5 Foodie Ideas for a Tasty Week

1. Bring home a basket of summer peaches and try something new: Roasted Corn with Grilled Peaches and Maple Cream.  

?2. Grill slices of oranges, lemons, and limes to add a burst of interesting flavor to tea, lemonade, sangria – and seafood and vinaigrettes, too! 

3. Whip up a vegetarian protein salad: Chickpeas, avocado, corn, tomatoes, nuts, and ricotta salata make a bright and filling summer salad. (Unfamiliar with ricotta salata? It is ricotta cheese that has salt added to it and is pressed to lose moisture and make it crumbly.)

4. Tired of green smoothies? Mix a green cocktail! Try the After the Snow cocktail featuring pisco, a Chilean spirit made with native grapes. Muddle in a cocktail shaker: 4 seedless white grapes, 2 inches of celery, 2 oz. pisco, 1 oz. fresh lemon juice, 1 oz. simple syrup, and 1/4 tsp. lime zest. Pour over crushed ice and garish with extra grapes and celery leaves. 
 
5. Sip a Saison: If you haven’t yet tried this style of beer during Beer Fest, wait – what do you mean you haven't tried a Saison yet? Come on in and give it a try! Once on verge of extinction, Saisons are back in grand fashion, embraced by craft brewers enamored with its tart and slightly sour flavor. Try Jester King Biere de Miel with flavor notes of lemon, orange, and honey.
 

BONUS!
Miso will keep up to 12 months in the fridge. So go ahead and try that new warm weather chicken miso soup you saw with no worries about having some leftover. You'll have plenty of time to use it up.  

Sources
Daily Journal, June 27, 2016
Southern Living, June
Saveur, Summer
Craft Beer & Brewing, June-July
Real Simple, May

5 Foodie Ideas for a Tasty Week

1. Bring home a basket of summer peaches and try something new: Roasted Corn with Grilled Peaches and Maple Cream.  

?2. Grill slices of oranges, lemons, and limes to add a burst of interesting flavor to tea, lemonade, sangria – and seafood and vinaigrettes, too! 

3. Whip up a vegetarian protein salad: Chickpeas, avocado, corn, tomatoes, nuts, and ricotta salata make a bright and filling summer salad. (Unfamiliar with ricotta salata? It is ricotta cheese that has salt added to it and is pressed to lose moisture and make it crumbly.)

4. Tired of green smoothies? Mix a green cocktail! Try the After the Snow cocktail featuring pisco, a Chilean spirit made with native grapes. Muddle in a cocktail shaker: 4 seedless white grapes, 2 inches of celery, 2 oz. pisco, 1 oz. fresh lemon juice, 1 oz. simple syrup, and 1/4 tsp. lime zest. Pour over crushed ice and garish with extra grapes and celery leaves. 
 
5. Sip a Saison: If you haven’t yet tried this style of beer during Beer Fest, wait – what do you mean you haven't tried a Saison yet? Come on in and give it a try! Once on verge of extinction, Saisons are back in grand fashion, embraced by craft brewers enamored with its tart and slightly sour flavor. Try Jester King Biere de Miel with flavor notes of lemon, orange, and honey.
 

BONUS!
Miso will keep up to 12 months in the fridge. So go ahead and try that new warm weather chicken miso soup you saw with no worries about having some leftover. You'll have plenty of time to use it up.  

Sources
Daily Journal, June 27, 2016
Southern Living, June
Saveur, Summer
Craft Beer & Brewing, June-July
Real Simple, May

Provolone Piccante

We selected it for its sharp, bold, and savory flavor and its firm, but creamy texture. It's a flavor suitable for everyone (you can't say that about every cheese!) and perfect for use in your favorite cheesey recipes. 

Layer it with other melty varieties in macaroni and cheese, grilled cheese sandwiches, and grilled panini. Or serve it in chunks for snacking with jams, mostarde, salami, and other cured meats. Add a cold beer to the mix and you're set! 

Provolone Piccante

We selected it for its sharp, bold, and savory flavor and its firm, but creamy texture. It's a flavor suitable for everyone (you can't say that about every cheese!) and perfect for use in your favorite cheesey recipes. 

