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I’m BaaAAack!

After 2 years of writing for my company’s food blog and loving every minute of it, I’ve now changed jobs, changed industries (food to fashion!), moved to a new apartment and I now need an outlet for my love of food again! I’ll be back to my old tricks – reviewing local restaurants, writing about my fitness adventurous, creating recipes and (**NEW**) showing you some awesome fashion finds that I come across in my new job!

My first example:

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These are the Timberland Boot Company Marge Heels. They are beautifully crafted and surprisingly comfortable after the first few wears. This collection is inspired by the women of the industrial revolution who needed comfort, style and quality. I have to say they were a bit expensive, but you can smell the quality on these shoes and they look like nothing I’ve ever seen before.

To break them in, I wore them on our date night last weekend to North Beach Bar and Grill in Hampton, NH! I’ve passed this restaurant many times, but had never thought of going there until I saw that they have sweet potato fries. Any place that has sweet potato fries deserves a fighting chance in my book.

I have to admit I was quite skeptical of the food quality at this establishment just because of the way the place looks. It just goes to show, you can’t judge a book by its cover!

It was a beautiful summer night – 72 degrees and sunny – so we grabbed a table on their outdoor patio that faces the beach (score!). We arrived around 6:30pm on a Saturday so we were expecting mayhem trying to find a table, but it was actually not that difficult. We were seated right away and I immediately ordered the most tropical drink on the menu. I don’t remember the name, but it had pineapple juice and some sort of alcohol. It.was.delicious.

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For food we ordered the coconut shrimp which were AMAzing! The shrimp were super fresh and succulent with a crisp coconut coating. They were perfectly paired with a sweet and sour sauce for dipping. For my entree, I ordered a lobster roll with sweet potato fries (of course) and cole slaw. This lobster roll was phenomenal with giant chunks of lobster so big I had to cut them up to eat them! And every piece was tender and flavorful – probably one of the best lobster rolls I’ve had in a while. The sweet potato fries were great and the cole slaw was creamy and fresh. Shawn ordered the fish sandwich with sweet potato fries and he was surprisingly impressed with everything.

As for the service, I felt like our waitress might have been new because she talked quietly and didn’t try to up-sell with drinks or desert. Not horrible though.

Overall it was a great experience and a great night! I would definitely recommend North Beach Bar and Grill for a casual night out by the shoe. Plus you can take a walk on the beach across the street after your meal. How romantic :)

 


Summer Solstice Supper

This week was full of delicious and healthy food! As everyone knows the summer solstice was on Tuesday and I was lucky enough to be invited to a Solstice Super at the CSA we belong to in our town. Willow Pond Community Farm is a small farm with about 75 families that help to keep the lettuce growing and the tomatoes bug-free.

To celebrate the beginning of the summer growing season and nurture some community bonds the farm hosted a dinner where everyone brought a dish that incorporated some kind of local ingredient. My mom recently acquired a Pampered Chef deviled egg holder/tray (yes they really exist) so she decided this was the perfect opportunity to use it! We also get free local eggs from a few of her friends who have chickens(can you tell we live in Brentwood, NH yet?). We give them our newspapers and they give us fresh local eggs. It’s a pretty good deal.

Anyways, the supper couldn’t have taken place on a more beautiful day! As families wandered in with homemade dishes in hand, my mom and I sat salivating at the sight of all this delicious food. 

Doesn’t she look pretty? Finally it was time to eat and we filled out plates high with gourmet goodies and earthy salads! It was a foodie’s paradise. Everything tasted so fresh and flavorful because it was literally grown from the land we were sitting on with the hands of the people sitting across the table from us. 

I had some kale quiche, pesto and roasted veggie pasta, a cheddar and chive scone, a garden salad (literally), a deviled egg (of course), some rhubarb cake, homemade strawberry frozen yogurt and much more! I was surprisingly not that full walking back to the car, probably because everything was so fresh and healthy.

And our deviled eggs were the hit of the buffet table. We went home with an empty Pampered Chef deviled egg holder, happy bellies and a new sense of appreciation for the farm and the people in our community. 

We also went home with yet another giant bag of kale from our CSA produce share. Which we promptly turned into kale chips. This is the only way we know how to make it edible. We seriously have a kale problem in this house. It sits around for days until someone makes chips with it or throws it out.

So how do you make kale delectable? I know it’s super healthy and I want to like it. Will it ever be something I crave? Please help!


Pizza and Cupcakes…all you really need.

Hello blogworld :)

I am back in action! Last weekend I finally found some time away from work and dance to explore some of the new restaurants and stores in downtown Portsmouth! That place has exploded in the past few months and there is so much to see and do all of a sudden.

Shawn and I had a hankering for pizza so we wandered over to the brand new Upper Crust of Portsmouth. I had been there before, but Shawn hadn’t so it was a new experience for him.

