Friday, January 30, 2015

Beer Candied Bacon for Super Bowl Bloody Mary’s

Happy Friday. Some of you are crazy excited for Super Bowl. We’re headed to a party this weekend to watch the game and I have to admit I’m not very invested since our team isn’t playing…which usually means I’ll be more focused on the cocktails than anything else. I’m planning on bringing all the fixings for some great Bloody Mary’s and one of my favorite additions to the drink is usually a slice of bacon. Here’s quick recipe for some Beer Candied Bacon fromTide & Thyme that would go perfectly in a Bloody Mary or a great addition to some game day BLT’s.

1 lb thick-cut, high quality bacon
1/2 cup brown sugar
 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp beer, like Dogfish Head’s Chicory Stout
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine brown sugar and beer in a small bowl, whisking well to form a thin syrup. Set aside.

Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place a wire cooling rack on top. Place the pieces of bacon on top of the rack, overlapping if necessary. Place in oven and cook for 10 minutes.
Remove from oven and brush one side of the bacon with the beer syrup. Flip, and coat the other side with the syrup as well. Return to oven and cook for 10 minutes. Remove from oven, and repeat process another time or two more, until bacon is crispy and browned, and you’ve used all the glaze.

Cool on wire rack for at least 1 hour before serving.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

S’mores for Adults

My little guy loves to make S’mores when we head to our cabin or for an overnight trip to the beach and I try to indulge him because it’s a great excuse for me to eat a ton of them with relatively little guilt.  I found this S’mores kit for big kids from Recchiuti Confections in San Francisco, which includes their handmade vanilla bean marshmallows, bittersweet chocolate and Recchiuti grahams and I’m sold on it. They also carry an abundance of other amazing confections (like these peanut butter pucks) so if you’re in the market to pick up some chocolates I would give their online shop a visit!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Trend Alert: Cool Indoor Cacti

I don’t know what my problem is but I can’t keep indoor plants alive no matter what plan of attack I try. Cactus plants are so hearty and require very little maintenance so maybe I should give one or two of these a try. If you’re looking for a specific kind for your interiors, this guide will help you identify the exact plant you’re searching for.   A few extra tips from Domaine Home:
•Rotate your plant every two weeks so it gets an even amount of sun on each side.
•If your plant takes on an off color or a bleached-out look, or is turning yellow on one side, it is getting uneven light and should be rotated.
•If your plant suddenly gets very bright sunlight or if the weather suddenly turns hot with lots of sunshine, it can scorch, which can scar it for the rest of its life. So beware of the sunlight and take precautions in unusual cases.
•A tell-tale sign of a cactus receiving too little light is if it begins to etiolate (or pale) or appear to reach for the light source. A cactus that’s normally round might begin to look as if it’s being stretched out from its center. Be sure to move it into stronger light conditions if so.

Photos via Domaine

Monday, January 26, 2015

Citrus Dressing from The Vanilla Bean Blog

It’s citrus season and I love incorporating fresh citrus juice into my smoothies, marinades and salad dressings.  The Vanilla Bean Blog has a simple recipe (you can make several variations by adding your own herbs and some salt and pepper) for making flavorful citrus salad dressing here

Friday, January 23, 2015

Bay Area Brewery Tours with Vantigo

Happy Friday. I’m heading into the East Bay tonight to do some exploring at a few vintage shops followed by dinner at The Ramen Shop. One weekend adventure I have yet to do is booking a San Francisco Brew Tour. With all the wineries around here it’s easy to forget that Northern CA is home to some damn fine craft beer. A few months ago I was researching where to do some beer tastings in the area and found this extremely cool tour company, Vantigo. The two founders are extremely knowledgeable about bay area beer and take you on a tour to some of the region’s best breweries, in the comfort of a classic Volkswagen Van. Hope you all have a great weekend.   

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Neon Sign Trend

I wouldn’t describe the neon sign thing as a trend I would typically be drawn to but I have to admit, it’s growing on me.  If you like the vibe, you can get a custom sign here

Images via Remodelista, 100 Layer Cake and The Fashion Medley

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