Friday, April 17, 2020

Rosemary Walnut Crackers

Rosemary Walnut Crackers | Local Food Rocks

I received free samples of California Walnuts mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by California Walnuts and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

TGIF gang! It is Friday, right?! Right now I'm very thankful for technology because it's how we're able to "stay connected" with family and friends. Weekly virtual happy hours help break up our life-from-home routine where the days blur together. The virtual-thing is not exactly the perfect substitute for our normal Friday get-together at our neighborhood watering hole, but I'll take what I can get.

Just like there are moments lately when I feel the need to put on "real clothes" and "look more presentable," there are moments when I feel the same way about my snacks for our virtual hang-outs.  I mean, why not get a little fancy to celebrate getting through another week of quarantine? These easy to make rosemary walnut crackers will definitely elevate the flavor and specialness of your next happy hour nosh, virtual or not.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Butternut Squash Noodle Egg Nests

Butternut Squash Noodle Egg Nests | Local Food Rocks

We may be stuck inside a bit more than usual, but Spring is happening all around us. Trees are budding, daffodils are blooming, and the birds are flittering about building nests. And, that’s where the inspiration sprang up for this recipe.

These butternut squash noodle "nests" are easy, fun to make, super healthy, and delicious!

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Monday, March 16, 2020

Coronavirus: Keep Calm, Stock Up + Cook On

Healthy Ideas for Stocking Your Pantry | Local Food Rocks

Holy crap it’s been a crazy few weeks of quarantines, school closings, canceled events, and travel restrictions. And, I think more is coming.

In addition to discussions about social distancing, washing your darn hands and all the other disinfecting protocols, this seems like a good time to talk about stocking up your pantry and home with good eats that can last a while. As the Girl Scouts say, be prepared.

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Continuum Distilling Makes Spirits from Craft Beer

Continuum Distilling makes spirits from beer waste | Local Food Rocks

Continuum Distilling in Waterbury, CT stands apart from other distilleries. They are the first in Connecticut to make craft spirits from craft beer. Intrigued? So were we.

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Friday, February 28, 2020

Sheet Pan Gnocchi with Brussels + Butternut

Sheet Pan gnocchi with Brussels Sprouts and Butternut Squash | Local Food Rocks

One bowl for prep. One pan for cooking. One easy dinner.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Thai Chicken Curry and Rice Soup

Reinvent leftover roast chicken with this savory, salty, little bit spicy and sweet Thai chicken curry with rice. | Local Food Rocks

We have the habit of picking up a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store at least a few times a month. It's one of Renato's favorite things to do when we need a quick dinner and don't have the time or conviction to cook from scratch. Whatever we don't finish at the first sitting will usually become something else like chicken salad, or something like this Thai chicken curry and rice soup.

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Mixing It Up At Mezon In Danbury

Stargazer cocktail at Mezon with gin, grapefruit, honey and star anise | Local Food Rocks

When going out with friends our wants are fairly simple. Give us fun, shareable dishes, and great cocktails. Not necessarily in that order. In Danbury, that means Mezon on Mill Plain Road is pretty high on our list. Late last year they changed a few menu items, and I've got to tell ya, we have some new favorites.

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