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I have been completely obsessed with kombucha for the past 6 months or so. I had never even had it before then! I just absolutely love the fizzy fresh sour flavor. It's like a healthy soda! The first few months of my obsession I wasted so much money buying kombucha at the store, but then I found out it was super easy to make at home. There is a lot of info on kombucha brewing out there, and I'm no expert, but here is what I did and some links to sites I used as a guide. Hopefully I can convince some people to start brewing their own kombucha too! Or at least just try some if you haven't had it before.

Oh yea btw, I love kombucha so much that I'm gonna post about it all week. Kombucha week begins now!

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Carrot Lentils over Quinoa


After a long weekend full of beer and bbq's, I had to pull it together on monday night with a healthy meal that would help me get my act together for the rest of the week. I pretty much grabbed whatever vegetables were in the fridge and mixed them in with some lentils to serve over quinoa. It came out really great and I have been eating healthy ever since! We'll see how this weekend goes though...

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Ramen Bacon Grilled Cheese


I thought that this was just a gimmick thing but really it is so crazy delicious and amazing! I was shocked while eating it and I think that everyone should try it this weekend. Check out my Ramen Grilled Cheese recipe from Tablespoon.

Chicken Hummus "Satay" Skewers

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These chicken skewers are far from authentic but they are delicious and unbelievably easy to make. I like to think of it as a satay "hack" honestly. Toss a handful of ingredients together that you probably already have laying around, and you get an app that most party guests would be beyond impressed by!  The key to the recipe is the tasty Sabra hummus that is nice and nutty, salty and garlicky and adds so much dimension to the satay dip.

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Bulgogi Mac and Cheese

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You may think that Korean flavors clash with cheese and pasta, but if you choose the right cheeses they go really well together. For this mac and cheese I used a creamy mild mix of colby and muenster cheeses to create a perfect backdrop for the bold, savory and stringent flavors of bulgogi and kimchi. Go ahead and bake this in a casserole, but if you have the korean stone pots known as Dolsot it makes for a dramatic presentation sure to make your guests mouths water.

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Pesto Mashed Potato with Corn Zucchini Pork Hash


I had some leftover pesto but it was only basil hazelnut and garlic, there was no cheese in it. I was brainstorming on how to repurpose the pesto, and because of the lack of cheese I was thinking of going Asian with it. Basil with a nut made me think that a vaguely Thai dish would work. I was thinking of mixing the pesto with some rice noodles at first and maybe popping some pork I had in the freezer on top, but when I was at the store, I was persuaded by the fresh summer corn and zucchini, and some really tasty looking potatoes. I ended up mixing the pesto in with mashed potato, and topping it with a mixture of the pork, corn, and zucchini dressed with some sriracha and fish sauce. It all came out fantastic, summery, and bright, and somehow light yet hearty and filling.

Apple Fritter Breakfast Burger


I had never had an apple fritter before the day I made this burger and I thought it was pretty awesome! And so were these crazy breakfast sausage burgers that use the apple fritter as the bun. Check out my Apple Fritter Burger recipe from Tablespoon.

Spicy Grilling on Mass Appeal


I went back to hang out with my old friends Ashley and Seth on Mass Appeal this weekend and made some fun spicy grilled treats. You can check out the video below, we had a lot of fun!

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Wallpaper Time

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Here are a bunch of really big and pretty food pictures you can use as wallpapers from the past 9 months of The Food in my Beard. I have decided it is time to stop formatting these images into different sizes. At this point there are so many different screen sizes and your device, tablet, or computer will format the image perfectly for you anyways. If you like these, there are a lot more in the archives. Please don't use these commercially without asking.

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S'mores Burgers

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At a recent grilling party with some friends, someone had taken the liberty to break into the s'mores a little prematurely. Watching the marshmallow perfectly brown I happened to be standing in just the right spot that the marshmallow was directly in front of a burger on the grill in my eyeline. I laughed to myself thinking that the gooey browned marshmallow looked like cheese on the burger. I then stopped laughing and took out my phone for a quick note-to-self. MAKE S'MORES BURGERS IMMEDIATELY it read. And why not? Marshmallow, chocolate, and graham are one of the best flavor combinations in the world, and it's no secret that chocolate and burnt sugar go great with a bit of salt. I showed up at my friends place this weekend with the ingredients and about 5 options for how we might do this. We narrowed it down to the 2 best ideas and got to work!

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