Castello Moments: Beer & Cheese Pairing at BandPage

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beer & cheese pairing

What do you do when 11 pounds of cheese shows up at your door? …My first instinct? Crack ’em open and stuff my face until I explode or pass out, whichever comes first.

Of course, once the extreme cheese excitement wore off and I was able to think clearly, a much better idea emerged: share it! Throw a party! Pair it with beers!

A fairly solid plan, but there was still the issue of how to utilize all 11 pounds.

beer & cheese pairing

I shared my dilemma with Callie, the awesome chef at BandPage, and she suggested hosting the pairing at the office, during their weekly employee dinner. Yes!

So we started planning a menu that would feed the masses. And maybe get them a little tipsy.

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Apricot Balsamic Glazed Pork Tenderloin

Apricot Balsamic Glazed Pork Tenderloin

Oh, the things you can cook in 30 minutes. Life-savers, right?

Well, I’m guessing that pork tenderloin doesn’t immediately come to mind for a quick dinner. It totally should!

Apricot Balsamic Glazed Pork Tenderloin

Just think of it. In less time than you would spend waiting for pizza delivery, you can make a beautifully glazed, dinner-party-worthy pork tenderloin.

Thats pretty sweet if you ask me.

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Strawberry Cantaloupe Sorbet

Strawberry Cantaloupe Sorbet

Hey, it’s summer!

Let’s eat some sorbet, shall we?

Strawberry Cantaloupe Sorbet

Not to say that I wouldn’t scarf down sorbet during the other seasons, because I will. Anytime. Anywhere. Any sorbet.

But right now, it’s summer, and it just feels right to eat some Strawberry Cantaloupe Sorbet.

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Celery & Parmesan Salad

Celery and Parmesan Salad

I recently mentioned my unshakable love for all things celery, and my love for Ina Garten is no secret.

So when I saw her make this salad a few years back on Barefoot Contessa, it should come as no surprise that it was the very next thing I made.

It was delicious. And I didn’t even need “good” olive oil.

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Photo Roundup: A Quick Trip Down the California Coast

pigeon point bluffs county beach

Roughly halfway between San Francisco and San Diego is a little town called Solvang, CA. When my running-addicted San Diego-based friend told me she’d be running a marathon 50k¬†just outside of said town, and staying for a few days, I knew a trip was in order.

I took the long route down, along Highway 1, snapping photos and chomping food along the way.

The day started out cold and gloomy with a side of fog, but that slowly gave way to warm sun and a vibrant coastline.

california coastline

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