To all the readers who are in the New England praying fervently for spring to finally be here, so the snow mountains can begin melting and we can reclaim half the roads, I am one of you now!
Yes, that’s right, the Budget Epicurean has physically relocated across the country from Denver, Colorado to New Haven, Connecticut.
I question my sanity too, join the club.
Jobs brought us out here, but I already have a sneaking suspicion the beauty and ocean may make us happy about the change. Of course, driving a UHaul with a car being trailered behind it and two dogs in the cab for 32 hours, the final 12 of which are a force-you-to-do-20-on-the-highway blizzard isn’t exactly a picnic. But we made it!
I am quite excited to try all that the New Haven area has to offer, and it seems there is so much here! Of course, you may experience an uptick in seafood-related reviews and recipes. Cannot tell you how excited I am that the ocean is only 30 minutes away! And NYC only 2 hours by train. Lots of exploring to be done this year.
So dear readers, that’s the scoop. Hope you stick around for whatever comes next.
I’ll leave you with some ideas for St. Patrick’s Day this Tuesday. These recipes also work great for St. Patrick’s Day leftovers like leftover mashed potatoes, or leftover cabbage.
- Rather than buying pricey corned beef cuts, try roasting a whole brisket. More expensive, but far more meat to go around
- If you want meat but aren’t a fan of corned beef, try some breaded or stuffed pork chops.
- Try a new twist on your mashed potatoes
- If you don’t like beer but want to indulge festively, simply add a drop of green food coloring to your favorite white wine or mixed beverage, like a margarita spritzer
- Whip up a batch of super easy shepherd’s pie
- Take extra cabbage and turn it into a stuffed cabbage casserole
- Make some banana bread or applesauce muffins, but add some green dye to the mix. Same goes for pancakes and other baked goods or desserts