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Slimy Vegetables

in Recipe for Disaster  · 
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Slimy vegetables make me feel like a failure. I know I sound like a stupid cow, but seriously. Every time I see a goopy onion, wrinkled carrot or black potato in my fridge, it's like a slap in the face. It makes me ashamed to say I'm a vegetarian, much less claim that I cook my own food. I just" never seem to eat all my vegetables before they go bad.

This, my friends, makes me angry. First, rotten vegetables stink. Whether they’re inside your fridge, garbage, or compost, the slightest whiff is bound to cause fainting, dry-heaving, vomiting or all of the above. Secondly, I hate to be wasteful. I already feel guilty for living in America, living in a fuel-based economy and participating in capitalism. The last thing I need is a rotten eggplant on my conscious.

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Finally, I hate to waste money. I'm lucky I can afford to buy expensive organic produce (I cut corners elsewhere), so why do I essentially throw my money away? I mean, it's not like the economy or job market will help me out once I've thrown out all my spoiled food. So what you ask, or don't ask, is the cultrate? Two things.

I don't finish my vegetables because a: processed food like salsa and tortilla chips lurk about my cupboards and b: hiding food in the so-called "vegetable door"? of my fridge makes me forget that I have it. Case solved. I'll burn my cupboards and tear apart my fridge. If only the president-elects' stimulus proposal for the economy could work this easily.

Redhook Double Black Stout

in Libation Station  · 
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2008 has seen sort of a comeback for Redhook, after a couple of years where the Woodinville brewery seemed to have wandered sort of aimlessly.

The Double Black Stout was originally introduced in 1995 as a limited release craft beer, and has recently been brought back for a four month run through February 2009. It is a very dark stout with coffee added to it, enough so that you can probably just drink a pint of this in the morning instead of your regular Starbucks. Not that the coffee—or mocha I suppose, as there is certainly a hint of chocolate here too—is overpowering or anything, which often is the case with many coffee based stouts, but you don’t have to be an expert taster to notice it either.

Other than that the actual stout has a nice malty aroma to it, and is thick enough to give you that nice warm feeling you need during the sub-10 ° temperatures we’re “enjoying” right now. Dunk on Neil Halstead’s latest and pour yourself a glass of this, and you got a good evening going.

2008 has been a good year for Redhook. The Winterhook is definitely better than years past, and the Double Black Stout is surprisingly deep and flavorful.

  • ABV: 7%
  • IBU: 47