Beer Braised Pot Roast

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs. Chuck Roast
  • 2 large carrots
  • 1 onion
  • 2 parsnips
  • 4-5 medium potatoes
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3 ½ oz. can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (control heat by using less chipotle peppers)
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 1 pint beer (preferably pilsner)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Kosher salt
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Old-Fashioned Jam Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 c. peach preserves
  • 2 pinch confectioners’ sugar

Directions

  1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Make Basic Vanilla Cake.
  2. Cool cake in the pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes.
  3. Unmold and cool completely.
  4. Split cake into two layers and spread peach preserves on the bottom layer. Top with the remaining half. Dust with confectioners’ sugar.

All-Occasion Punch

Ingredients

  • 8 cups cold water
  • 1 can (12 ounces) frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed plus 3/4 cup thawed lemonade concentrate
  • 2 liters ginger ale, chilled
  • 1 liter cherry lemon-lime soda, chilled
  • Ice ring, optional

Directions

  1. In a large punch bowl, combine water and lemonade concentrate. Stir in ginger ale and lemon-lime soda. Top with an ice ring if desired.
  2. Serve immediately.

Chicken Puttanesca with Angel Hair Pasta

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces uncooked angel hair pasta
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 4 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups tomato-basil pasta sauce (such as Muir Glen Organic)
  • 1/4 cup pitted and coarsely chopped kalamata olives
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 cup (1 ounce) preshredded Parmesan cheese
  • Chopped fresh basil or basil sprigs (optional)

Pork Chops and Beans

Ingredients

  • 4 pork loin chops (1/2 inch thick)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup chili sauce
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon prepared mustard
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1-3/4 cups frozen lima beans, thawed