Bourbon Banana Bread

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Bourbon Banana Bread

1 stick butter, melty

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

4 ripe bananas, mashed

1/2 cup buttermilk (or 1/2 cup of half & half with 1/2 tbsp vinegar)

1/2 cup bourbon

1 tsp vanilla

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 1/2 tsp salt

1 cup chopped walnuts

– Heat oven to 350, and move oven rack to the lowest position. Grease the insides of one 8 inch loaf pan and one muffin pan.

– Cream the butter and sugar with an electric mixer. Add the eggs and blend well. Add the mashed bananas, buttermilk, bourbon and vanilla. Mix until incorporated. Add the flour, baking soda and salt and mix in well. Then stir in the walnuts last, pour into your baking pans and place in the oven.

– Bake 8″ loaf pan for 1 hour, take the muffin pan out after 45 minutes. Test done-ness with a knife: if it comes out clean you are golden.

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Christmas Port Braised Pot Roast w/Mashed Potatoes and Brussel Sprouts

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Here we have Six Grapes Port as well as a gifted custom-made batch of port, and started off Christmas Dinner with an appetizer of Tom de Savoie, some creamy Le Delice de Bourgogne, a dried fruit and nut brick from Bristol Farms, black & green Spanish olives and black pepper crackers.

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IMG_4179 copyChristmas Port Braised Pot Roast

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1 4lb Chuck Roast

2 tbsp Flour (for dipping)

2-3 tbsp Olive Oil

2 Onions + 1 Shallot, quartered

8 Carrots (or 6 for large), cut in 2-inch pieces

6 cloves Garlic, halved

1 cup Port

2 cups Mushroom Stock

4 sprigs Rosemary

Salt & Pepper to taste

Our recipe is adapted from Ree Drummond of The Pioneer Woman, but instead of wine we used port, in place of beef stock we used mushroom stock, we added shallots in with the onion, added garlic cloves, and used extra sprigs of rosemary in place of using thyme.

Start your roast by selecting a choice piece of grassfed Chuck Roast with plenty of marbling. The fat is where the flavor comes from and also texturizes the meat so that it is not so compressed.

IMG_0958 copy– Generously salt & pepper both sides of the chuck roast, and dip each side in flour.

– Heat olive oil on medium-high in a roasting pot. Add onions and brown each side. Remove Onions.

IMG_0952 copy– Add carrots to the same oil. Stir around till they start to brown, about 2 minutes. Remove.

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– Add more oil if needed, sear both sides and edges of the chuck roast. Remove.

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– Pour in the port and deglaze the bottom of the pot with a whisk.

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– Throw everything back in the pot, starting with the meat, then the onions and carrots, add garlic cloves and sprigs of rosemary on top. Pour in the mushroom stock. Cover. And put in the preheated oven for 4 hours at 275 degrees.

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*This is an oven recipe. Using a crock pot is also possible.

Make Mashed Potatoes to accompany the stew-like roast (russet potatoes, lots of butter, half & half, salt & pepper, and a dash of nutmeg):

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The Brussel Sprouts are simply roasted with olive oil, salt and pepper. The secret is to toss them thoroughly halfway through and add butter. Roast in same oven as the Roast for the last 40 minutes.

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BBQ Spicy Beer Ribs + Tofu ‘Rib’ Alternative

We marinaded the ribs overnight with a *homemade Sriracha

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1 cup onion, grated

3/4 cup flat beer (we used Murphy’s Stout for its low carbonation)

3/4 cup Sriracha or (*plain tomato sauce, tomato paste, apple cider vinegar, garlic powder, onion powder, chili pepper, cayenne)

3 tbsp Dijon mustard

1 tbsp Worcestershire

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped

salt & pepper

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green & purple cabbage

mayonnaise

chopped pickles

pickle juice

salt & pepper

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Shandy = Beer + Lemonade (preferably carbonated)

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IMG_3531 copy 2Dessert: Murphy’s Stout Brownies

3 ½ oz (1 bar) 70% + dark chocolate

8 tbsp of butter

1 cup stout beer (we used Murphy’s, or recommend an espresso stout)

1/2 cup white sugar

1 cup brown sugar, loose, not packed

4 eggs

2 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 cup flour

1 tsp salt

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 cup toasted walnuts (*optional)

– Preheat oven to 350 degrees

– Melt chocolate and butter together, set aside to cool slightly, stir in stout

– Beat eggs and sugar together, add vanilla extract

– Mix dry ingredients together (flour, cocoa powder & salt)

– In a large bowl, blend everything together till moist, then fold in chips and walnuts

– Baking time: 40-45 minutes

serve with fresh strawberries