Monthly Archives: October 2015

Butternut Squash & Poblano Pepper Chili

butternutblog7The recent cold snap has put us here at AP in the mood for some delicious comfort food. I decided to take some of the latest local offerings from Enterprise Farm out of western Massachusetts to put together a hearty chili to warm up from the inside out. Beautiful poblano peppers and seasonal butternut squash are the stars of this cozy dish.

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For the chili:

2 tbsp olive or coconut oil
1 whole red onion, chopped
3-4 cloves of garlic
3 large poblano peppers
1 large butternut squash
5 stalks celery
1 can black beans, rinsed
1 lb ground beef *
1 can crushed tomatoes
1 can tomato paste
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cinnamon

 

on top:

sour cream or crème fraiche
sliced avocado
l’amuse signature gouda
salt, to taste
lime juice, to taste

 

1. Roast the poblano peppers in the oven at 425 degrees for 10-15 minutes until the skin is just starting to look blistered. Peel and cube the butternut squash into ½ inch pieces while they’re cooking.

2. De-seed the poblano peppers and chop roughly into ½ inch pieces. Chop stalks of celery.

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3. Chop the onion and garlic. Throw onion into a large pot with your oil on medium heat. Stir every couple of minutes, waiting until fragrant, about 5-10 minutes. Add in the butternut squash and poblano peppers. Stir. Add in the celery.

4. Let everything cook on medium high heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the ground beef and brown in the pot for a couple of minutes.

5. Add the can of tomatoes, black beans, and tomato paste. Season with chili powder and cinnamon. Stir, cover and cook on medium low heat for 15-20 minutes.

6. After the chili cools, top with lime juice, sour cream, sliced avocado, salt, and for extra brownie points shred a little (or a lot) of l’amuse gouda on top!

* if you are a vegetarian or don’t want beef, another can of black beans works just as well in its place.

Enjoy!

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October Beer & Wine of the Month Boxes

Pumpkins dominate the month of October. They infiltrate our homes and porches, our lattes and pies, and most significantly, our beers. We at American Provisions are great supporters of fall gourds and of their rightful place in this wonderful season. Despite this fact, we believe that their rightful place is not necessarily in our beers. The over soaked market of pumpkin beers and ciders throughout the fall season have us searching for alternative alcohol expressions for the month of October. For this month’s beer box we are not just creeping away from pumpkin spiced brews, we are sort of ignoring them all together…
So how do you properly represent October without orange bottles and spiced ales? October in New England is a month that can range in various days of unwarranted heat to surprisingly chilly nights. If we can accept such variety in terms of weather, then why not in terms of beer styles? This logic will prevail for these three bottles as we stretch the concept of what “fall beers” can be. For these beers, we are drawing inspiration from our rustic New England surroundings, our desire for anything barrel aged during the cooler months, and finally, we are embracing a firm refusal to miss out on any opportunity for lots of hops.

Da Beers

Crooked Stave  Vieille Artisan SaisonWe are incredibly psyched to start our October beer box off with a bottle from the small production speciality brewery from Denver, Colorado – Crooked Stave Brewery. Since starting Crooked Stave Brewery in 2010, Chad Yacobson has been unable to keep up with the demand of his beers due to their almost instant following. For a brewery that specializes in Saisons and wild yeast beers, this is an amazing accomplishment in our predominantly hop driven craft beer world.  This  brings us to the small gem you have before you – Vieille Artisan Saison. This truly rustic Saison earned it’s name Vieille, meaning “old”, because it comes from a blend of various barrel aged batches, all of which have been fermented with Brettanomyces – a wild yeast strain that adds a great complexity to the Vieille. Six long months of aging and light dry hopping results in this funky complex beer that will intrigue your taste buds with its yeasty spice, fizzling carbonation, and slight lemony tartness. ABV {4.2%}

