You guys! It’s October and I’m soooooo excited. You know what else? October’s 12×30 Challenge is cooking-and I have a fantastic cooking-related Saturday Spotlight feature for you today. I’m introducing you to, and interviewing, the fabulous Nancy from NY Foodie Family. NY Foodie Family is a fantastic food blog that not only shares recipes, but also reviews restaurants, and gives you a great glimpse into the rest of her family life as well. It’s nice and well rounded, and she has so many fantastic recipes and recommendations for you.
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How did you begin blogging at NY Foodie Family?
It’s something that I thought my husband (a.k.a. “The Weekend Chef”) and I could do together. We have always been big food lovers and I figured a blog was something fun that we could work on together. The blog is still evolving, but I’d like to eventually think of us as a family lifestyle blog with a focus on food.
What inspired your love of all things food?
My parents had a big influence. They always enjoyed cooking when I was growing up. In high school my mom had my siblings and I each pick one night a week where we had to cook dinner for the family. I was always trying new recipes that I found. Since then, it’s just evolved more. After I graduated college I joined a supper club and got to expand on my cooking skills. I met my husband and together we’ve enjoyed cooking together, meeting some famous chefs, eating at amazing restaurants, trying new foods and now we belong to a couple’s supper club. Plus, food is such a low commitment. If you don’t like something, it’s usually not an expensive loss (except for some of those tasting menus we’ve eaten!).
What is your favorite recipe to share, and why?
This is difficult only because I rarely make the same recipe twice. I’m always on the look-out for new recipes to try and don’t have many go-to recipes.
I am going to share this Leftover Mashed Potato Gnocchi recipe since I hate food waste and it’s a great way to use up leftover mashed potatoes. Plus, it’s really quick, easy and tasty!
I’m also sharing this Slow Cooker Lentil and Brown Rice Tacos recipe. We try to eat vegetarian at least once a week. Again, this recipe is super easy and tasty. The kids even like it! It’s one of my husband’s favorites and I have made this several times, since first trying it. After you add the cheese, sour cream and other taco toppings you don’t realize that there’s no meat!
If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Ooh, too difficult to commit to one thing. I’ll say French fries. With bacon a close second. Followed by goat cheese.
What is your favorite restaurant, and why?
Eleven Madison Park. The Weekend Chef and I went several years ago before they changed the menu. We had the tasting menu and each dish was just amazing. There were so many intricate components, sauces and garnishes to each dish and everything was delicious. It’s one of the most memorable meals that I’ve had and I’ve been dying to go back and try the new menu where you pick ingredients you like and the chef customizes a meal for you. It’s just a bit on the expensive side!
Oh wait, I cannot believe I forgot about Blue Hill at Stone Barn. This is Chef Dan Barber’s restaurant that was named 2015 James Beard Best Restaurant. So glad that we ate there in April, right before it won. It was difficult to get reservations as it was, but now it’s probably impossible! We did a whole blog post review of our dining experience, but it was AMAZING!!! You can go back every month and have a different dining experience, as everything is grown on the farm or sourced locally. This was true a memorable dining experience!
Do you have any meal planning tips you can offer us?
Take the weekly grocery circular and build your meals around what’s on sale. I know people like what’s quick and easy and sometimes get stuck in a rut or are uncomfortable trying new recipes. I encourage everyone to try at least one new recipe a week. There are sooo many amazing recipes and resources out there! I wrote a whole post about our meal planning process.
Do you have a favorite go-to cookbook? If so, why?
I rarely use cookbooks now and mostly find recipes from other food blogs. However, I really like the Cooking Light Annual cookbooks, where they take all the recipes from the magazine for the year and publish them as one cookbook.
You’re also a big reader, what is your favorite book and why?
I don’t really have a favorite book, but rather a favorite author, Jodi Picoult. Her books cover controversial, contemporary topics. I just love her style and how much research she does for each book.
What kitchen utensil/cooking aid could you never live without?
The slow cooker. It’s a must for busy families!
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