Personal Pancetta Pizzas: A Simple and Satisfying Meal You Can Make in Minutes


Are you looking for a tasty recipe that requires less than ten ingredients and only 30 minutes to make? Why not make it a pizza party, and bake these Personal Pancetta Pizzas, the latest recipe on CC&BT!

These personal pancetta pizzas are as simple to make as they are delicious. Plus, feel free to get creative and add your own favorite toppings, making for a dinner that you can truly call your own. Add a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes after baking for a kick of heat.

Check out the recipe for Personal Pancetta Pizzas here, as well as all of the savory recipes on Coffee, Cabs and Bar Tabs. Bon appétit!


A Fresh Salad for the New Year


Happy New Year from Coffee, Cabs and Bar Tabs! I hope your 2017 has started off with a bang; I know I’m excited for a new year of new opportunities and experiences ahead.

Now that the new year is upon us, it’s officially time to start your new year’s resolutions! After a month of heavy eating and endless indulgences, I’m sure many of you (including myself) are looking for lighter meal options. So for my first recipe of the year, I wanted to create a light salad with tons of texture and intense flavor. I also wanted this salad to have some unique and interesting ingredients, instead of your classic toppings and greens. So here it is, a Carrot and Cabbage Salad with Miso Vinaigrette!

This colorful salad has the perfect balance of texture and flavor, thanks to the complex combination of shredded carrots and earthy white miso. The fresh cilantro and nutty sesame seeds transform a traditional slaw into a wonderfully delicious salad.

To make this Carrot and Cabbage Salad with Miso Vinaigrette, check out the recipe here. Also, make sure to look at all of the Soup and Salad recipes to kick off the new year with healthful and satisfying dishes. Happy cooking from CC&BT!


Candied Almonds: Your Go-To Snack for the Holidays


Between the countless holiday parties, endless gift buying, and hustle and bustle of the season, it’s easy to cut corners when it comes to cooking for Christmas and Hanukkah. So I wanted to share a simple recipe that requires only five ingredients to make. Check out this new festive recipe on CC&BT, Candied Almonds!

Each whole almond has the perfect sugary crunch, thanks to this simple and unexpected cooking technique. Sprinkle the nuts with a touch of maldon salt for a festive snack that will impress friends and family alike.

Check out the recipe for Candied Almonds here. And make sure to check out all of the Snacks and Starters on CC&BT for inspiration this December. Happy holiday’s from Coffee, Cabs and Bar Tabs!

New Recipe Alert: Fried Calamari Sub with Remoulade Sauce


Fried calamari with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice is one of my favorite starters, and if it’s on the menu, I’ll probably order it. There’s just something about the combination of salty, crispy fish and a savory, acidic sauce; it’s perfection. I also love fried fish sandwiches, like an oyster or shrimp po’ boy, with soft bread and a creamy, mayo-based spread. So I got to thinking; why not make a sandwich with fried calamari? With just a little brainstorming and recipe testing, I give to you a Fried Calamari Sub with Remoulade Sauce!

The calamari rings are dipped in buttermilk, breaded in flour and cayenne and deep fried to golden-brown perfection. Then they are layered on a soft hoagie roll with baby kale, fresh red onion and a slather of remoulade sauce. This sub is packed with layers of flavor and textures, making it very hard to put down.

To make this Fried Calamari Sub, check out the recipe here on Coffee, Cabs and Bar Tabs. You can also see the remoulade sauce here, if you’re looking for an easy and tasty sauce for dipping. Thank you for stopping by CC&BT, and happy cooking!

A Savory Starter for Your Thanksgiving Feast


Planning an entire Thanksgiving meal can take a lot of time and effort, and usually appetizers are pushed to the back burner. But why not this year start your guests off with a seasonal appetizer that compliments the crisp weather and festive holiday. Plus, it’s easy to make and guaranteed to impress a crowd. Try this spectacular recipe for Balsamic Brussels Sprouts and Ricotta Flatbread.

The combination of roasted brussels sprouts, ricotta cheese and balsamic vinegar are a classic favorite that pairs perfectly. And the addition of crunchy sunflower seeds and spicy pink peppercorns add depth of flavor and texture. Plus, the soft naan flatbread is the ideal vessel for this fall finger food.

If you want to plan ahead, you can easily make some of the components of this flatbread ahead of time so your Thanksgiving is as effortless as possible. For example, you can start by roasting the brussels sprouts the day before, then warm them in the oven before assembling. You can also season the ricotta, then spread it directly onto the naan right as your guests begin to arrive. These simple tasks you can do ahead will allow you to spend more time with your guests and less time slaving away in the kitchen.

To see the recipe for Balsamic Brussels Sprouts and Ricotta Flatbread, click here. Also, if you need some Thanksgiving inspiration, check out these other holiday recipes on Coffee, Cabs and Bar Tabs, including the perfect Turkey Brine and a simple dessert for Mini Peanut Butter Pies. Happy Thanksgiving from CC&BT!


Crispy Fried Shrimp with Sriracha Lime Mayo…Qui, Chef!


There’s just something about fried fish that makes it hard to resist. I think it’s the savoriness and crispy-crunch of a fried snack that makes you want to keep coming back for more. And when it comes to shrimp, these succulent crustaceans are the perfect protein to fry.

The first step to making fried shrimp is picking the quintessential coating, and Japanese panko breadcrumbs are the ideal crumb for the job. And while fried shrimp are delicious on their own, you can totally take them to the next level with a simple yet delicious dipping sauce. So that’s why I decided to make these Crispy Fried Shrimp with Sriracha Lime Mayo!

These crispy fried shrimp have a perfectly golden-brown crust and tender interior. Plus, they take little to no time to make. I recommend serving them with a Sriracha Lime Mayo, a creamy dipping sauce with the perfect balance of acid and heat.

Make sure to check out the recipe for Crispy Fried Shrimp here, and you can find the recipe for Sriracha Lime Mayo here. Thanks for stopping by Coffee, Cabs and Bar Tabs, happy cooking!

Pick Your Potion: Halloween Treats from CC&BT

Halloween is meant for ghostly costumes, haunted houses and spooky treats. But why not make your own homemade snacks and stay away from the overpriced store-bought candy? Check out these three mouthwatering recipes perfect for any Halloween party or festivity.

Fall Trail Mix
Sweet chocolate and salty pretzel snaps are the perfect combination in this Fall Trail Mix recipe. Add some of your favorite toasted nuts or other fall candies to make this recipe unique and your own. Check out the recipe for Fall Trail Mix here!


Spooky Brownie Cake
A fudgy brownie and bittersweet chocolate ganache come together for the perfectly spooky halloween treat. Have fun drizzling the top with sweet white chocolate to create a spider web fit for this haunted holiday. Check out the recipe for a Spooky Brownie Cake here!


Halloween Magic Bars
Magic bars are a classic bar-cookie that is both chewy and sweet. Usually magic bars are topped with butterscotch chips, chocolate chips and shredded coconut. But why not change things up for a fun Halloween twist? So use up your leftover candy from trick-or-treating and make these delicious magic bars for your next holiday costume party. Check out the recipe for Halloween Magic Bars here!

Happy Halloween from CC&BT!