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Slaapdronken, a Chamomile Tripel

Slaapdronken, a Chamomile Tripel

Hubs and I have had so little time to brew lately it is embarrassing. We’ve been traveling, juggling crazy schedules, and I’ve been running around helping with private beer tastings, teaching my Beer Ed class and cooking up a storm, of course. In addition to all that great […]

A daytrip to Rockmill Brewery

A daytrip to Rockmill Brewery

I love to support local breweries as much as possible, so I was thrilled to finally visit Rockmill Brewery this weekend. I first discovered Rockmill at an unlikely place: our local grocery store. The lovely corked and caged bottles stood out amongst the standard six-packs. After further inspection, I […]

The Last {CollaBREWation} Supper

The Last {CollaBREWation} Supper

It’s a bittersweet day in the LBLF world.

The time has come for my dear friend and chef collaBREWator, Dan Higgins (and his lovely lady), to move to Portland, Oregon. Cue sad trombone. I’ve learned a tremendous amount from Dan and can say that without a doubt, my cooking skills have improved as a direct result of his mentorship – I can’t thank him enough. *tear*

We knew the only appropriate send off would be a beer and food pairing dinner so glorious, it would at least temporarily soothe the sting of their departure.

But before we get to that – some crazy and fun updates!

On May 26th I launched ‘Beer Ed,’ an interactive beer and food tasting series with none other than one of my favorite places on earth: Findlay Market. The event is monthly, and features three courses of Findlay food paired up with Cincy brews. This upcoming class is Sunday June 29th at 2 pm and will feature dishes from Eckerlin Meats and Christian Moerlein beers! If you’re here locally, I’d love to see you there!! Learn more and get tickets HERE.

But that’s not all!  Friday I got an email from Fox 19 that they wanted to do a live tv segment, basically a ‘preview’ of the event! At first I was super nervous but it actually turned out to be really fun.
Cincinnati News, FOX19-WXIX TV
You can check out the video above, or if that doesn’t work, by clicking here to get an idea of what to expect at our Beer Ed events.

OK, now, onto the real excitement of the hour: Six courses of beer and food pairing heaven. (more…)

Tartine Bread: Tips for Successful Sourdough

Tartine Bread: Tips for Successful Sourdough

I freaking love bread. Not the flimsy, spongy white stuff that comes pre-sliced.I’m talking about real, crusty, glorious bread. You might remember that I’ve been playing around with a basic and easy no-knead bread for a while. Over the past year I’ve been  making all sorts […]

Basic, Easy-Breezy Chickpea Hummus

Basic, Easy-Breezy Chickpea Hummus

In our household we have a pretty serious hummus addiction. We’ll buy one of those giant party tubs and a bag of pita chips, and poof! Demolished in under a week. Mike, aka ‘the hubs,’ literally eats it a cup at a time. Then I discovered how ridiculously […]


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