West Sixth makes best beer list; summer sweets treats from condensed milk

Herald-Leader food writerMay 27, 2014 

West Sixth Brewing Company's lemon grass American wheat craft beer is listed in the June issue of Southern Living as the top craft beer in Kentucky. The magazine's "A-Z Guide" is all food-related and features 26 Southern people, places, provisions, do-it-yourself tactics, and tools of the trade.

Section "B: Beer" leads to an online state-by-state list of editors' favorite brews. According to a Southern Living news release, "the South is now a veritable hop heaven and craft beer destination with the highest annual production rates of any region in the country."

For Kentucky, editors selected West Sixth lemon grass as the top craft beer in the state. The entire list is at Southernliving.com/beer.

West Sixth is at 501 West Sixth Street. Call (859) 705-0915 or go to Westsixth.com.

Sweet ideas

Epicurious.com recently featured an article on reasons why keeping your pantry stocked with sweetened condensed milk is a genius idea.

It's simply milk and lots of sugar and it makes quick summer desserts in no time. It's a necessary ingredient for key lime pie, and with a little patience you can turn a can into homemade dulce de leche. Here's how: Heat oven to 425 degrees with rack in middle. Pour the contents of 1 (14—ounce) can of sweetened condensed milk into a 9-inch deep-dish pie plate and cover tightly with foil. Set plate in a roasting pan and add enough hot water to pan to reach halfway up pie plate. Bake milk in middle of oven 45 minutes. Check water level and add additional water, if necessary, then continue to bake 45 minutes more, or until milk is thick and brown. Remove pie plate from water bath and cool, uncovered. Makes about 11/4 cups.

The kids will love this idea: Mix one (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk with 1/2 gallon store bought chocolate milk, then pour it into an ice cream maker. Leftover mixture can be stored directly in the milk jug and refrigerated.

Do you keep sweetened condensed milk in your pantry? What do you use it for? Send your ideas to swthompson@herald-leader.com. The first 20 to respond will each receive a free cookbook. Choices include: The Complete Cooking for Two Cookbook from America's Test Kitchen; The Medicinal Chef by Dale Pinnock; Joy of Kosher by Jamie Geller; Betty Crocker Birthdays; Southern Living Country Music's Greatest Eats; and Getting to Yum by Karen Le Billon.

Egg recipe contest

It should be easy to enter a recipe contest using eggs, because most of us can come up with a quick dinner when the only protein in the fridge is a carton of eggs.

A dish you've thrown together could possibly win $10,000 from Eggland's Best (EB). You can submit an original egg recipe at Egglandsbest.com/yourbestrecipe through July 31.

The grand prize winner of the contest will receive $10,000, and $1,000 prizes will be awarded to winners in each of the following categories: Breakfast, appetizer, main course, and dessert.

The "Kid-friendly" award will be given to one recipe that kids can easily help their parents with in the kitchen, and the "Fan Favorite" award will be determined by consumer voting. Both of these awards come with a $1,000 prize.

Solution to grill mess

We love foods prepared on the grill but the mess left behind by barbecue sauce or blackened burgers is a pain to clean up.

Using PaperChef parchment cooking bags makes clean-up easy. Parchment paper is best known for its use in the classic French "en papillote" style of cooking. Culinary parchment's line of nonstick products, including cooking bags, baking cups and multipurpose paper, eliminate the need for synthetic cooking sprays and high-fat oils.

The line of pre-folded bags are designed to steam food on the grill and are oven safe to 425 degrees.

In addition to pre-folded parchment cooking bags, baking cups, in tulip and lotus styles, are great for creating equal portions for each person. Go to Paperchef.com for recipes.

Sharon Thompson: (859) 231-3321. Twitter: @FlavorsofKY. Blog: Flavorsofkentucky.bloginky.com.

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