Bear’s Spinach & Cheese Quiche

This is the perfect dish to pair with a light salad! A toasty, buttery crust balances out a fluffy egg filling.  One of my favorite places to get a personal quiche is Paris Bakery in Monterey, CA. Their crust-to-filling ratio is ideal, seasoning is aromatic yet not overpowering, and the presentation is divine. This Paris…

Bear’s Summer Stuffed Eggplant

Monterey County offers a farmers market every day of the week, and it is my goal to attend each and every one of them. In order to cross off one of my list, I attended the market on Friday mornings at Monterey Peninsula College.  The inspiration for this meal sparked when I encountered this funky-looking…

“Sailors Fighting in the Dance Hall” – Fieldwork Brewing

Fieldwork Brewing Co. – Berkeley, CA (Monterey location) Style : Barrel Aged Sour (Oak Barrels – 3 years, 2 months) Hops : Galaxy ABV : 9.0% Sweetness : Low Most : Low/Med Bitterness : Low  A beer that is coconut-forward on nose and finish, this Barrel Aged Sour released from Fieldwork brewing in early August…

Bear’s Vegan Raspberry Scones

When making scones, I used to assume that I was able to substitute any fruit with the one that was in whatever recipe I happened to have in my hands at the moment. I had the same mental approach when it came to substituting flours in recipes to make them gluten free. Let’s just say…

Mill Creek Falls Trail – Lassen National Park, CA

Riding in an old VW van calls for a day of adventure.  The setting for this outing was surrounding the gorgeous area of Lake Almanor, located in Northern California. This section of serene wilderness is fueled by snowmelt, sunshine, and the presence of a nearby volcano. I have done the drive to Mt. Lassen (our…

Bear’s Banana Bread

“One might be upset when they find an old set of bananas lying around, until they realize that this recipe exists. Put old bananas to good use when making a cinnamon crumbly banana bread that can be shared with friends or indulged by oneself. My favorite way to eat these is fresh out of the…

Hop Plants

Cascade Yesterday, after encouragement from Kevin of Storied Pint Brewing to stop being so clinical with my research on the proper planting and care methods, I stopped by Bottoms Up Home Brew to grab some Cascade hop rhizomes. Much like the well-known Troy Bolton from “High School Musical” once proclaimed with his angelic voice, “This is the start of…