Lager Grog

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Sam Adams Beer Cocktail

Recipe: Lager Grog

Summary: In honor of our beloved hometown, this warm cocktail uses Samuel Adams’s flagship Boston Lager for a malty, somewhat sweet drink that will thaw the bones of anyone trying to make it through a brutal New England winter.

Ingredients

  • • 12 ounces Samuel Adams Boston Lager
  • • 4 ounces apple cider
  • • 3 ounces freshly squeezed orange juice 2 ounces cream sherry
  • • 2 ounces orange liqueur, such as Grand Marnier
  • • 1 ounce amaretto
  • • 1 orange, sliced
  • • 4 whole cloves
  • • 2 star anise pods

Instructions

  1. 1. Add all of the ingredients to a medium saucepan and heat over low heat until warm.
  2. 2. Remove and reserve the orange slices for garnish. Strain the mixture into four Irish coffee mugs, straining out the star anise and cloves. Add the orange slices and serve warm.

Number of servings (yield): 4

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Gobble ’Em Up Nachos

Thursday, April 9, 2015


Recipe: Gobble ’Em Up Nachos

Summary: When I go to a basketball game, the radioactive-looking yellow nachos served at the concession stands always smell so good, but I know their flavor won’t measure up. Why not make a winning version of nachos for game-watching at home? Using ground turkey makes these snacks lower in fat—but don’t tell the fellas.

Ingredients

  • • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • • 1 pound ground turkey
  • • 1 large onion, chopped
  • • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • • Two 12-ounce jars chili sauce
  • • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • • 2 1⁄2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • • 1 1⁄4 teaspoons ground cumin
  • • 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
  • • One 2-ounce jar pimientos, drained
  • • One 4-ounce can chopped green chiles
  • • 1⁄2 cup beer, such as a classic American lager (do not use a sweet ale)
  • • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • • Hot pepper sauce to taste (optional)
  • • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • • 1⁄2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • • One...

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Vanilla Bean Cupcakes with Whipped Vanilla Buttercream

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Vanilla Bean Cupcakes in Mason Jars Recipe

Recipe: Vanilla Bean Cupcakes with Whipped Vanilla Buttercream

Summary: There’s something magical in the simplicity of a vanilla  cupcake. It’s a blank canvas waiting to be painted with buttercream, filled with jams, or drizzled with caramel. This playful take on classic birthday cupcakes allows your guests to participate. Serve these vanilla-on-vanilla cupcakes with a condiment bar to allow your guests to choose their favorite toppings.

Ingredients

  • FOR THE CUPCAKES:
  • • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • • 1½ cups cake flour
  • • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • • ¼ teaspoons salt
  • • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • • 4 large eggs, separated
  • • 1 cup half-and-half
  • • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • • Vanilla bean seeds scraped from 1 vanilla bean pod
  • FOR THE VANILLA BUTTERCREAM:
  • • ½ cup plus 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • FOR THE CONDIMENT BAR:
  • • Chocolate sauce
  • • Caramel sauce
  • • Raspberry sauce
  • • Sprinkles

Instructions

  1. 1....

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Grilled Salmon BLT Panini

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Grilled Salmon BLT Recipe

Recipe: Grilled Salmon BLT Panini

Summary: Could the BLT be the best sandwich invention ever? Someone somewhere along the line figured out that three simple key ingredients—bacon, lettuce, and tomato—form a trifecta that is not only perfect as a stand-alone sandwich but also sets the foundation for so many others. You can add almost anything—including salmon—to a BLT and it will still taste amazing!

Ingredients

  • · 1⁄2 cup mayonnaise
  • · 2 tablespoons pesto, purchased or homemade
  • · 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • · 8 slices sourdough bread, sliced from a dense bakery loaf
  • · 1 (1-pound) skin-on salmon fillet
  • · Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • · 1⁄2 cup baby arugula
  • · 8 strips cooked bacon
  • · 2 plum tomatoes (such as Roma), thinly sliced and seeded

Instructions

  1. 1. In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise and pesto until well combined. Cover the bowl and put it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to assemble the panini.
  2. 2. Heat the panini press...

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