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Pumpkin Ale Mini Muffins with Bourbon Cream Cheese Icing


Either you love pumpkin spiced beers or you hate them. There’s little room for indifference. And people are adamant about letting you know which side they fall on. Wars have been waged on all social media fronts (which are incredibly entertaining, I must say) about why this is either the best beer style known to man or the worst, most horrific thing to happen to the craft beer world.

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Banana Beer Bread with Maple Greek Yogurt


I often find myself trying to come up with more and more ways to effectively incorporate beer into every meal, especially breakfast. Maybe it’s the ridiculousness of having beer with breakfast; or maybe it’s the challenge of cooking with beer that intrigues me. Or perhaps my interest in beer has turned into a slight obsession, especially with the rapidly growing beer scene here in Pittsburgh. I’m guessing it’s a mixture of all three, if I’m completely honest with myself. So for this week’s post, I decided to take on this intriguing and delicious challenge of beering my breakfast.

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Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Cake


When life gives you lemons……combine them with beer and bake into a cake that resembles a giant doughnut, or something like that. I can never keep those old-school sayings straight. But these bright pink Rogue bottles have been intriguing me for the last couple of months. They stick out like a sore thumb next to the endless array of brown bottles. My curiosity finally got the best of me; and there I was in line at the grocery store, buying a bright pink bomber bottle of beer. Well, I guess I’ve had stranger days…

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Brew-tiful Cheesecake


During the dizzying weeks of March Madness, For The Win attempted to determine which of the over 4,500 craft breweries in America is the greatest. So they put together a craft brewery bracket and left the victor’s fate up to ‘Merica’s craft beer super fans. They started with 32 breweries, based on popularity, expert ratings, and personal experience. After 5 grueling matches against hefty opponents such as The Alchemist, Dogfish Head, Victory, Terrapin, and Founders; Southern Tier Brewing Co. reined supreme and claimed the number one spot in the 2015 Ultimate Craft Beer Bracket Championship.

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Beer Peeps


It’s Easter, for Peeps® sake! A very Hoppy Easter to you and your family! This year, we remixed an Easter staple to include our favorite drink: BEER! These boozed up homemade marshmallow treats are made with Penn Brewery’s Ginger Beer. The ginger beer was our obvious go-to because we love the flavor profile of ginger, especially when it’s in candied form. So make these for some-bunny verrry special. Or keep them for yourself when you’re having a bad hare day… We hope you enjoy this peeps offering…Okay, I’ll stop it.

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Creamy Curried Carrot Soup


One fateful night, while Tim and I sipped on some seriously delicious Girl Scouts themed cocktails from Wigle Whiskey, an intriguing challenge was presented to us. Jen Mrzlack, our awesome friend and cofounder of Naturi Organic Greek Yogurt Company, asked us to team up with Naturi and the Sewickley Confectionary and be the cooks for a fierce soup competition. The competition was Explore Sewickley’s Annual Soup Crawl, where 500 hungry soup crawlers trek around town to visit several local businesses and sample the restaurants’ best soup offerings. The crawlers are provided a score sheet, which prompts them to rank the tastiest soup, most unique soup, and “best hosts” of the soup crawl.

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Irish Cream Gone Wigle


The strip district is one of my favorite spots in Pittsburgh. You can find exotic spices, a whiskey distillery, the freshest seafood, and most ridiculous t-shirts nestled between a handful of lively blocks. The other week, our friends and we hit up some of our favorite watering holes in the Strip. While walking from one awesome place to the next, this t-shirt stopped me in my tracks…

Herb and Panko Crusted Goat Cheese Salad with Hop Farm IPA Salad Dressing


These past couple of frigid Pittsburgh days have left me desiring something a little bit more tropical. Okay, maybe not tropical but definitely something fresh and bright to help me thaw out a bit. We’ve had quite an impressive stint of sweet recipes, which have undoubtedly kept us warm this winter. But now I feel that it’s time to revisit the savory side of cooking. Our next beer-centric recipe needs to pack a massive punch of flavor, highlight a delicious Pittsburgh brew, and have a light, freshness to wake me up from what seems to be an eternal winter slumber of stews and soups.

Whiskey Extracts: Vanilla, Almond, Lemon


Every New Year’s Eve, I reflect on the past year and think about the changes I want to make in the upcoming year. These yearly resolutions can be compared to babies- fun to make but very difficult to maintain. But I’m hoping that this most recent series of recipes will inspire me to stick to a few of my resolutions, like becoming more connected to my food. This means a lot more cooking from scratch, getting creative with new cooking styles, and being mindful of the ingredients…

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Peanut Butter Cup Porter Molten Lava Cake


We enjoyed watching the movie “Chef” the other night. Long story short, it’s about a chef who loses his upscale restaurant job and then starts up a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative swagger. In one of the more epic scenes, a food critic claims that he would much rather have the chef…

“sit on his face on a warm day after a brisk walk in the park than have to take another bite of his uninspired chocolate lava cake”…

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