Wine and Dine

Plate Prep My First Experience

 

I have always been enticed by the commercials for those in home food services, you know, Blue Apron and Hello Fresh for example. These services promise to make you an instant smiling chef, in your own home, without the shopping, menu planning, prep work, minimal slicing, dicing etc. Everything just comes to your door, ready to go with instructions and doled out spices and perfectly proportioned proteins. Everyone looks so happy cooking together and using strange plates for these dishes (that would never do) that I was tempted to give it a try. You know, I’m a Farmer’s market girl who tries to grab all the local produce I can to make our food at home, so I really never even considered it and slicing, dicing and pairing wines is how I unwind.  Then, December happened. My calendar looks like a road map…. I wanted to get together over the holidays with well…everyone and spend some quality time chatting and catching up. Sometimes, I’ll admit, I don’t have the time to prepare a high quality meal for everyone. That’s when I was turned on to a local food service company called Plate Prep! Plate Prep uses fresh, seasonal ingredients and delivers to your door.  This new service is brought to you by the Chateau on the Lake Restaurant in Bolton Landing, NY, a natural progression to their business.  Why not give it a try… (more…)

Growers Champagne Dinner

 

I and 27 other guests were dazzled by Guest Chef Michael Blake and the expertise of the restaurant staff last night at The Wishing Well Restaurant during the Growers Champagne Dinner. Chef Blake is the Executive Chef for the lucky resident artists at Yaddo here in Saratoga, NY. (more…)

Teatime…Actually Lunch at the Whistling Kettle

I’m not a stranger to teatime growing up in a British household, but who has time at 4:00 in the afternoon to stop in this American society?!…..so… we… lunch!  It was never more prevalent that we Yanks love to leisure over a nice midday meal than when I popped into the Whistling Kettle in Ballston Spa, NY today.  The tables were filled with girlfriends, nuclear families and business lunchers who were enjoying steaming, well brewed pots of tea and tiered serving dishes filled with delectable courses of sandwiches, salads and scones. (more…)

Craft On 9 – Unexpected Fine Dining

 

The atmosphere of this place is reminiscent of a taproom/speakeasy that you might have frequented during prohibition in the 1920’s.  The unpretentious rustic warehouse look instantly puts you in a relaxed mode and the chalkboard listing all the craft brews on tap and signature cocktails lets you know that you are going to have fun too!  (more…)

Leon’s Mexican Restaurant – A Great Move

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Last Saturday evening, my hubby and I were going to SPAC (Saratoga Performing Arts Center) to see the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater for an 8:00 curtain.  We thought we’d grab dinner out before the show.  Leon’s Mexican Restaurant was a standard in our dining-out repertoire for more than ten years. In the last 9 months and 9 weeks the restaurant has moved from Saratoga to Ballston Spa and we hadn’t ventured to the new place to see our friend and the owner, Roberta Acosta, and knew we had to stop in.  The reason I mentioned the 9 months and 9 weeks time period is because while Roberta was moving to her new venue, she found out that she was pregnant…..with twins!! We got to meet the beautiful 9 week old boys who were in the office under the care of their older sister, Luchiana.  Roberta, not only a great mother and restaurateur….. but a Superwoman!! (more…)

Quinoa Salad with Fresh Peas, Mint and Honey

Potato salad, macaroni salad, and pasta salad can get a little boring at all the cookouts this summer, not to mention time-consuming and covered in mayo.  I thought I’d give a fresh, simple and healthier quinoa salad a try.  (more…)

Adirondack Wine & Food Festival 2016 – Recap

 

The question is, “Can the Adirondack Wine & Food Festival top it’s debut year?!”  Yes they can and they did! Over 60 vendors spread out over most of the Charles R. Wood park on the shores of beautiful Lake George, NY. (more…)

Adirondack Wine and Food Festival 2016

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The second annual Adirondack Food and Wine Fest 2016 is coming up soon and its on my calendar!!  June 25th and 26th. Here is my recap from the first annual festival last year for the Saratoga Food Fanatic and this year proves to be even bigger! Word has it that there will be over 60 vendors to tantalize your taste buds! See you there!

http://www.saratogafoodfanatic.com/?s=Adirondack+Food+and+Wine+Fest

For more information, tickets and times, visit www.LakeGeorge.com

Rhubarb Ginger Cod Over Minty Spaghetti Squash

Recently, Rachel, my friend and Managing Editor of EdibleIndy, asked me if I would contribute a Pescetarian dish for her magazine’s website, it was a challenge I couldn’t resist!  (more…)

Sweet Beet Hummus

Spring has sprung but it’s going to be a long time before we see fresh Spring veggies at the Farmers’ Market unless our farmers are utilizing their greenhouses. Fortunately, we still have our root veggies in abundance.  I made this hummus (using this term loosely) without tahini or sesame oil but added a few cashews to compliment the beets and to lighten it up for Spring snacking.  It’s lemony and sweet……so worth the stained fingers!Beet dip 3 (more…)