I often turn to the bottle to add intricacies of flavor and intrigue to a dish. Generally the alcohol is used to deglaze a pan for a quick sauce, or as a component of a braising liquid for a dish requiring more time.
My basic rule of thumb is for chicken and fish, I use a Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc, for beef a decent red and for pork, a dark beer. Of course rules are meant to be broken — last year I made a memorable pork dish with a Riesling, but I’m referencing generalities.
During the fall, I crave the flavors of pork and beer. My husband and I have been enjoying (in moderation; this beer delivers a kick) Michigan-produced Dragon’s Milk. To date, I’ve used it as an ingredient in barbecue sauces and as the base for an ice cream floats.
I used a couple of tablespoons of it in today’s recipe; however, any rich, dark beer may be substituted. The dish is marvelous with smashed sweet potatoes, which taste great with the sauce.
This morning we woke up to the first real snow of the year––good thing I’d purchased a chicken. The following is a recipe I’ve been tweaking each winter when the snow flies; this year I added a cup of dry lentils to the rice. Below, you’ll find a slide show I made several years ago after … Full recipe post »
Gad! What a week. A book launch + 24 hours in planes & airports + contracting purple diabunghi (some ghastly airborne virus) before arriving in Detroit delivered a woman ready to be scraped from the runway. Shakily recovered, healthy comfort food that MUST INCORPORATE BEANS is what my body screams for. This Curried Lentil and Whipped Potato casserole fits the bill. This take on a … Full recipe post »
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