Category Archives: Main Dishes

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

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

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

Seared Scallops w/ ‘Drunken’ Tomato Spaghetti

So far this morning I have eaten a quarter of a watermelon and a whole fresh tomato. Random, but so delicious. As you can tell, we have been eating quite well this summer – noshing away on farm fresh veggies and eggs from our CSA with the Eaton Farm.

But my favorite concoction so far has been this insanely delicious and easy seared scallop spaghetti with a fresh and spicy white wine tomato sauce.

Because just look at these tomatoes. . .

Fresh, beautiful summer tomatoes

Oh hello lovahhhs. Continue reading Seared Scallops w/ ‘Drunken’ Tomato Spaghetti

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.

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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}