Lakeside Lounging

June 1, 2012

This past weekend my girlfriends and I had a wonderful time lounging lakeside in Cazenovia. Dating back to the days of junior prom camping trips, we’ve always been known to prepare far more food than necessary, and 10 years later it’s no different. While we spent an afternoon at the wineries around the Finger Lakes, and a dinner out at Brewster Inn, we still had to ensure ourselves we would not go hungry at the house. Memorial Day essentials– watermelon, hotdogs and hamburgers were in abundance, fruit salads and bagels for the morning hours and snacks like spanakopitas, pinwheels and banana pudding to fill us up during those in between hours.

Morning fruit

Everything bagel and cream cheese

Bagel

Hotdog

Hotdogs, hamburgers and cheeseburgers

Spanakopitas

Watermelon

Banana pudding dessert

Pinwheels

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Happy Memorial Day!

May 28, 2012

Wishing everyone a wonderful day filled with friends, family and picnics! x

Pizza frite and Brownie a la mode

Brownies & Pizza frite

Easter Desserts

April 12, 2012

My parent’s house was a makeshift bakery this past Saturday. Filled with the aromas of melting chocolate, bread cooking in the oven, and bits of flour trailing around, the end result was well worth it. We baked the usual Italian chocolate filled cookies and banana bread to share with friends and family. Luckily they’ve lasted me through the week and I even have a loaf frozen. A great find and prop for the shoot was the 1950’s mixer I took home from my grandmother’s house. Still need to get it working, but for now, it’s a perfect vintage accent to keep as kitchen decor.

Chocolate filled cookies

Banana Bread

Chocolate Filled Cookies

My favorite dough

Banana bread

Morning Mini Quiches

April 10, 2012

Mini quiches are the perfect answer when you have a late afternoon brunch on the weekends, but need something quick and easy to hold you over until 2 or so. Easter morning, my father cooked up these delicious muffin size quiches. Quick and easy to make, he threw in some eggs, cheddar cheese, spinach, asparagus, bacon and ham– a little taste of everything in one bite.

Mini Quiche with cheese bread

Ingredients

Ham

Happy Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2012

May your day be filled with lots of love and delicious desserts! x

Heart cookies from Eleni's

Superbowl Sunday

February 5, 2012

It’s that time of year for all the wings, chips and salsas to come out for the Superbowl parties. While contemplating what to cook up for this evening’s festivities, I was inspired by Eat Yourself Skinny’s BBQ chicken bites. Changing up the recipe a bit for a lighter flavor, I made a couple different versions: Whole Foods pulled chicken with tangerine dressing, Mammuth goat cheese from the farmers market and fresh cilantro into mini phyllo dough shells, and a vegetarian-friendly option that included teriyaki baked tofu. As an additional quick and easy dish, Whole Foods Alaskan Salmon bites are perfect. Go Giants!

Tangerine Chicken Bites

Salmon Bites

Cilantro, Goat Cheese and phyllo dough

Super Bowl snacks

Baked Teriyaki Tofu

Pulled chicken with tangerine dressing

Bringing in the New Year

January 4, 2012

I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the start of 2012 than with great food, friends and skiing. I’ve been pretty bummed because a photographer’s worst nightmare came true when my card with all of the Christmas holiday food shoots was damaged, and even after attempting recovery at New York’s top repair services, there was no such luck. But that just gives me an excuse to revisit some of the locations, like Elderberry Pond Restaurant, to enjoy yet another great meal. Well, enough of the disappointments, it’s time I look forward in the New Year and share with you some amazing meals from this past weekend spent at Killington. We were lucky enough to have a friend/personal chef join us for the 3 days and prepare all the meals– I should add for 16 people– with more enthusiasm than anyone I’ve seen. Here’s the menu we had, and check out the highlights below:

Taco Night–Pulled Chipotle Chix, Ground beef , Soft and hard shells, Assorted toppings, Black beans, Rice and Corn

Steak and Scrimps’ Night–Filet wrapped in applewood smoked bacon, Grilled Ribeye with fried onion strings, Marinated grilled scrimps’, Roasted Garlic Parm potatoes, Broccoli, Dilaurios butter rolls

Sunday Pasta–Pastabilities spicy tomato oil for dipping, Antipasto platter w/ assorted cheeses including  5 year Pecorino, Caesar Salad, Zia Natalina’s San Marzano Tomato sauce w/ assorted pig parts over pasta, Meatballs, Greens with ham hocks and Pizza frite

That NYE staple known as Champagne

Filet wrapped in applewood smoked bacon

Sunday's pre-pasta meat and cheese plate

Lobster Bisque

Lobster Bisque

Baklavah

Killington

A skier's breakfast

Bacon, Egg & Cheese sandwiches

Berries & Yogurt

Homemade croutons

Pasta & Cheese

Loster Bisque

Shrimp & Broccoli