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Instant Pot Thai Chicken Curry Ramen

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Work/Life balance. Let’s just say that this is “In Progress”. My job has been pretty busy lately and on top of that, I have a work trip next week as well as 10 billion chores and errands on my To-Do list. I would like to point out that I must really love my job because I was scheduled to have a girls’ dinner date at Murray’s Cheese Bar next week. I cancelled on my friends so that I would be fresh and awake for my flight early the next morning. Let it be known that as soon as I return to the NYC-area, I’m heading over to Murray’s. One can never have enough cheese.

So anyhow, what am I doing right now? I’m currently sitting on the couch at midnight on a “school night” trying to talk to you about this Thai Chicken Curry Ramen.

I’m really obsessed with this dish. I’m not usually one to repeat recipes quickly, simply because I have so many dishes that I want to make. However, I’ve already made this twice in about a week and a half, which is something for me! I’ve made this both in the Instant Pot (it’s super quick!) and also on the stove.* Either method works fine, but in case you don’t have an Instant Pot then don’t worry…because you can still do this! This dish is so forgiving and you will be a star because you will have dinner on the table in no time.

*If you decide to make this on the stove, add the chicken stock, coconut milk, tahini, red curry paste, garlic, ginger, chicken breast, and mushrooms to a large pot and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Continue to simmer until the chicken is cooked through, about 10-15 minutes, depending on the size of the chicken breast. Continue with the remaining steps.

Instant Pot Thai Chicken Curry Ramen
makes 2-4 servings

Print Recipe

  • 2 1/2 cups no sodium chicken broth

  • 15 ounce can coconut milk

  • 2 tablespoons sesame paste, tahini, or nut butter of choice

  • 1-2 tablespoons red curry paste, depending on spice level desired

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 inch piece of ginger or 1 1/4 teaspoons ground ginger

  • 1 large chicken breast

  • 1 cup cremini mushrooms, sliced

  • 2 blocks ramen noodles, packets discarded

  • 1 red pepper, thinly sliced

  • 2 handfuls spinach

  • fish sauce or salt, to taste

  • lime and cilantro to finish, optional


1) In the Instant Pot insert, add in the chicken stock, coconut milk, tahini, red curry garlic, ginger, chicken breast, and the mushrooms. Close the lid and cook on High pressure for 4 minutes.

2) In the meantime, bring a medium pot of noodles to a boil. Add the ramen noodles to the boiling water and cook for approximately 3 minutes, or until the noodles are still slightly firm. Drain the noodles and divide between bowls.

3) Once the Instant Pot is done, use the quick release to de-pressurize. Remove the chicken from the Instant Pot and shred into bite-sized pieces. Place the chicken into the bowls.

4) Add the red pepper slices and the spinach into the soup. Stir well until they are incorporated. Taste the soup and adjust the seasonings if necessary by adding in fish sauce/salt, or more curry paste. Divide the soup between the bowls as well.

5) Finish the soup with fresh squeezes of lime and cilantro, if desired. Serve hot.

—recipe very slightly adapted from I Am A Food Blog

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Chocolate Stout Pretzel Peanut Butter Bars

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I recently moved apartments in Hoboken and now I live pretty close to an Everlast boxing gym. Boxing is definitely not for me, but there is a stellar Strength and Conditioning class that I’ve started taking 1-2 times a week. It’s only 45 minutes long which is a perfect length of time. I’m usually dying by the 30 minute mark, so it’s good to know that we’re at least in the home stretch by then.

I bring this up because ever since these Chocolate Stout Pretzel Peanut Bars have entered my life, I feel like i need to spend even more time at the gym. These dessert bars are so addictive! Honestly, if you’re going to have a vice, it should be something like a mixture of pretzels, dark chocolate, and peanut butter. This is going to shock you, but I’m not a huge peanut butter fan. I don’t dislike it, but I don’t go crazy over it. At least not until now. I absolutely loved the peanut butter flavor in these bars. I just can’t get enough of them. And, this is why I gym.

