Friday, September 28, 2012

Beer Cheese Soup


3 slices thick-cut bacon, chopped
1 sweet onion, finely diced
1/2 red pepper, finely diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons flour
2 cups of your favorite beer (I find that lighter wheat beers work best)
1 cup half and half
4 ounces sharp white cheddar, freshly grated
4 ounces extra sharp yellow cheddar, freshly grated
4 ounces colby jack, freshly grated
fresh herbs (I like cilantro) for garnish
salt and pepper to season if needed


Heat a large stock pot over medium heat and add chopped bacon. 

Fry until crispy and fat is rendered, them remove bacon with a slotted spoon and place on a paper towel to drain. 

Reduce heat to low and add onions, peppers and garlic, stirring to coat. Cook for about 10 minutes, until vegetables are translucent, stirring occasionally.

 Increase heat to medium-high and add in butter. Once sizzling, which in flour and cook for 3-4 minutes until flour is nutty and golden.

 Add in beer and stirring constantly, cook for 5 minutes so they alcohol cooks out and the mixture somewhat thickens.

Add in half and half, then reduce heat to low and gradually add cheese while stirring. Stir until smooth, then fold in bacon and serve immediately.

 Garnish fresh chopped herbs over top if desired.

Thursday, September 6, 2012


Inspiration for our new decorating :)

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Summer REcap

This summer has been busy. With work and school, I was very lucky to make it out and about when I did- here are a few photos from this summer.

I was able to surprise my mom for her birthday at the beach. Here is my mom; Susan, sister; Kelly, and brother; Jack.

Thursday Night with the girls. Nicole on the left, Stephanie on the right.

Paella Date night with Nicole and Bernard.

My Birthday Dinner. Pictured here is Ashley, one of my all time favorite Golden Girls.

My Birthday Party...

Have you ever been to a 3rd of July Party? I have. 

Pre-gaming it before wine and cheese at BIN 152 with Ivan's parents.

Typical Rec Room. PBR's and high lifes. We are super classy.

Carla's visit before she moved to CA.

Monday, September 3, 2012

3 Day Cleanse

Ivan and I decided to go on a three day cleanse this week. After a summer of fun- we thought a couple days off the booze and fried food might do our bodies nice. I do not have a juicer- so this process was a bit tedious, and took more time than I originally thought. The juice came out great though, and I am excited to do a short term cleanse. Here are the first two batches. I forgot to take pictures of the second process, but the only ingredients were oranges and carrots so I guess you can just use your imagination. 

Watermelon Gazpacho

If you live in Charleston- you can probably feel it. Summer is slowly but surely moving away from us. This week I wanted to focus on summer dishes before I am pulling out my crockpot for chili and corn bread. I decided to make a watermelon gazpacho . . . light, flavorful, filling. This was such an easy and enjoyable meal.



1 large tomato, seeds removed
1/2 anheim (milder) or serrano chile (spicy)
2 cups cubed fresh watermelon
1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons minced red onion
1/2 cucumber, seeded and minced
2 tablespoons minced fresh dill, plus more for garnish
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese


In a food process, chop the tomatoes, onion,  and 1/2 of the watermelon until it has reached your desired consistency (I like to leave mine a little chunky). Pour in the red wine vinegar and olive oil and pulse a couple of times.

Add 3/4 of the cucumber and dill and season with salt and pepper.

Pour into chilled bowls and top with remaining watermelon and cucumber, Sprinkle with dill and feta. Serve.

Tilapia and Organic Brown Basmati with Peas