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Lightened Up Shrimp, Bacon + Corn Chowder

Now that the weather is getting cooler (even though we've been experiencing a bit of a heatwave here in New York), we love cooking up all different types of hearty, healthy soups. They are easy one-pot solutions for dinner and typically freeze well for future meals. Last week we bought fresh large shrimp from our local grocery store so I decided to to do our own take on a shrimp and corn chowder with crispy turkey bacon to top. It took about 45 minutes total to prep and cook and I have to admit, the entire pot was gone! Here's everything you'll need below.

Ingredients 5 slices of turkey bacon, cut into small pieces1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined2 cups chopped yellow onion1 tablespoon fresh minced garlic1 teaspoon paprika½ teaspoon dried thymePinch crushed red pepper2-1/2 cups frozen corn kernels3 cups chicken stock1 cup  of organic half and halfSalt and pepper, to tasteDirections
In a large Dutch oven over medium heat, fry the bacon pieces until crispy. Transfer…

1-2-3 Ingredient Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Mini Muffins

Falls here, which means all of the best seasonal staples are back. I admit, I look forward to pumpkin spice everything, but I truly do enjoy the flavor of pumpkin. Its a healthy substitute when baking and cooking. While browsing through all of the pumpkin products in Trader Joe's I decided to make some low calorie, gluten free pumpkin muffins. All you'll need are these three easy ingredients and some will power not to lick the bowl clean.

Ingredients 1 can of organic pumpkin (make sure not to use pumpkin pie filling)  4 tbsp of semi sweet chocolate chunks or chips  1 box of pumpkin muffin mix or carrot cake mix  1/2 c of water 
Directions Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line your mini muffin pan with mini muffin liners. In a bowl, mix together the entire box of cake mix, 1 can of pumpkin and add your 1/2 cup of water as you are mixing. The batter should be light and airy as you blend. Start mixing in your chocolate chunks 1 tablespoon at a time. Spoon in your mixture into your…

Homemade Beef Stew + Biscuits

Friday is here, friends and the first day of fall is just a week away, September 22 to be exact, which also happens to be my birthday (yay!). Even though this week has been a bit of a heat wave, I had all of the fixings to make beef stew and its the perfect dish to cook on a Friday and freeze for a later time. But tonight we snuggled up, went through our DVR and enjoyed some tasty stew and biscuits. Its a simple and easy recipe and can be tweaked to everyone's liking. Here's what you'll need:

Ingredients:  2 pounds of beef chuck (cubed)  2-3 white potatoes, diced 3 cups of butternut squash, cubed  1 large onion, diced  1 cup of white mushrooms, sliced  2 whole carrots, diced  2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil  2-3 cups of chicken stock  1/2 cup of flour  1 16 oz can of tomato sauce  salt + pepper garlic powder  fresh parsley 
Directions:  Heat a cast iron pot with 1 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil, let heat. Chop and dice all of your vegetables and saute until soft for abou…

Egg White Breakfast Muffins

Hey there W+A friends. What a beautiful weekend we had here on the Island. Unfortunately our mom and daughter trip to Savannah was cut short this week due to hurricane Irma. It was a bummer, but I sure am happy my mom and I got back to New York safe and sound and were definitely thinking about all of our friends, family and those down South getting hit by this crazy hurricane. It was definitely an interesting 24 hours to say the least, but I wouldn't have wanted to spend it with anyone else! We made the best of it and still got to experience some good ol' Southern eats along the way! Would you think otherwise? I decided to do some weekly food prep since John is back to work and we like to plan our meals for the week. I had bought some fresh veggies at Trader Joe's on Saturday and decided I could use some for our breakfast. I love prepping breakfast stuff since cooking in the morning doesn't always fit into my schedule. For anyone who has tried the egg white bites from

Fall + Homemade Sausage Bread

Welcome September! This month is one of my favorites not only because it is my birthday month, but September nights tend to get cooler and you can still catch a couple of warm days in between the summer/fall transition. September gets us excited for our favorite season and all of the seasonal foods that start to show up at our local grocery stores. I really enjoying getting in the kitchen and using our slow cooker for soups, stews and chili. This year I plan on making some of our oldies, but am looking forward to trying my hand at some new recipes I've been holding onto since last season.

Every holiday my father-in-law makes one of my favorite appetizers...sausage bread. Its the one indulgent holiday treat I look forward to and will never turn down. Last weekend we were invited to our friend's home for a Labor Day BBQ. I figured I could make a fun veggie platter or 7-layer dip, but I decided to try my hand at my father-in-law's infamous sausage bread recipe. Here's eve…

Just Mangia: Enjoy the Best Local Food in Your Neighborhood

When Owen from Just Mangia reached out to us about having our very own pot of Maroni's famous meatballs delivered to our door, we were beyond ecstatic! Just Mangia has partnered up with local restaurants on Long Island (currently Northport and expanding to markets near by) to deliver fresh and delicious food right to your front door. Some of the restaurants that work with the company do not offer their own delivery service and that's where Just Mangia steps in. Search the online menus of your favorite local eateries and order right from their website or app. Once your order has been picked up, your own personal courier will shoot you a text with a real time tracking link. You'll be able to see how far or close your food is to being delivered.

