Beer Can Chicken on the Grill

You guys you guys you guys, I’m leaving for South America on Sunday! THIS SUNDAY! If anyone has any last minute tips about Peru or Ecuador, please let me know! I’m really excited about this trip but getting vaccines and everything has kind of been a pain–literally. I might have had an allergic reaction but won’t find out until I get an allergy test done tomorrow morning. Eek! Anyway, beer can chicken! Yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like. Chicken…on a beer can…on a grill. And it’s delicious. Two weekends ago, some friends and I drove up to Willits (about 2.5 hours north of San Francisco) and stayed the weekend at a quaint little cabin nestled between giant trees on a 380 acre plot of land. No service (at least for us AT&T folks), no computers, and no city noise. I love weekends like these! We had three cars drive [Continue Reading...]

Spicy Jalapeño and Bacon IPA Burger with Pepper Jack Cheese

I like my bacon extra crispy. Like so crispy that it’s nearly burnt. That’s the only way to eat bacon. Bacon + Avocado + Pepper Jack + IPA + Meat? Even better. Cooking with beer is awesome. It adds so much flavor to a dish and is fun to pair with your meal. My friends and I headed up north to the quiet town of Willits last weekend and we even created a beer-inspired menu! More on that next week though. This burger is a summer must. It’s really easy to throw all of the ingredients together. Switch up those boring frozen burger patties and give this a try! The IPA adds a nice taste and I love the kick that the jalapeños and cheese add. I also encourage using grass-fed beef and fresh ingredients to keep it on the healthy side (well, ya know what I mean). Also, this burger tastes just [Continue Reading...]

Marinated Lamb Chops

The following guest post is written by Shellina over at The Frugal Flambe. Check out her blog! She’s awesome. ——————————————————————————————————————————- As an avid home cook, I love farmer’s markets. There are a couple of reasons for this. First and foremost, fresh ingredients taste the best- bottom line. You just can’t beat the bright flavors achieved by using ingredients you purchased that morning. (Of course, this isn’t always possible- but on a Saturday morning immediately following a farmer’s market? Oh yeah, you can do that.) Second, let’s talk about photography. As I outlined in my Food Photography How-To post(s), using high quality, fresh ingredients will yield the best photos. Think about it: bright green spices and vegetables will photograph better than something canned. It just will. And finally, there’s something rewarding about purchasing locally grown ingredients and then making magic in your own kitchen. The benefits of farmer’s markets are obvious. [Continue Reading...]

Grilled Bacon, Artichoke, Arugula, and Goat Cheese Flatbread Pizza

Wow, that’s a long title–and those aren’t even all the toppings! But for the sake of length, I had to simplify. Here’s the actual pizza title that just wouldn’t seem to fit in the title box: Grilled bacon, artichoke, arugula with dressing, grape tomatoes, red onion, mozzarella, and goat cheese flatbread pizza.  Yes.  When I was living in the dorms and even during the year after I moved out, ordering in pizza was a staple for me. “Ordering in” as in I would order an entire pizza, just for myself. Sure, I’d share with whoever was around, but I never thought twice about it even if I knew I’d be the only one to eat it all. I would eat multiple pieces for dinner (preferable sitting on the ground and straight out of the box), then eat it cold the next morning for breakfast and then have a couple more pieces [Continue Reading...]

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