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Roasted Asparagus with Beer Béarnaise Sauce

I’m living in a maze of boxes that seem to push up from the ground like stalagmites in a mid century modern cave. The move is just a week away, starting with a meandering drive up Highway 1 with my fat lazy bulldog. And still, it doesn’t seem real. The 78 degree days, don’t feel like […]

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Goat Cheese Crostini with Beer Pickled Jalapenos and Mangos

  I told you about the time I almost died in Morocco, and the time I was in Dublin without a place to stay during St. Patricks day, but what about the time I was stuck in the drug smuggling capitol of Spain? (As an aside, it bears mentioning that I apparently did little with […]

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Chili Lime Beer Chicken

Girls are beasts. I played Powder Puff Football in college in the free safety position, all 115 lbs of me, and saw up close and personal the kind of rule breaking brutality one girl can throw at another. Maybe it’s years of being told to sit up straight and act like a good girl, but […]

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Beer Soaked Oven Fries

People have irrational culinary fears, I get it. Some people avoid recipes using yeast like they are circus clowns in a dark alley. Some people can’t wrap their brains around the idea of plunging food into hot oil without a spotter. I have an irrational fear of mall Santas so I get it, there are […]

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Beer and Bacon Dip

This is a cheap ploy. Using both beer and bacon in a dip to get your attention. It’s like a video of Christopher Walken volunteering as Tribute, or a list of the The Things You HAVE to Know By The Time You’re 30, or those UpWorthy videos that Facebook always tells you are a Must […]

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Beer Cheese Ball

  I was a lifeguard for three years in college. Mostly at summer camps, poorly run water slide parks and a bad summer on floating dock in the middle of a dirty lake. Late one night at a summer camp in Western Canada the guys who ran the camp decided to let the pre-teen campers, […]

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Spinach Artichoke Beer Cheese Crostini

This is necessary. Putting dip on bread. Serving it on a silver platter. Acting fancy. It’s the same amalgamation of ingredients as that dip you serve in that Pyrex bowl surrounded by bread slices, relatively similar process, but the result is the ability to use the Italian word for “little toast” whilst talking about beer […]

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Citrus Cooked Scallops with Smoky IPA Parsnip Puree and Beer Pickled Jalapenos

I’ve finally found some clarity when it comes to this struggle that’s been twisting around inside me over the past few weeks. I told you about that feeling of creative stagnation, and the realization that I’ve been pandering to the masses rather than cooking what I love. Both of these feelings, that I figured were […]

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Buffalo Chicken Beer Cheese Dip

This needs to be made with an IPA. The buffalo sauce (which has to be Franks, let’s just get that out of the way) needs a big kick to the face. The only beer up for that job is an IPA. I made this with Ballast Point’s Sculpin, one of my favorite IPA’s on the […]

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Beer Cheese Wontons

  This recipe has nothing to do with Thanksgiving. I love Thanksgiving, really. It’s my favorite holiday, due in no small part to the fact that it is a day devoted to a gluttonous love of food. And no presents are exchanged. I’m not sure what it is about those present exchanging holidays that makes […]

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