Saturday, December 28, 2013
HI everyone! Hope you had an amazing holiday with your family and friends. I did! I got some awesome foodie gifts ( ground red pepper from the Basque region of France, Bacon Crack ( yes, and it is amazing) and a Ninja! Can you believe 2013 is almost over? I got to do so many amazing things this year. I traveled to Washington DC and California. I went on so many foodie adventures I can't count them. I am super excited to see what 2014 holds for me. Before the year ends I wanted to share with you my top five recipes of 2013. I'm excited to report all of them are healthy recipes! Try some of these recipes in your new year. Many of them were my favorites too so you won't be disappointed.
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Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Sorry I haven't been around for a week guys. My grandma had not been doing very well the last couple weeks. We made the decision to move her to hospice where she could be comfortable and not be hooked up to a ton of beeping machines. I am sad to say she died last Friday. This insane for me to even comprehend. First, let me start off by saying how selfish I am. I have had this woman in my life for the last 28 years of my life so it is hard for me to even think about her not being here. I know many people never get to meet their grandparents so I know how lucky I am to have known her.
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Monday, December 9, 2013
Happy Monday Everyone! Hope everyone has been busy decorating for the holidays! I know we have. As first time homeowners it is really exciting to buy decorations for the house! Our tree is up and ready. I am even almost done with my Christmas shopping! My husband and I started buying presents all year round so we don't go crazy at Christmas time. I highly recommend it! I had to share this photo of Meatball because it was just too precious.
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Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Hopefully you are all recovered from Thanksgiving. I know I am! Now that we are all out of our turkey comas I wanted to talk to you about the mind blowing bird we ate at Thanksgiving. First off, I was under the impression everyone knew what a turducken was. Clearly, I was wrong. I had my sister calling this masterpiece a Tur-DUNKIN all day. For those of you that don't know what a tur-duck-en is let me explain. A turducken is a turkey ( tur) stuffed with a duck(duck) and a chicken(en!) Before you ponder this brain teaser let me tell you how amazing it is.
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Saturday, November 30, 2013
I was wondering when I was going to be an official grown up and host my own holiday. My husband and I were thrilled when we were asked to host Thanksgiving in our new home this year!Since I am writing this after Thanksgiving you know we did survive and I can't wait to tell you about what we made and some tips I learned from my first Thanksgiving.
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Sunday, November 24, 2013
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Sunday, November 17, 2013
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Thursday, November 14, 2013
Confession: I may still be in a food coma from Saturday after visiting The Wharf Pub in Newport, RI. And I can say for sure it will not be my last lunch there!The Wharf Pub is a super cozy pub with a couple of bars and lots of beers to sample. We went for the restaurant week menu, but I happened to check out the regular menu also. Wowza! A whole section for different variations of tater tots? Sign me up!
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Monday, November 11, 2013
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Monday, November 4, 2013
If you know me, you know my obsession with my pug Meatball. My husband and I pretty much take her everywhere we go and if you take a look at my instagram it is basically pictures of her and food. That is probably why I named my dog after a food. If you love your dog as much as I do you know feeding them yummy and healthy treats is super important than make these treats! With the recent stories of dog treats from China being recalled you can never be too vigilant about knowing where your dogs treats come from. I always buy treats made in the USA, but why buy treats when you can make them yourself!
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Thursday, October 31, 2013
Holy Crap! I have been blogging for 3 years! It in no way feels like I have been telling all of you amazing followers my food adventures for this long.
In addition to being able to share my love of food with all of you for three years, I also get to go to awesome food conferences, cool restaurant openings and awesome events like the Newport Food Truck Festival!
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Monday, October 28, 2013
And the pumpkin recipes continue into November! This is actually my second attempt at cheesecake. The first results were amazing so I was expecting no less with this pumpkin cheesecake. I was originally going to make a swirl but.... I can be honest here right? I FU&^%D it up. Whatever. So I layered it and it actually came out really great! And if you have never made a gingersnap crust before. DO IT. It gives the cheesecake such a great flavor.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
I know. I have a mac & cheese obsession. I admit it. I have at least done ten mac & cheese recipes on the blog it has its own category on my recipes page! Speaking of mac & cheese is that I prefer it pre-baking. I like it super creamy like just off the stove top. If you are with me then this recipe is for you. And yes, if you like baking mac and cheese with bread crumbs you can do that too!
