Category Archives: Food

10.07.15Apple Recipe Round-up

Apple nachos

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been spending a lot of my down time researching fall recipes. I love cooking and incorporating seasonal flavors into our meals. Last weekend, we went on an adventure an hour north of the city to the cutest apple orchard and came home with dozens of delicious apples. With so many apples on my hands, I’ve been narrowing my recipe research to anything that incorporates the fruit. I’ve tried a few and have many more to attempt! Here’s my round-up of apple recipes with some notes by the ones I’ve made already.

  1. Chicken Salad with Toasted Cashews and Apples
    I changed up the dressing for my version. I used one 5 oz. container of Chobani nonfat plain Greek yogurt, 1/4 cup of honey, 1 T of apple cider vinegar, and salt and pepper. No mayo for us! I also baked my seasoned chicken, then shredded it. Finally, I topped little spoonfuls of the mixture on Ritz baked crackers. So delicious!
  2. Apple Nachos
    I added a few peanut butter chips, too!
  3. Applesauce
    I haven’t made this one yet, but will probably skip the added sugar. No need!
  4. Skinny Butternut Squash and Apple Soup
    I’m not a big soup person, but this one really caught my eye and sounds delicious! I think I will be trying it this weekend.
  5. Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Apples
    I love her tip about not overcooking – there’s nothing worse than dry meat!
  6. Turkey, Apple, Brie Panini
    This is one of my favorite sandwich combinations – but I skip the mayo/dressing.
  7. Carmel Apple Pie Bar
    Had to include an extra sweet treat :).

I’m also thinking of grating some apple into our cinnamon waffles for breakfast this weekend. What are your favorite apple recipes? I have so many apples to use up!

09.30.15Recipe | Baked Parmesan Zucchini Sticks

When we lived in Charlottesville, Rob and I would often go to a restaurant within walking distance of our apartment called Zinburger. Their happy hours food specials were unbeatable and the quality of food was fantastic. We especially loved the Parmesan zucchini fries that we often split for an appetizer. Seriously, so good.

Last week, I decided to take a stab at a somewhat healthier version of those zucchini fries, and they turned out to be a home run. I looked down at the plate after a couple minutes and they were all gone :). Thought I’d share a new favorite in our house!

Baked Parmesan Zucchini Sticks

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What you need:
1 large zucchini (find one straight and with an even thickness throughout)
1 cup of bread crumbs
1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese (I used the stuff in the can, but feel free to splurge on freshly grated!)
1 dash of crushed red pepper
1 egg

What you do:
Begin by slicing the zucchini in half width-wise, then slice each chunk in half length-wise until you get sticks about the size of pickle spears. Mix the bread crumbs, parmesan, and crushed red pepper in a bowl. Break the egg into another bowl and whisk. Dip each zucchini stick in the egg and then in the bread crump mixture, coating well. Place on a foil-lined baking sheet and bake at 325 for about 20 minutes, or until they turn golden brown. We dipped ours in buffalo sauce (Rob’s favorite) but Ranch sounds delicious, too!

08.27.15For the Queso Lovers

An interesting thing about New York City restaurants: they love their queso fundido, but not queso queso.

At most Mexican restaurants, you’ll find queso fundido on the menu, which is a baked cheese dip served in a skillet, often with chorizo on top. And it’s delicious, but it’s not quite the same (or as good) as the queso I know and love.

Javelina 1

So! When our friends told us about a new Tex-Mex place called Javelina that recently opened in Gramercy with real queso, we knew we had to check it out. We decided to go all out and get the queso sampler before diving into our fajitas. Such a good decision – we tried three different queso concoctions and, while I could easily devour all of them, I especially loved the white queso.

Though a small restaurant on E. 18th Street, Javelina does take reservations (a huge plus for NYC restaurants!). They also have extremely friendly service and delicious margaritas :). I can’t wait to go back!