A Florida-Style Tailgate in NYC

A Florida-Style Tailgate in NYC || Runway Chef I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for the Florida Department of Citrus. I received a promotional item to thank me for participating.

In case you missed today’s earlier post, let me give you a quick summary- I am all about the food when it comes to football season. Any chance to experiment with tailgating treats or kick things up a notch is a total touchdown in my book. So of course I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to attend the Florida Department of Citrus‘s tailgating event in Herald’s Square to see how they used 100% Florida Orange Juice to add an extra zing to tailgating. If you follow me on Instagram I’m sure you saw that I got to meet Erin Andrews while at the event. She is just the sweetest person and it was so fun getting to meet and talk to her (FYI, her favorite tailgating food is anything Fried! A girl after my own heart…). I also got to try out the tasty orange juice marinade (it made the chicken so moist and flavorful), and of course sample plenty of fresh squeezed OJ (the perfect reenergizing and thirst-quenching boost on what turned out to be a crazy hot day). My favorite part of the event, though, was snapping an #OJselfie with Mr.RC who stopped by before we grabbed lunch together after the event. The FDOC tailgating event left me feeling inspired to create some new citrus-infused tailgating treats and eats (like this morning’s recipe) and it definitely has me excited for football season/tailgate eating!

Are you excited for football season? Do you have any game day traditions?

P.S. If you didn’t catch my first FDOC post, make sure to hop over here so you can get the recipe for a deliciously refreshing and energizing orange berry smoothie.

P.S.S. Looking for some other healthy tailgating recipes? Try this creamy feta dip, this roasted vegetable dip, one of these easy appetizers, or these sassy shrimp (which would definitely taste good with a little OJ kick added in).

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Spiced Tofu Nuggets w/ Orange Chili Aioli

Spiced Tofu Nuggets with Orange Chili Aioli via @runwaychef #healthy #appetizers The only consolation that summer is pretty much gone is that football season is here. And by football season I mean tailgating season. And by tailgating season I mean stuffing-my-face-with-ridiculous-amounts-of-insanely-delicious-and-absurdly-bad-for-you-food season. While I love to catch parts of Chiefs games (Go Chiefs!), and I worked as the football team manager for my college, I just don’t have the attention span to watch an entire football game (hence why I failed miserable at my team manager job). But eating, now that is a sport I have the attention span for. Let me assure you that if eating was truly a game, I would score a bazillion touchdowns every single time. I’m not even sure how you score a touchdown in eating, but I just know I would. So while everyone else is focused on the football game, I’m focused on the tailgate game, plotting my next play to score a touchdown at the food table. My biggest concern? Protecting my waistline. Now don’t get me wrong I love a good plate of nachos, french fries dipped in ranch, and I would probably kill for some good boneless buffalo wings, but a diet like that won’t get me very far in the game so I like to mix in a few healthy treats or modified takes on unhealthier favorites every time there’s a tailgate spread. These spiced tofu nuggets are just one example. I know, I know, you’re probably thinking “Tofu?! Gross!” but believe it or not these actually taste almost exactly like chicken nuggets. They can be served alone with the orange chili dipping sauce or dressed up with a little orange coleslaw and a tortilla chip (almost like a mini taco) for a completely delicious guilt-free treat (or as guilt-free as something that is fried and covered with a mayonnaise sauce can be).

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Spiced Tofu Nuggets with Orange Chili Aioli
Serves 2
A spicy tofu take on the chicken nugget served either alone with a orange chili dipping sauce or mini taco style
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
For the tofu
  1. 1/4 cup of cornmeal
  2. 1/4 cup of flour
  3. 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  4. 1 teaspoon paprika
  5. 1 1/2 teaspoons of chili powder
  6. 2 teaspoons salt
  7. 1 teaspoon of a smokey seasoning mix (optional)
  8. 8 ounces of tofu
  9. Oil
For the aioli sauce
  1. 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise (can also use a Vegan mayonnaise)
  2. 2 tablespoons of sweet chili sauce
  3. 1 teaspoon of sriracha
  4. 3 tablespoons of orange juice
For serving (optional)
  1. Corn chips (I used sweet potato ones from Trader Joe's)
  2. Coleslaw (shredded cabbage mixed with a few tablespoons of OJ, mayo & apple cider vinegar & sprinkled with salt and pepper)
  3. Jalapeños
  4. Avocado or guacamole
Instructions
  1. Begin by making your breading mixture. Combine all the dry ingredients in a small bowl. Stir until well mixed. Set aside.
  2. Add about 1/4" of oil to a medium-sized skillet and begin heating it over medium heat. Then cut the tofu into thick cubes. Begin rolling them in the flour mixture until they are well coated. Once the oil is nice and hot and sizzling, begin dropping the tofu cubes in. Cook until crispy and golden brown, turning it every few minutes until you have cooked it on each side (this should take about 10-12 minutes total). Remove the cubes from the oil and drain on a paper towel. Repeat this process until all the cubes have been cooked.
  3. To make the aioli, combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and stir until well combined and smooth. Feel free to adjust the amounts of ingredients based on flavor preference.
  4. To serve the tofu nuggets, either leave them as is or assemble them into mini tacos by layering a chip with some coleslaw adding a nugget and then topping it with the aioli.
  5. Serve immediately. If there are any nuggets leftover, store in an airtight container then reheat in the oven at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes (although be warned that they will not be as crispy). Also do not store any of the mini tacos assembled as they will get soggy.
Notes
  1. This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled for a larger group of people.
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Happy Labor Day!

