Review: Bear Republic Mach 10

This beer is decent, but not a favorite. It is an “old school” style Double IPA and pretty balanced with the malt. If you are tired of the big tropical IPA’s out there now, this is a good change of pace. This beer is a limited release – so if you are interested in trying it, get some soon!

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Cold Brew Coffee – Make Your Own!

Cold brew coffee is a tasty warm weather beverage! I usually drink hot black coffee in the morning, but there is nothing like cold brew with a splash of cream on a hot summer afternoon.

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Three Bean Salad – Easy Summer Side

This salad is super easy, fresh, and light. It is a great barbecue/picnic option if you don’t have a lot of time or cooking skill. You do need to plan ahead a bit though… it really is better after chilling a few hours with the dressing.

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Cake Pops Two Ways

I got married last month… and made 150 cake pops for the wedding reception (in addition to purchased cupcakes). This might make me sound a bit crazy, but I thought paying $3 per cake pop was even crazier.

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Curried Cauliflower Salad – Spice Up Your Summer!

Summer parties usually call for green, pasta, or potato salad. I had been looking for something different for a few months and finally found it.

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Review: Stone Ruination 2.0

The original Stone Ruination was one of my favorites… I would order it whenever I saw it on draft in restaurants/bars. The new Stone Ruination “2.0” is pretty good, but I still miss the old version. The updated version seems very similar to other double IPA’s out right now and only vaguely reminds me of the original recipe. The new Ruination is more tropical due to the new hop mix and about the same level of alcohol.

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Baked Spinach Artichoke Dip – Perfect for Parties

It is nice to indulge a bit for a special occasion (Super Bowl, March Madness, block party, etc.) and party dips definitely fit the bill. This dip is flavorful, creamy, and packed with veggies!

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Asparagus Gruyere Quiche – With a Hash Brown Crust

Hash browns are definitely a weekend favorite of mine. Last Easter, I was looking for quiche recipes and came across one with a hash brown crust… perfect! Asparagus is one of the best spring veggies in my opinion, so that was a natural choice. And gruyere? Awesome in anything melt-y.

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Review: Left Coast Brewery Hop Juice

This doozy of a beer is very lovely to drink. I first had it on draft at Whole Foods then bought a bomber at a local market. It is very strong, so I usually switch to something else after just one, but it is definitely a beer I will buy again. I have only had this beer a few times ever, but it has definitely risen in my list of favorites.

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Sausage and Peppers Pasta – Hearty and Spicy

The first sausage and peppers sandwich I can remember having was only a couple of years ago – in Raleigh. There was a little Italian place we would go sometimes for lunch… the combination of spicy, tangy, and a hint of sweet is so delicious. The flavors work very naturally for a hearty pasta dish.

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