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Stout Mongolian Beef

  Stout Mongolian Beef, twenty minutes and so good.    Until this year I was given a smooth transition into fall, which in LA seems to happen sometime around the end of January. September is always scorching, October is “brisk” in that low 70’s kind of way, we’ll get a day of rain in November […]

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Roasted Garlic and Potato Beer Cheese Soup

Roasted Garlic and Potato Beer Cheese Soup I’m a bit of a free spirit, an outside the box person. The thought of taking a cruise makes me feel panicked and trapped, as does the thought of living in a tract house, or working in a cubicle. These are all things that people want, right? To […]

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Honey Mustard Mushroom Stout Chicken

Honey Mustard Mushroom Stout Chicken: 30 minute, one pot chicken dinner.    A few years ago I was stuck in a small town in south Italy on a 22 hour layover. While trying to figure out if sleeping in the tiny terminal was feasible, I met an Italian girl about my age. Her English was […]

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Porter Chorizo Black Bean Soup

On October 17, 1814 the streets of London where flooded with beer. Porter to be exact. At around 6pm, a 22-foot-tall monster barrel of beer, containing over two million pints of porter, succumbed to the pressure of the liquid pushing mightily against the large iron hoops. The burst was so loud, a literal explosion, it […]

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Spicy Miso Stout Udon Noodle Soup

  Spicy Miso Stout Udon Noodles Soup. Only Takes twenty minutes.    I once got beligerantly drunk at a cafe in Spain and asaulted a waiter. That’s probably a bit of an exaggeration, unless you ask the waiter. My sister and I had been traveling south from Madrid on our way to Morocco and stopped […]

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Porter Marinated Flank Steak Lettuce Wraps with IPA Chimichuri

I spent the better part of the last two weeks throwing myself into my second book. Cooking at 1 am, editing photos at dawn, trying to pull sentences out of my weary brain that would actually be ones that you would want to read. Monday at 2 am I finally sent it off to my […]

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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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