• 18th September
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Recipe of the Week

Mini Peanut Butter Cheesecakes with Granola Crust!

Who doesn’t enjoy the heavenly combination of chocolate and peanut butter, especially in a miniature cheesecake form! The best part is how easy it is to make this delectable treat, it is sure to be crowd pleaser!

First you’ll need

  • 6 whole Nature Valley® Oats ‘n Honey Granola Bars
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1/2 cup smooth or creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp light corn syrup
  • 2 tbsp peanuts

And then you simply…

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Line 12 regular-size muffin cups with baking cups. Break granola bars into pieces; place in gallon-size resealable food-storage plastic bag or in food processor; seal bag and crush with rolling pin or meat mallet or process until fine crumbs form.

2.     In medium bowl, mix crumbs and melted butter until well combined. Place a tablespoon of the crumb mixture in each muffin cup; press in bottom of cup to form crust.

3.     In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and brown sugar with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in peanut butter, egg, vanilla and salt; beat until well blended. 

4.     Divide mixture evenly into crust-lined cups.

5.     Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until set. Cool completely in pan, about 30 minutes. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight.

6.     Add chocolate chips, butter and corn syrup to a small microwave-safe bowl. Heat in microwave 20 seconds, stir then microwave another 10-20 seconds until melted. Stir until smooth and shiny then top each cooled cheesecake with about 1 teaspoon of chocolate glaze and a few peanuts.

 

Courtesy of Tablespoon.com

(Source: foodtruckfestivalsofne.com)

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Although we are all currently fighting uphill battles to loose a few extra pound before swimsuit season is in full bloom…today, we are officially allowed to cheat (a little bit)!

May 15th, is also known as National Chocolate Chip Day!

If you can’t partake in eating any delicious chocolate today, then we have prepared a feast for your eyes with chocolate chip-ity goodness from some of the trucks participating at our upcoming festivals.

Kickass Cupcakes

The Flour Girls Baking Co: Sweet Truck

Frozen Hoagies

(Source: foodtruckfestivalsofne.com)

  • 15th May
    2012
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  • 9th May
    2012
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Mary McPartland has been in the same job for 28 years. She works for a telecommunications company and is very happy there, but last April she decided to take a leap and try a very different part time job – Food Truckin’.

A model with Mary at our Food Truck Festivals calendar photo shoot

For as long as she can remember, she’s always loved to bake. She normally whips up some sort of dessert every night for her family. That is why she finally made the leap to turn this passion into a business and purchased a 1976 ice cream truck on Ebay. Although this might shock some of us to hear how she up and purchased a roaming store on the internet, to her it was the next logical step in going directly  to the consumer.

Now she had a truck.  What to do next?

When the truck arrived it was plain white and blue and that just wouldn’t work for Mary. She whipped out her paintbrush and a pink can of paint and went to town on the truck! A few zebra accents here and there and the truck was on its way to what we see today! Mary also has an artist in the family and he was in integral part of creating the logo. And after rolling the name ‘Ice Box’ around for a bit, she scrapped it and dubbed the new truck – Frozen Hoagies. A family member had tossed it out and just seemed to stick. A Hoagie (especially in Pennsylvania) refers to a sandwich, and with the size of the ice cream cookies Mary was making, the name seemed to really express what  the customer was getting!

An avid baker, Mary makes all the cookies herself. The ice cream comes from another local company – Chilly Cow out of Arlington, MA to achieve the perfect ice cream sandwich. We chatted about how ice cream trucks of today, sell a lot of over processed, chemical-laden, ice cream like food products. Mary takes the approach that the simplest way is the best – high quality natural ice cream and homemade cookies. You won’t see her selling any Sponge Bob Square Pants Popsicles anytime soon!

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  • 30th April
    2012
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Message From Our Executive Producer

What happens when you put creative people at the same table to brainstorm how to help raise funds for a worthy non-profit? First, you get enthusiasm.  Then, you get an “all hands on deck” approach to getting the best results possible.  And, then, you accomplish your goal – you actually wind up making a difference.

This was the process behind the latest sidebar effort for our new Big Project:  the creation of 11 Food Truck Festivals throughout New England this summer and fall. We wanted a product to sell at the festivals, something that would involve the trucks but would also raise funds for a worthy non-profit.  During a brainstorming meeting we decided to create a food truck calendar – not one that would focus on the trucks, but rather one that would include the trucks, but would have a “sexy twist”. Okay, so naked food truckers with vital parts hidden by food was ruled out. How about a vintage pin-up calendar, featuring beautiful women in vintage 50’s wardrobe said our creative director Lane Atteridge. An idea was born! And thanks to the generosity of Phillips Design Group of Boston under the direction of Cara King, photographer Steve Sherman of Stephen Sherman Photography and Producer Michelle Doucette of M Doucette Production…the idea is becoming a reality….

