Historical Piece of Mind: What’s Thanksgiving?

Originally posted on Mind of Mr Murphy:
What is Thanksgiving, and why do we celebrate it? The element of this holiday that always confounded me was our celebration of the Pilgrims. We’re all aware of the romaticized, elementary school version of the story: A group of well-meaning and wholly unprepared individuals seek farming assistance from selfless Indians and –…

Life, As We Know It…

Sorry, no recipe this time, just a little love. Exactly three weeks ago, life as we know it changed forever. After 37 weeks of pregnancy, my amazing wife gave birth to two perfect little humans. And I fell immediately in love with my beautiful twins. As I held my babies for the first time, the melty-heart…

Quick, Easy, Fresh and Healthy Veggie Pasta

This is a quick, easy and versatile meal that can be thrown together in short order. Born of leftovers, unused ingredients, and last-minute planning, this dish proves that the blank space following the “what’s for dinner” question need not be filled by frozen pizza or *gag* takeout. Take a few minutes, collect your thoughts, gather together…

And I Said “Let There Be Grilling” – And Lo, the Carne Asada Was Good

It’s not often that we Washingtonians get a swath of summer weather in mid-April. The weeks following April Fool’s are normally scored by the collective signs of Seattleites frustrated by the simultaneous temptation of longer days and rising temperatures (Yay! Jeans and t-shirts!) literally overshadowed by a blanket of rain clouds. So you can imagine our elation last…

“To Brew, or Not to Brew…” – That wasn’t the assignment

I’m a high school teacher, and I can honestly admit the following: I love my job. I drive to work in the morning looking forward to the day ahead. I love interacting with my students, writing lessons, delivering content, and encouraging them to be their best selves. As a teacher, I take pride in my…

Berbere-Harissa Turkey Joes with Harissa Aioli

At around 11:30 this morning, I had a student approach me to beg for an extension on an already-late assignment. I was eating my hastily-assembled lunch at the time, and as he came up to my desk he had the privilege to watch me unceremoniously slurp dressing-soaked spinach from the open end of a piece…

Guest Post: “Toil and Trouble” – A Fateful Stew Recipe

Greetings, faithful readers of Love, Food & Beer, and welcome! Brian has been gracious enough to allow me to write a guest post on his blog and share it with all of you! Please allow me to introduce myself: my name is Violet, and I am pleased to make your acquaintance… assuming, of course, that you’re not…

Make Your Cookout Stand Out: 5 Tips for Hosting a Better Barbecue

Well folks, Memorial day is right around the corner, and what better way to spend the first long weekend of summer than in the back yard or on the beach, cookin’ up some memories (and some great food) with your friends and family?   The team over at Man Crates recently reached out to me to see…

Chipotle Mango Guacamole! (A Recipe)

Hey! Have you ever wondered why your week sucks? Well, it’s probably because you’re not making this tasty recipe to snack on! This zesty dip is inspired by flavor, and my basic recipe for guacamole. It is delicious and healthy, and if you make it, your friends and family will think that you’re a culinary prodigy… unless…

What is Cinco de Mayo? A History Lesson and a Salsa Recipe

I just typed “Cinco de Mayo” into google, hit “search” and clicked on “images”. This was the first thing that I saw: It’s a promo banner from a website for the Turismo Tavern, a small bar in Hillsborough, New Hampshire. The website advertises “Marguerita [sic] and Sangria specials” for the duration of the day, and…

Lemony-fresh Pasta with Salmon and Asparagus

This simple and light pasta dish is easy to make, great for the springtime, and – quite simply – delicious and satisfying. I’ve made many variations of this in the past, and I’ve posted a version or two as well, but the one below is by far the best. This dish uses rich, full and simple flavors that…

Meatless Monday Meal: Super Fresh Veggie Soup

Whew – after a deliciously sugary, fatty and red meat-filled Christmas break, the wife and I decided that it’s time to cut back. After all, the season of over-indulgence is no longer upon us. But how to cut back? Should I cut out red meat entirely? Should I go completely plant-based? Should I stop drinking…