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Yes indeedy it is that time of year, If it’s SXSW it’s CXCW  March 9th through March 15th

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Let’s face it, we’re all too broke to go to Austin, and even if we had the money, we couldn’t get out of work anyway. There’s this pesky thing called “life” that keeps getting in the way. Allow us to introduce you to Couch by Couchwest.

960X960CXCW is an annual online music festival that is for everyone. No badges, lanyards, bracelets, parking fees, ticket lines, exclusive parties, VIP tents, porta-potties, babysitters, dogsitters, expensive beer prices, or crappy hotel rooms…just the sweet comfort of your own couch. Here’s how it works, artists and bands from all over the globe record a video performance for us from their living rooms, kitchens, porches, bathrooms, you name it…pretty much anywhere but a stage…and we post them during the week of the festival (March 9 – 15, 2014).

Listen, you’re not the only person out there stuck in an office or a classroom or at home while all the supposed “cool kids” are trudging through the crowds of Austin. We are here for you, friends! So crack open a beer and a laptop, crank up the volume, and enjoy the couch!

Musicians: Please upload your unique to CXCW 2014 video (i.e. for the CXCW festival) to YouTube or Vimeo and send the link to us via the below form or to cxcwest at gmail dot com. (Think of this video as your performance for the Couch by Couchwest audience.)

  • Videos do not have to be recorded on a couch, but they should be recorded essentially anywhere but a stage (we strongly encourage creativity). See these videos from CXCW 2012 for examples.
  • Submitted videos should be unique (i.e. for the CXCW audience). Please do not send us promos, EPK’s, live concert footage, music videos, slideshows, etc…
  • Low-budget iPhone videos are absolutely acceptable, in fact, they are encouraged.
  • For the love of god, no lip syncing.
  • You may do more than one video, but if we run out of time we may post both videos at the same time, or post only one. Your best bet is to do one kick-ass video that knocks our socks off!
  • Please tag your video with “CXCW2014″ so that we may keep track of it on our YouTube channel (if you use Vimeo or some other service, please do the same).
  • Also please include where you are from and any links you wish us to use (website, facebook, twitter, etc…) so that we may point our readers to you.
  • If you are uploading your video prior to the start of the festival, please set it to “Unlisted”. This can be changed once the festival starts. Setting it to “Private” means we won’t be able to see it.
  • We will be your new best friends if you submit your video link in this format – Youtube: Share: Embed: Video Size: 640 x 360/480, copy/paste
  • We love all types of music and will try to post everything (unless overly offensive of course…i.e. Nickleback covers). Only Darius Rucker* is allowed to send in a video of “Wagon Wheel.”

*The Darius Rucker “Wagon Wheel” provision was enacted in 2012 well before his version was even recorded, and quite frankly, we are amazed and sickened at the power we wield. Proof. This provision still stands and is henceforth known as the Darius Rucker Wagon Wheel Provision of 2012.

Those in the crowd: we want to see how you spend the CXCW festival! Send us pics of your CXCW festivities, recipes, haikus, pet photos, avant garde performance art, kegerator, moonshine still, etc… viacxcwest at gmail dot com.

We are currently accepting submissions, but we will not begin posting them until March 9. Receiving videos ahead of time makes life a lot easier on this end, and allows us more time to watch videos and drink beer during the week (hint hint).  The last day to submit photos/videos is at 12:00pm Noon Eastern/9:00am Pacific time March 15th!

Remember, we do hand out dubious awards at the end of the festival so be creative and get your rock on!

Where the beer is cheaper and the only hipster is you.

Where the beer is cheaper and the only hipster is you.

CXCW2014 Beardliest Beard & Mustachliest Mustache Contest
The fine folks at The Mod Cabin have graciously offered some of their premium beard and mustache care products to us, so what to do…HAVE A BEARD AND MUSTACHE CONTEST OF COURSE! Winner for each category will win a Mod Cabin prize pack which will consist of Beard Balm + Beard Oil set and Mustache Wax + Mustache Comb respectively. To enter simply tweet or email us a photo of your glorious face fur tagged with #CXCWbeard or #CXCWmustache

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CXCW2014 Taco Tuesday Contest
Here at CXCW, Taco Tuesday runs from Tuesday to Saturday. Send us photos and/or recipes to be entered. Please tag with #CXCWtacos

CXCW2014 Waffle Taco Wednesday Contest
We want to see your best examples of the infamous Waffle Taco. Send us photos and/or recipes to be entered. Please tag with #CXCWwaffletaco

CXCW2014 Haiku Contest
It’s a CXCW tradition, tweet us or send us your CXCW Haiku to be entered. Please tag with #CXCWhaiku

CXCW2014 “Roll-Your-Own” Poster Contest
Budgetary cuts have forced CXCW to slash budgets and gut departments, and of course the lowly art department is the first thing to go. This is where you all come in friends. We know there are some talented people out there who can create MUCH better posters than we ever dreamed of, plus we enjoy seeing what you guys come up with. So this year we are announcing our CXCW Poster contest. Send us your best CXCW poster via twitter or email to be entered. All entries will be entered in the final CXCW2014 Raffle to win prizes from our prize pool. Please tag your tweet/email with #CXCWposter to be entered. To view the posters we have received, please visit our Downloads page.

