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Asparagus and Sausage Meatball Orzo with Parmesan Beer Cream Sauce

I get a little itchy if I don’t get to cook. The way musicians get when you keep them away from a stage, or an athlete when you take the ball away or how a runner will start to chew on the curtains if he can’t get out on the road. Even on the tail end […]

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Beer Brined Pepper Lime Chicken with Gorgonzola and Blackberries

    I was once asked to be in a porn movie. I was 21. I was a social worker for gang members, working with a rough crowd of teenagers in an unsavory section of Los Angeles. On a particularly frustrating day of trying to convince a hot-tempered kid why punching his teacher wasn’t a “dope […]

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Porter Marinated Steak Skewers with Cilantro Horseradish Cream

We have caveman like instincts, I have lots. I have this nearly uncontrollable urge to knock over that giant tower of perfectly stacked wine glasses in Crate & Barrel. I walk past, barely glancing at the shimmering tower that’s mocking me from it’s white square pedestal as I clutch my purse tightly and imagine swinging […]

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Beer Brat Dogs with Grilled Peach Salsa and Fried Onions

I tried to make sausage from scratch once. I went to Lindy & Grundy and had along talk with the gorgeous Sausage Making Queen of Los Angeles, Amelia. Armed with sausage casings,  several different types of pork and pork fat to be ground, and tips for success from the pros who instruct the pros, I […]

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Beer Brined Scallops over Spinach Salad With Bacon Stout Dressing

If you’re going to make me a salad, it better be a damn good salad. After all, you’re asking me to skip carbs and satisfying fried finger foods, I might resent you if it isn’t a really good salad. Bacon is a good start, and so is beer. Scallops are a fan favorite as well. […]

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Fried Beer Chicken Sliders with Beer Pickled Peaches and Jalapenos

  Slider has always been one of those skeevy words that I’ve tried to avoid, like, well the word “skeevy” or the unfortunate times I’m forced to use the word “moist.” Like the way “wooded area” is almost always followed by “dead body” or how the word “penetrate” should never be used outside a seventh […]

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Beer Pesto Chicken with Creamy Parmesan Pale Ale Polenta

  Polenta makes me feel like an asshole, but I can’t stop making it. Like the way that Giada over pronounces Italian words and Midwestern transplants start using phrases like “taking holiday” once they move to Beverly Hills, it feels disingenuous. Polenta is corn grits, I live in America. I pronounce croissant and mascarpone in […]

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Jalapeno Beer Cheese Burger with Beer Candied Bacon

    When I get to a new city, I always ask people what breweries they like. People answer this question in one of two ways: how much they like the beer, or how much they like the people. Sometimes, the judgement is clouded by a love for one spilling over into the other, the […]

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Grilled BBQ Beer Chicken and Apricot Flatbreads

  Let’s say you and I get into it over pizza. We hash it out over the best pizza we’ve ever had. We talk about Naples, and LA, and both agree that New York beats Chicago, unless you want a casserole, then Chicago pizza will do. And then I tell you that the best Ray’s […]

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Apricot Sriracha IPA Chicken and Session IPA’s for Summer

  For what seems like decades brewers have been involved in a bit of an ABV arms race to see who can bring to the table the IPA with highest alcohol content. The Top That ABV Game seems to be waining in favor of the Full Flavor Session IPA game, to the relief of lightweights […]

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