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Good Eats Boston: Bancroft & Co.

This weeks good eats Boston feature is the super stylish and inviting Bancroft & Co. restaurant located north of Boston at the North shore mall. I was there for brunch last weekend and loved everything about it. This modern American steakhouse impressed me the moment I stepped in. Velvet and leather upholstered seating, fun phone booths, plenty of seating and most importantly delicious food. 

Bancroft & Co BUTTERMILK FRIED CHICKEN SANDWICH

One of my favorite meals was the buttermilk fried chicken sandwich with chipotle aioli and sweet potato fries. The chicken is perfectly crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. The slight smokiness off the chipotle aioli paired with the sweetness from sweet potato fries is a flavor bomb in your mouth. 

Another favorite of mine were the polenta fries. The crispy polenta fries were perfectly made with a delicious truffle aioli on the side. Not to forget the Bancroft burger with aged cheddar, crispy onions and house brioche. Everything I ate was just delicious. 

Bancroft & co polenta fries

Bancroft burger

No meal is complete without something sweet. If there is one thing you should try for brunch when you visit Bancroft & Co. is the crisp malted Belgian waffle with caramelized banana and rum butter sauce. This waffle was epic and could possibly be the best I have had. The inside was soft, fluffy and combined with intense sweet flavor of the caramelized banana, it is just pure heaven in your mouth. 

If you have been to The Bancroft location in Burlington you will find a lot a similarities with Bancroft & Co. Some have described The Bancroft as Prince William and Bancroft & Co as Prince Harry. This is because one is more classic and serious while the other is more playful but both have the high quality and standards as they are cut from the same cloth. I totally agree with this comparison but I say you be the judge and head out there for your next meal. You will not be disappointed. 

Bancroft & Co

210 ANDOVER STREET
PEABODY, MA 01960
978-817-3670

FYI: My meal at Bancroft and Co was complimentary but as always the opinions

2 Easy Cocktail Recipes to Make this Spring

It’s Friday night, your BFF is hanging out at your house for a girls night or maybe you are hosting a barbecue for your family. What do you serve for drinks? Cocktails of course! There is nothing more fun than serving fun cocktails for your friends and family. If you are like me, you like to make sure your guests have the best food and drinks so today I am sharing 2 of the easiest and tastiest cocktail recipes that will impress your guests. 

2 Easy Cocktail Recipes to Make this Spring

Cucumber Mint Mojito: 

The first one is a Cucumber Mint Mojito. Mojitos are my drink of choice when I need a refreshing cocktail during the warmer days. Mojitos are typically made with lime juice, mint, white rum, sugar and club soda. If you have limited time,  Stirrings makes the best cocktail mixers out there. They have the Simple Mojito mixer that is so good your guests will think you mixed it yourself. There is no chemical after taste or extremely high sugar content that you find with other cocktail mixes. Their products are made from the finest ingredients including real juices and pure cane sugar which I love. 

Making a mojito using Stirrings mixers is pretty easy. You won’t need to muddle the mint leaves or juice any limes because the mixer has already done that for you. All you need to do is add the alcohol and club soda. I like to add some thinly sliced cucumbers for an added cucumber flavor and fresh mint and limes for garnish. 

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Easy Cucumber Mint Mojito Recipe
Serves 2
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Total Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 6 oz Stirrings Mojito Mix
  2. 8 mint leaves
  3. 2 small Persian cucumbers thinly sliced
  4. 2 limes
  5. 3 oz white rum
  6. 1 can club soda
Instructions
  1. Rim a cocktail glass with salt (I used the Stirrings Margarita Rimmer)
  2. Fill the glass halfway with ice
  3. Add 1/2 the rum, cucumber slices, 4 fresh lime quarters, 4 mint leaves and mojito mix to each glass.
  4. Stir and top with club soda till glass is almost filled about 3/4 full. Stir one more time to combine and serve.
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Pineapple Peach Bellini:

The second easy cocktail recipe is a Pineapple Peach Bellini. This drink is for those that like a sweeter and fruity cocktail. Bellinis are typically made with Prosecco and peach purée. Making a Bellini using Stirrings mixers is also very easy. Just mix the Simple Peach Bellini mixer with your favorite Prosecco and you are good to go. 

