Posts tagged: beerThere’s nothing like a Guinness stew on a cold day. Unfortunately a traditional Guinness stew can take a bit of time, which I rarely have on weeknights, especially after battling traffic in snow during rush hour. With this recipe in less than 30 minutes, you’ll have a delicious stew that will warm you up inside and out! The only things that can make mussels better are beer, bacon, and smoke. Isn't it nice when it all comes together for you in one big bowl of smoky, spicy flavors? I love eating mussels for dinner during the week because it's packed with protein and comes together so quickly. The new smoked mussels from Pig of the Month make it even easier for you because they eliminate the need for soaking and cleaning the little guys! There’s nothing more Irish than Guinness is there? At least that is what my friends who love Guinness will tell me over and over again on St. Patrick’s Day, just like they do every year! This year, instead of just pouring pints of Guinness like I always do, I decided to make the drink a little more special… Who can resist a frothy, rich, and creamy Guinness float?
We're kind of obsessed with St. Patrick's Day this year. From Guinness Floats to Jameson, green beer to endless green shots, we know we'll be feeling the pain come Friday morning. That's why we're giving you a little two-part low down on how to avoid that hangover you are already dreading. So what should you eat before drinking all night on St. Patrick's Day? Let us break it down for ya. First of all, don't skip dinner and eat BEFORE you start drinking. That whole building a base layer for the booze to settle into only works if you're building it before the booze enters your system. Get that nosh in your stomach early so you can change the outcome of your all-night drinking binge.
Second, eat right and eat smart. The best thing to do to avoid feeling like death on March 18th is to eat these killer foods that'll get your mind and body right. Food really does counteract the effects of alcohol... who knew? - Spaghetti (or other carbs) - yep, carbo-load all night long baby. It's a real thing and it works. Try our Pull Apart Bacon Garlic Cheese Bread... - Chicken - protein-rich so it'll stay in ya longer and it will slow the blood alcohol level. That means you can drink longer and enjoy the entire night before you feel like passing out! Go for the small servings like a burrito bowl or even our delicious Sriracha Lime Baked Chicken Wings. - Avocado - protein + healthy fats will actually digest slower than carbs so whip out that guacamole like there's no tomorrow. - Low-fat yogurt - if you're worried about consuming too many calories on this delicious, boozy holiday, start off with some yogurt and granola. You'll get the healthy fats and vitamins in you before you go pigging out on beer and corned beef. - Water - this one's a no-brainer, but don't forget about it. When it comes to hangovers, water does a body good. Pro tip: always take a couple of ibuprofen and chug a gigantic glass of water before bed (or when you wake up with cotton mouth at 4AM). Thank us later.
If you do happen to skip dinner in all the craziness that is St. Patty's Day, never fear. Just load up on nuts and olives at the bar because they've got the fats and vitamins to help you out. Martini with 10 olives, anyone? Happy St. Patrick's Day! Stay tuned because we've got some more knowledge to drop on ya to fight that hellish hangover...
Photos by Meghan Bassett
We're officially deep into crockpot season and it just so happens to be party season too! With all the football parties, holiday parties and dropping temperatures, we want to make our lives easier. That's why we're sharing these 13 best crockpot meats to whip up for a party. Now we don't know about you, but we don't love the idea of slaving in the kitchen all day and night long. While we love our cooking, when we are in party mode, we want to be part of the action wherever it's happening! This makes crockpot recipes so crucial to our party survival. Making a tender, delicious crockpot meat recipe means you can kick back, relax and even enjoy all that food you worked so hard on. With the main meat out of the way, you can turn any party into a self-serve array of deliciousness. From a taco bar to a brisket sandwich bar, pulled pork slider bar to wings and ribs, just set out the fixings and watch everyone's bellies get full. You can't go wrong with any of the recipes on this list, so the possibilities are endless!
Crockpot Salsa Verde Chicken - Diethood
Easy Slow Cooker Pork Roast with Hoison-Blackberry Sauce - Floating Kitchen
Slow Cooker Soy and Lime Chicken Wings - Spoonful of Flavor
Slow Cooker Texas Smoked Brisket - Sauce + Style
Slow Cooker Beer & Mustard Pulled Pork - Sauce + Style Just don't forget to drop us an invite to the big party, mmkay?