CXCW2014 Poster Posting Contest
What good is having a bunch of awesome posters if they never get posted anywhere? Here’s how it works, choose from the posters on our downloads page and send us a photo of one posted somewhere. Around your town, at your favorite bar, on your own walls, in your Grandma’s bathroom, hell we don’t care and we LOVE creativity. Send us a photo via twitter or email to be entered. Make sure to use the tag #CXCWposter to be entered.

The CXCW2014 Prize Pool
Participants from all contests (except beard & mustache) will be entered into one big CXCW raffle at the end where we will draw names at random for each of the prizes listed below. Please note: you may participate as much as you like in each contest, but you will only be counted once per contest entered (example: You send in an entry for 3 contests, your name will go into the raffle 3 times. You send in 3 entries to one contest, you will go into the raffle once).

 

 

Visit the CXCW Archives for a list of past performers, and highlights from previous year’s CXCW festivals.

Contact us at cxcwest@gmail.com

For video and photo submissions, please see the Submissions page.

Visit our Youtube channel for videos from past CXCW fests.

Find us on TwitterFacebook and Instagram

Text us: 240-CXCWEST (240-292-9378)

 

Mardi Gras Dyed Decadent @Lustymonk Deviled Eggs

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Coloring instructions and photo from Happier Than A pig in Mud

“1 tsp vinegar, 1/2 C warm water and about 20 drops of food coloring for each color.
Dip them until you get the desired color. After each dipping I turned them upside down on a paper towel to drain.
I’ll be honest and say purple isn’t an easy color folks. For every 10 drops of red add 2-3 of blue. Mine kinda looked brown so I read to add a pinch of baking soda and did… figured it couldn’t hurt.
For the best coloring, these eggs should be eaten the day they’re made.”

mardi gras eggs

 

6 large eggs

12 small romaine lettuce leaves

2 to 3 tablespoons mayonnaise

2 teaspoons Lusty Monk Alter Boy mustard

1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, optional

1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 anchovy fillet, minced

1 small clove garlic, minced

1/4 teaspoon grated lemon zest

1/4 cup panko bread crumbs

2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese or more, to taste

Place eggs in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Once water begins to boil, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer eggs for exactly 10 minutes. Drain eggs and cover with cold water. This will help the eggs chill more quickly.

Arrange 12 small lettuce leaves on a serving platter. Carefully peel eggs and cut in half lengthwise. Remove yolks and place them in a small bowl. Arrange egg whites on lettuce. Mash yolks with mayonnaise, LustyMonk mustard, Worcestershire (if using), lemon juice and 1 tablespoon parsley until smooth. Season generously with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Set filling aside.

In a small skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add anchovy and garlic, and cook, stirring until anchovy begins to dissolve into oil, about 1 minute. Add lemon zest and bread crumbs, and sauté them until golden, about 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in Parmesan , then aside.

When you’re ready to serve eggs, spoon yolk mixture into cavities of egg whites, mounding it slightly in the center. Sprinkle each egg with some of the crumb mixture (about 1 teaspoon), allowing some to spill onto the lettuce cups. Garnish with remaining chopped parsley and serve.

Boiled Kittens with Gravy

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This is a test post to see if posts with kittens will get more views.

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Kevin’s Sweet and Savory @LustyMonk Sauerkraut!

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sauerkraukOne of the joy’s of spreading the lust with family and friends is what they do with it, here is my son Kevin’s Sweet and Savory Lusty Monk Sauerkraut

Ingredients:
1- 16oz package of Boar’s Head Sauerkraut
1- Bosc Pear, julienned
1/2- Onion, sliced thin
1 cup of your favorite Ale, Pilsner, or Kolsch to make your kraut more savory
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1 cup Apple Juice to keep your kraut sweeter
1 big ole’ heap of Lusty Monk Original Sin Mustard (1-2 Tbsp depending on preference)
Sea Salt
Black Pepper
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
Optional seasonings:
Rosemary
Thyme
Sage
Garlic Powder

Directions:
Heat up oil over medium low heat in a medium sized saucepan, add onions, a dash of salt and pepper and saute until onions just start to become translucent. Next add in the pears and continue to saute until onions are fully translucent. Now add the beer or apple juice and turn up the heat! The flame should be on high, and just before reaching a rolling boil add the sauerkraut and Lusty Monk. Keep it hot, and when it starts to bubble, turn it down to a simmer. Let it simmer, stirring occasionally, for 10-15 minutes. As it is simmering, season to taste with salt and pepper. I have a “Bavarian Seasoning” by Penzeys Spices that is basically a mix of crushed brown mustard, rosemary, garlic, thyme, bay leaf and sage, it is optional, I only added 1/2 teaspoon at most.

Serve with grass fed all natural beef brats in a roll or just enjoy your brats on a pile of Kevin’s sweet and savory Lusty Monk sauerkraut!

