Roadtrip to Vermont- Part 4 (The FOOD!)

1 09 2012

Um, is it really September? Where the heck did the summer go?

Well, I guess it’s time for the last post in this drawn out account of my ridiculously long road trip. So, I’ll spare you the details and summarize the drive home. We drove. A lot. (1400+ miles) We arrived safely in Tampa. The end.

Now that that’s over, I can get on to the good stuff- The FOOD! Let me tell you friends, Vermont has some dang good food! And some pretty awesome farmer’s markets too!

In case you missed it:

Friday night’s meal: Courtney and I shared these plates.

On Saturdays in the summer, Burlington has an incredible farmer’s market, right in the heart of downtown. After the race, Felipe excitedly told us that the market was open for another hour or so, and that we all HAD to check it out. You don’t have to ask me twice! I love farmer’s markets! Of course the first thing I did was find a stand selling real maple syrup.

This was from Williston, which is about ten miles away from Burlington. Talk about local!!

I was a bad blogger and didn’t take many any photos of the actual market or the other cool stuff we found (honey, wine, maple lemonade, lots of fresh fruits/veggies). I wasn’t really feeling well, so I walked around a little before taking a rest on a bench while Felipe and Courtney looked around (Jess was resting in the car). I was really bummed that I wasn’t up to walk around more. I ❤ farmer’s markets, and really really miss them. (Growing season is kinda opposite here, and the closest market to me happens once a month. And, its not really that good for getting fresh produce- there’s like one produce vendor.) After we stocked up at the market (I think Felipe bought a quart of honey!) we headed back to the hotel.

After a shower and a nap, I felt much better and ready for our next excursion. It was close to dinner time, but it was also close to closing time for Ben and Jerry’s, which was a short drive away.

It didn’t take long for everyone to agree that we HAD to go to Ben and Jerry’s.

Everyone says Disney is the greatest place on earth. I think Ben and Jerry’s may be a contender for that title.

Clearly, I was excited to be there.

We opted not to take the tour because they weren’t making ice cream while we were there. Isn’t the point of the whole tour to taste test?? Sheesh. Well, at least I got a hot fudge sundae.

I should have gone with a scoop shop exclusive, but I went with the What a Cluster flavor: Peanut Butter Ice Cream with Caramel Cluster Pieces, Peanut Butter & Marshmallow Swirls. Tasty!

We couldn’t leave without taking funny photos in the cut out, over sized pint lid. Courtney’s face is great!

After our ice cream appetizer, we headed into Burlington for dinner. Apparently all the other 2000 or so triathletes in town for the weekend also had the same idea. All the restaurants were PACKED. So, we walked around some, put in our name at the American Flatbread, Burlington Hearth, and then headed over to the Vermont Pub and Brewery for some locally brewed craft beer.

Courtney and I decided to try a sampler. We told the bartender to give us six of her favorites, and we’d go from there.

If I remember correctly, here’s what we got (starting with the beer in the right column, at the top, and going clockwise)

Burly Irish Ale
Forbidden Fruit
Grand Slam Baseball Beer
Beetlejuice
Genniuss Stout
Tulach Leis

Click here for descriptions.

Courtney and I both agreed that the Tulach Leis was the best. I thought that the Forbidden Fruit came in a close second. We had just enough time to get through all of the beers before heading back to American Flatbread.

When we were finally seated, we ordered salads and a large pizza for our group. By the time the pizza came, I was so hungry I forgot to take a picture. Regardless, it was delicious!

The next morning was driving day, so we stopped for our morning fuel.

It was a beautiful, cool morning (yay hoodie and jeans!) so I grabbed a hot drink. I decided I had to get something different, so I ordered the mudslide mocha. Basically, it was a mocha with irish cream flavor and chocolate milk. It was really sweet, but tasty. The weather screamed autumn to me, so I happily ordered the pumpkin chocolate chip muffin. OMG it was GOOD! I can’t wait for fall! (Oh wait, that doesn’t really happen in FL.)

I was about to check out when I saw this: Homemade raspberry pie. MMmmmhmmmm. I snacked on this all day long.

Someone suggested that we find a few farmer’s markets along the way (while we were still far enough north) to break up our drive. So, somewhere in the middle of western Massachusetts, we found a neat little farmer’s market, with fresh local produce, and lots of other assorted local goodies like beer, cheese, jelly, and fresh bread. WIN!

My bounty included this gem:

I made some quesadillas with this, and they were OUTSTANDING. Smoked cheddar ftw!

I also had to grab these guys:

I haven’t cracked these babies open yet, but the time is coming!