Breckenridge Brewery 471 Double IPAThe second bottle for October also comes to us from Colorado, but this time from the charming town of Breckenridge. In 1990, Richard Squire started Breckenridge Brewery, which at the time was Colorado’s third craft brewery. For over 25 years Breckenridge has been dedicated to creating unique, but approachable hand crafted beers. This dedication can especially be seen in the time and care they took to make the bottle in this box – 471 Double IPA, which they created with laborious processes like dry hopping the beer every quarter while transferring it back and forth from whiskey barrels to tanks each time. This time intensive methods pay off in the final result of a beer that is simultaneously oaky and rich, but also pleasantly hopped and bitter. 471 DIPA is hopped with the unique variety Hüll Melon, which strays from the typical citrusy aromas of most hop varieties and instead accents this brew with flavors of honeydew melon and apricot. These bright hop fruit flavors mingle nicely with light whiskey spices in a malty barrel aged body, making this beer a strong October beer contender. ABV {9.7%}

Revolution Brewing Mosaic Hero: For our last bottle in the October beer box, we not only have for you a delicious specialty beer, but also a Halloween costume idea! This year dress up as your favorite new super hero: Revolution Brewery’s Mosaic Hero! This literal Hop-Headed Hero draws his strength from big hop varieties like Warrior and Zythos, which are added in the brew kettle to create an intensely herbal, earthy base. The superpower of the newest addition to Revolution’s Hero Series, however, stems from the generous amount of dry hopping of the rare and unique variety: Mosaic. Mosiac hops give this beer a funky range of tropical fruit flavors like grapefruit, orange peel, and pineapple, as well as surprising notes of earthy pine. Revolution Brewing opened in Chicago in 2010 with a mission to provide beer lovers with a wide variety of unique beers loaded with big flavors,, which is exactly what you’re getting here with Mosaic Hero IPA. This specialty brew is mostly about the hops, but we believe that its respectable malt backbone of wheaty spice and its  toasty orange color can earn it a place in an October beer lineup. ABV {7.5%}

Cooler months call for warmer foods, and with warmer foods come fall flavors, spices, roasted meats, and root vegetables. This shift in season also affects the way we think about the wines we drink. No longer will we look for lean racey bottles of white or light fruity reds – Tis the season for fuller, more complex white wines with bigger bodies; rich reds with heft and spice to stand up to the bigger meals we are eagerly consuming.

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This box will slowly move you towards the heavier offerings that the cold months demand. The white bottle in this box is a 2003 vintage – a unique example of a white with significant weight and funk. The reds as well will be a slow transition into the darker, denser bodied wines we have been secretly waiting for all summer long. Get ready for fall with toasty oak and spicy fruit flavors in this October wine box!

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Fabien Coche Bouillot Meursault Charmes Premier Cru 2003The wine region of Meursault in France is one of the most well known and sought after areas for Chardonnay production in all of Burgundy. Luckily for you, that is exactly where the first bottle in your wine box is from. From Domaine Coche Bouillot, vineyard run by Fabien Coche – the third generation owner of the estate. The vineyard is noted for their award winning white wines known for excellent balance and fruity freshness. Their Premier Cru from 2003 is incredibly full bodied and complex, with toasted, nutty notes from extended oak aging, but enough powerful fruit to create an elegant balance and lively structure. Many white wines are not built to be aged this long, which is why we hope you enjoy this rare opportunity to experience this extremely unique bottle from Meursault.

Mas de Libian Vin de Pétanque Vin de Pays des Côteaux de l’Ardèche 2014The Thibon family fondly named this wine Vin de Pétanque, as it is the wine they drink while playing a game of pétanque – the French equivalent of bocce ball. Jean-Pierre, his wife Jacqueline, and their three daughters tend to the vines of their terraced land in Southern Rhône. This loving family uses certified biodynamic practices in their winemaking, even using their family horse Nestor to tiddy between their vines. Though deemed perfect for consumption while playing bocce ball, this vibrant Rhône red is good to drink any time. A blend of mostly Grenache and some Syrah, this Vin de Pays is rich with pretty strawberry and blackberry fruit. A maceration period of five days gives the wine its intense crimson color and silky mouthfeel. Enjoy the herbaceous notes of thyme and rosemary, as well as pepper and spice of this beautiful red on a crisp fall day.

