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My husband loves beer, specifically a good IPA (India Pale Ale).  He could tell you the history and origin of it, and really make you interested in the entire brewing process.  It’s all very scientific.  (Check out Delicious Science Brewery.  They are an up in coming home brewery based in Temecula, California.)  If your not into the complexity of beer, then your probably not going to like an IPA.  It’s just not even in the same ball park as your average American style light beer.  The point is, even if your not a beer drinker, you might want to understand some of the flavors they offer when using them in your kitchen.  Go do a beer tasting, or buy a few of your own that you’ve never tried before.  There are several markets that will let you make your own 6 pack.  It’s a great way to try different styles, and who knows, maybe even find one that you like!


3 ounces IPA

1 tbsp minced shallot

1 tsp grated orange zest

1 tbsp honey

1 tsp dijon mustard

4 tbsp olive oil

salt & pepper

Pulse all the ingredients, except the olive oil, together in a food processor (or whisk vigorously).  Then in a slow steady stream pour in the olive oil while the food processor is on (or while you continue to vigorously whisk).  The mustard will help bind the vinaigrette together so it wont look separated.  Toss a fresh bitter green salad with this dressing!