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RECIPE: Fuji Apple & Aged White Cheddar Scones

14th Jul 13 (Sun) Leave a comment

Last night, I was invited to a beautiful outdoor house concert / potluck… The Littlest Birds played a long, entertaining set amidst the garden and kids running about.  Check them out on the Facebook, and if you’re in the Eugene Oregon area, check out Bronak House Concerts and Events.

the Littest Birds near Eugene, Oregon - July 2013

Oh, but wait… I said “potluck”… I had a hankering for something new, and decided to take a classic flavor combination and see if it’d work with a tried-and-true scone recipe.  I made…

Fuji Apple and Aged
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White Cheddar Scones

Ingredients:
makes 8-10 regular sized scones
(I made a double batch and cut them smaller)

  • 1 Fuji apple, cored & diced into small pieces
  • 1 to 2 Tbls coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
    – – –
  • 4 to 5 oz. aged white cheddar, diced into small pieces
    – – –
  • 1.5 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream (split into 3/4 cup & 1/4 cup)
  • 1/4 cup sugar & cinnamon, mixed

Steps:

  1. Sautée diced apple with the coconut oil until lightly brown (but still retain some firmness).  Add cinnamon, stir and remove from heat.  Cool the apples.  If making the scones right away, place apples in the freezer for ~5 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  3. Mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt together in a large bowl.  When mixed, make a big hole in the middle of the mixture and add 3/4 cups of whipping cream.
  4. Before mixing the liquid in further, spread flour out on a clean surface (keep extra flour handy in a bowl, as the mixture will be sticky).
  5. Add the cooled apples and diced cheese to the dry & whipping cream mixture.  Stir or mix with your hands until the mixture is crumbly.  Turn the dough onto the floured surface and continue to knead.  At this stage, I ended up adding more flour to make it more doughy and less gooey.  Rather than alter the recipe and add more flour to the mix early on, I figured that it’s good to play it by feel/texture.  It should be soft and malleable dough, not too sticky.
  6. Roll out the dough flat until it’s about 1/2″ thick.  Cut with a pizza cutter, sharp spatula, or other tool into the shapes / sizes that suit you.  Place on a lightly greased or parchment papered baking pan.
  7. Bake for 21-24 minutes until lightly golden.  After baking, brush with remaining whipping cream and sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar mix.  Cool slightly before serving.

Prep time: 30-45 minutes… best served warm or within the day!

And, obviously, different apple and cheese choices open this up to MANY different options at your fingertips.

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This is a mainly music-based blog. If you stumbled in on a recipe search, check out my other recipes at THIS LINK.

~Dan – np: Au4…And Down Goes the Sky
Au4 - And Down Goes the Sky

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RECIPE: Creamy Avocado & Pepper Potato Salad

3rd Sep 12 (Mon) Leave a comment

A perfect adaptation for a barbecue side-dish this Labor Day…

Creamy Avocado and
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Pepper Potato Salad

Ingredients:
serves 8+

Adapted from Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s Vegan Brunch

  • 2 lbs fingerling potatoes, cut into 3/4 inch chunks
  • 1-2 peppers, diced (jalapeno, anaheim, etc)
  • 1 small red onion, diced small
  • 1 Tbl olive oil
    —-
  • 3 ripe avocados
  • 2 Tbl lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
    —-
  • 1 plum tomato, chopped
  • 1 smallish cucumber, diced very small
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper (optional)
  • Scallions for garnish (optional)

Steps:

  1. Put potatoes in a pot and cover with water. Cover pot, bring water to a boil. Lower the heat to a rolling boil and cook for 10 to 15 minutes, until potatoes are easily pierced with a fork. Drain and set aside to cool.
  2. Meanwhile, sauté or grill the peppers & onions over medium-high heat until browned.
  3. Once potatoes have cooled, prepare the dressing. Split the avocados in half, remove the seeds and scoop into food processor. Add the lime juice and salt and puree until smooth, scraping down the sides with a spatula as needed. Once smooth and creamy, add the tomato, peppers and onion. Pulse until they are incorporated but not completely blended. You should still be able to see the tomato and onion.
  4. Put the potatoes, peppers, and cucumbers in a large mixing bowl and mix them up. Add the dressing and mix well. Taste for salt and spice. Wrap tightly and chill until ready to use. Top with scallions, if desired.

Prep time: 15 minutes (active) / 1 hour (total)… serve soon!

This recipe is easy to make and it combines both guacamole and potato salad. Yum!

