Now that snow has finally arrived in New York, it really feels like Winter. Definitely not my favorite of seasons, I find myself gazing at photos from warmer months, as if just looking at them could change the temperature. These are photos that I took in October, during a brisk fall day in Upper Manhattan’s Fort Tryon Park and the Cloisters.
I partnered up with Honest Cooking and Parma Ham for a delicious challenge: create a gluten free recipe using Parma Ham that is perfect for the upcoming Holiday season.* While I love to entertain, I take a bit of a
lazy, er minimalist approach to the season, so I found two crowd pleasing recipes that are easy to whip up, without giving away my laissez faire attitude.
Parma Ham Wrapped Dates
One package of Dates
Half a pound of Proscuitto
Pre-heat oven to 350
Take one piece of proscuitto and roll it slowly around the date
Place on baking tray
Cook dates at 350 for 15 minutes or until they are golden brown and crisp
Make sure to flip the dates halfway through
These salty sweet treats are great for a snack, a party appetizer, or even a dessert! Plus, your kitchen will be filled with a mouthwatering sweet scent that will have your guests lining up for a taste.
Candied Walnut, Pear, and Proscuitto Salad
Half a pound of proscuitto
1.5 cups of arugula
1 cup of walnuts
Crisp the proscuitto in oven at 350
Crumble and let cool
Place arugula in bowl, add candied walnuts, sliced pears, and crisped proscuitto
Top with a drizzle of balsamic glaze
Candied Walnuts Recipe
1 cup walnuts
pinch of sea salt
1/4 cup sugar
Toast nuts on tray in oven
Mix the sugar and sea salt in a pot on the stove on a medium flame and stir
Slowly add in walnuts and stir until all nuts are coated
Remove and separate nuts and let cool
This salad has great texture and flavor, and makes a beautiful and tasty dish.
Everyone loves Parma Ham!
I’d love to know, what are some of your favorite dishes made with Parma Ham?
*please note, this is a sponsored post.
After sifting through some photos from previous trips, I came across these photos from Big Sur. While I did previously share some photos from my drive along the coast, the remaining pictures felt too beautiful not to share. Both the coastal views and the State Parks held a peaceful calm that seemed to slow down time.
Please note that none of these photos have been edited or filtered.
The natural beauty belongs to Big Sur alone.
Reliving your childhood is seriously underrated. Activities that I used to love when I was a tiny girl (and hate when I was a bit older) have now proved to be enjoyable all these years later. Maybe its my Midwestern roots, or maybe its the lack of greenery in Brooklyn, but there is something so exhilarating about wide open fields, and the fresh, country air. And riding in a wheelbarrow.
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After doing some research on classic farm activities upstate, I kept reading about the apple cider donuts at the Harvest Moon Farm in Croton Falls, NY. As someone with a self proclaimed sweet tooth, I am definitely the type of person to choose a farm based on its baked goods alone. And that is exactly what I did this weekend. A group of my girlfriends and I all drove upstate for a taste of some gorgeous fall weather, apple and pumpkin picking, and of course, sampling the local treats. After tasting all three varieties of donuts (sugar, cinnamon, and plain) we brushed off our crumbs and ran towards the pumpkin patch to admire the different varieties, shapes, and colors.
The vibrancy of the bright orange pumpkins against the sunny, bright blue sky made for a picture perfect afternoon.
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Every Fall I love to take advantage of the changing of the seasons and head upstate for some prime leaf peeping opportunities that are just not available to us city dwellers. After my last brief visit to Bear Mountain I decided to return, but add in a more challenging hiking trail, along with my adventurous friend Jessie. Luckily I still have my hiking boots from the Inca Trail! I took the meadow trail that ended at a beautiful lake, and was well rewarded by the end. The views were spectacular, and the large boulders were perfect for sunning like a lazy lizard.
It is so important to leave the hustle and bustle of the city and experience the clean, fresh air of the countryside that I am determined to do so more often.
On Saturday I attended a Rye Bread making class as part of the North Nordic Food Festival through my partnership with Honest Cooking. Taught by Chef Sumo Kuusisto I learned tons of fun facts about the world of Rye Bread. Did you know there is a bread olympics? Apparantly, Rye Bread is so healthy, and because of its low glycemic index and high fiber content, the Finnish Weight Watchers allows an unlimited amount of rye bread without using up your daily points.
We started the class off by mixing the dough with flour, water, and salt and kneading with our hands. Once the consistency of the dough started to firm up, we created two round balls and rolled them out using water instead of flour. Then we left them on a flour coated tray, dusted them once more, and let them sit and expand. Finally we placed them in the oven, sprayed water to create some steam, and sat back and waited. While we waited, Chef Kuusisto treated us to slices of his homemade rye bread with butter, cheese, cucumbers, and smoked salmon. It has now become my new favorite snack.