Monday, December 30, 2013

WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS

I love weekends where I get to spend time working on projects around the house and playing chef while making delicious treats for M and I to share. This weekend was a great combination of both work and play. M and I spent a relaxing Friday night in and ordered a bunch of sushi from my favorite sushi restaurant in Albany, Ruby Asian Bistro (check out a past visit here). 


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

BAKED ARTICHOKES WITH LEMON TRUFFLE AIOLI

I love creating recipes that transform greasy fried foods into light and crispy dishes that are just a little bit healthier for you.  But to be completely honest, it's a very rare occurrence that I actually write out a recipe. I love cooking - I think it's the most passionate hobby I have...but, I suppose for the most part, it comes naturally to me. I add whatever ingredients I think will work best, taste as I go and make edits when necessary. Luckily for me, my father's side of the family is absolutely amazing in the kitchen. I grew up watching my pops cook and picked up some tricks along the way.

My latest recipe idea stemmed from my recent visit to Bread & Bottle where I discovered their Roasted Artichokes. Although my recipe did not turn out exactly like their's, I am extremely happy with the crispy outcome.


Monday, December 16, 2013

BAKE FOR YOU GRAND OPENING | 540 DELAWARE AVENUE

Who doesn't love cookies, cupcakes, and brownies? Last Wednesday I was invited to attend the ribbon cutting and grand opening of Bake For You, where I was able to try some of the delicious homemade goodies. The bakery has been open since 2009  where owner, Linda Kindlon worked out of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, until she recently relocated to the DelSo Communty of 540 Delaware Avenue. Her shop is now located next to The Cheese Traveler, one of my favorite places in Albany, and The Yoga Loft.
[Please excuse the quality of these pictures, I was having a small camera malfunction...whoops]



Tuesday, December 10, 2013

BREAD & BOTTLE IN RED HOOK

I decided to take a trip down to Red Hook over the weekend to get my hair cut and have a quick visit with my twin.  Alexa joined me for the ride and we decided to make a day of it. We ended up at Bread & Bottle for a  late lunch.