Vegetarian Cooking With Beer
Here's my take on some healthy foods that pack
plenty of flavor.  Try these easy to cook recipes
and you won't be disappointed.  And of course,
don't forget my golden rule -
when in doubt use more beer!
2 Beer and 3 Bean "Chicken" Chowder

1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
8 garlic cloves, minced
Salt and pepper, to taste
1  bottle (12 oz)   India Pale Ale
1/2 cup vegan chicken broth
14-oz. can red kidney beans
14-oz. can black beans
14-oz. bag frozen speckled butter beans
1 cup frozen corn
1 pkg. vegan chicken, cubed
1/2 bottle Guinness Export Stout
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. coriander
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper

Heat the oil in a large stockpot over medium heat.
Sauté the onion and garlic until the onion is translucent.
Season with the salt and pepper.
• Add the remaining ingredients.
Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 1 hour.
Adjust the seasonings.
• Serve with crusty bread.
Serves 6-7
Beer and Peanut Soup

1 medium onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1/4 cup margarine
3 Tbsp. flour
1&1/2 quarts vegetable stock
2 cups smooth peanut butter
3 cups lager beer
Peanuts, finely chopped

Sauté onion and celery in margarine until soft.
Stir in flour until well blended.
• Add stock and beer stirring constantly and bringing to a boil.
Remove from heat and purée in food processor or blender.
Blend in peanut butter  
Return to heat and warm.
Give these recipes a try and you won't be
disappointed.  They are quick, easy, and fun to cook.  
And remember, when in doubt just use more beer!
Be seeing you.....
For outstanding beer and vegetarian food Elaine recommends the
Gaslight Brewery and Restaurant, 15 So. Orange Ave, South Orange, NJ
For vegertarian food at a BYO try The Loving Hut,  538 Rt. 10, Ledgewood, NJ
Elaine Alexander -  wine, beer and culinary writer
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