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Oct 18, 2020

I’ve been wanting to create an epic cheese + beer pairing spread for quite some time. When Isigny Sainte-Mère reached out offering to send me some of their famous Mimolette cheese, I jumped on the chance. This cheese comes from a historic part of Normandy, France—where dairy production has been part of their identity for […]

Apr 2, 2020

Even non-beer lovers will go crazy for this super easy delicious bread. With only 5 ingredients, you can make a tender, buttery loaf in under an hour. Use a can or bottle of your favorite beer—I used Round Barn Lake Michigan Light, an American blonde ale. A mild, light to medium beer is best, although […]

Feb 13, 2020

The first time I tasted New Holland Brewing Dragon’s Milk White Stout, a specific food pairing came to mind. I saved the idea to create just for this occasion—Valentine’s Day! Enter: white stout + white chocolate covered strawberries. It’s honestly a match made in heaven and any beer lover would be thrilled with the sweet […]

Aug 7, 2018

We all know the craze that is rosé nowadays, and this summer I fell in love with a refreshing new take on the trend from Virtue Cider in Fennville, Michigan. All of their amazing ciders are made on-site and I got to sample quite a few in the tasting room located among their picturesque farmland in […]

Jul 29, 2018

I’ve baked quite a few cakes in my life (hundreds actually through my business Sweet Melissa) and this Chocolate Stout Bundt Cake is hands down my favorite to date. It literally only lasts a day or two sitting on the kitchen counter before it’s completely gobbled up. The texture is incredibly fudgy and I find […]

Jul 1, 2018

This weekend I went to the opening of a new spot in Michigan City, Indiana called Tap House (2323 E. Michigan Blvd). First of all, there’s nothing I enjoy more than checking out different local food & drink options—especially one that’s so close (literally 10 minutes from my house!). The concept of Tap House was […]