A Trip to the Orchard and an Apple a Day

This month we are celebrating all things fall in our house. It’s a year of firsts with our son and we are taking full advantage of beginning traditions. This weekend, we spent the day roaming a local apple orchard and picking the perfect pumpkin! If an apple a day does keep the doctor away, then these two simply delicious recipes will be sure to keep your M.D. forgetting your face! Here’s my recipe for Baked Apple Chips and my husbands famous Barn Cider.

Enough apples to put doctors out of business!

Enough apples to put doctors out of business!

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The Perfect Potato

I did a terrible thing. A few weeks ago, as the cool air began rolling in and I started craving autumn meals. All I could think of was the scalloped potatoes my Grandma Sue used to make when the nights turned chilly. I’m certain they were the good ol’ boxed kind and so I caved in the name of reminiscing. BIG mistake! Not only weren’t they the ones I remembered, but they were terrible! Runny, under cooked, so bland not even my husbands usual dowsing of salt and garlic could save it. But I wasn’t giving up. A few fresh ingredients and a recipe even simpler than the prepared ones saved my memories and gave me a new must have (and must share!) dish. Here’s my take on Tyler Florence’s Scalloped Potatoes.

Oh, potato!

Oh, potato!

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Delicious Brunch French Toast Casserole

Every summer my family and I take the 5 hour drive to Cape Cod, Massachusetts for vacation. It’s a trek we’ve been making since I was a little girl and it always reminds me of family. With the holiday season just beginning, I thought I’d share a dish that also makes me reminisce about family. This recipe was passed on to me by my aunt who scored the killer secrets from the Moses Nickerson House Inn in Chatham, Cape Cod. The almost 200 year old inn has since changed names, now calling themselves the Chatham Gables Inn and underwent a huge renovation, but we hope they kept this little gem on the menu! It’s the simplest go-to dish for any Sunday morning brunch or Christmas morning treat. You’ll enjoy cuddling up with loved ones while dining on this French Toast Casserole!

French Toast Casserole

French Toast Casserole

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A New ‘Local’ Favorite

I’ll admit, we are creatures of habit. We tend to stick to what we like and now that our date nights are less frequent, we hate to risk a terrible dinner on our one night out. That said, on a recent trip to Colony Grille in Fairfield, CT (one of our favorite stand-by’s), I noticed a new spot just off the highway. Local Kitchen & Beer Bar‘s pub like building glared out at me enough that months later I tapped the memory and suggested it for our night on the town. We headed to the South Norwalk sister location with fingers crossed!

Local overlooks the new South Norwalk welcome  sign

Local overlooks the new South Norwalk welcome sign

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San Gennaro: The Must-Attend Food Festival in NYC’s Little Italy

There are few events that I actually enjoy battling crowds for and spending money on like it’s going out of style (let alone doing it with an infant, stroller, and with no family friendly bathroom in sight!) but the San Gennaro Festival in Little Italy, New York City is well worth the trek, dollars, and creative infant changing positions (i.e. a chair in the basement of a little Italian restaurant!).

San Fannaro 2014

San Gennaro 2014

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