Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Indianapolis, Bread and cheese and #WIAW

Yesterday I hopped on a plane and made my way to Indiana for the week. I neglected to check out the weather ahead of my trip and I am afraid the 40 degree temperatures this morning are going to be quite chilly for my dresses.  Brrr....

I have been in a pretty basic food rut lately.  Breakfast seems to be the best meal of the day. When I am home I can get lots of fruits and veggies in a smoothie. When I am traveling I try to get some protein with eggs. This omelette also had spinach, onions, and green peppers. And these potato bites were so good. Very crisp and hot.  

Lunch has been increasingly hard to find something I like.  If we go to a sandwich spot, 90% of the options have cold deli meat. A big no no for pregnant women.  I have been leaning toward grilled cheese. I am all about bread and cheese.  This had a side of pickle.  

Another favorite right now is cheese pizza. I could probably have something like this every day.  This flat bread was particularly good. I always get to the last two pieces and think I probably shouldn't eat anymore but it is so good why not?  And then I finish it off. 

Snacks have been almonds, apples and chocolate chip cookies. I am going to be pretty sad when the fresh, local apples are no more. I am all about an apple a day right now. 

Do you ever get in a food rut?

If you want to join the fun for #WIAW check out Peas and Crayons.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Meatopia X and #NYCWFF

Oh my goodness was this past weekend was exhausting. It pretty much takes me one full day to catch up from the week with cleaning, laundry and grocery shopping. By the time that is done, I am wiped out. This past weekend I tackled everything on Saturday because we had a special day planned for Sunday.

This year for the New York City Wine and Food festival we decided to switch things up a bit from our usual Grand Tasting event to a more specialized tasting. When we were perusing the options one immediately jumped out at Mr. J. It was Meatopia. As you can imagine it was all things meat.  And they all had to be cooked over open fire. Since Mr. J's birthday is in October we decided this would be his birthday celebration. 

Of course we bought these tickets before I knew I was or was going to be pregnant.  And although I need my iron intake, this meat fill event was a bit much for me.  That being said I had plenty to eat and truly enjoyed myself. 

As I said, this was all things meat. Every where you looked there were animals.  The photo above was from Range @BryanVoltaggio booth.  It was the biggest bone I have ever seen. 

Half of the event was held outside to accommodate all of the open fires. My jacket still smells like campfire. The other portion was in a tent.  The main highlight was the 1,000 pound steer. They carved this right up in front of you.  It was slow cooked for 24 hours and served with Madeira, prunes, mashed potatoes and thyme.

I stuck to more basic dishes like the anchovy buttered ribeye. Mr. J enjoyed a bit more exotic plates like the beef heart below. His favorite was the tripe and yellow-eyed pea stew with blood sausage from Toro NYC @Jamiebiss. 

Another one if his favorites was this pastrami sandwich from the Glen Oak Club.  It was a Dr. Brown's Cream-soda brined smoked short rib pastrami sandwich with homemade rye, vegetable pickles and mustard horseradish. 

The event hosted chefs from all over the world and they were clearly artisans of meat.  The food was fantastic all around. We always enjoyed the Grand Tasting event but if you are looking for some really amazing, unique experiences an event like this is what you need to attend. We are already planning to so another specialized tasting at next year's festival.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Baked Potato Soup

Soup is one of my most favorite things to eat. If I could pick only one thing to eat for the rest of my life soup would be up there on my list. I don't know if that is a fair answer since soup is a broad category in and of itself but we are going to go with it. 

With the weather turning cold, I am even more excited about eating soup.  Plus if you make a big pot over the weekend it will last you all week long. Three cheers for easy leftover meals. 

Mr. J doesn't have nearly as much enthusiasm for soup as I do so I really have to talk it up ahead of time. This baked potato soup didn't take much effort.  Thick chunks of potatoes loaded with cheese, bacon and scallions.  Totally man soup.  

The first bowls were paired with grilled cheese sandwiches.  And now we have lunch all week long. 

Baked Potato Soup

by Emily Morris
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Keywords: saute soup/stew bacon potatoes
Ingredients (serves 6)
  • 7C potatoes (or roughly 6 medium)
  • 1C yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 32 oz chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground pepper
  • 1/4 C plain yogurt
  • 3 slices thick cut bacon
  • Shredded Cheese of your choice
  • Chopped Scallions
Prepare potatoes by peeling and chopping into small chunks, roughly 1" in size.
Place a 8 qt pot of water on high. Bring potatoes to a boil and cook for 8-10 minutes until just soft. When done, drain and set aside until onions are cooked.

Meanwhile, in another large soup pot over medium heat cook bacon. Drain on paper towels. Use a paper towel to careful wipe up some of the bacon grease, leaving just enough to cook the onions and garlic. Chop bacon, set aside.

Add all vegetables to pot with bacon grease. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook on medium low until the onions soften, about 10-15 minutes. Pour in chicken stock and add potatoes to pot.

Remove 1/3-1/2 of the soup mixture to a blender. Blend until smooth. Return to pot. Stir and cover, continue cooking for an additional 10 minutes or until heated through.

When ready to serve, garnish with shredded and bacon, and scallions.

May be stored chilled for up to several days.
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