Wednesday, October 22, 2014

NYCWFF 2014 - Grand Tasting Presented by ShopRite


This past weekend we had the opportunity to attend the New York City Wine & Food Festival courtesy of ShopRite!! We both were so excited for it and the events we went to turned out to be amazing!! We are so lucky to have been sent by ShopRite, and we can't wait for next years festival :) On Saturday afternoon we were invited to the Grand Tasting on the pier to both experience and work the event. There were hundreds and hundreds of booths set up with vendors giving out tastes of both food and alcohol. There is no way anyone can try everything that is available, even if you had the whole 5 hours and a huge appetite so you have to carefully pick and choose what's worth it to you. 

Fleet Street Kitchen located in Baltimore, MD had what I would consider to be my personal favorite bite of the day which was their Braised Short Rib. They also offered a Pumpkin Triffle that had mini marshmallows on top. I paired these two delicious offerings with Entwine Pinot Grigio. My other favorite bite of the day came from Crave Fish Bar located in New York, NY which was a Smoked Scallop that was topped with olive oil, fig and pumpkin seeds. That was the only bite I actually had two of but didn't take a picture of it either time...Sorry!!
Here we are in front of the Cupcake Wine truck. We were total advocates for the Wine Glass Necklaces which make holding your tiny plates of food easier as your beverage dangles in front of you. Just be sure not to walk around with it full. Plus an extra bonus is it keeps the amount of glasses that break during the event minimal since everyone has them hanging from their necks!
This Churro flavored pretzel with Nutella dipping sauce was from the Cooking Channel booth. They also had an Everything pretzel with honey mustard sauce as well as a Za'tar pretzel with middle eastern spices paired with a Tazaiki Greek yogurt dipper, but I was in a dessert kind of mood. Since there aren't a lot of tables and chairs set up we grabbed our pretzels and went over to watch one of my favorite food network stars!!
This is Rachel Ray doing a cooking demo on one of the two stages set up in the rear of the pier. Notice the large mirror above her, it allows all the people watching to really see what she's doing in all those orange pots and pans. Afterwards she was taking questions from the audience and even let a few people taste what she made which was some kind of pasta casserole. 
These fancy bites were from a booth set up that was promoting a sweepsteaks to win a trip down to Mexico City. All 3 were signature dishes of 3 different famous chefs from Mexico. We had a Mexican Wonton with minced meat and pomegranate perils, decadent chocolate mousse with fresh whipped cream and mint and huge shrimp cocktail with vegetable tapenade and micro greens.

I totally chickened out for a picture with Aarti Sequeira who won The Next Food Network Star season 6 in 2010. She was a food blogger just like me and won the whole thing with lots of flavorful Indian dishes. She hosts the show Aarti Party and is often a judge on Guy's Grocery Game or other competitive programs.
At the end of the day it was our turn to work the Potluck Blog area of the ShopRite booth. We were out in the crowds talking to people and handing out recipes that are currently on the ShopRite Potluck blog!! It was so exciting knowing that hundreds of people took one of our recipes so hopefully we have increased our following and got the Potluck blog more publicity. 

Stay tuned to hear all about The Down Home Country Brunch we went to on Sunday morning in the Midtown Hilton, hosted by Trisha Yearwood!!



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Monday, October 20, 2014

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop #96

Welcome to the 96th Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop. Last week many of the most viewed posts were PUMPKIN posts. How appropriate for this lovely month of October.


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Pumpkin Cornbread from The Gold Lining Girl



And number 384 from last week's party is 
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Orange Dreamsicle Pumpkin Cakes



This week we chose these Homemade Apple Cider Donuts made by Mindi from Moms Need to Know. She fried Pillsbury Grand biscuits to make these delicious looking donuts!!

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Caramel Apple Shortbread Bars

We did our yearly apple picking last week and as usual we bought way too many apples for just eating them as a snack.  Of course the morning we decided to go to Eastmont Orchards for our apples and pumpkins it was 46 degrees so we could have been going to cut our Christmas tree down.  But the sun was out and it was a beautiful crisp Fall day.  Luckily Owen and Maddy had hats and gloves to wear so there little ears and fingers were warm.


This recipe is from The Kitchen McCabe.  The making of the caramel apples took a very long time but the recipe was delicious with the shortbread bottom.  A little scoop of ice cream or a squirt of whipped cream would be perfect on these.

Ingredients:
3 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup powdered sugar
3 stick unsalted butter, softened
3 very large apples, cored, peeled, and sliced 1/8" thick
1-1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup water
3/4 cup heavy cream
2 tbsp butter


Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a 9" x 13" pan with a large sheet of parchment paper so that it hangs over the sides of the pan for easy lift out.  In a stand mixer mix together the flour and powdered sugar.  Add butter to mixer in large cubes.  Mix until ingredients just form a dough.  Do not over mix.  Pat 2/3rds of the dough into the parchment paper, smoothing out the top until it is evenly spread throughout the whole pan. Reserve the rest of the dough for the top.  Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes.

While the crust is baking make the caramel apples by mixing together the water and sugar in a saucepan and heating on medium heat mixing occasionally until the sugar is completely dissolved.  Bring the sugar to a boil by turning the heat up. 

When the sugar has caramelized to an amber brown color, add the apples and stir constantly.  The apples will release liquid when they hit the caramel and cause it to harden in places.  Continue stirring as the caramel will melt back down in a minute or two.  Continue to cook on high until the liquid released has been cooked out and the caramel is thick again.  Add the cream and butter stirring constantly.  The mixture may froth but continue cooking until it settles back.  Once the mixture is glossy and smooth remove from heat.


Pour the caramel apple mixture over the cooked shortbread.  Crumble the remaining dough evenly over the top of the caramel apples.  Bake for 15 minutes or until caramel is bubbling and the crumble is lightly golden brown. Let cool for at least 1 hour before cutting or overnight if possible.   The longer they sit the easier they are to cut into squares.


Enjoy!!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop #95

Thank you so much for taking time to come to our party!! You won't be disappointed! Last week we had over 400 awesome posts that appeared on 14 exceptional blogs. 


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We are getting in the Halloween spirit here at Flavors by Four so this week we are featuring these Halloween Oreo Cake Bars from Christine at I Dig Pinterest


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