Layer it with other melty varieties in macaroni and cheese, grilled cheese sandwiches, and grilled panini. Or serve it in chunks for snacking with jams, mostarde, salami, and other cured meats. Add a cold beer to the mix and you're set! 

Do Yourself A Favor: Try Martin House Brewing Company

Like many breweries, Martin House has tours on Thursday and Saturday, with the first Thursday of the month being trivia night! Tours are $10 per person, and come with a free pint glass and 3 beers to go with it. If you feel like checking one out, bring your own seating, but prepare for a fun afternoon!

The view from the back dock is possibly the best view from any brewery in Texas. It overlooks downtown Fort Worth, and the Trinity River, and the vibe is there to match. You will never find a group of  guys as willing to high-five you, and kick the hacky sack around in the back lot. “Bro” puns are highly encouraged, as are “jorts” and kites.

Martin House is known for many things mentioned above, but should be best known for their innovation and creativity when it comes to producing amazing beer. The tagline for their third anniversary this year was “3 years and 30 beers”. That’s more than some long-standing craft breweries can boast, and even the ones that can, might not have the quality to back up such a claim. Right out of the gate, Martin House rolled out their core four, The Imperial Texan Imperial Red, River House Saison, Daybreak Breakfast Brew, and Pretzel Stout. The last one isn’t a typo, either! Sourdough pretzels are added to the mash, with the grains, and give the finished beer a distinct, sharp, dryness one can only associate with pretzels!

Unlike many other breweries, who usually release a new seasonal beer every 2 to 3 months, Martin House has what they affectionately call “Micro-Seasonal” beers, which they started releasing in cans this year. (They used to be draft only.) What this boils down to is nothing short of impressive : A new seasonal beer, every month. In a market where seasonal beers can lose their luster quickly, and start gathering dust on store shelves, the boys from “Marty H.” keep it fresh and exciting.

I know that this blog may sound like a love-letter to Martin House, and in a way, it is. If you’ve ever met Cody, David, Adam, or any other member of the team, you can’t help but feel like you’ve made a new friend, on the spot. And you will. These guys and gals showcase the heart and the sense of community that makes Craft Beer great, and as a matter of coincidence, also make great beer!

If you haven’t tried anything from Martin House yet, do yourself a favor: head to your Central Market and get Martin House cans in your cart ASAP. You’ll be glad you did!

Do Yourself A Favor: Try Martin House Brewing Company

Like many breweries, Martin House has tours on Thursday and Saturday, with the first Thursday of the month being trivia night! Tours are $10 per person, and come with a free pint glass and 3 beers to go with it. If you feel like checking one out, bring your own seating, but prepare for a fun afternoon!

The view from the back dock is possibly the best view from any brewery in Texas. It overlooks downtown Fort Worth, and the Trinity River, and the vibe is there to match. You will never find a group of  guys as willing to high-five you, and kick the hacky sack around in the back lot. “Bro” puns are highly encouraged, as are “jorts” and kites.

Martin House is known for many things mentioned above, but should be best known for their innovation and creativity when it comes to producing amazing beer. The tagline for their third anniversary this year was “3 years and 30 beers”. That’s more than some long-standing craft breweries can boast, and even the ones that can, might not have the quality to back up such a claim. Right out of the gate, Martin House rolled out their core four, The Imperial Texan Imperial Red, River House Saison, Daybreak Breakfast Brew, and Pretzel Stout. The last one isn’t a typo, either! Sourdough pretzels are added to the mash, with the grains, and give the finished beer a distinct, sharp, dryness one can only associate with pretzels!

Unlike many other breweries, who usually release a new seasonal beer every 2 to 3 months, Martin House has what they affectionately call “Micro-Seasonal” beers, which they started releasing in cans this year. (They used to be draft only.) What this boils down to is nothing short of impressive : A new seasonal beer, every month. In a market where seasonal beers can lose their luster quickly, and start gathering dust on store shelves, the boys from “Marty H.” keep it fresh and exciting.

I know that this blog may sound like a love-letter to Martin House, and in a way, it is. If you’ve ever met Cody, David, Adam, or any other member of the team, you can’t help but feel like you’ve made a new friend, on the spot. And you will. These guys and gals showcase the heart and the sense of community that makes Craft Beer great, and as a matter of coincidence, also make great beer!

