Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Brew Review: Dust Bowl Brewing Hops of Wrath


Beer: Dust Bowl Brewing Co. Hops of Wrath
Date: 4-14-14
Location: Turlock, CA
Type: IPA
Alcohol: 6.6%
IBU: 50


Appearance: Golden, tangerine, hazy, lots of carbonation bubbles, decent head retention, great lacing.

Aroma: Immediately upon poppin' the top I smelled intense pine hops, stickin' the nose into the head I smelled a nice back bone of toasty malts.

Body & Texture: Up front it has quite the hoppy bite but it's really smooth and finishes soft.

Aftertaste: The hops mellow out and fade into a nice maltiness with a tad bitterness left over.

"Hops of Wrath - a tribute to the strong willed, gritty people of the Dust Bowl and Great Depression era. Inspired by the families who came west in search of a new start as well as those who stayed behind to weather the storm. This is great beer born of hard times." - Dust Bowl Brewing

Overall Impression: 
Lucky for me my dad decided to surprise me last Sunday morning with a beer from his most recent trip up to Truckee. He found this one at a gas station and what a find it is! This is an IPA I'd happily buy in six packs. I'm a little sad I've never seen this beer around Sonoma County. I'm definitely going to be keeping my eyes open for it. Overall, I think Hops of Wrath has a great taste. It's a very solid IPA with a great aroma, the color is beautiful, it had wonderful lacing, and the initial taste is perfect for IPA lovers but also had a nice malt backbone which I always appreciate. Plus, doesn't it just have such a badass name? I am totally recommending this IPA to any IPA lovers out there. If you see it, do yourself a favor and pick one up.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Peanut Butter Oatmeal White Chocolate Chip Cookies


I made these cookies two weeks ago for a little backyard bbq David and I had with our friends. It was last minute but I wanted to bake something sweet for dessert. I always think cookies are some of the easiest baked goods to make. Plus, so many people don't make them by scratch that you can usually easily impress people with cookies. I scanned through my "Cookie Love" board on Pinterest and decided to go with these ones.


After rushing to the store to do our weekly shopping, putting all the food away by myself, I quickly got started on these cookies, and went and read the recipe wrong! It was not much of a disaster but it meant I was going to have to double the recipe to fix the problem. That was fine by me! Another one of my favorite things about drop cookies is that you can drop them all out on to a cookie sheet, put the cookie sheet in the freezer, and then after a few hours remove them from the cookie sheet to a ziplock bag to bake later. All you have to do then is preheat the oven, and place the frozen cookie dough balls on to the baking sheet, and wa-la you have fresh baked cookies in a whim.


This worked out perfectly for me since David and I went to our friends Max & Maren's last night for dinner. I baked up a dozen of the frozen cookie dough balls and brought them with us for dessert. Again everyone loved these cookies. They are definitely a crowd-pleaser. I'm going to have to make them again for my mom when she's finished with her two week cleanse (no carbs for her). Poor girl didn't get to try any this time!


Peanut Butter Oatmeal White Chocolate Chip Cookies
Adapted from How Sweet Eats

1 1/4 cup flour
1 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted & cooled
6 tablespoons creamy peanut butter, melted & cooled
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 egg + 1 egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup white chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

2. In a small bowl melt butter and peanut butter in the microwave or on the stove. Stir every 30 seconds until completely melted. Remove from heat and cool.

3. In a large bowl; combine flour, oats, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. 

4. In the bowl of a large mixer; beat melted butter/peanut butter mixture and brown and granulated sugar together until completely mixed. Beat egg and egg yolk until completely mixed. Pour in vanilla and beat until combined. Turn speed down and add in flour mixture until completely mixed. Turn off machine, remove beater and stir in white chocolate chips.

5. On a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a silpat place 1 tablespoon sized cookie dough balls on sheet and bake for 10-13 minutes depending on your oven. Remove from oven and let sit 1 to 2 minutes before removing to cool on a wire rack.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Buffalo Turkey Burgers with Blue Cheese Sauce


Happy Friday!
There's something about this weather (80 degrees) that makes me crave BBQ. I'm still a little upset we had such a lousy winter here in Sonoma County, but I can't deny that BBQ'ing and running outside in the sunshine hasn't been wonderful. 

Last Saturday it was so nice David & I decided to just say "screw it" to all of our chores and responsibilities. We decided to meet friends at Lagunitas Brewery and enjoy some beers & lunch out on their patio. We then took the dogs to a HUGE dog park in Petaluma. When we got home from lunch and the dog park we decided to invite said friends over for a last minute backyard BBQ where we served marinated flank steak, grilled red peppers, a green garden salad, and jalapeno cheddar bread. Of course more beers were consumed along with some peanut butter white chocolate chip oatmeal cookies. I hope to share the cookies soon! The BBQ was a success and made me excited for more BBQ's this summer.


One of my absolute favorite dinners during this kind of weather is turkey burgers. I'm always looking for new recipes to switch it up. David and I have been loving anything buffalo flavored right now. He's claimed the Buffalo Wing Hummus as his all time favorite and we're both crazy for the Buffalo Turkey Meatloaf. These turkey burgers are the perfect spring/summer meal for when you don't want to turn on your oven. 


They have a nice heat to them but really the heat is totally manageable. Especially with this blue cheese sauce. How come blue cheese and hot sauce are a match made in heaven?! Also, why did it take me so long to discover my love for buffalo-flavored foods? One thing I have yet to try on my own is the classic buffalo wings! Perhaps when football starts back up I'll give it a go. 


Enjoy your weekend! I hope you get to find some time to fire up your barbeque and give these a try!

Buffalo Turkey Burgers with Blue Cheese Sauce

Buffalo Turkey Burgers
1.25 pounds ground turkey
4 green onions, chopped (about 1/4 cup)
1 carrot, shredded
1/3 cup Frank's RedHot Buffalo Wing Hot Sauce
1/4 cup panko
1 egg
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

Blue Cheese Sauce
1 (6 oz) container plain Greek yogurt
1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
fresh black pepper, to taste

Buns, lettuce, tomato, onion, whatever toppings you enjoy

Directions: 

1. Preheat grill to medium high heat.

2. In a large bowl combine all the turkey burger ingredients and form into 4 or 5 equal patties depending on what size you like your burgers. Coat in olive oil and place on the grill. Cook each side 7-8 minutes. Remove from grill.

3. While burgers are cooking in a small bowl combine all of the blue cheese sauce ingredients and let sit.

4. Assemble burgers on buns and top with blue cheese sauce.
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