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Sensory Overload: MMMHop IPA by…HANSON?!

Friday, May 4th, 2012

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Remember HANSON? Even if you cringe when you hear ‘MMMBop’ now, if you’re under 25, the brothers HANSON were your favorite band in elementary school…especially when you saw the video and realized that it was actually 3 dudes with long hair rollerblading to bubblegum pop. Middle of Nowhere, the group’s first album, was the very first cassette tape I ever bought, at age 8, and I’m not ashamed to admit (ok, maybe a little ashamed) that I saw the trio perform a few years ago.

These guys have continued to thwart pop music irrelevance, perhaps as a result of carefully crafted marketing strategy.  According to littlest Hanson, Zac, “we of course make records, they are fundamental to what we do, but we wanted to create a brand so that our fans have a greater experience.” As their fans have aged, HANSON’s music, looks and brand have also gone through teenage and adult evolutions. Last December, as many of their fans reached legal drinking age the brothers announced plans to release their own beer, the aptly branded MMMHop IPA.

In addition to the beer, they recently performed with Arlo Guthrie at the Woody Guthrie Centennial celebration, have sold HANSON-branded Tom’s shoes and walk miles with fans to raise money for AIDS, produce their own art for album covers and videos, and now they’ve entered the food market selling cookie cutters, Valentines’s day chocolates, and now craft beer. I’ve been keeping my eye open for the MMMHop IPA, but haven’t yet seen it show up on shelves. I’ll let you know how it measures up to Pearl Jam’s Faithfull Ale, which I have to crack open.

For now, check out these other music-inspired libations: Hellhound On My Ale, inspired by Robert Johnson, Bitches Brew, inspired by Miles Davis,  Build a Rocket Boys Beer, created by British band Elbow, Joe Elliot’s Down ‘N’ Outz lager, and the definitely-Wilco-inspired Wilco Tango Foxtrot ale.

Tried any of these beers? Got a favorite? Share it!

Mosh Potatoes: Recipes Anecdotes and Mayhem From The Heavyweights of Heavy Metal

Monday, December 20th, 2010

That’s right. A heavy metal cook book.

Black Tusk at the grill

Black Tusk at the grill

For those who think that headbangers subsist solely on beer and bat heads, this collection proves that there are gourmet gods in Valhalla as well. Yes, there are the iron-stomach recipes like Pasta Terror (Kreator), Bittner’s Brutal Breakfast Burrito (Shadows Fall) and Krakatoa Surprise (Lemmy from Motörhead), but you’ll also find more “refined” dishes like Kale ‘Em All (Dillinger Escape Plan), Cheese ‘n Egg Party Puffs (Andrew W.K.) and Daly Squash Soup (Eddie Spaghetti from The Supersuckers).

It’s a fun collection of family recipes that musician, label owner, and heavy metal überfan, Steve Seabury, has gathered over the years of going to shows and rockin’ with the best of them. Steve was kind enough to let us excerpt a recipe from the book, and we have one copy of the book to give away. Leave a comment here with your top five choices for best bands/albums of 2010 (Heavy metal, hip-hop, merenge or country – it doesn’t matter – share what you love!) and a winner will be chosen at random. Links to band pages are a bonus and will earn a hearty horned salute! \m/ \m/

And now, the recipe:


Erik Larson, Alabama Thunderpussy

Well, I don’t really have a recipe, per se, but here’s something I like to make. Can be made vegan!

Feeds seven or eight drunk band and crew members

4 to 6 yukon gold potatoes

5 or 6 baby bella mushrooms

½ red onion

3 large garlic cloves

1 tablespoon butter or margarine

2 good-size jalapeño chiles (substitute cayenne peppers or Thai chiles depending on tolerance for pain and degree of inebriation)

Basil (6 fresh leaves is best, but prepared shake bottle will work, too)

Vegetable oil

8 ounces sharp white cheddar cheese

First and foremost, the kitchen must be free and clear of all bullshit. This includes nu-metal, rap-core music, and fashion. If any hip-hop or rap is audible within 100 yards of the cooking process, the food will spoil. You need good metal or crust punk to make this dish work. So pick a record, and turn it up loud! (I’ve found the first Tragedy record to be ideal chopping vegetable music.)

