Category Archives: Beer and Food Pairing

Fake-out Instant “Phở” Jars

You know you’ve done something right with your lunch when everyone that walks by oggles your food and says,

“Oooo, what’s THAT?”

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There are a bunch of variations on these cup-o-noodle style, just add water noodle jars, like this one from Food 52, or this one from Serious Eats.

The beauty of these easy stunners is they are super customizable to your taste, plus they can be prepared ahead of time, or quickly in the morning when you’re finishing your cup of coffee.

Continue reading Fake-out Instant “Phở” Jars

The Ultimate Thanksgiving Beer Pairing

You guys, I LOVE Thanksgiving. LOVE LOVE LOVE.

There is truly not enough caps lock in the world to describe my insane infatuation with this holiday. If you are like me, which, since you are reading this website means you are at least a little, then you probably love Thanksgiving too.

Or even if you don’t love the holiday part, because your great Aunt Betty really bums you out, or your super crazy cousin Karen always complains about the lack of vegan options, then you certainly love the food, right?

Right. I’m glad we’re on the same page.

Thanksgiving Pairing Guide

In the past four years since moving to Cincinnati I’ve had some weird, non traditional Thanksgivings. This year though, this year I get to make my own feast for my family and I am beyond excited. Not surprisingly I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about what beers to pair with my classic feast.

But I ran into a small problem. Continue reading The Ultimate Thanksgiving Beer Pairing

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

Pairing Advice: Blackberry Pie

One of the things that I love about beer and food pairing is that there isn’t just one perfect option for any particular food or beer. You can truly customize your pairing based on what styles you like and what aspect of the food or beer you want to highlight. While all this flexibility makes it easier to pair,  if you’re not familiar with the different flavors of the various beer styles it can seem a daunting task.

I want to help you!

A recent reader email has inspired me to create a new series of posts where I offer my suggestions for your beer pairing questions. Here’s how it will work: You comment, email, post on the Love Beer, Love Food Facebook page, etc. and I’ll choose some of my favorites for a monthly post.

So! For this inaugural post, here’s the email that started it:

Hi,

My name is John and I just have a beer pairing question.  I am looking for a couple of styles that would pair well with blackberry pie.  Thank-you for your time, and keep up the good work with the website, I just discovered it recently and have been learning a lot more about craft beer.

Thanks again!

No, thank you John!

I do love a good beer dessert pairing and there are many good options when it comes to pairing beer with blackberry pie. Let’s consider the various aspects of the pie you may like to highlight. Continue reading Pairing Advice: Blackberry Pie

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