5.31.2016

Tuesday Things

Hope everyone enjoyed Memorial Day! We had a nice weekend while remembering what the holiday is truly about. The weather was also gorgeous here in NY! Here are some things to share with you all:


  • Welcome home, Tyson! We picked up our baby boy on Saturday and had a long 5 hour drive home with him. He did really great! When Tyson met our current puppy, Truffle, it was like they've known each other forever. A few sniffs, and then they started playing tag and tug of war with toys. Typical fur-siblings!
  • The below words should be thought about by all. I hate going out to dinner with my husband and seeing families on their cell phones. We sit at the bar sometimes and will see another couple barely say more than two sentences to each other. It's become such a sad thing!
  • This weekend will be the 3 year anniversary of when I decided to start dating my best friend, Kevin. Now married for 1 and a half years, it was the best decision I ever made! I wonder if he will take me out to dinner? (Will he read this? lol)
  • Our bowling league ended last week and we finished in 3rd place (We're on Strike). We missed second place by ONE pin! It was a sad drive home because of that, but we are still proud to be up towards the top out of 17 teams! Next week we will get our money prizes. Thanks to all of the other teams for making our first league experience such a good one!
  • This has been our "go to" meal the last couple of weeks. A simple Asian rub on the chicken, grilled on the BBQ. Zatarains boxed yellow rice (so good), but sometimes we mix it up and have brown rice instead. And sauteed veggies- zucchini, broccoli and white onion. It is quick and easy to make during the week, especially with two puppies running around your feet.

5.16.2016

Fresh Fruit Shortcake Shells

This past weekend I hosted a [late] cinco de mayo party with friends from our bowling crew. Of course there were margaritas, beef tacos, tostones (fried plantains), and Spanish rice. We started off with appetizers that included my husband's famous guacamole, taco dip, and chips with salsa.

Dessert was really quick and easy, not to mention delicious. Try these fruit shortcake shells for your next party and see what your guests think!


Serving: 5
Prep time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:
1/3 cup blueberries, washed and drained
1/2 cup strawberries, sliced small
1/2 cup raspberries, washed and drained
6 shortcake shells
Honey
Whipped cream


1. Prepare your plating, and place one shortcake shell on each plate.

2. Fill the shortcake shell and plate with a mixture of the fruits.

3. Drizzle small amounts of honey over the fruit and shortcake.

4. Finish with the amount of whipped cream that makes you happy!

4.19.2016

Tuesday Things

It is Tuesday, and that is better than Monday! Here are a few tid bits from the last few weeks of my very busy and hectic life:


  • I have finally become.. that crazy dog lady. My husband and I picked out a little boy to bring home at the end of May. Truffle will have a baby brother! We are soo excited, but we know that we will have even less time for the life we used to call "normal." Our new furry son, named Tyson, will be a show dog and shown by a professional handler who also happens to be my best friend. We will be traveling monthly to shows up the East coast, and hoping to earn some beautiful champion ribbons! Here is a picture of our new cutie -




  • Spring has finally arrived, after a brutally cold winter. Although not tons and tons of snow (sad face), I am happy to have some warmth back. I am looking forward to the fresh vegetables that are to come! Living by many farm stands, we are super lucky to have so much organic goodies to choose from!
  • BOWLING! It is our new favorite sport. At one point, my husband and I were bowling about 4 to 5 times a week. Now down to two times a week. On the league we joined, team name "We're on Strike," we placed 3rd for now. Trying to slowly sneak our way back into first, as we only have 5 weeks left in this league!
  • Now with Truffle in our life, we've made a ton of new friends! We go out almost every weekend to different dog parks, and dog events. The picture below is from Old Westbury Gardens, which they only open up to the dogs twice a year. What a great time it was, and so beautiful out!


  • A few weekends ago, Kevin and I visited our friends Arielle & Bryan. We were in for such a treat! My first time having homemade pasta.. and it was to die for! Fettuccine alla vodka with baked chicken cutlets, and a delicious salad made up of frizze lettuce. I looked at this salad and thought to myself, "there is no way I am going to like this," and of course I was wrong. I mean, it had bacon on it... how would anyone dislike that? Frizze lettuce, although on the more expensive side, is something I would definitely have again! Apologies for my not so great cell phone pictures.



  • This bad ass truck... is mine! I just leased a 2016 Nissan Frontier, Pro4-X. She is mint.. black on black with leather heated seats, huge tires, back up camera and navigation. My new favorite part of the day is driving to and from work! I am finally the pick up truck girl I always wanted to be.


Hope to be back at my stove, experimenting with new ingredients (shishito peppers) very soon! 

1.11.2016

Brussel Sprouts with Bacon and Gruyere


This recipe is for my handsome husband. As much as he can be salty, he is also sweet! This recipe has the perfect sweet and salty combo with a tasty char to go along. My husband Kevin and I recently tried brussel sprouts for the first time on Christmas day. The typical recipes from my family call for salt, pepper and olive oil - bake in the oven and wah lah! Thinking of things to add to this, bacon was a must. But I had some extra gruyere cheese in the fridge and had to use that too!


We also found truffle salt last week in a local shop we go to. When you open the jar, the smell is heavenly! This was a nice little touch to the recipe.
Hope you like it!

