Grabbing the Gusto

Deirdre Reid – Freelance Writer & Home Cook

This kicked-up version of Sloppy Joe’s includes chipotle en adobo, poblano pepper, onion, garlic, dark beer, molasses and other good stuff. Keep it in mind for tailgating and football parties. ~~~ What are your mandatory kitchen ingredients? I can’t imagine not having onions, garlic, eggs, parmesan, and pasta on hand. I can create enough meals …

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I’m still cooking with beer in the Grabbing the Gusto kitchen. Just like wine, broths, juices and vinegars, beer adds flavor to a dish. And with dozens of beer styles, you have a large selection of flavors to choose from. It’s a cooking ingredient as well as one of my favorite beverages. That’s why I …

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Yes, yes, it’s the first week of the new year and you all have resolutions about eating healthier, exercising and being the perfect you. However, sometimes you need to treat yourself, and those around you, to a warm comforting bowl of fat. Don’t worry, it has vegetables in it too! Beer cheese soups have been …

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Gingerbread is the ideal counter cake. It sits on the counter and gets more and more delicious each day. Friends drop by during the holidays, you cut a few slices, and damn it’s good — intensely spiced, moist and tasty. It also goes really well with eggnog. This recipe was developed by Claudia Fleming when …

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