I went on a complete bender a few weeks ago. It was a craving that I just had to give in to daily. Thank goodness what I was in need of were easy to find. I’m talking about spiralized vegetables guys!! I totally went ham on the pre-made aisle in my King’s Food Market and brought home every spiralized vegetable they carried. I tasted, tested, and perfected four recipes that week! Over the course of the next two weeks I intend to share all of them with you from today’s breakfast bake, to an Italian feast, to a sizzling stirfry.
Do you know what I love about Christmas break (aside from no work, of course)? Breakfast! I actually have the time to cook and enjoy a full breakfast meal on those cold lazy days. Most mornings I am drinking a protein shake on the go or grabbing a quick meal in my work cafeteria. I’m never up early enough cook a meal. I do cook breakfast on the weekends however; I usually don’t have time to do recipe creation and come up with exciting new dishes so scrambled eggs or an old recipe are my “go-tos”. But with a whole week off between Christmas and the New Year, I was able to whip up a new breakfast sensation that I can add into that weekend repertoire moving forward!
This restaurant review has been a long time coming. It’s not new to the local Morristown scene nor was it a first time visit for me (or even my 10th visit for that matter). End of Elm in Morristown has been around for nearly three years taking the old home of Hennessey’s bar near the train station. The restaurant has a gastropub appeal featuring refined American small plates and a great variety of craft beers and cocktails. I was quick to try it out when it arrived and I have frequented since. Why it has taken this long for me to do a write-up is a question I do not have the answer to!
This week it’s all about burgers! First, I want to clear up any possible confusion about why I would post a detox recipe and discuss my healthier eating resolution post last week only to completely derail myself with gluttonous burgers a week later. I taste tested and visited the next 2 posts’ restaurants back in December. I took the opportunity during my holiday time off to test out recipes and visit some exciting new eateries so that I could bring all of you some great material for 2016. So don’t be surprised if you see some less than perfectly “clean-eating” recipes thrown into the mix in upcoming weeks as well. Now that I’ve thwarted all possible judgments for food indiscretion, it’s time to get into my first burger review.
I have dying to do a post on bloody mary’s for a while now. They are one of my all-time favorite cocktails. It’s actually the first drink that my fiance and I have on each vacation we take. It’s kind of our “We’re about to have a great time” benchmark. While I never quite got around to coming up with the perfect idea, my amazing blogger friend Elizabeth Palmer Starnes who writes Elizabeth Palmer Kitchen, did! Elizabeth has put together all the essentials to make your own bloody mary bar. Start planning your brunch parties now! I’m thinking it would go perfectly with BTP’s Bruchetta Bar idea for a casual summer lunch soiree.
If you haven’t read one of my recent posts, then you might not know I have gone Paleo for the month. My Crossfit gym is hosting a 30 day challenge that not only includes this caveman diet, but also a daily water intake test, a mile run benchmark and extra points for daily gym workouts. The winner gets a whopping $380 (2/3 of the challenge sign-up fee pot). Aside from the fact that I’ll pretty much join in on most challenges because I’m a major sucker for competition; I’m also saving for a wedding. Needless to say, I hopped on the bandwagon. This challenge has not only tested my physical agility and mental stability (I’ve had some pretty close calls on completely losing “my ish” due to sugar, carb and dairy withdrawal….lol); but it has also set me to task in the kitchen. I am not someone who is ok with eating just grilled chicken breast and steamed vegetables every night. For that very reason, creating innovative recipes that meet the Paleo requirements is necessary and it has been an adventure.
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.