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Sunday, October 20, 2013
OMG! Hello my new favorite Mexican dish. I have a love/hate relationship with Mexican food. They are usually full of cheese, giant tortillas and are usually fried. Great while you are eating it, after however you have a burrito that weighs five pounds in your belly. How about instead you make the Mexican food at home, control the ingredients and make them however low in fat you prefer. Well, look no further for a banging recipe.
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Monday, October 14, 2013
Ahhhhh Fall. Ahhhhh pumpkin. I love it all. I love when I find out making recipes at home is much cheaper than buying them at the grocery store. For some reason nuts are always so expensive when you purchase them in the grocery. I swear you pay $5 for a canister and they are gone in a day! Other pluses about DIYing your own recipes are you get to control the ingredients ( no preservatives or additives you can't pronounce) and you can make different flavors... like... I don't know... PUMPKIN SPICE! Yep, get excited.
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Monday, October 7, 2013
May I start by saying... what bread with a rich streusel topping is not amazing?True. Second, true to my first statement, this bread is amazing. First, it has that amazing fall flavor with pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice. Secondly, you should be thrilled this recipe makes two full loaves of bread because one will go quickly.
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Sunday, September 29, 2013
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Monday, September 23, 2013
I am still feeling so amazing after the Taste Trekker's Food Tourism Conference in my little state Rhode Island! Did I mention they sent us home with the most amazing gift bags? I couldn't have gone to this event without the help of I Heart Rhody! Haven't checked out here blog? Click here!
Friday, September 20, 2013
Not ready for summer to end? Like s'mores but not the hassle of setting up a fire,getting sticks and roasting marshmallows.then I have the easiest and most delicious dessert for you. Has this happened to you before....
You and your honey are laying on the couch after dinner wishing for something sweet. I thought about making s'mores brownies but honestly it was 8pm and I was too lazy. I played dessert roulette on Pinterest and voila! Skillet S'mores. As far as my husband was concerned I was the best wife ever. Score!this is perfect for football games, quick snack for the kids or a dessert for when company comes over unexpectedly. The fact that you literally pour in chocolate chips, pour in marshmallows and bake had me sold. So go ahead... Keep summer alive in your house!!
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
2 handfuls of marshmallows ( mini or regular)
1 sleeve of graham crackers for dipping
1. Preheat oven to 450F.
2. In a cast iron skillet ( I used a small one) add chocolate chips first then marshmallows on top. Cover with foil.
3. Bake for 5 minutes then uncover for marshmallows to toast for 2-3 more minutes.
4. Serve with gram crackers!!
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Sunday, September 15, 2013
Oh hello my new favorite drink.This drink is a complete game changer for those ( like myself) who LOVE having parties at their homes. It is so easy to put together and it is such a hit! I am a sucker for sweet tea vodka. Anyone ever try it? It is literally vodka that just happens to taste exactly like iced tea. Yeah... I know.. it's dangerous. This drink combines this golden elixer with lemonade ( yup I know it's been done) and then topped off with fresh mint and Southern Comfort. That's right. Pop this mixture in a mason jar and you will be singing sweet home Alabama in no time.
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Wednesday, September 11, 2013
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Sunday, September 8, 2013
|Oh my husband the Joker. Meatball made it to the fest too!|
Can I just say how much I love my little state? Yes, I know. You all probably love your states too and who says mine is better than yours, but I happen to really feel strongly that Rhode Island is the best state around. Travel & Leisure happened to name it the #1 Foodie City so clearly I am not alone. So there. ( Insert me sticking my tongue out at all non-RI residents.
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Thursday, September 5, 2013
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Monday, September 2, 2013
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Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Kitchen space is a tough game to win; no matter how well we think we're doing, we all find we're in need of more space in the kitchen once dinner preparations start. Here is a guest post from Jillian that will show you 5 ways in which you can beat the odds against your kitchen and free up some much valued space.
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