Fifteen Spatulas

I have wanted to go to the Food Network NYC Wine & Food Festival for a couple years now, and last Friday I finally got to go! And it was just my luck that the venue happened to be a short walk from my apartment, because after indulging in a ridiculous number of burgers (they were all SO good!), I retreated to my couch and plopped down in mouth-happy bliss. As expected, the food was insanely good, and the event was a blast. I’m so happy I got to attend. Here is my recap!

If you’ve never heard of the NYCWFF event, it brings together chefs and food lovers for food-themed parties, and while these events are delicious and lots of fun, it’s also for a good cause. The festival benefits the hunger-relief programs of Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign and the Food Bank For New York City. They have raised over $7 million to date, and 100% of the net proceeds from the Festival go directly to those organizations. Isn’t that amazing?

JCPenney was one of the sponsors for this year’s event and they asked if I wanted to attend the Burger Bash hosted by Rachael Ray and share my experience. Um, YES!

A few months ago I succumbed to the trend that is The Spiralizer, and I have to say that I’m pretty pleased about it.

Generally speaking, I’m weary of kitchen gadgets that are very specialized and only do one thing, so I wanted to resist buying a spiralizer with all my might, despite seeing the internet blow up with spiralizer recipes. My tiny Manhattan kitchen is already so crowded! But I have to say that I LOVE my spiralizer and find myself using it a lot.

I think soup may be the most under appreciated category of food, and there is something really wonderful and comforting about hot soup when it’s chilly outside. And oh boy do I like it piping hot. My husband says I like to burn my mouth, hah.

Some soups require hours and hours of simmering time to develop depth of flavor, but this isn’t one of those soups. This is a quick one! You can get it done in 20-25 minutes and serve it with crusty bread for a light dinner. And I think broccoli cheddar soup is one of the best classics. Let’s begin!