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Balancing your life and your love

CockAsian Food TruckMy last 3 years have been a whirlwind that I could have never predicted. Trying to balance my strong urge to be an entrepreneur and passion for all things culinary and my family and their needs. I am a work horse when I am doing something I love there is almost nothing that can stop me once I start a project.

I have been self employed since shortly after college. That makes over 20 years of working for myself. This year working for somebody else with a set schedule has been a tough adjustment. I am used to being very fluid with my time and being in full creative mode all the time. My current job is enjoyable but I miss the joy of creativity. I have decided that my next endeavor will be to find a way to work my culinary interests back into my life.

My first step was encouraging my husband to start brewing his beers again. I am a back seat home brewer. I help me pick the recipes and hone the flavor qualities he wants to have in those beers. One of my greatest gifts is my ability to almost taste the flavors in my mind so he can tell me what flavors he wants to come out of his beers and I can tell him what hops, herbs, spices, and or fruits he needs to add during brewing to produce them. I must admit beyond procuring ingredients and later drinking I don’t involved in the brewing process. I love that smell of boiling wort it is such a comforting smell almost like baking bread.

We have a refrigerator dedicated to our serving beers from our pony keg (5 gallon kegs) system. It hold 3 kegs which means we can potentially have 15 gallons of beer on tap. My husband and I enjoy very different beers so I will choose a beer, he will choose a beer and then we choose one we can both enjoy. It normally takes him most of a day to brew a single 6 gallon batch of beer so he does that on Sundays while I am working. Two Sundays ago he brewed our version of Southern Tier Pumpking which used graham crackers, vanilla, lots of pumpkin, spice and will come in at about at 8% ABV. Last week he brewed his version of 3Floyds Zombie Dust. This week he is brewing one of my all-time favorite brews our imperial version of New Belgium’s Trippel. All 3 of them are outstanding brews and I would be happy to share those recipes with you if your interested.

I have decided my next goal is to go to culinary school. Here in San Antonio we have the Culinary Institute of America and I have been dreaming about attending it for a while but now I am ready to do it for real. I learned from the food truck that I need to learn to take baby steps and this is a perfect place to start my  next adventure. My current job will cover my tuition so I just need to enroll and start looking at classes! I am Super excited!

In the mean time I plan to sell my food truck and get my blog rolling again and start living the dream again!

Craving Pumpkin Recipes


It is inevitable that even here in the deep south that once Fall starts I will start craving all things pumpkin. This year it started early with the pumpkin beers as the brewers jumped the shark and released them in August. I can’t complain too much because it means I will get to try more pumpkin beers this year but the excitement is starting wear off already. If you haven’t tasted Southern Tiers Pumking or Warlock yet then you need to apologize to your taste buds and run out and find some right now. If you happen on a bottle of their Choklat and you in any way enjoy chocolate you owe yourself to try this incredible beer.

Now my focus is on cooking and baking with pumpkin. I already schooled our local brewers about their choice of pumpkins for cooking. Those pretty pumpkin you see all over the grocery stores taste horrible and don’t even think about baking with them. You might as well use a butternut squash because it is more closely related to the pumpkin we get out of a can. If you can’t get your hands on Neck Pumpkins then you might as well use canned pumpkin. I have been browsing the internet for weeks gathering pumpkin recipes to share with you.

Neck Pumpkin

Neck Pumpkin

Here is a list of some of he most delish pumpkin recipes I have seen so far this season.

Pumpkin Marmalade from Tigress in a Jar

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies from Steamy Kitchen

Caramel Apple Shake from Mom on Timeout

Pumpkin Cheesecake Chimichangas from White Lights on Wednesdays

Brown Butter Pumpkin Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Frosting from Two Peas & their Pod

No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake from A Night Owl

Baked Pumpkin Cream Cheese French Toast from Damn Delicious

That was a good start. Tomorrow I will delve deeper and give you some wonderful savory dishes.

Enjoy Life!


San Antonio Beer Festival 2014


Pumking at GS1221

I cannot tell you how excited I am to be part of this years San Antonio Beer Festival  October 18th in Maverick Park. I am leading up the volunteers that will hopefully keep everything running smoothly. This year we are expecting 39 breweries and over 200 different beers. There will also be live music and food of all sorts as we will have local restaurants and food trucks serving on the grounds. We have less than 100 VIP tickets left but don’t worry we have plenty of general admission tickets available. Stay up to date on the latest information and events like them on Facebook.

You can get $5 off your ticket price by using promo code SABFCHAMPIONS and mention my name, Candie Yoder, at Prekindle.

EARLY BIRD General Admission $40 Includes:

–       Opportunity to sample more than 200 craft and premium beers!

–       Live music (Don Chani, Two Tons of Steel and Hawks of Holy Rosary!)

–       Tasty eats

–       Art

–       Interactive games and activities

–       Local vendors and artisans

EARLY BIRD VIP Admission $85 (LIMITED TICKETS!) Includes:

–       1.5 hour early entrance

–       VIP Parketing lot

–       Exclusive access to special SABF casks & limited edition seasonals

–       SABF t-shirt

–       Commemorative SABF glass

–       SABF swag bag

–       Access to VIP restrooms

–       Complimentary food samples

–       Opportunity to sample more than 200 craft and premium beers!

–       Live music (Don Chani, Two Tons of Steel and Hawks of Holy Rosary!)

–       Tasty eats

–       Art

–       Interactive games and activities

–       Local vendors and artisans

VIP  –  Early Entry from NOON to 1:30PM
GA  –   1:30PM to 6:30 PM