Happy Valley Chow

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Strawberry Guinness Barbecue Sauce

So my wedding is coming here in 5 months and we were lucky enough to find a reception hall that lets me plan the entire menu (which I wanted to do). Since our wedding is on July 27th, I wanted to plan a menu that reflected our vintage/rustic/summery feel we are going for. To me, nothing screams summer quite like barbecue, so why not try coming up with an awesome barbecue sauce and grill up some chicken? Maybe have some corn on the cob and potato salad....the wheels are turning now and I feel like this will definitely go with our theme. So, right off the bat, I knew I couldn't just slather some chicken with some store bought barbecue sauce and call it a day. I mean, this is my wedding...I need something special! Then it hit me...strawberries...perfect for a summer barbecue sauce. Then of course, no barbecue is complete with out some beer, so I had to throw in some Guinness. After all of this deliberation, I finally had it, Strawberry Guinness Barbecue Sauce. Sweet, Tangy....it's quite awesome if I do say so myself. 

Of course, I couldn't just type up a recipe and use it...I had to try it. Hmmmm what to try it on....We are in the middle of hockey season and I'm watching the Pittsburgh Penguins like it's my job. Then inspiration hit me in the form of an Islay's Chipped Chopped Ham commercial...BINGO!! I'll make a Strawberry Guinness Barbecue Chipped Chopped Ham Sandwich! The perfect sandwich to munch on while watching the Pens and drinking a cold Yeungling! YINZ GOTTA TRY THIS!

What do you all think of the new recipe layouts?? I feel like this way is more organized than the way I was doing my recipes, not to mention a lot easier to print. Each ingredient will be split up by the procedure they are with. In the first example you'll notice a thick black line separating the top ingredients from the bottom ingredients, this implies a new procedure. Let me know what you think, any feedback will be wonderful! I blame my Mother for my love of Excel spreadsheets :)

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