Cooking · Dinner

Beer Battered Fish

As my cousin's van rattled through the English countryside, I debated whether the Pennines should actually be referred to as "mountains". My contention remains to this day that any "range" topping out at elevations of less than 3,000 ft really shouldn't hold the same distinction as the glorious caps of the Cascades that dominate the… Continue reading Beer Battered Fish

Cooking · Dinner

The Best Corned Beef Dinner Ever

Saint Patrick's Day is coming. Time for too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ra-ing about Molly Malone, Danny Boy and my Wild Irish Rose. Time for dancing a jig while not spilling a drop. Time for decking out in shades of forest, emerald, mint and moss. For celebrating my freckles and green eyes while lamenting my lack of red-headedness. And the… Continue reading The Best Corned Beef Dinner Ever

Baking · Bread

Gruyère Beer Bread

I'm making a delicious beef stew for dinner tonight, and thought this rich, cheesy bread would be a perfect complement to the hearty, savory stew. Gruyère is generally known as one of the finest cheeses for baking, having a distinctive but not overpowering taste. It also melts amazingly well. I've used mozzarella in this bread… Continue reading Gruyère Beer Bread