Half Truths and What’s Local

Ran across this earlier tonight. Apparently it was aired during the World Series. The commercial is pretty right? Makes you feel good and all that? Budweiser has proven for years now that they are capable of pulling at our heartstrings to sell their beer. This is another in a series of half truth ploys to…

Chicken Wing Confit the Return

You may remember last week I started the first half of the chicken wing confit. This week I finished them off. I let the wings mellow for a week, but I could easily have let them go much longer. Confit is an old world traditional form of preservation. The salt and the fat are used…

Rupert’s Brew House Opening Day

As I sit here trying to come up with something clever to say to open this post, I realize that to do so is a bit superfluous. In the end, isn’t it really about the beer anyway? That was what today was about. Rupert’s Brew House opened today. One of the handful of new breweries…

Gonzo’s Sneak Peak

Good things come to those who wait. That’s what I have heard anyway. Sometimes though you get to be lucky and get in on the sneak peak. I spent a short time over at Gonzo’s soon to be open Bigg Dogg Brewery. Kalamazoo is in for a treat. I could go on and on right…

Chicken Wing Confit

You heard that right. I am making confit but instead of duck legs I am using chicken wings. Crazy right? Truth be known. You can confit almost anything if you really want to. You see, confit means to gently boil in fat. Aside from duck confit, you will often find garlic confit. This is simply…

Tour: Tibbs Brewing Company

You can’t keep a good city down. Mother nature has tried. She ripped through Kalamazoo with a Tornado in the 80s and the city not only survived but grew. There is a new tornado hitting the city now. We have a whirlwind of breweries popping up within the city and surrounding area. Earlier this week…

Kalamazoo Beerfest

Beerfests, they’re all the rage. Seems they are popping up everywhere. Thing is, that’s a good thing. We are in the middle of a beer renaissance and as crazy as this might sound to those inside the “bubble” not everyone actually knows anything about it all. I know that last sentence sounded a bit off…

Carrot Soup

You won’t see this one very often. As it is most people don’t think of carrots as anything more than a flavoring agent when it comes to most cooking. Here’s the thing, with the write finesse you can make soup out of just about anything. This soup is fantastic for the cooler weather. And is…

Comparing Apples to Wine Coolers

Sometimes you have to wonder… I suppose you are wondering why I showed you all those videos. This is several decade’s views of the various “wine coolers” since the 80s. I can hear you now. These are all like comparing apples to oranges and all that nonsense. But is it really? I would hazard a…

Roast Turkey

You may remember recently I had issues with my stand up freezer. During the rescue of all the food in that freezer I had a turkey that I needed to finish thawing and cook because it wouldn’t fit in any of my other freezers. Life can be rough when you run out of space. So…