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HOPS IT'S NOT JUST FOR DRINKING. RECIPES FOR COOKING WITH HOME BREW, MICRO BREW AND CRAFT BEERS

Kitchen Sink Beer Baked Beans January 31, 2013

I asked my mom, friends and anyone I met what their favorite recipe was for baked beans.  I received a huge variety of recipes and most had a few things in common; brown sugar, onion, molasses and ketchup.   Ok, well that was a start but not what I was looking for.  So I took all the recipes that I sort of liked, combined them into one and as I was making the beans I found myself constantly adding more stuff, thus the Kitchen Sink Baked Beans (the beer was an afterthought).   I know in my article this month in Women’s Lifestyle Northshore I told you not to heat up balsamic vinegar but as with most rules this  is an exception.  The “tang” part of the beans is from the balsamic vinegar and it give the recipe a great flavor!

Cooking time will vary with this recipe and it also depends on if you put them in the oven or in a crock pot.  I used a crock pot for this recipe (have 3 and don’t ever use them).    Enjoy!!!  For comments/questions email Ramona@lowfatdivablog.com

 Kitchen Sink Baked Beans

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 ½ cup diced onions or leeks

1 cup diced celery

1 cup diced carrot

¼ cup Balsamic vinegar

3 tablespoons tomato paste

3 tablespoons whole grain Dijon Mustard

1 ½ teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary

1 tablespoon cocoa powder

3 teaspoons smoked paprika

1/3 cup  brown sugar (start with this amount and you may decide to add more)

2 teaspoon liquid smoke

2 cups dried navy beans or other dried bean of your choice

1 can great northern beans (size is your choice)

5 cups water

8 oz. of any Porter or Stout beer (not sweet flavors) – keep 4 oz for the end of the cooking

6 oz. cooked and chopped up turkey bacon

Place dried beans in a pot and cover with water (you can use half beer and half water).  Leave them to soak over nights.

The next day drain beans and set aside.  In a non stick frying pan place the olive oil, add the onion, celery and carrots.  Cook until translucent – about 10 minutes.  Add in the balsamic vinegar to deglaze the pan for 1 more minute.  Add the tomato paste, mustard, rosemary, cocoa powder and paprika.  Saute for another 2-3 minutes.  Remove from heat

Set your crock pot on high if you want them done in about 5 hours.  Add the beans, vegetable mixture, water and beer.  Stir the mixture about every hour or so.  In the last 2 hours, add the canned northern beans and the cooked bacon.  I add the other 4 ounces of beer  at this time or more if I want my beans to have a bit more liquid.  There is nothing I hate more than having baked beans that are more like dry baked paste!

NOTE:  My friend Dawn browns up very lean ground beef or turkey and adds that into her baked beans during the cooking cycle.  The meat does give the beans a nice flavor.

baked beans

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Beer Health News From A Blog Called The Weekly Pint January 28, 2013

Filed under: Diva's Brew-ha — Hopp Diva @ 3:09 pm

This article was sent to me from a blog that I follow called The Weekly Pint.  Normally I read and then delete but this one had some interesting comments about the health benefits of hops.  Now, I ‘m not a big hop girl but my husband tends to like an IPA or other beers that are loaded with hops, so I thought for those of you hop lovers out there you may appreciate this bit of good news about hops!

Article from The Weekly Pint

Hanging out with friends and family this time of year can be a roll of the dice, as the nation continues to battle epidemic levels of influenza and, of course, the common cold. And while such pathogens won’t survive in beer, sharing glassware or bar food with sniffling friends could easily lead to infection (pro-tip: don’t share; wash your hands constantly) But don’t let the fear of flu keep you from enjoying a good craft beer. According to recent studies, moderate beer consumption can actually be good for the health of adults.

According to AFP (Agence France-Presse), results of recent medical tests in Japan show that ingesting large amounts of humulone, the key ingredient in hops (which give beer aroma and bitterness), might help fend off a form of seasonal sickness in adults, specifically “RS”, or Respiratory Syncytial virus, which can lead to severe forms of pneumonia and bronchitis in children. We’ll note loud and clear here that the test itself was commissioned by Sapporo Breweries through Sapporo Medical University, which in turn points out it would take about thirty cans at once to achieve an effective dose, which, of course, could kill you six ways to Sunday (don’t try it). Nevertheless we’ll raise a salutary glass in hopes that further medical testing confirms that hops are indeed the happiest, healthiest plant.

In the meantime, take solace in this Time magazine article outlining several other health benefits to beer, from healthier blood and bones to the lungs, skin, hair, and even brain.

 

 
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