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Coffee Braised Beef Shanks


Coffee Balsamic Vinegar

The weather here in Northern Virginia has finally begun to cool off, which means that I finally get to dust off my cast iron pots and get to braising. A short while back The Roasterie out of Kansas City sent me a bottle of an intriguing new ingredient (which I was under no obligation to write about), Coffee Balsamic Vinegar, made with their Super Tuscan Blend coffee. I was both intrigued and skeptical by this combination, and like a jittery squirrel I sniffed at the intensely fragranced liquid trying to discover what I could possibly use it for. See the full post »

Beverage Kickstarter Spotlight: Geek Out Geek Bar


Here at Mutineer HQ, we are all about cheering on beverage entrepreneurs and their efforts to bring something new to the table. Kickstarter is a great resource for people to bring their ideas to life. One project I dig right now is from Geek Out Geek Bar out of Chicago, Il.

I’ll admit it, I am an RPG playing, Tolkien loving, Doctor Who obsessed geek. Midnight Lord of the Rings extended version movie marathon? Yes, please! So, when I found the Geek Out Geek Bar project on Kickstarter I knew I had to share it here.

This project is about creating a space where geeks can roll 40 sided dice in comfort and read menus by the light of a sonic screwdriver, all while eating incredible food and drinking fine beverage. If you’re interested in supporting this campaign check out the project here.

Hungry Mutineer: Ein Zwei Dry with Prawn and Fresh Herb Salad



Riesling is a largely misunderstood wine here in the U.S.. For years we have only had access to cloying syrupy brands that don’t pair well with your tastebuds, much less your dinner. All that is changing as drier varieties begin their slow trickle into the country. In fact, contrary to what we see in the U.S., sweet rieslings are produced far less in Germany, as the German palate tends to favor dry wines. See the full post »

Inman Family Wines Recipe: Crab & Scallop Cakes



Recently, I had the opportunity to meet Kathleen Inman, general manager and winemaker for Inman Family Wines at a wine pairing dinner at the Slanted Door in San Francisco. Her wines are extremely food friendly with little oak, and go down easy. Kathleen has shared her recipe for Crab & Scallop Cakes with us here, and suggests pairing her Endless Crush brut rosé with it for a light and festive meal. Check out the recipe and read what Kathleen had to say about “Endless Crush.” See the full post »

Hungry Mutineer: Von Trapp’s Hungarian Goulash and Helles Lager


VT Helles Lager

Nothing makes a Hungry Mutineer happier than a delicious meal paired with fine beverage. At Seattle’s latest hotspot Von Trapp’s on Capitol Hill they serve hearty German and Central Eurpoean fare along with delicious German and German-style brews. One of Chef Pete Fjosne’s favorite pairings is Helles Lager with his recipe for Hungarian goulash. The Helles Lager is so refreshing against the rich creamy spice of the goulash making for a satisfying combination. Pick up some Helles Lager and give this recipe a whirl to see what the fuss is about. See the full post »

Hanger Steak and Asparagus Salad


Jordan Hanger Steak and Asparagus Salad

Spring is in full swing across the country and the asparagus has never tasted better. Up at Jordan Vineyard & Winery in California’s Alexander Valley they grow their own delicious white and green asparagus for the winery kitchen. This recipe for Hanger Steak and Asparagus Salad is a simple and delicious preparation that Chef Todd Knoll likes to prepare and serve with their cabernet sauvignon to showcase the best of Jordan. See the full post »

Hawaiian Blue Prawns with Tomato Fondue



Summertime has arrived in many parts of the country and wine drinkers everywhere are trading in hearty red wines for refreshing white wines. Todd Knoll, the Executive Chef at Jordan Winery has created this light, refreshing dish for Hawaiian Blue Prawns with Tomato Fondue to pair with the recently released 2009 Jordan Chardonnay. The lightness of the prawns and sweetness of the tomatoes play beautifully together, and the dish is incredibly simple to prepare. See the full post »

Gloria Ferrer’s 2004 Royal Cuvée Mother’s Day


2004 Royal Cuvee

On Sunday all across the country, Americans will be preparing breakfast in bed for mom. This often means, aside from a great mess in the kitchen, champagne, mimosas, and strawberries. Thankfully Gloria Ferrer has released their 2004 Gloria Ferrer Royal Cuvée in time for mom. The 2004 Gloria Ferrer Royal Cuvée is described as having “generous fruit aromas and flavors, a fine mousse and a persistent, crisp finish.” Sounds like a pretty tasty way to start the day.

A tasty sparkling wine deserves a tasty breakfast too accompany it. Here are a few tasty recipes from a few food bloggers I love, to pair with your bubbly Mother’s Day libations.

Blueberry Pancakes from Smitten Kitchen.
Eggs on Toast from 101 Cookbooks
Eggs Benedict from Simply Recipes.

For those of you who are cooking for a gluten-free mother here are some great recipes from Food Republic.

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