Some of you might pull out the slow cooker all year long, but if you're anything like us, you spend most of your time in the warmer months putting that grill to work. Now that the temperatures are starting to dip and the grills are getting their last hurrah, we're looking ahead to crockpot season. Is anyone else as excited as we are about this?! There's nothing like coming home to a delicious meal all hot and ready, simply waiting for you to dish up, at the end of a long hard day. Those days seem to get even longer and harder as the cold temperatures set in and you get a bit of a chill walking from your car to your front door. We love putting our slow cookers to the test all fall and winter long, so we've rounded up the ultimate list of comfort crockpot foods to keep your belly and your heart happy! From classics like beef and bean chili, to new favorites like mozzarella stuffed meatballs, you'll be able to cure any weekday blues just a few minutes after you get home.
Slow Cooker Broccoli Beef - Le Creme de la Crumb
Crockpot Sunday Sauce - Half Baked Harvest
Crockpot Beer Braised Chicken - Half Baked Harvest
Pig of the Month Best Bacon & Craft Beer Pairings?
Oh yea, you heard that right...
You all know we love our bacon, but what we also love to indulge in is beer. There are so many diverse beer styles out there that compliment all sorts of flavors, it may seem a little impossible to choose. For our fellow beer and bacon lovers out there, isn’t it about time you knew how to pair your favorite Pig of the Month BBQ bacon flavor with craft beer? We thought so. It took a lot of hard work on our part, tasting all that bacon and beer to create the perfect pairing guide for you all, but we did it. For the good of the TEAM. Such sacrifice, we know. The following Pig of the Month Best Bacon & Craft Beer Pairings guide gives you everything you need to know, so you can have even more excuses to indulge in more bacon and beer. You’re welcome.
Happy pairing, piggy fans!
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When beer, bacon and cheese come together, it's a beautiful thing. It's an even more beautiful thing when it's all baked up into a gooey dip like the one you see right here. I don't know of anyone who could resist diving into this dish headfirst. I mean, it's bacon and cheese so it's a given that everyone will be obsessed with it.
But it's the beer that really makes this dip insanely delicious. The hoppy IPA gives the dish a little bite of beer flavor that pairs so perfectly with all that crispy bacon and massive amounts of cheese. The result is a dip that needs to be busted out on the regular, especially during tailgating season. As you gather around the TV to watch your favorite team bring home the win, this cheesy mess of goodness will make the win that much sweeter (or cheesier....). Beer and beer always go hand in hand. Don't try to argue with that logic, because you'll lose.
Load up those chips and get to eating, piggy fans!
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INSTRUCTIONS: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium saucepan over medium high heat, melt butter. Add onion and cook down til tender, approximately 3 minutes. Whisk in mustard, then pour in beer. Stir and bring to a boil for 5 minutes. Whisk in cream cheese and reduce heat to medium. Whisk until the cheese is melted. Remove from heat and add monterey jack cheese and 3/4 of the cheddar cheese. Stir until cheese is melted. Add spices and 3/4 of the bacon, stirring to combine. Pour cheese dip into a baking dish. Top with remaining cheese and bacon. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.
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*Recipe, photos and video by Meghan Bassett
The holidays are all about making things merry and bright for everyone and anyone in your world, aren't they? It could be a little token of affection, a box of freshly baked cookies, or turning your next holiday cocktail hour/party into a true celebration with the best holiday cocktails. We know how important it is to bring extra cheer to the season, and we really know how important it is to have the perfect cocktail on hand. We're rounding up these 11 Cocktail Recipes to Make Your Christmas Merry & Bright to make sure you can celebrate in style all season long! From egg nog to cider, sangria to carefully handcrafted cocktails, this round up has everything you are looking for (and more!). Break out the bar cart, get those fancy cocktail glasses down from the shelves and let's toast to the merriest season of all!
Gingerbread Spice Cocktail - Sauce + Style
Cranberry Sangria - Sauce + Style
Boozy White Hot Chocolate - Sauce + Style
Candy Cane Cocktail - Mix That Drink
Sugar Cookie Martini - Crazy for Crust
Apple Pie on the Rocks - Gal on a Mission
Cranberry Apple Old Fashioned - Lipgloss and Crayons
Bourbon Eggnog - The Kitchen
Hot Cider Nog - Swanky Recipes
Winter WonderJam Whiskey Smash - She Eats
Candy Cane Shooters - Hairspray and Higheels Cheers to a very merry holiday season, piggy peeps!