Tomato, Corn and Avocado Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

Salads | June 29, 2017 | By

Jersey Corn, Tomatoes, Avocado….these are a few of my favorite things (In harmony to the Sound of Music tune!). But seriously, there is not much more I love in the summer than juicy, ripe tomatoes and sweet Jersey corn. When you pair that with the ultimate ingredient, avocado (which is my favorite just about anytime), you’ve got a star studded tomato, corn and avocado salad.


Mediterranean Couscous Stuffed Peppers

I grew up eating stuffed peppers for dinner on a regular basis. It was a favorite. They were filled with ground beef and orzo with diced tomatoes and cheese. Sometimes other add-ins made their way into the mix like corn or beans. I actually made it to adulthood thinking this is how all stuffed peppers were. My thought was that it was a true recipe my parents went by. It wasn’t until my early 20’s that I realized my parents were simply pulling together an easy meal with what they had at home, what was on sale, or what they thought might taste good. Most people consider a “traditional” stuffed pepper to be with ground beef, rice, and some type of tomato sauce (I also didn’t learn this one until recent years either).


BTP Takes a Summer Vacation

The Dish | June 16, 2017 | By

Happy Summer Everyone! Just like many of you, I set up a great getaway for the summer. My husband and I are headed out to Oregon and Washington to explore their wine county regions. While, I can’t wait to share all the details when I return, I want to be able to focus on being present and enjoy my time away.


Travel Food Feature-Jersey Girls Food Tours, Jersey City NJ

Have you ever wondered what city food tours were like? Well today’s post is giving you the inside scoop.


Sweet Corn, Pancetta and Shrimp Risotto

You guys! I’ve done it, I finally mastered risotto. In the past few years I have had some flops and mild successes with cooking risotto but, I could never get the texture exactly how I wanted it. I gave up on believing the cook time on the back of the box (20 minutes until al dente….LIES!). Risotto is typically a labor of love and patience. It requires constant attention, stirring and hope that in less than 2 hours you’ll have dinner on the table. But, no more!!! I can get you this shrimp risotto on the table in just over a half hour and it will be perfectly rich, creamy, and cooked through!


Sweet Spring Strawberry Salad

Recipes, Salads | June 6, 2017 | By

It’s one of my favorite times of the year. The birds are chirping, the flowers are in full bloom, and we are starting to head outdoors as much as possible. However; while Spring is certainly a joyful time for the weather; it does happen to lead into the dreadful bikini season. This means that I need to start cleaning up my eating act (starting with this Sweet Spring Strawberry Salad). Let’s face it; a winter full of travels, holidays, and warm comfort foods leads has led to some soft spots in my routine (and body….eeeek).  With all of this said, I am going to try (emphasis on try) to eat better whenever possible. But, It’s all about balance.


Seasons Olive Oil and Vinegar Experience in Morristown, NJ

What do you do when it’s the perfect spring day, your agenda is empty and your husband is out golfing? You explore your own city! That’s exactly what I did a few weeks ago. I decided to take a long walk around the center of town and about three hours later I had discovered new shops, indulged in a giant ice cream come from the South Street Creamery, and took in the Morristown green’s budding views. It honestly was the best afternoon I had in a long time.


Slurp. Sip and Repeat with Ani Ramen, Montclair, New Jersey

Reviews | June 1, 2017 | By

Do any of you scan your Instagram food feed regularly to look at food photos? I know that due to who I follow on my blog account (@behindthepl8s …in case you aren’t already following along! Get on that!) I look at a sea of “foodporn” every day. It’s how the latest and greatest food trends get discovered and the next “it” eateries do their best marketing. One dish that has been on repeat on my feeds for a few years now is Ramen (and Ani Ramen’s posts are certainly lumped into this food porn phenomenon!)