Hale’s Ales in Seattle is an institution that produces consistently good quality beer. And as the Springtime inspires the brew masters to lighten their malts, Hale’s releases a fresh batch of their award-winning Kölsch ale. Gold Medal Winner at the 2010 Great American Beer Festival, this ale has wonderfully crisp, clean, and refreshing flavors of Pilsner and Torrefied Wheat malts. Slightly sweet and herbal Saaz and Sterling hops impart an old world elegance and medium body to this pleasant and refreshing brew: Kölsch Ale from Hale’s Ales of Seattle, WA. 5.1% ABV / 10 IBU
What makes a Kölsch ale? Traditionally Kölsch is a light, thirst-quenching German ale with low bitterness and a golden color. Originally from Cologne, this pale beer is fermented with an ale yeast, and then later conditioned at cold temperatures that are typically used to make lagers. The result is a gently bittered, versatile beer with a slightly fruity flavor, relatively low alcohol content, and superbly drinkable light texture. Serve it ice cold, along with a snack tray of smoked, spiced, and sweet foods. Or use to to cook up a batch of delicious roasted snacks, see the following recipe.
Kölsch Glazed Almonds, Seeds & Fruit Read more Skagit Brew Corner: Cooking with Kölsch …
Healthy food can (and should) be scrumptious. When that sweet tooth starts calling, head for a Hail Merry (raw, organic, vegan, and gluten-free) treat. These exquisite and top-quality tarts and macaroons are on sale until March 31. In addition to Chocolate Raw Almond Butter, Meyer Lemon and Persian Lime, the Co-op is now carrying a new flavor of Hail Merry tart: Coconut Vanilla Creme!
Made with wholesome raw ingredients, Hail Merry gluten free sweets are crafted to preserve the living enzymes, so that vitamins and minerals remain intact. Raw plant oils provide an excellent texture and taste and may also assist in healing the body.
Find these royally delicious treats in the Co-op’s cold to-go drink case above the fresh salsa and tortillas. For more information on the woman-owned Hail Merry company, read our initial enthusiastic blog post here.
MashaʼAllah! Baba Ganoush has returned in the Deli! This Middle Eastern classic is a splendidly flavorful blend of roasted eggplant, tahini (sesame seed paste) and herbs and spices. A cousin to hummus, baba ganoush, and its many variations, is enjoyed throughout Eastern Europe and Asia, from Romania to Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and India. It is often served as an appetizer alongside pita or naan and vegetables.
The talented folks at the Co-op have adapted their own recipe using whole food ingredients including organic garlic, organic lemon juice, and pure extra virgin olive oil. Our Baba Ganoush has a rich, smoky flavor with a zesty kick of garlic and citrus. Use it as an all-purpose dip, salad dressing, or stir into soups and pasta. (You will likely be tempted to eat it by the spoonful as well.) It’s affordable and delicious, as well as vegan and gluten free! Now available in the Deli to-go case.
Minor adaptions & serving recommendations:
- Top baba ganoush with sumac powder & fresh mint
- Serve with hummus and/or tabbouleh
- Serve with fattoush — a simple, spicy salad made with tomatoes, cucumber, onion, and greens (arugula works well). It’s dressed with lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, sumac powder, and sometimes a pinch of zaatar, which is a Lebanese mixture of thyme, sumac, and sesame seeds. Top salad with fried pita chips. (Use pita chips as shovel for baba ganoush!)