The space was a bit cramped, but we really liked the pizza tins hanging from the ceiling and everything was very clean. The manager was super nice, although it took a while to get our pizza. That was probably because we had a rediculous assortment of toppings as per usual. Once the pizza came out we were ravenous and the smell of melting mozarella and sizzling garlic was mouth-watering.


We ordered half a Gepetto’s Roasted Veggie which had red Sauce, mozzarella, herb roasted eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash and fresh basil and half a Pedro’s Steak & Gorgonzola Margherita which had marinated steak and gorgonzola cheese PLUS we added red peppers and onions to that half ALL on a whole wheat curst. Oh boy, tough to write and probably even tougher to make. I have to admit we are picky pizza eaters. We just really want it to be incredibly delicious. And this pizza did not dissapoint. It was amazing! The cheese was creamy, the veggies were fresh and the crust was perfect.

We basically rolled ourselves out of there, filled to the brim with pizza and wandered down the street to check out some of the other new stores.

Not suprisingly, we soon ended up at Portsmouth Baking Company for some dessert. I have to say, their sign alone made me want to come in. It’s bright blue and quite cheery! This place is apparently brand new also and was a bit overwhelming at first. It was just like walking into Willy Wonka’s factory! There is a trains that circles the whole dining room that brings samples from the glassed-in baking room upstairs down to the guests. How.awesome.is.that.

We were still incredibly full from the pizza so after a full 10 minutes of just staring at the luscious desserts and magical appeal of the whole place we ordered a Vanilla Cupcake with Chocolate Frosting to-go.


We told ourselves that we will be back ASAP because honestly PBC looks out-of-this-world. They also have lunch and dinner so we are planning to go back for one of those very soon. I can’t wait :)

All in all, it was a great afternoon out in downtown Portsmouth and we rolled ourselves home to enjoy an afternoon of….nothing :)…accompanied by Adam Sandler’s new movie Just Go With it, which happened to be quite hilarious!

I would definitely recommend these two new restaurants to Portsmouth go-ers…and the movie too.

Who knows where we’re going this weekend, but it better be delicious! What new restaurants have you gone to lately?

Have a great Saturday!


The Real World…

Hello blogworld!

It has been a long few months since my last post, mostly due to the fact that I have been finishing up school and graduating! Yes its true, I am now living as a real person in the real world…kinda. What is real is that I will now be blogging here as the Social Media Coordinator for The Meat House so you can find me there!

Enjoy the almost-summer weather :)


Trader Joe’s Road Trip

Hello! Happy Spring :)

The temps are estimated to climb near 70 degrees in New Hampshire today! The sun is shining, I’m on spring break, I just got a new used treadmill, everything is GREAT! OH AND I took a much needed road trip to Trader Joe’s on my way to pick up the treadmill. I had a gift card burning a giant hold in my pocket since Christmas! Unfortunately, there are no TJ’s in New Hampshire so its a trip to get myself to one every now and then, but it makes it that much more of a treat :)

So yesterday Shawn and I got quite a few items at the store:

TJ’s Fiberful dried fruit bars- so sweet yet so good for you.

TJ’s Whole Wheat Cinnamon Raisin English Muffins- amazzzzzing, why does no other brand make these whole wheat??

TJ’s Fleur de Sel Caramel Sauce- nuff said.

TJ’s Dark Chocolate Covered Pretzel Thins- addicting, half the bag was consumed on the way home with the boyfriend.

Racconto Whole Wheat Potato Gnocchi- hard to find, but so delicious!

I’m so excited to have these new natural treats in my kitchen :)

 

Oh and don’t get too jealous, my new used treadmill is from 1997.

I’m off to enjoy doing nothing for a few more days until the second half of my semester starts!!! Ahh!

-Katie


What I’m Loving Now

Hello there :)

I have been super busy the past few weeks with lots of school and rehearsals for dance company.

It is my final semester of college and I could not be more excited! I have final projects, case studies and power-points up the ying- yang, but I am still managing to fit in regular work-outs and some healthy eating.

Since I haven’t really had time to go out to dinner much with many hours of rehearsal on the weekends, I wanted to highlight a few healthy food products that I am absolutely loving lately.

1. Kashi Go Lean Blueberry Waffles- About a year ago they took them off the shelves and now they are back…NEW and IMPROVED! They now have 8 in a box, have less calories per serving and offer more fiber! What could be better? I love these in the morning topped with flax, cinnamon, blueberries and maple syrup.

