Osteria, Moorestown, NJ

5 Dec
On November 25th, Marc Vetri and Jeff Benjamin opened their second location of Osteria.  Jay and I were lucky enough  to be able to try it before  they even opened!  We even bumped into our good friend Lisa – and we were all able to enjoy Osteria together.
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Located at the Moorestown Mall, in Moorestown, NJ, diners can now experience a memorable and unique Italian dining experience that once only existed in Philadelphia.
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Whether diners choose one of the 100 wines available, an Italian beer, or specialty cocktail, there is a beverage to wet everyone’s whistle.
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The dining room is welcoming, warm and filled with authentic Italian charm and rustic appeal.  Diners can enjoy the dining room or sit at the bar, where food is prepared before their eyes in an open kitchen.
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The ingredients are fresh, simple, vibrant and seasonal.  Menu items include house-cured meat, handmade pasta, pizza, fish, and vegetables.  Pastas are handmade – a real Italian specialty  and treat.
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While every item on the menu should be tasted, the star of the show is the wood-fired pizza.  Each pizza is carefully crafted and cooked to  golden perfection.  The crust is perfectly crisp, with a gooey, melty, flavorful  center.   A must try!
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No Italian meal would be complete without a sweet  ending.  Dessert, or Dolci, changes seasonally as well and diners are in for a fantastic treat – especially if bombolini – an Italian filled donut – are on the menu!
Now that Osteria is open – go give it a try!  Located  at the Moorestown Mall, it is a convenient spot whether you live in NJ or are  in the area shopping.  Dining hours are 10 am – 10 pm Sunday – Thursday and 11 am – 11 pm Friday and Saturday.  You are going to love one of my favorite Italian restaurants!

Cheesesteak Pockets

14 Nov
As it gets chillier by the day, I have been looking forward to cooking comfort  foods and baking.  This recipe was something that Jay and I dreamed up after watching a commercial for sloppy joes inside of crescent rolls.  Brilliant!  Moments later we were discussing all of the tasty  things you could put inside crescent rolls or biscuits.  And that was when cheeseteak pockets were born!  This  recipe is easy, quick and tasty.

Cheesesteak Pockets

Recipe yields 3 pockets
You will need:
Ingredients:
  • 1 can of biscuits (any brand will work)
  • 1 package of sliced steak such as Steak Ums or thinly sliced beef
  • 3 slices of American Cheese
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • A few tablespoons of  flour
  • Cooking spray
  • Salt and pepper
Tools:
  • Baking sheet
  • Foil
  • Rolling pin
  • Sautee pan
-Preheat  oven to 350
1.) Begin by lining a baking sheet with foil and spraying the cooking spray.
2.) You will need one biscuit per cheesesteak pocket.  Sprinkle some flour on your surface and roll each biscuit until it is flat without ripping.  Set rolled out biscuits on baking sheet and set aside.
3.) Spray a small amount of cooking spray  in pan.  Add onion to pan and cook until  soft.  Add steak to pan and cook until no longer pink.  If you are using Steak Ums, one sheet is enough per pocket,  and if you are using fresh beef, I would use  the whole package and evenly  divide  the meat per  pocket.  The meat  will  cook very quickly, about 5 minutes total.  Add Worcestershire sauce  and stir onion and steak together.  Season with salt  and pepper  Allow to cool.
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4.) Evenly distribute meat and onion mixture among flattened biscuits.  Top with one slice of cheese per pocket.
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5.) Fold pocket over and pinch edges. Spray  tops with cooking spray.
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6.)  Bake  for 10-15 minutes, until golden brown.   Enjoy!
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The great thing about this recipe is that it is obviously customizable.  You can add peppers, more cheese, substitute chicken… anything goes!  While this dish isn’t particularly  healthy, you could add a salad and make it a little better for you.  Or do what we did and add tater tots!!!
Try  this recipe  for dinner and I bet you’ll wonder what you can put inside a biscuit or crescent roll next!

Shrimp Salad.

5 Sep

 

    There are some foods that will always be associated with memories, and this shrimp salad is one of those.  I believe my Grandmother had this salad at a restaurant and then went on to recreate it.  But by the time I tried it and loved it, it was simply her shrimp salad.
    Depending on how much you want to make, I would just double, triple or quadruple the recipe.  We normally ate this as an appetizer so you didn’t need a lot.
    You will need:
    • A half pound of shrimp, cooked, cleaned and chilled. You could use fresh or frozen.
    • 1/4 cup olive oil
    • Half an onion (I used a white onion this time but it is best with red onion)
    • 1/2 cup fresh chopped parsley
    • 1 lemon
    • salt and pepper
      • 1.) Begin by cutting the shrimp into small, bite sized pieces.  Add to a bowl.
        2.) Add the remaining ingredients, and stir so that everything is well mixed.  Cover the bowl and let chill for at least an hour.
        3.) Serve as an appetizer, or over some fresh greens for a light lunch or dinner.

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      I had to share this easy and refreshing salad before summer was officially over, though you can enjoy it year round.  No matter when you make it, I can assure you that it will be a recipe you make time and time again!  

      Big Summer Potluck

      6 Aug
      Last week I attended Big Summer Potluck and had a fantastic time!  The event was hosted by Erika, Maggy, and Pam in gorgeous Bucks County, Pennsylvania.  Aside from eating a bounty of delicious, seasonal food, meeting new people and talking with friends, I took a million photos.

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      Apple Butter Brie

      17 Jul

       

        In one week I will be attending the fourth Big Summer Potluck!!!  This is actually going to be my first experience attending and I can’t wait to go. 
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        Prior to BSP4, Musselman’s is holding a recipe contest using their Apple Butter.  Not only do I love apple butter, but I was up for the challenge!
        Apple Butter Topped Brie
        Ingredients:
        • 1/2 cup of Musselman’s Apple Butter
        • 1 wheel of brie
        • 2 Tablespoons chopped pecans
        1. Preheat oven to 350. Place wheel of brie on an oven safe dish.  Top with apple butter and pecans and bake for 20 minutes.
        2. Brie should be very soft and apple butter will be caramelized. 
        3. Serve with crackers and enjoy!

         

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        While this recipe is very easy, it is simply delicious!  The brie becomes so deliciously gooey, paired with the sweet apple butter that melts into the brie, topped with the crunchy pecans! 
        Whether you make this simple appetizer for the next gathering you have or whip it up for some unexpected guests, everyone is sure to love Musselman’s Apple Butter Brie!
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