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Finding Closure: Where Your Favorite Departed Menu Items are Now!

Menus change. At Black Star Co-op they change with the season. Some dishes last; perennial darlings that are always available to their doting fans. Some dishes do not last, living behind both the menu and a troop of hungry, adoring groupies. We know how hard it can be to part with something loved (really, we know, we got your emails, all of them), so this is an attempt to provide some closure. Here’s what your favorite dishes have been doing since their departure: read more

Worker Spotlight: Dustin

Dustin with his soon to be internet famous dogs.

What do you do at Black Star Co-op?

I’m a cook!

Where are you from? 

ATX, baby. 

Which is your favorite house beer? 

Vulcan, because it get you there in a timely and efficient manner. 

Favorite late night drunk snack?

Roast beef sandwiches: because I always got beef!

Are you as excited as the rest of the BSC Kitchen Team to see the next Star Wars film? 

I’m not nearly as excited as the Bounty Hunter, Travis (or as much of a scoundrel)! But sure! Solo vs. Fett! 

What do you want for Christmas/Chanukah/Festivus/your next birthday?  

—New work shoes; slip resistant.

—Pressure cooker. 

—One of those fancy electric smokers. 

If you had a dog, and that dog was objectively the cutest dog in the world, would you campaign to make your dog internet famous? Keep in mind that this is pretty much just for your own profit, your dog is a dog and has no celebrity aspirations. 

If you mean: would I want my dogs to be internet famous? Absolutely. I would save up all the moneys for a trip to the Bahamas!

If you see pennies on the ground, do you pick them up? 

Ummm… If I find anything on the ground I’ll pick it up and take it home. No question. 

Where do you think is the best place in the world to eat a whole pizza by yourself? Think setting and surroundings, not necessarily a specific restaurant. 

As the sun set on Enchanted Rock during an Indian Summer. You can hear all the insects and the birds having one last hoo-rah before the winter sets in on the Hill Country. 

Secrets From the Black Star Co-op Kitchen: Classic Southern Style Cornbread

This is a recipe straight from Grandma’s kitchen—the mythological southern grandma that we as Americans share (though some were lucky enough to have the real thing). It’s a simple, cheap, delicious recipe that will allow you to keep cornbread in the house pretty much forever. 

Southern Style Cornbread

Ingredients:

2 cup Cornmeal
1.5 cup Buttermilk
1.5 tbsp of Baking Powder
.5 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Salt
2 Eggs
1 Serrano Pepper
.5 cup Sugar
.5 cup Canola Oil

Steps:

 

0. Pre-heat the oven to 450°.

1. Combine all dry ingredients.

2. Combine all wet ingredients separately. 

3. Preheat the cast iron pan with butter. 

4. Combine both wet and dry ingredients until just together—you don’t want to overwork it.

5. Pour mixed ingredients into the hot cast iron pan and bake at 450°f for 20-25 minutes. 

And, voilà, the finished product: 
 

Worker Spotlight: Alyssa

What do you do at Black Star?

I make the food and play with mah Black Star peeps.

Where are you from?

I am from a small town called Montgomery, New York which is part of the gorgeous Hudson Valley.

Your favorite beer on Tap?

My favorite beer on tap is Pneuma for a refreshing wind-down drink especially during the summer. But to feel EXCELLENT, Vulcan, without a doubt, does a wonderful job.

The part of working at a cooperative would be…?

Togetherness. Laugh, learn, grow and be merry.

Do you have any tips on how to not burn out in the Kitchen?

Excellent excellent question. I think the best trick is: lotsa coffee and some more coffee, make stupid jokes, and giddy laughters. No matter how tired you are, you gotta laugh even if your face muscles don’t want to work anymore to smile.

What’s your favorite late-late night snack?

Ramen, all the way!

Say a cave-in trapped the kitchen team underground during a spelunking/team building trip gone awry, what are the chances you all would make it out?

I never thought the kitchen team would be in a scenario like this. I can imagine we started a campfire in the cave and created some excellent, mouth-watering feast including ramen. And of course, we would wash down with some delicious Black Star Co-op brews. We’d die happy as we see the blurry rocks fall on our heads. Yeah, that sounds like a painful happily ever after. The end.

Have you ever seen an alien?

No, but that would be an horrifying dream of mine to accomplish one day.

Secrets from the Black Star Co-op Kitchen: Chili Pequin Sauce

Did you know that spicy foods can have a chilling effect on the body? It’s true, and it’s an especially useful effect to induce on a hot day. Spices on the palate can trigger sweat release—one of the body’s messier cooling mechanisms. That’s one of the reasons why equatorial cultures have produced some of the spiciest dishes throughout culinary history. 

So it’s with your temperature and health in mind that we share this crazy spicy and delicious wing sauce recipe. Just make sure when you serve the wings at you’re next backyard bbq that none of your friends wipe the sweat off their brow—it’s there for a reason. 

Chili Pequin Wing Sauce

Mise en Place:

1/2 C minced onion
2 seeded minced jalapenos
8 cloves of garlic
1/2 C dry chili pequins
1 C packed brown sugar  
1 C rice wine vinegar 
1/2 C water 
1 tbs Worcestershire sauce 
1 tbs vegetable oil
1/4 lb of butter (1 stick or 4oz)

Steps:

1. In a sauce pan saute onion, jalapeno, and garlic in oil until the vegetables soften and start to caramelize.

2. Add brown sugar and dry peppers, simmer until it forms a thick syrup.

3. Next add the vinegar, water, worcestershire sauce and salt, stirring on a low simmer for about 5 minutes.

4. Let the spicy soup cool off heat for another 10 minutes.

5. In a blender, process until sauce is smooth and creamy.

6. Bring the sauce back to the sauce pan on low heat and start to incorporate cold butter, stir in one tsp at a time.

7. Let sauce cool for a few mins before you toss on grilled, smoked or deep fried chicken wings.

8. This recipe will coat about 50 wings and will keep in the fridge for up to a week.

The Price is Right On, Man!

We think a lot about prices at the Co-op. We’re constantly making sure we offer quality products at reasonable prices, and of course, making sure we cover the costs of doing business. The Workers’ Assembly uses a pricing model that generates adequate income to be a successful business while also staying competitive within the market. So, as more and more craft beer bars open around Austin, you’ve watched our prices change to remain in-step with the competition. And while our prices increased, the standing Tuesday discount for member-owners has remained the same. That’s why I’m pleased to announce that starting today, Tuesday July 7th, the new discount for member-owner pint night is $2 off house pints. That’s right, just one more reason to stop in and make your membership work for you.

Co-ops exist to meet the needs of their member-owners and subscribe to an internationally recognized set of principles and values. Our Ends Policies express our community’s values and act as the guide for our daily operation’s ability to meet the needs of our member-owners. We showcase local and sustainable businesses and co-ops by offering their products, we support a living wage and democratic self-management, we support our community through sponsorships and donations to local organizations, and we educate our customers on how great it is to be a co-op. In the kitchen, we express our community’s values by offering high quality, locally-sourced, often sustainable, always ethical and humane food choices at extremely competitive prices.

I’m sure you can tell that we offer great products at a great price. In fact, we did a little price comparison on one of our most popular menu items – the Black Star Burger. We looked around and compared burgers of a similar quality — natural, hormone-free, anti-biotic free, and ground fresh in-house daily — and found that we, do indeed, offer an incredible value for our food. Check it out:

We feel that it is important maintain an accessible price point for our patrons and member-owners, that way we can all enjoy our Co-op. We hope you appreciate your membership experience, and continue to see the value of Black Star Co-op!