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Hell or High Watermelon

What a sneaky treat!

The Trader Joe’s person sharing wine and beer on a recent Saturday suggested I buy one rather than the $11 six-pack.  Just in case I didn’t like it.
She was right.
I didn’t like it.
At first.
Less than a minute later I thought … hhmmmm.
Hell or High Watermelon Statue of Liberty

Hell or High Watermelon Statue of Liberty

That’s refreshing. It’s light.

If it was hot, I’d love it.
Consider this.
When the summer has been hot …
When the growing season has gone so well …
When you have worked hard and need a refreshing brew …
Choose …Hell-or-High-Watermelon-Bridge
Hell or High Watermelon

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Beer – Lagunitas Undercover

This Undercover Operation is Almost Shut-Down

This 6-pack has survived nearly three weeks, but the Undercover operatives are down to one.

It’s almost over.


It has a great hoppy taste.

Love the grapefruit tingle.

Very refreshing.

There will be future Undercover operations to Shut-Down.

Thank you, Lagunitas and the World Market in Schaumburg, IL.

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Preparation Meets Opportunity Brewing Up Something Special

Brickside Brewery – Grand Opening – August 18, 2012

The idea for a brewery in Copper Harbor got its start almost eight years ago, and the brewery’s founder wasn’t drinking beer at that time.

The way I hear it … Brickside Brewery resulted from a Christmas present that sat in storage for almost a year.

The Brickside’s founder, Jason, and his wife, received a starter brewing kit as a gift from a sister-in-law.  As the Holidays approched the following year, Jason decided to brew up a batch.

As Jason says, “almost everyone who brews a few batches of beer daydreams … Wouldn’t it be great to start a brewing business!”

His opportunity arose when a building in Copper Harbor changed hands and became available.

I will tell more of the business development story in a future blog posting.

For now … Think about enjoying a Brickside Brew. Brewing began in June. The Grand Opening Celebration is this upcoming weekend.

When you visit Brickside Brewery, you will find the menu and catalog right behind the bar.

Uncertain?  Try a sampler.  A good taste of four different brews.

Brickside Brewery on tap in Copper Harbor

A Weiss Bier homage to Grandpa.

Consider buying a Brickside T-shirt

Brickside Brewery

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Gale’s Baggie Eggs

One of the missions of my Thought Patterns blog is to share ideas.  Here is one that will result in some great breakfasts for you.

On a recent visit with my sister, her husband offered to make omelettes for breakfast.  He has cooked for us before, so we knew breakfast would be good.  What surprised us was the cooking method.

The omelettes are boiled in zip lock bags.

I don’t know where he got this idea, but it is one that should be shared.  Gale is a recently retired DNR Officer and, thus, an outdoorsman.  He is also the father of some grown children.  Maybe Gale’s Baggie Egg method made for easy cooking and cleanup while camping or it simplified the process of feeding and cleaning up after a busy family.

Whatever the motivation or inspiration … it results in very tasty, non-greasy, easy-cleanup omelettes.

This is an easy method for preparing each omelette to individual taste (plain, cheese, meat, vegetables).

Here is how you prepare Gale’s Baggie Eggs.

While bringing  a pot of water to a boil, you prepare individual omelette mixtures.

For each person’s omelette:

  • crack eggs in a bowl, use fork or whisk to blend and whip
  • add butter, cheese, meat, vegetables, and seasoning … to taste
  • pour mixture into zip lock bag
  • zip baggie shut, leaving some air in the bag (about 50/50 … air/egg)

Repeat for each omelette.

Once all baggies are ready and the pot is boiling, place the baggies in the water.

 Be careful of the steam.

Using tongs or some other tool, assist the bags in remaining upright until the heat expands the air inside the bags, which should help them remain upright unassisted.

Remove the baggies from the boiling water after 12 to 13 minutes. 

Have your toast or muffins ready and slide each omelette from its baggie to your diner’s plate.

We have made Gale’s Baggie Eggs several times since that morning, and the eggs are fluffy, the cheese is melted and the omelette is hot all the way through.  Plus … everybody gets a hot omelette at the same time. 

Oh … and from the guy who usually gets KP duty … cleanup is easier.

Enjoy Gale’s Baggie Eggs!

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