Friday, June 10, 2016

CT Food Events This Weekend: June 11 -12

There are SO many fun things to do in CT this weekend! How will I ever Pick!?

I haven't done many local Connecticut posts, because I realize a lot of you reading this blog are from all over the country/world, but there are SO many cool food things happening in my local area I feel like I should be sharing! Even if you aren't close enough to attend, it's cool to see what other local communities are doing. And if you are near southeastern CT, maybe you will find some cool events to check out. 

So I am going to start doing a weekly round up of food/food related events in Southeastern Connecticut. If you ever have something you'd like to share - please feel free to add in the comment section or email me: thesearchforyum@gmail.com and I will get them added to The Search for YUM! So here it is: the first EVER YUM CT FOOD EVENTS post!

CT Food Events this Weekend that I'm excited about
 

Taste of Mystic - Olde Mistick Village, Mystic, June 10-12
One of my ALL TIME FAVORITE food events. EVER. I can say with almost absolute certainty that this single event sparked my love of food, food tasting events and the need to find/share the YUM. IN fact it was one of my very first blog posts: Mystic, CT Area Food Guide: Annual Taste of Mystic Highlights 

Strawberry Fest - Lyman Orchards, Middlefield, June 11
I have never been to this event but I will hopefully be going to this year's! (rain, rain please stay away!) It looks like a very nice family event - complete with a PIE EATING CONTEST that I think I might have to enter. 

Annual Celebration - Connecticut College Arboretum, New London, June 10
Ok, not technically a "food" event. But there will be CAKE LADY CAKE so it needed to be added :)


Monday, June 6, 2016

Chicken Salad Recipe: How to Video

Two years ago this month (TWO YEARS?!) I posted about my absolute favorite Chicken Salad Recipe. I took my favorite ingredients from all of the chicken salads I had tried to make one delicious chicken salad (if I do say so myself). You can read more about my recipe creation inspiration in the original post.

Without fail, every June I start craving this chicken salad. This June was no different. This has also been one of my most loved recipes on The Search for YUM to date so I decided to make a video showing how easy it really is! It's not professional quality by any means, but it was sure fun to make. Special thanks to my videographer husband :)

The Best Ever Chicken Salad Recipe - How To Video



For more information, full recipe and to see how I developed this specific recipe, head on over to my original Best Ever Chicken Salad Recipe post!

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Summer Pasta Salad Recipe

Meet your new favorite summer side dish. This Summer Pasta Salad is the easiest recipe to whip up for a BBQ and everyone enjoys it. It goes well with burgers, grilled chicken, hot dogs, sausages, you name it! And like all of my favorite go-to recipes....it's extremely easy. This actually might be the easiest one I know of. After you make this once, you will never need to look at this recipe again since it is so easy, but I still hope you'll think of the Search for YUM while you make it :)
 
Like all of my favorite recipes, I also have the tendency to over make this one early on in the season. Because you get so much of it with such little effort I find myself eating this for days on end at the beginning of the summer and then I burn out on it. But after a few weeks, I'm ready to whip it up again and enjoy.

Summer Pasta Salad Recipe

 
 
What You'll Need:
Tri Color Rotini
Robusto Italian Dressing
Cherry Tomatoes
Cheddar Cheese Squares (Or sticks you can cut into smaller chunks)
Pepperoni - cut into bite size chunks
 
How You'll Do It:
 
1. Cook the pasta, drain and cool completely. (this step is important or your cheese is going to not be so chunky but more melty).
2. Mix everything together, chill in the fridge.
3. ENJOY.

Best enjoyed outside at the picnic table!
 



Sunday, May 22, 2016

Cheesy Meatloaf Recipe

Meatloaf, smeatloaf, double beatloaf...I LOVE meatloaf!

I can't help but think of this A Christmas Story reference every time I think of meatloaf. Except instead of the little brother saying he "hates" meatloaf I replace it with I "LOVE" meatloaf!

The truth is, I had never had meatloaf until recently. It always sounded kind of...gross to me. I mean, let's be honest, it doesn't have the most glamorous of names - a loaf of meat. I just didn't know what I was missing. This is yet another one of my sister's delicious recipes!

The best part is, this is an easy recipe that the entire family can enjoy. Especially my toddler. He DEVOURS this. I always serve with mashed potatoes and some kind of green veggie. Usually green beans or even broccoli.


What You'll Need:

The Loaf
2 lbs Ground Beef
3/4 cup Bread Crumbs
1/2 cup minced onions
2 eggs, beaten
3 cups Shredded Cheese
1/2 tsp Worchestershire Sauce
2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper

The Topping:
2 cans of tomato paste
ketchup to taste

How You'll Do It:

1. Mix everything for the loaf together.

2. Top with tomato paste and ketchup

3. Bake at 350 for 1 hour

4. Enjoy!
 

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The BEST Artichoke Dip Recipe EVER

This is hands down the best artichoke dip recipe I have ever had. It's creamy, delicious and oh so flavorful. And there really isn't another recipe for artichoke dip like it, at least that I have been able to find.

