Recipe Rounds: Labor Day Weekend

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Okay, so I’m going to ask you to do something. Take a deep breath, hold it for a count of 3, and let it all out in a big whoosh of air. Now smile because it is officially Labor Day weekend! Some of you might be disappointed to think that this is the last official weekend of summer (where did the time go?) but turn that frown upside down because this long weekend is sure to be full of good food and fun times.

Good Food

Breakfast nachos?! Um, yes, please! They are vegan, too. (Post Punk Kitchn)

These look absolutely delicious! And they would be easy to do for a party thanks to the quick prep and cook times! Spiced Salmon Kabobs (Bon Appetit)

Slow cooker burrito bowls are just the thing for dinner when you plan to spend all day at the beach. The main recipe is for chicken burritos but the vegetarian option is at the bottom. (The Kitchn)

Cooking in foil packets is a good idea this weekend so you have more time for fun and spend less time cleaning up. These are 6 things that you never knew you could cook this way! (Epicurious)

What about Sunday brunch? If you have guests over it can be a hassle but here is an egg dish that makes it easy to serve a group. (Epicurious)

Don’t worry, I didn’t forget about dessert! Frozen treats provide a delicious reprieve from the late summer heat. (Food52)

Fun Times

If you are going on a road trip over the holiday weekend, this app can help by finding anything you are looking for along your route. We will definitely try this out to find dog parks next time we road trip it with the pups. (Lifehacker)

There are a ton of events going on in Philadelphia this weekend including Jay Z’s Made in America music festival and the continuation of the Spruce Street Harbor Park. (Visit Philly)

If you are in Chicago, don’t worry, there is a lot of fun happening in the city including Jazz Fest in Millennium Park! (NBC Chicago)

 

Greg’s Kitchen; Philadelphia, PA

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Greg’s Kitchen
4460 Main Street
Philadelphia, PA 19127
(215) 482 – 4734
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This is our new breakfast place. Do you have one of those? It’s that place you go every weekend to get breakfast or brunch. Mr. Foodie and I had lamented the fact that since moving to Philadelphia (3 years ago!), we had not found a reliable and reasonably priced breakfast place for the weekend. Then, a few weeks ago, before our trip to Chicago, we stumbled across Greg’s Kitchen on Yelp. It boasted a slew of good reviews and 4.5 stars, so why not try it out?

The first time we went, we were able to walk right in and get seated. I had a breakfast sandwich that consisted of croissant with egg and cheese. Mr. Foodie had a vegetable omelette. We both enjoyed the food very much. Simple. Straightforward. And it only cost $15 that first trip. Our second trip was last weekend and again, we both enjoyed our food amidst friendly service. We went a little later so I had a tuna salad sandwich on a croissant and French fries. Did I ever mention how much I love croissants? Everything should be made with croissants. They are so delicious! Anyways, Mr. Foodie had a layered egg breakfast in a bowl, which is quite similar to how I construct our breakfasts now and then when I’m in a hurry.

Now, don’t misinterpret what I’m saying. This place is not going to blow you away with a crazy French toast concoction from your dreams. There is nothing life changing or mind blowing about the food. But, they will serve you freshly made, straight-forward food at a reasonable price with good service. That’s what I want in my regular breakfast place. It’s just perfect.

On our last visit, we did notice a significant increase in the number of patrons. Much to our horror, it seems to have been discovered while we were out of town for 3 weeks. We waited 20 minutes but while we were waiting the time increased to 45 minutes. This place is tiny and seats maybe 20 people. That is part of why I like it. It feels like a neighborhood place.

Out of curiosity, I checked back on Yelp to see if the reviews were any different and amongst all the glowing reviews, there have been some not so glowing ones in which the patrons complain about the wait for either seating or for their food and slow service. That is disappointing. However, we have only had good experiences and will be going back next weekend. I hope they can learn to handle their new found fame or we will be back on the hunt for the breakfast place.


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Linvilla Orchards; Media, PA

Well, hello. Long time, no see.

I have not posted since Easter. Oy. Let’s just say that trying to figure out a way to change the look of your blog vs. paying for a new look plus starting a business plus dealing with infertility and traveling here and there is a lot to handle. But it’s all good, and I’m excited to start sharing foodie stuff again.

Trailer at Linvilla

Two weekends ago, Mr. Foodie and I went to Linvilla Orchards for a day date. We had a wonderful time and got to pick our own fruit. We love buying local so this fit the bill. Picking our own fruit is also as fresh as you can get! We chose to pick blueberries, peaches, and did manage to pick one small box of strawberries.

