Vegetarian Flautas - If you've got 20 minutes, these ridiculously addicting, restaurant quality flautas can be yours. It all starts with the quinoa. We're using 1/2 cup of red quinoa that we boil in 1 cup of beer. This goes covered for about 12 minutes until the beer is evaporated, er, soaked into the grains.
Keep the quinoa warm and covered while we gather the rest of the filling ingredients. Freshly shredded pepperjack, black beans, corn kernels, fresh chopped cilantro and a can of Ro-Tel.
We warm up fajita-size flour tortillas in the microwave for about 10 seconds then place a scoop of the quinoa on the upper half followed by a liberal scattering of the pepperjack.
Next up we go with the black beans, corn, Ro-tel and cilantro.
Now we roll. It's similar to the burrito roll, we just go a little tighter with it and make it more tubular. The flauta goes directly into a pan of hot olive oil, seam side down.
We're looking to get all four sides golden brown and slightly crisp, so we need to turn often then remove from the pan and drain.
Crispy, cheesy goodness is just seconds away, all that is left to do is serve these up with habanero salsa and a cold beer. Ok, at the risk of being hyperbolic, we'll just go ahead and say it. This is up there with any meat containing flauta, burrito, taquito, chimichanga, chalupa, etc… we've ever had and we can't wait to make them again.
Noble Order Furst - Venturing outside of Indy, but sticking in the state we head due east to Richmond with this four pack of their Furst tallboys. This blood orange wheat ale pours a murky orangish brown with a thin yet dense head. The aroma is sweet with a burst of orange citrus. The flavor is crisp and slightly bitter with the light malty taste of wheat rounding out things. The blood orange aroma that was prevalent on the nose is almost non-existent in the flavor department save for a orange oil bite on the tongue that surfaces quite a while after the finish. Not being overly powerful in the taste department, Furst definitely fit the bill as the easy drinking, light, low ABV beer that we wanted to paid up with their light dish.
"Electric Ladyland (Redux)" - Not since Small Stone Records came out with their 4-disc "Sucking the Seventies" have we been so excited about a compilation with so many A-list bands cranking out killer covers. Here the Jimi Hendrix catalog gets opened up to the likes of SUPERCHIEF, All Them Witches, The Heavy Eyes, Mos Generator, Gozu, Mothership and a ton more. After Elephant Tree's quick little intro of "..And the Gods Made Love", Open Hand gets the party started with "Have You Ever Been (To Electric Ladyland). A hazy, trippy, sunny day tune that sounds even more summery on the remake. We go from hazy to heavy when SUPERCHIEF grabs a hold of "Crosstown Traffic" and makes you forget that the (Hed) PE version ever existed. One of the most mesmerizing tunes on the album is All Them Witches' version of "Voodoo Chile". It's almost 15 minutes of smoky, sultry, bluesy magic that gives you a contact high just by listening to it. We couldn't wait to see what The Heavy Eyes would do with the tripped out psychedelic "Long Hot Summer Night". No surprise, they rocked it and surpass even the original with their unique fuzzy sound. Earthless keeps things moving along with a spot on cover on their version of "Come On (Let the Good Times Roll). They nail the guitar tone, the vocals, even the production. One of our favorite Jimi tunes is "Gypsy Eyes" and when we saw Wo-Fat was signed up to take that one, we knew it would slam, and slam it does. No moderate volume allowed when cranking up this one, it needs to rattle the walls. Mos Generator's Tony Reed channels his inner Jimi in a perfect rendition of "Burning of the Midnight Lamp". Gozu and Summoner team up for over 20 minutes of back to back jamming with "Rainy Day, Dream Away" and "1983…(A Mermaid I should Turn To Be)" respectively. The mighty Mothership gets their groove on with their funkified version of "Still Raining, Still Dreaming", killing it with the guitar work and locked in rhythm section. The curveball comes on Tunga Moln's cover of "All Along the Watchtower", sung in their native Swedish tongue and the song totally smokes. You know an album of this caliber is going to end with a bang and Elder was up to the challenge by adding their heavy doom quotient to "Voodoo Chile (Slight Return). From the album art, to the bands, to the song selection; "Electric Ladyland (Redux)" is an instant classic and a must have in anyone's collection.