Beef, Bean and Beer Chili Recipe

Beef, Bean, and Beer Chili Recipe

The most anticipated television event of the year is arriving this Sunday. It’s Superbowl party time!  Just to be clear, I actually dislike watching football. I know, I know, I may get hate mail for that comment, but I just never could get into it. I even tried to play fantasy football for a few years to rev up my competitive spirit and get involved. Unfortunately, it did little to sway my opinion. However; that doesn’t mean I dislike Superbowl. One could easily guess why…the day often (actually almost always) revolves around food! The Superbowl party spread tends to be comfort and carbs at their finest. But, there is one dish that just can’t be missing from the table on the big day and that’s chili!


BTP One Year Reflection

Behind the Plates 1 Year Reflections

I can’t believe today marks one whole year since I launched Behind the Plates.  I can’t begin to describe what a fun and rewarding experience it has been so far. I started the blog as a selfish way to incorporate my passion for food back into my everyday life again. There was a small hope that others might appreciate it as well. However, I truly did not know what to expect. I decided that as long as I was accomplishing my own personal goal of celebrating my love of all things food than it would be a worthwhile journey.


EVENT ALERT: 2015 Montclair Restaurant Week Coming in March

2015 Montclair Restaurant Week


Hello Readers,

I know you all love getting full notice for upcoming foodie related events. Here’s one I know most North Jersey locals will get excited about, Montclair Restaurant Week is on it’s way! The Montclair Rotary Club and Taste of Montclair shared the following details of the upcoming week event:


Scrambled Huevos Racheros Recipe

Scrambled Huevos Rancheros-Behind the PLates

Main Courses, Recipes | January 22, 2015 | By

I’m keeping up with my Mexican breakfast theme this week with today’s easy recipe for Scrambled Heuvos Rancheros.


Bottomless Brunch at Cascabel Taqueria, NYC

Cascabel Taqueria-BTP

Reviews, The Dish | January 19, 2015 | By

Bottomless Brunch….it’s just one of the infinite reasons to love New York City. For those of you who are not familiar with what a bottomless brunch is, I’ll enlighten you. Essentially, it’s paying a set price for as many alcoholic drinks as you can consume (aka just another way to say “open bar”). While young 20 something’s flock to these Sunday Funday endorsing establishments for the great drinking deals; I always have to wonder about actual brunch quality? Don’t get me wrong, if I’m looking for a reason to party, a bottomless brunch could do the trick. But, can I actually consume a worthwhile Bloody Mary that’s not just tomato juice and house vodka? Or enjoy a decent meal?


Skinny Mini Pot Pie Recipe

Skinny Mini Pot Pies- Behind the Plates

Main Courses, Recipes | January 15, 2015 | By

Sometimes you just need comfort food. Cold winter nights always entice me to crave warm, stick to your ribs type meals. And while I do sometimes completely splurge;  I generally try to be a little more health conscious by replicating my favorite splurge meals with a healthier version.


Foodie News: Gary’s Wine & Marketplace; Hillsborough, NJ Pop-Up Store Opens

Gary's Wine and Marketplace

BTP Readers-I have some exciting New Jersey Wine news to share with all of you. Gary’s Wine & Marketplace, a specialty wine and spirits chain, opened its fourth store on December 16, in Nelson’s Corner Shopping Center in Hillsborough, NJ. There is currently a temporary pop-up shop that will remain open while the permanent 9,000 sq. ft. Marketplace location is constructed out in the same shopping plaza.


$50 Amazon Giftcard Giveaway

January Amazon Giftcard Giveaway

Hello Readers!

I teamed up with a great group of bloggers to bring you a special $50 Amazon Giftcard Giveaway! Just simply enter below for your chance at the prize!


Jamaica- My Stay at Secret’s Wild Orchid Resort

Secrets Wild Orchid-Montego Bay

The Journey | January 8, 2015 | By

For anyone who has not taken a mid-year break to a warm, sunny destination-I highly recommend it. It’s the perfect thing to chase those winter blues away (at least for a few days before its back to reality) and recharge. Last month I accomplished two traveling firsts; visited Jamaica and stayed at my first all-inclusive resort. My fiancé and I had just got engaged and although we planned this trip eight months ago, long before we knew we would have something to celebrate,  it ended up being the perfect little “engagement moon” to revel in our big relationship milestone.


Healing Vietnamese Style Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

Healing Vietnamese Style Chicken Noddle Soup

Main Courses, Recipes | January 5, 2015 | By

It’s officially cold and flu season…*cough cough, sniff sniff* I thought I was making it by this season with no cold symptoms on the horizon. That was until the day before I had to return to work after my two week winter vacation. All of a sudden I was achey and all around under the weather. Maybe my subconscious was running wild with the thought of returning to my desk…but whatever the reason I still was feeling pretty crummy.