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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With the flowers blooming all across Central Park, taking an enjoyable walk home is a far better option than the subway. The sun was setting to create a beautiful golden light on the cherry blossoms, lilac gardens and midtown’s skyline. After all that walking, why not take the time for a quick snack. Local favorites of mine include breads from Sarabeth’s and Ciao Bella’s Green Tea gelato from the new foodie shop in town– Gastronomie 491, that is part cafe part gourmet market.

Happy Weekend! I’m heading Upstate for Easter, so be sure to check back soon for all the holiday menus! x

Green Tea Gelato

Central Park

Green Tea Gelato

Sarabeth's breads

Sarabeth's raisin bread

Trees in bloom

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