Saturday, March 29, 2014

The Search for YUM Comes Out of Hibernation!

Is it finally time to come out of hibernation?!

I actually haven't been hibernating...I've spent every weekend this Winter being a ski bum in Ludlow, VT! My absolute favorite place to be in during the winter. While I took the ski bum role to heart and didn't do ANY writing the past few months, I did do a lot of eating! So be on the lookout for a post all about the delicious finds all around the quaint and fun ski town of Ludlow.

Also coming up...we are spending this weekend on the North Shore of Boston for your friends wedding in Salem, MA! We already enjoyed an amazing lunch at Prides Piccola in Beverly, MA and I can't wait to write more about that. Tim grew up with the owner so I even got the inside scoop!

And we are staying at the Hawthorne Hotel in Salem where the wedding will also be. Rumor has it, it's haunted! But so is every other place in Salem. I'm not so sure about the haunted part, but I'm definitely finding some inspiration to write at this desk with a view in our room.

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Crock Pot Recipe - Beef Burgundy

I have been in serious Crock Pot withdrawal since the sad demise of mine a few months ago. Fall and Winter are not the seasons to be without a Crock Pot! Thankfully, my sister saved me from my misery and got me one for Christmas! (A Big Huge Thank You to the best sister in the world!!!) Just in time, too...the Crock Pot recipes I was saving were really starting to add up. First up: Beef Burgundy.

Crock Pot Recipe - Beef Burgundy

Last weekend was our first weekend home since the Holidays so I was anxious to use our new Crock Pot. And Sunday morning I woke up with Beef Burgundy on my mind! I had gotten all of the ingredients the day prior, so all I had to do was roll out of bed and start chopping and searing!

The recipe I found was actually a little more involved than I had expected. But SO worth it. And by involved, I mean just one more step extra besides cutting everything up and throwing it in together. I also didn't make things easier for myself by getting fresh pearl onions. Yes, I peeled 24 tiny pearl onions Sunday morning. I now understand why the recipe called for frozen pearl onions! Thanks to Family Circle Magazine for this and other great Crock Pot Recipes!

What You Need:

  • 2 lbs beef chuck for stew, cut into 1 1/2 - 2 inch chunks
  • 5 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter (I used salted and it was great)
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) low-sodium beef broth
  • 4 large carrots, peeled and cut on the diagonal into 1 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 pkg (10oz) brown mushrooms, cleaned and cut to desired size
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1 bag (14.4 oz) frozen pearl onions, thawed

Mashed Potatoes or buttered noodles (optional)

Step 1:
Coat the beef with 2 tbsp of the flour, 1 tsp of the salt and pepper. (The Family Circle recipe recommends mixing in a large resealable plastic bag, but I simply tossed in a bowl).

Step 2:
Melt butter and oil in a large stainless steel skillet over medium-high heat. Add beef and brown for 5 minutes, stirring to sear all sides (cook in 2 batches, if needed). Spoon into slow cooker. Reduce heat in pan to medium and add 1 cup of the broth. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring up anything on the bottom of the pan. Pour into slow cooker along with carrotts, mushrooms, garlic, red wine and remaining beef broth. Scatter onions over top of vegetables.

Step 3:
Cover and slow cook on HIGH for 5 hours or LOW for 6 1/2 hours. 

Step 4: (Confession time! I completely stopped reading at Step 3 and thought I was done! But it still turned out amazingly!)
With a slotted spoon, remove beef and vegetables to a large serving bowl. Whisk together remaining 3 tbsp flour with 3 tbsp water in a small bowl. Strain hot liquid from slow cooker into a medium saucepan. Whisk in flour mixture and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil 3 minutes, until thickened, then stir into stew with remaining 1/4 tsp salt. 

Crock Pot Beef Stew

Then Enjoy! I ate this one night without mashed potatoes and the next whipped up some buttery mashed potatoes to serve the stew over. Delicious!

Crock Pot Recipe - Beef Burgundy

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Long Trail Brewery - A Must for Food, Fun and Beer

If you have never been to Long Trail Brewery in Vermont, you must put it on your list of things to do, Now! Located in Bridgewaters Corners, VT, it's just a short drive from many surrounding ski areas such as Okemo and Killington! Luckily for me, it's become our tradition to go to Long Trail for my awesome brother-in-law's birthday on New Years Eve ...along with a handful of other visits throughout ski season!

Long Trail Brewery - Menu Recommendations

Honestly, there is very little chance that you will be disappointed with ANYTHING you order here. But one thing you absolutely must try are the Chicken Wings. Especially if you love chicken wings as much as I do. It's not every day you get to have some as amazing as these! You have a choice of three different kinds: Buffalo, Yaki or Jonas. You should just try all three! You can find the complete pub menu here. (I think there's a few different things that haven't been updated online, but for the most part this is the standard food selection).