This is a mainly music-based blog. If you stumbled in on a recipe search, check out my other recipes at THIS LINK.

~Dan – np: John ZornRimbaud

RECIPE: Carrotcake Cupcakes with Ninkasi double-IPA buttercream frosting

6th May 12 (Sun) 1 comment

A blogpost by Eugene-Oregon bottle shop & taphouse Sixteen Tons recently mentioned the great flavor combination of carrot cake and India Pale Ale. I immediately exclaimed, “by golly (radio edit)… I’m going to make some carrot cake IPA combo… somehow!!” And thus this recipe was born…

Ginger Carrot-cake Cupcakes
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with IPA buttercream frosting

Cupcake Ingredients:
makes about 12 cupcakes

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups peeled, grated carrots
  • 2 tsp peeled and finely grated fresh ginger

Frosting Ingredients:
makes about 12 cupcakes

  • 2/3 cup Ninkasi Tricerahops Double IPA (or any other hoppy beer of your choosing)
  • 4 oz. (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 12 oz. low-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2-3 cups powdered sugar
  • candied ginger for garnish


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Steps:

Cupcakes~

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Insert 12 cupcake liners into a 12-muffin tin.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, ground cinnamon, and ground cloves.
  3. In a large bowl, stir together granulated sugar, unsweetened applesauce, and canola oil until thoroughly combined. Add 2 eggs, one at a time, stirring well after each addition.
  4. Gradually add the flour mixture and stir until just combined. Add grated carrots and grated fresh ginger. Stir to combine.
  5. Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin tin, filling each liner about 3/4 full. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cupcakes comes out clean, about 18 to 22 minutes. Let the cupcakes cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then remove and let cool completely on a wire rack.

Frosting~

  1. In a saucepan, add the IPA and place over LOW-medium heat. Reduce the beer by half (until it measures approximately 1/3 cup). It will be a darker caramel color from the original beer.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, add the cream cheese and butter. Beat with a whisk attachment until light and fluffy.
  3. Add in the vanilla, powdered sugar and beer reduction. Whip again until fully combined, and the finished product is light and fluffy.
  4. Cover the bowl and chill for 1 hour.
  5. If the frosting seems too thin when you remove from the fridge, add more powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, until it reaches desired consistency.
  6. Frost when the cakes are at room temperature and garnish with candied ginger.
    Enjoy!


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Seeing as Ninkasi Tricerahops comes in a 22oz bottle, you still have about a pints-worth of the beer to pair with a cupcake… well, if you didn’t drink it while you were baking.

Speaking of cupcakes…

Just around the corner is the 2nd annual Eugene Beer Week, and one of the events on Thursday, May 10th is a beer & cupcake tasting (FB event). Join 16 Tons and Divine Cupcake at the Supreme Bean Coffee Company (2864 Willamette, Eugene, OR 97405) for this unique event. They’ll be serving up 5 different pairings with Divine Cupcakes and a great flight of specialty beers:

  • Boneyard’s Hop Venom IPA with IPA frosting carrotcake
  • Widmer’s Imperial Stout with Death by Chocolate
  • Rogue’s Hazelnut Brown Ale with Salted Caramel
  • Elysian’s Avatar Jasmine IPA with Tao of Green (matcha green tea cake)
  • Elysian’s The Peste Chocolate Chili Beer with The Swizzle (Mexican Chocolate Cake)

Cupcakes served 5:30pm-10pm on Thursday, May 10th.  Free Entry, $3 per 3oz Beer + Mini Cupcake.  Free Widmer Glass to first 60 people.  Full Food, Beer, Wine, and Coffee Menu offered.  All ages welcome.

Bon appetit!

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~Dan – np: O.S.I.Fire Make Thunder

RECIPE: Pear, Bleu Cheese & Walnut Mini Cheesecakes

14th Mar 12 (Wed) Leave a comment

Due to its proximity to March 14th (3/14), for Eugene Veggie Supper Club this month, I set our theme as PIE.  Pie beats out cake any day of the week, in my mind.  Cheesecake is a misnomer if I ever heard of one; so I dreamt up this recipe from a basic “normal” no-bake cheesecake recipe…

Pear, Bleu Cheese & Walnut
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Mini-Cheesecakes (no-bake)

