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

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 […]

New Beer, New Outlook at Bella Luna Restaurant

New Beer, New Outlook at Bella Luna Restaurant

Bella Luna, a mainstay Italian style restaurant on the East Side of Cincinnati celebrated 13 years last night by launching new menu items, a new bar area called La Bettola with specialty happy hour cocktails and appetizers, and most importantly: new beers brewed exclusively for the restaurant! The restaurant […]

Irish Whiskey Crème Brûlée {Chef CollaBREWation #1}

Irish Whiskey Crème Brûlée {Chef CollaBREWation #1}

I have the most exciting news for you, my beer and food loving friend! Over the next few months, my good friend and mentor Chef Dan Higgins and I will be collaBREWating on some absolutely amazing recipes. Basically, he’ll teach, we’ll cook, and I’ll write […]

Thai Coconut Curry Couscous

Thai Coconut Curry Couscous

Woo! That’s a mouthful. A mouthful of delicious. This is perhaps the quickest cooking and most satisfying meals I’ve had in the past year. My husband does not like couscous. ‘It is boring and bland,’ he said. I used to agree. Couscous, especially of the whole […]

Perfectly cooked pork tenderloin

Perfectly cooked pork tenderloin

I’ve been in a bit of a cooking rut lately so last week with a defrosted pork tenderloin in the fridge and no idea what to do with it, I took to Facebook to ask some of my lovely followers their thoughts. I was looking […]