2. Popcorn Indiana Dark Fudge and Chocolate Chip Kettle Corn- This stuff is seriously addicting, but suprisingly low in calories for the decadent taste. It is whole grain, all natural and great as a snack during Glee. :)

3. Cedar’s Yogurt Spinach Dip- I spread this on turkey sandwiches or use it as a dip. It is low calories because it is made with our friend greek yogurt! (60 caloreis per 2 Tbsp.)<–less than mayo!

Eating in isn’t so bad if you pick up a few interesting new ingredients! When you are eating healthy sometimes things tend to get boring, so splurging on an exciting item every now and then can kick it up a notch. We’ll see what grabs my attention next week at the grocery store…

P.S. Check out my new personal portfolio blog!

-Katie


If only we had a heater as big as New Hampshire…

Where I am:

(I’m not really in 1935 don’t worry)

What I’m dealing with: 20 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and more to come ON TOP of our 2 feet of snow on the ground from last week.

How I’m dealing: Oreo’s, blogs, the treadmill and pictures of the Bahama’s.

Where I desperately want to be:

Please send shovels, giant heaters and plane tickets.


Florida Sun and Good Eats

A few weeks ago I had the ultimate pleasure of venturing to Vero Beach, Florida with my boyfriend for 9 days. This was not just any vacation…it was in fact, Shawn’s FIRST time on an AIRPLANE, first time OUT of New England, and his first time at DISNEY!!! He was like a little boy on Christmas. We went from 9 degree weather to 85 degree weather in a matter of hours and it was amazing…

We explored Islands of Adventure, airboating, Animal Kingdom, toasted coconut ice cream, u-turns, and of course multiple delicious meals at some of Florida’s finest restaurants ;). Luckily, I was able to run on the beach most mornings to burn off some of those extra calories…oh what paradise we were in :).

One of my favorite places that we ate was inside of Islands of Adventure near the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter (which was amazing). It was called Mythos and is apparentlyvoted one of the best theme park restaurants in the world!

I had risotto with steak tips, asparagus, mushrooms and tomatoes which was of course incredibly delicious. Shawn had a barbeque chicken wrap that actually had mashed potatoes inside of it?! He said it was awesome.

The next great place we went to eat was a place called the Tiki Bar in Fort Pierce. It was right over the water with a thatched roof, live music and lots of energy! It was a bit overwhelming, but ended up being one of my favorite meals! I had a seafood salad sandwich on a croissant and sweet potatoe fries.

This was the night we discovered toasted coconut ice cream. You need to get it, it will amaze you. Sadly, we were too excited to take any pictures before diving into our cones ;).

The rest of our vacation was full of countless hours yelling at the GPS, fighting moskito storms on the highway and visiting many interesting creatures in their natural habitats such as…

The American Alligator, dolphins, the Great White Egret, an armadillo, a bobcat, bunnies, Ghost Crabs and many more.

Now comes my ultimate favorite restaurant from our trip. Maggiano’s Little Italy in Orlando surprised and delighted me by offering whole wheat pasta as a substitution option for all of their delicious pasta dinners! I ordered the Shrimp Scampi with tomatoes and brocolini. It was dangerously delicious. I literally had a garlic and butter sauce mustache by the end of it. We also had the stuffed mushrooms which were insanely addicting.

I swear I am wearing a different outfit…just the same jacket.

Overall, we both agreed that we probably gained about 20 pounds each eating out every day, but we hope we worked it off walking around the theme parks and chasing after armadillos on the side of the road…

The day after we landed in Boston the Northeast was hit with another great snowstorm. We squeezed our eyes tight and desperately tried to transport ourselves back to paradise, but reality won that fight. Back to school and work for us…but not without some healthy daydreaming every once in a while.


The Best Pumpkin Muffins You Will Ever Eat

I am not kidding about this one. I have been making these muffins for about 4 years and everyone who tastes them (even my dad-the anti-health food eater) agrees that they are fantastic.

I created the recipe a while ago when I was in desperate need of something warm and spicy with my cup of hot cocoa as I snuggled on the couch during a January snow storm. So  I took bits and pieces of other recipes  and added my own quirks to come up with a healthy and delicious pumpkin masterpiece that will warm you from the inside out.

The Best Pumpkin Muffins!

2 eggs

1/2 cup sugar

1 Tbsp  vegetable oil

1 cup non-fat vanilla yogurt

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 can  pumpkin puree

1.5 cups whole wheat flour

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 Tbsp baking soda

1/4 Tbsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp cloves

1/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

1/4 cup raisins (optional)

 

Beat eggs for a minute. Add in sugar, oil, yogurt, vanilla and pumpkin and mix until smooth. Combine the dry  ingredients in a separate bowl. Add this to the wet mixture and add in walnuts and raisins. Spoon into greased muffin tins and bake for 25-35 minutes on 350. Feel free to use golden raisins or pecans to mix it up a bit! Make hot cocoa. Cuddle up on couch in front of warm fire. Eat muffin. Be happy. :)

I’m hoping I’ll be snuggled up with this guy…

Have a great weekend! :)

 

 

 

 

 


Oatmeal-Raisin Bites and The Girls

Hello there and Happy almost-New Years Eve!

