The Local Ladle

Grilled Watermelon with Chili & Lime

IMG_0928

Anyone who knows me knows that I have a crazy addiction to watermelon. A watermelon a day keeps the doctor away?  Well… I wish that was true!

So it’s absolutely not weird that I would be the person to put watermelon on the grill!  This recipe below is the perfect dessert or side dish to any grilled meat and BBQ.  It’s refreshing, yet caramelized flavor, pairs perfectly with the fattiness and juiciness of any meat.

Read more

Sriracha Honey Shrimp Tacos

IMG_2822

Nothing is better than a dinner that takes less than 25 minutes to make and eat!  You’ll honestly probably spend more time peeling the shrimp than it actually takes to make this recipe.  Not only simple to make, but the combination of these fresh flavors create a hearty but healthy meal.

Read more

Boozy Summer Popsicles!

Boozy Summer Popsciles

Stepping into summer, the only thing better than an ice-cold cocktail at the end of a long day is a cocktail that comes in popsicle form! These popsicles will be the star at any summer party or are a tasty healthy alternative for the kids to enjoy, mock-tail version of course! 

Read more

Kombucha Moscow Mules

Kombucha Moscow mule

When I was in culinary school I was exposed to the process of fermentation and wild yeast fairly often. They introduced us to kombucha, kefir, kimchi, and sour dough bread just to name a few. So when I went home I was determined to make my own kombucha and have been brewing kombucha for almost 2 years now!

I was driven to continue brewing kombucha mainly because of all the amazing health benefits that come from drinking it. First off, kombucha is an amazing natural probiotic that is great for digestion. It also has been known to improve weight loss, increase energy, a strong immune support, reduce joint pan, and prevent cancer. Read more

Cilantro Lime Fried Avocado Tacos

Cilantro Lime Fried Avocado Taco 3

Tacos might just be one of my favorite foods to cook and prepare. I know what you’re thinking… she went all the way to culinary school in Ireland to master the art of tacos? Well no. I can actually say I did not prepare one taco while I was there! Now experimenting with different recipes and flavor combinations back home, I love the never ending possibilities when it comes to tacos. Read more

Fire Roasted Shrimp Salad with Garlic Lime Dressing

Garlic Lime Shrimp Salad

Fire plays such a large role in both beer and cooking, so why not celebrate it by pairing Goose Island’s Sofie with this Asian inspired Fire Roasted Shrimp Salad. Sofie is a sparkling Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale, which is wine barrel-aged with copious amounts of zested orange peel. For all you champagne or wine lovers, this is your stuff!

The complex spicy white pepper and citrus notes of the Ale flawlessly compliment the fresh pop of lime and kick of heat from the salad. I chose to pair this beer specifically with the garlic shrimp because it brings out salinity and natural sweetness, all while cleansing the palate. Read more

Scroll To Top