...sharing food...

i am currently sharing food pictures from Belize and travels in Latin America.... i hope you enjoy!
i have started this blog with a number of ideas in mind. i love to cook, bake, and otherwise play with food, so i thought sharing what i do might be fun. i am also going to use this as a means of recording the various dishes that i do come up with. i try to use all organic and as much local food as possible, and i am vegetarian, although a fish dish or two may pop up on here at some point along the way. i'll try to describe what i do to make the food, but if you want a recipe, email me at cocinadooglasATgmailDOTcom. i will also offer up some restaurant reviews from time to time, and share food that i eat on my travels. otherwise, enjoy, and make some food!!!

oh yeah... i like beer too!

Monday, April 5, 2010

The Antithesis of Unearthly

Originally Published on "Brews of Our Lives"

Down here in the Tampa Bay area, our beer selection has improved dramatically in the last few years. We've gone from a relative beer backwater to the home of one of the most exciting new breweries in the country - Cigar City. Besides our own regional brews, we have also seen a huge increase in the selection of small batch brews from all around the country. As an apt example, I offer Iniquity - an imperial black ale from Southern Tier Brewing out of Lakewood, NY.

Per the writing on the bottle, Iniquity "is contrary to what one may expect from an IPA; this is an ale as black as night." However, I have to think they're referring mostly to the appearance of this black as night brew. Loaded with chinook, cascade, williamette, and centennial hops, this is clearly an IPA - even at first taste. But while the hops dominate and define this tasty brew, there is an underlying malt character that you might not find in other IPAs - I think the hop bitterness is evident, but the "debittered black malt" balances that bitterness out, making for a very pleasant 9% black IPA bomb.

Find one and drink it!

***For all the PA readers, I was at Cigar City Brewery the other night (and had some great beers), and I heard some bad news for fans from the north. Due to high demand, they're planning to stop supplying the PA market until later this year, after they get a couple new fermenters up and running. If you like the beers and see them around, snatch them up, as they won't be restocked for a while!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Brews of Our Lives

For anyone who has enjoyed some of my beer blogs, I have also begun contributing to the new blog, "Brews of Our Lives" started by artist and good friend, Kevin.

Check it out here >>>

Saturday, February 6, 2010

The 'Rents Winter Heat Hot Sauce

I've posted a couple of the hot sauces that I've cooked up here in the past, and I'm just about out here in my Florida kitchen. Between sharing them with friends, and using them liberally on sandwiches and in my (occasional) cooking, I'm down to my last jar. I should say, the sauces age well - even after a year in the cupboard, the flavors have become more complex, and the heat has increased as well.
So running dangerously low has had me keeping an eye out for some good hot peppers, preferably organic and local. My searching was unsuccessful however, and I've just been milking this last jar for as long as I could. Alas, my visiting parents came across a hot pepper score at the local flea market, and brought me a bunch home. They brought back a high-powered BTU bunch, which I think included habaneros, serranos, thai chiles, and some jalepenos. I decided to just go simple with this sauce:

Blend all peppers together
Add ~1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar
Add ~2 tblsp honey (I used local palmetto honey)

Once blended into a liquid, cook on low heat for about 20 minutes. Jar it up, and let it sit for a while - a couple weeks at least, then share and enjoy!