In the spirit of New Years resolutions and healthy living after the sweets of the holidays, I made some delicious cookies!

But actually, these cookies are a request from my mom as she is part of the Weight Watchers program (doing very well at it!) and she received this recipe card at her last meeting. I made a few modifications, but note that it is based off of a Weight Watchers Points Plus recipe. According to them it is 2 points per serving. I don’t really know what that means nutrition wise, but if it works for some people to get healthy then all power to ya! I also split the batch into 3/4 and 1/4. In the larger part I added raisins only( for my mom) and in the smaller part I added chocolate chips and walnuts (for myself). My cookies are probably not within the 2 point value, but I’m not on Weight Watchers and I generally  like my cookies loaded with chocolate, nuts, coconut, peanut butter and whatever else I can scrounge up in the pantry. I thought I was rather conservative with this batch :).

Oatmeal-Raisin Bites

1.5 cups rolled oats

3/4 cup whole-wheat flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup brown sugar, packed

1/4 cup sugar

1 large egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

Mom’s batch: 1/2 cup raisins

Katie’s batch: 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/4 cup walnuts

Mix all dry ingredients and set aside. Cream butter and sugars and add vanilla and egg. Mix in dry ingredients. (Separate batch into sections at this point if you want different cookie variations). Add raisins or chocolate chips and walnuts. Spoon small balls onto cookies sheets and press down with a fork. Makes 40 cookies. Bake at 350 for 9-11 minutes. Enjoy!

***These cookies actually came out pretty sweet for my taste and if I was trying to make a healthy cookie I would have reduced the brown sugar to 1/3 cup and I would have maybe substituted 1/4 cup applesauce for half of the butter. I didn’t want to make too many modifications because they were for my moms diet.

Mom’s cookies:

Katie’s Cookies:

In other news, there has been a blizzard in the Norheast and The Girls are not pleased.

This is Winnie, she is very winy and very desperate to go outside. They haven’t been out in 3 days.

What is this?


Not pleased with the cold feet. Runs back inside instantly.

Anyways, I have become a cat lady. No school, no work =talk to cats and bake cookies. Send help and cat booties.




Katie’s Favorite Things

I hope everyone had a great Christmas and/or holiday weekend! I know that I did and I have many wonderful gifts to show from it. I was pretty much showered with generosity from all of my friends and family this year and I would like to show some of my favorites! It’s kind of like Oprah…but not as epic…or annoying.

In case you are still in the giving mood, these are some great gifts for the foodie/dancer/girlfiend/student in your life.

In order of amazingness, 5 being great and 1 being the  most fantastic gift of all time.

#5  Dark Chocolate Santa- Delicious and full of healthy antioxidants! Plus we supported a local business (The Chocolatier). They are the best.


#4 Britney Spears Hidden Fantasy Perfume- Everyone needs to smell good :) and BSpears knows how to do it right. This fragrance is subtly sweet and flowery.

#3 Stonewall Kitchen Roasted Garlic Bread Spread-This stuff is mouth-wateringly strong, addicting and will repel the evilest of vampires. It is epic. I made my brother a sandwich with it and he said it was the best lunch he ever had. Nuff said.

#2 TomTom GPS- Desperately needed and about 6 months too late. This would have saved me many tears and countless hours of lost driving during my summer with Honest Tea, but now we can use it on our trip to Florida next month :).

And finally…

#1 Aerial Dancer Sculpture- This gift was hand made by a local NH artisan, Deborah O’Leary. It was specially made with a blonde ponytail to portray non-other than your very own Katie. Thank you mom for giving me such a special and one-of-a-kind gift. I truly love it.

A big thank you to everyone for all my gifts and I hope everyone liked the ones I gave them…stale popcorn and all.

What are your favorite things that you received for the holidays?


Merry Christmas Eve! and last minute gifts…

Hello blogworld :) Merry Christmas Eve to you all! Lots of things have happened since I last blogged…

There was a little of this.

A lot of this.

And luckily…a WHOLE LOT of this.

And this.

To get me by…

Now finals are over, it is finally winter break and Christmas festivities are in full swing over here with some cookie baking, gift wrapping, Pandora Christmas station and Tim Allen in a red suit. He always gets me in the spirit :).

If you are looking for a simple, quick last minute gift idea I have a great one to share with you!

I made this gift for my brother who hopefully won’t read this until after tonight…

He is a super popcorn fanatic so I thought this would be perfect for him.

