• beer,  blogging,  booze,  green living,  local,  microbrews

    Green Beer

    No, I’m not talking about the dyed stuff you drink on St. Patty’s Day. I’m blogging today about the benefits of buying locally-sourced and locally-brewed beer, over at Wisconsin Public Television’s Engage Wisconsin website. Luckily, where I live in Wisconsin, we have a lot of good options. You probably do, too. What are your favorite local beers where you live?

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  • booze,  food,  travel

    Taste of the Andes

    For me, one of the joys of going somewhere new is trying different foods. While traveling in Peru, I had the chance to eat some delicious and diverse cuisine. Some the more adventurous meals involved alpaca skewers (good) and roasted guinea pig (interesting… tasted like a cross between pork and chicken). Probably my favorite Peruvian food, though, was the most simple: the ubiquitous bar snack of fried, salted corn kernels–similar to our Corn Nuts, except that the Peruvian version is fried minutes before serving, instead of purchased at a gas station. Here are some photos of the culinary highlights of our trip: From left to right, going clockwise:  (1)  passion…

  • booze,  coffee,  food,  recipes

    Plummy Rum Blackberry Buckle

    When stone fruits are in season, I can’t help buying them in bulk. The problem is that they don’t last very long. Even at the rapid rate I gobble them, I can never finish all of the purchased peaches or plums. The solution? Bake with them, of course. This “buckle” cake is delicious either as a dessert with ice cream or whipped cream, or with coffee for breakfast. Plummy Rum Blackberry Buckle (try to say that 3 times fast…) Modified from a Bon Appetit recipe 1/2 cup whole, unpeeled almonds 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted…