I love potato leek soup!! This particular recipe is so yummy, it is from the Food and Wine Festival cookbook of 2007 and represents Ireland. I chose it for one simple reason... it is vegetarian!! I did not have to substitute chicken broth for vegetable broth, the recipe actually says "vegetable stock". This may seem like a little thing, but I always wonder if I am missing out on some amazing flavor when I substitute veggie broth for chicken broth, so I was very excited to see this and knew I had to make this recipe. I was impressed by how simple and delicious it turned out to be. The original version is served chilled, but I served it hot.
The Black Bean Chipotle Cakes from Animator's Palate on the Disney Cruise line are scrumptious and very versatile! You might not be able to tell from these pictures, but the flavor profile is complex and delicious. I found the actual black bean cakes to be very similar to the black bean burgers that I raved about from my honeymoon! We ate them as cakes with the brown rice and made veggie burgers with the leftovers. Mike also put them on tortillas and made tacos for lunch... the recipe makes a lot! Brown rice has never been a favorite of mine, I don't know why, but this recipe changed my opinion of it. I don't think I will ever make brown rice in a pot on the stove again... from here on out all brown rice shall be baked in the oven! It makes a big difference to the texture, and the broth gives it extra flavor and deliciousness.
This poor little blog has been terribly neglected over the past 6 weeks. I have been teaching a class in addition to working my normal job, and unfortunately all hobbies were abandoned. I am back to my normal schedule and will attempt to get things moving again with a trip report!
My sister, Laura, and I headed to Walt Disney World in April for my birthday! We were very excited as we had not been to Disney World together since we were teenagers and were looking forward to reliving some of our favorite childhood memories. Our mother joined us in the middle of the trip, so it was a family affair! The Flower and Garden Festival was taking place at Epcot and being big Epcot fans, we could not wait to experience this as well as enjoy some delicious food and fun adventures!
Anytime we go on vacation, it may be a challenge to stay healthy. Flying on airplanes and then experiencing a different routine, lack of sleep and even dietary changes can all be a shock to the system and result in illness. How many of you have returned home from vacation with more than a suntan and a few souvenirs? I will never forget my vacation to London and Paris, or how dreadfully sick I was by the time I got home!
A vacation to Disney World is a wonderful experience, but even the happiest place on earth is full or germs, and no one wants to return home from vacation sick. I have put together a few simple things I do when on vacation to try and stay healthy. I am pleased to report that these tricks have worked for me and I hope they can help you stay healthy and come back from your vacation with nothing more than happy memories.
Chefs de France is a fun "brasserie" located in the France Pavilion of the World Showcase in Epcot. It is an elegant restaurant serving "nouvelle French cuisine". Walls of gorgeous windows showcase beautiful views of the pavilion as well as the lagoon. I have a sentimental attachment to this restaurant as it used to be a favorite of my father's when I was a child. I felt so fancy going here with my family as a little girl and have very fond memories of the place. Now, as an adult I still love the restaurant, partially for sentimental reasons, but mostly because I still find the atmosphere beautiful and the food delicious.
The Classic Scones from Garden View Lounge at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa were tasty as well as quick and easy to make. They are not a sweet scone, but they are delicious served with some butter and jam. I have been looking for a scone recipe lately that is not full of butter and cream and so I was excited when I found this one. For a scone these are not so bad for you... the key words there being "for a scone" and I would not describe these as healthy, but they taste good and are relatively low in butter and sugar so I am a fan of them. These scones are best served fresh from the oven as the next day they were hard and needed to be heated up. The only change I made to this recipe was the substitution of butter for the margarine and shortening. I don't have these ingredients so I just used butter. It worked out just fine, but I wonder if they would have been softer the next day had I used the shortening and margarine... oh well I suppose I will have to make them again for research purposes...
Teppan Edo is a Teppan Yaki style restaurant in the Japan Pavilion in Epcot. We absolutely love eating here and find the service, show and food to be amazing. The chefs are very talented, this is more than dining at a nice restaurant, eating at Teppan Edo is a cultural experience transporting guests right into the heart of Japan. We had a wonderful experience and heartily recommend this restaurant.
Hollywood Studios was having extra magic hours the morning of our final day at Disney World! We headed over bright and early and were very pleased to find a virtually empty park. The morning was nice and cool, which made us happy! The first order of business was one of grave importance... the Carrot Cake Cookie from The Writers Stop! I had been reading about this treat for months and was determined to have it for breakfast. After getting lost trying to find The Writers Stop, we finally found it and ordered the cookie of fame and glory. I was so hungry I neglected to photograph it which is disappointing. The cookie was really good, but a little too sweet for my taste in breakfast. I think it would be better as a snack, but it was delicious.
Hi Everyone! I have started a Disney Date Night series over at the Disney Driven Life. I would love it if you check out the first installment on a romantic evening in Paris! Also, check out our Honeymoon Trip Report, the final post is coming later this week! Thank you so much for reading! If you enjoy this site, please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or Google+.
Disney's Coronado Springs Resort is a moderate level resort in the Animal Kingdom area of Walt Disney World. Named for explorer Don Francisco de Coronado, a Spanish conquistador who visited the southwest area of the United States in the 1500's in search of the mythical Seven Cities of Gold. This resort is designed with a fun Southwest theme, and the Cabanas, Casitas and Ranchos offer a beautiful array of facilities for Disney Guests. As Disney's only moderate resort that has a convention center, Coronado Springs, in my opinion, has a more upscale feel than some other moderate resorts on Disney property. Since guests may be there for business as well as pleasure, the resort attempts to cater to all clientele including business professionals as well as families. Amenities are plentiful, the atmosphere is elegant while staying fun and the landscaping is beautiful. I was extremely impressed with my stay here.