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Rob Ray Recipe: Oatmeal Stout Cookies

22 Apr

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For a really interesting twist on the traditional oatmeal cookie, McEwen’s executive chef Rob Ray used The Flare Incident, Lucky Town Brewing Company’s oatmeal stout brew, for these uniquely delicious cookies he prepared at the Oxford Beer Fest.

Lucky Town Oatmeal Stout Cookies from Rob Ray at McEwen’s Oxford

  • ½ c. Butter, Softened
  • ½ c. Maple Syrup
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 2 c. All-Purpose Flour
  • 3 c. Quick-Cooking Oats
  • ½ c. Brown Sugar, Packed
  • 1 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1-1/4 c. Lucky Town Oatmeal Stout (Room Temperature)

Cream together butter, maple syrup and vanilla extract. Cut in flour, oats, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Slowly add the Oatmeal Stout to form a soft dough. Scoop dough by the teaspoonful and place on cookie sheet. Bake cookies for 12-15 minutes in a 350 degree F oven, until lightly brown. Let cookies cool for 5 minutes before placing onto a wire rack.

 

The Oxford Beer Fest’s VIP Chef/Beer Pairing area was organized by EatingOxford.com. If you’d like information on how to hold a similar event at your venue, contact Liz@EatingOxford.com.

Rob Ray Recipe: BBQ Pork Butt and Beer BBQ Sauce

22 Apr

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Yet another great summertime recipe. Here, chef Rob Ray explained to Oxford Beer Fest VIP attendees how to integrate beer into BBQ pork butt and beer-based barbecue sauce.

Ballistic Blonde Braised BBQ Pork Butt from Rob Ray at McEwen’s Oxford

  • 4T Kosher Salt
  • 3T Fresh Ground Pepper
  • 2tsp Toasted Ground Mustard Seeds
  • 2T Chili Powder
  • 1T Ground Cumin
  • 1T Garlic Powder
  • 1T Toasted Ground Coriander Seeds
  • 1Orange, Zested and Juiced (keep the peels)
  • 8 pounds Pork Butt
  • Olive oil for cooking pan
  • 3c Lucky Town Ballistic Blonde
  • 6 Garlic Cloves, Chopped

Combine salt, pepper, mustard seeds, chili powder, cumin, coriander, garlic powder and orange zest in a bowl and mix well. Rub all over pork butt. Wrap in plastic wrap or vacuum seal and refrigerate for at least one hour, up to 12 hours. Preheat oven to 500 degrees F. Drizzle olive oil in a large roasting pan or Dutch oven and braise pork (uncovered) for one hour, until a dark brown color appears across the pork. Remove from oven and lower oven to 325 degrees F. Pour the beer and orange juice over the pork and place the garlic cloves and orange peels around the pork. Cover the pan with foil, poking five pen-size holes in the foil–one in each corner and one in the middle. Cook for 3 hours, until meat falls off the bone.

Beer Barbecue Sauce to accompany Ballistic Blonde Braised BBQ Pork Butt 

  • 1T Butter
  • 1/3c Onion, Chopped
  • 3T Garlic, Minced
  • 2T Worcestershire sauce
  • 2c Ketchup
  • 2T Yellow Mustard
  • 2T Sorghum
  • 1T Brown Sugar
  • 1/2tsp Salt
  • 1tsp Fresh Ground Black Pepper
  • 2T Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1tsp Hot Sauce
  • 2c Lucky Town Ballistic Blonde

Add butter, onion and garlic to a saucepan over medium heat; sweat onions until soft and translucent. Add Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, mustard, sorghum, brown sugar, salt, black pepper, vinegar, cayenne pepper, hot sauce and 1 cup of beer. Turn up the heat to med-high and bring to a boil, then simmer uncovered for 30 minutes. Remove from heat, purée and add remaining beer.

The Oxford Beer Fest’s VIP Chef/Beer Pairing area was organized by EatingOxford.com. If you’d like information on how to hold a similar event at your venue, contact Liz@EatingOxford.com.

April 20-21: Oxford Beer Festival

10 Apr

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We are mere days away from the Oxford Craft Beer Festival, which will take place from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday, April 20, and Sunday, April 21, at Colonel’s Quarters at Castle Hill.

I have a special interest in the event since I’m organizing the VIP area, which involves six Oxford chefs being teamed up with craft brewers to create unique dishes that either integrate or pair with craft beers. All VIP ticket holders have access to the general admission area as well, and will have access to special brews, complimentary food and water/soda, and entrance into the festival one hour early (at noon).

Also happening in the VIP area will be a silent auction featuring beer-themed items as well as items donated from local Oxford businesses such as RockIT Computer Solutions, Sweet Cheeks, Deal’s Auto Repair, Lafayette Carpet Cleaning and more.

Some things to know before you go (for all ticket holders):

  • Online ticket sales are ending soon.
  • There are only 100 VIP tickets available per day.
  • Ticket prices increase by $10 at the door.
  • There should be enough free parking, but for those who would like a ride to the event, there will be a shuttle going to/from the JCPenney parking lot ($10 fee).
  • There will be some fun gifts/crafts for purchase at the event, so don’t forget to bring some extra pocket change with you.

Check out the Oxford Beer Festival site for event information and ticket comparison. General admission is $35/pp/day and VIP admission is $75/pp/day.

Find out more about the VIP chefs in the videos below.

Tim Woodard from Little Easy Express Lunches and Catering (Cooking Sunday, April 21)

Sam Thamutok from Rice & Spice (Cooking Saturday, April 20)

Sean Adams from Honey Bee Bakery (Cooking Saturday, April 20)

Erika Lipe from Lenora’s (Cooking Saturday and Sunday)

Jon Myrick from Proud Larry’s (Cooking Sunday, April 21)

Rob Ray from McEwen’s (Cooking Saturday, April 20)

Catfish Lovers Only!

11 Aug

Did you know that August is National Catfish Month? I don’t think I ever tried catfish before visiting Oxford five years ago, and now that I live here, I eat it all the time!

In honor of catfish month, I’ve attempted to name all of the local restaurants in which you can quell your catfish cravings. If you go through the entire list below, you should be able to hit a different place every day for nearly the rest of the month!

Let me know if I’ve left out one of your favorites.

  • Ajax Diner – southern fried catfish, southern fried catfish po-boy (lunch/dinner), black eyed pea and catfish cakes (dinner)
  • Bangkok Thai – Siam spicy catfish
  • City Grocery – grilled ginger catfish (lunch)
  • Foxfire Ranch – catfish sandwich (Sundays)
  • Frank & Marlee’s – fried catfish po-boy, fried catfish filets
  • Irie – catfish bites, fried catfish po-boy, fried catfish filet, 10 oz. ribeye with catfish filet
  • Laws Hill Fish House – catfish combination plates
  • McEwen’s – blackened catfish (lunch), sweet potato crusted catfish (dinner)
  • Oby’s – catfish platter, cajun catfish po-boy
  • Phillips Grocery – catfish sandwich, catfish basket
  • Proud Larry’s – Creole catfish sandwich
  • Red Onion – catfish buffet, catfish sandwich
  • Rice & Spice – crispy catfish salad
  • Rooster’s – catfish bites, fried catfish po-boy
  • Taylor Grocery – blackened, grilled or fried catfish on a variety of combination platters
  • The Sizzler – several catfish variations, including a whole fried catfish
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