Scagliola Frem Barbera D’Asti 2013The last wine for our October box takes a step towards heavier, deeper reds. This Barbere D’Asti from the Scagliola family is a deep inky color, ready to face the cooler air of fall nights. From Calosso, a small village in southern Piedmont, Italy, the 2013 Frem is crafted by brothers Maggiorino and Mario, who co manage the estate their grandfather started in 1945. Il cane e frem means the dog is pointing – the dog on this label alludes to the focused, energetic nature of this wine. Frem is aged in large oak barrels for 12 months, which gives the wine a silky smooth medium bodied texture, with bright acidity. Aromas of ripe plum and wild currant meet your nose upon opening this bottle, followed by flavors of dark red berries with significant spice, reminiscent of fall meals and flavors.

Snacks

Big Spoon Roasters Chai Spice Nut Butter: Spices play a large roll in fall cuisine, which is why we wanted to incorporate a product that was chock full of them. Cue the Chai Spice Nut Butter from Big Spoon Roasters, which is made with a blend of traditional Masala Chai spices like cloves, ginger, cinnamon, vanilla, and black pepper. This southern nut butter company believes in only using ingredients from trustworthy producers who follow their philosophy that food should be delicious and nutritious. These beliefs are core to Big Spoon Roasters’ founder Mark Overbay, who started the company in 2011 with a desire to recreate the honest hand crafted nut butters he experienced while in the Peace Corps in Zimbabwe. Mark follows the techniques he learned abroad like freshly roasting and grinding different varieties of nuts, to which he adds simple ingredients like local wild honey and sea salts. The Chai Spice in this box is made from a simple mix of milled peanuts and almonds but is perfected by the warming blend of spices.

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Jasper Hill Farm WilloughbyThe one orange item you will find in this October box is the gorgeous washed rind of Vermont made Willoughby cheese. From the hailed “Northern Kingdom” of Vermont, or Greensboro, as it is geographically known, Willoughby comes to us from Jasper Hill Farms, a spectacular working dairy farm and creamery. Jasper Hill Farm strives to set a high standard quality with their cheese making, which they achieve by sourcing directly from their own or local farms. Their motto, taste of place, rings true as not only a representation of the Vermont landscape, but also as a supporter of it as they often help other Vermont businesses with their cheesemaking processes. Willoughby for instance was originally a creation of Ploughgate Creamery that Jasper Hill continued to develop after a fire at Ploughgate ceased their production. Jasper Hill Creamery thankfully revived the making of this pudgy washed rind cheese, which you are lucky enough to now taste. Roasted aromas of fall shine in the gooey paste of Willoughby with its flavors of beef, onions, and herbal fruitiness.

Daniele Foods Uncured Meat ChubSpices being a prevalent theme through our October snacks, it should be no surprise to find the last product of locally made dried meats. Daniele Foods is a family run operation that dates back to 1945 when two Croatian refugees,  Stefano and Carolina Dukcevich, started their new life and meat business  in Italy. Their passion and traditional methods were carried on by their son Vlado, who moved the business to America in 1977. Dried Italian meats at this time were not well known, so selling this speciality product was a struggle for the Dukcevich family at first, but thankfully they kept at it and now sell to some of the finest delis and stores across the country. These uncured chorizo and sopressata chubs are dried with natural spices, sea salts, and coarse pepper.

Empire Mayonnaise Co. Smoked Paprika MayoAs a nod to the bright orange colors prevalent during the month of October, we have this beautifully natural neon orange colored mayo from Empire Mayo. A small artisanal production out of Brooklyn, New York, Empire Mayonnaise was founded by chef Sam Mason and designer Elizabeth Valleau in 2011. This hip duo only used pasture-raised eggs from happy cage free chickens, as well as strictly local and seasonal ingredients to flavor their small batch mayos. They usually do short runs of each flavor, which is why we are particularly excited about this Smoked Paprika mayo for our fall themed box! The smoked paprika gives the mayo a natural smoky and sweet complexity, which we think would pair with anything from roasted sweet potato fries to baked whole chicken.

Call the store at (617) 269-6100, email us at info@americanprovisions.com, or ask a staffer for more information on signing yourself or someone you love up for the Beer or Wine of the Month Club!