With the summer fast approaching and family and social gatherings abound, the sun is so close we can almost taste it!
As any Haute Hostess or Happening Host will tell you, there is no better way to entertain a crowd than with treats that tantalize all the senses. We’re going to be bringing you some great summer cuisine that we’ve cooked up here. Recipes we’ve come up with over the years or been inspired to create by something new and fresh at the farmer’s market or grocery store. We hope you’ll take these and make them a part of your relaxation routine, something to help you wind down from the stressful work week and enjoy the sights, sounds, and tastes of a delicious and nutricious home cooked meal!
We recently volunteered at Riverkeeper’s Shadfest (an outdoor festival in support of Riverkeeper and their ongoing efforts to keep the rivers and fish that reside in them safe), and we met the two very happening guys from Fire Island Beer Company. We admired their entrepreneurial spirit, their superior branding, laid back inspiration, and of course their kick-ass brews. From the female perspective the Red Wagon IPA was refined enough that it appealed to my sweeter sentiments, and with a smooth finish and high alcohol content it also appealed to BTS guy’s preferences. Shadfest is held on the historic property surrounding Boscobel mansion, and during the slow parts of the day we took my fashion eye and the scenery and took some artistic photographs of our experience, the view, and their beer.
We loved Fire Island Beer Co’s label and inspiration. The compass, lighthouse, deer, and other scenic references to the place where their company was born are so quintessential to this island off the coast of Long Island without cars or mass transit. Removed but connected by a thread, I think that many people can aspire to at least live that lifestyle when on vacation this summer.
To properly pour a beer don’t let the liquid hit the bottom, angle the cup/glass so it slides down the side. This reduces the “head”(foam) at the top.
When getting close to full turn the cup upright and let the liquid fall into what is already in the glass/cup.
Finally let the glass drop away from the pour at the very end, this creates just the right amount of head/foam to the pour.
“Red Wagon IPA” taking in the view from Boscobel.
“Lighthouse Ale” overlooking the Hudson river valley, west point in the distance. I think the tree wishes it could take a drink!