We were lucky enough to have Maroni's very own meatballs and sauce delivered right to our house on Sunday morning. The pot arrived right on time along with instructions on how to reheat the meatballs and sauce. We were so impress…

Meg's Lemon Coconut Cake + Lemon Glaze

Happy Wednesday W+A friends! I will be making sure to post all of our cooking live recipes up as soon as our show wraps up every week.We absolutely love cooking for all of you, especially our light summery dishes that are perfect for dining al fresco. Its a perfect summer day outside today so I figured I'd check in with you all and post my most favorite summer dessert that I enjoy bringing to barbecues and parties. My lemon coconut cake is light, fluffy, sweet and super citrusy. Its the perfect summer indulgence. Here is everything you will need:

Ingredients for cake:
1 box of super moist lemon cake mix
2 medium sized lemons
2 cups of sweetened coconut flakes
3 eggs
1/2 cup of vegetable oil
1 cup of water
Ingredients for glaze:
1 3/4 cups of confectioners sugar 
1/4 cup of lemon juice 
zest of one lemon         1 tsp of salted butter

Cake Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. For shiny metal or glass pan or 325 degrees for dark or nonstick pan. Grease the bottom and sides of pan. Mix c…

Pan-Fried Crab Cakes Over Arugula + Spicy Bourbon-Citrus Cocktails

Happy Mother's Day to all of our friends, family and W+A followers who are mamas. We appreciate all you do! Sundays are the perfect day for us to catch up on some writing and food prep for the week. This past weekend I was inspired by an old lunch spot that my coworkers and I used to frequent called Bulls Head. During the summer season, they would prepare the most delicious summer salad of fresh greens topped with their homemade crab cakes. Since their closing, I knew I wanted to recreate their dish, so we did! Here's what you'll need for this super simple recipe, a perfect dish to serve while dining al fresco with friends.

Ingredients: 1lbcrab meat, jumbo lump/back fin 1largeegg3tbspmayonnaise1tspDijon mustard1/4tspgarlic powder1/2tsppaprika1/2tspsalt3tbspred bell pepper, finely diced 1/3cupgreen onion, finely slice 1tbspparsley, chopped, fresh or dried2/3cupbutter cracker crumbsoil, for frying
 Transfer crabmeat into a colander then set aside to drain excess li…

Coconut Curry Chicken + Coconut Martinis

Happy Monday W+A readers! The weekend flew by once again. John and I did a lot of yard week over the weekend. Some weeding, seeding, mulching and a little spring planting. We'll wait until the weather gets a bit warmer to start on our garden. Thank you all again for tuning into Cooking Live with W+A last Friday! We have almost 1K views on our video (woah!) So thankful to you all. We cooked up a delicious and healthy coconut curry chicken and paired it with the perfect coconut martini. Here's everything you'll need to make this meal. 

Ingredients: 2 tbsp honey 1/2 cup of shredded coconut 3 tbsp of coconut vodka 2 tbsp pineapple juice  2 tbsp coconut milk 1 cup of ice

Directions: Take a martini glass and dip the rim in honey. Make sure to coat all around.Then dip your sticky rim into some shredded coconut, making sure all of the honey is covered. Shake together 3 tbsp of coconut vodka (we used Skyy) and 2 tbsp of pineapple juice into a shaker with ice. Using a strainer, pour in…

Shrimp Fra Diavolo With Linguine

We can feel spring approaching and are happy to say sayonara to this frigid weather. The warmer days get us excited for lighter dishes, summer vegetables, fresh fish and dining al fresco. Last weekend we decided to venture out to our local Stew Leonard's. For those of you who have never visited a Stew's, its a grocery store chain that offers baked goods, fresh meats and fish and many other specialty items. John and I love getting our fish from there when we can and they typically have really good sales. We decided to buy some shrimp for our W+A live cooking show this past Friday and it turned out to be a great choice. I knew I wanted to make something a bit light, but fulfilling at the same time, so shrimp fri diavolo over linguine it was!Its a great dish to prepare if you are having a dinner party or to impress that special someone. Here's everything you'll need. 

 Ingredients: 1lb shrimp, peeled and deveined 1 tsp salt 3 tbsp crushed red pepper flakes 1 medium onion…

Celtic Frappes, Turkey Reubens + Loaded Smashed Potatoes

Happy Monday and first day of spring, friends! Sorry our recipes are coming to you a bit late, but the weekend was filled with lots of cooking, eating and shopping. John and I got cracking on a new outdoor set for the summer. This warm weather got us in the mood to start a little bit of an outdoor revamp and got me thinking about what I would like to start planting this summer. Our backyard is tiered off, so we have some nice space for a decent sized garden. Let us know what you guys plan to plant as the spring weather approaches.

We wanted to dedicate this post to everyone who tuned into our live cooking show this past Friday. We couldn't thank you guys enough for watching and spending your Friday night hanging in our kitchen :). As of today, we have 600 views on our video, which is pretty damn cool! Over the weekend, Whiskey + Aprons also became a proud member of the FoodieTribe which is a group of about 800 foodies around the world dedicated to supporting their local community …

Happy 2nd Birthday Whiskey + Aprons!

I was sent a reminder that on this day two years ago, this little blog was born. Although life sometimes gets in the way of me keeping up on my blogging and frequent posting (a New Year's resolution I've been been trying to stay committed to) I post on W+A's Instagram account all day everyday. From new restaurant finds to cooking something new up in our kitchen or mixing up a new cocktail, we always have food on the brain.

We'll be doing a little celebrating tonight with some wine, homemade stuffed Italian peppers and one of our favorite caramel chocolate dipped gourmet apples from the Candy Apple Shoppe. Stay tuned for a little announcement later in the week too. We may just be cooking live, very very soon ;)

Thank you all for continuing to follow Whiskey + Aprons over these past two years! We appreciate all of the support, follows + likes :)