Spicy Beer Fried Chicken and Cinnamon Roll Waffles

Spicy Buttermilk and Beer Fried Chicken and Cinnamon Roll Waffles Drizzled with IPA Cajun Gravy Spicy Beer Fried Chicken and Cinnamon Roll Waffles

I’ve had this recipe on my desktop for WEEKS! Every time I look at the pictures, I think: “These pictures are weak.”, “Man, I want Fried Chicken and Waffles”, or “I should probably retest this recipe… You know, to make sure it’s 100%!”.

I’ve seen Cinnamon Roll Waffles all over Pinterest over the years. Last year, I bought Huck a Waffle Iron, so we could make Carrot Cake Waffles like Coolinary. We haven’t made them once by the way! So, we have this waffle iron taking up precious space in our super small kitchen, and I’ve only used it twice! One time was for my Gingerbread Waffle and the other was for Double Chocolate Chip and Stout Waffles that I’ve never posted… Coming soon!

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When I was putting the leftover fried chicken in the refrigerator, I seen an unopened pack of cinnamon rolls in the door. I instantly knew what we were having for breakfast. If I wasn’t so miserable full, that night, we would have had it for dessert!

When making the waffles, I sprayed my waffle iron with cooking spray just to make sure the sugar didn’t stick or burn to the iron. I added the prepared cinnamon roll in the middle, closed the lid, and cooked for 4-6 minutes. Some seemed to cook faster than others. That could also be due to the fact that I have a really cheap waffle iron. I just crack open the lid and checked on them every few minutes.

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I placed the chicken in the oven, to warm, while I was making the waffles. I didn’t want to use the microwave and make that yummy, crispy, outside mushy! I placed the chicken on a rack, on the lowest shelf of the oven so it wouldn’t brown too much. Now, I know what you’re thinking. This can’t possible get any better. Well, you’re wrong! Once my waffles were plated and topped with real maple syrup and the spicy fried chicken, I drizzled the whole thing with leftover IPA Cajun Gravy! This is the perfect balance of sweet and spicy.

Since it was so early, we had to take everything outside to take photos. Huck was standing over me like a hawk waiting for the okay to dig in. He’s a lucky lucky man! He gets meals like this for breakfast!

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Truth be told, I’m really the lucky one! I’m married to an amazing man! I hope you guys enjoy this delicious breakfast!

Spicy Buttermilk and Beer Fried Chicken

Serves 4
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 25 minutes
Total time 35 minutes


  • 3 cups Buttermilk
  • 1 cup Beer (IPA or other full flavor beer)
  • 1/2 tablespoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon Onion Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Red Pepper Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Jalapeno Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Paprika
  • Salt and Pepper To Taste
  • 2lb Chicken Legs or Thighs
  • Vegetable Oil
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon Onion Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Red Pepper Powder (More or less depending on your heat preference)
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Jalapeno Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Paprika
  • Salt and Pepper (To Taste)


Combined Buttermilk, Beer, and Seasoning in a large bowl with a lid. Place chicken pieces into the bowl, cover, and refrigerator overnight.
When your ready to start cooking, remove the chicken from the refrigerator.

Add oil to pan. Do not fill pan more than 1/2 full with oil. Preheat oil to 325 degrees.
While oil is warming, combined flour and additional seasonings to a large bowl. Remove chicken from buttermilk mixture, removed excess mixture, and add to flour. Coat with flour and shake off excess.
Slowly dip chicken in oil and lower in the opposite direction of yourself to prevent splashing yourself. Do not overcrowd the pan.
Cook until golden brown on each side, about 10-12 minutes, or until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
Remove chicken from oil and place on a rack in a 200 degree oven until ready to eat.

IPA Cajun Gravy

Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 15 minutes
Total time 25 minutes
Gravy with a kick.


