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Archive for September, 2012

Alexander Keith’s Birthday Festival – Toronto – October 5th 2012

On October 5th, gather your friends and join Alexander Keith’s for a night of incredible food crafted by local chefs, live music and unforgettable experiences at the Brick Works.  Tickets are $10 and include complimentary shuttle service, entrance to the festival, access to see Matt Mays (with special guest Dwayne Gretzky) perform live and a host of other made to share experiences.

Some of the city’s best chefs and food trucks will be in attendance selling dishes crafted to pair with Keith’s. Food prices are capped at $5.00 so that customers can enjoy a variety of food vendors.  Vendors include: Rock Lobster, Neptuno Oysters, Pretty SweetFidel Gastros, Dobro Jesti, Bonfire Catering, Caplansky’s Deli Truck, Gourmet Gringos, Babi&Co and Stuft Gourmet Sausages.

They will also be offering a free dessert cooked with Keith’s, as well as personalized glassware engraving with complimentary glassware give-a-ways throughout the night. For a chance to win more swag, Challenge a Keith’s girl to some east coast games.

Tickets are available at alexanderkeithsbirthdaytoronto-en.eventbrite.ca. Get yours today as they are limited and are going fast!

Additional Keith’s birthday celebrations are being held in Halifax, Montreal, Vancouver and many other Canadian cities. Visit keiths.ca/birthday for additional details.

September 28, 2012 | By | Reply More

The Easy Way to Separate an Egg Yolk and White

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Christopher Walken – Chicken With Pears

After recently interviewing Christopher Walken (view interview here) for TIFF 2012, it seemed appropriate to post this video.

This is definitely one of the more random cooking videos available on YouTube. It is simply titled “Man Makes Chicken with Pears”. It’s fairly obvious that the man in question is actually veteran actor Christopher Walken. The recipe itself is kind of questionable, as the chicken doesn’t seem thoroughly cooked through at the end. Luckily, it appears it’s his cat who is going to chow down and not some unfortunate dinner guest. Speaking of cat videos, Walken is enamoured with Henri 2, Paw de Deux. His favorite part? The “cheeseburgers”.

We think he would actually would make a great cooking show host. Mr. Walken, if you are interested give us a call!

September 13, 2012 | By | Reply More

Ale to the Chief: The White House Release Their Beer Recipe

After much public excitement and a request on the popular Obama Reddit AMA, the White House has finally released their secret beer recipe.

Last year President Obama bought a home brewing kit for the kitchen. It took a few tries, but eventually they worked out the recipe. They’ve since added secret ingredients to make their beer even better and all of their brews use honey that was tapped from the South Lawn bee hive.

WHITE HOUSE HONEY PORTER

Ingredients

  • 2 (3.3 lb) cans light unhopped malt extract
  • 3/4 lb Munich Malt (cracked)
  • 1 lb crystal 20 malt (cracked)
  • 6 oz black malt (cracked)
  • 3 oz chocolate malt (cracked)
  • 1 lb White House Honey
  • 10 HBUs bittering hops
  • 1/2 oz Hallertaur Aroma hops
  • 1 pkg Nottingham dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup corn sugar for bottling

Directions

  1. In a 6 qt pot, add grains to 2.25 qts of 168˚ water. Mix well to bring temp down to 155˚. Steep on stovetop at 155˚ for 45 minutes. Meanwhile, bring 2 gallons of water to 165˚ in a 12 qt pot. Place strainer over, then pour and spoon all the grains and liquid in. Rinse with 2 gallons of 165˚ water. Let liquid drain through. Discard the grains and bring the liquid to a boil. Set aside.
  2. Add the 2 cans of malt extract and honey into the pot. Stir well.
  3. Boil for an hour. Add half of the bittering hops at the 15 minute mark, the other half at 30 minute mark, then the aroma hops at the 60 minute mark.
  4. Set aside and let stand for 15 minutes.
  5. Place 2 gallons of chilled water into the primary fermenter and add the hot wort into it. Top with more water to total 5 gallons if necessary. Place into an ice bath to cool down to 70-80˚.
  6. Activate dry yeast in 1 cup of sterilized water at 75-90˚ for fifteen minutes. Pitch yeast into the fermenter. Fill airlock halfway with water. Ferment at room temp (64-68˚) for 3-4 days.
  7. Siphon over to a secondary glass fermenter for another 4-7 days.
  8. To bottle, make a priming syrup on the stove with 1 cup sterile water and 3/4 cup priming sugar, bring to a boil for five minutes. Pour the mixture into an empty bottling bucket. Siphon the beer from the fermenter over it. Distribute priming sugar evenly. Siphon into bottles and cap. Let sit for 1-2 weeks at 75˚.

WHITE HOUSE HONEY ALE

Ingredients

  • 2 (3.3 lb) cans light malt extract
  • 1 lb light dried malt extract
  • 12 oz crushed amber crystal malt
  • 8 oz Biscuit Malt
  • 1 lb White House Honey
  • 1 1/2 oz Kent Goldings Hop Pellets
  • 1 1/2 oz Fuggles Hop pellets
  • 2 tsp gypsum
  • 1 pkg Windsor dry ale yeast
  • 3/4 cup corn sugar for priming

Directions

  1. In an 12 qt pot, steep the grains in a hop bag in 1 1/2 gallons of sterile water at 155 degrees for half an hour. Remove the grains.
  2. Add the 2 cans of the malt extract and the dried extract and bring to a boil.
  3. For the first flavoring, add the 1 1/2 oz Kent Goldings and 2 tsp of gypsum. Boil for 45 minutes.
  4. For the second flavoring, add the 1/2 oz Fuggles hop pellets at the last minute of the boil.
  5. Add the honey and boil for 5 more minutes.
  6. Add 2 gallons chilled sterile water into the primary fermenter and add the hot wort into it. Top with more water to total 5 gallons. There is no need to strain.
  7. Pitch yeast when wort temperature is between 70-80˚. Fill airlock halfway with water.
  8. Ferment at 68-72˚ for about seven days.
  9. Rack to a secondary fermenter after five days and ferment for 14 more days.
  10. To bottle, dissolve the corn sugar into 2 pints of boiling water for 15 minutes. Pour the mixture into an empty bottling bucket. Siphon the beer from the fermenter over it. Distribute priming sugar evenly. Siphon into bottles and cap. Let sit for 2 to 3 weeks at 75˚.

Download a PDF of the recipes.

[via WhiteHouse.gov]

September 4, 2012 | By | Reply More