Friday, March 19, 2010

I never knew about Quinoa...

I don't follow recipes very well. Instead of measuring each ingredient precisely, I pretty much just 'wing' it.

Have you ever heard of quinoa? Me neither, until a few months ago. It's a grain closely related to beets, spinach, and tumbleweeds. The Incas found this crop to be sacred. No wonder. The high protein grain is also full of essential amino acids. Love it!


This is one versatile grain. It can be served for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The common cooking method is similar to rice. I bought quinoa at Sunflower Market by the scoop. When I finally decided to try cooking it, I spilled the tiny seeds all over the place!

While reading the latest copy of Food & Wine magazine, I found a yummy-sounding recipe for a quinoa and squash salad. Instead of using the ingredients the recipe called for, I just used whatever I had in the refrigerator. And here's what I came up with...

Ingredients: Cilantro, onion, green apple, butternut squash, extra virgin olive oil, apple cider vinegar, salt, pepper and...quinoa. This is a perfectly fresh, spring salad.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Harpoon Brewery Tour: Must Do

The Harpoon Brewery tour is my second official brew tour ever.  Located on Boston's Waterfront, the Harpoon Brewery started back in 1986 (way before my drinking days began!).  The brand is best known and loved for Harpoon India Pale Ale.  

The tour only cost $5 and lasted about an hour.  The first half was dedicated to the behind the scenes brewing action.  We got to sample the famous IPA in it's early stages as well as the final product.  The copper-colored beer is medium-bodied with a true hoppy finish.  The best part of the tour was of course, the tasting room.  Mostly because tastes were unlimited!  I tried the IPA, UFO White, Chocolate Stout, Imperial IPA and a 100 Barrel Series Ginger Wheat.  The Ginger Wheat was my absolute fave!


Above is a look inside the Harpoon Brewery offices, where the magic begins.

And here is a peek inside the tasting room.