Oh, did I mention that there is also stout beer in here? We already had so many reasons to love this dessert, and now there’s one more. Granted, there’s not a lot of beer and since these bars are baked, they’re still fine for kids to eat. The stout just adds a subtle malty flavor to bars. Friendly reminder: St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner. I’m sure your family and friends would really enjoy if you decided to turn up on their doorstep with a plate full of these treats.

So yeah, you’ll be seeing me at the gym some more, as I’m pretty certain these dessert bars will be in my oven quite regularly from now on. Sorry, not sorry!

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Chocolate Stout Pretzel Peanut Butter Bars
makes 9-16 bars, depending on the size of your bars


Print Recipe

  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (do not use natural peanut butter)

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted

  • 1 1/2 cups dark brown sugar, packed

  • 1/2 cup white sugar

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1/4 cup stout beer

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips, divided

  • 1/2 cup pretzels, slightly crushed


1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8x8 baking dish with cooking spray, or line with parchment paper. Set aside.

2) Add the peanut butter and melted butter to a large bowl. Use an electric mixer to beat the two ingredients together until incorporated.

3) Pour in the brown and white sugars. Mix together again until fully combined.

4) Add in the eggs, beer, and vanilla, beating each ingredient in until mixed well.

5) Stir in the salt, flour, and 1/2 cup chocolate chips.

6) Pour the batter in the prepared pan and spread it as evenly as possible. Top the batter with the remaining chocolate chips and the pretzels.

7) Bake until the edges have set and the center is slightly wobbly, about 30 minutes.

8) Allow the bars to cool before cutting and serving.

—recipe slightly adapted from The Beeroness

Instant Pot Hawaiian Beef Stew

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Allow me tell you about my Instant Pot. I’ve sort of been holding out, since I actually got my Instant Pot last year in August. I’ve also been incorrectly referring to it as the “InstaPot”. I know that’s not it’s name, but it just seems to roll off my tongue faster. Sooooo I guess I’ll have to work on that.

If you follow me on Instagram (if you don’t, I’m at @thehobokitchen) you may have seen that I’ve already made a few recipes in my Instant Pot. However, this is the first time I’ve actually posted and shared pictures on the blog. This is partly because 1) I’ve been using the Instant Pot mostly to make dinners, and the lighting in fall and winter evenings are not a food blogger’s friend; and 2) this is the first dish I made which I actually think tasted amazing. Now, to clarify, I think the previous dishes tasted good. The first thing we made was a pork loin with a balsamic rosemary reduction. The sauce was delicious, but the meat was overcooked. The second thing we made was a chicken and sweet potato stew. It was again tasty, but the sweet potato was overdone and essentially turned to mush at the slightest stir or touch. So this time, I learned my lesson and decided to reduce the pressure cook time by about 20 percent to improve my results.

I decided that I would try a Hawaiian beef stew for my latest “test” recipe. I know that everyone is looking for the pineapple in this dish, given the name, but guess what? We don’t need to have pineapple in a dish in order for it to be Hawaiian. And I promise you that you won’t even miss it in this recipe. It’s that good. Reducing the pressure cooking time in the Instant Pot really worked for me! The meat shredded with the touch of a fork and was very tasty.

Another change that I decided to make was to not use the Saute feature in the Instant Pot. I’ve found that it sometimes leads to the “Burn” notification popping up during Pressure cooking. So for this recipe, I browned the beef on the stove prior to placing all ingredients in the Instant Pot. Obviously, you can use the Saute feature in the Instant Pot if you wish, but I just found it easier to separate the processes. Either way, you’ll have a tasty meal made in almost no time. I can’t say enough good things about this dish!

Instant Pot Hawaiian Beef Stew
makes 6-8 servings

Print Recipe

  • 2-4 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, divided

  • 2 pounds beef chuck, trimmed & cubed into 1-inch pieces

  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt

  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper

  • 2 yellow onions, quartered

  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt

  • 6 medium carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 3 potatoes, cut into 1-inch cubes

  • 1 8-ounce can tomato puree

  • 1/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce

  • 1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce

  • 3 cups low-sodium beef stock, divided

  • rice for serving


1) Use a paper towel to pat the stew meat as dry as possible. Season the meat with the salt and ground black pepper.

2) Add 1/4 cup of flour to a medium bowl. Dredge the meat into the flour so that it will coat the meat. Shake off any excess.