  • 4 tablespoons Butter
  • 1/4 Small Onion (Finely Diced)
  • 1/4 Small Bell Pepper (Finely Diced)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cajun Seasoning
  • Salt and Pepper To Taste
  • 1/4 cup Flour
  • 1/2 cup Beer (IPA, Red Ale, Lager, American Wheat)
  • 1 1/2 cup Chicken or Beef Stock


Preheat oven to medium low heat. Added Butter and Veggies to pan. Saute until veggies start to soften. 1-2 minutes.
Combined Cajun Seasoning, Flour, Salt, and Pepper together. Mix Flour into Butter mixture.
Add liquids slowly, while whisking, to prevent lumps. Cook for 5-7 minutes to thicken mixture.
Serve over Mashed Potatoes or Mashed Cauliflower.

IPA Cajun Gravy

IPA Cajun Gravy over Mashed Potatoes

Mashed Potatoes with IPA Cajun Gravy

Happy Monday everyone. Did you have a great weekend? I wanted to drop in for a minute since I haven’t talk to you guys in a while. My parents were here last week. I plan to post a recap from their trip, as soon as I find the SD card with the pictures for our adventures.

Huck was in Fort Lauderdale this weekend for a bachelor party and most of our friends were out of town. I decided to spend the weekend relaxing and enjoy doing nothing since I’ve felt like we’ve been nonstop for the last 2 months. I watched movies and way to much True Blood, went shopping, slept in the middle of the bed, and detoxed. I literally ate nothing but veggies and fruit this weekend. No beer, coffee, oils, meat, etc. I cheated and had eggs a couple times, but for the most part, I did good.

The guys came up to Jupiter yesterday before their flights, and I did meet them at Square Grouper for a beer. I was going a little crazy being by myself.

As you can guess, it was kind of hard looking at food this weekend, so I avoid blogging.

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I’m back now, and ready to eat/share some great recipes. Now that our two months of craziness are over, I’m ready to get back into a regular blogging schedule. I have a few more recipes I made weeks ago I’m dying to share with you guys.

This gravy was on the top of the list. I’m a huge fan of IPAs as anyone that reads my blog regularly, know. The Abita Spring IPA had a great bitterness and citrus flavor. IPAs pair well with spicy or strong flavor foods. That’s why it paired so well with my spicy Cajun gravy.

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You can serve the Gravy with Mashed Potatoes or Mashed Cauliflower for a healthier version.

This recipe was inspired by our recent trip to NOLA. On a quick lunch break, we ate a Popeye’s. They serve their mashed potatoes with a yummy Cajun Gravy. We decided to try to recreate the gravy at home to serve with my Spicy Buttermilk and Beer Fried Chicken.

I have one more recipe to share from our NOLA inspired meals… Chicken and Cinnamon Roll Waffles. Let that sink in. I’ll be back later this week with the recipe!

Until next time, I hope everyone has a great week!!

IPA Cajun Gravy

Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 15 minutes
Total time 25 minutes
Gravy with a kick.


  • 4 tablespoons Butter
  • 1/4 Small Onion (Finely Diced)
  • 1/4 Small Bell Pepper (Finely Diced)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cajun Seasoning
  • Salt and Pepper To Taste
  • 1/4 cup Flour
  • 1/2 cup Beer (IPA, Red Ale, Lager, American Wheat)
  • 1 1/2 cup Chicken or Beef Stock


Preheat oven to medium low heat. Added Butter and Veggies to pan. Saute until veggies start to soften. 1-2 minutes.
Combined Cajun Seasoning, Flour, Salt, and Pepper together. Mix Flour into Butter mixture.
Add liquids slowly, while whisking, to prevent lumps. Cook for 5-7 minutes to thicken mixture.
Serve over Mashed Potatoes or Mashed Cauliflower.

Chocolate Stout and Peanut Butter Popcorn and Jupiter Hammerheads

So, I have a special treat for you guys today!

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That my friends is Peanut Butter and Chocolate Stout Popcorn aka Peanut Butter and Chocolate Crack! Very messy crack to be exact!

