Archive for July, 2012

July 21, 2012

Yam, Mushroom and Eggs Tacos

When it 59 and rainy in the end of July, what on earth are you supposed to cook?

I don’t know about the rest of you in Seattle (for readers out of Seattle, I assume you’re subsisting on shaved ice in this heat wave) but my cooking has been having a bit of an identity crisis. Food should be light, spicy and grilled in the summer, but if it’s overcast or drizzling you want something warm, starchy and roasted.

Luckily, this dish was the perfect remedy for my culinary schizophrenia.

The answer is a dish that walks the line between comfort and The yams form the backbone of the dish with their earthy and vaguely sweet flavor, and the seared mushrooms are lightly crisped on the outside but rich in flavor. On the flip side, the eggs are light and fluffy and the taquera sauce adds that summer spice. A dash of salty cotija completes the profile of this dish.

I forgot to grab it, but a sprinkle of cilantro would be a welcomed addition as well. Either way, these tacos are perfect for our dysfunctional weather!

Yam, Mushroom and Egg Tacos

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/3 cup yam, diced
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 4 crimini mushrooms, cut into 1/8 inch slices
  • 1/4 cup taquera sauce (chipotle adobo can be used as a substitute)
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • 3 small corn tortillas
  • 1/4 cup cotija cheese
  • 2-3 lime wedges (optional)


  1. Heat the olive oil to medium-high in a large nonstick skillet. Season the yams with the salt, pepper and cumin and add them to the skillet. Continue to cook, tossing intermittently, until crispy on all sides, approximately ten minutes.
  2. Reduce the heat to medium. Add the mushrooms and continue cooking for 4-6 minutes, or until the they begin to get tender.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Add the taquera sauce and simmer for five minutes. Empty the contents onto a spare plate, but leave the leftover sauce.
  4. Combine the eggs with the sauce remaining in the pan. Lightly scramble and set aside with the other ingredients.
  5. Heat the corn tortillas in a clean skillet until lightly pliable, about 2 minutes. To serve, divide the egg, yam and mushroom into thirds and stuff each tortilla. Top each with cotija and serve with lime wedges.
July 14, 2012

The Bracket is Mightier!

8:37 update – The battle has drawn to a close. Firestone Walker’s Wookey Jack has emerged as the victor of the Pint is Mightier bracket tournament!

7:52 update – The finale is set! The Wookie Jack prevailed over the Tart Lychee, and in a 3-2 decision (With both Eric and Quinn crossing over to vote for the opposite beer!) the Rogue Hazelnut beat #1 seed Hop Henge to move forward. Soon we will crown the ultimate beer champion of the pint is mightier!

6:49 Update – The final four have been decided! The quartet includes Firestone Walker’s Wookie Jack, New Beligum’s Tart Lychee, Rogue’s Hazelnut Brown Ale and Deschutes Hop Henges XPA. Eric and Quinn each have two in – stay tuned for the final chamion of the pint is mightier bracket!

6:07 Update – Some great action in the middle of round 3. E7 seed, New Belgium Tart Lychee, advanced to the final four against the Oak-aged Yeti in a battle of the upsets. Also mocing ahead are the Wookie Jack and Hazelnut Brown Ale. More updates soon!

4:40 Update – Round one is complete! the second half of of the bracket was much more predictable, with all higher seeds winning their bouts. Here is the graveyard of the poor beers defeated in the first round.

Still in the running are:

  • Deschutes Hop Henge XPA
  • Black Raven Trickster IPA
  • Firestone Walker Wookie Jack
  • Great Divide Oak-Aged Yeti
  • Maredsous 10 Tripel
  • Rogue Hazelnut Brown Ale
  • Unibroue Trois Pistole
  • New Belgium Tart Lychee

3:21 Update – We’re halfway through the first round, and we’ve already had some major upsets! Great Divide’s Oak-aged Yeti (Quinn’s #6 seed) took out the three seed, the Lucky 13 Alt, and New Belgium’s Tart Lychee (Eric’s #7 seed) upstaged the Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous, a number two seed. Moving into the second half now!

2:55 Update – Firestone Walker Wookie Jack, Maredsous 10 Tripel and Great Divide Oak-aged Yeti all advance as round one continues!

The moment is finally here! The Pint is Mightier bracket!

The Pint is Mightier bracket will be underway shortly, so check back as we begin to pit our favorite beers head to head in a battle for beer glory. In the mean time, here is the final lineup!

Quinn’s Eight

  1. Deschutes Hop Henge XPA
  2. Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous
  3. Black Raven Trickster IPA
  4. Firestone Walker Wookie Jack
  5. Fremont Interurban IPA
  6. Great Divide Oak-Aged Yeti
  7. Pyramid Outburst IPA
  8. Widmer Marionberry Hibiscus Gose

Eric’s Eight

  1. Maredsous 10 Tripel
  2. Rogue Hazelnut Brown Ale
  3. Lagunitas Lucky 13 Alt
  4. Elysian Immortal IPA
  5. Unibroue Trois Pistole
  6. Bocker Bellegems Bruin
  7. New Belgium Tart Lychee
  8. Odin’s Gift
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