Two Day Pork Belly

Oh the illustrious pork belly. It is revered by many but cooked by few. Why is that? It is so damn easy to make that I feel like more people should be cooking this delicacy in the comfort of their own homes. The one set back is that if you want it to be super amazing, it is going to take time. When I say time, I mean 2 days. Can you wait that long? Try this recipe out and you’ll see – it’s worth the wait.

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Double Chocolate Stout Poptarts


Serving Size: Makes 6-8 Poptarts, depending on how good you are with dough. If you want to make more, just double the dough. You should have plenty of chocolate filling.

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Oatmeal Yeti Braised Short Rib Tacos

I had never cooked short ribs before but I had eaten them plenty of times. Knowing how delicious they are, I wanted to venture out and make them myself. Since they are somewhat pricy pieces of meat to purchase, I needed to do a lot of research first. I figured out how long to cook them for, at what temperature, and read how people succeeded and failed. I knew that by using Oatmeal Yeti by Great Divide (#yetimafia) something good had to come out of that pot…it just had to. So, I took the plunge, threw everything in my big red pot, and hoped for the best. As the short ribs simmered in the oven, basking in the gloriousness that is Oatmeal Yeti, I had plenty of time to pray for a delicious outcome. My wishes came true – I made something amazing. I’ve documented my trip to short-rib-braising-ville so that I can share my experience. Now you can make something awesome too.

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Chocolate and Vanilla Stout Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

I know stout cupcakes have been done before but probably never under these circumstances or with this beer (Aphrodite by Dieu du Ciel). When Abby, Meghan, and I went to the New Belgium Snapshot Wheat release party, we showed up without tickets and they still somehow let us in. Out of sheer excitement, I threw my arms in the air with my hands clenched in fists, somewhat of a double fist pump move. On the way up, my friend Meghan got in the way of my arm maneuver and BOOM! …. punched her right in the face. So to make up for my accidental wrongdoing, I made her some cupcakes hoping the magical powers of the stout would help her feel better. These cupcakes aren’t any ordinary stout cakes. They are chocolate and vanilla stout cupcakes topped with peanut butter frosting, chocolate ganache, and pretzels. They probably didn’t heal her, but at least she got a tasty snack. Meghan, next time I suggest watching where you put your face so it wont get in the way of my fists.

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Pumpkin Cupcakes paired with Mexican Chocolate Stout

So there’s this amazing website called “Ming Makes Cupcakes” and it has the most killer cupcake recipes in the world. You can find it here:  I cannot claim this as my original recipe but I put my own spin on it to take it to the next level. These pumpkin cupcakes are literally a dream come true. One time I  made them for the family I nanny for and they went completely bonkers. The next time I brought some over, my boss rushed in the door after work and said, “Where are the cupcakes? I’ve been thinking about them all day!” This same sort of addiction may happen to you if you try this recipe out.

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