Category Archives: Appetizer

Beautiful Baked Brie with Crispy Sage

As you may recall, one of my favorite things in life, besides beer of course, is cheese.

I love it bubbling on top of my favorite Porter Onion Soup, mounded on pastas, smothered in sweet and spicy Jezebel dip, or simply sliced and served with bread and honey.

I’ve been making a version of this baked brie for a long time now. It honestly doesn’t get much simpler, but I’ve mastered the folding technique and gotten the bake time down to a science. I just had to share my tips with you, my fellow beer and food lovahs.

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For those of you who haven’t ever used frozen puff pastry, get yourself acquainted, stat! It is extremely versatile. There are literally millions of things you can do with it. I’ve already told you about my Easy Apple Galette (with vanilla bourbon caramel sauce – eee!), and Jalapeño Puff Pastry Poppers – but this is even easier, just unbelievably pretty, and insanely delicious. Continue reading Beautiful Baked Brie with Crispy Sage

Basic, Easy-Breezy Chickpea Hummus

In our household we have a pretty serious hummus addiction. We’ll buy one of those giant party tubs and a bag of pita chips, and poof! Demolished in under a week.

Mike, aka ‘the hubs,’ literally eats it a cup at a time.

Then I discovered how ridiculously easy it is to make hummus at home and my life is forever changed. Basically, if you own a food processor or a powerful blender, you too can make delicious hummus in five minutes or less.

ingredients for hummus

It’s just so simple and flavorful: lemony, garlicky, spreadable heaven.

I can’t get enough! Continue reading Basic, Easy-Breezy Chickpea Hummus

Stone’s New Saison & a Summery Seafood Treat

I hate to pick a favorite style of beer – BUT if I was forced to, at gun-point, saison would narrowly win.

As you know, saison and I have been in a torrid love affair for some time now. I love it’s zippy carbonation, lemony brightness, and peppery bite. Because of these aspects, saison is particularly wonderful when paired with food. The citrus character shines and the pepper sings. The carbonation cleanses the palate after each sip.

Just wonderful.

Stone Saison Beer

Obviously I was AMPED when a representative from Stone Brewing Company reached out to see if I’d be interested in writing a recipe that included their brand new beer, Stone Saison.

But first, let’s talk about the beer. Continue reading Stone’s New Saison & a Summery Seafood Treat

Crispy Cauliflower Pakora & Raita {Chef CollaBREWation #4}

To start off our most recent collaBREWation meal (you remember, that obscenely delicious and fiery lamb curry), we started out with a heaping platter of these crispy cauliflower fritters, aka pakora.

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We served up these wonderfully spiced, fried pakora with tangy raita – an easy as cake Indian condiment. I was surprised at how much I LOVED this yogurty goodness. The cooling cucumber, subtle spices and onion, plus tangy yogurt work wonders together.

I piled a mound on top of each bite of spicy pakora and happiness ensued. Continue reading Crispy Cauliflower Pakora & Raita {Chef CollaBREWation #4}

Citrusy Olive Tapenade & Stout Bread {Chef CollaBREWation #2}

The other night when Chef Dan and I were prepping our St. Patrick’s Day feast, we whipped up this simple, yet glorious tapenade as an appetizer. It was an unplanned, throw a bunch of stuff in a food processor kind of thing – but it turned out so awesome I had to share it with you.

There is a good deal of stuff in here, so feel free to tinker with the ratios and ingredients. The most important thing is to load it up with lots of citrusy zest, juice, and herbs and you will be golden. If you’re a salty, olive fiend like me, you will love this.

The other revelatory moment of that night was this stout bread. It was St. Patrick’s day after all and we had made our dry Irish Stout, “Emerald” for the occasion. As you know, I’m rather obsessed with this Nearly No-Knead Bread recipe. I decided on a whim to change it up and add stout instead of a “pale lager” as the recipe suggests.

Stout Bread pre-bake

I was a little worried, but it turned out so well that me, Dan, hubs and co. destroyed the entire loaf that night. We slathered hunks of it with the citrusy olive tapenade and poof! Gone. Continue reading Citrusy Olive Tapenade & Stout Bread {Chef CollaBREWation #2}