Fall is in the air…..

Fall is right around the corner, and that means time for the dreaded “pumpkin spice” everything. Don’t misunderstand, I like pumpkin spice. The issue is that somehow, some way, it has become the harbinger of cooler weather, it is put in everything. It makes poor cinnamon the bad guy, and everyone is tired of it well before the Christmas season rolls around. If you love that much pumpkin spice, great. Just don’t feel offended if I roll my eyes every time the flavor is mentioned. The bright side is that it only saturates the flavor profile for two or three months. Have a great start of Fall, and keep the caramel handy!

Not all nut butters are the same

I recently decided to try a newer brand of nut butter that I had heard about through the Stone Brewing media feed – Nutista. Stone had paired with Nutista to create three nut butters that also included the same ingredients that were used to make beer. The results were interesting, versatile, and very tasty. I am never one to back down from a culinary challenge, and I decided to combine Nutista’s product with Stone beer to create baked goods to take to the Stone Beer God himself, Greg Koch. Additional parameters for the challenge were low/no white flour and no/low white sugar. I used coconut sugar as the primary sweetener, and chickpea, almond, spelt, and teff for the flours. I made Nut Job Spent Grain Cookies, Tangerine IPA Shortbread (two ways), and a W00tstout brownie that was as fudgy and rich as any you have ever had. I discovered by accident that the Tangerine IPA Nutista nut butter turns into a wonderful “frosting” of sorts on baked goods. I plan on trying the others in the same way.  I highly recommend giving Nutista products a try. They are made with natural ingredients, with no  preservatives or added sugar.


New adventures await….

Today is the start of a new adventure. New website, new food, and new adventures in gastronomic delights. It is exciting and a little scary at the same time, but the world and food await. I hope you enjoy the culinary journey I am undertaking. There might be local food, things I make, purveyors of goodies, or places from afar, but always tasty food and beverage. Life is too short for bad food.

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