3) Meanwhile, pour 1-2 tablespoons olive oil into a medium saucepan and place over medium heat. Add the meat and brown on both sides. You will need to work in batches, and may need to add more olive oil to the pan as you repeat the process.

4) Once the meat is all browned, add to the Instant Pot. Add in the onions, carrots, potatoes, and celery salt. Pour in the tomato puree, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce and 2 cups of the beef stock.

5) Give everything a big stir to combine. Lock the lid on the Instant Pot and ensure the vent is in the “Sealing” position. Cook the stew on High Pressure for 28 minutes.

6) Once the timer goes off, use the quick release to depressurize the Instant Pot. Once the pin drops, unlock the lid and turn the pot to the Saute setting.

7) In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining 1 cup of beef stock and 1/4 cup all-purpose flour. Pour the flour slurry into the beef stew. The stew should thicken quickly. Allow the stew to simmer for 1-2 minutes. Serve immediately over rice.

— recipe slightly adapted from Plays Well with Butter

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One-Pot Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup

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For this week, I’ve made you some soup!

I will say that the description of “soup” is a bit liberal. I found that this was a bit more of a stew consistency (more to come soon with another stew I have planned for you!). But really, this was quite tasty and so easy to make on a weeknight. Bonus - I made sure to add more cheese and basil than called for in the original recipe, because who doesn’t need more basil and cheese in their life?

By the way, did I mention that we’re going to Paris in May?!?! I can’t wait! I haven’t been to Paris since 2008, so it’s been over 10 years and I’m so so ready to head back again. Our diet is basically going to consist of croissants and coffee and wine. I’m pretty sure this is a sustainable lifestyle. I’m into it. So now the next few weeks will be filled with online searches for Paris excursions and tours and museum visits, and clearly we will need a map of every boulangerie in a one-mile radius from our Airbnb. If you have recommendations, please send over as well!

While we eagerly await our trip, please enjoy this amazing tortellini soup. My gift to you!


One-Pot Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup
makes 6-8 servings

Print Recipe

  • 1 medium onion diced, or 1 cup

  • 3 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

  • 1 spring of fresh rosemary chopped or ½ teaspoon dried rosemary

  • 28 ounce can diced tomatoes

  • 15 ounce can tomato sauce

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 4 large fresh basil leaves or ½ teaspoon dried basil

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

  • 4 cups chicken stock

  • 1/2 cup light cream

  • 20 ounces three-cheese tortellini

  • ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese + extra for garnish

  • salt and pepper, to taste (optional)

  • fresh basil, to garnish

  • shredded Parmesan cheese, to garnish


1) In a large 6-quart pot, add the onion, garlic, olive oil, and rosemary. Saute the ingredients over medium heat for 5 minutes, or until the onions have softened.

2) Pour in the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, oregano, basil, salt, pepper, chicken stock, and cream. Give the mixture a stir to combine the ingredients, then allow the soup to simmer for 15-20 minutes.

3) Toss in the tortellini and cook for 7-10 minutes, or until the pasta is tender.

4) Stir in the Parmesan cheese.

5) Serve immediately with additional Parmesan cheese and fresh basil if desired.

—recipe very slightly adapted from Gal On A Mission

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Garlic Mushroom Risotto

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Hi friends! I have your next meal right herrrrrre.

I will admit that I didn’t JUST make this risotto. I’ve started a new annual tradition where I make risotto on New Year’s Day, so this is what I made on the first day of 2019! Since then, I’ve packed up all the crap in my apartment (and there was oh-so-much crap!) and moved to a new place. Don’t worry - I still live in Hoboken, but I’m finally getting the chance to come up for air after all these “fun” moving obligations are over. There are still pictures to hang, but for the most part, everything is done. I also cooked my first meal tonight in the new place. I’m working on a recipe for some lamb chops for you guys, but there’s always some reason to rush through and I don’t get a chance to measure out the spices…so there’s that.

While we wait for those lamb chops, I present this risotto to you!