In terms of beer selection, I always start things off with a sampler! I've tried pretty much all of them, but it's always fun to try them all again and find out what you feel like drinking that day. There's two different types of samplers. If you have never been here definitely start with the Standard Sampler:

You get six samples of Long Trail's standard craft beer selection, including the popular Long Trail Ale, Hibernator and Double Bag Ale.

If you are already familiar with long-time favorites, try the Special Sampler. It includes four of their new Farmhouse Artisanal Ales and Brown Bag series which I am currently obsessed with.

After samplers, it's time for a full beer! Fair warning...if you choose the Triple Bag, they cut you off at 2 or 3!

My choice this visit was the Belgian Brunette - the latest in the Brown Bag series. 

And you can't leave without spending some time at the outdoor fire pit overlooking the Ottauquechee River.

Sorry I didn't get a photo of the Chicken Wings - I was elbow deep in oh-so-messy deliciousness. Literally! Thankfully they keep plenty of napkins and handi-wipes right at each table. They've thought of everything!

Maybe just one recommendation for the Brewery would be adding a few pub games (Cornhole would be amazing on the back deck!) And perhaps a dog friendly area for well-behaved pups of beer lovers?! Ok, that's it! :)


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year! + Refreshing Cocktail Recipe

Wishing you a very Happy New Year! Excited to continue the search for yum in 2014! Here's an easy and refreshing bubbly cocktail to enjoy with family and friends this year:

Pomegranate Prosecco Recipe

  • Your favorite Prosecco or champagne 
  • Splash of Pomegranate liqueur 
  • Pomegranate seeds
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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Thanksgiving Recipe Linky!

Hey everyone!
This Thanksgiving is the very first time I will be hosting this holiday of thanks...and abundant FOOD! I am extremely excited and also a little nervous at the same time. I hope everything turns out deliciously and that I don't mess anything up :) So I have been looking up recipes and tips non-stop.
That's why I thought it would be a great idea to start a Thanksgiving Recipe Linky, so everyone can share their favorite Thanksgiving recipes all in one place! My very first link party!

It's easy to share your favorite Thanksgiving recipe using the blue "add your link" button below! Please feel free to share ANY recipe you love on Thanksgiving: A special side dish, an appetizer, Turkey tips and desserts, of course. Even if it's "non-traditional." Anything goes!

Thanksgiving Recipe Linky

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Favorite Chicken Marsala Recipe

November 7, 2013 is National Men Make Dinner Day! It's pretty genius if you ask me!
In honor of this special occasion, I wanted to share my absolute favorite dish that my husband makes for me - Chicken Marsala. It's seriously DELICIOUS! And maybe if I'm lucky we will be celebrating this National day with some of his chicken marsala tonight ;)  *hint*hint* I'm a pretty lucky girl though, he doesn't need 1 day to remind him to make dinner. We both enjoy cooking and take turns throughout the week.

Favorite Chicken Marsala Recipe How-to Video

So here it is, the YouTube video that started it all! This is how the hubz found and made my very favorite dinner! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do - which is A LOT!
In case you can't see the video, here is the link:

Thanks Chef Tips!

A cute little background story...
We had only been living together for a few weeks when I came home to him in the kitchen, watching his iPad and hitting chicken on the counter with a hammer. Yes, a hammer. I quickly figured out he had turned to a YouTube video to help him make me dinner and that he didn't have the proper chicken pounding tool so resorted to using a hammer (pretty creative if you ask me!). What a guy! He poured me a glass of wine, pushed play on the iPad and finished cooking me one of the best dinners I had ever had.
Whenever he makes this recipe, he still uses that hammer to this day. haha. It's just part of the perfection now!

Here are some pictures from the last time he made it for me!:

My mouth is watering just looking at these pictures! YUM!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Free Food Deals on Halloween 2013

Happy Halloween! There's no trick to all of these treats! I've rounded up all of the food freebies I could find for this Halloween day and night! Enjoy!

Free Food Deals for Halloween 2013

Chipotle: Free $3 burrito when you wear your costume after 4pm. No coupon necessary.

Chili's: Free Chips and Sala platter with purchase of another on to-go orders only. Expires Sunday.

Boston Market: Free Kid's meal with the purchase of any individual meal when you bring in coupon.

Denny's: Free cup of coffee with coupon (until Nov 4)

Participating IHOPs: Children under 12 get a free Scary Face Pancake. 7am - 10pm

Jamba Juice: Free Jamba kid's smoothie for kids. 2-7pm. No coupon necessary

Krispy Kreme: Wear your Halloween costume and receive a free donut!

Longhorn Steakhouse: Free kid's meal with purchase of an adult entree. Coupon.

Olive Garden: Subscribe to newsletter and get a free kid's meal with purchase of an adult entree.

Outback Steakhouse: Gree kid's meal with purchase of adult entree today.

Red Lobster: Free kid's meal with purchase of an adult entree today.

Papa Johns: Buy a large pizza and get a second free with code TREAT13.

This is a list of mostly national food restaurants. Please Share Any of Your Own LOCAL free food finds in the comments below!