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Chicken Coconut Curry: Part II

Chicken Coconut Curry: Part II

With Indian dishes (in my opinion) the more spices, the merrier. This recipe is not just curry powder, coconut milk, the end. You gotta work for it kids! But it is so, so worth it. Think of it as an excuse to expand your spice collection.

Traditional Indian Coconut Rice with Chicken Curry: Part I

Traditional Indian Coconut Rice with Chicken Curry: Part I

As I was thinking about what to make for dinner this week (and what to drink with it), I realized I needed some inspiration. I pulled out my recipe binder and started flipping through. Hidden far in the back was a hand written recipe for […]

Dark Chocolate Vanilla Porter BACON Cupcakes

Dark Chocolate Vanilla Porter BACON Cupcakes

Please forgive me for this.

These are dark chocolate, vanilla porter, BACON cupcakes (adapted from a recipe of someone who knows a lot more about baking than I – thanks Delly).

I’m really not much of a baker. My need to improvise/tinker just doesn’t correlate with meticulous measurement and actual recipe following. Plus I am WAY too impatient to properly measure most of the time. But, I did follow this recipe to the T, just subbed out a few key ingredients, with what else? Beer.

I just kept thinking to myself, if bacon and chocolate are a good pair, why not beer too? A nice smoky vanilla porter?? Um, yes. Yes. Yes. Yes.

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An ode to Trader Joe’s: You complete me.

An ode to Trader Joe’s: You complete me.

The other day, I realized that it is once again that time of year for one of my favorite hearty dishes: risotto. Risotto is one of those stick to your ribs meals that is perfect in the late fall and winter.

How many synonyms are there for amazing: Pork Edition

How many synonyms are there for amazing: Pork Edition

I am so excited to share this recipe and beer pairing. So FREAKING excited. But first of all, let me say that I can only take some of the credit for this recipe. I adjusted the spices and the technique a bit, but really this […]