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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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bartaco

This weekend the boys had their first sleepover at Grandma’s house and while my husband and I would have been perfectly content catching up on sleep, we rallied together and went out for date night! With a 16 month old and an 11 week old, it’s been a while since we’ve gotten to try anything new (especially without two children hanging all over us!) so we were so excited to finally head up to Westport and check out bartaco!

While we love trying new places, with our outings being less frequent these days, we’re more apprehensive to travel outside of our favorite spots. Boy, were we glad we did! bartaco did not disappoint and while we had to wait a bit for our seats, there was a good reason why. The food was killer, the atmosphere was fun, and the place is filled with funk and quirk! And if you can’t make it down tonight, try my Chicken Tostada recipe for an at home fix!

Homemade sauces bring awesome heat to already tasty dishes

Homemade sauces bring awesome heat to already tasty dishes

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sweet and salty orecchiette with olives, almonds, and ricotta

I’m always looking for new pasta dishes since they are usually inexpensive and filling for a family of four! This recipe from October’s Real Simple uses one of my favorite tricks/techniques for white sauce; using some of the starchy cooking water to bind ingredients. I love this tip and it’s one you will get a ton of use out of! Green olives mixed with nutty almonds give this dish its title of Sweet and Salty Orecchiette with Olives, Almonds, and Ricotta.

Orcheitte with olives, almonds, and ricotta

Orecchiette with olives, almonds, and ricotta

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simple real simple sweet and salty pork and apple sloppy joes

The sloppy joe. A childhood staple. So much so, even Adam Sandler joked about it on screen in an elementary school cafeteria. The packaged, high sodium dish I remember is probably not one I’d feed my family but this Real Simple recipe is one that has grown up qualities. The high sodium spice packet gets replaced by salty ground pork balanced by vibrant fresh grated tomatoes, garnished with a touch of sweet julienned apples. Even better, it’s a quick and easy dish that everyone in the family will love! Here’s my attempt at Pork and Apple Sloppy Joes.

Simple Real Simple Sloppy Joe's

Simple Real Simple Sloppy Joes

Here's my newest sous chef, Brody, following in his big brother's foot steps!

Here’s my newest sous chef, Brody, following in his big brother’s foot steps!

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meatless monday layered squash enchilada verde

Meatless Monday meets seasonal butternut squash. Hooked yet? This dinner was inspired by Real Simple’s October issue. Spicy jalapeños, smooth sour cream, and sweet squash with salsa verde provide a hearty dish good for the heart! I used less salsa and added more cheese (because everything is better with more cheese!) than the original recipe and it totally worked, ask my husband and his huge second plate! Dig into Meatless Monday Layered Squash Enchilada Verde.

A meatless Monday masterpiece!

A meatless Monday masterpiece!

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brick + wood and one happy baby

Ok, so I admit, my husband and I are creatures of habit. We like to stick with what we know and what we know is good. These days, our date nights are less frequent, and we like knowing that these rarities will be spent at a place we love. This past weekend, we’ve found a place we’re adding to the list. Brick + Wood is an up and coming spot that’s making a name for itself in a tough restaurant market. With a ton of great places to eat in Fairfield, CT, it’s hard to be the new kid on the block, but Brick + Wood is making it look (and taste!) good! We enjoyed it so much, even our little guy gives it a rave review! Here’s the scoop…

Brick + Wood Post Road Fairfield

Brick + Wood 1275 Post Road Fairfield, CT

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