Kaiser Butternut Squash Soup

It’s officially Fall which means tons of squash and pumpkin recipes are headed your way. If there’s one thing I love about Fall, it is sitting inside on those chilly days and stuffing my face full of food. This particular day, I decided to stuff my face full of butternut squash soup. This ain’t your run of the mill butternut squash soup either – I filled it with apples, fennel, onions and garlic. Yum. To give it the kick it needed, I tossed in a good amount of Kaiser – an Imperial Oktoberfest Lager by Avery Brewing Co that is chock full of festive spices. The final product was topped with a balsamic reduction and sourdough crouton toppings to make it even more marvelous. Let me assure you, this is the best way to kick off your fall cooking.

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Munchy-time French Fries (topped with goat cheese, pancetta, basil, and a balsamic reduction)

Since the great holiday of 4/20 just recently happened and I live in Denver (but did not partake) – I decided to create the ultimate munchies recipe: French fries topped with goat cheese, pancetta, basil and a balsamic reduction. You can also make these for drunk munchies but I suggest you have a sober friend help you out. I made them for just regular old get-home-from-school-munchies. No matter what your reason, you’re going to fall in love with this recipe. Even though it contains fried food, the freshness of the basil will somehow trick you into thinking it might possibly be healthy. One suggestion I have is to freeze the potatoes ahead of time so they are ready when you want to cook. You should even freeze extra so you can make French fries all the time because, who doesn’t love French fries?

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