Ingredients:
makes about 12 to 14 mini-cheesecakes

  • 12 mini-graham crusts (they come in 6-packs, or make your own small or large)
    —–
  • 8 oz. cream cheese or neufchâtel
  • 4 oz. bleu cheese crumbles
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1 can of pears (in their own juice – not syrup) with about 1/2 of the juice from the canned pears
  • 1 small (4 oz) container of diced pears (for blending)
    Dole makes snack-cup sized diced pears
  • 8 oz. heavy whipping cream
    —–
  • 1 small (4 oz) container of diced pears (for garnish)
  • candied walnuts (for garnish)
  • arugula (for garnish)

Steps:

  1. Combine cheeses, sugar, juices, extracts, and pears into a food processor or blender.  Mix until smooth.
  2. Add heavy whipping cream and mix until fluffy.
  3. Scoop filling into crust(s) and chill for at least 3 hours.
  4. Garnish with extra diced pears, walnuts & arugula right before serving.  Enjoy!

Prep time: 15-20 minutes, chill 3+ hours
Nutritional Info (per serving): With Crust: 280 calories, Fat 17g, Protein 4g. Without Crust: 170 cal, Fat 12g, Protein 3g.

This recipe is surprisingly easy to make.  You can make your own crust, candy your own walnuts, etc – but there’s definitely no dire need.  These cheesecakes could easily be make into a larger cheesecake as well (just use a bigger crust, the filling would be the same).  It’s a beautiful mix of savory and sweet.

This is a mainly music-based blog (in fact my Puscifer Portland 3/14 review is coming shortly after their show). If you stumbled in on a recipe search, check out my other recipes at THIS LINK.

Happy Pi(e) Day!

~Dan – np: Stabat AkishNebulos

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RECIPE: Oakshire Overcast (espresso stout) Chocolate Pudding

31st Jan 12 (Tue) 1 comment

Cooking with wine is common place.  What should also go hand-in-hand with cooking and foodies… craft beer.  There are many styles out there and many different types of dishes that you can make anything from appetizers to entrees to desserts.  Earlier in January, I invited some friends over for a five-year Deschutes’ Abyss vertical tasting (2007-2011).  We had pita & hummus, brie and bleu cheeses, honey & pear pizzas, and more.  I also made some dark chocolate pudding with the use of one of my favorite beers from Eugene, Oregon…

Oakshire Overcast (espresso stout)
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Chocolate Pudding

Ingredients:
makes about ten 6 oz. servings

  • 1 cup milk, or soy/rice/almond/hemp/coconut milk alternative
  • 5 Tbl cornstarch
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  • 1 1/2 cup (12 oz) Oakshire Brewing Overcast espresso stout (or another stout/porter)
  • 1 can (14 oz) coconut milk + 1/4 cup (2 oz) regular milk/rice/soy/etc milk alternative
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips (or 4 to 5 oz in chopped up chocolate bars)
  • 1 cup sugar (I used 3/4 white, 1/4 dark brown)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • pinch ground nutmeg
    ———
  • 3 tsp vanilla extract

Ingredient Notes: slideshow below shows component detail

  • There is a total of 4.5 cups of liquid.  If you choose against using a can of coconut milk (usually 14 oz), you can use heavy cream or whipping cream in its place (you need something thicker than normal milk).
  • I opted for the candy bar route.  I got some fancy chocolate bars and chopped them with a knife to aide in their melting quicker.  I used a full 3.5 oz (100g) extra dark chocolate bar from Panama (80% cacao) and about a 1/4 of a 3oz (~22g) milk chocolate bar.  You can choose whatever style of chocolate that you like.  About 4.25 oz (~122g) of chopped chocolate bars was 1 cup in a measuring cup.  When making this again, I will likely opt for a higher milk chocolate mix… the pudding turned out great, but the 80% dark definitely made it more on the bittersweet side.

Steps:

  1. Whisk together 1 cup milk and cornstarch in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. Combine craft beer, coconut milk, additional milk, cocoa, chocolate chips, sugar, salt, and nutmeg into a large saucepan. Warm over medium heat until chocolate chips have melted.
  3. Whisk in cornstarch mixture and cook for 15 minutes over medium-low heat or until pudding thickens* and begins to boil.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
  5. Cover and chill well before serving (4-6 hours, or overnight).
  6. Stir again prior to serving.  Enjoy!

*Prep Note: If you double the recipe, you need to heat it longer… you don’t want to apply extra heat to do it quicker… it may not thicken properly/consistently.

