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Cheesy Beer Bread

My last recipe for sweet potato chili may have left you wondering what to make to serve alongside it.  Well look no further because here is a simple and delicious bread recipe.  This cheesy loaf is perfect for dipping into chili (or any soup, or served plain, or with butter on top…).  I first made this back in November with a bottle of pumpkin beer, but feel free to use whatever brew you have available in your fridge.

Cheesy Beer Bread
Makes 1 Loaf

Pumpkin beer and a pumpkin candle...I obviously love fall a little too much.

1 cup diced onions
1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
½ tsp. ground thyme
½ tsp. ground cayenne pepper
1 tsp. garlic powder
12 to 15oz. of bottled beer
1 ¼ cup shredded Colby-Jack cheese, separated

1.  Heat olive oil in a small pan over medium heat.  Add onion, reduce heat to medium-low, and caramelize for 20 to 30 minutes. 
2.  In a large bowl, combine the next 7 ingredients (whole wheat flour through garlic powder). 
3. Dig a small hole in the middle of the mixture, and add 1 cup grated cheese and caramelized onions. 
4.  Pour beer into bowl, and stir until combined.
5.  Pour batter into a greased loaf pan (or spray with non-stick cooking spray).  Top with remaining cheese if desired and bake at 375 degrees for 40 to 50 minutes. 

 

Extra, extra!

Wine of the WeekMain Street Merlot from California.  Like the description on their website suggests…

“It is family dinners on Sundays,
It is the heartbeat of a holiday,
It is the comfort of home,
Where familiar places line the streets and friendly faces welcome you every time,
This is your Main Street.”

 

 

…I did enjoy this with some friends over dinner on Sunday, and it was very smooth and fruity.  Another thing I like about their website is the Fact Sheet that describes exactly what goes into this varietal. 

 

Extra, extra!  Take 2:  Read Mark Bittman’s take on McDonald’s newest menu arrival:  oatmeal.  I pretty much agree with what he says and also ask the question, “Why?”

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Slow Down with Sweet Potato Chili

If you read yesterday’s post, you learned that I was the recipient of some bad luck in that ice cream exploded all over me twice before 8am.  How this came to happen makes me laugh because I think I only have myself to blame.  

I am a very curious person.  I tend to notice things that other people don’t, and then wonder why things are the way they are.  So, when I saw a milky substance leaking over the floor of the employee break room yesterday morning at work, my first thought was, “What is milk doing on the ground and how did it get here?  I’ll open up the cooler.” 

Turns out it wasn’t milk — it was ice cream.  That one of my employees left in the refrigerator overnight because it was too big to fit in the freezer.  **Shakes head** 

Well, you think I would learn.  Sadly, I did not.  Because 20 minutes later when I noticed a milky substance pooling underneath the ice cream machine in the dining room again my immediate thought was, “Why is this milk here?  I should open the ice cream machine and see what’s wrong.” 

Side note….but do you remember Gusher fruit candies and how the juice squirts out as soon as you bite into a piece?  Imagine that, but with ice cream rather than fruit juice; that’s exactly what happened when I opened the machine’s door.  Melted ice cream splattered everywhere and left a huge mess over me and the floor.  I just started laughing, went back into the kitchen and poured myself a third cup of coffee because I knew it would be “one of those days.” 

Read on…

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