I’m in love with it. I’ve always loved risotto, but I actually stopped making it for about a year. I have a really bad habit of dropping recipes that don’t work for me. It doesn’t matter that I’ve made a certain recipe a bunch of times before. The one time that I make it and it’s not so good….I’m done for a while. I’m working to try to change this, but it’s a tough habit to break!

This recipe turned out to be really amazing though. Surprisingly, I don’t think I’ve ever made sauteed mushrooms and spinach before and I’m not quite sure why. This is clearly a superior recipe and the butter and garlic in this part of the dish don’t hurt at all. I had extra mushrooms and spinach left over and I confess that I made the vegetables sans risotto a few days later just so that I could eat it again. It was so so good!

So anyway, I’m working on making a few new recipes to share with you guys and I can’t wait to get back into some sort of routine over here! See you soon, but in the meantime, I beg you to make this risotto because you won’t regret it!

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Garlic Butter Mushroom Risotto
makes 4-6 servings

Print Recipe

  • 3 1/2 or 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth

  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced and divided

  • 12 ounces uncooked arborio rice

  • a splash of dry white wine (optional)

  • 12 ounces sliced baby portabella mushrooms

  • 2-3 cups spinach or other veggies if you want

  • 1/2 - 1 cup shaved Parmesan cheese

  • sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper

  • a squeeze of lemon

1) In a medium pot, heat up the chicken broth until it reaches a gentle simmer.

2) Heat 2 tablespoons of butter in a large saucepan over medium high heat.

3) Add 2 cloves of garlic to the pan and saute for 1-2 minutes.

4) Pour in the arborio rice and toss the grains in the butter and garlic for another 1-2 minutes. If using white wine, pour the wine into the pan now.

5) Next, pour in 1 cup of the warmed chicken broth. Stir the rice and broth gently, until most of the liquid has evaporated. This could take a few minutes. Then add another 1/2 cup of chicken broth and repeat the process until the rice is tender and creamy.

6) In another saucepan, melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter over medium high heat. Add the remaining 2 cloves of garlic and saute for 1-2 minutes, or until warmed through and fragrant.

7) Add in the sliced mushrooms and saute for 5-10 minutes. You might also wish to add a splash of white wine here. Once the mushrooms are cooked through to your liking, remove from heat and stir in the spinach until wilted.

8) Plate the risotto, then top with the mushroom and spinach mixture. Sprinkle generously with the Parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, and an extra squeeze of lemon if desired.

— recipe very slightly adapted from Pinch of Yum

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Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken

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Hello?

Are you still here?

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

I know I’ve been away for a while. I can explain.

Things got a little bit hectic as we were heading into the holiday season so I made the executive decision to take a break from this blog. Not that I don’t love it, but I just couldn’t keep up with everything. Things will still be busy through January, as I’m moving apartments in a few weeks and it’s a pretty busy month for my job. At any rate, I’m hoping to come back to this here blog with a vengeance in February. I don’t have an actual date in mind yet but know that I’m going to sporadically be coming in and out of this forum for the next month or so until I get back into a schedule.

The interesting thing is that I’ve actually been making a ton of new-to-me recipes over the past few months. I’ve just not been photographing and posting them here. So I have quite a few recipes that I need to re-make and take photos of so that I can show you!

Also by the way - Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year! Please know that I’m wishing you and your family and friends the best! I’m so happy you’re (still) here. And I hope you stick around a bit more. Here is a slow cooker recipe for you, as we try to ease into the New Year and out of our busy Christmas/Holiday season. This seems like a very appropriate recipe with which to start of 2019!

Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken
makes 6-8 servings

Print Recipe

  • 2 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts

  • 2/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce

  • 1/3 cup honey

  • 1/4 cup tomato paste

  • 3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 teaspoons grated ginger

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 tablespoon water

  • 4 teaspoons toasted sesame oil

  • 2 teaspoons onion powder

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sriracha chili sauce

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

  • 1/4 cup cold water

  • sesame seeds for garnish, if desired

  • scallions, thinly sliced for garnish, if desired


1) Season the chicken with black pepper on both sides. Place the chicken pieces in the slow cooker in a single layer.

2) In a small bowl, use a whisk to combine the soy sauce, honey, tomato paste, rice wine vinegar, garlic, garlic powder, ginger, water, sesame oil, onion powder, and chili sauce. Pour the mixture over the chicken in the slow cooker.

