Sausage Sliders with IPA Sriracha Sour Cream

I always a nice girl, polite, maybe a little shy in a way that made me seem unapproachable. Always a go-with-the-flow, don’t-rock-the-boat kind of person, never one to cause a riot. Until you put me in a red swim suit and give me a whistle, then I’m bossy and loud. The summer after high school […]

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Pumpkin Porter Beer Brownies Sundaes

Pumpkin things are upon us. Of course we have those pumpkin spice lattes that the weather is far too warm to warrant, and the overly orange plastic pumpkins that Target is trying to push on us, but it’s the beer that gets me most excited. It can be a triple digit August afternoon when a […]

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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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Hot Crab Beer Cheese Dip

      When I was 22 I was recruited by a modeling agent while I was shopping for shoes on Melrose.   I said no. Nothing about that interested me at all. At the time I was teaching anger management skills to gang members in south central LA, doing work that matter to me, […]

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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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Chocolate Stout Caramel Tart with Pretzel Crust

  I was stuck in an elevator once. I was in college, on my way to a job interview. The elevator was supposed to deposit me on the 9th floor a perfect 6 minutes before my interview time. But somewhere between the 4th and 5th floor, the elevator jolted to a stop, the doors slightly […]

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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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Blackberry Beer Pie Bars

I’m good at things, probably more things than I should be good at given the fact that I ignore these irrelevant gifts. I can dance salsa, I have an exaggerated ability to fold fitted sheets, I can draw cartoons, I can get grocery store clerks to admit embarrassing secrets, and I make the worlds best chocolate […]

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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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