Chocolate Stout and Peanut Butter Popcorn 4

I originally made this recipe a few weeks ago. I was kind of disappointed the chocolate and peanut butter did not harden much and started to melt in my fingers. I was disappointed until I made more the other night and realized that melted PB and chocolate isn’t a bad thing! Peanut Butter and Chocolate is such a great combo on the popcorn {on anything really}. And licking the melted mess off my fingers added to the fun.

Chocolate Stout and Peanut Butter Popcorn

So there’s the warning. This stuff is messy, amazing, goodness! Just have wet naps on standby.

I used Crunchy Peanut Butter in this recipe for added texture, and I’m so glad I did! You could also add some toasted nuts for more texture. Pecans, Walnuts, Almonds, or Peanuts would work.

Jupiter Hammerheads

Friday, we attended our first baseball game at Roger Dean Stadium. Roger Dean offers a 12 pack of tickets for $72. I originally though we’d never be able to use that many tickets. Do we know 12 people here?

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Huck and I started asking around and were really surprised when everyone we invited to the game showed up. By everyone, I mean everyone we’re friends with here! We invited everyone over for hotdogs at our house before heading over.

I laughed as all 14 of us, came walking out of our house in a single filed line. I’m sure the neighbors were wondering how many people could fit in our tiny place!

As I bought the tickets, I asked the guy what seats he had available, he laughed and said we could sit where ever we wanted. He wasn’t kidding either. When our group of 12 {one couple didn’t go to the game} walked in, it looked like we had the whole place to ourselves.

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In one of our group pictures, it actually looks like we’re the only ones there.

Jupiter Hammerhead Roger Dean

It was extremely quite too! Uncomfortably quite! There was one guy, sitting across the stadium from us that would scream “Heeey pitchaah… pitchaah!” “He’s going for it!”, and he sounded like Peter from Family Guy. It would be dead silent and all you could hear was this one guy. I’m sure the pitcher wanted to chuck the ball at him a few times.

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In the end, the Hammerheads won 12-1. Apparently, Jupiter’s minor league team is pretty good, or Charlottes’ team is just that bad!

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Chocolate Stout and Peanut Butter Popcorn


  • 1 tablespoon Chocolate Stout
  • 1/4 cup Chocolate Chips (Milk, Dark, or Semi Sweet)
  • 1/4 cup Crunchy Peanut Butter
  • 6 cups Popcorn (One Bag Plain Popcorn)


Combined Beer, Chocolate Chips, and Peanut Butter into a Microwave safe bowl. Heat, in the Microwave, for 10 seconds, remove, and stir. Repeat until chocolate is completely melted.

Spread popcorn in a thin layer on a baking sheet. Drizzle chocolate mixture over the top, and place in the refrigerator for 15-30 minutes or however long you can hold off from eating it.


Apple Ginger Pork Tostadas with Pineapple Slaw

I’m really excited to share this recipe with you guys. This recipe actually starts with a Cider, Angry Orchard Cider to be exact. This isn’t something I usually drink or cook with. I found one in our refrigerator a while back. I’m not even sure where it came from, but I’ve been brainstorming recipe ideas for weeks now. I’d like to add Angry Orchard has one of the coolest tap handles.

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The Ginger was throwing me off, but I figured, I’ve give it a try, and I’m glad I did. The Apple and Ginger flavor were perfect with the Pineapple Slaw.

Growing up, I hated cabbage and that included slaw! I’m not sure what changed but recently, I’ve started liking it. It’s crazy how your taste buds change. I still HATE sauerkraut, though. The addition of Pineapple really made this dish. It added a nice sweetness to the spicy BBQ sauce I used.

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I’m also in love with my slow cooker. I can prep everything before work, and when I get home the house smells amazing and dinners finished! The best part, it’s a one pot meal! Win Win!

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Any BBQ sauce will work for this recipe, but I recommend trying something with a little heat. The slaw helps cool the spicy but adds an extra layer of flavor.

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You can also make these ahead and assemble when ready to eat. Honestly, it’s the prefect meal. It’s a full meal on a crispy tostada.