3) Set the slow cooker to Low and cook until the chicken is cooked through and tender, about 2 hours.

4) Move the chicken to a cutting board and use two forks to shred the chicken breasts into smaller pieces. Set aside.

5) In another small bowl, whisk the cornstarch with 1/4 cup water until dissolved. Pour the cornstarch mixture into the slow cooker. Cover the slow cooker and cook for 20 minutes on High, or until the sauce has thickened a bit.

6) Add the chicken pieces back into the slow cooker and toss to coat the meat with the sauce.

7) Serve warm, and garnished with sesame seeds and scallions if desired.

—recipe slightly adapted from Tracy’s Culinary Adventures

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Livin' The Life 10/25/18

I know….I haven’t been around. I’m working on it! But life is happening and I’m just trying to keep up.

While I work on actually cooking more….here are some recent shots to show what I’ve been up to instead. Fall is my favorite season and I just can’t get enough of the crisp weather, freshly-picked apples, and ALL of the pumpkins and squash. Can we also enjoy this while drinking our obligatory cup of PSL? Yes, please.

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My family came to visit at the end of August and we FINALLY got to see The Lion King musical on Broadway!

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I know that I talked about Burger & Lobster in my last LTL update, but I went yet again! And I already have plans to visit in November. Judge not.

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This is my 3rd year attending the Metropolitan Opera Summer HD Festival. It’s outdoors and a pre-recorded opera is shown onscreen as the sun sets. Did I mention that it’s also free? It’s a great way to enjoy some of the final summer nights, as it happens usually the week before the Labor Day holiday. I will mention that the past 2 years, it was pretty chilly by the time the opera was finished, but this year it was hot and humid the.entire.time. Gross. But the opera was amazing!

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Trader Joe’s is my new favorite grocery store. I recently found out they sold a convenient meat and cheese platter, which basically means I’m eating meat and cheese for the next 2 days. Thanksbye.

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We finally went apple picking! I haven’t been in years but this year I reserved a rental car back in May (!!!) so that I would have absolutely no excuse not to do this. It was so much fun! I guess I should start planning next year’s trip now?

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I’ve been taking Sunset Yoga classes in the Antique Bakery event space in Hoboken. Two local yogis, Meghan Kramer and James Calleo, started this monthly event this summer. I’ve been to a few so far and they are so much fun. Imagine a hundred-person yoga class in a large beautiful room, overlooking the NYC skyline, and with the sunset on the horizon. Then, after you finish the class, there are usually some alcoholic treats to enjoy.

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Post-yoga NYC skyline pic

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I received one of the best birthday presents ever - an Instant Pot! I love this so much. I need to experiment more, but this is my inaugural attempt at cooking with it. I made Rosemary Balsamic Pork Loins. No I didn’t take pics, but this was so delicious that I would definitely make it again!

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We saw Richard Bona at his club, Club Bonafide. The show was fantastic!

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All about that meat and cheese plate. This is using the meat from TJ’s. We actually ran out of the cheese that came with the package. Thankfully I hoard cheese, so a crisis was averted.

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Flying out of JFK for a long weekend trip to Florida! The NYC skyline is so pretty.

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Lunch in Tampa at The Rusty Pelican. Loved their decor and their food.

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My friend’s balcony in Tampa. Yessssss!

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Got our culture on at the Salvador Dali Museum in Tampa. This was my favorite painting.

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There was also a Clyde Butcher exhibit at the Dali museum. This shot looks like it’s moving.

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Oh hey, melting clock!

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I’ve been having a moment with salads. I want to eat ALL the salads!

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Sunday morning walks on the beach.

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Bathroom pic at The Oxford Exchange. I’m obsessed with it!

Of course I didn’t see that open cabinet door until just now…

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Wall art in the hall leading to the bathroom. I could have stood here for a while.

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Lunch views at The Oxford Exchange.

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Not the best picture, but the real reason we went to Tampa was to see our Steelers dominate over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers!

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Checked out the new Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken spot in Hell’s Kitchen. Yummy!