Linvilla Blueberries

The blueberries were absolutely beautiful and sweet. I had no idea that the bushes grew so large.

Linvilla Strawberries

As you may know, we are out of strawberry season, but we decided to take a peek at the plants anyway and managed to find some stragglers. Okay, let me be honest. Mr. Foodie wanted to check out the strawberries so I could make him strawberry-blueberry crisp. He is obsessed with crisps of all types right now. For me, they are super easy to make so I’m okay with his obsession!

Linvilla Peaches

Now, believe it or not, I had never seen a peach tree before. The leaves were interesting because they were sort of elongated and ended in a point. These peaches were so very tasty!

After our experience, I would highly recommend taking a trip out to Linvilla Orchards. Picking your own fruits or vegetables is fun and gets you outside for some fresh air. :)

Linvilla Orchards
598 Linvill Road
Media, PA 19063
610-876-7116
http://www.linvilla.com/

Easter Recap in One Word: Delicious!

Good Monday, everyone! For those of you who celebrate Easter, I hope it was a wonderful day full of family and friends and whatever else your traditions entail. In our family, we typically go to brunch or have the entire family together to have Easter dinner. There really aren’t small kids in our family any more so we haven’t done an Easter egg hunt or anything like that in years. But even without that, I love our tradition of basically eating food to celebrate the holiday.

Unfortunately, we have been living in Philadelphia for going on 3 years, and we couldn’t be home for any Easter Sundays thus far. The first two Easters that we spent here, I was working in the emergency department all day so didn’t get to do anything besides pop a little chocolate in my mouth. But yesterday was different and much better!

Yesterday was the first time Mr. Foodie and I had our own Easter to celebrate. I woke up early to get breakfast started, while Mr. Foodie sleep in. He was up the night before until 1:15AM (!!!) playing video games (inFAMOUS Second Son, if you were wondering). While he slept I got my cooking on! Here is a recap of what we ate for Easter Sunday:

Breakfast

quiche

I made this spinach and gruyère quiche. I didn’t deviate from the recipe at all so I put the link there. It was absolutely delicious. I’ve had quiches before but have never ventured into making one myself. If you have never made one, have no fear because it is ludicrously easy but looks so fancy and tastes so good! This has been added to my mental list of breakfast treats for holidays and special occasions.

Lunch

More quiche! Seriously. We just finished off what we didn’t eat at breakfast. It was that yummy. This was also a nice way to break up the day of cooking so that I could actually have some relaxation time instead of all my time being spent in the kitchen.

Dinner

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Our dinner consisted of roasted asparagus,  rosemary and garlic roasted potatoes, this vegan Celebration Roast by Field Roast, and onion rolls from Winnie’s Le Bus in Manayunk. It was a filling meal for sure. If you have never tried the Celebration Roast, then you must! I insist. Buy it for your next special dinner because it really is delicious. For us, it is similar to the Thanksgiving Tofurky in that it lets us forget for a moment that we are not eating meat. It is hearty, filling, and savory. Just what you want for a main course in a traditional meal.

Dessert*

And finally, because it was a holiday we treated ourselves to dessert from Sweet Elizabeth’s in Manayunk. I had the 3 Best Friend’s Cupcake and Mr. Foodie had some sort of fancy cheesecake. My cupcake was chocolate chip batter with caramel filling and buttercream frosting. Mmmmmm. Sorry there are no pictures but I was tired by the time we had dessert and it looked so good that we gobbled them right up!

*I cannot spell to save my life so desert versus dessert is always a challenge. I found the secret to remembering which is which here! Just keep thinking that you always want seconds of a super tasty dessert.

Recipe Rounds: Easter Edition

It’s Easter weekend so whether or not you are celebrating, you are probably going to be cooking at some point this weekend. So keep these recipes in mind for some inspiration! And if you do celebrate the holiday then I wish a happy Easter to you and your family. :)

This is like a master list of vegan Easter recipes. Awesome. (Veg Kitchen)

Here is another huge list of vegan Easter recipes. I’m intrigued by the vegan peppermint patties! (Keepin’ It Kind)

For those of us who still eat dairy, here are some vegetarian recipe ideas to help fill out your table. (How Stuff Works)

Finally, these are some beautiful Easter desserts to finish off your meal. The first one is so pretty! (Cooking Light)

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