Spicy Maple Cashew Popcorn

1 Tbsp. butter or margarine

1/3 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup maple syrup

1/4 tsp. white pepper

1/2 tsp. salt

6 cups popped corn

1/4 cup cashews

Pop corn kernels in an air/microwave popper or whichever way you prefer. Melt butter in a small pan and add sugar, maple syrup, pepper and salt. Bring this to a boil and stir for 2 minutes. Add cashews to popcorn and pour mixutre over popcorn. Stir it up real good! I put the popcorn in a zip-lock bag and tied it with a bow :). This recipe was super simple and kind of gourmet for a quick homemade gift.

Have a very merry Christmas!


The Homestretch…

It is the last two weeks of the semester and I am relying on Christmas music and a giant bag of Boy Scout’s Caramel Corn to get me through. Normal blogging shall resume when I complete 6 papers, one promo video, two presentations, one exam, 2 dance performances and a whole lot of stressing in between!

Until then…

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Pumpkin Roll

Enter ingredients…

…Can you guess what I’m baking yet???

That’s right, we conquered a Pumpkin Roll this weekend and it was NOT one of the easiest desserts I have ever made. But the end result was definitely worth the process.

Step 1: Mix the sugar and eggs together until fluffy. Then add the pumpkin and dry ingredients and spread onto a (greased and floured) wax paper lined 15×10 sheet pan.

Step 2: Admire handsome sous chef :). Just kidding, bake for 15 minutes at 375 degress.

Step 3: Take out of oven and flip onto powdered sugar covered towel. This should be done swiftly as to not break the cake in half.

Step 4: Laugh histerically at the giant cloud of powdered sugar that explodes from underneath the cake when Step 3 was performed.

Step 5: Start rolling the cake with the towel onto itself. Don’t worry, cracking will happen! It will still taste amazing!

Step 6: Go watch 13 Going on 30 while the roll cools in the freezer (we were impatient).

Step 7: Remember that you still have to make the icing. Whip up some cream cheeze, butter, vanilla and powdered sugar into a lovely frosting.

Step 8: Take the roll out of the freezer (or wherever you are letting it cool) and check to see if it is cool yet.

Step 9: Carefully unroll the cake and frost that baby up! Then even more carefully roll it back up, transport it to a nice platter (the towel should be a bit saturated with sugar by now) and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Step 10: Devour a decent sized piece of Pumpkin Roll to celebrate your latest baking success, snuggled on the couch with your sous chef and your puppy watching 13 Going on 30!

*This recipe is all over the internet and on the back of the pumpkin cans so I won’t post the exact recipe because I just got it from the Land O’ Lakes website :)

It was the perfect snack on a lazy Sunday. But beware, start with a small piece as it sits pretty heavily in your belly ;) Enjoy with a nice glass of milk.


Candy Cupcakes and Cinnamon Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Do you have leftover Halloween candy staring you in the face? Make some cupcakes to go with all that candy! This weekend Shawn and I pretended we were 5 years old for a few hours and went to town.  :) These are really not healthy cupcakes at all. We were only in it for the decoration aspect so we used a regular Duncan Hines package, but substituted half the butter for applesauce and you couldn’t even tell at all! But then we loaded on the buttercream frosting and candy so it all evens out in the end. Don’t worry I come up with a healthier snack you can reach for instead of the leftover candy…

It was so fun to take some time away from rehearsals and homework to get creative and silly. We also carved pumpkins for Halloween with Shawn’s nephew. 

I looooove taking out the insides! It is so much fun to squeeze the ooey-gooey pumpkin! After we perfected our Jack-o-Lanterns we separated the seeds from the goo and mixed them with cinnamon, sugar, nutmeg and salt and roasted them in a 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes. They were surprisingly satisfying, almost like popcorn! Pumpkin seeds are actually a very good source of mono-unsaturated fats, protein and a lot of minerals like iron, copper an zinc.

Here is the recipe:

Cinnamon and Sugar Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

*Make sure to wash and dry seeds before starting.

For about 4 cups of seeds

2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

2 Tbsp sugar

2 Tsp salt

Mix all spices together and spread seeds out on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Bake for 20 minutes on 350. Adjust salt/sugar levels according to taste. Enjoy as a healthy and natural snack!


The Taste of Portsmouth

I have finally found it! A place where I can actually take the gourmet food right off the shelves, give it to the man behind the deli counter and he will make me a delicious sandwich with any fixing my heart desires. It is called The Taste of Portmouth and it is a tiny ex-convenience store right before the downtown area of Portmouth, NH. Shawn and I have a dilemma when it comes to going out to lunch. He always wants something large and meat heavy like Habachi or The 99, but I of course would like something small and light. It is very difficult to find a restaurant in the seacoast area that can make both of these things happen for under 20 bucks.

