The Brewer & The Baker

She is a former bakery brat and a retired large account Project Manager from the tech industry (or maybe she's just on hiatus - she hasn't really decided yet). Her emergency kit includes a boxed cake mix and a box of shells & cheese. By day she manages investment properties, wears a light dusting of flour, and is constantly searching for AA batteries that don’t need to be recharged. By (ridiculously late) night, she publishes The Brewer & The Baker, wields a mean plasma grenade, and binge-watches Scandal.

Texas Toast(ed) Meatball Subs

Because if you’re eating meatball subs on ordinary bread, you are missing out on the garlicky, buttery goodness that is Texas Toast. Y’all know Texas Toast in its sliced, frozen form. Now let me introduce you to the homemade version that will cause your family to make super inappropriate noises at the dinner table after every bite ....more

Grilled Eggplant, Red Onion, and Goat Cheese Pizza

A few weeks ago, my veggie garden had a major eggplant explosion. Of course, that was back when it rained regularly and the things growing in my garden didn’t depend solely upon me for water. It hasn’t rained in like 6 weeks so things are a little quieter in the garden these days ....more

Chipotle-Lime Roasted Cauliflower

Cauliflower again? Heck yeah, cauliflower again. It’s maybe a little weird to say about a food that isn’t Doritos, that isn’t cheese, that isn’t margaritas, and that borderline stinks… but I really do love this stuff ....more

DIY: Crushed Red Pepper

One of the biggest pains in the garden this year, besides fire ants and weeds, has been the Serrano plant. It’s a hold over from last year’s garden and the only reason it got a reprieve was because I got it mixed up with the jalapeno plant. Serrano peppers are hot ....more

Green Tomato, Pimento Cheese, and Bacon (Tortilla) Pizza

“Uuuuuuggggh. Are we ever going to have tortilla pizza again?” [hands waving, eyes rolling, drama, drama, and more drama while looking at her pb&j] Welcome to the end of July. And like every other woman with offspring and a pulse, that gung-ho beginning-of-summer rockstar mom attitude is packed away with my desire to remember what it was like to not feel a trickle of sweat down my spine while sitting at my laptop before 9am ....more

Fig, Bacon Jam, and Goat Cheese Pizza

Remember that Fig & Bacon Jam? Me, too. I made two batches of it ....more

Fig and Balsamic-Caramelized Onion Focaccia

Fresh figs? Check. Caramelized onions? ...more

Grilled Cauliflower with Oregano and Capers

Grill it. Grill it all. That’s the mantra (motto? ...more

Fig and Honey Galette

You have 4 ingredients. You have to make a beautiful, impressive dessert. You have less than 1 hour ....more

Fresh Fig & Bacon Jam

I have a FFWP. A fig first world problem. “Problem.” Over the last three years, our little fig tree has gone from “c’mon man, is that all?” to “Holy crap, I just picked 3 pounds and there are still 2 1/2 in the fridge from yesterday what are we going to do because this is amazing and here have more figs.” This year’s fig tree is my favorite ....more