Beer Pairings: Gaffel Kölsch, Sünner Kölscher, or a German Pilsner like Weihenstephaner Pilsner

Chocolate & @LustyMonk Mustard Grilled Chicken Burger

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  • The Japanese are on the right track but I suggest you make this at home with Lusty Monk Alter Boy Mustard
    Via RocketNews24

 

 

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With a little under a week until Valentine’s Day, Japan is still in the midst of chocolate madness, and it appears the fast food industry is no exception. Hot on the heels of their unique french fries and chocolate sauce combination, fast food chain Lotteria has now come out with a burger with … yes, you guessed it — chocolate sauce!

 

For a limited time until late February, Lotteria is offering their “Chocolate & Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken Burger”. If you think the name sounds fancy, that may be because it actually is kind of a fancy burger, judging from the description provided in Lotteria’s press release. The burger features a thick piece of chicken thigh that is marinated in white wine, garlic and onions and then oven-cooked. And the important honey mustard sauce  is made from a mixture of whole-grain mustard and french mustard, to which honey and mayonnaise are added.  To all this, you can add the chocolate sauce, which comes in a separate packet. The chocolate used in the sauce is the milky and flavorful yet mild Ghana Milk Chocolate produced by Lotte, the popular snack maker belonging to the same corporate group as Lotteria. Marinated chicken and Ghana chocolate? We definitely had to try this unusual combination!

▼ I bought the Chocolate & Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken Burger, priced at 390yen (US$3.80) along with a drink.Lotteria 1 set

▼ This is the packet of chocolate sauce that came separately.Lotteria 2 sauce

▼ The burger came in this paper wrap.Lotteria 3 package

▼ The burger unveiled!Lotteria 4 burger unwrapped

▼ And also a look at what’s between the buns.Lotteria 5 burger opened

▼ Now, for the chocolate sauce …Lotteria 6 sauce start

Lotteria 7 sauce 2

Lotteria 8 sauce 3

▼ We don’t want to be stingy with the sauce, do we?Lotteria 9 sauce 4

▼ You can see there’s plenty of mustard sauce and chocolate sauce.Lotteria 10 bite

So, how was the Chocolate & Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken Burger? I actually quite liked it. The chicken was thick and juicy, and the chocolate sauce matched it quite well. The flavor of the mustard sauce was slightly strong, so maybe it could have been milder. In fact, it may be interesting to try what it would be like with just the chicken and chocolate sauce. Still, the chicken was flavored very nicely — the marinating definitely seemed to work here — and I enjoyed savoring the rich sweetness of the chocolate along with the juiciness of the chicken.

If I had the chance, I would be more than happy to have the burger again. On second thought, the french fries with the chocolate sauce, which I haven’t tried yet, look awfully good too …

Reference and top image: Lotteria press release (Japanese)
All other photos: RocketNews24

Pairing Beer and Girl Scout Cookies

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It’s officially Girl Scout cookie season, and while the young women selling the snacks are too young to drink beer, most of us paying for the treats can enjoy a brewed beverage with our Thin Mints and Samoas. But which beers will work best alongside each variety of cookie?

THIN MINTS
This would seem to be a tricky pairing, with the Thin Mint’s strong mint and chocolate taste not always wanting to play nice with other flavors. A sampling of suggestions seems to point to a darker beer being the answer. The beer chicks of TheBeerChicks.com single out a Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout (7.5% ABV) as the best beverage for enjoying Thin Mints, while the folks at Central Track recommend a 9.5% ABV imperial stout, suggesting the Great Divide Yeti by name. Doubling up on the chocolate and mint, Brooklyn Brew Shopoffers up the Mint Chocolate Porter from California’s Bootlegger’s Brewery as its pairing suggestion.

TAGALONGS
Peanut butter poses the challenge here for those looking to pair up their cookies and beer. The Beer Chicks suggest adding banana to the mix with Wells & Young’s Banana Bread beer from the U.K. Central Track heads over to Belgium for its pairing, recommending Duvel Belgian Golden Ale or any Belgian ale to go with this classic snack. Again, Brooklyn Brew Shop goes matchy-matchy with its pairing of Tagalongs and its own recipe for Peanut Butter Porter.

SAMOAS
Toasted coconut, caramel and chocolate all on one cookie is a lot to take in, but there are still good beer pairing suggestions out there. Brooklyn Brew Shop seeks to accentuate the coconut flavor with Maui Brewing Co.’s Coconut Porter, while Central Track suggests an 8.5% ABV heavy ale, like a Founders Dirty Bastard.

Each of the three sites linked in this story have other pairing suggestions for other Girl Scout cookies, so check them out if you’re curious.

[via BeerAndBrewing.com]

Searing Beer in a Frying Pan

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In physics, this phenomenon is called the “Leidenfrost effect.” It can happen with any liquid, not just beer.

Normally, when you pour liquid into a hot pan, the droplets will sizzle and evaporate. But when you crank up the temperature so that the surface is significantly hotter than the liquid’s boiling point, the heat is so extreme that it boils the underside of the liquid immediately. The resulting vapor acts like a bed, protecting the liquid above it from touching the hot pan. The droplets will fuse together and evaporate very slowly.

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