Eat Your Heart Out

Ashley Dingeman: March 2012 Archives

It's that special time of the year when I crave corned beef pretty much all the time. I've always been a HUGE fan of the reuben sandwich. So put a big time Irish restaurant together with my corned beef cravings and love of reuben sandwiches and I think you know what's next.
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.
I know that I usually just write about meals that I've already had, but this time I'm switching it up and doing something different. With Saratoga County Restaurant Week only a week away, I wanted to give everyone a heads up and inform those who haven't participated in the past. 

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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.