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!
Black & Tan Tofu Chowder

2 Tbsp. oil
1 medium onion
2 carrots
3 celery stalks
2 cups Guinness
2 cups any British lager
1/2 lb. tofu, crumbled
2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. celery seed
2 large potatoes, peeled and cubed (about 2 cups)

Chop the onion, carrots, and celery.
Heat the oil in a large cooking pot.
Add the onion, carrots and celery and sauté for 15 minutes.
• Add both beers and stir.
Add the tofu, salt, pepper, and celery seed and bring to a boil.
Add the potatoes and let the chowder simmer until the potatoes are soft.

Serves 8
Beer "Chicken" and Dumplings

For the Dumplings:
2 cups flour
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 stick (4 Tbsp.) margarine
3/4 cup soy milk

For the Soup:
1/2 stick (4 Tbsp.) margarine
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1/2 cup celery, chopped
1/2 cup flour
1/4 tsp. celery salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
7 cups pale ale
2 medium carrots, diced
1 lb. faux chicken, cut into small pieces

Combine the dry ingredients for the dumplings in a bowl.
Mix the margarine with the dry mixture until crumbly.
Add the soy milk, stirring until moistened.
Knead the dough for 30 seconds on a well-floured surface, t
hen roll to 1/8-inch thickness and cut into 1/2-inch squares.

Place the margarine, onion, and celery for the soup in a large saucepan
and sauté until the vegetables are soft.
Add the flour, salt, and pepper to make a thick paste.
Slowly mix in the beer and bring almost to a boil.
Add the carrots and faux chicken
Add the dumpling squares one at a time, stirring gently.
Reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring often. Serve hot.

Serves 8
Beer Vegetable Stew

1 large leek stalk, finely chopped
1 large carrot, shredded
2 cups light lager
1-1/2 cups canned crushed tomatoes
1 cup yellow corn kernels
1/2 cup broccoli
florets, lightly steamed
1 cup pre-cooked lentils
1 Tablespoon dried red pepper flakes
Salt and pepper to taste

In a stew pot, boil well-cleaned chopped leek and
shredded carrot in water until tender.
Drain well and add remaining ingredients.
Cook until well heated.
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 good beer and vegetarian food Elaine recommends the
Gaslight Brewery and Restaurant, 15 So. Orange Ave, South Orange, NJ
Elaine Alexander -  wine, beer and culinary writer
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