I’m not gonna lie, I left the northeast a little sad. The abundance of farmer’s markets made me miss my favorite farmer’s market in DC. And the weather we had for the weekend couldn’t be beat! It was what I would consider perfect fall weather, but it’s definitely not Florida fall weather. I’ll have to wait at least another three months before I experience that down here. Sad face. On the bright side, at least I won’t have to deal with snow!

As you can tell, I had some good eats on my road trip. Maybe for my next road trip, I’ll take a tour of the best farmer’s markets in the country. Wouldn’t that be great??





Thai Tofu Pizza (and a giveaway!)

14 12 2011

Do the humpty hump! It’s Wednesday! And what a better way to pick up your week than to do a giveaway?

Recently, I was contacted by NaSoya to see if I’d be interested in taking the Tofu U pledge, and commit to cooking with tofu once a week for a month. Though I’m not vegetarian, I usually don’t cook with a lot of meat, so I’m always looking for ways to get a little extra protein in my diet. To get me started, they even offered to throw in a few coupons for some free tofu. Free? I can get into that!

So, last week I started by cooking some tofu tikka masala. It wasn’t pretty, but it sure was tasty! This week, I made one of my favorite tofu recipes, Iowa Girl Eat’s Thai Tofu Pizza.

Her recipe actually won a NaSoya contest last year. Yes, it’s that good.

I put my own little spin on it, by leaving out the green onions, and throwing in some red peppers.

Look at all those fresh veggies!

You should click on over there and make this pizza with the coupon you get when you take the Tofu U pledge! 🙂

Oh, and how about that giveaway? Well, NaSoya has graciously offered to give away 5 coupons for FREE Tofu (that’s your month supply, and then some!) and a NaSoya teeshirt.

So how do you win?

Mandatory:

1) Click over to NaSoya and take the Tofu U pledge. Leave me a comment to let me know you’ve pledged.

For extra entries:

2) Tweet about this giveaway with something like: “I just entered @Steph321delish‘s #giveaway for some @NaSoya FREE tofu and swag. http://bit.ly/vaOMQ1

Leave me a comment to let you know you tweeted.

3) Like NaSoya on Facebook, and leave me a comment to let me know you liked them.

You have until 10PM EST on December 15th to enter. I’ll randomly choose a winner and announce it on Friday!

Good luck!





My Take On…

22 11 2011

Steph’s take on…

Jessica’s Whole Wheat Autumn Apple Pie.

(Photo credits to Steph and Jessica)

Now that’s a mouthful!

If you haven’t noticed, I have a serious obsession with the recipes that come out of Jessica’s How Sweet Blog.

Not only does she make scrumptious looking desserts that make me want to lick my computer screen, but she also creates some mean savory dishes too.

I found Steph’s interpretation of Jessica’s pizza and decided to give it a whirl.

Though my pictures may not be as pretty, this sure tasted DEE-licious.

Nothin says fall like butternut squash!

So my friends, I give you Steph’s 321delish-ious Autumn Butternut Squash Pizza.

Here’s what you’ll need.

Ingredients:

1 package whole wheat pizza dough
2 teaspoons olive oil
1-2 red shallots, thinly sliced
2 apple chicken sausages, sliced
1/2 butternut squash, cut into 1/2″ to 1″ cubes
1 gala apple, cored and thinly sliced
1/2 cup shredded smoked cheddar
1/3 to 1/2 cup gorgonzola crumbles (your preference)
10-12 fresh sage leaves
dash of teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon garlic salt
salt and pepper to taste

How to:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, with pizza stone inside. While the oven is preheating, saute your veggies. In a skillet over medium-high heat, add the onions and sausage, cooking until onions are translucent and sausage are slightly browned. Set aside.

Turn down the heat to medium, add some more oil to the pan, and toss in the butternut squash. Cover, and cook for 1-2 minutes, then, turn the heat up a little and saute the squash so they are slightly browned. You want the squash to be slightly cooked, especially if they are larger chunks.

Roll out your dough into the shape of your choice.

Take out the pizza stone, and carefully put the dough on the stone. Make sure you have some cornmeal down, or the dough will stick to the stone! (Anyone know if this is actually the right way to use a stone?)

Drizzle about a teaspoon of oil on top of dough. Sprinkle dough with some of the cheddar and gorgonzola. Top cheese with half of the sliced apples, then top that with the onions,  sausage, and squash. Layer on the rest of the apples, the sage leaves, and then cover with the remainder of the cheese. Sprinkle pizza with nutmeg, garlic salt, salt, and pepper.

Bake pizza for 20 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and crust is browned. Let cool a little before cutting. Enjoy!

Holy yum.