For this recipe I used the Stirrings Simple Peach Bellini mix with Prosecco, grenadine and pureed frozen pineapple. The addition of pureed pineapple gives it an added tropical flavor unlike the traditional Bellini. 

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Easy Pineapple Peach Bellini Recipe
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Total Time
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Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 oz Stirrings Simple Peach Bellini Cocktail Mixer
  2. 6 oz Prosecco
  3. 2 tsp Stirrings authentic grenadine
  4. 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks pureed
  5. Sliced Peach for Garnish
Instructions
  1. Add half the pureed pineapple in one champagne flute and the other half in the second glass
  2. Add 1.5 oz Stirrings Simple Peach Bellini Cocktail Mixer and 1 tsp grenadine to each glass then pour 3 oz Prosecco.
  3. Add sliced peaches, gently stir and serve
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Stirrings Pineapple Peach BelliniMojitos and Bellinis are two of my favorite drinks and they always seem to be a hit at home. If you are looking for more fun mixes to use this summer visit Stirrings.com to order yours. If you live in the Massachusetts area stores like Kappy’s and Yankee Spirits carry Stirrings products. You can also purchase their products at online retailers like Jet.com, Amazon, and Walmart.com. There are so many flavors to choose from including Bloody Mary mixers, Cosmopolitan, Martinis and even other bar ingredients and rimmers. 

I hope I have given you some inspiration for your next Spring or Summer get together this year. The next time you are planning your drink menu, try something different and make some cocktails. You can never go wrong with a fun drink and your guests will think you are hostess with the mostest. 

FYI: This is a sponsored post and as always, all content was written by me, based on my own opinions and experiences. 

Bacon and Cheddar Fries Recipe

It’s cheat meal day and on cheat days I go big. This month I decided to make some Bacon and Cheddar fries for Saturday lunch. Topped with sharp cheddar cheese, green onions and spicy jalapeños, they are the ultimate indulgence and absolutely delicious.

I love this recipe because it is fast, flavorful and fantastic. I also like that it is finger food that you can totally eat as a meal too. I like to serve them with sour cream on the side but you can use ranch if your prefer. If you were to serve these for your guests on game day you will be guaranteed some very happy guests. They are just that good. Toppings can be anything you want and check out more options.

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Freshly shredded cheddar cheese
Bacon and Cheddar Fries

There are so many different toppings you can use for cheese fries. See more topping ideas including vegetarian options below.

5 Toppings for cheese fries:
  1. Chili and cheese: Top fries with hearty chili sauce and cheese sauce.
  2. Bacon and Blue cheese: Switch cheddar with blue cheese for a unique and delicious flavor.
  3. barbecue pulled pork and cheddar cheese. The sweet and smokey flavor of the pulled and the cheese is a insanely delicious combination.
  4. Beans, cheese and salsa: This is a tasty vegetarian topping option that doesn’t sacrifice on taste.
  5. Spicy Lentils and cheese: Another delicious vegetarian option that tastes just as great.

Love these bacon and cheddar fries? I’m sure you will also love my Kale, egg and cheese quesadilla recipe too.

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Bacon and Cheese Fries Recipe
Course Brunch, Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings
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Ingredients
  • 1/2 bag Super Crispy Crinkle Cut
  • 4 oz Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 4 strips Bacon Chopped
  • 2 medium Green onions chopped
  • 1/4 cup pickled jalapeño slices
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste
Course Brunch, Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings
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Ingredients
  • 1/2 bag Super Crispy Crinkle Cut
  • 4 oz Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 4 strips Bacon Chopped
  • 2 medium Green onions chopped
  • 1/4 cup pickled jalapeño slices
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Bake or air fry crinkle-cut fries according to package (about 23 minutes on 400 degrees). Add salt and pepper after they are cooked. In the same oven crisp the bacon on a tray. Once cooked allow to cool, and chop.
  2. Layer fries in a cast iron pan and top with shredded cheddar cheese, bacon, jalapeños and green onions. Broil for 2 minutes until cheese is melted.

Sweet Bakery: Good Eats Boston

The Good Eats Boston feature of the week is the pretty fabulous Sweet Bakery shop in Boston. I recently found out about this place and I’m in love. Sweet Bakery is a great place to go when you owe yourself a sweet treat or for those days when you need a pick me up.