Like most of my favorite recipes, I have my sister to thank. She got this recipe from one of her co-workers years ago and it has been a staple at family functions ever since. Every single holiday, family get-together, random craving I ask my sister for this recipe. I am somehow weirdly cursed when it comes to keeping/finding it. She has texted it to me, emailed to me, written it down and stuck it in a recipe folder for me. And I lose it every single time...until now! And neither will you because now it is on The Search for YUM blog!



I kept putting off sharing this recipe here since I ALWAYS forget to take a picture before it gets devoured (which is about 2 seconds after its taken out of the oven - Warning, this dip is so good you might burn your mouth because you are unable to wait for it to cool down).


The BEST Artichoke Dip Recipe...Ever


What You'll Need:
1 1/2 packages of cream cheese
1 cup sour cream
1 cup mayo
3/4 cup parmesan cheese
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1 tsp garlic powder
1 can of artichokes, drained and chopped

How You'll Do It:
1. Blend cream cheese, sour cream and mayo until smooth.
2. Add in the rest of the ingredients - parmesan cheese, onion, garlic powder, artichokes.
3. Mix well.
4. Sprinkle top generously with Italian bread crumbs.
5. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 - 25 minutes.
6. Enjoy!


Don't have all of these ingredients and still really craving artichoke dip? One of the times when I couldn't find this recipe, I tried to recreate it. I failed at recreating the extreme deliciousness of the original recipe but succeeded in making a very yummy artichoke dip with only 5 ingredients: can of artichokes, mayo, sour cream, parmesan cheese and bread crumbs all mixed together and baked at 350 until warm. I didn't measure, I just added to taste.

Let me know which one you try/like best!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Nutritious Toddler "Cookies"

My little guys has a HUGE appetite so I am constantly looking for new, healthy snack ideas to satisfy his belly while making sure he is getting all of the nutrients he needs. Let's face it...if I put a box of Ritz crackers in front of him he would eat the entire thing and probably sit there still asking for more. The same goes for bananas. He loves his bananas. So my challenge has definitely been finding ways to change up snack time instead of just falling into the routine of giving him the same things everyday, day after day.
Of course, I turned to Pinterest and have started a healthy toddler snack Pinterest board there you can check out.
The very first thing I tried were these Healthy and Organic Toddler Cookies from the blog Twitchettes. They were a HUGE hit!

Here's how my turned out and I even have a few fun additions to this already great recipe!

What You'll Need:
1 banana
1 Tbs Coconut Oil, melted
1/2 cup Rolled Oats
1 1/2 tsp Honey (honey is not recommended for children under 1)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
other optional additions: diced apples, spinach (I sneak spinach into everything), chocolate chips, anything else you think your toddler will love!  

How You'll Do It:
Mix it all together, spoon onto baking sheet or I've been preferring to into muffin tins and bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes.


Thank you very much to the ladies of Twitchettes for this great idea! Make sure you head over and check out their blog!

Can't wait to share the next one with you...Quinoa Veggie bites!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Chicken, Apple, Butternut Squash and Sage Bake

This is my absolute favorite dinner at home right now! It's delicious, nutritious, my baby can eat it and I only need 4 ingredients and 1 baking dish. (If you haven't caught on yet, I like my recipes as easy and scrumptious as possible). I was in a real dinner making slump a few weeks ago and adapted this recipe from one I found on MyRecipe.com. 

My struggle has been adapting my dinner menu (and timing) to fit the needs of our growing baby boy. Gone are the days when he was two weeks old, laying on the couch beside us at 8pm as we scarfed down pizza and chicken wings. Long gone.

He's now a 1 year old with a big appetite, who wants to eat with us...at 6 p.m. cue major life adjustment. For the better, obviously. 

This dinner is all that for me. Chop up a few apples and some butternut squash, throw some sage and chicken on top and you have yourself a dinner and an hour of playtime while it bakes. We love it and baby loves it. What more could I ask for?


Chicken, Butternut Squash and Apple One Dish Dinner



What You'll Need:
2 Split Chicken (bone in) for some reason it's just not the same with boneless chicken breasts
3 Fuji Apples
Butternut Squash
Fresh Sage
Canola Oil
Your Favorite Chicken Seasoning (optional)

How You'll Do It:
1. Cube apples and an equal amount of butternut squash.
2. Toss into baking dish with 1-2 tbsp canola oil. 
3. Sprinkle with sage.
4. Lay chicken over the top (seasoned to your liking).
5. Bake at 400 for 1 Hour and 15 Minutes.
Enjoy!