Pizza, Beer, and Reality

Pizza, Beer, and Reality

I have been playing with pizza recipes lately.  This one has hot Italian sausage simmered in beer (Ascher organic amber) with apples and sage.  Wasn’t sure if the flavors would ‘play well’ with the garlic, oregano, basil and EV olive oil in my homemade sauce.  And in keeping with a theme of healthy diversity of toppings, mushrooms, red and yellow peppers, spinach, arugula and red cabbage.  It all worked!

The Beers – Liquid Mechanics in Lafayette is a top notch brewery.  I can say that because I do ‘research’ at a lot of breweries.  Across the regular styles, and their unique combos of interesting concoctions, LM has the body and flavors in their line up that makes each sip a delight – the reason we drink these liquids!  Well done LM!

Had to head to the mountains on a Tuesday afternoon.  Saw the wall of clouds above the high peaks, saw frozen ‘goop’ on the front end of an SUV coming down I-70 – knew I was heading into a mess.  But… didn’t know how big of one!  The first omens were the two sheriff’s vehicles screaming by in Dumont (just before Winter Park exit) with lights a flashin’ and sirens blastin’!   Snow began falling heavily on the Georgetown Hill and by Mile Marker 222 we had a full on Roctober blizzard.  Another mile and there was the rollover in the eastbound downhill lanes.  A Toyota with four wheel drive ‘decided’ to go way too fast for conditions, flipped and came to rest on its side.  The occupant(s) could not have faired well as all the windows were broken out.  Another two miles and a rollover of another SUV had happened going uphill.  What?  Drivers start to slide, over correct and the top heaviness of SUVs make them flip.  At the east entrance to the tunnel, traffic came to a standstill as muscle cars with rear wheel drive were spinning in place on the greasy snotty slick surface.  How did I know that?  I opened my door and the surface of the road was like a surface of an ice rink after a pass by the Zamboni machine.   My tires had trouble getting going but I crawled back to speed and finally got into the tunnel…. to be continued.  dg

Atalaya Mountain Run – Santa Fe

Atalaya  Mountain Run – Santa Fe

Atalaya Mountain Trail starts at St. Johns College at around 7300 feet and climbs to 9098.  Beautiful views of Santa Fe below and south.  Conquistadors climbed it in the 1500s as they explored New Mexico.  Looks close from college but it is 3.25 miles one way and the climb is 1800 vertical.  Worth it through the arroyos, the piñon juniper transition zones and up through ponderosa pine forests.  Viewpoints along the way are great for photo ops.  Trail is not heavily traveled due to its steepness.  Where to go for a beer afterward.  Why, 2nd Street Brewery of course!!  Two locations in Santa Fe but I go to the one in the Railyard as it is a two block walk from the  Sage Inn.  Good food and great beer!  Always a seasonal IPA  (Pivotal on draft last week – top notch ale) along with their regular IPA.  And a friendly, intelligent clientele and staff with whom to engage in intellectual and passionate conversation.

 

 

 

Roctober running and Bakers’ Brewery

Roctober running and Bakers’ Brewery

Finding myself in Summit County Colorado under the bluest of skies, warm sunshine, perfect temps in the 60s, low humidity (24%!) colors still holding on in some of the aspen groves.  Above Silverthorne is the Ptarmigan Mountain Trail.  Plenty of parking at the trailhead and lightly used, at least the days I have been here.  The steep start, 8-900 feet of vertical in the first 3/4 of a mile finally yield to a mostly level and gradual uphill.  Perfect for a few miles or head all the way to the top of the peak which according to trail sites – 11.8 miles roundtrip and 3,800 vertical up.  What a perfect day for a 4.2 mile run to start to get back into mountain shape after a month in the midwest where it is difficult to find hills to keep the quads in shape.  Forgot my orange shirt which I consider during hunting season my ‘not get shot shirt’ as hunters were coming down the trail in the late afternoon.  One woman with her dog had her orange hat on and an orange scarf for her dog.  Smart.  I achieved my desired thirst level and headed back down the hill.  From the parking lot, it is all of eight tenths of a mile to Bakers’ Brewery.  They are a bakery, brewery and restaurant with a unique menu.   Great signs in the men’s bathroom are good for a giggle.  The beer is good across the board, they are not afraid to have guest beers.    Being a hophead, the IPA does not have enough bittering units to keep me happily drinking pints so I am preparing to invent HOP DROPS – an elixir/potion of my favorite hops in an alchemy concoction that one can pack in the pocket with an eyedropper that can then stealthily be dropped into a pint of under hopped beer at about 10 International Bittering Units per eyedropper full.  Steal my idea – may your taste buds fall out!   However I sure could use help on how to manage pics and texts on this blog.  Look for reviews on their beers later. Researching…

 

Dave’s Bitchen Kitchen Nutrition

Dave’s Bitchen Kitchen Nutrition

Food equals fuel.  Would you put a two liter bottle of Pepsi in your gas tank and expect your car to run?  As I write and listen to great music, mostly from yesteryear, ads come across for diabetes, garbage fast food, which really isn’t food as it applies to nutrition but Americans insist one eating the unhealthiest crap in the world.  Why is that?

These pics are breakfast and dinner I make frequently.  Breakfast is one organic egg from chickens about 70 feet from the kitchen, sautéed organic veggies from the garden about 35 feet further.  Homemade bread I make with IPA and raw honey which the combo invites wonderful aromas and flavors into each bite especially when toasted.  I top with extra virgin olive oil and real New Mexico chile powder.  Probiotic 0% fat Greek yogurt and local salsa.  In that mix also are hash browns with an organic potato and infused with organic carrots.  Ef U McDonald’s and all other corporate shitholes that serve the killing foods of America!  Keeps the pharmaceutical and health industries busy!

My rainbow pizza – homemade crust – same recipe as the bread – whole wheat flour with beer and honey, homemade sauce with veggies from the local farmers’ market.  And mozzarella fresca!

Dave’s Bitchen Kitchen will feature recipes that are edible, healthy and tell the chain restaurants to send their shitty processed food straight back to hell.  Howz that for a food rant?!!