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Posts from the ‘Maryland’ Category

I am Ironman


Rufus Mangrove

#patuxent #maryland

This House Has Three Kitchens


Rufus Mangrove

#takomapark #maryland

A school, a barbershop, and a theater supply store walk into a bar…


Rufus Mangrove

#takomapark #maryland

Next door to The Takoma Junction that will never be built until 2065.


Rufus Mangrove

Takoma Junction Development: promised in 1970 – Delivered 2065.

#takoma #maryland

So you’re having a bad day


Rufus Mangrove

#takomapark #maryland

Remember when you couldn’t get flour


Rufus Mangrove

#takomapark #maryland

The Freelancer


Rufus Mangrove

I work on commissions.

#takomapark #maryland

Hugs Across America


Rufus Mangrove

Hugs Across America.

#takomapark #maryland

Decisions you must make on a Deserted Island


Rufus Mangrove

If you were on a deserted island in the middle of the Pacific, what would you bring:

Cheez-It Original -OR- Cheez-It White Cheddar

Dried Sliced Mango -OR- Dried Sliced Apples

Poland Spring Water -OR- Evian Spring Water

Ding Dongs -OR- Hostess Cupcakes

KFC Extra Crispy Chicken -OR- Popeye’s Original Chicken

Wendy’s Fries -OR- McDonald’s Fries

Dorito’s Nacho Cheese -OR- Dorito’s Ranch

Nestle Drumstick Icecream -OR- Choco Taco

M&M’s without peanuts -OR- M&M’s with peanuts

Corn Flakes -OR- Wheaties

German Shepherd -OR- Standard Poodle

Oatmeal -OR- Grits

Scrambled Eggs -OR- Sunny Side Up

Sprite -OR- Sierra Mist

IPA -OR- Port

Bourbon -OR- Rye

Rocking Chair -OR- Sofa

Pandora -OR- Spotify

Ipad -OR- Surface

Black Licorice -OR- Red Licorice

Futbol -OR- Football

Vape -OR- Old School

Scuba -OR- Snorkel

Hammock -OR- Therm-a-rest

Slippers -OR- Flipflops

Doughnuts -OR- Malasadas

Chinese Food -OR- Sushi

Grilled Cheese -OR- Mac n’ Cheese

Shower -OR- Bath

Regular Tooth Brush -OR- Sonicare Brush

Dr. Broner’s Soap -OR- Irish Spring

New York Times -OR- Washington Post

Netflix -OR- Amazon Prime

Walking Dead -OR- Breaking Bad

The Predator -OR- The Princess Bride

Matches -OR- Lighters

Spray -OR- Roll-on

Werewolves -OR- Vampires

Beer Bread


Rufus Mangrove

The last time I made beer bread was more than fifteen years ago. I had fond memories of being able to make your bread at home quickly without a yeast packet. And all the home chefs making beer bread on YouTube seemed pretty happy with the taste.

Easy. Simple. Fast.

The concept of making beer bread came to me while I was out at Value Village with the family. A neighbor texted me the following:

Hey man — do you happen to have a cheap bland beer I can have for making bread? I’ll give you a loaf . . .

I don’t know if you’ve ever been to Value Village on a holiday. It’s a mess. There were like nine hundred people and there were clothes all over the place. I really had no interest in being at Value Village so naturally, my thoughts drifted. And bam, like magic, that’s when I get the text about the beer bread.

I’m thinking all I need is flour and beer and I’ll have bread in like an hour. That sounded good to me. I checked out a few recipes and I was almost right except for the baking powder

They don’t tell you in the recipe that the beer matters. Back when I used to make beer bread, I used only Corona. Where I used to live in Queens, it was either that or Budweiser. I’m starting to think now that my taste buds weren’t developed back then.

The beer I used a few days ago was the Costco Branded IPA Beer. I think for anyone who had the privilege of drinking this beer can attest to, it’s absolutely horrible. No matter how cold it actually is, it has a warm beer flavor.

I made one loaf and it tasted like Beer Flavored Bread. It was weird like wearing your shoes backward weird.

I made the second loaf thinking that perhaps the first one was a bad recipe.