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5th Annual Philly Chili Bowl

March 25, 2014

phillychili_logo2014This Sunday, I helped to judge the 5th Annual Philly Chili Bowl along with Lily Fischer Pastry Chef/Founder of A Cupcake Wonderland, and Cake Life Bake Shop and Drew Lazor, Food & Drink writer. Our task, to judge 24 different chili’s and crown the winner. This was my first time judging a food competition so I was super excited. Tons of chili and beer, not bad at all! The event was hosted by BigBite Philly and sponsored by Pabst Blue Ribbon, Di Bruno Brothers and Herr’s.

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New Orleans 2014

March 10, 2014

street sign new orleans

Now on to the food. There are so many great restaurants and bars in New Orleans you really can’t go wrong. I love oysters so that’s the first thing I order and they’re on every menu! We had a list of places to visit, but only got to a few on our list and you can only eat so much in a day. We went to one of our favorites from last year, Deanie’s. Their fried seafood platter is amazing, but being that we were there for lunch, we opted for something a little smaller. You can find pics of the seafood platter here and some of the other food from last year.

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Bacon and Potato Pizza with Caramelized Onions and Roasted Garlic Cream Sauce

February 21, 2014

Bacon and Potato Pizza with Caramelized Onion and Roasted Garlic Cream Sauce

Pizza has to be one of my favorite things to make. I don’t post as many pizzas as I make but I realized I haven’t done a pizza post in a while. Bacon is great on anything and the potato adds a nice flavor different than your typical pizza and caramelized onions lends a little sweetness. Roasting the garlic instead of using raw mellows out the flavor but still adds a garlicky kick. Enjoy!

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Valentine’s Day Dessert: Brownie Parfait with Strawberry Champagne Sauce and Vanilla Bean Mascarpone Topping

February 10, 2014

Valentines Day Dessert Brownie Parfait with Strawberry Champagne Sauce

This dessert has everything for your Valentine. Chocolate, Strawberries, and Champagne. If you don’t want to make homemade brownies you can substitute store bought. Chocolate or vanilla cake would even be great.

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Panko and Parmesan Crusted Salmon

February 6, 2014

panko and parmesan crusted slamon

This is one of my favorite recipes. I probably make this once a week because it’s so easy and taste delicious. This recipe is perfect to make during the week for a quick dinner and impressive enough to make for something special. This would be great to make for upcoming Valentine’s Day if your pressed for time or not the best cook. It is no way you can mess this dish up, so give it a try!

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Super Bowl Party Ideas

January 31, 2014

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Cranberry Sparkler and Cranberry Compote

December 17, 2013

cranberry sparkler cocktail

 

I know I’m a little late with this one because it would have been perfect for Thanksgiving, but it will still make a great choice for any Holiday party. After making the cranberry syrup, you’ll be left with a compote that can be used for all sorts of things! If you are making cocktails you definitely need some appetizers, so the compote will be great for that. I toasted a few baguette slices and topped them with fresh ricotta and the cranberry compote. Feel free to drizzle with honey and add a little orange zest. I used ricotta because that’s what I had on hand at the moment but I imagine Brie or Délice de Bourgogne would be even better.

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