Month: February 2016

Pittsburgh Brunch at Meat and Potatoes 

After a day of skiing at Seven Springs Resort on Saturday with Stevens sister Liz and her boyfriend Jorge, we decided that Sunday would consist of lounging and brunching. What is better than the best place in Pittsburgh to build your own Bloody Mary for brunch?! So, we headed to Meat and Potatoes downtown. Luckily they were able to accommodate us today, but reservations are strongly encouraged, since this is one of the most sought after brunch spots in the city. Jorge had the Meat and Potatoes take on an old fashion made with bacon bourbon, orange vanilla infused maple syrup, and barrel aged bitters. The drink that took the stage was Steven’s morning manifesto, which we will all be dreaming about until next time. This “libation” includes cold brew coffee, myer’s rum, cereal cream, and orange zest. This was the best coffee cocktail that we have ever had. The girls went with the DIY Bloody Mary, one with honey siracha infused tequila and the other with Tito’s vodka. The waitress brought us our glasses …

For my Lehigh family! 

The best thing happened today. We are driving to Pittsburgh, PA to visit Stevens sister Liz and her boyfriend Jorge for a fun filled weekend (more posts to come soon from Pitt). As we began driving I said to Steven “just go like you’re driving to Lehigh”, since that is the first part of the drive from NYC to Pitt. When we passed the Clinton diner, a phone call began on Bluetooth… “Hello, Bolete (‘Bo-leet’), how can I help you?” Says the voice on the other end. At this point, my face lit up like a child who was just told they were going to Disneyworld. “Hi, do you have availability for two in the tavern at 6:30?” Asked Steven. To our surprise, there was availability on a Friday night. We arrived about 30 minutes later and the place looked exactly as we left it. The restaurant is set on the first floor of a Stagecoach Inn with the most comforting yet simple decor. We have been dining here since we discovered them in 2010 …

Butternut Squash Soup

With the extremely frigid temperatures, snow, slush, rain and many of us feeling under the weather, one of the best ways to warm up is a great homemade soup.  Butternut squash can easily be found in the markets in the winter and the pears in this recipe give it significant depth.  This recipe makes enough for about 8-10 servings and is great to freeze for another cold day, but we are hoping these are the last few this winter. Ingredients: 4lbs butternut squash 4 tablespoons hazelnut oil 3 tablespoons avocado oil (can substitute grape seed oil) 1 onion, chopped finely 2 pears, pealed and diced into 1 inch pieces 4-8 cups chicken or vegetable stock bouquet garni: 6 sprigs of thyme, 4 bay leaves, 2 smashed garlic cloves, 1/4 cup Italian parsley, 1 teaspoon crushed black peppercorns 6 fresh sage leaves french baguette 1 tablespoon olive oil Sea salt (to taste) 1/2 cup chopped parsley crushed hazelnuts 6oz creme fraîche Directions: Slice the butternut squash in half lengthwise and drizzle flesh with hazelnut oil.  Place face down on baking sheets and bake …

And we’re back…

We went on a little bit of a hiatus.  Here is a little update on where we are at this point… Jess begins Dental School at New York University College of Dentistry in August 2016.  Steven has been studying, working as a paramedic, and beginning the application process for medical school. It turned out to be a lot more work to continuously update the blog than we had thought it would be, BUT we love sharing our creations in the kitchen and journeys with our family and friends too much to give up.  We are back with a big announcement….. In April, we are making our way to Asia for a TWO MONTH trip!! We are beyond excited for the cultural, culinary and adventurous experience.  We will be visiting: Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan and South Korea.  First, we would love for all of our friends and family to either comment on this post or email us at chasincravings@gmail.com with any suggestions.  Second, we will do our best to post while we are away with …