I had seen ads for this place in the newspaper, but had never remembered to stop in until this weekend. We were both starving and craving something tasty so we hesitantly agreed to try it out, assuming that we would be faced with the same problem that multiple cafes in the past have presented: the tiny sandwich for 20 dollars syndrome.

We could not have been more wrong.

The deli is a cross between a convenience store and a gourmet deli with regular ketchup and potatoe chips intermingled with roasted red-pepper tapenades and root-vegetable chips. The menu offers sandwiches named after local seacoast landmarks like The State St., The Piscatequa, The Wentworth etc. You can also create your own sandwich, which is what I went with. When I asked if they had whole wheat bread, the man behind the counter literally pointed to the loaf on the shelf and motioned for me to pass it to him. When I asked for pesto he walked to the gourmet spreads shelf and pulled a tube to season my sandwich with.

I ended up ordering a create-your-own panini on whole wheat bread with fresh mozarella, roasted red peppers, spinach, tomatoes and pest. It was perfect!

Shawn ordered The New Castle: Roasted Turkey, bacon, romaine, tomato, feta and kalamata-sun dried tomato tapenade on whole wheat. He could not stop talking about it.

We paired our sandwiches with an Orange Pineapple Mango Nantucket Nectars, Boulder Canyon Salt and Cracked Black Pepper Chips and a coffee all for $19! That is a steal for the seacoast sandwich market. Trust me.

It was so refreshing to actually get exactly what I wanted! This place is a great lunch spot and I actually went back two days later with my mom…and yes the man behind the counter did recognize me and smartly reached for my whole wheat bread.

So the next time you are in the Portsmouth area prepare to be amazed by this quasi-convenience store gourmet deli.


Butternut Squash Crisp

It is officially fall! Fall is my favorite season…the leaves are bright orange, the air is crist, my birthday is October 22nd :) and Pumpkin is back on the shelves!

Shawn and I have been making pumpkin pancakes for breakfast on the weekends by mixing it in with some whole wheat pancake mix. It is so comforting and festive. Another joyful fruit of fall is the butternut squash! My local CSA gave me too many butternut squash this month and I needed a way to them that was a little more festive than just plain eating it. SO what can you make with one-too-many butternut squash, an apple past it’s prime, and some old-fashioned oats…Butternut Squash Crisp, a interesting twist on the old classic. This recipe is also a bit healthier with oats, less sugar and whole wheat flour. I just love to pack veggies into dessert!

Butternut Squash Crisp

2 cups butternut squash (peeled, cubed, boiled and mashed)

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 Tbps flour

1 egg

1 tsp milk

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp cloves

1 apple chopped

2 carrots shredded

Topping:

1 cup oats

1/3 cup bran

1/3 cup brown sugar

2 Tbsp whole wheat flour

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 cup butter

Combine first set of ingredients and layer into a 8×8 baking pan. Combine topping ingredients and sprinkle on top. Bake for 40-45 minutes on 350 degrees.

This recipe is delicious on a cold evening if you warm it for 30 seconds in the microwave and scoop some vanilla fro-yo or ice cream on top! Enjoy!


 


The Roundabout Diner

I feel really bad doing this, but I have to be honest about my most recent dining experience. Last night was my first time at The Roundabout Diner in Portmouth, NH so I don’t know if the situation is always the same, but Shawn and I had a very unfortunate experience there.

First of all, we were really looking forward to trying The Roundabout becuase we had heard a lot about it AND it is going to be featured on Phantom Gourmet within the next month! We are huge fans of Phantom so we thought it must be a good place.

Second, I had this huge craving for sweet potatoe fries ALL DAY and I was determined on getting some for dinner, so we looked at the menu online and sure enough the sweets were on it so we were on our way!

Thirdly, We were both incredibly starving by the time we got there. I thought I was going to faint or eat my arm.

We walk inside and the whole place is decorated like a 50’s style diner, SO CUTE, and we were greated by Flip our waiter who was extremely accommodating and friendly :). He might have been the best part of our dinner.

Upon looking at the menu we both decided to get the Kobe burgers with sweet potatoe fries. We had never tried Kobe beef before and although it was 4 dollars extra, we thought it might be worth it. Then Flip informs us that the restaurant is in fact OUT OF SWEET POTATOES. I almost got up and left, because we did call 3 restaurants before this one to ask if they had sweet potatoe fries.  Ugh, I was so dissapointed…I wanted to be like “Can’t someone go to the grocery store and pick some up?” Geez, it’s right down the street! So out of extreme hunger, Shawn and I just ordered the burgers and I got sauteed spinach instead of my sweets. Big bummer. Also, I ordered the burger on whole wheat bread because it was clearly displayed on the menu that they HAD IT AVAILABLE.

