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My love of beer is well-documented. And by that I mean a quick scan of my Facebook photos show that in my electronically chronicled time on this planet, I frequently have a beer in my hand.

Like here, for instance.

It’s a good thing employers can’t get at my Facebook, although of course this blog is Google-able, so they might find out this way. We only take pictures at parties and ballgames, guys! I can’t help it!

I like plenty of beers, from the cheapy cheap stuff I used to swill at Schuberg’s in Big Rapids to the fine microbrews of Shorts Brewery, my favorite in all the land, to the Natty Bohs I enjoy at local dives now. But I’ve found a better way to enjoy all those carbs: ADD MORE CARBS.

That’s right, I’m makin’ beer bread.

This is really easy, and I made two loaves this weekend that are already out of the house, used as collateral for a swap for homemade strawberry jam. The basic ingredients for beer bread, or 3-2-1 bread, are as follows.

You’ll need:

3 C self-rising flour (or, alternately, 3 C regular flour with 3 tsp baking powder and 1.5 tsp salt)

2 Tbsp sugar

1 can/bottle of beer (I used a Sam Adams Boston Lager in honor of my co-blogger Jessica and also a sale at Giant)

Mix all these together. Pour into a greased loaf pan. Bake at 375 for an hour.

That’s seriously it. Of course, you can dress it up a bit. To one loaf I added fresh basil. To another I added cinnamon, walnuts and a little vanilla. You can go crazy with this. I recommend pouring butter or a butter-like substance over the top about ten minutes before you stop baking, but go crazy and do what tastes right.

And of course, have one on me.

This picture is three pairs of glasses old.


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one part Blue Moon

one part Orangina


one part Two Buck Chuck Sauvignon Blanc

one part Orangina


Because, sometimes, you feel super classy. And you bought an impulse Orangina that afternoon.”

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