Wednesday, July 1, 2015

26 Refreshing Summertime Beverages

If you're looking for some refreshing beverages to serve at your next party or get-together, then check out this recipe round-up of thirst-quenching summertime drinks on Taste As You Go!

Hello, July!

Summer is in full swing and that means a tempting array of fresh fruits and vegetables is available at the local farmers' markets. I love this time of year and look forward to receiving the Bethlehem Farmers' Market newsletter so I can drool over their produce forecast listing the items one might expect to find for sale that particular week.

Judging from their latest newsletter, which just happens to feature my recipe for Zucchini Nut Bread, it sounds as if berries are going to rule the market this week. Local vendors will be offering blueberries, strawberries, mulberries, and raspberries (both the black and red varieties), and I'm praying that the baby will let me sneak out for an hour so I can go scope out the situation.

(Does anyone even say that anymore?)

Anyway... A great way to use those luscious farmers' market berries, aside from baking with them, is making pitcher after pitcher of tasty drinks. This month, I've enlisted the help of my fellow food bloggers to put together this photo-heavy round-up of 26 Refreshing Summertime Beverages -- both alcoholic and non-alcoholic -- for you to use as inspiration the next time you're craving something long and cool to sip on while lounging in the sun. And, of course, any of these drinks would make a fabulous addition to your Fourth of July celebrations this weekend.

Curious to see which recipes made the cut? Then keep reading!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Spicy Chicken Milanese with Tomato Salad and Parmesan

This lightened twist on Chicken Parmesan comes together quickly and makes for a perfect weeknight dinner.
Spicy Chicken Milanese with Tomato Salad and Parmesan

When it comes to food, the overall flavor isn't the only thing I consider when composing a meal. For me, texture is just as important, so I always try to make sure there are contrasting textures so the softer components are balanced out by the crispy or crunchy components. As weird as it may sound, I like to keep my mouth entertained while I'm eating.

I think that's why I've been harboring a secret crush on Milanese-style dishes for the past few years. Especially the ones that call for the breaded cutlets to be pan-fried and served with some type of chilled salad on top, like my Panko-Crusted Turkey Cutlets with Arugula and Parmesan.

Taking all of that into account, it should come as no surprise that the recipe for Spicy Chicken Milanese in the January 2014 issue of Food & Wine caught my attention. I tailored the recipe a bit to better fit our personal tastes, as well as the ingredients already on hand in our pantry. After only preparing it once, I became obsessed.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Menu Plan: June 28 - July 4

Sharing our Menu Plan for June 28 - July 4, 2015
Mother and Baby Hands

Stephen and I have been up in Connecticut for the past several days. While he spent the week attending a conference in New Haven, Caroline and I spent some quality time with my family.

I didn't realize how sentimental I would feel about bringing Caroline to my childhood home or about showing her the places and things that meant a lot to me growing up. I found myself narrating story after story, telling her all about the time her mama did this or her mama did that. What a rewarding experience! One that I'm sure to repeat with each subsequent visit we make.

It's also been a true joy for me to see Caroline interact with her grandparents, especially now that she's so alert and intent on learning as much about her surroundings as possible. Plus, her fall asleep in my father's arms has totally melted my heart.

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end and we're heading back home this afternoon. Back home and back to the routine, which, of course, includes cooking dinner. (We've been so spoiled in Connecticut -- I didn't have to cook once!)

To see what's on deck for dinner for us this week, then keep reading!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Food + Technology: Testing the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 for Verizon Wireless

I've partnered with Verizon Wireless of the Philadelphia Tri-State Region to see how certain devices that operate on Verizon's 4G LTE network stand up to the technological needs of a food blogger.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4

In continuation of my partnership with Verizon Wireless of the Philadelphia Tri-State Region, I've spent some time testing another mobile device that operates on their 4G LTE network (known as the "fastest and most reliable in the U.S.") to determine how the right device could improve my blogging endeavors.

This review is a little different than my previous reviews (see here and here and here and here) since I tested the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 during the third trimester of my pregnancy, as well as my transition into motherhood. As you might expect, the majority of the photos I took with the phone weren't related to food at all. The truth is, the device helped capture some of the most memorable moments of my life and I have a sentimental attachment to it.

In today's blog post, I'm going to share my thoughts about the Galaxy Note 4, as well as some of the photos I took (and subsequently posted on Instagram). Keep reading to see what I had to say!