Spagready!

I enjoy trips to the grocery store. Though I am susceptible to impulse buying and sometimes I might spend a little too much during a visit – it was on sale and you gotta spend money to save money! – it is generally an overall fun and relaxing experience. That said. Sometimes on a Sunday…

Friendspiration All Around!

Visiting specialty food stores is a practice in exploration. These stores not only offer specific special novelty ingredients you won’t see at your friendly neighborhood grocery store, but they often feature various staples available at extra friendly prices. So. When a friend whose family hails from India tells you to check out a specific local…

Shandy is Dandy

Force your company on an out of town friend, but always come bearing gifts. Baked goods are a must if that skill is at hand (in this case brownies). Flowers never fail. And beer. Period. These three create the holy trinity of gift giving delights to flatter your host or hostess into always letting you return (despite…

100 Bad Guys with Sword(fish)

When shopping for dinner, it is best to go to the grocery store with a plan. But. Be prepared to forget about that plan entirely if: What you want they don’t have What you want has seen better days What you want is overshadowed by stellar ingredients that catch your eye and can’t be denied….

Beer Boiled Penders

If anyone ever gifts you a 50 lb. bag of green peanuts hauled back from the great state of Alabama (thanks mom!), do not deny this gift and do not fear it. Brazenly accept these raw legumes. Set some aside to boil immediately, then embark on the slightly tedious task of dividing the rest up…

Cheesin’ in Savannah

An extended weekend in Savannah during the spring brings wavy cobblestone paths, jasmine-scented air, and over-indulgence at its finest. The food and beer scene in this historic southern city goes far beyond the energetic atmosphere of River Street; it laces throughout magnolia-lined walkways of this homey hood studded with pearls of delight! One of our…

You Can Dough Your Own Way

Pizza dough is edible canvas in its purest form. My big sister graciously passed along this simple Classic Pizza Dough recipe! It inspired me to attempt a switch up of ingredients involving honey and whole wheat flour. Both crusts are pleasantly thin and chewy, sans sogginess, and with a crisp edge. Neither is superior, as each…

Go FIGure

Leaves rough as a cat’s tongue cover the wispy silver trunk of our new fig tree friend, Miss Figgy. As this fig tree grows, her unusual shape will fit perfectly in our less than uniform garden. She now sits no taller than two beer cans on top of a short wooden crate. We celebrated a…

Honey Beer Bread

Imagine the magical experience of creating something that captures so much sensory beauty. That is baking. What is better, is the ease involved with this particular bread recipe. No rising, not kneading. The craggy crust envelops a chewy center that perfectly absorbs soft whipped honey butter. This loaf accompanied a giant pot of vegetable soup…