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This year’s Bacon & Beer Classic was hot hot hot! It was held at the US National Tennis Center and yes, there was a lot of bacon and a lot of beer.

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Alert! Trader Joe’s is filled with pumpkin items. Get ‘em while you can!

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I revisited my Smoky Shrimp & Grits recipe. I forgot how good this is.

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Last week we saw Robert Glasper during his residency at Blue Note in NYC. He still has a few shows left on the schedule if you’re interested! The night we went, he was playing with Nicholas Payton and Christian McBride.

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I’m definitely interested in this halo halo. Nom! Mama Fina’s is the Filipino truth!

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I caught up with my dear friend Katie a few weeks ago and we had dinner at Pappardella. I’ll admit that we took a bunch of selfies before this one and I may not have looked my finest. How do you take a selfie with closed eyes when you’re the one snapping the picture…?

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Finally! Some IC Light on the East Coast! Watched the Steelers play at The Ainsworth in the East Village, which is the new home of the Steelers Nation NYC fan club.

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BRIC’s 2019 Jazz Fest featured Terence Blanchard, featuring the E-Collective. Love love love!

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Apple Pie Bread

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It’s finally FALL! Ok, it’s not actually Fall. That will officially happen in about a week. But that didn’t stop me from going apple-picking last weekend! I was definitely living my best pumpkin-spice-latte-life by going on a hayride, strolling through the apple trees, and eating apple cider donuts. Also, lets not forget the apple cider itself. Very important.

So now, I am sitting back at home with a 10lb bag of apples…

Time to make some apple pie bread! This bread turned out to be a relatively dense loaf. It’s definitely not cake-like, but I really enjoyed the addition of the pecans and the cranberries. Those ingredients always make me wish for cool and overcast days where I can curl up with a cup of coffee (or a hot toddy!) and a blanket.

This bread has a slightly longer ingredient list than I typically like, but the recipe was really speaking to me so I went for it anyhow. I’m definitely glad I did, as it provided a very tasty treat at the end of a long day. You won’t regret trying out this recipe if you venture to make it for yourself.

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Apple Pie Bread
makes 1 loaf

Print Recipe


For the Batter:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

  • 1/2 cup lightly packed light brown sugar

  • 1/4 cup buttermilk

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

  • 2 cups Gold Medal all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 2 cups shredded, peeled apple (about 4 medium or 2 large) (see note below)

  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans

  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries


For the Streusel Topping:

  • 1/4 cup lightly packed light brown sugar

  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold

  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans

Prepare the bread:

1) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a loaf pan by spraying with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.

2) Using an electric mixer, beat the butter on medium-high speed for about 30 seconds, or until fluffy.

3) Pour in the sugars and mix well.

4) Add in the buttermilk and baking powder. Mix well.

5) Add in the eggs and vanilla. Mix until incorporated.

6) Separately, in a medium bowl, stir together the flour, pumpkin pie spice and salt. Whisk to combine.

7) Slowly fold in the flour mixture until just incorporated.

8) Fold in the apples, pecans, and cranberries.

9) Transfer the batter to the prepared loaf pan and spread evenly.


Prepare the Streusel Topping:

10) In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar, flour, and pumpkin pie spice.

11) Use a pastry blender to cut in the butter until the topping resembles coarse crumbs.

12) Stir in the pecans.

13) Sprinkles the Streusel Topping over the batter, gently pressing the topping into the batter.

14) Bake the bread for 55-60 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean.

15) Allow the bread to cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes, still in the pan. Remove the bread from the pan and allow to cool completely.


Note - If your apples generate a lot of liquid, I would recommend squeezing them gently before adding them to the batter. Otherwise, there might be too much liquid in the batter.


— recipe very slightly adapted from My Baking Addiction

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Slow Cooker Beef Gyros

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I'M BACK!!!!

Thank the ever-loving heavens.  I can't even begin to tell you how many flight woes I encountered....But once I actually made it to the correct countries, the trips were amazing!  I definitely need to make sure I head back to Europe at least once a year.  I've said it before but I'm really going to make this happen going forward.  It's so refreshing to visit other cultures and hear about their history.  While I was in Amsterdam I also did a food tour, courtesy of a recommendation from my friend.  It was a very cool experience to get to eat a lot of the local food and also hear the history behind it.

