Crispy Baked Sriracha Wings

Crispy Baked Sriracha Wings | Sarcastic Cooking

Today is a special day in the Sarcastic Cooking family! My younger brother, Nick, is turning the big 3-0! Having just turned this wonderful age last year, I know what a big deal this birthday is. In true Nick fashion, we are going to celebrate by making and eating spicy chicken wings!

Against my Mom’s advice, I am posting a meat recipe on a Friday during Lent. Gasp! I think we are a few of the only people that still uphold the no meat on Fridays thing. So this recipe is for all of you heathens. Kidding! [Read more…]

Caesar Salad Cheesy Garlic Bread

Caesar Salad Cheesy Garlic Bread | Sarcastic Cooking

This week, people are going to be inundating you with chocolate and fancy martinis and all other things Valentine’s related. Not me! I am going all in with my favorite thing in the world: cheesy garlic bread. It is only because I love you that I feel comfortable enough to share my garlic breath filled air with you.

Have you ever read one of the millions of articles about what foods never to eat on a first date? Something involving garlic is always on those lists. Well, I can tell you that it is probably a good thing that I never followed any of those lists. I guess I am a rule breaker. Ha, riiight. Yeah, and George Costanza is a “bad seed” and a “bootlegger.” [Read more…]

Horseradish Beer Cheese Dip

Horseradish Beer Cheese Sauce on Chili Tots | Sarcastic Cooking

One of my favorite places in the whole US is the land of beer and cheese, Wisconsin. I have told you before about my totally unrealistic dream of being a dairy farmer in Wisconsin. I would love to learn how to not kill plants so I could live off the land and take care of animals all day.

Every time we vacation to Wisconsin, I think about how nice it would be to live there. I had the same thoughts while on vacation with my Mom over the summer in Arizona. I also tend to revisit that thought when I step out my door and turn into Chilly Willy the Penguin during these winter months.

Horseradish Beer Cheese Sauce | Sarcastic Cooking

I guess the thing you don’t think about when you are crafting these daydreams is that once you live in a place, it kind of loses its vacation-like splendor. You can’t just go to brunch and go on brewery tours all day because you have to work and whoa, shocker, your kid will be there so you kind of have to be a parent. And therein lies the problem. Not that I wouldn’t want Andy or even Mike and Weezer to be there, but it just makes it less vacation and more scheduled.

So here I am in my happy little life in the Midwest.

In an attempt to try and escape to one of my happy places, I made you guys this ultimate dip for your Super Bowl weekend and all your tot dipping needs. I also just so happened to top this giant mound of tots with that beef and black bean chili recipe from the other day, because it is the Super Bowl of apps, right?

I say toss out some forks to your guests and just hover over a huge pile of smothered tots. I mean, you are all friends anyway. Friends let friends shove massive amounts of beer cheese into their mouth by any vehicle necessary.

The more you know.

 

Horseradish Beer Cheese Dip

Horseradish Beer Cheese Dipping Sauce | Sarcastic Cooking

All the best flavors of sharp cheddar, beer, and horseradish melted together into an ooey gooey dipping sauce!

Yields: About 2 Cups

  • ¼ Cup Unsalted Butter
  • ¼ Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1-2 Teaspoons Prepared Horseradish
  • 1 ½ Cups Milk
  • ¼ Cup Beer
  • 2 Cups Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • Pinch of Salt
  1. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium/low heat. Once melted, whisk in the flour until a roux forms. Let the roux bubble for a minute or two once combined. Whisk in your desired amount of horseradish.
  2. Slowly whisk in milk until the roux is completely dissolved. Whisk in the beer. Increase the heat to medium. Keep whisking until the mixture thickens. Add the cheese in and stir until melted.
  3. Stir in the salt. Add to serving bowl and let cool for a minute or two before dipping.
  • Preparation time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 10 minutes
  • Total time: 15 minutes

Fig Butter and Honeyed Whipped Goat Cheese Crostini

Fig Butter and Honeyed Whipped Goat Cheese Crostini | Sarcastic Cooking

You guys! My best friend is getting married tomorrow! Also, this will hopefully be the last bridesmaid dress I have to wear for… ever! It is a momentous day. My best friend’s wedding will be downtown Chicago tomorrow afternoon. I promise not to blow up Instagram with wedding pics. Well, maybe some of my makeup. This is my first time getting it professionally done.

I trust my BFF’s taste though. She is my classay friend. Sigh, I just can’t believe it. My best friend’s wedding!!! Aaaahhhh! Not in the Dermott Mulroney way. But oh man did I love that movie. Julia Roberts in her prime. I still have a crush on Dermott in that movie. [Read more…]

Spinach and Artichoke Cheese Ball Covered in Bacon Breadcrumbs

Spinach and Artichoke Cheese Ball Covered in Bacon Breadcrumbs | Sarcastic Cooking

Balls, and balls, and balls! I have seen so many recipes for cheese balls come through my blog feed today. And still, here I am shoving another ball in your face. Maybe the reason people are all about cheese balls for a New Year’s Eve appetizer recipe is because they are so easy.

Up until this year, the only balls of cheese I was familiar with are the ones from my college days, fried cheese curds. Every Wednesday, my friends and I would put on our best jeans and ironic t-shirts and head to our local college bar for $2 pitchers of beer and $5 baskets of cheese balls. Yes, you read that correctly, Wednesday. After we finished our homework and studying, of course. [Read more…]

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