April 27, 2011

{Easy Entertaining} Queen Elizabeth's Drop Scones for a Royal Wedding Viewing Party

source:  National Archives
With the Royal Wedding coming up, we've gotten plenty of emails with ideas on how to celebrate this special occasion.  My favorite idea came via the press release for the National Archives' upcoming exhibition What's Cooking, Uncle Sam? (click here for a look at some of the documents).  What could be more appropriate for a Royal Wedding viewing party than Queen Elizabeth's very own family recipe for drop scones?

April 26, 2011

{Sweet Treats} Frozen Treats for a Summery Day

After what seemed like an endless season of snow, blistery winds, and then torrential downpour, we've finally gotten some warm sunshiney days here in NYC. With a couple days of summery weather, we unintentionally went on a mini frozen treats binge in the city.  Check out our "tour" - which ends with us making our own frozen yogurt at home!

April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!

We wanted to wish you and your loved one a very Happy Easter! We hope you find plenty of Easter eggs! =)

April 21, 2011

{NYC Moment} Tribeca Film Festival and Elton John

When I was a little girl, I remember getting up early on Saturday morning and going grocery shopping with my dad.  I'd get into the back seat of our powder blue Chevrolet and my dad would turn on the radio to CHFI (the adult contemporary radio station in Toronto).  Inevitably an Elton John song would come on - and now every time I hear one of his songs, I think fondly back to my childhood and bonding with my dad (while learning how to pick the best produce!)

Unfortunately this Easter weekend, I'm not able to go up to see my parents in Toronto (Don't worry - I'll see them soon in the summer!). But last night, I got to see Elton John perform live as part of the (free) opening night festivities for the Tribeca Film Festival.  So I know this isn't a food-related post, but I wanted to share with you (and my dad) this wonderful New York moment.  Happy Easter!

April 20, 2011

{Wine Wednesday} Seriously Cool Canadian Chardonnay event in NYC

Since my wife is Canadian, I always keep an eye out for wines from her home country. They're difficult to find in NYC so I like to try them out when the wine makers themselves come to town.  Last month, we tasted Canadian Chardonnay wines at the Seriously Cool Chardonnay presentation held in midtown Manhattan.  The trade event was held by Wines of Ontario and Wines of British Columbia.  Upon arrival, we were greeted with a glass of sparkling wine, the 2006 Cuvee Peter F. Huff Blanc de Blancs from Huff Estates in Prince Edward County, Ontario.  This 100% chardonnay sparkler spent three years on lees and was a pleasant introduction at 12% ABV.

April 19, 2011

{Easy Recipes} No Bake Cocoa Oatmeal PB Cookies

I like to think of my husband's office as a black hole for my baked goods.  Whenever I'm testing out recipes and just make too many sweet treats, I know that he can take them to work and they'll never go to waste.  For my father-in-law's 70th birthday, I had made easy no-bake cocoa oatmeal peanut butter cookies because they were soy-free. Not only are these cookies easy to make (no need to turn on the oven!), but they still taste great days after they're made.  My husband brought some of the extras to work and his co-workers loved them so much that they asked for the recipe - so here it is!

April 18, 2011

{Food Events} Laurent Gras Pop-Up Restaurant for JBF

 Good food and wine can turn strangers into friends.  Nowhere was this more apparent than when we dined last week at the James Beard Foundation pop up restaurant.  We were lucky to buy tickets to one of the Laurent Gras dinners - they were sold out in 15 minutes.  Laurent Gras had just left L20 - a restaurant in Chicago we had been dying to try - and this dinner was hopefully a preview of what he had in store for his future NYC restaurant.

April 13, 2011

{Wine Wednesday} Sipping B.C. Wines

After searching all around the city last year for a bottle of British Columbia wine (for my wife's "Olympics" dinner), I know that B.C. wines are hard to find.  So when we were invited to the recent ‘Canadian Savoir Fare!’ event, I was looking forward to try some new wines.  Held at Bowlmor Lanes in Times Square, the wines were provided by the British Columbia Wine Institute to pair with "Canadian-style" cuisine.

April 12, 2011

{Easy Recipes} Oatmeal Cookie Sandwiches

Soft oatmeal cookies make me feel so comforted and warm inside. And maybe because it's packed with rolled oats, I feel like they're healthy too. (At least that's what I tell myself when I eat one or four of them on my own).  So when I was baking for my father-in-law's 70th birthday and thinking of soy-free desserts that our young cousin could enjoy without worry (or feeling left out), oatmeal cookies came to mind.

To make them extra-special, we made Oatmeal Cookie Sandwiches by adding a thin layer of Marshmallow Fluff in between the cookies.  I knew that they were a hit when he happily came up to us to thank us for making these cookie sandwiches - and filled up a take-out container with quite a few of them to take home.

April 11, 2011

{Easy Entertaining} 70th Birthday Party

Like the Bronx cobra, we've been MIA for a little bit.  Unlike Mia (the cobra) though, we haven't been hiding to take a nap.  We've been busy with a number of events - the most important being my husband's father's big 70th birthday. 

I'm so happy that after last week's baking, printing, and paper cutting marathon, the blue and silver party decor and dessert table I created was a big success!  Everyone loved the desserts and the usually stoic birthday boy himself teared up when seeing the '70" photo collage my husband and I made.

April 4, 2011

{Dining Out} Eleven Madison Park

I had only been to Eleven Madison Park once before (when they offered a special 2-course $28 meal). Sadly that deal is no longer available, but they do offer a spectacular dining experience. So when Jen and Bryan came up from Boston to visit and suggested that we meet for lunch here, I was more than excited to return.

April 3, 2011

{Giveaway Winners} Virtual Baby Shower Giveaway Winners Announced!

After hundreds of comments, we have enjoyed our week of giveaways in conjunction with A Little Bit of Spain in Iowa and Fresh Local and Best.  I wanted to thank our readers who have entered the contests and welcome new readers who found us through this giveaway.  Don't worry if you didn't win - we often host giveaways so there will be more chances opportunities in the future!

And now for the winners (as determined by Random.org)...

The winner of the Bravado nursing tank is Noelle (Opera Singer in the Kitchen) who would love the tank in the dark plum color.

The winner of the KidCo baby food mill is Janeen who wrote, “I always like to puree potatoes or winter squash.  Janeen is a Spain in Iowa commenter and subscriber. (Diana will be emailing you).

The winner of the BECO Baby Carrier is Trisha who wrote, "I am a baby wearing mom to my sweet little girl.  I enjoy it because I know it is wonderful for her since she feels safe and content close to my heart and it has also been a lifesaver for me.  I love that I am able to get some chores done throughout the day!  I would really love to try a Beco carrier...I only have a short wrap at the moment and think the convenience of a buckle carrier would be wonderful.  Thanks!"

We will be emailing the winners and coordinating with our sponsors to make sure you get your prize soon! Congratulations to all!

April 1, 2011

{Fun Food Finds} Kiwi Berries

Happy Friday! Faithful readers of HLFD know that we like to eat A LOT, so it's always exciting to us when we find something new.  After our United Nations-inspired meal and trips to Eataly (where we found kaffir limes and horned melon fruit), farmers markets, Chinatown, and countries around the world, I thought I had already seen or tasted most exotic fruits. But happily, when I walked into Trader Joe's earlier this week, I found these new-to-me Kiwi Berries.