Saturday, May 19, 2018

Gaspee Days and Memorial Day Weekend Heat Up the BBQ Warwick, RI

Yes, this is the onset of Gaspee Days in Warwick, Rhode Island. While enjoying the long weekend courtesy of Memorial Day, many of us will spend a day down in Pawtuxet Village at the Gaspee Days Arts and Crafts Festival. Then, hopefully after a successful day of browsing and shopping, we'll return to our backyards and decks to fire up the BBQ. Let the summer begin.

Snack food should be fun and easy. We love deviled eggs and find these 

Gaspee Days - Governor Francis Farms

Try preparing these skewers of Chicken Satay early so they can go on the grill as you need them.

Gaspee Days - Governor Francis Farms


We love burgers at my house so we'll be grilling classic favorites with spicy new twists. 
These Andouille and Beef Burgers are a mouthful of flavor.

Gaspee Days - Governor Francis Farms


A fabulous sidedish I found packs great visual interest and a fresh surprise on an old classic. 
The Grilled Zucchini Salad is loaded with the texture of Romano cheese and pine nuts.

Gaspee Days - Governor Francis Farms

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Make an Outdoor Breakfast the Start to Your Successful Day Linda Maintanis, Warwick, RI

Linda Maintanis - Food for Thought, Governor Francis Farms, Warwick, RI

 Aristotle Onassis once said, 
"The two criteria for success are to rise early 
and to have a good tan."

Since I believe I'm finally in control of my life 
this summer to say that I'm doing both of these well 
I suppose that I should feel that I'm a success! 
Hardly!




Linda Maintanis - Food for Thought, Governor Francis Farms, Warwick, RI 
This quote is very truthful. 
In fact, we all certainly feel that 
we are putting our best foot forward 
when we are most pleased 
with our appearance. 
And each of us is more likely to 
have a successful day 
when we've started it with the birds.

Minted Fruit Salad




Linda Maintanis - Food for Thought, Governor Francis Farms, Warwick, RI

 Early mornings in the summer 
seem to beckon us out of doors 
where the simplest of foods 
become the most flavorful.
 Simplicity is the key word here.
Kids and adults alike will feel most pampered 
with one or two special items in large quantities.

           Coffee Doughnut Holes                                                                                                                                    
Linda Maintanis - Food for Thought, Governor Francis Farms, Warwick, RI
Heaping stacks of blueberry pancakes 
served with mounds of fresh picked strawberries 
would rouse the grumpiest of husbands on a Saturday morning. 
Or a full basket of soft, warm apple muffins with a mound of crispy bacon to tease a testy three year old back to the table. 
Even my older (40ish) friends would feel rejuvenated 
by a breakfast of Coladas, Eggnog French Toast 
and Fresh Fruit with Mint Leaves!

Spicy PALEO Breakfast Sausage



Try to keep the menu simple - prepare as much as possible in advance. Coffee pots can be set up the night before, 
batters premixed and refrigerated, eggs beaten and stored in the bowl overnight,
even home fries can be parboiled and chilled, ready for a shake on the griddle...
Just be sure the meal makes it to the table quickly enough that you can sit yourself down in time to enjoy!

Linda Maintanis - Food for Thought, Governor Francis Farms, Warwick, RI
  

by Linda Maintanis