This Slow Cooker Beef Gyro dish is not Dutch.  That's a fact.  But it is quite delicious.  (Can we talk about how I'm using the word "quite" very frequently these days? I'm not sure where this is coming from and whether or not I like it...).  Anyhow, all that matters is that this Beef Gyros dish is super tasty and satisfying.  I will be making this again this fall since I'm still kinda busy and also doing a little bit of traveling.  I'm once again having a moment with slow cooker meals, so I'm going with it.

Don't hate me for saying this, but I'm so so excited for Fall!  I know Summer is great and all, but PSL's....I can say no more.  Let's see if we can usher the new season in with this slow cooker meal.  And if you just don't like Fall, I bet you will still like this meal, so get at it as soon as you can!

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Slow Cooker Beef Gyros
makes 4-6 servings

Print Recipe

For the Gyros:

  • 2 lbs beef stew meat or chuck roast (cut into bite size pieces or strips)
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • warmed pita folds
  • sliced tomatoes and lettuce, for serving

For the Tzatziki Sauce:

  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup diced cucumber, seeded and shredded
  • 1 tablespoon dried dill or 2 tablespoons fresh dill
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • salt and pepper, to taste

To make the beef:

1) In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, garlic, oregano, salt, pepper, and lemon juice.

2) Add the beef to the slow cooker.  Pour the seasoned olive oil mixture on top.  Toss to coat the meat in the mixture and cover with the sliced onions.

3) Cover and cook on Low for 6-10 hours, or until the beef is very tender.

4) Add salt and pepper to taste.


To make the Tzatziki sauce:

5) In a medium bowl, combine the yogurt, cucumber, dill, salt, and garlic.  Stir together until the ingredients are incorporated.  Add salt and pepper to taste.


To assemble the gyros:

6) Serve the beef in folds of warmed pita.  Add tomatoes, onions, and lettuce, if desired.  Drizzle the Tzatziki sauce of the top of everything and serve immediately.


--recipe from 365 Days of Slow Cooking

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Livin' The Life 8/5/18

Guys - I'm about to head out on an EPIC trip to Dublin and Amsterdam in a few days.  I'm frantically packing and trying to get everything in order, but I wanted to leave you at least with SOMETHING to look at until my return.  So here we go...

Visited Burger and Lobster for the first time for a girls night out..and it will not be my last.  Hallelujah!

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RIP Anthony Bourdain

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Really into "bowl" meals now.  And hummus.  Always hummus.

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Went to a few vineyards in Long Island and ended up at Coffee Pot Cellars, where they have a dinosaur (aka Winasaur) made out of wine corks!

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Gorgeous day to be sipping wine outside at a vineyard.

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Back in Brooklyn and checking out the street art in Bushwick

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Saw The Boys in the Band earlier this summer.  This play is amazing!  They're in their final week so RUN to see it!

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Street art

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Bridge + East River + new construction

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Finaly got to ride on Jane's Carousel!

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Found a hidden gem in West Wine Bar in Greenpoint.  They served popcorn with our wine, which is basically what I have for dinner, soooo they already know me!

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Quick work trip to Boston last month

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Serving some owl arm candy

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Can we board yet?

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Stunning purple sunset views

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R + R = NOW group playing at the Prospect Park bandshell

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Really cool light installation in Prospect Park

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Love is Love is Love

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Pirates vs Mets game

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Stunning view from Riverside Park

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Coney Island boardwalk

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Seriously.  How can I NOT get a scoop of gelato?

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Ship at Battery Park

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MOOD.

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Met up at The Smith with on of my mentors, who was in town for a few days

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The kale salad there was nothing short of amazing.

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Hazy Hoboken morning

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Cute spring decorations on Vourt Street in Hoboken

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Newly obsessed with Jack's Wife Freda and their menu.

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Haven't been to Smorgasburg in years!  Broke the streak and ended up with this fantastic Cochon de Lait po' boy.

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You knew this would happen.  If I'm going to Smorgasburg, I'm hitting up my favorite donut place of life, Dough.

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Me & bae at a fabulous Hudson Table cooking class in Hoboken.

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