            

Steve Sherman, Elizabeth Brenke, Michele Doucette, Cara King, Lane Atteridge

I arrived early in the morning on Sunday for the shoot. It was on the Hicks Farm property in Westford, MA. When we lost our venue for the shoot, we called the Hicks with barely 124 hours notice and they were nice enough to let us use their barn. It was pouring heavily outside, the first rain we’d had in months and the farm was an hour or so drive for most of the participants and the trucks – yet everyone showed up (except for one truck who cancelled at the last moment).   We were using a propane heater to keep the models warm, as they were in skimpy clothing – yet not one complaint, not one negative word from anyone. We decided to have the pin-up girls pose in or in front of the trucks. Each outfit would be matched in some way to the  corresponding truck. For example, in front of the Go Fish Truck, the girl would be wearing a vintage bathing suit and floppy sun hat.

                    

             Model Asia Barnes with a lobster in front of the Go Fish Truck

The team we had on hand was utterly fantastic! Despite the moisture in the air, hair and makeup were able to pull together the perfect looks. The wardrobe team found outfits that for just a second made you forget the rain and imagine we were at a  lobster bake on the Cape. The head photographer, Stephen Sherman and his crew were wonderfully professional on set and Michele Doucette and her team kept things moving along seamlessly. They knew the right things to say to pull the perfect pose from the models! It was amazing to me that everyone came together to donate their time because this was a project they believed in.

          

   Model, Jacqueline Voeghtlin and Steve Sherman in front of Lobsta’ Love

It was a unique opportunity for all the truckers as well. Many times the festivals are so busy that the truckers are unable to get a chance to meet each other. This was the exact opposite! Everyone was talking and introducing themselves. The team from Grilled Cheese Nation was making lunch for all and Frozen Hoagies was chatting up the guys from Redbones while handing out ice cream sandwiches. It was like our own mini food truck festival! In all, a grueling and soggy, cold day – but extremely heartwarming and gratifying.

                

    Model, Jacqueline Voeghtlin with Mary McPartland of Frozen Hoagies

Now we can’t wait to see the final product –the calendar should be ready and on sale by the beginning of June at a cost of $10, with 100% of the proceeds going to Community Servings, a Massachusetts organization that prepares and delivers 7,500 lunches and dinners each week to the homes of almost 775 individuals and families who are homebound with an acute life-threatening illness.   We plan to sell the calendars at all of our Food Truck Festivals throughout the summer and fall (full schedule is at www.foodtruckfestivalsofne.com ), on all the participating trucks – and hopefully many trucks in the region – and through Community Servings itself.  Our – and my personal —  thanks to the many who helped to make it possible:

Special thanks to the Creative Leadership of:

Stephen Sherman,      Photographer    //  Stephen Sherman Photography

Michele Doucette,  Producer   //   M Doucette Production

Cara King, Senior Designer //  Phillips Design Group

Lane Atteridge,   //  Food Truck Festivals of New England LLC


AND THANKS TO THEIR TEAMS:

Dan Orlow, Assistant Photographer

Elizabeth Brenke, Senior Designer

Danita Jo Talbot, Assistant Photographer

David, Russel &  Marie Hicks of Hicks Farm

Robyn McGuire, Digital Tech

Al Arakelian, Arakelian Real Estate

Mike Ritter, Assistant Photographer

Rocco & Zita Scippa, Swanson Meadows Golf Course

Teegan Lufkin, Assistant Producer

Brandon Lake, Stylist / The Loft

Kara Kamrowski, Make-Up

Britton, Makeup/ Chic & Destroy

Andrea McGuiness,  Ennis, Inc.

Joe Sherman, Video

THANKS TO MODELING AGENCIES

Maggie Inc.
Model Club Inc.

and their models..

Michelle Turner-Young

Sarah Maillet

Danielle Brewster

Kimberly Howe

Phyllis Chapuneo

Amber Shouts

Asia Barnes

Jacqueline Voeghtlin

Stephanie Anne

Selena McConnell

AND, OF COURSE, THANKS TO THE TRUCKS, TOO!

The Chubby Chickpea, owner Avi Shemtov

Lobsta Love, owner Todd Saunders

Cool Cow Ice Cream, owner Eric Anderson

Frozen Hoagies, Mary McPartland

Grilled Cheese Nation, owners Todd Saunders & Ron Sarni

Kickass Cupcakes , owner Sara Ross

Lefty’s Silver Cart, owner Phillip Francis

Go Fish , owner David Stein

Bon Me, owner Patrick Lynch

Redbones,  captain Rudy Rudolph

Paris Creperie’s La Tour Eiffel, truck manager Gavin Bodkin

- Anne-Marie Aigner, Executive Producer of Food Truck Festivals of New England

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