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Community Beer Company Art & Booze Events

Community Beer Company Art & Booze Events

Portland, Oregon may be the paragon of craft beer, but the Dallas-Fort Worth area isn’t doing too shabby either. With at least 10 active craft breweries in the area (and more on the way!), it’s easy to find a brew to suit your needs and a brewery to drink it at. But every beer snob has their favorite, and mine is Community Beer Company. A bit of history for those of you who aren’... »

A toast to sparkling wine!

A toast to sparkling wine!

New Year’s Eve is upon us, which means it’s time to break open the bubbly! Want to drop a little knowledge along with your toasts? Here’s a rundown on this most festive of beverages (including a video that changed my life forever): 1. Champagne is sparkling wine from a specific region of France east of Paris and can be made from white chardonnay, pinot noir, or pinot meunier. The... »

Hot Cocoa to help Light the Night

Hot Cocoa to help Light the Night

Congratulations to the Skepchick teams for raising over $2,500 for Light the Night and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society! I promised to create a warm non-alcoholic beverage in honor of this achievement. However, I’m so proud of you all that I decided to make two recipes, one with booze and one without! Both are variations on hot cocoa, and I hope you enjoy–the treat is well-deserved!... »

herbed potatoes in a pan

Kitchen Lab: Poe-Tay-Toes

Boil ‘em, mash ‘em, stick ‘em in a stew. O, potatoes. The veg that keeps eyes on me, that keeps well-nigh forever in a nice dark drawer, I nom unto thee. Or maybe I shouldn’t? Potatoes are a part of the nightshade family and contain glycoalkaloids that affect the nervous system. However, those wee nasties are mostly contained in the stems, leaves, and other green bits of th... »

“Breaking Bland:” the Story of MSG

“Breaking Bland:” the Story of MSG

A while back, I wrote an post about the much-maligned, flavor-enhancing food additive MSG, its history, how it tastes, and where our unsupported concept of its harmful nature comes from. If my post whet your appetite, you might be interested in an article from John Mahoney posted to Buzzfeed a couple weeks ago. “Breaking Bland: The Notorious MSG’s Unlikely Formula for Success” lo... »

grilled cheese sandwich on a plate

Kitchen Lab: (Grilled) CHEEEEEEESE, Gromit!

I love cheese. Cheese, cheese, cheese. And honestly, even with the greasy-fingers aspect, grilled cheese is probably one of the greatest comfort foods ever. It was one of those things I had to have, I needed to be able to make, so I kinda just figured it out on my own. And no, not with an iron (a la ‘Benny and Joon‘), although I understand that it is possible to do it that way. In a pi... »

stack of four pancakes and two slices of bacon on a plate

Kitchen Lab: An Experiment in Cup-Pan-Cakes

My city has a lot of interesting brunchy places, with interesting items on their respective menus. I generally look for things I can’t make at home, or things that are rather a PITA to make, since hey, I CAN MAKE THAT AT HOME. But at a recent outing, I saw a glorious item on the menu that I’d never tried nor heard of. CUPCAKE PANCAKES. So yeah, we’re at this little sixteen-table,... »

Curry pasta salad with grapes, celery and cucumber

Kitchen Lab: Stuff White People Like

Because there seems to be nothing much to stereotype white people for other than being boring and obtuse, the foods white people are supposed to like are as boring as we are and none too imaginative. Wonder Bread. Mayonnaise. Hard boiled eggs. Sour cream. White, white, white, white. Derp! I went looking for the origins of this whole ‘white-people-like-mayonnaise’ thing, and all I could... »

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