Monthly Archives: August 2013

Year of Root Beer – Boylan Bottle co

Boylan Root Beer, another brand neither of us had tried before. 
Allison’s Review:
creaminess – 2.5
Eh, average. Nothing special.
flavor – 3.5
A lighter more soda taste. Actually, it tastes like a cross between a cream soda and a root beer. I really enjoy it, however I think there should be more of a root flavor, as it is root beer.
carbonation – 2.5
More carbonation than I would prefer. Burp city, you guys.
packaging- 3.5
The packaging design is simple and to the point. It looks old,  which seems to be the trend most brands are going for. The bottle itself is a good shape and has a nice lip to it.
overall – 3
I liked this one and I think I would definitely repurchase it.

Ray’s Review:
Creaminess – 2.5
This one doesn’t seem like creaminess was something they were concerned with. There is a small bit of creaminess to the root beer but nothing to write home about.
Carbonation – 2.5
This one seems to be a little over carbonated to me. Immediately after starting to sip on it, I had those carbonation burps.
Flavor – 3.5
This is one that seems to have a unique flavor to it. It’s strong on the mint flavoring, something I never really noticed in root beers until we started doing these reviews. I don’t know if that’s something I’ve just missed all these years, or we’ve just happened to find minty root beers. This one is made with cane sugar, which to me usually has a bad after taste. I don’t get as much of that from this root beer. The flavor to this one seems to be a little more complex than your average root beer. There are a few other flavored that I can’t place. But over all it a pretty enjoyable flavor.
Packaging – 4
I’m into the packaging. Simple two color logo on a brown bottle. Vintage inspired, because they boast about being from 1891 so they seem to be appealing to that.
Experience – 3
I neither loved nor hated this root beer. The flavor was a little unique but the over carbonation made it not one of my favorites.


Cooking with Ray: Potato Casserole

cwr2Sometimes you just need a good Potato Casserole that is cheesy, creamy and EASY. This is that casserole!!!

This is one of those recipe that you can change up however you like, but this is the way I go about it.

What you need:
cwr1Potatoes – I like to use red potatoes, mostly because you don’t have to skin them. You just clean them, cut them up and go. You’ll need enough for 1 layer to cover the bottom of your backing dish.
cwr3Onion – I usually dice up one large onion for this, I prefer a good yellow onion.
soup2 Cans of Cream of Mushroom soup
cwr4Cheese – lots of cheese… I love cheese and don’t believe you can ever have too much in something like this. I love a sharp Cheddar cheese! For this I used Sargento’s 4 State Cheddar shredded cheese. Delish!

So, I said this was simple. Here is what we do.

Step 1 – Clean and cut up all the potatoes.
Step 2 – cook up some bacon
Step 3 – add the 2 cans of Cream of Mushroom soup. Mix in some of the Bacon with the soup and potatoes. Make sure to save a little bacon though.
Step 4 – cover with cheese
Step 5 – crumble the saved bacon and add to the top
Step 6 – Cook for 45-60 min on 350 (or until the potatoes are good and cooked!)
Step 7 – Enjoy bacon-y cheesy creamy potato goodness!