During the work week I try to make quick and easy meals that take less than 30 minutes or so to prepare. Between the commute home, errands, workouts, etc it makes it hard to make elaborate meals. But, this doesn’t mean I like to sacrifice flavor or creativity either. I’m not someone who is pleased to live on grilled chicken and vegetables every night. I need to spice my weekly menus up.
A few weekends ago a whole group of my college girlfriends, along with some new friends, headed down to Cape May for a bachelorette party. We had rented a beautiful, and highly recommended, shore house from VRBO (If you have not used VRBO for a vacation rental…you should look into it, it’s a great service. Also, here is the link to the gorgeous rental we stayed in: http://www.vrbo.com/324247 ).
I will become a broken record about this in my posts but, I love Italy. I think their love affair with food culture closely mirrors my own so maybe that is why I always want to feel so closely linked.
The Montclair Food and Wine Festival is returning for its third annual event this May to celebrate local food culture.
As a resident of Morristown, NJ and a frequent wine drinker I know that there is a bodega or merchant that sells wine just a hop, skip and a jump away from any given point in town. This is very convenient and great for a quick pick up when I have a sudden hankering for a cabernet. The only problem is that almost none of the shops offer a knowledgeable and dedicated staff that will help pick your wine selection. As I have mentioned in past posts I am on the quest for wine knowledge this year and understanding my purchases is just a small step in the right direction. I also love to bring wine as hostess gifts or special occasion presents. I wouldn’t want to present any old bottle as my gift so this is why I would love an expert to help pick out my special selection.
I live in an area of North Jersey where you can get Italian or Asian food on every corner. Restaurants are a plenty however; there are a few cuisines that are not properly represented….Greek for example.
Its St. Patrick’s Day season! I can honestly say I don’t cook Irish style dishes too often in my house. But once a year I feel it is a MUST to have the traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage. The only thing wrong with this dish is, it’s a little boring. I started to think how I could liven this dish up and still keep all the traditional components. And then I had an epiphany! I had been craving my great grandmother’s recipe for stuffed cabbage. It’s a traditional Polish dish that my family has passed down and it has become more of a special occasion meal. I thought… what if I swapped out the usual ground beef filling for corned beef and changed the usual tomato sauce to a vegetable stock?
I’m always on the lookout for inventive things to make for dinner parties and gatherings. While I always have my signature dishes, I do like to change it up a bit. I have a boyfriend that is equally as enthusiastic as I am about Italian food. The difference is that he would be perfectly content eating a simple caprese salad and maybe a little prosciutto until the end of his days. Me…I like variety. So for his recent birthday celebration I decided I would give him some of his favorites but in a different format.