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes

Serves: 6 servings

Ingredients: (*see bacon note)
24 oz trimmed brussel sprouts - if small, you can leave them whole (or half them if preferred)
1 tsp truffle salt
Pepper, to taste
2 tbs EVOO
8 whole garlic cloves, peeled
4 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
1/4 heaping cup of shredded gruyere cheese
*Optional: 1 tbs grated parmesan cheese

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

1. In a large bowl, mix together (with your hands) brussel sprouts, garlic cloves, salt, pepper, olive oil.

2. Place mixture on foil lined baking sheet.

3. Bake for 20 minutes, shaking pan occasionally.

4. Carefully pull pan out of oven and add bacon crumbles and gruyere cheese.

5. Bake for an additional 5 minutes.

Sprinkle on some parmesan cheese, and you are ready to serve!





12.01.2015

Green Goddess Wedge Salad


This is such a fitting name for this salad. The green goddess can be found at multiple restaurants such as Applebee's and Bonefish. I order it most times that I visit there, and it is always a treat! I mean, there is crumbled bacon on it, so need I say more? I found the copycat recipe for the Applebee's version and it came out way too perfect! The recipe link can be found here: Green Goddess Wedge Salad - try it yourself and let me know what you think!

Iceberg lettuce cut into wedges.

My husband is the ultimate bacon maker. Cooked perfectly every time.

A mix of mayo, yogurt, lemon, salt, pepper, garlic powder, parsley & chives.

Crumbled bacon, bleu cheese, and honey roasted pecans.

11.15.2015

Blind Wine Tasting Party 2015

Yay! I have been wanting to do a party like this for so long. Blind wine tasting has become quite the fuss on the internet. There are so many brilliant ideas out there! Although I am not a big wine drinker (pass me some vodka anytime), I knew exactly how I wanted to do this tasting party. Hopefully these pics make you feel like you were there too!


Here is how it worked:
Each guest brought one bottle of wine of their choice (red, white,  rose.. whatever they wanted) and put it into a labeled white bag before they walked inside our house. We started with whites, and each bottle was tasted one at a time. Using a scorecard that we recreated on Excel (see below), we judged the wine on aroma, taste, body, finish, and appearance.  The bottle that accumulated the most points was given 1st prize. Other prizes included Guess how many Corks, the Wine Loser, and coolest looking bottle. Cheeses, breads, oils, meats, nuts, fruits were all served with the wine. Later on ice cream sundaes were served with fresh homemade brownies. A great night with the friends that mean the most to us! Share your ideas below! We look forward to having another one soon! 


White bags were purchased at Michaels, along with the labels and decorative grapes. We used letters, but you can also use numbers.




 Guess how many corks game was very fun! We had guesses between 50 and 200! I mixed some smaller sized corks in there to make it tricky. In this particular holder (I bought the metal wine holder at Home Goods), we fit 80 corks in! My friend Arielle guessed 76 so she won this prize!



Prizes included: 1st - four stemless wine glasses with creative sayings on them (Tj Maxx) and cupcake wine charms (pier 1), 2nd - An aerator for red wine, 3rd - cork wine coasters (Home goods find), and lastly prize 4 was cute stem wine charms (TJ Maxx). Below is a picture of the prizes.



 We used dry erase food signs to label each cheese. These were bought from various stores including Pier 1 and Target. They are pretty much found everywhere now a days!





This wine was our 1st prize winner! It was so delicious, brought by our friend Stephenie. It was judged by using the rating system and scorecards below.




and then there was dessert...! 


10.28.2015

Truffle, the Frenchie!

Good morning world! Time has been slipping away from me a bit, as we added a new little family member to our circle. Meet Truffle, our French bulldog puppy! But of course I had to do a foodie name!


Since marriage (this past new years eve), my husband and I have gone through a bit and needed a little pick me upper. Kevin has always wanted a dog since I met him, but being that I have SIX parrots, I never knew if it would be a good idea. I personally have never had a dog (my family are just not dog people), so it was hard for me to really know what to expect.
Kev has always been fascinated with French bulldogs, so I started doing some research. We checked local rescues & shelters, and we called many breeders around the country. In an amazing way, this little girl found her way to us through a friend. We were so happy to take her!


At 12 weeks old, it has been tough and very overwhelming. My husband works two jobs (sometimes very late) so a lot of it lands on who else? Me, of course! Potty training, vet appointments, doggie daycare, cleaning - where does the list end?! To be honest though, I wouldn't have it any other way. I have really grown to love this little baby and so happy of the attachment she has with me. I will always be her mama, and she will always be my little girl!

With mommy and daddy being huge Giants fans, you knew we had to get her this jersey!


That face, how could you not instantly fall in love?!

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Since I have been slacking on the home cooking and recipe development, it was soo nice to come home yesterday to my husband cooking for us. As many know, he does not eat salmon (I know, what is wrong with him?), so the marinated chicken with the fabulous grill marks was for him. The salmon is topped with my favorite, basil pesto butter & dill, and both meals were served with Kevin's really tasty veggie stir-fry (mushrooms, zucchini, peppers, broccoli, and onion)! I even gave some salmon to Truffle, who scoffed it down REAL fast!