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App-etizers: Beer Apps

April 6, 2011

I finally realized there’s a WordPress app and added it to my phone. To try it out, I thought I’d start a series about food-related iphone apps. First up? Beer!!

Beer Match is an app to help you pick out a brew that will go well with your meal. It also has a cheese section! Mmmm… Beer and cheese.

Hip Hops is the column of local beer/wine writer and friend-of-the-FBM Evan Benn. The accompanying app is pretty cool; the latest beer news, beer reviews, local bar info, etc. Great job, Evan!

Beer Cloud is a good app for learning about beer styles, specific breweries and beers, and food pairings. It also can help you find where you can buy a specific beer near you!

Untappd is a social networking beer drinking program. You can add friends, tell them what you’re drinking, see what they’re drinking and where. It connects to Facebook and twitter if you want to broadcast to all your networks, also. I did once hear someone refer to Untappd as “evidence for your DUI trial.” heh.



The BJCP Beer Styles guide app is all of the info you need to judge beer, by style. BJCP is the Beer Judge Certification Program. The app tells you how all the styles should taste/smell/etc. A very good educational tool for people new to beer and veterans!


Grocery List: Mexican Grocery Store

March 22, 2011

I so love to visit small ethnic grocery stores and explore and get food that I don’t see at normal supermarkets. Here is a list of some of my favorite products to get at Mexican grocery stores.

Goat milk lollipops! As a lover of all things caramel, these are one of my favorite candies. A creamy, dulce-de-leche like hard caramel.

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Pearl Cafe heats up North County

March 6, 2011

Photo by Corey Woodruff -


I love discovering good restaurants. I love it even more when the restaurant is in my own neighborhood… I love in North County in St. Louis. NoCo is not known as a big cultural hotspot. Some a-holes even think it’s “dangerous” (I need this shirt). But I grew up here, and I can tell you it’s just as good as any other St. Louis neighborhood. The past 10 years or so, especially, have shown some cool growth in the realm of culinary destinations. I wrote a bit about it in my post about Free Range Cookies in Ferguson. Also, the NoCo blog won best neighborhood blog in the Riverfront Time’s webs awards!

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FBM at the movies: creepy food scenes

February 17, 2011

One of my favorite classes in college was all about food in films, so I’ve been meaning to start a feature on here about my favorite food movies/scenes. The idea for this post came to me around Halloween, but never came to fruition. I was reminded by it again after attending Kelly’s anti-valentine dinner.  Movies with disturbing scenes about food. These scenes are the opposite of appetizing. They creepy, gross, weird and in some cases tummy-churning. So I hope you’re done with lunch…

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DIY Beefy Crunch Burritos

January 30, 2011

I don’t usually eat fast food. In fact, it pretty much grosses me out. But…BUT…the commercials often whet my appetite, particularly Taco Bell’s new Beefy Crunch Burrito. Flamin’ Hot Fritos on a burrito? Yes, please! I mean, LOOK AT IT! Who wouldn’t want that in their mouth? Don’t be ashamed…it’s okay to think dirty thoughts.

Stephen Colbert emphatically stated on the The Colbert Report last week that the Beefy Crunch Burrito was “all that and a bag of chips…in that it contains a bag of chips. Their bright orange color warns you: Massive Flavor Ahead.” (Watch the segment here.)

According to Taco Bell’s website, this already infamous taste sensation contains “layers of seasoned ground beef, rice, warm nacho cheese sauce, reduced fat sour cream and Flamin’ Hot Fritos wrapped in a warm, flour tortilla.” Ok, so, my first thought was “reduced fat sour cream”? Really? Is that necessary here? Apparently, it is….because these burritos are healthy. Right? Right.

Still, I’m not desperate enough to actually eat at Taco Bell, especially after last week’s news that its beef filling is actually less than 35% beef. Filler ingredients aside, one Beefy Crunch Burrito contains 510 calories, 22 grams of fat, and 1250 grams of sodium. Wait…that doesn’t sound so healthy!

But, MAN, I still wanted that burrito…as I am a big fan of delicious crunchy additions to my food. So, I recreated the Beefy Crunch Burrito at home instead. There was one problem…I couldn’t find Flamin’ Hot Fritos anywhere. I’m guessing that The Bell has cornered the market on those at the moment. I settled for Flamin’ Hot Lays potato chips…which, by the way, have “0 trans fat,” are a “good source” of Vitamin C and Potassium, & are “porcine free” according to Frito Lay. See? Healthy.

Having not eaten any of the Flamin’ Hot products before, I was a bit taken aback by the unnaturally bright red coating. Jerad tried to warn me that these things are HOT, but I would not be deterred. I loaded a warm flour tortilla with ground sirloin that I cooked with onions & seasoned with low-sodium taco seasoning mix. I topped it with Mexican rice, jalapeno cheese sauce, full-fat sour cream (Watch out, I’m dangerous!), and a generous layer of those fiery red chips.

And…it was delicious.

I just might have to recreate Burger King’s Stuffed Steakhouse burger next…

American Artisanal Cheesemakers: Introducing Baetje Farms

January 26, 2011

**cross-posted at Menuism

Artisanal cheese can be found in pretty much every state in the union. I dare you to try and name a state that doesn’t have at least one dairy or creamery. Even the island of Hawaii is home to some great cheesemakers! Over my next few posts, I’ll talk about some of these great American cheesemakers, starting with my home state of Missouri. Read more…

S’more Shooters

December 31, 2010

Last Sunday, I taught an “Ultimate Cocktail Party” class at Kitchen Conservatory. This was our dessert, and it was a hit! Perfect for a New Year’s Eve treat.  ~Kelly


photo & recipe from Bob Blumer’s Surreal Gourmet Bites


Makes 12

12 large marshmallows
1 cup half & half
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1 ½ cups whole milk
¾ cup amaretto
½ cup graham cracker crumbs

1.  Skewer the marshmallows & toast with a culinary torch or over the stovetop. Set aside.

2.  In a small saucepan, bring the half & half to a boil. Place the chocolate in a medium bowl. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate & stir until melted.

3.  Return the chocolate to the pot & whisk in the milk. Over medium heat, bring to a simmer & stir in ½ cup of amaretto.

4.  Pour the remaining amaretto into a small bowl. Place graham cracker crumbs on a small plate. Dip the rims of shot glasses into the amaretto, then the crumbs.

5.  Transfer the hot chocolate to a measuring cup with a spout and fill the  shot glasses. Top each with a toasted marshmallow.