- 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.
There’s something about short ribs that just encompasses the true meaning of comfort food. I’ve cooked it quite a few different ways (take a look at this BTP recipe from last winter for another inspirational idea) and yet it always transforms the dish into a stick to your ribs, hearty dinner. It could be the way that the meat becomes melt in your mouth tender when slow cooked. It could also be that the beef provides another dimension of flavor in any sauce you cook it in. It could also be that it tends to be best served over scrumptious starchy sides like polenta, potatoes and pasta. But whatever the reason may be I have found that short ribs are quickly becoming my crowd pleaser weekend meal for all occasions.
A recent girls night out brought me to Montclair for dinner. This North Jersey town has a vibrant restaurant scene and there are so few that I have been able to visit. With a recommendation from one of my friends who frequents the area we settled on going to Salute Brick Oven Bistro for dinner.
It’s pumpkin season which means all pumpkin everything! I know, pumpkin fever is such a fad and pretty much every product imaginable comes in some pumpkin spice variation these days, but I love it! As soon as October hits (Alright, you got me… it may have been September this year) my pumpkin candles and recipes come out for the season. Today’s recipe is my first pumpkin inspired meal for the Fall (it will certainly not be the last!).
This year I embarked on the adventure of starting my own herb garden. I was excited to try out my green thumb skills. Gardening seems like the perfect hobby for a foodie. Who wouldn’t want to grow their own produce or herbs? It makes your meals feel so much more personal because you know in some small way you worked for it. I had this fear that I would never see the fruits of my “labor” because I’ve never been able to keep a house plant alive, let alone multiple outdoor ones! I read up on herbs and found that they are pretty forgiving for novice gardeners like me. Based on this fact, herbs seemed like the right place to start for gardening. There is also the fact that my backyard is pretty much non-existent so potted plants were really my only option.
Spaghetti was a regular dish in my household growing up. The big pot of sauce simmering all day and wafting delicious home cooked scents throughout the house was my favorite part. And although my Mom’s will always be my favorite, I wanted to highlight another pasta dish that has recently captivated my attention.
I will become a broken record about this in my posts but, I love Italy. I think their love affair with food culture closely mirrors my own so maybe that is why I always want to feel so closely linked.
I have a large soft spot in my heart for Italy. If you have not learned this about me already, you soon will by following my blog. It is where I truly founded my appreciation and passion for all things food. I have always loved food (I even went to school for it earning my degree in Hospitality Management for my Bachelors). However; it wasn’t until my first trip to Italy (I have now gone twice) that my palate expanded and my craving for food knowledge began to grow.