Buffalo Chicken Beer Dip

Buffalo Chicken Beer Dip

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts (if you really want chicken to be bold in this I would use 3 more)

1 container of broth (our favorite is vegetable broth but of course chicken would be great as well)

8 oz sour cream

16 oz cream cheese

1 cup Mozzarella

1 cup Parmesan

1 bottle of Frank's Hot Sauce

3/4 cup of beer (we used 90 chilling)

1 tsp garlic powder

 

1. Cook your chicken in the slow cooker on high for 8 hours in the broth.

2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

3. Mix together sour cream, cream cheese, Parmesan, Mozzarella, Frank's Red Hot Sauce, beer, and garlic powder.  Mix well using a Kitchen Aid or hand mixer.  For the Frank's Red Hot Sauce we slowly added it in until the amount we liked the best by taste.

4. Shred chicken pieces with a couple of forks and mix in with dip.

5. Pour dip into a oven safe dish and cook for 15 minutes.

6. Remove from oven and serve with tortilla chips or bread.

Grilled Burgers and Farmers’ Market Veggies

Grilled Burgers and Farmers’ Market Veggies

Dinner for 2

Pinch of chili powder

Pinch of cumin

½ lb of ground beef

NoCo Beer Salt (2 oz bag from Old Town Spice Shop)

1 wheel of ColoRouge (from MouCo Cheese Company)

Farmers’ Market veggies

                  We chose the following from Native Hill:

                                    2 sweet onions

                                    1 large zucchini

                                    1 bundle of red beets

Enough olive oil to toss veggies in

1.     Fire up the grill!  You can do this on the stove top as well in a Lodge pan or dutch oven if you do not have a grill.

2.     In a larger bowl, mix together the ½ lb of ground beef, pinch of chili powder, pinch of cumin and a pinch of NoCo Beer Salt.  Mix well, and form two patties out of mixture.

3.     Wash veggies off really well, and cut the onions into small chopped pieces.  Cut the zucchini into slices and beets into strips.  Toss these in olive oil with a pinch of NoCo Beer Salt, if needed add a little more than a pinch.

4.     Grill burgers till they are done to your preference and veggies until soft inside and crispy outside.

5.     Before taking the burgers off the grill, thinly slice ColoRouge cheese and add to the top of burger so it melts.  (We suggest cutting extra slices to snack for the grilling process.)

6.     Once finished with grilling, enjoy!

Craving Cocktails

Craving Cocktails

Next time you are craving a cocktail but want to stay in try one of these classic recipes.

Moscole Mule

1 1/2 oz. vodka (Spring 44 is our favorite)

Ginger Beer (we usually like Cock n' Bull half bottle)

1/2 oz. Rose's lime juice

Mix together for a delicious mule.  Favorite local option is Colorado Room.

 

French 75

1 oz. cognac

1 oz. simple syrup

3/4 lemon juice

Champagne (Austi is a favorite)

Pour in order.  Favorite local option Social.

 

Classic Margarita with a twist

1 1/2 oz. Tequila (Hornitos 100% Agave Tequila)

Margarita mix (we tend to choose organic with low sugar amounts)

3 oz. La Croix grapefruit sparkling water

Pinch of salt

Salt around the rim

Favorite local option is the Rio.

 

Old fashioned

2 oz. Bourbon (Feisty Spirits is a great selection)

3 dashes bitters

1 tsp. bar sugar

2 orange slices

2 maraschino cherries

Splash of soda water

Local favorite is Ace Gilletts New Old-Fashioned.

Game Day Favorites!

Game Day Favorites!

In our house we love to have tasty appetizers around on game day. 

One of our favorites is buffalo cauliflower.  This recipe is super simple and everyone’s favorite!  Usually we love to get colorful cauliflower but for this appetizer I suggest getting white.  Sometimes it is easy to eyeball how much flour is needed in this recipe, you do not want the batter to be have too much liquid.  The perfect dip for this is ranch or blue cheese dressing just like you would use for wings.  We also suggest using something simple like Frank’s Wing sauce.  This is our favorite for easy homemade wings.

Another favorite for any beer or cheese lover is beer cheese dip.  Instead of dipping pretzels in like the recipe suggests we tend to get veggies like carrots, celery, and cauliflower along with some chips.  Our favorite beer to include in the dip is Fat Tire beer from New Belgium.  This classic amber ale is the perfect touch for this dip.  Sometimes we use pepper jack for an extra kick but other times we just use cheddar depending on our mood.

Our last game day treat includes the Asian tacos with turnip and apple salsa from Brassicas.   This delicious taco includes lettuce wraps, ground turkey with teriyaki sauce, and salsa made with green apples, turnips, sea salt and cilantro.  This is the perfect tasty light touch to the end of a day of heavy eating.

Favorite game day beers include: Cutthroat Porter from Odell Brewing Co. and Sad Panda from Horse & Dragon Brewery.  For the lighter beer lovers we also enjoy Abbey from New Belgium Brewery and Saison from Funkwerks.

For the non-cook, quick pick up favorites: We find Trader Joe’s has some excellent options such as the spinach artichoke dip and mac n’ cheese bites.

Not feeling cooking: Try the Wing Shack! Locations through northern Colorado.  We suggest calling the day before for large orders and plan ahead!

Green Chile Cheddar Soup with 90 Shilling Ale

Green Chile Cheddar Soup with 90 Shilling Ale

In college I was always that student that had to enjoy a cup of soup from Spoons Soups , Salads & Sandwiches on Thursdays because I knew it was Green Chile Cheddar Soup with 90 Shilling Ale day.  When Cooking with Beer in Colorado came out I was so excited to see local recipes from all of our favorite restaurants, but ecstatic to see this recipe in the book.

When we decided to try this recipe at home we used our Lodge Dutch oven, which is the secret to all my tasty soup recipes.  This recipe in the book is excellent and takes it step by step on how to cook the soup.   This is one of the recipes we did not change up and measured out exactly and it tasted just like the Spoons version of the recipe. 

This book is an excellent book if you enjoy many of the popular recipes around town, and is a stunning housewarming gift for any local.