Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Hamilton Kitchen & Bar - Allentown, PA

The Hamilton Kitchen & Bar showcases seasonal American cuisine, featuring takes on regional classics from around the country and the family dinner table.

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The Hamilton Kitchen & Bar - Allentown, PA

I now know from first-hand experience that pregnancy cravings exist, but I have to wonder... Are postpartum cravings a thing? If they are, then I'm definitely experiencing mega-cravings for fried chicken... more specifically, fried chicken and waffles at The Hamilton Kitchen & Bar in Allentown.

Before Caroline was born, Stephen tempted me with the idea of brunch at The Hamilton. Not five minutes later, his parents called us to find out whether we wanted to meet up for brunch since they hadn't seen us in a while. Naturally, it made sense to meet them there.

As it turned out, meeting for brunch was just a ruse, a story they concocted so I wouldn't catch on to the fact that family members and friends were surprising me with a baby shower at the house. I was completely floored and extremely touched by the gesture. Despite having a fabulous time, though, the thought of chicken and waffles has haunted me ever since that day.

Thankfully, I can satisfy my craving by writing this review of the meal I shared with some of my girlfriends at the restaurant last summer. That was the first time I ate the fried chicken at The Hamilton, and I became an instant fan. (Obviously.) Keep reading to see why.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Zucchini Nut Bread

This moist and tender quick bread is studded with chopped walnuts and features flecks of yellow and green thanks to farmers' market zucchini.  

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Zucchini Nut Bread

I had serious reservations about sharing this recipe for Zucchini Nut Bread with you now. Part of me wanted to wait until the end of the summer to share it, when gardens and farmers' markets seem to be overrun with zucchini. After all, it was farmers' market produce that inspired this recipe last summer after a reader emailed me asking for ways she could use up some of the zucchini that a coworker had given her.

Then I realized that my recipe would be merely one of hundreds (thousands?) of zucchini bread recipes being shared online. It would get lost in the noise, especially since my version is a relatively simple one. So, even though the "it" thing to do with zucchini these days is to turn it into "noodles" with a vegetable spiralizer, I'm hoping enough of you will feel compelled to do some baking with it instead.

Are you ready to get my Zucchini Nut Bread recipe? Then keep reading!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Menu Plan: April 5 - April 11

Sharing our Menu Plan for April 5 - April 11, 2015

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It's Easter Sunday, so this post is going to be a short one. We're in Connecticut this weekend to celebrate the day with my family, but I still wanted to take some time to share our Menu Plan for the week.

If you're curious to see what's on deck for dinner for us, then keep reading!

Friday, April 3, 2015

16 Deviled Egg Recipes with a Twist {Recipe Round-Up}

Are you looking for ways to jazz up your deviled eggs this Easter? Perhaps you're looking for ways to use up the eggs once the hunt is over. Either way, be sure to check out this round-up of deviled egg recipes on Taste As You Go for inspiration!

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Life as a new mother has consumed me, and, despite being well-aware that Easter Sunday is this weekend, I'm still surprised the holiday is right around the corner. Stephen and I will be loading up the car and treating Caroline to her very first road trip to Connecticut so we can spend Easter with my family. While the idea of being in the car for that long with a newborn intimidates me -- please, sleep peacefully for the trip, baby girl -- I'm really looking forward to introducing Caroline to my grandmother. It's going to be a special weekend surrounded by loved ones and great food.

Since deviled eggs are traditionally served as part of Easter dinner, it seems only fitting that I make them the star of this month's recipe round-up on Taste As You Go. I've enlisted the help of my fellow food bloggers to put together this photo-heavy round-up of 16 Deviled Eggs Recipes with a Twist. If you're curious to see what made the cut, then keep reading!