I love to host events and dinner parties. Granted, I may run around like a chicken with its head cut off while prepping for them but, that’s part of the thrill. It may be my roots in the hospitality industry that have spurred my desire to be in the “business” of pleasing people. However; I truly enjoy it! (Just ask any of my friends) I will go above and beyond to try and pull off the perfect evening. This can range from putting together my annual Christmas fundraiser for charity where I’ve done themes including a wine and cheese pairing, ugly sweater party, and this past year I created a Christmas “photo booth”; all the way down to a simple dinner party with our neighbors where elaborate 3 course menus are developed in preparation.
Bright, fresh, crispy, juicy, vibrant, effervescent…these are all words I tend to associate with summertime. I wanted to create a dish that showcased this seasonal descriptive and highlight what a large role local produce plays in my nightly meals. I am a farmers’ market frequenter and I tend to buy what speaks to me that week. If the kale is looking colorful and crunchy I may grab some to make my favorite kale and brussel sprout salad . It could also be the blueberries that call my name to make a cobbler or an eggplant that shouts at me to become a part of a light pasta dish. My weekly market loot is always full of menu possibilities.
I am going to start today’s post with a small travel trivia fact for everyone. New Hampshire has only 18 miles of coastline. This small stretch of shore is where I spent my 4th of July vacation this year. Along this rocky seacoast region lays sandy beaches, state parks, marinas, and historic landmarks. Starting at the southern tip bordering Massachusetts you’ll find public beaches, boardwalk inns, and seashore shop lined streets. If you move toward the northern tip of coast that borders Maine you’ll notice the celebrated colonial style houses. Portsmouth, which is the northernmost coastal town in the state, was one of the first regions settled in New Hampshire and it is filled with historically significant landmarks, houses, and tourist attractions. It’s also known to have a culinary epicenter in its downtown.
In continuation of this week’s peach recipe theme I bring you the final installment and fittingly, it is a dessert dish. A few weeks ago an Italian food imports company, Tantillo Foods, sent me a care package of goodies to sample. In it included Italian olive oils, canned tomatoes, citrus juices and the most prized item (in my opinion), balsamic “bliss” vinegar from Modena, Italy . I used this vinegar in this particular recipe to drizzle over the top of the dessert as the finishing touch. The areas of Modena and Reggio Emilia in Italy develop balsamic vinegars that are aged to become very sweet, thick and syrupy in consistency. A little goes a long way with this vinegar but, it’s a lovely topper for some dishes. These vinegars are great on top of sharp cheese, fish, fruit, and vegetables.
I have a long commute to work every day. During those hour and half (each way) drives is often when my inspiration hits. (You have a lot of alone time with your mind…). My latest recipe is a direct result of one of these “light bulb” moments in the car.
We are approaching peach season! I absolutely love enjoying a ripe, plump and juicy peach this time of year. There are so many wonderful dishes that peaches can be incorporated in. Most of us think of peaches in desserts, cocktails, or sometimes salads. I decided to take a different approach and incorporate this vibrant fruit into a typically savory and sharp sauce. Today we’ll be making a Jalapeño Peach BBQ Sauce.
Hi my name is Missy and I am a snack addict. There I said it. But it is the truth. I have always been a snacker. I’m known around the office as the girl with the drawer full of goodies. I’m always the first stop if someone has a strike of mid-day hunger. Although I love to snack, I do try to keep my snacks healthy. I stock up on options like fruit and veggies, rice cakes and organic peanut butter, small bits of dark chocolate, etc.
Once summer rolls around I am always out and about. Softball games, nightly workouts, and errands tend to fill up my weekly, after work calendar. This busy schedule translates to needing simple meals to cook during the week. The fewer steps involved with the cooking process, the better.
I have been on a seafood frenzy lately. A few weeks back I covered the Belmar Seafood Festival and most recently I had a trip to Boston where I visited the seaport and indulged at a local seafood favorite, The Barking Crab.
After my latest travel adventure to Massachusetts I can safely say that Boston isn’t the only city in this state with a noteworthy food scene. My visit to the area was based in Westborough which sits comfortably between both Boston and Worcester. During my weekend stay, we used one of the nights to venture off the beaten Boston path to try out some of what Worcester, MA had to offer.