Beer Bread

Mid-March we scrapped everything that had been planned for the blog this year because of all the craziness with Covid-19. We have literally been going week to week, trying to gauge the grocery stores, figure out what people can get, what they might have on hand. Recipe creations have come from the most random situations. A few weeks ago, my husband and I bought some beer from a local brewery (pickup only!!) in an effort to support local businesses and help them try to make it through these tough times. Most of the beer we really enjoyed, but one chocolate stout was too sweet for our tastes. Rather than dump it out, which felt extremely wasteful (especially right now), I just added it to some bread dough that I was making. And so this recipe was born. And my family has been enthusiastically eating it ever since. We’ve teamed up with DoughEZ for this post and are featuring their mat and bread pan that will be part of a big giveaway at the end of the month.

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Stone Fruit Crostata with Anise Seed Cornmeal Crust

When fruit is at peak season, a crostata is a perfect dessert to showcase it.  Basically a rustic tart or pie, it requires none of the tedious crimping or lattice work for its crust.  Just roll out dough, pile fresh fruit in the center and then fold the edges around fruit.  This recipe utilizes the slicer/shredder attachment and the plastic whipping bowl.  We love being able to grate frozen butter and gently whisk it into dry ingredients for flaky crostata, pie or biscuits.

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Mimosa Bar

Oh hey, it’s May!  One of the perks of being a blog subscriber is that subscribers receive a bonus recipe every month.  This month we are making it available for everyone to view so people can get an idea of what a bonus recipe might entail.  We’ve featured homemade potato chips, crackers, a variety of muffins and breakfast bars or griddle cakes, hot and cold dips for those summer get togethers or fall tailgating parties.  We’ve even done cauliflower rice with the grater/slicer attachment.  But since Mother’s Day is right around the corner, we are going to do a Mimosa Bar this month.  Because moms deserve a cocktail, and a foot rub!

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