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Boulevard Beer, or KC Love Part II

August 27, 2010

My darling of a roommate gave me a ride to work today. Thank goodness, as I didn’t want to be lugging the above on the el. I normally walk around with a lot of stuff as it is… cans of soup (lunch), books, gyms shoes, etc., etc.. I thought I would scale back when I switched to a smaller handbag, but that didn’t really happen. Now I just carry bagS, and my once adorable chic-ish purse is now a bulging, unzippable, nightmare blob. Hang a coffee thermos from my strap, throw a 12-pack in my arms and you got my Friday morning, teetering-into-work look.

But about that beer. Boulevard Brewing Company is based in Kansas City and seems to be most beloved for its unfiltered wheat beer. If that’s not your thing, they have a billion other brew varieties. Yes, a billion. If you are ever in the KC area, you should visit for a tour and tasting (info on their site here). Our group was partial to the Bully! Porter. As far I know Boulevard is not distributed in Chicago (sadness), but I have found it in other Midwest cities like Minneapolis. This sampler was purchased on my most recent KC trip for my sometimes beer-brewing, often beer-drinking, baby brother.

Um, my baby brother is 22. And moving away. To study bioengineering (what the heck?!) like a smartypants. Or maybe just to escape his crazy family which includes THREE nutty older sisters. Even I can admit, that’s a lot of nutty. Happy escaping, Miguel–Cheers!

P.S. Due to kitchen “issues” that involved bailing water with plastic beer steins across the hall and into our toilet, baking has been on hold for the past couple days. All is well now though, so cookies soon!

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Did you know…

August 16, 2010

they grow peaches in Michigan? Neither did I. But they do! At places like Fruit Acres Farm in Coloma. So my sister J and I drove up yesterday to pick peaches and shop at farmers markets and drink peach tea. It was a bit of a hike but the drive goes pretty fast when you talk about boys and online dating. Poor J… there really are some weirdos out there.

Not like us. We’re totally normal.

So we picked a ton of white and yellow fleshed peaches.  What do you do with a bunch of peaches when it’s too hot to bake?  Maybe one day soon I’ll be able to turn on my oven. People want peach cobbler. I want peach cobbler. In the mean time though, I made a batch of peach lemonade.  I fed it to my friend Liz while she talked about her fear of contracting exotic diseases.  She’s a nurse, and also totally normal.  I think she liked the lemonade.  It’s tart and summery, and so so simple.  Go juice some lemons…

Peach Lemonade

1 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice (about 4 lemons)
flesh of 2 peaches, pureed
3 cups water
1/3 – 1/2 cup sugar or sugar syrup (I used my extra rum syrup from The Cupcakes), depending on your taste and the sweetness of the peaches

Mix all your ingredients together and serve over ice. Ta Da!  Summer in a glass.

P.S. Have you watched Austin & Santino on Lifetime? Yes, Lifetime. No? Please do so. While sitting in an air-conditioned room, drinking Peach Lemonade.

Mint Limeade

August 9, 2009

It’s hot here. Super hot. So hot there is no way in heck I am turning on my oven. I know I said more tequila lime bars with a pretzel crust, but it can’t happen. Not today.

Days like these should be spent splashing in a pool, or napping in front of an AC unit.

Not cleaning. Not washing floors. Not doing laundry. These things aren’t fun. Especially in an un-air-conditioned, hot, sticky city apartment. Ugh.

If you HAVE to do the above things because the dust bunnies have formed a small army under your bed or it’s Sunday and you have no clean work clothes for the week, follow up the horror with a nice cool shower and then make this…

Mint Limeade


adapted from Cooking Light

This recipe is super easy and refreshing. The mint is awesome here! Feel free to get a little saucy and toss in some rum or tequila.

1 1/2 cups sugar
6 cups water, divided
1/3 cup chopped mint leaves
1 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
lime slices for garnish

Combine sugar, 2 cups of water, and chopped mint in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Heat until sugar is dissolved and then remove from heat. Let the syrup cool for 10 minutes. Pour through sieve to remove the larger pieces of mint leaves and set aside.

Mix lime juice and 4 cups of water in a large pitcher. Gradually add syrup to taste. I like my juices to have a bit of tartness, so I had about 1/2 cup syrup remaining. Serve over ice and garnish with lime slices. Easy Peasy!