Sesame Hoisin Wings

I’ve never been into sports, possibly because I’m so clumsy and uncoordinated (seriously, I am unable to connect my foot or hand with a moving ball). However, I’ve always been around guys who love watching games, especially football. My father and brother always watched it when I was growing up. Jeff follows each season religiously. All of them talk to the

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Cheddar Chive Crackers

Cheddar crackers such as Goldfish and Cheez-Its were all over the place when I was growing up. I can understand why; they’re the type of savory, fun snack that kids love. These days, I prefer to avoid processed snacks for the most part. Luckily, homemade cheese crackers are surprisingly easy to make! Not only do these cheddar

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Parmesan Beer Cheese Dip with Crispy Shallots

If you like cooking and/or baking with beer, I’m guessing you may have checked out The Beeroness by now. If not, I highly recommended visiting Jackie’s blog. Her understanding of flavors and how to pair them with beer is next level. She was one of my first serious blog crushes, and I’ve enjoyed getting to know

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Old Bay Deviled Eggs

One of the many things that drove me crazy about culinary school was that there was always only one right way to do things. If you deviated from this method, you were wrong and would likely be reprimanded. I first started giving my chefs the side-eye when my Phase I instructor was teaching us how

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Caramelized Onion Stuffing with Apples and Herbs

Jeff and I like to joke about how horrendous our college and post-college eating habits were. When I mentioned that I was preparing the stuffing for Thanksgiving this year, he was like, “Back in the day, I used to make Stovetop Stuffing for dinner!” and I was like “Me too! With instant mashed potatoes! Carbs with a

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Spiced Pumpkin Beer Bread

I never thought this day would come. The manuscript for my cookbook has been turned in, and it will be published by Simon & Schuster sometime next year. It has been a mentally grueling 13 months, which is why this blog turned into a dead zone. And it’s not like I was so busy… I just couldn’t

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Summer Ale Beer Bread

I’m a total sucker for beer bread, even in the heat of the summer. What can I say? I love carbs. The thing about beer bread is that it’s very fast and easy to prepare, even for beginners. There’s no kneading, no stand mixers, and no yeast aside from what’s already in the beer. Making

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