Beer-braised chicken with Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy #ad

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It’s July, the sun is shining, and the city is gorgeous- I’ve been grilling and chilling at home with beer, meat, and the Bedfellow. What more could I want? I’m still on an all-meat diet, so I’ve been using protein and minimal carbs to create recipes that are flavorful and clever with little prep and unique flavors, thanks to the House of BBQ at Price Chopper.wpid-img_20150716_155242382_hdr.jpgRecently, the Bedfellow and I were craving turkey in July, but without Thanksgiving flavors, we were at a loss. Solution? Chicken drumsticks, braised for hours and made into succulent, fall-off-the-bone citrus and beer-braised chicken, with a moist inside, with meat that can be eaten right off the bone or cuddled inside delicious corn tortillas with fresh cilantro, jalapeno, onion, and orange aioli. The secret is in the beer- I used Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy, available at Price Chopper. It’s a versatile, seasonal brew with an array of flavors right out of a craft brewery.DSC_2787What’s a shandy? It’s like an Arnold Palmer for adults- switch the tea out for beer and you have a shandy, made with beer and lemonade. Simple, yet ridiculously satisfying. Not only is it great to drink, it’s great to cook with, especially when you add jalapenos and lemons to the mix. We slow-cooked our drumsticks in shandy with plenty of spices and seasonings, and shredded them to top on parmesan crisp nachos with a creamy orange aioli, cilantro, and caramelized onion for a summertime snack. Continue reading “Beer-braised chicken with Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy #ad”

Mustard & Co. Smoky BBQ

Over the weekend, the Bedfellow came for an amazing, whirlwind visit, and the first thing she sat down to eat after a long flight was a sandwich. Distance is a cruel addition to our partnership, and it has added food jealousy to our discourse.20150703_092123“What are you doing?”
“Oh, nothing.”
“It doesn’t sound like nothing. It sounds like chips.”
“It’s actually chips…and a sandwich.”
“What kind of sandwich?” Continue reading “Mustard & Co. Smoky BBQ”

IKEA Candy Wall

Recently, The Bedfellow and I wandered to Ikea, as we’re often wont to do when we’re looking for new oddities to purchase, and we stumbled upon their new candy wall. Based in the Swedish ‘Saturday candy’ tradition, the wall features an array of exotic Swedish and Finnish candies from licorice to gummies, available by the pound. Here’s what I picked up and enjoyed at the Pittsburgh location.
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Prantl’s Burnt Almond Torte, Proteined Up

Pittsburgh, you have so much good, weird food. Burgers? Check. Pizza? Hell yes. Dessert? For the love of god, are you Alanis Morrisette? Because I am aware of the irony of going on a 3mi hike through town and then sniffing around Prantl’s. Not okay, Steel City, not okay. In any case, snarfing a single-sized burnt almond torte, arguably the specialty of Pittsburgh, in four sittings gave me an interesting idea when a package from Quest arrived late last week. The cake on the package of the vanilla almond crunch bar looked strikingly similar to my favorite, albeit nutritionally devoid cake. Could I make it and add an assload of protein? I absolutely could.DSC_2742 Continue reading “Prantl’s Burnt Almond Torte, Proteined Up”