As we all know, when it comes to keeping in touch, I am the worst! I wanted to send out a digital “Holiday Card” this year that evoked conversation all year long. I decided to cook more this year and wanted to share that with you. As most of you also know, I have a love of seeing live music, mostly jam bands, and decent beer. I paired my take on some common recipes with some bands I saw live over the last year and a beer or wine I like. I hope you enjoy!
“Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real” LasagnaBy Danny EckesMeaty, groovy, and filling is the best way to describe this dish. Much like the sounds of Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real. A fun band to see any chance you can get! Enjoy this dish with a light beer and have a great time with it!“The Motet” ChopBy Danny EckesEnjoy this sweet and savory meal! Much like the sweet and savory funk of The Motet, this dish will brighten any day. I've had the pleasure of seeing The Motet a few times and never left disappointed. Enjoy the tunes, the meal, and a nice glass of Brother Thelonious - Belgian Style Abbey Ale.“Lettuce” Chicken WrapsBy Danny Eckes“JJ Grey & Mofro” RisottoBy Danny EckesWarm and filling! The stellar performance of the shrimp becomes the star whether it is served on-top or mixed-in this dish. Much like seeing JJ Grey solo or with his band. This dish and these tunes are guaranteed to fill your soul. Enjoy it with a nice dry white wine and have a great night.“Marcus King” SalmonBy Danny EckesMuch like Marcus King, this dish is unassuming and memorable. I first saw Marcus at the Great American Music Hall when he was only 21 years of age. Someone who is talented beyond his years, to say the least. I've had the pleasure of seeing him a few times after, both sitting in with other bands and with his own band. This recipe has simple ingredients but if precisely executed can be an amazing dish that you'll never forget. The name "King" is well deserved, both for the Salmon and Marcus. Give it a try and let me know how it turns out!
This post is not sponsored by the musical artist nor the paired beverage. The amazon links are affiliate links.“St. Paul and the Broken Bone”-less Rib-EyeBy Danny EckesIndulge in a savory ribeye steak while you listen to the soulful sounds of St. Paul and the Broken Bones. Top the single pan dinner off with a glass of North Coast's Pranqster. This dish is sure to gain heavy rotation in playlist or recipes. I've had the pleasure of seeing St. Paul a few times. The most memorable was at the Fox in Oakland. Give the pairing try and let me know how it turns out!
This post is not sponsored by the musical artist nor the paired beverage. The amazon links are affiliate links.Chili con “Gov’t Mule”By Danny EckesSlow cooking and heavy can be used to describe both this Chili and Gov't Mule. Together, they make a combo that will keep you rockin' all night. This hearty chili feeds 10-12 people. It also freezes well, making for great leftovers. Turn on "By a Thread" by Gov't Mule while you prep this recipe. Get lost in the aromas and meaty guitar riffs. Recently I had the pleasure of seeing Gov't Mule at the Fox in Oakland. A great night and I'm hoping to share some of that joy with you through this pairing. Let me know how it turns out!
This post is not sponsored by the musical artist nor the paired beverage. The amazon links are affiliate links.“Tedeschi Trucks” Shrimp TostadasBy Danny EckesThis quick and easy recipe can feed 2-3 people. Make it a fusion between great music, good food, and tasty beer. Takes about 30 minutes to make. Turn on any album by Tedeschi Trucks. I'm partial to "Live from the Fox Oakland" because I was there for the recording. Pop open an El Sully and rock your heart out. Let me know how it turns out!
This post is not sponsored by the musical artist nor the paired beverage. The amazon links are affiliate links.“Pigeons Playing Ping Pong” MeatballsBy Danny EckesThis recipe makes 15 hearty homemade meatballs. A simple yet amazing recipe, much like the grooves of Pigeons Playing Ping Pong. Much more than an alliteration, this whacky band will funk up your night and help make the most of this hearty meal. I first saw this band in Denver at Red Rocks Amphitheater. A memorable evening, and I'm hoping this recipe provides the same for you. Enjoy it with a bottle of red wine, and let me know how it turns out!
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- Prepare all the ingredients first. Have everything chopped, measured, set aside before you start cooking. Read through the entire recipe to have an idea of how you’ll use each ingredient and what the overall process is.
- Cookware matter! Use the right cookware.
- Ingredients matter! Don’t substitute and always buy fresh. I tend to skip pre-packaged and get items from the deli and butcher.
- Taste often and season as you go. Baking is a science, cooking is an art. Assume all measurements are “suggestions”.
- Don’t be shy with Butter or Salt.