Chicken Satay with Zesty Peanut Butter Dip

Chicken Satay with Zesty Peanut Butter Dip

Ripping the flesh from the bone.  Sucking that last bit of meat off.  Licking the sticky sauce residue from your fingers.

As much as we love pairing wings with football, come Sunday, with numerous other dips, spreads, sweets, drinks, and treats to make – who has time to fry and prep those little guys?

Satisfy your crowd’s “foul” lust with these delicious skewers, and zesty accompanying dip.  Bonus – almost no prep time, and minimal cook time.

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Ginger-Sake Shrimp

Ginger-Sake Shrimp

Things to grab on the way home from work today.  Sake.  Shrimp.  Ginger.  A brown bag to hyperventilate in… I mean come… It’s almost 2014!  What?!

If we’re gonna freak out, we might as well do it with delicious food in our bellies.  Enter, some sassy shrimp.

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Triple-Ginger Ginger Snaps

Triple Ginger Gingersnaps

Ronald WeasleyJessica RabbitCarrot TopToriBeerConan.

Just a handful of the things that the word “ginger” brings to mind.

A request for ginger snaps sent me on a Google quest for the perfect recipe.  I love molasses and I love ginger, so when I stumbled upon this recipe that took both of these guys seriously, I knew I’d found the ONE.

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Soupy Sundays: Spicy Gingered-Carrot Soup

Spicy Gingered-Carrot Soup

Bright, complex, well-rounded… No, this isn’t about you right now… I’m talking about this soup!

A great, light, starter, or perfect for those not-so-hungry lunches or dinners, this deeply flavorful soup is just delightful.  Full of nutrients and spices, it screams healthy, minus my friend, sour cream, of course.

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Asian Beer Battered Tofu Tacos with Homemade Kimchi

We’ve all got them, those foods that we wake up craving, those foods we daydream about, those foods that make us salivate at the thought of them.  Most people’s lists include chocolate, chips, pasta, cheese, bread and the like.  My recent food lusting has taken a strange twist.  I. Crave. Tofu!  All day, everyday, I want it.  Don’t know where it came from, don’t know what it will take to tame the hungry tofu beast, but she’s there.

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Gingerbread Cake with Cinnamon Glaze

You didn’t think I could make it through a holiday extravaganza without beer making its way into the mix… did you?

From start to finish the smells this cake produces are insane.  The smell of stout and molasses getting together is reminiscent of Brew House smells, so you know I was diggin’ that!  The cake baking fills the house with smells that could not be more Christmasy.

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Soupy Sundays: Hot-and-Sour Coconut Soup

An unexpected snow storm has me in serious nesting mode and in need of a that internal warm fuzzy that only comes from a comforting bowl of soup.  This Thai inspired dish has done just that on several occasions, and it’s my hope that you’ll add it to your winter recipe repertoire.

The delicious infused broth has to be used in other dishes, I just haven’t been inspired yet to figure out what.  Trust me when I tell you the ginger, cilantro, garlic and lemongrass have one serious marriage that even cheese and beer would be hard pressed to rival.  There’s a clean, fresh, and sublime taste that accompanies this dish.  I know you’ll love it.

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Touchdown Thursdays: Crab Rangoons with Spicy Apricot Dipping Sauce

No matter where I dine, I have a hard time staying away from calamari and crab wantons/rangoons, in theory, they should rock.  Inevitably… they usually suck!  I’m a glutton for punishment, but I’m also hopeful that a restaurant somewhere will get these delights right.

In the meantime, I’ll just crush them at home, with killer results!

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Cranberry Bliss Bars

Remember the days when Starbucks was a hotbed of activity- filled with the sounds of killer music and smelling of reasonably priced legal addictive stimulants?  Yeah, I know it’s hard to think back about ten years, but those were the good old days!

Let’s call these delicious cranberry bliss bars an ode to my well-spent late teens and early twenties in NYC, or at least an ode to all the lattes I drank!

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