Endless Beer: Manayunk Brewing Co’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Porter

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Think peanut butter shake. Do you taste that? The smooth and rich flavor of peanut butter? Mmmm, so good. Now, imagine that flavor in a can of beer. Manyunk Brewing Company, near Philadelphia, brings you the Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Porter. The brewery sought out to create a beer that brings the flavors of a porter along with in your face peanut butter (and a little chocolate). The question is – did they meet the mark? Check it out.

Tasting Notes

Aroma: Peanut butter throughout. A slight bitter note of coffee and chocolate, but overwhelmingly peanut butter.

Appearance: Dark dark brown – nearly black.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, not much of an aftertaste, high carbonation.

Taste: Peanut butter, peanut butter, peanut butter. Taste starts with strong peanut butter flavor. Little chocolate flavor is there, but you do taste a hint of the porter in between the notes of peanut butter.

Overall: For the peanut butter lover, this is one of our favorite peanut butter flavored beers. It does not taste artificial, but as if you are eating freshly roasted peanut butter. I’d say it would ALMOST satisfy my craving for a Shake Shack peanut butter shake (that says a lot).

 

Endless Pairings

Cheese: Swiss with crustini, honey, and almond.

Appetizer: Spicy shrimp skewers.

Entree: BBQ Baby Back Ribs with mashed potatoes.

Dessert: Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

Cigar: Drew Estate Java

French Onion Soup Made Easy

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Don’t tell me that you skip over the crock of french onion soup whenever it is on the menu. I have a hard time not getting it! The cheese that oozes over the top of the crock, the delicious piece of bread in the middle, does it really matter what the broth tastes like at that point? But still, even the broth of french onion soup beats out most soups. Then there are the strategies in eating it. Some people mix the cheese in and eat throughout, others save the cheese for last, even others dive right into the bread. No matter what way you eat it – it is indeed tasty.

So one of those cold winter days (feels literally like yesterday), my wife took out the dutch oven and asked “what do you think of french onion soup tonight?” To which my response was, “well, do we have enough cheese?” Hells yes we did. Hours later, we had nice hot bowls (sorry, we don’t have crocks yet) of french onion soup oozing with cheese over the top. This was a success that went straight into the recipe book. Here you go.

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Waffling Gone Wild! Top 10 Craziest Waffle Iron Recipes

Don’t worry – this is not another post all about breakfast. One thing that was on the top of my list when my wife and I registered for our wedding was a waffle iron. Not only do I enjoy a good Belgian waffle, but I can also appreciate the versatility of a waffle iron. Use it to cook paninis, grilled cheese, and much more! Check out our top ten sweet and savory ways to use a waffle iron.

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10. Quesadillas

What can a quesadilla maker do other than make quesadillas? Not as much as a waffle iron. Check out this ooey, gooey buffalo chicken quesadilla recipe from Pure Wow.

 

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9. Italian Chicken Panini

This looks a cut above your average panini. Now I want to give a go at it myself!

Check out this recipe from Healthy Delicious.

Turtle Cookies! Easy cookies made in the waffle iron!

8. Cookies!

This and a glass of ice cold milk? I’m set!

Check out this recipe from Busy Creating Memories

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7. Mac and Cheese

Will it Waffle? is a website completely dedicated to waffle iron recipes. This particular one just makes me cheese. Check them out!

Check out the recipe from Will it Waffle? or check out the book here.

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6. Hot Dogs

I kept seeing corn dogs that were made in a customized hot dog waffle iron. Why bother when you can just do this?

Find this recipe at Pennywise Cook.

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5. Hash Browns

Cheese, potatoes, and a crispy outside with soft ooey inside. All of Waffle House, now in one waffle. YUM.

Find this recipe at My Favorite Things.

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4. Mixto

One of our own recipes is a remix on a mixto sandwich. Everything you could want in a sandwich without the panini press!

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3. WAFFLES!

Not gonna lie, I may try this ES recipe out for myself on the next Sunday morning we are home.

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2. S’Mores

Nothing to say here.

Check out this recipe at Will it Waffle?

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1. Cinnamon Rolls

Try this out with pre-made cinnamon rolls, OR try it out with our recipe for homemade cinnamon rolls!!

Check out this recipe at Shaken Together.