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The above pudding recipe would work great for a get together… say, the Super Bowl, or even just a nice dinner party.  It’s a very versatile dessert.  This is a mainly music-based blog. If you stumbled in on a recipe search, check out my other recipes at THIS LINK.  For specific “cooking with beer” links, go here:

~Dan – np: John Zorn Mount Analogue

RECIPE: Pumpkin Stout Tiramisu

1st Jan 12 (Sun) 4 comments

For New Year’s Eve 2011, I took a classic tiramisu recipe and altered it a little bit into…

Pumpkin Stout Tiramisu

Makes 12 large servings

Ingredients: makes a 9″ x 13″ pyrex sized tiramisu sheet

  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1 ¼ cups white sugar
  • 16 oz. package of mascarpone (soft Italian cheese)
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • one (1) 12 oz. package of lady fingers (about 40 of 4″ cookies used)
  • ½ cup (4 oz.) pumpkin stout
    I used Corvallis-based Flat Tail Brewing’s Feathertop Imperial Pumpkin Stout, which was aged on vanilla beans and sweet cinnamon bark
  • ¼ cup strong coffee (espresso or strong batch of french press)
  • cocoa powder (for dusting) or semi-sweet chocolate bar (for grating or curling)

Steps:

  1. Combine egg yolks and sugar in the top of a double boiler, over boiling water.  If you don’t have a double-boiler, here are some alternatives.  Reduce heat to low, and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and whip yolks until thick and lemon colored.
  2. Add mascarpone to whipped yolks. Beat until smooth.  Using a hand mixer will help.
  3. In a separate bowl, whip the heavy cream to stiff peaks (also with a hand mixer). Gently fold into yolk mixture and set aside.
  4. Take half of the lady fingers (about 20 cookies) and line the bottom and sides of a large glass bowl (9″ x 13″ pyrex).  Mix the stout & coffee together and then brush about half of the mixture over top of the lady finger layer. Brushing (versus dipping the cookies or pouring the liquid) gets some of the flavor into the cookies, but it doesn’t turn into a soaking mess.  Spoon half of the cream filling over the lady fingers.
  5. Repeat ladyfingers (remaining 20 cookies), stout/coffee, and filling layers. Garnish with cocoa powder or chocolate curls. To make the chocolate curls, use a vegetable peeler and run it down the edge of the chocolate bar.
  6. Refrigerate several hours or overnight.  Enjoy!

I think this would be great with any darker beer… a coffee stout, like Eugene-based Oakshire’s Overcast espresso stout would be amazing – and I think I’ll try that next.  Also, if they make the imperial chocolate pumpkin porter Big Black Jack next fall, I may have to try it with that as well.  Since craft beers vary by region, if you can’t find the exact beers above, I’m SURE you’ll find something suitable.  The best part of the recipe… you get plenty of beer to drink while you’re making it.

This is a mainly music-based blog. If you stumbled in on a recipe search, check out my other recipes at THIS LINK.

~Dan – Mike PattonThe Solitude of Prime Numbers

The GREAT Holiday Recipe Collection

22nd Nov 11 (Tue) Leave a comment

Re-runs are on TV.  Re-runs are on this blog… it’s a “slow news day” as it were, and since Thanksgiving is coming up, why not create a “best of” recipes blog?  It’ll be your one stop shop!

An all vegetarian, mostly vegan recipes list for your holiday get-togethers.  Great for Thanksgiving, Diwali, Hanukkah‎, Kwanzaa‎, Festivus, Eid ul-Fitr عيد الفطر, Christmas, or the also popular Xmas…

Here are some of my favorite recipe creations (dreamt up here)…

  • S’mores Pouches – super fun, not too difficult, I’m really proud of this creation…
  • Chantrelle & Gruyere Quiche – I also made it with a Cheetos crust, but don’t feel as if you have to follow suit…
  • Jalapeno Brie Poppers – Great served with a blueberry compote!
  • Taco Scones – How could something so easy and so delicious never have been conceived of before?  These are flippin’ brilliant (and versatile for substitutions).  Have some salsa, guacamole or sour cream on hand for dippin’…
  • Savory Feta & Kalamata Pound Cake – I took an olive oil poundcake recipe and “Greek’d” it up.  It’s a fave!
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly Cocktail paired with…
    Grilled Mac & Cheese Sandwiches
    – This was one of my favorite, unique recipes.  It took some time to test (oh no, I have to taste test vodka again!?).  The pairing with the grilled mac & cheese sandwiches worked really well.  The peanut vodka is too late to start for Thanksgiving, but I’d recommend trying it!

Here are some classics… they’d go great for your holiday noshing…

Desserts

Back to the normal music blogging shortly… have a great Thanksgiving holiday!

~Dan – np: Peter MulveyLetters From A Flying Machine

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