I wanted to write a quick post about a blog I came across over the weekend that might be of interest to Aleheads. Cooking and Pairing with Beer is a blog written by Vanessa, a beer lover and talented cook:
Beer and food are two of my favorite things in the world, so I found a way to combine them with cooking. Great beer enhances great food and vice versa.
Can’t say I disagree with that! She uses craft beers in specially designed recipes matched to the flavor of the beer. And this isn’t your normal “beer-battered chicken” collection of recipes: she doesn’t mess around. Vanessa uses some of my personal favorite brews to come up with some delicious sounding meals and desserts. Pictured above is her Sweet Potato Gnocchi With a Beer Butter Sauce. If that doesn’t sound enticing enough, she uses Brewery Ommegang’s Abbey Ale as an ingredient in the sauce. I’m pretty sure the only complaint I can come up with is that it leaves you with less to drink!
Some highlights from the other recipes included in the site:
Lots of homebrewers, including myself, love to brew beer as well as cook with it. I’ve been looking for new things to try in the kitchen, and this sounds like a great place to start. I’m going to be sure to try a few.
Thanks for the great ideas, Vanessa. Be sure to let us know when you open a restaurant, it seems like our kind of place!