Eat Your Heart Out

The awesomeness that is The Turf Club

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After four consecutive visits to The Turf Club and forgetting my camera every time, I've decided I'm blogging without pictures and will insert some at a later date. In addition, this might be all over the place since there's a lot I want to say and I've visited so many times, so please bare with me.
The Turf Club is relatively new in Saratoga, replacing The Spring Water Inn which was there for well over a decade. Previous owners of Beverly's bought up the space and have been open for about 8(?) months now. Right upon the re-opening, I wanted to try it out and see what the buzz was all about. The main reason why I've been reluctant to post about The Turf Club without showing pictures is because the chef creates such beautiful presentations with his food it deserves to be shown!

To start off, the Asian chicken nachos are definitely worth discussing -- these delicately fried tortilla chips with a sweet ginger teriyaki glaze and topped with grilled chicken make my mouth salivate just thinking about them. If only I had pictures to show... this appetizer was dynamite. The sweet yet tangy sauce complimented each element of the dish to a T!

Moving along, I must say that the best section of the menu has gotta be the homestyle dinners, which consists of dishes like Shepard's Pie, Macaroni & Cheese, Meatloaf and Chicken & Dumplings.

My lovely date ordered the Chicken & Dumplings and let's just say he was finished before I had the chance to take 2 bites out of my Macaroni & Cheese. Luckily I had the opportunity to snag a bite of it before it was gone, and let me tell you, it was really really good. The biscuits were homemade and fluffy and the chicken and gravy was like the inside of a hearty chicken pot pie. The only problem with it was that Tim ate it so fast I could only get one bite!

As for my mac & cheese - it should really be called cheese with a side of macaroni. Holy cow was that cheesy. I liked the flavor of the cheese but could have used a little more spice or kick. For me, it was a little too plain.

Finally onto dessert - Unfortunately I have yet to get dessert at The Turf Club. But don't worry friends, I'll report back with an update, and pictures. Promise!

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Ashley Dingeman

My name is Ashley Dingeman and I am in love with food. A recent SUNY Geneseo graduate and Saratoga Springs native, it has always been a dream of mine to have the opportunity to do the two things I do best: eat & write. Just like in a Disney movie, I guess dreams really do come true.

First off, can I just say that my passion for food goes way beyond simply loving to eat. For some, eating is eating and food is food, but to me, it’s so much more. Every element of the food experience, I love.

Perhaps the profound effects of growing up in an Italian family have rubbed off on me. If there was one thing I learned in the process, it was that food brings people together, and where there’s food, there’s family. No, I didn’t grow up in The Olive Garden, but I did grow up privileged to have an incredible Grandmother, and the best cook I’ve ever known. To this day no one will ever be able to replicate her Sunday “gravy”, even though all grandchildren have come close (and some closer than others [me]). It was she who inspired me to begin cooking in the first place, and it is in her honor that I continue on in hopes of inspiring others the same way.

So I invite you now to revel in my words, devour my descriptions, fantasize over my photographs, and maybe just maybe, you’ll be move enough to go out and try something for yourself. Project “Eat Your Heart Out” starts now.