Weekday Brunch: Simple Sausage Strata

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What’s a strata? Well, a breakfast strata is a casserole made of egg, cheese, bread, and breakfast meat. Ron Swanson’s dream (other than a heaping pile of bacon on top of an additional pile of bacon, on top of sausage). Anyway, at work, our gracious overlord bought the staff breakfast, but we were also asked to bring a casserole of our choosing. …or juice. Well I wasn’t going to be the ass face that brought juice, so I went to one of my favorite brunch items that was also one of the easiest – Sausage Breakfast Strata. Why? Because I’m an awesome team player with a culinary hand that will blow your face off by surprise. Bitches.

What could go wrong? You have breakfast in one dish. Bread, cheese, sausage, and egg. That’s a 2-2-2 deal in diners across this nation. A staple that one shan’t take away. So I made it the night before, let it sit in the fridge, and woke up early to pop this in the oven. I brought it into work, and BINGO-BANGO – it was destroyed by all. “Oh, I didn’t know you were a good cook!” “YOU made that?!” “Hey, everyone loved that breakfast casserole you brought in.” Faces. Blown. Off. And you can too…here’s how.

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Ingredients

6 Eggs

2 cups Milk

1 1/2 – 2 teaspoons of mustard (yellow or dijon)

1 loaf of bread (your favorite – something crusty)

1 – 2 cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese

1 Sleeve of Sausage (1 lb crumbled sausage)

Salt & Pepper

Recipe

Cook the sausage to brown

Whisk together eggs and milk with salt & pepper

Cube your bread (I had a nice crusty loaf of Puerto Rican bread)

Grease an oven-safe baking dish (about 13 x 9)

Cover the bottom of the dish with cubed bread (use crust parts first). Eat the extra.

Sprinkle sausage on top of the bread – throughout entire dish. Use all sausage.

Sprinkle about half of the cheese on top of the sausage.

Cover with egg mixture

Sprinkle remaining cheese on top

Cover with foil and let sit in the fridge overnight. You don’t HAVE to do this, but it tastes better this way.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake the dish (uncovered) for at least 35 minutes. Depending on your oven – it may be longer. To check, put a knife in the center and it should come out clean. Let it sit for at least 5 minutes before serving.

Pi Day 2017: 5 Places With Pie for $3.14 Today

Pi day. When high school math teachers find joy in taking a day off from teaching to bring in pies or ask students to bring pies. Pizza pies, apple pies, chocolate pies – you name it and Pi day gives the excuse for gorging But did you know that restaurants throughout the country are offering discounts to celebrate Pi day? Check it out and see if any of the restaurants in this list are in your area.

 

Bojangles' Sweet Potato Pies are the Answer to Pi Day Cravings

1. Bojangles’ Sweet Potato Pie: $3.14

I wish there was one around me – they look pretty dang good.

 

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2. Hungry Howie’s: $3.14 for a pizza when you buy Howie Bread

I’ve never been to a Hungry Howie’s, but if you like a good deal – this is the one.

 

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3. Whole Foods: $3.14 off bakery pies or pizza bakes

You’re most recent excuse to get to Whole Foods? PIE.

 

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4. Villa Italian Kitchen: $3.14 for a plain cheese pizza

That just looks so damn good. Plus, it’s $3.14.

 

5. Urban Bricks: $3.14 pizza all day

For all you Texans out there…check it out.

 

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PLUS Boston Market: FREE Chicken Pot Pie (with indiv. meal and drink)

I mean…if you’re there anyway, why not?
What deals are we missing? Let us know!

Straight Outta the Exchange: New Belgium Citradelic

Somehow, I’m still finishing up my beer exchange beers. This brew is not your typical winter beer. Which is timely, since last week’s weather was so mild. New Belgium’s Citradelic has a unique sweetness to it without losing the bitter hop flavors throughout. This brew is good for any season – pick up a six pack and try it out!

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Food Trucks Donald Trump Can Get Behind

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Last night we heard from President Trump in a joint session. Trump brought up building our own “great, great wall”. Then we got to thinking – this is tame compared to what he’s said in the past! For the remainder of the speech, I thought about two things: (1) the ridiculous “trumpisms” made in the past and (2) what if food trucks were named after the “trumpisms”? And there ya go – that’s how you get through Presidential addresses. So after some good thought, a glass of wine, and the droning of politicians, we bring you the top ten food trucks (and slogans) Donald Trump would get behind.

1. One Bad Hombre’s Burrito Stand

 – “If you’re legal, stop on by!”

2. Deplorable Donuts

– “We got baskets upon baskets!”

3. “Beyond the Wall” Tacos

– “The first one’s on Mexico!”

