Thursday, December 16, 2010

New Belgium Beer Tasting Tonight

Hello everyone, I just wanted to spread the word to all the Little Rockiens about a beer tasting tonight. Jeff Sipes of New Belgium brewery will be at Creegan's irish pub in Argenta, sampling the brewery's offerings.
The tasting is from 6pm to 8pm I am not sure if there is a price of admission, I couldn't find any evidence of one. I love New Belgium so I will be there with my tasting shoes. While your there, stay and have a bite to eat. The food is great! As for the weekly segment beer:30, stay tuned tomorrow to hear about the tasting as well as a review of one of my favorite seasonal beers New Belgium Frambozen. I am off for a run on the Ouachita trail, hope to see you there.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Combating the cold weather at the dinner table

 The temperature has dropped and the uniform has changed. I've added gloves, hat and jacket, before heading out the door. My runs are ending in thoughts of hot soup and warm baths rather than cold beer and swimming pools. I love this time of year because it really lets you know how committed you are. Besides, All it takes is another layer of clothing, to get out there and log the miles. Why fight it when you can reward yourself with this hearty low fat chili. Did I mention that it is almost  easier than opening a can? I hope you enjoy this recipe and no matter what your winter activity, this should warm you up when your finished.

White Bean & Turkey Chili
Yields 6/1.5 cup servings

1 pound 99% fat free ground turkey
2 cans canellini beans(drained and rinsed)
2 yellow onions(small diced)
1 1/2 cups sliced button mushrooms
4 cups unsalted chicken stock
2 tbsp turmeric
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp ground red chili
2 tsp chili powder
2 tbsp ground cumin
salt to taste

Heat olive oil in a deep pot, add the onions and saute until they turn translucent and smell sweet. Add the turkey, mushrooms, and beans. Cook for about 2 min then add the chicken stock and all the spices. Cook for 1 hour to reduce the liquid about 1/3. Season with salt to your preference.

Topping: Mix 1/2 chopped avocado and 2 tbsp fat free sour cream to create a chunky avocado sour cream. I also topped the chili with 1/4 cup 2% cheese. Nutrition facts do not include toppings.

Facts for 1.5 cups; Cals.  216   Fat.  4.2g    Sat. Fat.  0.4g    Cholesterol   47mg    Sodium.  287mg
Carbs.  19.6g     Dietary Fiber 5.4g     Sugar.  4.3g      Protien.   27.1g
Vit. A. 10%   Vit. C.  6%   Calcium  6%    Iron   14%