Weekend Recap

Friday night, we had dinner with our friends Brent and Leaha, in Lake Worth at Havana Hideout.

We started with a massive plate of nachos, and I had the What Guy Ate {the restaurant was featured on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives.} My dish came with a  Half Cuban Sandwich, Fish Taco, and Pianono, and Huck ordered a Tamale. Everything was really good.

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Havana Hideout (2)

Havana Hideout (3)

After dinner, we went to a bonfire on the beach. This is my new favorite thing to do, now! Unfortunately, it was the last one until September.

Lake Worth Bonfire

Saturday, we were sitting around the house. I went out to walk the dogs and told Huck to get ready. We were leaving. I was way to nice outside to be suck inside. We started the day at Guacamole in Jupiter Farms.

We started with the best tortillas chips EVER! The were thick and crispy. Man they were good!

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Huck ordered Steak, Chicken, and Shrimp Fajitas

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and I ordered Tamales and Chicken Tacos.

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We ate this for 2 more meals, too. They didn’t mess around with portions.

After dropping our leftovers off, we headed to TBC to grab a growler.

Tequesta Brewing Company

With a growler of Gnarly Barley in hand, we made our way to the beach.

Jupiter Beach (2)

Jupiter Beach (3)

Saturday, we went to the beach, went swimming at our neighborhood pool, and grilled outside. We acted like real Floridians.

Jupiter Beach (1)


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Apple Ginger Pork Tastadas with Pineapple Slaw

Serves 4 Servings {2 tostadas each}


  • 8 Corn Tortillas
  • Cooked Apple Ginger Cider Pulled Pork ({See Recipe})
  • BBQ Sauce (I used Honey Habanero)
  • Pineapple Slaw ({See Recipe})


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place corn tortillas on a baking sheet in a single layer, and bake until crispy, about 10 minutes. Remove from oven.
In a large bowl, combined Pork and BBQ sauce.
Top each Tortillas with BBQ Pork mixture. Add a spoon full of Pineapple Slaw.
Drizzle with extra BBQ sauce and ENJOY!

Apple Ginger Pulled Pork


  • 3lb Pork Tenderloin (Excess fat removed)
  • 4oz Apple Ginger Cider (or Apple Cider)
  • 3 cloves Garlic (Chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Red Pepper Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1 cup Chicken Stock


Combined all ingredients in slow cooker. Cover with lid and cook for 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low.
Once meat is done, remove to bowl and shred with forks. Meat should just fall apart.

Asian Slaw


  • 1/4 Head Cabbage (Shredded )
  • 1/2 Bell Pepper (Thinly Sliced )
  • 2 Scallions (Sliced)
  • 1 Carrot (Shredded)
  • 1/4 cup Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1/8 Low Fat Sour Cream
  • 1-2 tablespoon Honey (Depends on how sweet you want it. )
  • 1/8 cup Red Wine Vinegar


Combined Cabbage, Peppers, Scallions, and Carrots. (I used my food processor for the veggies)
In a small bowl, combined Yogurt, Sour Cream, Honey, and Red Wine Vinegar.
Serve on the side or on top of Asian Tuna Burgers.

Brussels Sprouts Gratin and Sailfish Brewery

Honestly, I can’t remember eating Brussels Sprouts growing up. The first time, I remember trying them, was a few years ago. I’ve been a lover every since, but the only way I ever make them is roasted or sautéed in a pan with Crumbed Bacon, Garlic, and Crushed Red Pepper.

A few weeks ago, Huck wanted Potatoes Gratin. I decided to change it up some. While searching through the freezer, I found a bag of Brussels Sprouts, and came up with a plan.

Brussels Sprouts Gratin

Brussels Sprouts Gratin with Beer, Bacon, and Cheese. Yummy!! I actually made this for Christmas dinner and everyone loved it. We’ll, I think everyone loved it. There wasn’t any left, and I got lots of compliments.

