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Archives for March 2009

Review: Firefly, Manchester, NH

by TT March 31st, 2009| Restaurant Reviews
Friday night and no kids around, we decided to head out for dinner.  We thought about visiting our regular series of independently owned, upscale restaurants in Nashua but decided we were in a more adventurous mood and wanted to try something new.  A quick online search provided a place to

Leftover St. Pat’s Hash

by TT March 27th, 2009| Breakfast Dishes, Recipes
Most of my family likes corned beef.  So, when I purchase it for our St. Patrick's Day dinner, I purchase more than will be eaten at that meal.  Depending on the amount we have left, it can be used to make sandwiches or hash or just eaten plain.

As all of

Review: Z Food & Drink, Manchester, NH

by TT March 25th, 2009| Restaurant Reviews
With the kids having plans for Friday evening, my husband and I had a couple hours to ourselves.  After a busy week of work, we decided that dinner at a restaurant would be a great way to spend those hours.  Although we have an assortment of favorite restaurants, we chose

Grandma’s Irish Soda Bread

by TT March 23rd, 2009| Breads, Recipes
I have some Irish ancestry, thanks to my grandma.  However, I only cook Irish foods one day a year, St. Patrick's Day. When I make that dinner, though, everything is homemade.  I served corned beef, potatoes, carrots, and cabbage with malt vinegar on the side.  Of course, Irish Soda Bread

Asparagus Saute

by TT March 19th, 2009| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Side Dishes
Asparagus is a popular vegetable choice in our house.  In fact, it is so popular that it is often requested by the kids.  Well, some of them anyway. . .

So, with it being served as a side dish every few weeks, I have become bored with steamed asparagus.  However, the

Greek Eggplant Dip

by TT March 17th, 2009| Appetizers, Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Tapas Monday
In our house, both my husband and I enjoy cooking.  In fact, we love a lazy Sunday where we can spend the afternoon in the kitchen making a variety of culinary creations.  However, until last weekend we had an obstacle or two when cooking.

The biggest obstacle was our stove, which

Restaurant Week Boston Kick Off Recap

by TT March 12th, 2009| Restaurant News
Yesterday, my photographer (AKA my husband) and I headed to Boston for the Winter Restaurant Week Kickoff.  Held at the Fairmont Copley Plaza, attending this event is a definite perk of being a member of the media.

The event began a few minutes later than its anticipated 10:45 start, as Billy

Barbecue Chicken Pizza

by TT March 10th, 2009| Main Dishes, Recipes
Homemade pizza is a family favorite at our house.  Last Friday night, my brother's family was planning on stopping by for a visit, so we asked them to join us for dinner.  Trying to consider the food preferences of kids ranging in age from 21 months to almost 13 years

4th Annual Winter Restaurant Week Boston

by TT March 9th, 2009| Restaurant News
10, 9, 8, 7, 6. . .the countdown has begun!  In six days, the Fourth Annual Winter Restaurant Week Boston begins.  This event gives diners the opportunity to sample some tasty meals at even tastier prices.

Choose one of the many restaurants (over 220 chefs are participating), and make a reservation. 

Trio Wrap-Panini

by TT March 4th, 2009| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Sandwiches
My husband loves sandwiches, especially paninis.  So that he could create his own panini combinations at home, I bought a panini pan and press for him at Christmas.  It was love at first sight.

Since then, our entire family has used it for various lunches and dinners.  However, I am not

Review: Bistro Elan, Palo Alto, CA

by TT March 4th, 2009| Restaurant Reviews
My friend Chris recently enjoyed an evening of fine dining with his wife.  Kindly, he wrote a review of this restaurant and shared it with me.  Click here to read his review, which has been posted on our sister site, Good Life Review.

If you live near Palo Alto, it