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Whether you go with pulled pork, brisket or ribs, every fall barbecue is going to need some complementary side dishes.
Christopher Kostow from the acclaimed The Restaurant at Meadowood in St. Helena, California, offers all the fixins' - with a little extra flair.
How to Elevate Barbecue Side Dishes: Christopher Kostow
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I do likes me a cold one on a hot summer day, and a fall ball game just isn't the same without an ale in my hand. Fear of the great beer belly has kept suds out of the refrigerators and hands of beer enthusiasts all over the land, but is it possible that one of America's favorite beverages has gotten an undeserved bad rap?
After all, beer is created from just four basic ingredients: water, barley, hops and yeast. The result of these ingredients dancing together is alcohol and CO2. That's a combo that goes down easy, and there are so many ways to blend the brew that you're sure to find an ale, stout, lager or amber that is just right for you.
The dirty deets
Your doc may have told you that drinking alcohol in moderation is good for your health, but usually wine gets all the cred for the antioxidant benefits. Truth be told, beer and wine contain the same amount of antioxidants. There are some other things you should know:
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The fact that September is Bourbon Heritage Month got me thinking about an elderly fellow I once knew, a friend of my father’s father and a veteran of World War I. He was 85 at the time, and blind as a bat - used to watch TV from the couch through a pair of binoculars perched on a stick, sipping what he referred to as “bourbon and branch.” That simply means bourbon and water (technically water from a small stream; it’s an old Southern term), as opposed to bourbon and soda, but it has an antique resonance to it that’s awfully appealing, I think.
Anyway, he’s gone now - has been for years - but there’s still plenty of good bourbon out there, and since it’s officially “a distinctive product of the United States” (by a 1964 Congressional resolution, no less), why not pour a glass? There’s still a day left in the month, after all.
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