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For this recipe, I used Cigar City’s Hotter Than Helles Lager. It’s not actually hot but a nice refreshing lager. Munich Helles Lagers are a style of beer. Helles is actually German for Bright. It’s a bright yellow, light refreshing beer. I ordered this beer a few weeks ago on a trip to Fort Peirce.

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Fort Pierce and Sailfish Brewery

A few weeks ago, Huck and I were sitting around bored. We both wanted out of the house but couldn’t decided what to do. We finally decided to venture north to Sailfish Brewery. We’ve talked about going for a while and figured it was the perfect excuse to get out of the house.  It’s a new Brewery in Fort Pierce, about and hour north of our house. Once we arrived, he had an early dinner at the Original Tiki Bar.

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It was an open bar style restaurant right on the water.

Original Tiki Bar (2)

I thought I took pictures of our food, but can’t find them. I ordered a Beer Battered Fish sandwich, that was amazing, and Huck ordered Chicken nachos that he really enjoyed as well. We were really surprised with how good the food was. Bars can be hit or miss when it comes to food.

Original Tiki Bar (3)

After dinner, we stopped at P.P. Cobb General Store. Karl told Huck about their impressive craft beer selection. The owner told us he had over 500 different beers.

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You can build your own six pack from any beers in the store, even if they’re in a case. Huck started pulling beers out of 6 pack boxes, and I told him you can’t just start pulling any beer out you want. He quickly informed me he could. He’d talked to the owner while I was gawking at the beer.

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They also have craft or specialty sodas. They reminded me of the old fashion Coca Cola bottles. Everyone, in town we talked to, raved about the food there, too. They served lunch everyday. I’d like to plan a trip back just for lunch. The city of Fort Pierce is spending a bunch of money to revamp the Downtown area. It was a neat area with cute shops. I wish we had more time to wonder around. It was getting dark by the time we left P.P. Cobb.

Once we bought our beer and random general store stuff, we headed to Sailfish. Sailfish is location in a historical building in downtown Fort Pierce. Another fun fact, one of the girls in the Barley Doll’s, husband, is part owner of the brewery. I spoke with the head brewer a few months ago about possibly doing a brew class with a couple of BD’s and Sailfish. Which reminds me, I should work on that for an upcoming BD event.

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They’re currently expanding the brewery, and were installing new equipment when we were there. The building to the right will be their new brew house. They had a nice outdoor patio, too.

I can’t remember exactly what beers we tried. I ordered a light beer, a wheat maybe. It was a good beer for what it was. I’ve noticed I don’t like wheat beers that much anymore. I like hops! Huck ordered a Brown that was really good.

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We got a growler of the brown to go, so I could enjoy one when we got home.

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It was a fun day. We explored a new area close to home and added another brewery to our list. If you’re ever near the Treasure Coast, I recommend a trip to Fort Pierce and Sailfish.

Brussels Sprouts Gratin

Serves 4
This recipe is great for a cold day. I recommend using a Lager or American Wheat Beer. Strong flavors or bitter beers can over powered the dish. Serve with Roasted Poultry or Beef for a complete meal.


  • 1/3 cup Milk
  • 1/3 cup Beer (Lager, Pale Ale, Wheat)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • Pepper to Taste
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Cheese (I used Vermont Sharp by Cabot)
  • 3-4 pieces Bacon (Cooked and Crumbed)
  • 1lb Brussels Sprouts (Thawed and Drained)
  • 1/2 cup Panko Bread Crumbs (Regular Bread Crumbs will work too)
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese (Fresh Grated is best)
  • 2 tablespoons Melted Butter
  • Cooking Spray


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Combined the Milk, Beer, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, and Pepper in a large bowl. Once fully combined add the Brussels Sprouts, Cheese, and Bacon.
In another bowl combined Bread Crumbs, Parmesan Cheese, and Melted Butter.
Spray a baking dish with Cooking Spray and add the Brussels Sprout mixture. Evenly cover the top with the Bread Crumbs and Cheese mixture.
Place baking dish in the preheated oven and cook for 25-30 minutes or until Brussels Sprouts are desired tenderness and top is golden brown.



