There’s a first time for everything, and last weekend just so happened to be my first time in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I spent my Fourth of July exploring a new city and relaxing in a nearby rural suburb with good company, delicious food, sunshine, cats, dogs and yes, even the Amish. I even had my first introduction to Johnny Cakes (also known as cornmeal pancakes) and I can’t wait to get the recipe for this new favorite tasty breakfast treat. Before the fireworks set off and after a little game of badminton, we stuffed ourselves full with burgers and hot dogs topped with grilled kale, alongside lentil salad, green beans and an array of other goodies. Read more:
This weekend was one of those magical ones where a spontaneous road trip with no specific direction turned into a special day to remember and the discovery of one of my new favorite places. Some friends and I had decided that we wanted to rent a car and drive out to a beach town for the day on Saturday. After quite a setback with picking up the “cheaper” rental car at the airport, and an overcast morning, my two friends finally arrived in Brooklyn to pick the rest of us up and with horns honking and faces smiling, the sun came out just in time. With time more restricted than expected, we decided to set out to Tarrytown, New York– a quaint little town that is home to one of my new favorite specialty food shops.
This meal is another in the garden series. Along with the other gorgeous garden veggies, I brought back two fresh picked red cabbages that have been sitting in my refrigerator for about a week now. One of them I have set aside to use for my mom’s famous cole slaw (stay tuned). The other, was tonight’s dinner: red cabbage rolls stuffed with red quinoa and goat cheese and topped with a sweet balsamic sauce.
Making my own quinoa pizza dough has been on my list of recipes to try for a while now. I had every intention of finally trying this last night. That was until i got home late and tired and wanting to make something quick to eat. Enter the easy, yet still healthy alternative: ezekiel tortillas.
My friend’s mom flew in from Australia to get married in Central Park today. It was a beautiful, quiet ceremony in a little gazebo on the water. After the ceremony, we all went down to Aurora in Brooklyn — a restaurant I was excited to finally check out. My meal was pretty delicious — I had a pasta limone. We all ate family style and tried a little bit of everyones dishes and everything was yum yum yum! One thing in particular that stood out as a crowd pleaser was the parmigiano reggiano with a drizzle of balsamic over it. I had never combined these two before but I think I’ll be trying this at my next dinner party with all of my cheese loving friends.