In my opinion the only thing pumpkin beer is good for is making beer bread.
Trader Joe’s is the perfect spot to collect all the ingredients needed and they make it easy with their ready to go beer bread mix!
What I did to create these tasty treats…
- Beer Bread Mix
- Pumpkin Puree
- Pumpkin Beer
- Fall Spice Mixture (or pumpkin spice)
Fall spice- In a small pan over medium heat toast: 1tBs of ginger powder, 1tS of all spice, cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg.
In a bowl mix together: pumpkin puree, pumpkin beer and fall spice. Add beer bread package. Mix together. Pour melted butter over mix.
Line muffin pan with cupcake liners. Spoon in mixture. Bake at 350° for 40 minutes.
Rumor has it we may be the proud owners of an airstream food trailer. I guess when in austin…open a food trailer! Whether we are joining the fad or a little behind the Austin food trailer days, one thing is for sure…We are some crazy good cooks and we love the heat and chaos in a kitchen! Hard work, blood and sweat is our motto! Also, #FoodisLove is our number one hashtag!
While working our insane hours in the retail food corporate industry we often dream and ponder what it would be like to be doing this for ourselves. Working for yourself is not for just anyone. You have to be as strong and powerful as these big corporations who have tens of thousands of people doing the dirty work for them. On a much smaller scale, can we assemble a team of people to help build and grow our business into something successful and something to be proud of? Why not….tens of thousands of people have done it before us and tens of thousands will attempt do it after. I know I’m not afraid to get beat up, bloody and bruised in battle. I’ve been doing most of my life. I find it to be the thrill of life. So, I say “Fuck It” If I fall I know how to dust myself off and try again. If I win…I know how to be grateful to those who helped make a vision successful.
First Draft Menu
Texas Street Dog-
Can’t every city be proud of their hot dog? From L.A. to Chicago and New York. We love them all! But since we are in Texas and on a street…we’re callin it a Texas Street Dog.
1/4 pound bison dog, wrapped in bacon, topped with roasted poblano and onion and a jalapeno pickled relish. Make it a chili cheese dog with bison chili and sharp cheddar cheese. Served on a warmed soft white bun.
JJ’s West L.A. Turkey Taquitos-
This is where JJ’s Mexican Lebanese heritage fuses together and is based on one of her most loved catering dishes in L.A.
JJ’s ground turkey taco meat, wrapped in a corn tortilla and fried. Served on a bed of lettuce topped with queso fresco and served with a side of spicy or mild cilantro lime labne dipping sauce.
Matt’s Big Beef Burger-
Something to notch on while you wait and other sides-
- House made Hummus with Pita
- House made Salsa with Chips
- Basket of Fries (Make it Texas style or Canadian style)
Some R&D thoughts. Have a couple of rotating menu items…
In the winter have a Stew of the Day. Spring and summer have Matt’s Street Fish Tacos. In rotation…Nava’s Ladykiller Sub and a Maia’s Favorite item.
The chili and the dogs are made with bison. A good clean meat. Never factory farmed. Never pumped with antibiotics or other chemicals. Always grassfed. Enough said!
I LOVE chili cheese dogs! So why not make them with healthier ingredients?!
No high fructose corn syrup, no crazy chemical dyes, no msg, etc…
Just clean and simple ingredients!
- Ground Bison
- Chili Powder
- Fire Roasted Tomato
- Tomato Paste
- Bison Dogs
- Cheddar Cheese
- Roasted Poblano Pepper
- Soft White Buns
My fish tacos were inspired by fresh caught fish from my favorite fish monger. Unfortunately my beautiful cuts of fish stayed a little to long in the freezer.
Since they were frozen longer than I’d hoped, I decided to make California style fish tacos. After all, my fish did come from a California deep sea fishing trip!
I did a quick pickling on some shredded red cabbage and made a tangy white sauce with plain yogurt and mayo to accompany my wild caught fish. I used a thin beer batter (flour, cornstarch, baking powder and light beer) for a light but crunchy coating. Served on a warm corn tortilla…these fish tacos were perfect!
Another super simple meal… all for my biggest fan and critic! My daughter.
I don’t always get much time to cook for her anymore but when I do I like to whip up some of her favorites! I came up with a simple and less heavy recipe for clam chowder. It was damn good too!
Maia used to love clam chowder when she was younger. But, in her pre-adult life she seems to have lost that once adoration she had for the heavenly comfort of clam chowder. Now, she eats taco b3:/ for breakfast, lunch and dinner! It’s annoying to know she eats this way after raising her on the importance of real food. I’m not worried though. She seems to know and understand all I’ve said and tried to teach her about food over the years. It’s just a phase. I get it. I went through one too. So I won’t lecture.
Maia does happen to still love steamed artichoke! So this menu wasn’t a total loss.
Clam Chowder Ingredients:
good chicken stock, Yukon gold potatoes, celery, shallot, garlic, milk, cornstarch, smoked clams, pancetta or prosciutto hock
artichoke, lemon, garlic, butter, salt and pepper
A rainy, cold, SoCal day begs for a big pot of bolognese!
I danced outside the box with this classic comfort food, making it with ground lamb and it was incredible!
My ingredient list:
Yellow onion, garlic, ground lamb, fire roasted tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, basil, red wine, s&p
This is the ensemble of ingredients I had on hand. It was a simple but beautiful collaboration!
I had so much fun playing in the kitchen for our Halloween menu! My daughter is a senior in high school now. I feel our Halloween days are going to be limited or come to an end. She will be off doing her own adventurous and more grown up things very soon! But for now while I still have her attention and have her at home, I wanted us to have a good old fashioned, fun filled Halloween.
She’s been past the age of trick or treating for some time now. Nowadays we usually decorate our patio with old and new Halloween decorations…I have a box of decorations I’ve collected over the years of her growing up that she still gets excited to pull out! And, I love to get in the kitchen and make some fun fall festive foods. We all gather on the patio for a simple little party and hand out candy to all the adorable kids. My daughter still loves to see and and talk to all the little ones dressed up in their little costumes. She jumps up with the candy bowl every time she sees trick or treaters walking up!
Here’s a look at this years menu and some fun pictures of our night…