Mamma Mia! Pizza Beer Bread

I love making Beer Bread. I’m not a fan of complicated or labor intensive recipes, and beer bread is the easiest bread recipes I’ve ever made and it only had 5 ingredients.

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I first made Beer Bread 3 or 4 years ago. We had a get together at our house in Georgia, and we’d been hanging out by the pool all. I was a little tipsy when I went inside to start dinner. I threw together the ingredients (I honestly don’t remember measuring anything), put it in the oven, and went  back to the pool. Some how, I remembered the bread baking in the oven and pulled it out just in time. How many beer recipes can you make after a day drinking all day?

Mamma Mia Pizza Beer Beer Bread

I used Mamma Mia! Pizza Beer for this recipe. Pizza Beer is exactly what is sounds like. It has all the flavors of pizza in beer form. It has Oregano, Basil, Tomatoes, and Garlic. Weird combo for a beer, but it’s OK. It was perfect for my bread though.

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If you can’t find Pizza Beer, try a Lager, Pale Ale, Pilsner, Wheat, or IPA for this recipe. I highly recommend enjoying this beer warm out of the oven.

Ginny gave the beer two paws up too. Huck left the leftover bread on the stove and Ginny decided to help himself to my Beer Bread. He almost went to the pound for that one. I was really looking forward to leftovers. Luckily for him, this recipes is super easy.

I have 2 more great recipes to post with Mamma Mia’s Pizza Beer. Hopefully, it will not take me a week to post another recipe.

Beer Bread


  • 3 cups Self Rising Flour
  • 3 tablespoons Sugar
  • 12oz Beer
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 tablespoons Melted Butter


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine all ingredients in a mixer until fully combined. Add dough to a greased loaf pan and bake for 40-45 minutes. Remove from the oven and brush with butter. Continue cooking for 10 additional minutes.
Serve warm.

Vanilla Porter Chocolate Chip Cookie Cupcakes

The Holy Trinity.

In culinary school, we talked about the Holy Trinity a bunch. Sounds like an odd topic for culinary school, but we were not talking about religion. The Holy Trinity is pretty much the base for every good Cajun recipe. The combination of Onions, Peppers, and Celery. It’s used for everything.

Many cuisines have their form of the Holy Trinity. The French call it Mirepoix: a mixture of 50% Onions, 25% Carrots, and 25% Celery. Leave it to the French cuisine to make everything complicated.

Well, I’m starting my own “Holy Trinity”. Cupcakes, Cookies, and Beer! Oh yea! I’m calling it the Ultimate Holy Trinity!

Vanilla Porter Chocolate Chip Cookie Cupcakes

Nothing bad can come from this combination. Well, maybe an increase waist line, but everything in moderation, right? You only live once? Whatever helps you sleep at night?

A few weeks ago, I wanted Cookies, but I also wanted Cupcakes. What’s a girl to do? Porter Chocolate Chip Cookie Cupcakes, that’s what she did!

I cheated by using store bought, mini, cookies, but oh well. They were amazing, and I had no idea how to make a cookie small enough to fit on a mini cupcake. I’ll add it to my list of things to do.

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Do you know how many mini cupcakes a box of cake mix makes? 75! I know because that’s how many cupcakes I had sitting around my house. I brought a bunch to work. I took some to the Barley Dolls meet-up. I gave them to neighbors. I even ate 5 while waiting for water to boil. Not my finest moment!

Mini cupcakes are deceiving. “Oh they’re small. I’ll only have one. But wait, that was only one bite. Now, I want another one…. I’ll have one more.” This continues until your laying on the couch, in a chocolate coma, hating yourself for eating a whole cake… “But they were mini, dammit!”

My advice, proceed with caution. Don’t make this recipe when you’re home alone, depressed, lonely, or in any mood that would encourage the consummation of large amounts of sweets. I do not want anyone mad at me because they ate a whole cake.

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The girls in my Barley Dolls group loved these. Girls loving something made of chocolate? Who would have thought?

