2018 is almost upon us, and we are all thinking about our New Year’s Resolutions this week. This blog has become part of mine.
It’s safe to say I neglected the blog for much of 2017. More than once I tried to get myself back into it, but I never did. The move to Delaware has inspired me to take it back up again. There is so much to eat, and cooking still brings me joy. For this reason, I will be mixing up the reviews of events with some new segments.
Monthly Cookbook Reviews
I plan to choose a different cookbook for every month of the year and review its contents. Each post I make will be about the cookbook and the four recipes I choose from it, one for every week. Being a married woman, finding recipes that both my husband and I can enjoy is difficult. I’ll be asking my husband’s opinion on each recipe, and if we both agree on recipes from the book, it’s a surefire winner.
On the Road Again
Travel is going to be a big part of my New Year. We no longer live close to family, and the food we encounter on the way will be very important. For each trip, I will try to feature one new restaurant or strange snacks we encounter along the way.
The internet is chock full of food blogs like mine with their own recipes, be they a traditional blog like this or a youtube channel. I intend to recreate some of these recipes from time to time and see if my results are anything like promised. It’ll be fun to see if it’s my failure or not when the recipe fails to chock up to what’s promised.
What would you like to see from me in the new year? If you’re from the Northeast, is there something I should try when I’m here? Leave suggestions for me, and I will look into them for the future.
A week before Christmas, my husband and I moved to Milford, Delaware on our next big adventure. I had never visited the Northeast or the East Coast at all. Exploring the food culture of the region excited me. Not two days before our arrival, Easy Speak Distillery opened up down the road form our new home.
We never encounter a craft distillery in Iowa. The brewpub sported a strong social media presence to show off their wares. Every picture of every cocktail called my name. We were in the doors before the week was out, eager to see what a craft distillery would be like.
We waited for a long time to get a table, but it was the Friday before Christmas. Just as many people were interested in the new establishment as my husband and I. When finally seated, it became clear the pub portion of the facility had been designed to seat larger groups at tables. Where I could see through the crowd, I could not see any smaller tables. Each open surface sat man. We split a high rise table with another small group with only two chairs between each group.
During our wait, we were able to make ourselves familiar with the menu and available bottled alcohols distilled in their facility. All but one of their cocktails run at the reasonable price of seven dollars and fifty cents. The bottles available for purchase were all twenty-two dollars other than their bottle of bourbon which will run you thirty-nine dollars.
Their cocktails use their own alcohol exclusively. Almost all of the alcohols used can be bought at the hostess station on the way out the door. We tried rum only while we were there. I had a rum and coke with their molasses aged rum, one of the few items not available for purchase in bottle.
I can only describe it as a gingersnap in a glass. While not a flavor I normally attribute to rum, the uniqueness of it gave me an appreciation for craft distilleries to mirror my feelings on craft beer. The world is bigger than a bottle of Captain Morgan, which their traditional spiced rum certainly mirrored. The spiced rum was available at the desk, so we purchased one to take home.
The appetizers you can find here are typical of all brewpub fare: chicken wings, pretzel bites, and the like. We ordered their pretzel bites as our starter. Each individual pretzel was longer than what I would expect of an item described as a bit, but the flavor achieved when paired with the traditional beer cheese dip was delicious. They were, however, not much different from pretzel bites I could get anywhere else.
The pizza, on the other hand, defied expectations. My husband absolutely hates tomato sauce, so we sometimes struggle to find a pizza to share. This will never be a problem for us at EasySpeak. We decided on the crab and artichoke pizza the instant we saw it on the menu. It laid on a bed of delicious cheese, garlic and olive oil sauce, and a nice, crunch crust. All I need out of a good pizza is a good crust, and they delivered. White sauce pizzas with crab seem to be common to the area, but the addition of artichoke by the EasySpeak team really made a difference.
The location, available alcohols, and the food all make EasySpeak a wonderful discovery for our first full week in Delware. You can visit their facebook page at facebook.com/easyspeak.spirits/. Give them a like, and go get a drink.
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