If you haven’t tried anything from Martin House yet, do yourself a favor: head to your Central Market and get Martin House cans in your cart ASAP. You’ll be glad you did!

Local DFW Brews In-Store for You!

I often see people from these local breweries and their families and friends shopping in my store, and these interactions and the support I see for local businesses is fun and inspiring. 

So, just in time for our summer Beer Fest, we revamped our beer selection to bring you several new breweries from the DFW area, including: 
 
Noble Rey Brewing Company, Dallas' Design District

Backcountry Brewery, Rowlett

Rabbit Hole Brewing, Justin 
(When you bring these cans home, be sure to read this because the cans contain secret messages!) 

Oak Highlands Brewery, Dallas

Visit your local Central Market and discover what varieties we have for you from these fun Dallas-Fort Worth breweries. We'd love to hear which are your favorites!

 
 

Local DFW Brews In-Store for You!

I often see people from these local breweries and their families and friends shopping in my store, and these interactions and the support I see for local businesses is fun and inspiring. 

So, just in time for our summer Beer Fest, we revamped our beer selection to bring you several new breweries from the DFW area, including: 
 
Noble Rey Brewing Company, Dallas' Design District

Backcountry Brewery, Rowlett

Rabbit Hole Brewing, Justin 
(When you bring these cans home, be sure to read this because the cans contain secret messages!) 

Oak Highlands Brewery, Dallas

Visit your local Central Market and discover what varieties we have for you from these fun Dallas-Fort Worth breweries. We'd love to hear which are your favorites!

 
 

Local DFW Brews In-Store for You!

I often see people from these local breweries and their families and friends shopping in my store, and these interactions and the support I see for local businesses is fun and inspiring. 

So, just in time for our summer Beer Fest, we revamped our beer selection to bring you several new breweries from the DFW area, including: 
 
Noble Rey Brewing Company, Dallas' Design District

Backcountry Brewery, Rowlett

Rabbit Hole Brewing, Justin 
(When you bring these cans home, be sure to read this because the cans contain secret messages!) 

Oak Highlands Brewery, Dallas

Visit your local Central Market and discover what varieties we have for you from these fun Dallas-Fort Worth breweries. We'd love to hear which are your favorites!

 
 

Grilled Sandwiches (Go Great with Beer)

First step is obviously to head to your Central Market and toss eveything you need for the sandwich in your cart. Chorizo, avocado, cilantro, beer, some other things, beer, a package of the toffe and ale cookies to nibble on, oh — and beer. Then you're ready for the recipe.

Tip: I find cooking is even more fun with a beer in one hand. And a cookie in the other. Give it a try and let me know what you think!  

Torta with Grilled Chorizo, Avocado, and Cilantro Cream

Active Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Serves 4

Ingredients
1 Tbsp. olive oil, plus more for the grill
1 lb. fresh chorizo or spicy Italian sausage (4 links)
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
Cilantro Cream (see below)
4 hoagie rolls, split
1 oz. crumbled Cotija or Feta cheese (1/4 cup)
1 large avocado, thinly sliced
1 cup shredded red cabbage
1/2 cup thinly sliced radishes

Cilantro Cream
Stir together 1 cup plain yogurt, 1/2 cup firmly packed chopped fresh cilantro leaves, 1 tsp. kosher salt, and 3 Tbsp. fresh lime juice.
 
PREHEAT grill to medium. Brush the grill grates with oil. Brush the chorizo with the oil and sprinkle with the salt and pepper.
 
GRILL the chorizo, uncovered, until thoroughly cooked, about 10 minutes, turning occasionally. Remove from grill and cut in half lengthwise. Place roll on grill, cut side down until lightly toasted. 
 
SPREAD 1 ½ Tbsp. Cilantro Cream on the cut sides of each roll. Place 2 chorizo pieces on the bottom half of each roll. Top each with 1 Tbsp. of cheese, 3 avocado slices, ¼ cup cabbage, and 4 or 5 radish slices. Cover with the top halves of the rolls and serve. 

Beer Fest runs through June 28. Stop in today and discover new beers, new products, and pick up what you need to try this new recipe!