Huck also requested these for his birthday in 2 weeks. He wants full size cupcakes, so a full size cookie fits on top. Hey, it’s his birthday. Who am I to complain?

I used Breckenridge Brewery’s Vanilla Porter for this recipe. The beer has a very strong Vanilla favor. Maybe too much vanilla, for my liking, but perfect for desserts. I recently used this beer for Vanilla Porter Chocolate Dipped Waffle Cones, and I have a few more ideas. I’m going Vanilla Porter crazy!  I cheated with this recipe and used a box cake mix. I used the Vanilla Porter instead of Water in my recipe. If you’re worried the beer flavor will be to strong, you can use a mixture of half beer and half water.

Breckenridge Brewery Vanilla Porter

What is your Holy Trinity?

Vanilla Porter Chocolate Chip Cookie Cupcakes


  • 1 box Chocolate Cake Mix
  • Stout or Porter
  • 1/2 cup Mini Chocolate Chips
  • 1 jar Cream Cheese Icing
  • 1/8 cup Stout or Porter Beer
  • Mini Cookies (I used Mini Chips Ahoy)
  • 1/8 cup Chocolate Chips (Chopped)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Follow directions on back of cake mix box for combining ingredients. Substitute the Water for Beer. (All Boxed Cake mixes are different. The box mix I used, called for Eggs, Oil, and Water. The Vanilla Beer I used did not have a strong beer flavor. If you're worried the beer will be to strong, try using 1/2 water 1/2 beer.)
Add Chocolate Chips and fully combined.
Fill cupcake liners with batter 3/4 of the way full.
Bake for 10 minutes (for mini cupcakes) or until toothpick comes out clean when inserted to the center.
Allow cupcakes to completely cool.
Combined Beer and Icing. Add to pipping bag and cover each cupcake as desired.
Sprinkle each cupcake with chocolate and add mini cookie. Crush extra cookies and sprinkle over the top if desired.

Beer Cheese Sauce with Horseradish and Bacon

The title of this recipe makes my mouth water! I mean cheese is great on its own but with beer?!? I’m in heaven!

I’m a huge fan of Cabot Cheese. I stock up on their blocked cheddar whenever it’s on sale. I’ve even converted Huck to a give up his beloved Velveeta for Cabot… Just kidding, but he loves it, too. {If you’re bored, click on the link to read about Huck’s love for all things fake yellow “cheese”}

Beer Cheese Sauce with Horseradish and Bacon

I’m not sure I can call this a recipe. Mixing a few ingredients together seem very “Semi-Homemade” but you know what, this is great and it’s so much easier than making cheese sauce.

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This sauce is amazing. The crappy packaged fries I served it over were not! I almost didn’t take photos of this recipe, but the sauce was so good, and really, this recipes isn’t for fries. I made Turkey Burgers for lunch Saturday, and Huck asked for Crinkle Cut fries. I seen something that said crispers, so I thought it meant crispier fries? In my defense, the picture on the package looks like crinkle cut fries. These were more like battered mashed potatoes, though. It was weird… I still dipped them in these cheese sauce and slathered it all over my burger.

Horseradish, Bacon, Beer Cheese Sauce

I originally made this recipe with an IPA but it was way to bitter. I found a lager in our refrigerator that tasted much better. Sometimes I forget, just because I love IPA’s doesn’t mean that work on everything.

I’d also like to take a moment to say goodbye to the mini glass pitcher. It was so cute and perfect for pictures. That makes 3 mini glass props I’ve broke in the last few weeks. Me+Mini Glass Stuff= Disaster!

I’ll be back later this week with pictures from our Zombie Pub Crawl.

Beer Cheese Sauce with Horseradish and Bacon


  • 1/2 Container Cabot Spreadable Cheese (Flavor of your choice)
  • 2-3 tablespoons Beer (Lager)
  • 3 Strips Turkey Bacon (Cooked and Chopped)


Combined Cheese and Beer into a bowl. Stir until fully combined. Add Bacon Pieces, stir, and Enjoy
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