Shawn is very particular with his burgers being medium rare, NOT well done. The last few times he got a burger he asked for medium rare…and of course got well done. So we had Flip ensure us that our burgers would ACTUALLY come out medium rare…

30 minutes and 2 desperate sugar packets later…our dinners come out of the kitchen and are plopped down in front of us. Within the first few seconds of looking at the burger, I know its not whole wheat. But I smile and dive in…becuase I am about to faint. I have to say it was nicely displayed and came with some deep fried pickles which were divine. It was a Mushroom and Swiss Kobe Burger with tomato, lettuce, onion and deep fried pickles with a side of sauteed spinach.

After a few bits, Shawn looks up and while trying to hold onto some piece of positivity about this experience he exclaims that his burger is in fact, well done. Also, we are pretty sure that the beef isn’t even Kobe beef as it was so dry we couldn’t even squeeze one drop of juice out of it. Did we get scammed 8 bucks? So without talking about the dissapointment going into our mouths we finish our dinners, probably in less that 10 minutes and ask for the check.

Here is the dilema…

When you ask for specific things at a restaurant and you don’t receive ANY of those things it is a pretty big disappointment. Especially when it should be a joyous occasion to go out to eat. However, everyone knows that if you send something back to the kitchen you have a pretty good chance of having your food defaced in some manner. And if you are starving, you don’t really have the choice of walking out and finding another restaurant when you have waited all that time.

So do you tell the waiter? It’s not Flip’s fault the meal wasn’t right. Do you refuse to pay even though you ate it out of hunger?  Are we just picky eaters? Or should we expect to get what we order? I just don’t know anymore.

We paid and left without saying anything to Flip. We didn’t want to be rude and we had a movie to catch…


Banana-Carrot Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

Tonight I had a frighteningly delicious experience with a cupcake. I had just whipped up a batch and sat down to taste-test half of one of them when suddenly after my first bit I looked down and my whole cupcake was gone! It was so surprisingly scrumtious that I had apparently devoured the entire thing before I could stop myself. These are seriously that good.

This recipe came from an excess of both carrots and bananas…and from my desire to please my lovely boyfriend :) (carrot cake is his favorite).

*WARNING: These cupcakes are NOT healthified, unless you count the bananas and carrots as little extra fruit and veggies ;)

One of the best parts…this whole recipe only took me about 30 minutes to whip up! (The frosting came about much later but only took about 20 minutes)

Banana-Carrot Cupcakes

1.5 cups flour

1/4 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp salt

3/4 cup brown sugar

2 eggs beaten

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1 tsp vanilla

2 ripe bananas, mashed

3 medium carrots, grated

In a big bowl, combine the first few ingredients until the salt and mix together thoroughly. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs and add in the mashed bananas, grated carrots, vanilla, oil, and vanilla. Combine both bowls, but do not over-mix. Bake at 350 for about  30 minutes. Makes 12 big cupcakes.

Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

3/4 cup cream cheese

1 tsp vanilla

1 Tbsp maple syrup

1 cup powdered sugar

Combine all ingredients and mix until smooth.

After I frosted the cupcakes I garnished them with cinnamon and sugar and a small shaving of carrot! Be careful when you taste-test, your cupcake might instantly disappear in your hand…and end up on your face :0


The Tavern at River’s Edge

I recently had the pleasure of a night out with my favorite person

We went to dinner at The Tavern in Exeter, NH. We had heard a lot of great things about this place so we got a gift certificate on Restaurant.com to try it out. It was a bit hard to find, but as we walked down the quaint streets of downtown Exeter we were all of a sudden hit with this huge cloud of delicious food smells! We thought it must be nearby, so we took the nearest door down some stairs that led into the underground, dimly lit restaurant. The atmosphere was upscale, but still family friendly, and had windows looking out onto the Exeter River.

Shawn was absolutly STARVING at this point so he ordered the veggie nachos, which turned out to be some of the best nachos we have ever had. I know, not so classy…but good when you are starving. I think the chips were freshly made tortilla chips. YuMM!

We were also presented with a warm baguette with real butter and an olive oil and herb dipping plate (Shawn’s favorite), which is a sure sign of a good restaurant in our opinion. For an entree I ordered the Lobster Risotto with asparagus and mushrooms. This was my first experience with any risotto so I was a bit hesitant, but it turned out to be one of the MOST DELICIOUS meals I have ever had. The risotto was so creamy and cheesy and MMMMM! Definitely not the healthiest dinner I ever had, but absolutely worth the extra calories.

Shawn went for the most filling option because of his insane hunger and ordered a hamburger topped with mushrooms, bacon and cheese with a side of fries and homemade ketchip. Not as exciting and not as tantalizing for his taste buds either ;) I don’t think it was his favorite hamburger he ever had, because it was a bit overdone for his liking despite him saying “medium rare,” but that always happens to us. I tasted it and thought it had a lot of flavor going on despite its crispy outside.

