Did I mention one of my recipes was published? No?? Okay, well..
Just over a year ago I moved back to San Diego after 7 years elsewhere. To be completely honest, I dreaded it. The San Diego I remembered was one as an underage scene kid who knew nothing more than all ages venues and late night coffee shops. But at least I had a great job waiting for me! Or so I thought. A cubicle in a windowless sea of cubicles is not the route to happiness. Dang.
Then I received an email from Chef’s Press. They wanted to publish one of my recipes, Quad Braised Osso Buco, as “Dr. Bill’s favorite” in a new book about “beer inspired food” from Chefs and Brewers in San Diego. I was thrilled – so much so that I called in sick to attend the Stone Job Fair the following week (Because the email was a sign, right? Okay, maybe not, but it was a great motivator!). The turnout was unlike anything I could have prepped myself for, but good gosh am I glad I went. The experience confirmed what I already knew, but wasn’t previously ready to embrace – I needed to find a job in the craft beer industry.
A bizarre series of events later and I found myself where I am now: Production Planning at Green Flash Brewing Company. I can honestly say that I’ve never loved a job so much. To anyone thinking about making the leap into craft beer: go for it! I’ve never worked with such extraordinarily passionate people. Shift pints don’t hurt, either.. San Diego life is certainly on the up and up. It’s funny how a job can change your outlook, but then again, don’t we spend more time with our coworkers than our loved ones? Now I can’t imagine living anywhere else.
A mid-March walk on the beach with Adeline the Basset Hound. And it was totally 80F. In the middle of freaking Winter. How is that possible?? Yeah, I can get used to this. (Warning: Instagram’d cuteness below.)
So here’s a recipe from that book I mentioned, Brew Food, that turned out ah-maze-ing. The muffin tops don’t rise and spill over the cups, but the end result is a tender, moist crumb packed with cinnamon apple deliciousness that’ll leave you licking your fingers.
Recipe adapted from Rachel King’s Apple & Ale Muffins in Brew Food.
Tags: apples • breakfast • brown ale • brunch • cinnamon • cooking with beer • craft beer • muffins • recipes