With cards 43 and 44, we officially enter the beer and ale section of the 2-in-1 International Recipe Card Collection. Card 43 is a lesson in beer
Introduction to Beer and Ale
From the shimmering deserts of the great Southwest to New England’s bustling seaports; from the steamy tropics of Bali to rugged Alpine ski country, beer is the common denominator when people gather together for a good time.
If you are a beer lover you already have a favorite kind or brand of beer, one you prefer to any other. Still you owe it to yourself to try out different kinds of beer, different combinations of beer, just as a connoisseur of wine samples different types and vintages. As your expertise in beer-tasting grows your appreciation of beer – including your own favorite – will grow, too.
(Clearly, they did not anticipate the rise of the craft beer industry.)
Card 43 is all about being a good beer bar-person. Followed by a long bit about how to pour properly, the temperature of
Card 44 has a recipe for the Pub Cheese Crock (below) and Ploughman’s Lunch. The flip side has these two ‘complicated’ beer drinks.
- Stilton, Blue, or Cheddar Cheese
- Buns or Hard Rolls
- Sweet Butter
Pub Cheese Crock
- 1 pound sharp cheddar cheese grated
- 1/4 pound blue cheese crumbled
- 1 8- ounce package cream cheese
- 3 tablespoons sherry or brandy
Blend cheese and liquor thoroughly in an electric mixer or food processor. transfer to earthenware crock or refrigerator container.
Store in refrigerator but serve at room temperature with crackers or biscuits of your choice. Garnish with radishes if desired.
- The recipe for pub cheese gives precise instructions for making a distinctive cheese spread from natural cheeses. It is only a beginning.
- Once you have your cheese crock going, add to it indefinitely with cheese odds and ends left over from the hors d’oeuvre tray and cooking: swiss, parmesan, cheddar, etc.
- Grate cheese scraps and add to crock with a dash of sherry or brandy for moisture and preservative purposes. Avoid overtly strong cheese such as Limburger.
- A brown and tan earthenware French onion soup bowl with cover makes a practical and convenient crock for storing cheese mixture and transporting to the table.