Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake with Almond Cookie Crust

Slice of Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake with Almond Cookie Crust | Local Food Rocks

Forget the cream cheese. If you want a lighter, fluffier cheesecake, pick up the ricotta cheese instead. Blending traditional Italian flavors of lemon and almond atop a cookie base, this dessert is a sweet way to cap off an Easter feast without weighing you down.

Disclosure: I received cheese from Calabro Cheese Corp. to facilitate this recipe. I received no other compensation and the opinions contained herein are my own and reflect my experience with the products. Your own may differ.

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Friday, April 5, 2019

Spring Antipasto with Burrata

Spring Antipasto with Burrata | Local Food Rocks

I am ready to come out from hibernation. The crocuses in the yard have bloomed, garlic is starting to emerge from the ground along with the hyacinths, tulips, and daffodils, and I've got vegetable garden seeds just beginning to sprout. All this green emerging around me has me inspired in the kitchen. I'm itching to sip weekend brunch/lunch cocktails on the patio. This vegetarian-friendly antipasto featuring burrata from Calabro Cheese is helping get me in the mood for Spring get-togethers and holiday celebrations.

Disclosure: I received cheese from Calabro Cheese Corp. to facilitate this recipe. I received no other compensation and the opinions contained herein are my own and reflect my experience with the products. Your own may differ.

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Friday, March 29, 2019

Vegan Curried Lentil Stew

Vegan Curried Lentil Stew | Local Food Rocks

I don't know about you but I am tired of heavy winter coats and hats and gloves and scarves and [insert another winter clothing item here]. Thus, I am trying to add Spring elements to my life whenever I can right now. Colorful meals with a slightly lighter touch are a part of my "think Spring" mantra. This stew is exactly that. It's hearty and filling but because of a heavy dose of ginger and lime, it tastes lighter and brighter than your typical lentil soup.

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Friday, March 15, 2019

Irish Beef + Stout Pot Pie

Irish Beef and Stout Pot Pie | Local Food Rocks

In honor of St. Patrick's Day a hearty beef stew surrounded by buttery crust made with a nice local stout seemed like the right thing to do. How can you go wrong with tender chunks of beef and hearty vegetables in a rich, luscious gravy surrounded by puff pastry?

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Westport Farmers' Market Seeding Into Spring

Westport Farmers Market Winter 2019

This Saturday, March 16th, the Westport Winter Farmers’ Market will say goodbye to its temporary winter home at Gilbertie’s Herbs and Garden Center with a free seed exchange.

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Caraway Cheddar Irish Soda Bread

Sliced Caraway Cheddar Irish Soda Bread | Local Food Rocks

As the wife of a musician in an Irish rock band (shameless plug, listen here: Mighty Ploughboys), March is a busy month and completely revolves around St. Paddy's Day. Yes, with a "d" not a "t" look it up.  Anywho, I'm cooking up a few special recipes to help celebrate Irish heritage. I don't bake bread much, but Irish soda bread is super easy to make and this combination of caraway and cheddar is a delicious non-traditional twist on the classic.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Thai Chicken Salad With Peanut Dressing

Thai Chicken Salad with Peanut Dressing

Anyone else crave peanut butter sometimes? Like, just put your spoon into the jar and devour it while hovering in front of the open refrigerator door? Just me?

OK, so I try not to do that on the regular. The other day I wanted to curb my craving for peanut butter while still actually managing to eat a balanced lunch. Enter this quick homemade Thai peanut dressing, which I poured over roasted chicken pieces on a bed of crunchy veggies. Plus thanks to a package of PBfit, I got all the peanut butter flavor I wanted without all the extra calories.

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