25 September, 2013

CSA Week 16

tomatoes 30.65 oz
salad greens 7.70 oz
jalapenos 1.60 oz
cabbage 68.05 oz
beets 15.25  oz
peppers 8.80  oz
winter squash 50.70 oz
radishes 11.80 oz
shallots 6.90 oz
mint 1.35 oz
broccoli 11.75 oz
red onions 4.60 oz
What's that? You want some scale because the cabbage looks oddly large? Well that's because it is oddly large. I have no idea what we're going to do with this one...

24 September, 2013

23 September, 2013

FFF Dreadnaught

20 September, 2013

Leek Potato Soup

This is more or less based on Alton Brown's recipe, but I made a few changes and of course used what I had on hand from the CSA boxes. I'm more into hearty/chunky soups, so I threw out the idea of making a pale blended soup and kept the general flavor profile of Alton's recipe.
Ingredients, +/- since I didn't do too much measuring of spices and veggies
  • 13ish ounces leeks with greens, tips trimmed, cut into bite sized pieces and washed
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Heavy pinch kosher salt, plus additional for seasoning
  • 1 to 1.5# potatoes, cut into bite sized chunks
  • 1# carrots, scrubbed and cut to bite sized
  • 1 quart chicken stock, a little of it smoked
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper 
  • black pepper
  • marjoram
  • probably garlic
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup buttermilk (made from powdered was fine)
    In a 6-quart saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the leeks with some salt and saute until a bit browned. Add the other veggies and spices, then bring to a boil. Simmer over low heat until potatoes are fork tender, then turn off and added dairy.
    I wasn't sure what to expect since I messed with Alton's recipe, but I was quite pleased with the results. I would definitely make this again.

    CSA Week 12

    leeks 18.75 oz
    zuchini 16.50 oz
    carrots 25.45 oz
    garlic 2.55 oz
    corn 62.55 oz
    tomatoes 31.45 oz
    cucumbers 17.10 oz
    onions 20.65 oz
    kale 6.85 oz
    jalapenos 1.60 oz
    eggplant  7.95 oz

    CSA Week 11

    cherry tomatoes 11.35 oz
    jalapenos 1.50 oz
    fennel 27.50 oz
    carrots 33.45 oz
    zuchini 4.20 oz
    peppers 10.95 oz
    squash 13.70 oz
    potatoes 34.40 oz
    cucumbers 16.75 oz
    kale 10.50 oz
    garlic 1.85 oz

    CSA Week 13

    chard 7.60 oz
    tomatoes 33.55 oz
    carrots 32.40 oz
    cucumbers 16.30 oz
    fennel 19.55 oz
    jalapenos 2.0 oz
    potatoes 30.85 oz
    garlic 1.80 oz
    cabbage 46.55 oz
    corn 88.10 oz
    onions  19.65 oz

    CSA Week 14

    beets 24.60 oz
    cucumber 12.35 oz
    broccoli 12.85 oz
    dill 0.80 oz
    leeks 13.10 oz
    tomatoes 26.90 oz
    jalapenos 1.15 oz
    corn 76.1 oz
    arugula 8.00 oz

    CSA Week 15

    dumpling squash 47.95 oz
    kale 10.30 oz
    carrots 31.70 oz
    jalapenos 1.80 oz
    radishes 8.1 oz
    salad greens 8.40 oz
    tomatoes 55.95 oz
    parsley 3.75 oz
    peppers 7.95 oz
    green beans 9.85 oz

    09 September, 2013

    New Glarus Wild Sour Ale

    Pours a Hazy Brown wroth a tint of red. Good carbonation,  constant mild head. Lactic avoid and some fruit on the nose,  mild cherry. The first taste is a really great balance between sweet and sour witha refreshingly light sour winning out. The door is almost smooth,  which leaves you wanting another sip.

    Great beer.

    Troegs 82 Belgian Style Trippel

    Light belgian nose.  Estery, not spicy. Interesting flavor,  big mouthfeel, too sweet. A neat beer to try,  but not to buy.

    02 September, 2013

    FFF Apocalypse Cow

    Pours a medium amber gold.  Smells of fruity hops and lacks a meaningful head.

    Pronounced malt with reasonable hoppiness, though I just finished a different double ipa. I get more chocolate malt and less alcohol. The sweetnessis less cloying.

    Typical fruity double ipa.

    Would not buy.

    FFF Arctic Panzer Wolf

    Pours a medium amber.  As soon as I popped the cap,  I got a blast of hops. The noise is of slightly overripe fruity hops. Hops and malt are well balanced and are fruity with a pretty heavy alcohol note.

    It has the slightly sweet tones that I associate with double ipas. Head retention is not very good.

    Pretty good,  nice to try,  wouldn't buy.

    Founders Double Trouble

    Dark straw with a whitefine head. Smells hoppy with a peach or apricot scent. Peach and apricot dominate the grotty hops.  Thicker mouthfeel.
    Pretty good.  A little heavier than I like.

    01 September, 2013

    Mikkeller Black Hole

    Pours a super dark brown, with only a ring of head. Smells of coffee,  slight acetic acid,  and roasted malt. Coffee overload on the first taste.  The acetic may be the coffee acids. Initial flavor is coffee with a sweetness on the middle and back of the tongue when swallowed. I actually think there is real acid,  maybe lacto, in here as well.

    This is quite a strong,  good coffee beer for special occasions.