Happy Labor Day via @runwaychef If you follow me on Instagram I’m sure you’ve seen that the Mr. and I, along with a few good friends, have been chillaxin’ in the Cape since Tuesday. Tonight, however, we will be trading in our beach life for mountain life as we head to the Berkshires to spend the holiday weekend with family. Usually our long weekends our pretty relaxed and we often don’t vacation around them so I’m happy for the change of pace this year. Also, this is the first vacation we’ve taken all summer….What the what?!?…..Can we just pause to let that sink in….First vacation. All summer. How did this even happen?! And more importantly, how is summer basically over??!!! Not cool, not cool at all summer! Anyways, suffice it to say, since the rest of summer has flown by in a fairly uneventful manner, I’m pretty excited to end it with a bang and a seriously much needed vacation before diving into another crazy month!

Do you have any fun holiday weekend plans? I hope that whatever you do your long weekend is a good one filled with all the summer you can possibly manage to cram into these final days!

Surprise Parties

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I’ve never had a surprise party, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t dreamed about having one and that certainly hasn’t stopped me from trying to get my friends to throw me one. Case in point, I’ll never forget the letter I sent my best friend with detailed instructions on the “surprise party” I wanted her to throw me after I returned from our 2 month drive around the country. Talk about subtle hints…..Needless to say that surprise party never happened (I can’t imagine why…) and to this day I have yet to have one (hint, hint Mr.RC), but I absolutely love reading about the surprise parties that have happened to other people. Like for example the recent Marriott Rewards® Year of Surprises parties. From a very special birthday party to a returning military soldier’s 50th, the stories have all been fun to read. My favorite? The country style engagement party. Not only am I a big fan of anything country, but Stephanie could not have been more deserving of a surprise party after the incredibly difficult year she has just gone through. Watch for yourself to see just what I mean:

Speaking of surprise parties, it’s not too late to nominate (through August 31st) a loved one for a surprise party of their own via yearofsurprises.com. Learn more and get all the official rules and deets at yearofsurprises.com/rules. Also, don’t forget to become a Marriott Rewards member at marriott.com/rewards. It’s free and comes with loads of benefits (like no blackout dates) plus points you can redeem for anything from frequent flyer miles to cruises to car rentals. So basically, what are you waiting for? There’s a surprise party that’s got to get planned!

Have you ever had a surprise party thrown for you or have you thrown one for someone?

P.S. The top picture is from our Marriott Rewards stay in Newport…you can read all about that trip here.

Iced Coffee 5 Ways

Iced Coffee 5 Ways @runwaychef I used to think I was an iced coffee addict….until I met this girl. This girl is the true definition of an iced coffee addict. She would definitely drink me under the table if the drink of choice was iced coffee. Compared to her, I’m simply an iced coffee drinker, not an addict. But nonetheless, I still love my iced coffee. This past summer I decided to experiment and switch up my daily cold brew in a few new ways. Below are my 5 favorites-

Iced Coffee 5 Ways- Coffee Granita @runwaychef Iced Coffee Granita// Use a ratio of 4 parts cold-brew coffee concentrate to 1 part condensed milk (i.e. to make this batch I used 2 cups of coffee and 1/2 a cup of condensed milk). Whisk together until well combined and there are no clumps of condensed milk left. Pour into a medium-sized baking dish and freeze until solid, about 2 hours. Scrape with a fork and serve. Store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to a month.

Iced Coffee 5 Ways- Coffee Granita @runwaychef Iced Coffee 5 Ways- Vietnamese Ice Coffee @runwaychef Vietnamese Iced Coffee// Use a ratio of 1 part condensed milk + 2 parts coffee. Pour condensed milk into the bottom of a glass (I like to use a mason jar) then top with hot coffee. Stir to combine (if you’re using a mason jar put the lid on then shake). Top with ice and serve.

Iced Coffee 5 Ways- Vietnamese Ice Coffee @runwaychef Iced Coffee 5 Ways- coffee & cream ice cubes @runwaychef Coffee & Cream Ice Cubes// Freeze coffee into one ice cube tray then fill another tray with either cream, milk, coconut or almond milk or a mixture of any of those and freeze until set. Add a few to a glass of cold brew. 

Iced Coffee 5 Ways- coffee & cream ice cubes @runwaychef Iced Coffee 5 Ways- coffee over ice cream @runwaychef Coffee Affogato// Add a scoop or two of ice cream to a serving bowl or glass. Top with cold brew coffee.

Iced Coffee 5 Ways- coffee over ice cream @runwaychef Iced Coffee 5 Ways- coffee over ice cream @runwaychef Iced Coffee 5 Ways- Cappuccino Popsicles @runwaychef Cappuccino Popsicles// Layer cream (or a milk mixture) with coffee and freeze. Get the full directions on how to make these here.

Cappuccino Popsicles @runwaychef