Anyhow, wash the potatoes and all the vegetables under clean running water and set aside. Fill a large pot, big enough for Rosie O’Donnell’s severed head, with water and place on back burner on high. While the water is heating up, chop the potatoes into small pieces, about the size of the bottom of a 1-ounce shot glass, placing the pieces in the pot as you chop. Periodically stir the pot of potatoes as you bring them to a boil.

Once all the potatoes are in the pot, cut the mushrooms into little pieces (size depends on preference, I like about the size of a quarter). Do the same for the onion and garlic (chopping to preference—I usually dice these so they’re the size of a pinky nail or smaller).  Melt the butter in a small iron skillet and cook the mushrooms, onion, and garlic on low heat. Be sure to stir that shit up every now and then so it doesn’t burn.

Meanwhile, chop the chiles into small pieces. Be sure to save all the seeds with the pepper sections. DO NOT DISPOSE OF THE SEEDS; ONLY LIGHTWEIGHTS DISPOSE OF THEIR SEEDS. If you have acquired fresh basil leaves, chop them into tiny pieces; if not, move on. Pour enough oil into the bottom of a large skillet to coat just the surface and place on a medium heat, adding the hot peppers and their seeds.

At this point, check the potatoes. They should be soft but still retaining shape, with a faded whitish color. If they are, dump those suckers into the colander and let them drain. Once drained, put them into the large skillet with the hot peppers and add the basil (if using a shaker of basil, lightly coat the surface of the potatoes so they look kinda dirty). Stir the contents of the large skillet until the potatoes have lost shape and have become a mush-like substance. Add the mushrooms, onion, and garlic to the mix and continue cooking over medium heat, stirring frequently until it starts to brown (add oil as needed so as not to burn the bottom of the skillet or potatoes).

Once the mix seems sufficiently cooked through and brown, turn off stove and remove from heat. Grate cheese over the mix as desired. Cover to let the cheese melt. Serve with ketchup or hot sauce as needed. Pass out on the floor full. Enjoy!

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HOMEGROWN Holiday Gift Guide

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

It’s gift-giving time! Naturally, handmade is the best kind of gift – the HOMEGROWN Holiday Swappers are trading their homemade edibles this week. Presents that promote hands-on activities are some of our favorite kind of gift, too. Here are a few ideas for In The Kitchen, In The Garden, On The Couch (OK, these will inspire folks to make, grow and foster change), and In The Automobile. Enjoy and happy gifting!

In The Kitchen

Every home chef needs a quality hardwood cutting board. For those with the tools, there is a DIY cutting board plan and tutorial.

And here is a lovely handcrafted board from reclaimed North Carolina curly rock maple on Etsy:

Community Supported Agriculture

What better way to say “I love you” than a weekly share of fresh local produce? Family farmers are taking on members now. Find participating CSA farms near your loved ones at Local Harvest and The Eat Well Guide.

homesteader apple pressAn apple cider press is a terrific gift for a family, or an enterprising apple grower.

Celebrate with your main squeeze by making your own hard cider.

In The Garden

Start fantasizing about what others may be growing in their plots. A cheerfully wrapped package – complete with seed packets and a garden plan – is sure to delight.

Seed Companies:

High Mowing Seeds (VT)

FEDCO Seeds (ME)

Johnny’s (ME)

Seed Savers Exchange (IA)

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds (MO and CA)

Abundant Life Seeds (OR)

Seeds of Change (NM)

Southern Exposure Seed Exchange (VA)

Online garden planning tools


Free drag and drop garden planner

More detailed and customizable garden planner

Kitchen garden design planner for a 3′ x 6′ raised bed

Organic mushroom growing kits – intimidating? Sure! Unique? You bet! And the rewards are oh, so yummy!

On The Couch

Michael Pollan’s Botany of Desire DVD. Organic Gardening Magazine readers get 20% off by entering the code GARDEN at

The documentary that changes lives: Food Inc. DVD is also available at

In The Automobile

Lemon car freshener

Homemade car freshener using citrus and cloves – easy and pretty!

Turn your friends on to new music with mix CDs like this one from KCRW – so hip and cool!

Check out these past posts and discussions about DIY Holiday Gifts, too. Let us know what you think and feel free to add your ideas, too.

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