Recipe For Success – Exercise #27

Greetings, and welcome to my table. My virtual table that is. Today’s exercise calls for me to relay to you my favorite Old Speckled Henrecipe. At day number twenty-seven of thirty-one we are getting towards the end, and I can’t say I am too sad. As can be seen by doing exercises like “your favorite recipe”, I think the author of this series may have run out of ideas long before the end. Kind of like running out of life before your dead. Anyway, on to the recipe.

Now, since I listed my wife’s salsa as my favorite food a few days ago you may be expecting the recipe for that. Well too bad! I am not giving it to you. And beside, it is not my recipe, it is hers. The recipe I am going to give you is actually mine. It is one I bake. I would list my recipe for carnitas, but I can’t find it. Sorry. So instead you get my recipe for beer bread – the one I have made since I was a teenager. Way back in those days this bread was about the only reason my parents would allow alcohol in the house. We would buy one can at a time specially just for making the bread.

Beer Bread
3 cups self-rising flour*
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 (12-ounce) can of beer

1. Preheat oven to 350*F
2. Lightly grease or spray a 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.
3. Combine all ingredients, mixing well.
4. Pour into prepared loaf pan and bake for 1 hour.

Makes 1 loaf.
*Or you may substitute with 3 cups all purpose flour, 3 teaspoons baking powder and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt.

There you have it, my recipe for beer bread. And don’t worry, the process of cooking gets rid of all the alcohol. Unless you buy lots of extra beer like I do! You can also make the bread with dark beers or ales. The type of beer you use will certainly have a large influence on the flavor of the final product. Warm it is great with just butter. Later, when it has cooled, this bread will make a fantastic sandwich too.


What's Inside The Fridge – Exercise #12

OMG, it smells in there! Seriously, this is not happening. The exercise for today is to tell what is inside my fridge. And I will do that, at least partially, but before I do I am going to selectively edit the fridge and toss a few things out.  [Insert The Fridgestream of consciousness pause here.] And now that is done we can continue with Exercise Number 12: What’s Inside the Fridge.

We have a fairly normal sized side-by-side refrigerator. The left side is a freezer and the right side is the fridge. We can fairly safely ignore the left side. About all that is in there are some ice trays (do ice dispensers ever really work for long?), some ice cream and some English muffins my dad gave us for Christmas.

The right side isn’t very well populated at the moment, mainly because I just threw out some stuff before starting this exercise. On the top shelf are a couple of bottle of beer and two growlers. The growlers of beer come from the Charleston Beer Exchange and have two different ales; New Belgium Brewing’s Ranger Imperial Pale Ale and Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale. There are also a couple of bottles of pumpkin ale left over from the fall that I still have drunk yet.

Further down the shelves things get much more mundane – cream cheese, cheddar cheese, some tortillas, a plastic contain filled with leftover green beans and potatoes. Next shelf we get to eggs, more tortillas and the left over roast beef that was the partner of the aforementioned beans and potatoes. Note to self – we are out of bacon and sausage. No biggie for at least another week though since I am in bachelor mode and sure won’t cook those just for myself.

The vegetable bins at the bottom are empty right now. They weren’t a short while ago, but after inspecting what was in there they are now. And we won’t go into the results of what I found.

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