Tag: Cooking with Beer


Blueberry Ricotta Poundcake & a weekend in SLO

The Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Festival was a couple of weekends ago. Without question, this is one of the best beer festivals I’ve been to in California. Brewers pour, amazing beers flow, and food abounds. Dark Lord, Eclipse, and Black Tuesday.. don’t mind if I do. The best beer of the day? That’s a tough […]

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Pretzel Cups filled with Peanut Butter, Chocolate & Banana

Every office has that person; you know, the one with the candy on their desk? That’s me. I’ve even been thinking about getting season specific baskets, but I’m not that crafty (or motivated). One day! Point of the story: I like to feed people. It’s how I express appreciation, friendship, etc. The candy is an extension of […]

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Kriek and Thyme Whiskey Sour

Classic cocktails, properly made, are a thing of beauty. I remember the first time I tried a proper whiskey sour – I was living in San Francisco and drinking at a bar in North Beach. What a revelation! And so I ordered another. And another. And, well, I couldn’t stop. Eventually the night ended clear […]

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Broccoli Cheddar Pale Ale Soup

Whew! I made it back from the Craft Brewer’s Conference in one piece! My flight home from Washington D.C. landed at 11pm last night only for me to unpack my suitcase and find a casualty. The TSA ‘inspected’ my suitcase and, well, fare ye well Breakfast Stout; my clothes will smell of you in memory […]

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Pistachio Crusted Halibut in Hefeweizen Tangerine Sauce

Spring is here! Which means sunny days and lighter fare. Slowly but surely saisons are replacing stouts in my fridge and salads are replacing hearty stews for dinner. It also means this pup will spent her days lying in the sun (when not lying at my feet in the kitchen waiting for a scrap or […]

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Caraway Soda Bread Pudding with Irish Cheddar

How’s that for a mouthful.. Caraway Soda Bread Pudding with Irish Cheddar. Whew. And while that may sound difficult to make, it couldn’t be more simple. Soda bread is a beautiful thing because there’s no yeast involved. I love baking bread, but I seldom have the patience to wait out the rise/knead/rise/knead process. Soda bread, […]

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