Murphy says: “Heeeeyyyyy, ladies!”
After the beer tasting, Dave and Marie came over for dinner. The guys were all about grilling outside (despite the 40* weather), so we bought a bunch of “grill-ables” at the grocery store and headed back to our house for dinner and drinks.
We started with store-bought artichoke dip and Stacy’s Pita Chips. I was so hungry after the beer tasting, I chowed down!
The guys grilled-up a whole slew of food– hot dogs, marinated chicken, and Sun-dried Tomato and Basil Chicken Sausage (from the freezer).
I chose a grilled chicken sausage and added a little bit of ketchup to it. It might look gross, but it tasted pretty good!
With dinner, I enjoyed a glass of Duchesse de Bourgogne that I bought at the beer tasting earlier this afternoon.
The Duchesse de Bourgogne is a traditional Flemish red ale that is matured in oak casks. It’s nice and smooth with flavors of fruit and chocolate, but it’s not super sweet. It actually has a pretty dry finish to it. “The Duchesse” was easily my favorite beer at the tasting.
After dinner, I enjoyed a second glass. It was just too good to turn down!
For dessert, I whipped up a batch of cookies for our guests, who requested a “not-too-healthy” goody.
My baking experiment resulted in Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Cookies. HOLY YUM! They tasted just like banana bread with chocolate chips mixed in. I downed 3 cookies within a matter of minutes– they went really well with The Duchesse!
Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Cookies
Makes 16 cookies
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 egg
- Preheat oven to 350*F
- Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl
- Coat baking sheet with non-stick spray
- Use a tablespoon to portion cookies onto baking sheet
- Baked for 15-20 minutes until cookies start to brown
- Allow to cool and enjoy!
I have a hot gym date with my husband in the morning, so I am heading to bed.