Category Archives: Kitchen DIY

Authentic Lamb Curry {Chef CollaBREWation #3}

As you know already, Dan, our chef collaBREWator has worked at some pretty fantastic restaurants, including Straights of Malacca, a Malaysian fine dining restaurant. One of his absolute favorite dishes to make and eat is this ridiculously tasty, authentic curry. “A sure thing on my future restaurant menu,” he exclaims with aplomb.

His take on the dish is spicy, complex and oh so delicious. Filled with fresh lemongrass, ginger, curry leavesturmeric and Galangal, this beautiful red curry is not just delicious, but truly legit. It sounds a little scary, but these authentic ingredients can be found. Locally to me in Cincinnati, I was able to find all of these (except the curry leaves) at Jungle Jim’s. You can also try an Asian market or specialty store for all plus the curry leaves, or you can try and order them online.

Chef Dan Higgins
Chef Dan Higgins enjoying a 21st Amendment Lower DeBoom Barleywine

After trying the dish myself, I assure you that if I ever fulfill my own lifelong dream of owning a brewpub (girls can dream), I wholeheartedly agree that it would have a spot on the menu. Continue reading Authentic Lamb Curry {Chef CollaBREWation #3}

Caramelized Apple, Bacon, and Gruyere Pizza

Ok. I try really, really hard not to make ridiculous claims on this blog. Obviously, everything that I share with you is something I love and am excited about, but I can’t stand when food bloggers claim that something was “the best thing they’ve ever tasted,” because really?  It’s just not.

Unless it is.

fool proof pizza dough

I’m having trouble putting this pizza into words. I’m generally excited about anything that involves cheese and carbs so that’s not out of the ordinary, but this combination, it’s like… Continue reading Caramelized Apple, Bacon, and Gruyere Pizza

Not Your Mama’s Meatloaf – Cooking at the Glendalia Culinary Studio

This week I was invited to my first ever cooking class at the Glendalia Culinary Studio by my friend Heather, aka The Food Hussy – she writes a fantastic blog all about travel and food. The Glendalia is a relatively new cooking studio located in the quaint village square of Glendale, Ohio.

Me and hubby had a blast cooking up the most delicious meatloaf I’ve honestly ever had, sipping on Nugget Nectar, one of my favorite beers from Troegs and sharing some homebrew with fellow attendees (yay for BYOB!).

tasting some Troeg's Nugget Nectar while cooking

This particular class was all about about building and understanding different flavors of the world, especially French, Italian, Latin and Asian. Overall I think the flavor discussion was a nice introduction for folks who are new to moderately knowledgeable about food and cooking. Continue reading Not Your Mama’s Meatloaf – Cooking at the Glendalia Culinary Studio

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 and pair beers with Dan’s amazing dishes. This ridiculously good Irish Whiskey crème brûlée is the official beginning of the series and I couldn’t be more thrilled.

You might remember Dan from the mind blowing beer and food pairing dinner we did last year. It was seriously one of the best meals of my life. Though in all seriousness this Irish Whiskey Crème Brûlée may win most delicious dessert.

I mean, just look at that amazingness. Continue reading Irish Whiskey Crème Brûlée {Chef CollaBREWation #1}

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.

Pork Tenderloin

I was looking for something easy, and fast. I got some great responses, but the technique shared by Robbie Donehoo was particularly intriguing – season as desired, turn your oven onto 500 degrees, turn every five minutes for fifteen minutes.  Continue reading Perfectly cooked pork tenderloin