Take note, aspiring restaurateurs of America. Fewer things can ruin a dining experience than A. a server who doesn’t know the menu and B. vaguely named entrees (what exactly is Luau Margarita Sunset Chicken, anyway?).
This intersection of chaos and destruction landed in my lap recently at a local pub, where Beer Cheese was featured as a special on the menu. With a soft gaze and a polite tone, I asked my server to explain to me exactly what beer cheese is. His unsatisfying response? “I dunno, it just got put on the menu today. You know, it’s like cheese with beer in it. It’s good, though; you’ll like it.”
Enter the smart phone, the saving grace for curious modern minds. (I think phones at the dinner table are tremendously rude, but the circumstances offered no other solution.) Google came through in the clutch with an answer: Beer cheese is a smooth spread that’s reported to have originated in Kentucky and is made of, simply enough, beer and cheese. I could dream up all sorts of evocative descriptions of warm, peppery spices melded with piquant garlic all mounted on a foundation of extra sharp cheddar cheese. But let’s be real here: It’s a cheese spread. A delicious, spicy, garlicky cheese spread.
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Meatless Monday is a global movement, a way of life. It’s not a campaign to turn everyone in the world vegetarian or vegan; in fact, many involved are meat-lovers. Eating less meat has been proven to reduce the risk of disease, curb obesity and has important environmental impacts, too. Will you join us in giving up meat, just for one day a week?
You don’t have to make it to Munich to celebrate Oktoberfest. Pick up some seasonal beer and set the table with good ‘ole comfort food — German style. To make it meatless, skip the bratwurst and make Roasted White Asparagus with Sauerkraut Hollandaise instead. Rich and buttery with sour notes and wholesome crunchy bits, this dish is best served with a crisp pint (or two).
White asparagus is loaded with nutrients so you’ll feel better about sopping up more of the rich and creamy sauce. With a milder flavor than their green counterparts, the white stalks are the perfect landing spot for for tangy hollandaise and hearty pumpernickle breadcrumbs. To make it a true Oktoberfest feast, don’t forget the potatoes. German potato salad is awesome.
Roasted White Asparagus with Sauerkraut Hollandaise and Toasted Pumpernickel Breadcrumbs
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Bust out your lederhosen and beer gut: It’s Oktoberfest time! More than 5 million people attend the beer festivities in Munich, Germany, which last from the end of September to the first weekend in October. (September 17 to October 3 to be exact.) Whether you’re headed across the globe, or just plan to have a celebration stateside, we’ve got the recipes and phrases to add some authenticity to your party.
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