Gifts from Sandy

Photo By: Marcus Nilsson

Yesterday was a work from home day for my handsome husband and I, thanks to Hurricane Sandy. It was so nice to spend the extra time with him — and we made good use of it bottling our first batch of home-brewed beer!
Some friends of ours helped us begin the fermentation process a few weeks ago, and the “wort” (unfermented beer) has been bubbling in the corner since then.

To bottle it, we just put bottling sugar into our bottling bucket, transferred the wort from its bucket to the bottling bucket with a siphon (this is called racking. Brewing has all kinds of terms I didn’t know existed!) and then put it into our bottles using the spigot and another siphon. Definitely a two-person job because of all the tipping and lifting and capping going on, and we had a lot of fun doing it together.

We ended up with 42 bottles of beer and a bit left over. In two weeks, after the bottling sugar has carbonated it and turned it into American Brown Ale, we’ll find out how well we did!

Being home for a few extra hours also meant I could take longer to make dinner. I took advantage of the opportunity to slow-cook some lamb loins for Multigrain Pasta with Lamb, Butternut Squash and Kasseri, except I made it into a stew by adding more broth (some from the slow cooker once the lamb was done),  crushed tomatoes and red wine. I didn’t know how Bryant would feel about it, since squash was one of the star ingredients, but he liked it! It was absolutely perfect for a chilly October evening.

The other thing that took up my afternoon was an interview with Aaron Klein, the co-author with Brenda J. Elliot of Fool Me Twice: Obama’s shocking plans for the next four generations exposed. The book details what the authors see as Obama’s hidden agenda for a second term, which I can summarize here as moving America toward a progressive socialist society. (For the full scoop, read Times247.com and you’ll see my story publish in the next few days!)   Klein refrained from guessing what Obama is thinking, pointing instead to the research, which I appreciated. The book is well-researched and respectful of the president, even though the authors disagree with him politically.

Speaking of that interview, I have to go write it up now. But I’ve got chicken pumpkin curry simmering on the stove and hot chocolate in my mug, so it should be a pleasant evening!

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About Michal Conger

I’m a reporter and digital editor, a cooking and whole foods fanatic, a runner, a music lover, an Anthropologie devotee. I'm an avid reader of G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and anti-modernist novels. Lately you’ll find me freelancing about education policy and local economic issues to support my horseback riding habit. I am married to my best friend. And above all, I am committed to bearing the testimony of the Lord Jesus, giving an answer for the hope that is in me.
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