I think the older I get the harder it is for me to wrap my mind around how quickly the months pass! I try to reflect back to see what I have accomplished in the few weeks the months offer me. Although February has flown by for me (as has most months) I did discover a few very interesting beers to cook with.
Morning Nightcap by Arcadia Ales, http://arcadiaales.com/, has been a fun beer to not only make marshmallows but also the beer cake that I make so often (you can find the recipe under the dessert tab on my web site ). The Chocolate Cheesecake Milk Shake Stout by Rochester Mills Brewery, http://www.beercos.com/our-story/production-brewery/, was the beer I used to make part of the Vanilla Porter cupcake with Chocolate Cheesecake Milk Stout filling topped with the salted caramel Vanilla Porter butter cream frosting. The cupcakes were time consuming but ohhhhhh boy were they delish!!!! You can find that recipe under the dessert tab also. A truly unique beer, Milk Shake IPA also from Rochester Mills, was a big favorite of my husband Forrest. I used the Milk Shake IPA to make marshmallows and they were a huge hit with everyone who tried them. The beer offered a wonderful little bite on the back side of the marshmallow taste. I didn’t have to dry hop the marshmallows very much to achieve the taste I wanted. Another great beer I found for making cupcakes, marshmallows and even soaking pears in was from Brewery Vivant, https://www.breweryvivant.com/ A Bourbon Barrel Aged Quadruple Ale called Wizard Burial Ground was so much fun to play with. I soaked some pears in the beer for a few weeks and then made a delicious almond tart where I topped it with my soaked pears. Talk about tantalizing your taste buds!!
Forrest and I have been to Brewery Vivant in Grand Rapids Michigan a few times. They are known for their sour beers, which Forrest is not a fan of but they do have other beers that are pretty solid. One of my favorite things to get at Brewery Vivant is their Duck Confit Nachos. Holy Batman are they awesome!
I have to say that Forrest didn’t suffer too badly from all of my finds this month. There are a couple of other beers that were ok for drinking but I didn’t feel they were worthy of creating anything with them.
I will post the Almond Tart Recipe that I made with the soaked pears soon but if you now have a bug you want to make them right after you read the blog post you can find the recipe on this web site https://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/almond-tarts-recipe
The only things I changed with the recipe is to not put the raspberries on top or the icing. I felt the pears were a great touch and I did not want to take away from that flavor combined with almond flavor. Too much sweet from the icing pulls the flavor combination away.
I have high hopes for March. Lots of recipes as well as beers to sample.
Thanks for reading!