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Sweet Bakery to go box

Sweet Bakery is a cute store that is located right in Boston’s downtown crossing area which makes it easily accessible. As you may have noticed, I love stores that have great product but also have pretty and unique ambiance. Sweet Bakery doesn’t disappoint with both. The store is very pretty, decorated with bright and wall-papered walls, little flower vases on the tables and super cool pink princess-like upholstered chairs. You will love the seats right by the window which are perfect for people watching.

There are plenty of cupcake flavors to choose from. I chose a chocolate and coconut flavor cupcake which were both perfect. The cakes are soft and fluffy while the frosting is packed with flavor and not overly sweet. The ratio between cake and frosting is done right. They also serve cookies and other pastries which is great. For all the vegans out there you will be happy to know Sweet has vegan options too.

I really can’t find anything negative to say about this place except it would be nice if they served the cupcakes on a dessert plate rather than a paper plate for eat in guests. However that’s just me and my pickiness, I just detest paper plates and cups as I feel they should only be used for people ordering items to go.

Good Eats Boston: Sweet Bakery
Good Eats Boston: Sweet Bakery. Pink chairs
Good Eats Boston: Sweet Bakery cupcake

The saying, You can’t buy happiness but you can buy cupcakes is one I totally agree with. There is something about eating a cupcake that brings joy and a feeling that all is right with the world, even for just a few minutes. If you live in the Boston area, I highly recommend Sweet Bakery. They also have locations in Chestnut Hill and Harvard Square. For more info, visit Sweetcupcakes.com

In the mood for something more savory, check out the last good eats Boston restaurant By Chloe

Easy Banana & Berry Smoothie Bowl

I have been meaning to post a smoothie bowl recipe for quite some time now and today I finally did it! It almost seems un-foodblogger-like not to have a smoothie bowl recipe since they are one of the hottest items in the food world right now. I am starting off very simple with a easy Banana & Berry smoothie bowl. It’s easy to make and uses simple ingredients.

easy Banana & Berry smoothie bowl

Smoothie bowls are basically thick smoothies served in a bowl. Whoever came up with this idea deserves props as the bowls are so much fun and are a great alternative to the drinkable smoothies. From my research online the bowl frenzy started with Acai bowls which originated in Brazil and later made their way to San Francisco. Since then, there have been so many variations of the bowls but one thing that can’t be denied is how delicious and good for you they are.

Thanks to Instagram, smoothie bowls have also become a trendy food. If you just type the words smoothie bowl on Instagram you will find the prettiest and artistically decorated smoothie bowls out there. Sometimes they look too pretty, you wonder if the person who made it actually ate it. My only problem with those perfect smoothie bowls is that they are unrealistic. Nobody has time to add pretty flowers and sprinkles to their food. This is why it was important to me that the recipe I share today includes day to day ingredients that can easily be found.

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easy Banana & Berry smoothie bowl

For this smoothie bowl I used frozen bananas, frozen berries and almond milk. Frozen fruit works better for smoothies in my opinion but you can certainly use fresh fruit. I love the texture that frozen fruit brings to smoothies. I also used almond milk instead of cow’s milk because I wanted a smoothie that wasn’t too creamy but had more of a sorbet taste. For those days when I want a really creamy smoothie, I use milk instead.

This easy banana & berry smoothie bowl is ready in less than 5 minutes. I topped it with pre-sliced fruit for convenience sake but if you want to save money I suggest cutting the fruit yourself. Sometimes I find pre-sliced fruit worth the extra bucks since my time is so limited. If you are looking for more inspiration check out my Easy Citrus Sour Cream Mousse Recipe too!

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Easy Banana & Berry Smoothie Bowl
Banana & Berry Smoothie Bowl
Servings
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Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups Mixed Frozen Berries
  • 1 cup frozen banana slices
  • 3/4 cups Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 1 cup fresh fruit of your choice sliced
  • 1/4 cup Hazelnut Granola
Servings
People
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups Mixed Frozen Berries
  • 1 cup frozen banana slices
  • 3/4 cups Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 1 cup fresh fruit of your choice sliced
  • 1/4 cup Hazelnut Granola
Banana & Berry Smoothie Bowl
Instructions
  1. Blend the first 3 ingredients in a blender until completely smooth but still thick. Add more liquid as needed to get it to the right consistency.
  2. Serve in a bowl and top with the sliced fruit and granola. So easy!

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