At this point, we were both full beyond the possibility for dessert so we slowly made our way down the street to our car, which luckily was not parked far away. I am a new fan of risotto! It is a food group that no one should be deprived of, so go try it if you haven’t yet! Overall, The Tavern truly lived up to all the gossip and I would really recommend it for a date night out :)


Zampa

For a going-away-dinner, my parents took me out to one of my favorite restaurants in the Seacoast, NH area. Zampa is a tiny yellow cape house on the outside, but inside it offers smooth lighting, colorful decorations, and delicious mediterranean cuisine made from local and fresh ingredients

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I ordered the Grilled Portabello Melt with roasted red peppers, pesto and provalone cheese. It came with pommes frites and ketchup and some kind of sour creme sauce that was sooo delicious. I could have eaten a tub of these fries and sauce. The sandwich was also extremely tasty and satisfying. I would have to say that I LOVED my meal and would recommend it to anyone in need of a mouth-watering dinner. My mom got the Mediterranean Shrimp, which she was in love with and my dad got the ribs, which he said we not the best he had ever had. For desert, we shared the Flourless Chocolate Cake with whipped cream and a raspberry drizzle. Yum. This was amazingly oooey gooey and chocolatey and tasted like half-baked brownies, who doesn’t love that? I could have done without the raspberry drizzle, but my dad lapped that up for me.All in all, I left feeling very happy and not overly full since the portions are not too enormous. At my first Zampa experience I got some kind of whole-wheat grocchi with pesto and grilled vegetables, which you can imagine was fantastic. So go tonight, it will be delectible. :)

I’m off to Dance Company auditions…wish me luck!

-Katie


Back in Motion

Hello again blogworld! It has been far too long since I have been able to post. Mostly because I was working 40+ hours with my internship and on vacation with my family and then moving back into school. Now I am finally all settled in for my last year of college and  suddenly have tons of time to do nothing! It’s weird transitioning from working so much to just being in school and not having a lot of homework to do yet. The best thing about this year…full renovated apartment:

Anyways, over the summer I enjoying learning enormous amounts of information about the natural food industry and field marketing with Honest Tea and I met tons of amazing people. I was also able to network with people from Stoneyfield, Kind, Bear Naked, Cliff, Pirate’s Booty and many other interesting companies. Oh and…one of the BEST parts of the job..all the free stuff! I ended up coming out of a lot of events with big bags of granola, bottles of wine, you name it. It was an amazing experience and I really recommend the internship to other marketing students who are looking for one.

In other news, with the start of the school year comes the start of the dance season! Yes, after 4 months of not dancing one single bit (because of my internship) I have gone back full-swing into aerial, tap and jazz and have come out incredible sore, discouraged and outright depressed about the state of my body. It is amazing how much strength you can lose so easily. I am now kicking myself for not working out harder during the summer, but I really didn’t have much time for it. Now I have to kick my butt into gear and get ready because Dance Company auditions are on Tuesday! eeek! I need to be like this picture again very soon.
I have been thinking a lot about using protein powder to try to build muscle quickly, but I really have no idea if I actually need it and if it would actually help me. I see runners using it all the time on other blogs, but I have also heard that it is expensive and unnecessary as long as you are getting plenty of protein into your diet. But with aerial, do I need more protein in order to build more muscle, or is the amount from my diet ok? Anyone have any suggestions on that?

-Katie


HT has Swallowed Me Whole!

Well….it turns out that I might have landed one of the most exciting, exhausting and exhilarating internships on the planet. Two weeks ago I flew down to Bethesda, MD to meet the CEO of Honest Tea, tour the headquarters and be introduced to one of the most socially responsible, sustainable and wholesome companies I have ever discovered.

I am not allowed to talk a lot about the internship, but you should know that I will not be blogging as much as I would like  because I am traveling all over New England promoting this company/lifestyle. After returning from Maryland, my team and I were in Boston at Earthfest and most recently traveled to Berlington, VT for the Vermont City Marathon! I am absolutly thrilled to be promoting this health-minded company and an organic product that is truly delicious and nutritious :). Sadly, I don’t think I can share too many pictures, but I will still keep you updated with good eats(since I am eating out so much on the road!) and my attempts to continue working out (even though the job itself is a workout).

I hope you are all enjoying the beautiful sunshine:)

-Katie <3 


Aerial Showcase

Hey bloggies :)

Last night I performed in UNH’s Aerial Dance Spring Showcase. It is a collection of student choreography by the aerial dance class. Too bad it was about 150 degrees at the top of the fabric! It was a little sticky, but the show went well overall and I have posted a video of my piece for your viewing pleasure :) Enjoy!


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