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Weeknight Honey-Dijon Salmon

I have been meaning to share this recipe with you for ages now.

I’ve probably made it 10-15 time in the last year. I’m sort of surprised that the hubs hasn’t started to complain, because I rarely make anything with this much frequency – but it’s just  so stinking good and EASY.

ingredients for honey dijon broiled salmon

This salmon is truly a perfect healthy, weeknight meal. It can be whipped up in 15 minutes. No lie. Plus you probably have all of the ingredients already in your house, minus the salmon.

My favorite part of this dish is the super crispy broiled top. The part where the honey caramelizes and the savory flavors of the garlic and dijon blend with that pop of sweetness.

It’s heavenly. Continue reading Weeknight Honey-Dijon Salmon

3 Things I’ve Learned about the Beer Biz

Long time no see fellow beer and food lovers! As you may remember, just over a year ago I made the decision to change my life’s course. I quit my stable, “adult” career and became a beer rep for Cavalier Distributing – a company dedicated to the sale of delicious, craft beer.

(What exactly IS a beer rep you ask? Don’t worry I’ll be diving into that in a future post… )

Before this crazy life decision of mine, I thought I knew a lot about the beer business. It wasn’t until I worked in the belly of the thirsty beer beast that I realized how much I truly didn’t know. The past year has been an education, that is for sure.

I thought you might like a glimpse into my world. Here are three things that I’ve learned about the beer business:

Continue reading 3 Things I’ve Learned about the Beer Biz

How we’re killing craft beer classics: The death of Stone Ruination.

In the past 24 hours since seeing the news of Ruination’s demise on Stone’s Facebook page and subsequently their blog post, I’ve experienced all of the five stages of grief:

Denial:  NO. No way they can do this, holy crap no.

Anger:  That’s really messed up. Ruination is an iconic beer with a 100 rating on Ratebeer and a world class rating on Beer Advocate. Idiots!

Bargaining:  Ok Stone, give me another chance. I’m going to my local beer store to buy some right now, ok? Ok?!??

Depression:  Ruination 2.0? Just not going to be the same. Man that really sucks.

And finally, acceptance:  Ok, I get it. Ruination was seeing some decline in numbers and 2.0 is bound to be amazing. Way to stay relevant guys.

Then, after acceptance finally sank in, a final feeling swept over me: guilt. Continue reading How we’re killing craft beer classics: The death of Stone Ruination.

Spicy Garlic and Herb Pizza Sauce

Hi loves!!! It’s been a little while – we have much to discuss!

First, let me catch you up on the life stuff.

I am absolutely loving life as a beer rep. In addition to meeting lots of new, awesome people, I’m the first to know about and try new beers plus every hour/day/week is completely unique which suits my ADD tendencies just right.

I have to say it is a bit tougher these days when I am living beer all day to come home and write more about beer.  But, I love it! So I’m just going to make it work! In fact, I’m working on a post about my lessons learned in these first six months since taking the leap. I think you’ll find it eye opening to what the beer biz is really like. Back in June I really thought I knew a lot and boy was I wrong. Continue reading Spicy Garlic and Herb Pizza Sauce

Experimenting with Boardwalk Beer Bread

Recently I had the pleasure of whipping up this tasty beer bread courtesy of Boardwalk Food Company.

While I had never heard of this particular company, I thought, anyone offering an easy beer bread mix is certainly worth checking out. Y’all know how much I love a good beer bread after all.

Rosemary Parmesan Beer BreadI chose to try the Rosemary Sea Salt version because I just adore the flavor of rosemary.

Of course I couldn’t simply add beer and bake as the instructions say because I have an inane need to tinker. Take, for example, those frozen Trader Joe’s meals that you’re supposed to just throw in a hot skillet and stir – Goodness no! I just have to add extra veggies, garlic, cheese etc. Velveeta mac ‘n cheese? clearly needs broccoli in it didn’t you know?

That’s just how I role, can never leave well enough alone.

Boardwalk Rosemary Sea Salt Beer Bread + Parmesan

The combination of rosemary and Parmesan is perfection so I added a healthy dose of finely grated parm to the mix, you know, to fulfill my tinker urge.

And because cheese makes everything better, yes?


The beauty of these mixes is that you just a regular 12 oz beer (plus whatever add-ins you feel necessary), and in an hour you have a nice freshly baked loaf of bread.

Boardwalk Beer BreadOne criticism I have of the instructions is that there is no guidance on what type of beer to use for the bread (though their blog does have some fun and interesting beer pairing suggestions). I see this with a lot of recipes that call for beer as an ingredient. In some ways I can see how this might encourage experimentation but it could also result in an unexpected or not so tasty end product. Personally I avoid cooking with beers that have a lot of bittering hops, like most IPAs.

I chose Old Speckled Hen as my beer of choice for this mix because it has a pleasant maltiness without much bitterness. That hint of nutty malt sweetness worked well with the Parmesan and balanced out the rosemary pungency.

Overall the bread had a nice crust on the outside with the perfect combination of soft and chewy inside. Be warned that the rosemary flavor in the bread was pretty strong, rosemary lovers rejoice!


Many thanks to Boardwalk Food Company for letting me try their tasty product! I’d be very curious to try the other varieties, particularly the cornbread version, which I think would be excellent with a big bowl of chili!

If you want to try out these simple and tasty breads, you can head on over to their website and enter the code LoveBeer14 for 25% off! Would be a fun gift basket item – with a six pack of beer in it of course!