As we celebrate this upcoming weekend, remember to take a second to reflect on just how lucky we are to live in this great country! On that same note I love some of this month’s upcoming events because there are so many that embody the culture of New Jersey and all this state has to offer!(NJ Pride!) From Jersey corn, to our wines, to our fresh seafood and even our efforts towards charitable endeavors; they will all be celebrated this July. As always…get those calendars ready!!!
After a week long hiatus due to a nasty little summer flu that had me bedridden for a week, I am back just in time for the summer holiday. Today’s post is all about a fun, adults only, recipe to celebrate the patriotic weekend ahead. I came across zipicles in a recent trip to World Market. Essentially, these are the long plastic packets that hold the techa-colored fruit pops we loved so much as kids. Who knew they made and sold these empty packets for you to create your own? I had seen plenty of ice pop molds for sale but nothing like these before. Of course I had to purchase to try for myself.
Instagram is definitely one of my favorite social media outlets. I can get lost for hours in the photo feeds. It’s also happens to be a great resource for ideas, inspiration and motivation for both the blog and my personal life in general. While I love to scroll through my friend’s accounts; there are three general categories I tend to browse when I’m not getting my daily dose of friend updates. These areas are food (no surprise there!), travel, and party planning (My wedding on the horizon has really spiked this category).
Every week the brightly colored bags of baby bell peppers call my name while at the grocery store but, I so rarely would actually purchase for fear of waste. My assumption was that a 2 lb bag would be too much for my party of 2 household. Of course after thinking about it more I realized that I could probably incorporate them into so many different recipes that it would be a money saving purchase that could be spread across meals. I personally accepted my own challenge to make a large batch and use throughout a week of meals.
Bonjour! I have stumbled onto a new fusion restaurant that is write-up worthy. I discovered a place where French bread and focaccia lay side by side in your bread basket. You’ll also find classic moules marinières and artisan pizzas comingled on the same menu. Ma Maison in Millburn, NJ is serving up French food with some Italian fusion.
A little over a year ago a co-worker of mine introduced me to i heart keenwah. They were a snack company on the rise with the launch of their quinoa clusters. These sweet and crunchy little snacks were so addicting that I personally reached out to the company to share my love for the brand. They reached out to do a partnership and giveway post with Behind the Plates which I happily took them up on. When I recently received an e-mail from them notifying me that their newest snack product had hit the market; I jumped on the opportunity to give them a taste.
A few weeks ago I went to a restaurant in Red Bank, NJ called Dish. It’s a great little BYOB that serves up inspired meals with an Italian influence. One of the specials on the evening we dined there was a watermelon salad with ricotta salate. Our table was intrigued with the combination and ordered one salad to share. It was a sweet and salty delight. I knew it would be an easy dish to recreate and I bookmarked the idea to take home to the kitchen.
Happy June! Another month filled with food trucks and festivals is ahead. Seafood makes appearances on a grand scale throughout the state and wine events are plentiful. Soak in the sun and enjoy the eats.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year…farmer’s market season!!! My weekends will soon be complete with my pit stop to the local market to get my weekly goodies. I subscribe to the Morristown farmers market because it happens to be right up the street. I’m treated to farm fresh fruits and vegetables directly from their sources, fresh baked breads, and chicken straight from the poultry farm; along with other occasional splurges like crisp pickles, homemade pierogis, and gourmet cheeses. It’s a food lover’s dream.
If you’ve been reading the blog for a few months now you’ll notice that there have been a good handful of Asian inspired recipes. I’ve really enjoyed fooling around with these flavor profiles in the kitchen. Once I “discovered” Thai curries and coconut milk my mind has run wild with delicious stir fry ideas, casseroles, and in today’s case noodle dishes.