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Important Prep for International Bacon Day

Posted by on August 13 2014 in Bacon, Contests

100 ways to use bacon

Breaking news! We really like bacon. I know, I know, you’re tired of hearing about it. But I mean, it doesn’t get any less good. Just when I think I’ve hit maximum bacon saturation, I go and discover something new like bacon paremsan knots over on our Endless Bacon Pinterest page.

International Bacon Day is coming up (yes, that’s a thing…obviously!) on August 30, and we’re helping one lucky ES-er get ready by  giving away a free Farmland Bacon Club prize pack that will include two packs of Farmland Bacon varieties and Bacon Club goodies, such as a t-shirt, pin, baseball hat, pin and more!

In summation…free bacon! To join in, just post your best bacon-y photos on twitter, facebook, instagram, pinterest with the hashtag #endlessbacon. We’ll pick one lucky winner next week.

Cocktail O’Clock: Spicy Paloma

Posted by on August 12 2014 in Drinks, Recipe


Is it me, or this week already looooooooooooong?

Today’s cocktail o’clock comes courtesy of The Roof at Viceroy New York and with a  jalapeño-meets-tequila kick, is sure to snap you out of any midweek slumber.

The Spicy Paloma

Mix together:

2 muddled slices of jalapeño pepper 
2 oz Casamigos Blanco tequila
.75 oz Aperol
1 oz grapefruit juice
.5 oz lime juice
.5 oz simple syrup

Shake with ice. Strain over ice in highball glass. Add club soda float. Garnish with a grapefruit slice.


The Aborted Launch of Astronaut Ice Cream

Posted by on August 8 2014 in Desserts
(Illustration by Leah Lin for Narratively)

(Illustration by Leah Lin for Narratively)

Ever wonder if astronauts really eat astronaut ice cream?

Over at Narratively this week, we answer that pressing question, and much more, in our full week of stories all about ice cream.

The Aborted Launch and Meteoric Rise of Astronaut Ice Cream

A Child Screams for Ice Cream

The Ice Cream Man in the Summer of Sam

Tales of Ice Cream Dreams and Fro-Yo Fiends

The 300 Flavors in Jon Snyder’s Mind

Endless Beers: Happy IPA Day!

Posted by on August 7 2014 in Drinks, Holiday, Lists


You may not know it, but it’s National IPA Day! Donut day, coffee day, ice cream day…why not have a day for those of us who take pride in the name “hophead”? Well today’s that day. Many consider the IPA (India Pale Ale) to be the brew that really made a name for craft beer. The IPA is a bold, typically strong in alcohol content, and bitter (in a good way) brew that includes strong notes of citrus. Regardless, today is a day to try an IPA for the first time, try out a crazy new IPA flavor, or crack open your favorite IPA. In the spirit of this wonderful holiday, we worked with some of the best breweries in the nation to bring your our “National IPA Day Roundup.”

Sierra Nevada 2014 Hop Harvest: 6.5 % ABV

harvest-equinoxbottle-pint3Sierra Nevada brings out this annual 5-bottle series that features a single hop, wet hop, fresh hop, and wild hop brews. I had the Equinox Single Hop IPA. Single hop meaning they used only one kind of hop to highlight the aromas and the bitterness. The brew is an easy drink that will put you in the mood for fall. The IPA has typical hop flavors you would expect and then the taste of fresh peppers and spices from the garden comes through. continue reading…

Cocktail O’Clock: Head Above Watermelon

Posted by on August 6 2014 in Drinks, Recipe

Head Above Watermelon 1_LR

My liquid obsession lately has been 21st Amendment Brewery’s Hell or High Watermelon Wheat beer. While some people might scoff at the idea of adding fruit to your beer, it’s actually only a little bit sweet — but has just enough watermelon flavor that it’s about the most refreshing summer beer I’ve ever had. It’s perfect for a picnic or barbecue…we even served it at my recent summer wedding.

So I was delighted to find this recipe, which turns the idea of watermelon wheat beer on its head a bit, crafting a watermelon-tequila cocktail that’s finished with a little hefeweizen. Genius! Hailing from THE LCL: Bar & Kitchen in Manhattan, it even keeps the watermelon pun game going too.

Head Above Watermelon

2 oz Fresh Pressed Watermelon Juice
1.25 oz Casamigos Blanco tequila
.5 oz Fresh Lime Juice
.5 oz Simple Syrup
2 oz Alagash Hefeweizen

Shake all ingredients together except the Hefeweizen, pour into chilled brandy snifter, add Hefeweizen and garnish with a mint leaf.

Creamy Cashew Quinoa Cole Slaw

Posted by on August 5 2014 in Recipe, Veggie

Thai Cashew Cole Slaw

This is a very ME recipe. Asian-inspired flavors? Check. Quinoa? Check. Some sort of shredded cabbage/slaw component? Check. Cashews? CHECK, of course! Oh, and avocado, but at this point that should go without saying.

There is nothing not to love about this salad. Slash slaw. Slash pilaf. Okay, I’m not really sure what exactly to call it. It’s easy to throw together on a busy night. It’s packed with nutritious vegetables, protein, and fiber. It can be your full meal or a side. If you want some meat/additional protein, you could easily top with shrimp or chicken. Make it your own!

Creamy Cashew Quinoa Cole Slaw
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Endless Beers: Stone Coffee Milk Stout

Posted by on August 4 2014 in Drinks

image(35)ABV: 4.2%

Born a  limited release, the Stone Coffee Milk Stout survived longer than many other suds offered at the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens.  Brewery Trainer Brian Gallagher brewed the ten-barrel batch with Brewing Manager Kris Ketcham. The brew is made with milk sugar and whole coffee beans at a low alcohol content. While session beers are increasingly popular, session stouts are rare to find. The Stone “Coffee Laced” Milk Stout is released nationally on August 4. Here’s the taste!

Stone Coffee Milk Stout Profile:

Appearance: Black and dark – opaque

Aroma: Coffee hits the nose first, followed by flavors of chocolate and even a little bit of licorice

Taste: First taste is roasted coffee bitterness followed by semi-sweet chocolate. Then, sweet and creamy malty flavors come through.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and light going down. However, the brew finishes dry and crisp.

Overall: This is a pleasant surprise for a session brew. The brew has the light texture of a session brew, but the full flavors of a stout. The creamy and sweet notes of a milk stout come through from beginning to end of the drink. The bitterness of coffee beans begin the sip and chocolate follows. The beer is a good drink after dinner, or even during the day.

Suggested Pairings:

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