Category Archives: grill

29 plus 1 and gulf shrimp with casino butter

Another year has come and gone and March 20th marked a milestone birthday for me. The dreaded 3-0, or as I have referred to it as, my 29 plus 1. My twenties saw their fair share of extremes, from the highest highs to painful lows but here I am on the other side and I’ve gotta say, they sure did fly by. I have become some how more settled in my own skin by discovering my passions, finding a life path, and earning my proudest title of “Mom.” Thank you for sharing these accomplishments with me through my stories here and by, hopefully creating your own by sharing these recipes with your families and friends!

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The girls

In true Foodetarian fashion I celebrated with some of the most fun ladies I know with a (surprise!) party and cooking class at Two Steps Downtown Grille in Danbury. Tom was patient while taking countless calls from my party-planning mom adding humor and wit to his food demonstration. It was such an enjoyable evening and I’d like to thank Tom and his staff at Two Steps for allowing us to bring the celebration! I thought I’d share one of my favorite recipes from last night. Here’s Tom’s recipe for Grilled Pancetta Wrapped Gulf Shrimp with Casino Butter.

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Adorable chef inspired goodie bags my mom made that are pinterest worthy!

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3 minute t-bone with smashed dill potatoes

I just love getting dinner inspiration from my fellow Tweeters and InstaFriends! Tonights Sunday supper is inspired by Bon Appetite Magazine’s smashed potatoes. I catered the recipe to my family by mixing red and gold potatoes, broiling, and adding dill (because I love it and we had some left over!). This 3 minute t-bone is quick and seriously the best way to sear a simple steak. So keep reading to chow down on 3 minute T-bone with Smashed Dill Potatoes tonight!

Bon Appetite inspired Smashed Dill Potatoes

Bon Appetite inspired Smashed Dill Potatoes

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falafel and the last days of summer grilled buttery fish

Ah, the bitter sweet last weeks of summer. September has come again and the crisp chill of fall is in the night air. For those of us still holding on to warm sunny days and the taste of charred vegetable grillers, here are some flavors to keep us on cloud Nantucket. This middle eastern/Mediterranean mix inspired dinner brings the tangy flavor of traditional falafel rounds, pungent homemade tzatziki, and light, flaky, buttery fish together for a figure friendly dish. A side of simple grilled eggplant and this dinner will take you on an end of summer tasty trip around the globe. Here’s my Falafel and last days of summer Grilled Buttery Fish.

A tasty culinary journey before the end of summer

A tasty culinary journey before the end of summer

My favorite sous chef, hamming it up!

My favorite sous chef, hamming it up!

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my favorite caprese salad

There are so many great ways to build this classic summertime salad. We grow our own basil in our herb garden every year. It’s easy to maintain and grows like wildfire. A readily available ingredient, this dish is a go-to staple during the warm summer nights. Whether you stack it, skewer it, or toss it in a dish, try my fun and simple alternative to Caprese Salad using homemade garden pesto and ripe tomatoes.

Caprese Skewars

Caprese Skewers

A dish that serves as the perfect side or shines as a main course!

A dish that serves as the perfect side or shines as a main course!

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blistered grilled “uncle” potatoes

Some of my favorite recipes are the ones that get passed around through the family by word of mouth. There’s no “perfect” way to make them and most can be tweaked and twisted into different culinary concoctions resulting in different delightful treats. Here’s a recipe that couldn’t be simpler and puts a new, summery face on the classic baked potato. Here’s my uncles recipe for Blistered and Grilled Potatoes.

Blistered and grilled

Blistered and grilled “uncle” potatoes!

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“real simple” mustardy pork chops with spring vegetables

Something about fresh seasonal vegetables that hold just a bit of their crunch absolutely screams summer time! This is a dish I adapted from this months edition of Real Simple. With a few fresh, fast ingredients, it makes for a perfect weeknight meal with huge flavor. Here’s my Foodetarian version of Mustardy Pork Chops with Spring Vegetables.

A "Real Simple" dinner dish for the warm weather!

A “Real Simple” dinner dish for the warm weather!

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celebrate your spinach with spinach-walnut pesto

Happy National Spinach Day! This nutritious little culinary kid begins its peak season this month and provides you with a whole bunch of iron, Vitamins A, B2, C, K, and folic acid. It stars in dips, as sides, rollatinis, and as one of my favorite secret ingredients in sauces. Here’s a quick and tasty recipe for Spinach-Walnut Pesto.

Celebrate National Spinach Day with this sauce chocked full of the good for you nutrients!

Celebrate National Spinach Day with this sauce chocked full of good for you nutrients!

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