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The $3 kitchen uni-tasker I adore

I’m a gadget minimalist in the kitchen – thoroughly in the camp that believe a sharp knife is all you really need.

However, there is one lone kitchen uni-tasker, that for approximately $3, is worth every penny to me.

No, I’m not talking about a garlic press. Those things are way too annoying to clean. Plus, in the case of minced garlic, a good slap of your chef’s knife will get that pesky skin off no problem (and get you halfway minced too).

But what happens when you don’t want to mince your garlic? You want it thinly sliced and  golden, sauteéd with green beans or as a garnish for creamy cauliflower soup. For even the most adept cook, it’s difficult to get just the right amount of knife pressure with the slap technique to avoid pulverizing the whole thing.

While I love the idea of that Saveur garlic shaking video that’s made the rounds in the past, I personally had very little luck with the technique. When you’re only looking for one or two cloves of garlic, I find my preferred tool much easier and just as fast. Continue reading The $3 kitchen uni-tasker I adore

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

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 easy it is to make hummus at home and my life is forever changed. Basically, if you own a food processor or a powerful blender, you too can make delicious hummus in five minutes or less.

ingredients for hummus

It’s just so simple and flavorful: lemony, garlicky, spreadable heaven.

I can’t get enough! Continue reading Basic, Easy-Breezy Chickpea Hummus

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 turned out so awesome I had to share it with you.

There is a good deal of stuff in here, so feel free to tinker with the ratios and ingredients. The most important thing is to load it up with lots of citrusy zest, juice, and herbs and you will be golden. If you’re a salty, olive fiend like me, you will love this.

The other revelatory moment of that night was this stout bread. It was St. Patrick’s day after all and we had made our dry Irish Stout, “Emerald” for the occasion. As you know, I’m rather obsessed with this Nearly No-Knead Bread recipe. I decided on a whim to change it up and add stout instead of a “pale lager” as the recipe suggests.

Stout Bread pre-bake

I was a little worried, but it turned out so well that me, Dan, hubs and co. destroyed the entire loaf that night. We slathered hunks of it with the citrusy olive tapenade and poof! Gone. Continue reading Citrusy Olive Tapenade & Stout Bread {Chef CollaBREWation #2}