4. BRILLIANT Waffles and Ice Cream

– “Believe me, they’re wonderful. You’re gonna love it.”

5. Putin’s Potato Pancakes and Pierogies

– “Made as if we didn’t even know him.”

6. Grab ’em By the Pita

– “Just like in the locker room.”

7. Make Cupcakes Great Again

– “Draining the swamp one cupcake at a time, believe me.”

8. “Believe Me” Bagels and More

– “We make BILLIONS of them, believe me.”

9. So WRONG They Are Right Falafels 

– “WRONG! Unless you’re eating here, believe me.”

10. YOU’RE FIRED Charcoal Grill and BBQ

– “You’ll move on our BBQ like a bitch, believe me.”

Homemade Fluffy Pancakes

DSC_0157Weekend mornings lead to the best breakfasts of the week. Some indulge in eggs benedict, others an omelet, and of course the classic: pancakes. I grew up nearly expecting pancakes at least one day of the weekend every week. My family went so far as buying a griddle for the grill so that we could make an evenly cooked pancake out on the deck. Pancakes are the bomb. Mixes are good, yes. But did you know that you can make them from scratch with staples that every person (should) have in their kitchen? Yes.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 3 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbsp butter (melted)
  • Cinnamon and/or syrup to your liking

Recipe

Okay, ready? Mix dry mix wet, combine to lumpy consistency. Cook on the stove until fluffy.

Mushrooms Gone Wild! Top 10 Mushroom Concoctions

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Yes. Wife and I went through enough mushrooms already that I can confidently say we are experts. The stinky veggie that leaves us all coming back for more: mushrooms. Mushrooms are a versatile veggie that can be thrown into pastas, pureed into soups and sauces, or be substituted as “meat” for our vegetarian foes. Anywho – here you have it: our top 10 mushroom recipes.

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1.Balsamic Mushroom Flatbread

So tasty and “fancy-looking,” while it is so quick and easy. Garlic, mushroom, balsamic and cheese. BOOM.

 

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2. Beef & Blue Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

If you have a complaint about these savory bites, you can go to hell. That’s all.

 

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3. Mushroom Stroganoff

Back when we were trying to eat healthy, we had “meatless mondays.” Sometimes we had successes, others not so much. This dish was always considered a success. I don’t even miss the beef in this dish.

 

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4. Pork & Mushroom Ragu Over Polenta

To soothe the soul on a winter or fall day, try this dish full of tenderness.

 

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5. Oyster & Shitake Mushroom Alfredo

The shitake and oyster mushrooms add the right amount of earthy notes and a bit of sweetness with the creamy sauce.

 

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6. Brioche Stuffing

I believe brioche bread can make anything better. Rather than picking the most stale bread around (hell, even croutons), why not make a stuffing that matches the gluttony of the rest of the meal?

 

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7. Braised Hunter’s Chicken

One of my favorite dishes that my wife makes. Start the tradition of Sunday dinners with this!

 

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8. Mock Bolognese

Again we find that with the right dish, mushrooms can replace beef! Trust me, I’m surprised too.

 

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9. White Winter Truffled Mac & Cheese

Impress your friends. You’re welcome.

 

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10. Mushroom & Blue Cheese Farrotto

Yes, we found yet another way to take something full of calories and make it healthier without compromising the flavor. BANG BANG.

Whoa Baby! Fruit-Filled Dutch Baby for Breakfast

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Didn’t we tell you that breakfast is the best meal of the day? Well if you didn’t believe us, maybe you will now. Adapted from Cooking Lightthis combination of funnel cake and pancake will satisfy anyone’s hunger. Bonus – it’s healthy! We filled ours with fruit. But think of the possible fillings: nutella, chocolate, homemade whipped cream, cream cheese icing, peanut butter, put chocolate chips in the batter…need I say more? Here ya go:

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 10 tbsp milk
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 1/2 tbsp butter (melted and divided)
  • 1 tsp lemon rind

Recipe

  • Place 8″ or 10″ cast iron skillet in oven while pre-heating to 450 degrees
  • Combine all ingredients with only 1 tbsp of butter
  • Whisk for 2 minutes.
  • Remove the skillet when he is pre-heated and coat with cooking spray.
  • Swirl the rest of the butter on pan and add the batter to the pan
  • Cook for 20 minutes in a 10″ pan and 25 minutes in an 8″ pan

Fill with your favorite filling and enjoy!