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Tailgate Beer

I really like Session from Full Sail brewery. Its good, not too pricey, and a lot of fun. The caps have rock paper scissors under them so you can challenge someone every time you open a new bottle. I don't know how easy it will be to find in your neck of the woods though.

Apr 22, 2009
mortarNpestle in Beer

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Sightings

Picked some up in Los Angeles last weekend. I think its really delicious.

Feb 24, 2009
mortarNpestle in Beer

Sam Adams Blackberry Wit

For the record, I tried and voted on the beer selection this year for Sam Adams. I chose the coffee stout over this one, but neither was very good. But hey, those new imperial series beers coming out seem like they are worth looking forward to.

Feb 24, 2009
mortarNpestle in Beer

please help identify this kitchen tool !!

It might be easier to identify with a few other photos.

Feb 24, 2009
mortarNpestle in Cookware

Olive-Parsley Dip with Crudités

How long in advance could you blanche those veggies? I'd imagine they would need to be served right away but could they chill in the fridge for an hour before guests arrive?

Feb 01, 2009
mortarNpestle in Recipes

Homemade Rootbeer...anybody make their own?

Chow did a feature on this a while ago. I haven't tried it but they tested it and there are plenty of comments to course correct if necessary im sure.

http://www.chow.com/recipes/10681

Jan 29, 2009
mortarNpestle in Home Cooking

paint can opener tip

I don't know if this is as amazing for you all as it was for me but I had to share. On a recent trip to home depot to buy paint the guy working the department gave me one of these paint can openers, they had a whole bucket full. It looks like this:

https://www.hardwareworld.com/Bulk-Pa...

Anyway, it was great for opening the paint can. Then I realized it can also open those paint can lids on cocoa without me resorting to bending a spoon. The icing on the cake is that the rounded end is also the best bottle opener I've ever used. It doesn't even bend the caps so I can save the extra special ones.

In short: free kitchen gadget that is actually useful.

Dec 10, 2008
mortarNpestle in Cookware

Best Eggnog

davis_sq_pro: when you served the nog was it straight, over ice, or mixed with the whites? I have a feeling you did it straight. I've always poured it over ice so it stays quite cold and my friends always complained about the bite, so maybe its time to recommend nog straight up to them?

Dec 05, 2008
mortarNpestle in Recipes

Roast Chili Salsa

Dec 04, 2008
mortarNpestle in Recipes

Anyone try RedBull Cola yet?

I just picked some up at a Target in Bakersfield. It was not, as you might expect, on the shelves with the other red bulls. Instead it was at the front of the store where they sell popcorn, hotdogs, and other treats for you to eat while you shop. I love it, and at around 1.50 a can its not a huge expense.

Dec 01, 2008
mortarNpestle in General Topics

Best Eggnog

Taste Bud and others.
My friend and I drank a few jars of the batch from last november this weekend. Thought I should share a few things. One, the nog never separated. It remained a constant consistency. Perhaps it lightened in color a bit, but other than that remained the same. I think the lava lamp effect you describe is something odd.
The taste of the year-old batch was great. My friend, who I should mention doesn't drink much and was put off my the alcohol "bite" of the month-old batch last time, loved it. I don't know if it needs a year, but I think longer thank 3 weeks wouldnt hurt. All in all a great recipe.

Nov 30, 2008
mortarNpestle in Recipes

Best Eggnog

I've got a batch in the fridge from last thanksgiving and we were planning on drinking some this thanksgiving. Any word on how to tell if its bad bu looking at the mason jar I've got it in? Also, I only wrapped them in foil for the last month or so, does that matter? They still look uniform in color but I don't want to pop the tops until T-day.

Nov 07, 2008
mortarNpestle in Recipes

Feedback on the Redesign? Let us know here.

Still a problem for me. Chow looks just like it does in CTC's screenshots. I can get it to work better if I enlarge the text (command+) but that makes everything else too large and I have to stretch my default window size to see the page. Its not a huge deal i guess, but I would think it should work regardless. Once again, in firefox it works either way. Also, just to be clear, Im running safari 3.1.2 and osx 10.5.4 on a macbook pro.

Sep 26, 2008
mortarNpestle in Site Talk

Feedback on the Redesign? Let us know here.

Same deal for me. Please fix this. I don't want to have to load firefox every time I need a chow fix. I am using the most recent version of safari.

Sep 25, 2008
mortarNpestle in Site Talk