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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Bell's Makes Misery Tolerable


I lazy and didn't want to post this twice, but R and I attended a beer dinner last night. Check my post at living in misery for all the details.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Trickster Doughnuts

Do you like doughnuts? Of course you do. But what if they looked like other, more savory foodstuffs? Would that be too weird for you to take? WOULD IT?!?!?

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Haiku Review: Trader Joe's Tuscan White Bean Hummus

Divine dip from heaven
This world is a better place
Because you are here

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Autumn Is a Time for Beer


Actually, every season is a time for beer. I just wanted to make some suggestions for the fall season and all the fine beer hitting the shelves.

First of all, the pumpkin beers are out. I normally do not like fruit or vegetable-based beers, but this is an exception. I would also like to point out that I have only found one pumpkin ale up to snuff. Schlafly's Pumpkin Ale is by far the best I've had. Somehow they have created a beer that actually tastes of pumpkin and nutmeg and cinnamon and all that without skimping on the alcohol. The beer comes in at 8% ABV. That's no trick, friends. That's all treat.

I also have a Southern Tier Pumpking sitting in the fridge waiting to be consumed. I will have to get back to you on that as I make my way through some other noteworthy beers in my stash.

Besides the pumpkin ales, one should look to the many brands which make an Oktoberfest beer. An Oktoberfest beer is basically a marzen, a German style of lager that's dark and full-bodied. Every brewery and their sister has a marzen available come September. However, only a few stand above.

My pick for this year comes from the masters of the lager: Great Lakes Brewing. Their Oktoberfest is a chocolaty brown with just enough bitter to not infringe on the beer's crispness. No one makes better lagers than Great Lakes, no one.

Another cool addition to the Oktoberfest crowd this year is Coney Island Brewing's Freaktoberfest. The color is the strangest I have ever seen in a beer. The beer pours almost a bright, hot pink color. The head is straight on pink. I think they were going for blood red, but they made a super marzen in the process.

Finally, every season has a one-time only seasonal release. The fall brings us Bells Hell Hath No Fury Ale. It's described as an American dubbel, whatever that is. Just know that it's rich, dark, and intense. Snatch it up quickly as only a small batch has been brewed. Plus, it's kind of pricey.

Be on the lookout for my next beer report for the winter months. There will be plenty of stouts and porters to go around for sure. Also, I will be posting the sweet potato casserole for anyone who is interested.

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Sunday, October 05, 2008

Still Here

Just thought I'd let you all know that we are still here in Misery.

Also, I wanted to start a discussion on Thanksgiving. I know that several of you are planning on attending the whatever annual Native American genocide day or whatever we're calling it now. Maybe we could all post ideas for food items, recipes, and drinks for this little shindig.

We will smoke a turkey as is our usual contribution. I will also provide my sweet potato casserole (which we actually had tonight for dinner). I'm sure there will be more to add to the menu as the event draws nearer.

As far as the drinks, I have a start on that already. I have been aging some special beers from Schlafly Brewing out of STL. They made a limited edition Stout (brewed in bourbon barrels) and barley wine that actually improve with age. Also, I'm sure there will be some bourbon and scotch floating around the Dingo-Early household come November.

So, start posting menu ideas and recipes for the big event. Even if you are not able to attend, I'd like to hear what people are planning for the second-best meal of the year. (R's Polish feasts on Christmas Eve are decadent.)

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Thursday, October 02, 2008

ANOTHER UPDATE: 2008 Columbus Summer Chili-Dog Challenge!

[Pics provided for the benefit of Abby... sheez! are you happy now?]

As summer wound down, I was able to make it to one last chili-dog destination, the unassuming Acme Dogs located on Cleveland Ave. between Morse and 161. This place is all about choice: several varieties of hotdogs as well as sausages, many types of buns (poppy, sesame, egg, plain), and a whole slew of condiments. They have a number of specialty dog combinations, including one that 's wrapped in bacon and deep-fried (!). The coney sauce was pretty good, the beef hotdog with natural casing was a wonderful choice, and cheese + brown mustard = :) . I shan't forget to mention the peanut butter milkshake I got there as well, which was divine. Will I go there again? I already have, in my dreams at least (does anyone else have chili-dog dreams?).

Now behold! in all my masticulating glory: