- When I decided to join the Gluten Free for 30 day challenge with my gym, I didn’t do a great job at looking at my calendar ahead. With Saint Patrick’s Day (Goodbye Beer ….), a weekend excursion to Washington D.C. and my first big dinner party at our house planned, I had my work cut out for me. But, I survived the month and managed to stay on track.
My Charlotte journeys continue to grow as the months pass on! Last month I had my fourth visit in the past six months to the Queen City. I spent three days bouncing around for work activities, visiting my best friend, and of course continuing my food adventures. I have to share a quick story that gave me a laugh while on my visit. I spent some time with a work colleague who lives in Charlotte and has for thirteen years. As we began to discuss my love for food she started to list off some of the popular bars and restaurants in the area. I let her in on the secret that I had gone to almost everything on her list. She explained with shock that she had lived there for over a decade and had yet to go to most of them. The conversation continued with me giving her recommendations on which hot spots to get to and which seemed a bit overrated.
I recently got a really big craving for oatmeal. These hankerings aren’t a frequent occurrence for me. I am more of an egg person in the morning. But, sometimes the only way to relieve a craving is to give into it. With about a dozen overnight oats pictures on my Instagram feed every morning, I’m shocked I’m not indulging every day.
Weekend getaways to Florida in the middle of winter are always welcomed! I love to try and get a mid-winter vacation in to sneak away from the cold and get some Vitamin D. However; this year there was a major factor standing in my way, Zika virus. Before you get all “whoa congrats on the pregnancy” “I had no clue?!” Well that’s because I am not pregnant. However; not understanding the lasting effects the virus can have, my husband and I made a conscience decision not to put ourselves in harm’s way. We actually went as far as to cancel our New Year’s Eve trip to Miami and the Florida Keys. My grandparents live on the West coast straddled between Tampa and Fort Meyers. They made it abundantly clear that no signs of Zika had been identified near them. When a flash sale from Allegiant Airlines (a new airline to Trenton-Mercer Airport) popped up promising $75 round trip flights to Tampa, we couldn’t pass it up.
Top of the morning to you all! Saint Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and I am celebrating this American Irish holiday on the blog today. For the past three years I have shared out my unique recipe for Corned Beef Stuffed Cabbage. It’s still a great option for your St. Patty’s Day festivities however; I thought it was time to add another option to your menus.
Today I am discussing my recent death by chocolate experience. You guys, this is one of my proudest baking moments yet! Granted, I had a little help with an original recipe that I adapted from. BUT, I made the most decadent chocolate cake and one of my favorite dessert recipes into a dairy and gluten free version!! Did I mention it still tastes exactly the same? I just about did cartwheels in my kitchen.
Believe it or not, there are still a small handful of Morristown restaurants I have not dined my way through. It’s not necessarily for lack of wanting to try them. It’s just that I’m always out to try the newest place on the block or settling with my regular favorites.
There’s something about cold Asian noodle salads that scream comfort for me! I mean it could be the carbs, because who doesn’t eat them and want to take a nap after? But, I also think the use of creamy peanut butter gives this dish an extra luscious element. Or maybe it’s the fact that I ate this salad curled up on my couch, under cozy blankets, watching mindless TV? Whatever the reason, it was a filling, delicious and share worthy.
This recipe is a long time coming. It has been a staple for dinner parties at my house for a few years but, I have yet to have the time to photograph to share! Typically, I’m in the midst of preparing a multi-course meal (Which I still was this time) and I either forget or don’t have the lighting to photograph.
Morristown has had some exciting new restaurant additions in the works for the past few months. Stirling Tavern is one of these endeavors! It took over the beloved David Todd’s space on South Street. I was a big fan of David Todd’s so they had a lot to live up to in my mind. Once I learned that the renowned Stirling Hotel would be taking over the reins I had high hoped for good things to come. (I haven’t been myself but have heard only great things!)