make a better America. Blah blah blah. Yet another cycle has completed and we now have another lame duck president. BUT WAIT. Obama and US Senator Mitch McConnell are going to solve all of our problems with a Bourbon Summit. Now that’s something we can get behind. A little Kentucky booze may be just what our leaders need to get things done. This got us thinking…what would an ES summit look like? Other than the usual gallivanting around, bitching and moaning about irrelevant things, and gorging ourselves with food, we would pick the best beer and booze to offer for the occasion. If it were up to us, here’s what the Obama-McConnell summit would consist of:

10) Flying Dog Raging Bitch

What better to drink while BITCHING and moaning about the great problems of the world (or what to have for dinner)? Raging Bitch is an in your face IPA with a nice sweetness that makes it very drinkable at a high ABV.

Arrogant Bastard Ale

9) Arrogant Bastard Ale

Need I say more? Not only does the name sum up just about every one of your very proud “ES’ers, but it also sums up the jerks in Congress. What’s more? The brew is one of the highest ranked in the United States with complex flavors that will also kick your ass.

Knob Creek® Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

8) Knob Creek

A little bourbon never hurt nobody. Knob Creek is about that level where you stop drinking whiskey with coke and actually start enjoying the sweet and oak-aged flavors of bourbon.

7) Titos Vodka

What’s more American than an all-American made vodka? We have to be at least a little patriotic, right? Plus, this is some of the smoothest Vodka we’ve ever had! Try it with water and lemon…just be careful – you won’t taste the whiskey.

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