The Fourth of July is approaching which, for me, includes fireworks, beach, and BBQ’s. It also, is a time to reflect on our freedom and of course display some patriotism. We all know that for Fourth of July weekend anything and everything is red, white, and blue inspired. This goes for decorations, outfits and even food! I have hopped on the bandwagon with this next recipe.
A few weekends ago marked the 28th Annual Belmar Seafood Festival. I grew up just minutes from the yearly celebration and have yet to ever attend. This year my mission was to change that and boy did I pick a beautiful year to go. Bright blue skies flew overhead accompanied by a perfect sea salt scented breeze (the smell that always reminds me of home).
For those of you who follow my Instagram page (@behindthpl8s) you already know I have been on quite a mason jar salad kick lately. The recipe I posted for Thai Peanut Mason Jar Salads back in April had great reception with all of the readers and I must say, I fell in love as well. After 2 weeks straight of eating them for lunch I started thinking of the endless possibilities of other salads to stuff my jars with.
Today’s post is featuring a dish for the meal I don’t give enough love to, breakfast. Funny enough, growing up I refused to eat any breakfast food. My parents jumped through hoops to try and get me to partake in this meal. I disliked eggs, waffles, pancakes, cereal and even bagels and donuts for a while …pretty much all things we know and love as breakfast options. My diet consisted of options like granola bars or peanut butter on a hard roll. Thank goodness I came to my senses and now breakfast has become one of my favorite food moments of the day! So today I am going to celebrate my new(ish) love for the morning meal.
It’s one of my favorite times of the year…farmer’s market season! June tends to mark the start of the weekly farmers’ markets around the state. For the past few years I have been a weekly visitor of the Morristown market. There is nothing that quite compares with the fresh fruit, vegetables, baked goods, local meats, and specialty products that the merchants peddle weekly at these markets. It not only supports our local agriculture but; provides a level of freshness in the food that you often can’t buy at the grocery store.
I’ve joined some of my favorite bloggers for a very special giveaway. One of our lucky readers will win a gorgeous KitchenAid Artisan Design 5-Quart Stand Mixer!
I have a friend whom I enjoy setting up girls night outings with because every time we make plans we try to do something different. Sometimes it’s a gym class, others a night out to dinner, and this past girls night it was a painting class.
Happy National Iced Tea Day!
In honor and observance of this food holiday for my all-time favorite beverage (I drink unsweetened iced tea almost every day…even in the winter!) I am bringing you a fun and easy summertime recipe.
This past weekend marked the second annual Montclair Food and Wine Festival. I happened to be one of the lucky attendees of two of the events they hosted over the 3 day occasion. It was my first big event that I was invited to as press to cover the activities. I connected with the creator of the Montclair Food and Wine Festival, Melody Kettle, who graciously supported my blog’s venture to bring all of you great food stories and she invited me to attend.
I’ve decided to bring you foodie happenings around New Jersey monthly. It has become a ritual for me to check out what is going on around the state so I can find fun things to do. I thought it would only be fair to share it with all of you in case you want to join in the fun as well!