French Onion Soup Dumplings inspired by @StarrRestaurant #Continental!
If you have ever been to Continental Midtown in Philadelphia you probably ate or drooled over someone else eating the french onion soup dumplings. I have been waiting for an opportunity to make these delicious one bite appetizers and decided that brunch with the girls was a perfect opportunity. The recipe may still needs some tweaking but the first try turned out to be a great success!
Several weeks ago, Sadie and I celebrated our friendship over brunch on a beautiful spring morning. Tomorrow I am doing the same thing but on a grander scale with a big group of girls that have shaped my college experience since freshman year. The menu is going to be delicious. One of the most unique things I am going to make is my own rendition of the french onion soup dumplings I ordered at Continental Mid-Town in Philadelphia! I’ll report back on how to make them.
A bacon weave inspired by @EpicMealTime. I made this bacon masterpiece a few months ago with my friend after watching 10 episodes of alcohol poached, gross but amazing concoctions. If you have some time to kill or are interested in procrastinating from studying, I recommend watching Chili Four Loko to satisfy your savory cravings but if you are like me and need sweets I love the Big Stupid S’More! episode. This time next week I’ll be home in CT with Chris cooking all summer so I’ll start posting weekly! My meals will be substantially healthier than epic meal time!
How did your new year’s resolution turn out? Are you still going to the gym everyday or not biting your nails all the time? My boyfriend has a note on his iPhone of all the resolutions he set for 2012 with a four year plan. It is a little excessive but he is driven. I was more modest in my goal setting but I failed like the majority of people who make resolutions and give up after the first few weeks. My goal was to loose weight and live a healthier life style. Goals should be specific, realistic, known by your family and friends, measurable over time, and rewarding. My goal was more of a general idea in the back of my mind that I occasionally dusted off at night when attempting to fall asleep. I went to the doctor earlier this year and learned that I gained weight. This was not a big surprise because I had two concussions last semester and ceased working out. But the extent to which I gained weight scared me! My doctor was dropping hints that it could start to affect me negatively and the stress from the conversation has been eating me alive for the past few weeks. When I came back from spring break and realized that I let my resolution drive off the side of a cliff and crash at the bottom in a big exposition. It was time to get serious! I am determined to eat healthier, go to the gym three times a week, and loose 20 pounds by the end of the semester, May 18th. That is 50 days! I started this week by purchasing good for me food. I start my morning off with fruit salad and a whole wheat ego with fresh blueberries instead of syrup and gummy vitamins. Traditional vitamins make my stomach hurt but the gummy versions are delicious and symptom free! I have more energy and I am feeling better already. I wrote this blog post though to inspire me to stick to my new goal! I can do this and I need your support tubmlr!
Homemade spaghetti and meatballs! I’ll be honest, the picture isn’t the best quality but in my defense I was hungry! Chris had to remind me to capture the picture because I was ready to dive right in. While making the sauce I was sipping Food Network’s newest business venture, Entwine Merlot, 2009 California. The tannins in the red wine were making my tummy grumble in anticipation for the delicious meal ahead. I have never made a pasta sauce from scratch before so I went with a classic recipe from Emeril Lagasse’s collection. The sauce starts with canned whole tomatoes and tomato sauce. I thought it was interesting that the recipe called for a parmigiano-reggiano rind to stew in the sauce but you could tell that the rind added a lot of the salt and depth of flavor to the sauce. I used imported Italian tomatos and it came out amazing. I highly recommend this recipe!
Chelsea Market in New York City is home to many delicious restaurants and boutique shops. More importantly, Chelsea Market is home to Food Network. Friday I had my second interview with Food Network for a summer internship position in their new business development team. I was more nervous for this interview than I was for my Cornell entrance interview because I have been dreaming of working for Food Network since I was in Mr. Royal’s class at Head O’ Meadow Elementary. I wrote a “paper” in fourth grade on the former Nabisco cookie factory that is now known as Chelsea Market. When I had to write about a hero I always picked a celebrity chef such as Emeril Lagasse. Emeril taught me the fundamentals of the industry I would soon put my heart and soul into. I felt like a little kid in a candy store when I was sitting in the reception area of Food Network’s headquarters. The TV next to the couches was showing Cooking Channel and the facility was beaming with creativity. I was dressed in a new suit and I wore my hair down and curly to portray my pizzaz as my mom likes to say. My dream was coming true… or at least I was trying very damn hard to make it reality! The interview went well, the company culture is exactly how I pictured it to be, and I left with a smile on my face. I do not know if I received the position yet but I am honored to have made it this far in the process.