Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Maxim's 22 - Easton, PA

Maxim's 22 Bistro & Brasserie in Easton, PA serves up traditional French cuisine by the plateful in the Lehigh Valley.

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Duck Confit with Roasted Vegetable and Pomme Hash, Duck Gravy, and Poached Eggs - Maxim's 22 - Easton, PA

I know I must have said this a million times already, but I'm really impressed by the way the restaurant scene is developing in the Lehigh Valley. It feels as if I'm hearing about the opening of a new restaurant every few weeks or so, and, because of that, my list of local restaurants to try keeps growing and growing. Plus, there's an extra level of satisfaction added to the equation if I discover that said new restaurant will be offering brunch on the weekends.

Given how much Stephen and I love brunch, it's nice knowing we'll always have some new places (or new-to-us places) to try if we grow tired of the usual restaurants in our regular rotation. Although Maxim's 22 is hardly new to the Valley (they opened a couple of years ago), it did take us a while to get over there. Thankfully, a couple of our friends were willing to meet us in Easton for our first brunch at the restaurant (back when there was still snow all over the place!), and I think it's safe to say that we all had a lovely time.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Menu Plan: September 14 - September 20

Sharing our Menu Plan for September 14 - September 20, 2014.

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Well, would you look at that... It's Sunday evening and yet another weekend is coming to an end. I'm not sure how your weekend went, but Stephen and I had a relatively quiet one (with less running around than usual), and I really enjoyed the slower pace.

We kicked the weekend off with a birthday celebration for Monty (I promise, he was way more excited about turning one than the above picture indicates), spent a rainy Saturday making questionable food choices and wandering around Target, and then had a lovely late-morning brunch before digging into our regular Sunday routines. We both have to-do lists a mile long, but I know we both benefited greatly from slowing down.

Those of you who follow me on Instagram had a sneak peek (here and here) at our dinner for tonight (which we already consumed, quite happily!), but the rest of you can see what's on deck for us for dinner this week by continuing to read. ;-)

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Menu Plan: September 7 - September 13

Sharing our Menu Plan for September 7 - September 13, 2014.

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With the return to college football, this past weekend has been a busy one for Stephen and me. Yesterday was Lehigh University's first home football game of the season, which, of course, meant that we were packing up the car on Saturday morning and heading over to our usual tailgating spot in the parking lot to set up for a morning of gluttony before heading into the stadium for the game. Unfortunately, the heat and humidity got the better of us and we wound up packing up and relocating the festivities to our house so we could watch the game in the comfort of our air-conditioned living room (*womp womp*), so we'll have to wait until the next home game to step foot in the stadium again.

Saturday tailgates usually mean Sunday sleep-ins, and today was no exception. We rolled out of bed and had a leisurely breakfast before bringing Monty over to the dog park for some much-needed time outdoors. Now that we're back home (and Monty has had a bath), we're getting back to our respective regular Sunday afternoon schedules. Which means, it's time to share this week's Menu Plan!

Are you ready to see what's on deck for dinner for us this week?

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

18 Football Tailgating Recipes

Looking for recipes that will help you kick off your football tailgating season on the right foot? Check out this round-up of tailgating recipes on Taste As You Go!

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The sentiment is a day late, but welcome to September, everyone! Although the long weekend marked the unofficial end of summer, summer is certainly clinging on with a vengeance as we're experiencing a bit of a heat wave in the Lehigh Valley. So much so that Stephen and I actually turned the air-conditioning on to avoid dealing with the humidity.

Regardless, most people have started making the transition from summer to fall, and for us, that means transitioning to football tailgating season. Lehigh's first home game is this coming Saturday, and I know that Stephen and I are both looking forward to reuniting with our fall family.

Anyone who has ever tailgated with us before can tell you that tailgates are kinda a big deal to us. Our group of friends typically chooses a theme for each week, and we compete with each other to come up with a dish (or multiple dishes!) that not only fit the theme but also taste great. So, it comes as no surprise that Stephen and I are always looking for new tailgating recipes to try.

In celebration of the return to watching college football, I've enlisted the help of my fellow food bloggers and have put together a photo-heavy round-up of 18 Football Tailgating Recipes. The next time you're in need of some tailgate food inspiration, I'm sure you'll find something to suit your tastes here!

Curious to see what made the cut?