Fall is Prime for Beer

Yes, the cooler weather does not mean one is less thirsty.  We all need to stay hydrated, right ?   The fall beer is a time to enjoy the flavor and mix with new fall harvests of foods.  And, of course, the time to enjoy the many sports available in our world of technology.   The afternoon get together for grilling and sipping – is far less restrictive than the seat at the stadium !   Lately I have had the opportunity to enjoy Goose Island Beer.  I have a preference for IPA and Stout beer, but Goose Island also provides a selection that can appease most people at your get together. Enjoy !   allard777@gmail.com

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Comfort Food from Italy

The origins of spaghetti and meatballs comes from the effort of average families using leftovers to extend their food and save money. When times are tough, waste not.

However, as with most of us, these comfort foods are a tradition that brings back memories. And using additional ingredients, can become a delicacy.

Traditional meatballs can be made large or small, but I prefer the bite size. They cook more evenly and are less of an obstacle for the younger persons at the table.

Adding day old crustless sourdough bread, finely chopped onions, oregano, grated parmigiano cheese, eggs, parsley, salt and pepper to the meatballs creates a very enjoyable flavor and consistency.

You can use the traditional red pasta sauce, or add mushrooms and peas to the pasta with a small amount of alfredo sauce.

As another alternative, you can extend Tuna for the meatballs and have a great dish was well.
Pasta works very well for large family gatherings as the prep time is short, you can pre-cook the pasta al dente , prepare the meatballs and sauce ahead of time, thus giving you time to enjoy the gathering and put the food out in less time and less cost.

Tail Gate Parties ( or living rooms too )

Be sure to grab some wine for your football gathering.  It is not the time just for beer.

White wine or White Zin – Barefoot from California is great for lighter meal venues such as chicken, fruits, cheese appetizers.  White Zin is light, bubbly and allows the tastes of your foods to be more promiant.

In the case of burgers, steaks, barbeque , then a full bodied wine would be the better choice. Rosemount Diamond Label Merlot is very pleasant, smooth wine that adds a plumy flavor that compliments the spicy red meat dishes.

In each of the above cases, the cost will be about $10 per bottle, making this a great choice for your guests pleasure without emptying your wallet.  Be sure to pick up some extras, in case the game goes into overtime.