When to Pick Spaghetti Squash…and More!

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We’d love to share this informative article about spaghetti squash from local blogger Lisa Williams, founder of Happy Happy Vegan, a blog focused on demystifying the Vegan lifestyle and providing helpful information and recipes to beginning and well-seasoned Vegans alike!

We know many of you have gardens starting to teem with spaghetti squash, or are finding them in the farmer’s market or local grocery store. But let’s face it, sometimes it can be a little bit confusing knowing how to clean, cut, cook and store this vegetable. That is why we are thankful for Williams’ informative post answering all of your questions about spaghetti squash. We hope you enjoy!…

When to Pick a Spaghetti Squash, and How to Ripen and Store Your Gourd!

by Lisa Williams

So, you’ve grown your first crop and things are looking good. However, knowing when to pick spaghetti squash is almost as important as

Article generously shared by Lisa Williams

Founder of Happy Happy Vegan

Fort Collins, Colorado

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Orange Cream Tropic King Cupcakes

Our August 17th 2018 Foodie Walk was a roaring success as Christina Marie, author of Cooking with Beer in Colorado, dished out home-made “Orange King Tropic Cupcakes.” Over 425 Foodie Walk fans stopped by our kitchen to try these yummy cupcakes. The recipe is a collaboration between Funkwerks brewer Gordon Schuck and Restaurant 415 Chef, Andrea Mouton. If you want to make these delicious cupcakes at home, Christina Marie has graciously shared the recipe. And if you want to learn more about Fort Collins rich micro-brewery culture AND cooking with beer, please stop by the store and pick up a copy of Christina  Marie’s book!

Happy Baking!

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Orange Cream Tropic King Cupcakes

PREP TIME: 1 hour: 24 servings

Ingredients

2 cups flour

¼ teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon salt

½ cup butter, room temperature

1 cup sugar

1½ teaspoon orange zest, finely grated

2 eggs

½ cup Funkwerks Tropic King beer

½ cup milk, room temperature

¼ cup orange juice

2 teaspoons vanilla
Preheat oven to 300°. Using a stand or hand mixer, cream together butter and sugar. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt, and then set aside. Add vanilla to butter/ sugar mixture, add eggs one at a time, mixing well. Add orange zest, and then alternate between adding flour mixture and milk until it’s all mixed together. Add Tropic King and orange juice. Batter might be slightly curdled and more wet than other cupcake recipes, but it’s
ok, it will all bake well. Bake in the oven for 10-20 minutes until tops are a golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean. Cool cupcakes and frost.

Orange Cream Frosting

1 cup unsalted butter, softened
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
6 cups powdered sugar
½ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 cup orange juice
1 cup Funkwerks Tropic King
In a small saucepan boil the orange juice and Tropic King together. Let it simmer until it reduces into an almost honey-like texture (could take up to 30 minutes). Using a hand mixer or stand mixer, whip the butter and cream cheese together, then add the powdered sugar and salt. Add vanilla and two tablespoons of your cooled beer/orange juice reduction. Whip one last time. Frost your cooled cupcakes; you can decorate with some fresh orange zest.

CHEF’S NOTE: To decorate, use orange sprinkles or orange zest. You can also make candied orange zest to be super duper fancy! Throw chocolate chips in the batter if you want that chocolate covered orange flavor. Try not to open the oven door during the cooking process. This will help the cupcakes rise and stay risen. If you must peek at them, close oven door slowly with low force. If the frosting is too sweet for you, add ½ teaspoon of salt.

BREWER’S PAIRING: Funkwerks Tropic King
Tropic King has a unique hop that has a wonderful tropical fruit quality to it that blends well with the orange of the cupcakes. The high carbonation of the beer also helps cut through the cream cheese frosting and cleanse the palate for the next bite.

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