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STRESSED IS DESSERTS SPELLED BACKWARDS

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With so much LIFE going on everyday, I sometimes need to show myself that I really REALLY love me. Most peoples initial thoughts would be a massage, a manicure, a foot rub, a night out with the girls….NOT I says I! My way of a therapeutic moment is baking. Yes, baking. Be it cookies, cakes, cupcakes, experimenting with frosting recipes or cobblers…I de-stress when I bake. Think about it, your CRACKING EGGS! Your BEATING the dough! Your steam is keeping everyone clear of the kitchen giving you some alone time with a better kind of happy ending! What I’m trying to say is letting out your aggression on your dough is much better than letting it out on your beau, right? Well, sometimes 😉 I may not look as glamourous as Dita when cooking in the kitchen, but my family thinks I came down from the heavens when soft, warm cookies come out of the oven. My secret desire is to look like Dita when I’m cooking, but have the knowledge (and let’s face it, the kitchen) of Ree Drummond, Pioneer Woman on Food Network. I – LOVE – HER!!! My sweetheart of 7 1/2 years married me this year, I think it’s because my cooking skills have stepped up significantly since I began to watch her show. She makes everything seem so easy to make, she really loves butter and I have developed kitchen envy! Even my wedding registry reflected our new addiction to cooking appliances as almost everything on there was some sort of cooking tool!

 

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OK ok, enough of my girl crush rant. Let’s move on to some recipes! I tried this chocolate chip cookie recipe I found on Pinterst while gathering wedding ideas and I have been making them for every special occasion since then! It’s a “move over Mrs. Fields cookies” kind of cookie.

Best-Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies
Ingredients:
3/4 c. unsalted butter, softened
3/4 c. brown sugar 
1/4 c. granulated sugar 
1 egg 
2 tsp. vanilla extract 
2 c. all purpose flour 
2 tsp. cornstarch 
1 tsp. baking soda 
1/2 tsp. salt 
1 c. bittersweet chocolate chips
Directions:
1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2.  In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugars until fluffy and light in color. Add egg and vanilla and blend in.
3.  Mix in flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt. Stir in chocolate chunks.
4.  Using a standard-sized cookie scoop or tablespoon, drop dough onto a prepared baking sheet.  Bake for 8-10 minutes, until barely golden brown around the edges.  (The tops will not brown, but do NOT cook longer than ten minutes.)
5.  Let cool, on the sheet, on a wire rack for five minutes.  Remove from baking sheet and let cool completely.  Makes approximately 3 dozen.  Try not to eat them all.

 

 

Looking for a great cake to add some color to your spread? Try these beauties!

 

 

And of course! This blog wouldn’t be complete without a Ree Drummond Cookie Recipe!


Part 2: “I Don’t Know, Where Do You Want To Go?”: Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens

Now that you’ve been to The Bruery Provisions and introduced your mouth to some new mouth watering indulgent’s, let’s introduce your eyes to some great scenery all while you feast in an open-air patio in the midst of a one acre organic beer garden. Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, located in North Escondido, is a 19-acre farm equipped with 32 craft and specialty beers on tap and an extensive wine list. Stone Brewing Bistro has everything needed to satisfy the demands of the masses.

First of all the food, THE FOOD! Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens use in-season, locally, regionally, and organically grown produce and 100% naturally raised meats. Greg Koch & Steve Wagner, co-founders of Stone Brewing, have been involved in the international Slow Food movement since 2000. Slow Food promotes getting “back to the table” and celebrates artisanal, natural and old-world approaches to food. Stone represents only the best in beers and food which is reflected in their eclectic menu of world-inspired cuisine and their unique take on comfort food. Strong advocates for environmental responsibility and high-quality food, they are now the largest restaurant purchaser of local, small-farm organic produce in San Diego County. Their Meatless Monday menu prevents 110,448 lbs. of CO2 from being released annually.

Now to the Bier! Here’s a rundown of some of Stone’s beers:

 

Year Round Releases

Stone Pale Ale 41 5.4% July 1996

Stone Smoked Porter 53 5.9% Dec 1996

Stone IPA 77 6.9% Aug 1997

Stone Cali-Belgique IPA 77 6.9% Aug 2008

Stone Ruination IPA 100+ 7.7% June 2002

Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale 90 8.7% Jan 2009

Stone Levitation Ale 45 4.4% Sep 2002

OAKED Arrogant Bastard Ale CLASSIFIED 7.2% Nov 2004

Arrogant Bastard Ale CLASSIFIED 7.2% Nov 1997

Special Releases

Stone Anniversary Ale Varies Varies Aug 1997 August 13th, 2012

Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine 85 12% Feb 1998 Feb 13th, 2012

Double Bastard Ale CLASSIFIED 10.5% Nov 1998 October 29th, 2012

Stone Imperial Russian Stout 55 10.5% July 2000 April 16th, 2012

Stone Vertical Epic Ale Varies Varies Feb 2002 12.10.12

Quingenti Millilitre

Ken Schmidt / Maui / Stone Kona Coffee Macadamia Coconut Porter Aged in Bourbon Barrels Varies 9.0% Sept 21st, 2009 August 18th, 2011

2010 Stone Old Guardian BELGO Barley Wine Aged in Red Wine Barrels Varies 11.5% Jan 7th, 2010 Sept 27th, 2011

2010 Stone Old Guardian BELGO Barley Wine Aged in Bourbon Barrels Varies 11.3% Jan 7th, 2010 Sept 27th, 2011

2010 Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Aged in Bourbon Barrels Varies 10.7% Jan 16th, 2010 Sept 27th, 2011

After my stud and I have pleasured our senses with organic foods, great craft beer and a memorable sunset, we make sure we don’t forget to fill our growlers on our way out. What’s a growler? Well, we’ll have to cover that in our next post, but in short, it’s a glass jug that carries a half-gallon of beer, sometimes more ! Yes my little pretties, not only should you make sure to powder your nose and reapply your lipstick after your glutinous visit to the Stone Bistro, but add to your list of favorite must-haves a GROWLER! Every lass should have… a few. You know, to match our ever changing moods. Some days you’ll be a little Vertical Epic when others you’ll be a little IPA. My honey is consistently a Double Arrogant Bastard, that’s what it takes to put up with my Imperial Stout!

If ever your on the far South end of California, make sure to stop off at Escondido and visit Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens. Let me warn you though, not only is it located in Escondido, but it sure as heck is “ESCONDIDO!” (hidden).  If using your navigation device to locate the Stone Bistro and you find yourself in the middle of a road with your device saying “DESTINATION” while sitting in what feels like the middle of nowhere, fear not. You are closer than you think. I recommend printing out directions in order to know what streets to turn on exactly. The navigation device somehow fails to inform you that you need to turn into another road off that lonely street to get to Stone. Trust me, just print the directions and get to the beer sooner!