Kay’s Pizza (Kay’s Burden Lake Restaurant)

“We are proud of our pizza as well as the unique atmosphere that our regulars look forward to every season. “

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type: pizza
address: 10 walsh lane averill park, new york 12018
ring-a-ding: 518-674-5413
price: $11 + pp
attire: casual – jeans & tee, baby

that’s what friends are for

Last year or so, my friend introduced me to Kay’s! I had been wanting to try it for a while, I had so many clients rave about Kay’s, and I even had a few who were regulars. After my long-awaited first bite, I was hooked! From time to time, I’ve titled myself a pizza connoisseur, so when I say this pizza isn’t only good, it’s freakin’ amazing… it’s the damn truth!

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burden lake, ny

Those of us who live within the Capital Region, let’s face it- we appreciate a chance to get out every now and then. Living between Troy & Albany from the last 5+ years or so made me appreciate my hometown surroundings of the Adirondacks so much more.

From our house in Colonie to Kay’s Pizza, the drive is about a half-hour. But, the drive is fun! You pass so many farms, beautiful & endless green acres, and cozy little camps. We never take the highway. We typically first stop in East Greenbush to pick up my husband’s cousin & his girlfriend. She was the one who first introduced me to Kay’s, so now it’s pretty standard we don’t go without each other!

Burden Lake is such a beautiful view, so if you are lucky enough to get a window seat at Kay’s, you will have a beautiful view of the lake and all the homes that surround it.

 

 

a seasonal secret

Kay’s is in an old house with serious summer camp vibes. Wooden floors and walls, nostalgic & vintage ads on the wall, and classic white and red tablecloths. Kay’s is only open for part of the year. This year they opened in early April, and close on October 13th.

60 years of ooey-gooey cheesy goodness

This year is Kay’s 60th year in business! Kay’s Pizza first opened in 1958. Prior to that, it was called the Lakeview Inn & before that, it was Minko’s Inn, when it was owned by another family, prior to Kay & Vic Campagna. The owner’s Kay & Vic lived upstairs, but it has since been sold (including recipes) to another family.

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first trip of the season

We headed up on a Monday evening and arrived around 6:30. Surprisingly, the restaurant wasn’t busy! And, we were able to seat ourselves. Out of all my visits, this has never happened. My husband ordered a Blue Moon, and I love there Raspberry Tea, so that’s what I got!

I love their wings. Just one regular order of mild. There mild is a little bit spicy, and I’d say it’s more like a medium. Terrance ordered coconut shrimp with Thai Chilli Dipping Sauce & Fried Scallops. Our friends ordered calamari. I’ve had the calamari before and it’s one of my favorites.

 

 

We ordered a large pizza, half pepperoni, bacon & sausage, half black olives. You gotta know I LOVE my olives. When our pizza came out, my husbands half only came out with pepperoni on it- our waitress was so kind to make him an entirely new pizza, free of charge. ♥
pizza + free = no one’s mad!

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Our friends got a classic cheese pizza, and the daily feature pizza. That night, it was “Sesame Thai Chicken Pizza.” I’ve never seen a pizza like this before! It had boneless wings tossed in their Thai Chili sauce on top of the pizza, topped with sesame seeds, all on a white-garlic pizza base. I didn’t try this pizza myself, but it was given an 8/10 score.

 

 

 

some things to know:

  • Kay’s does not take reservations & a lot of the times you do have to wait (totally worth it, I promise!) You can sit out on their porch and have a view of the beautiful Burden Lake!
  • I’d say the best days to go are Monday through Wednesday
  • They are open 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm Mon-Sat & 3:00 to 9:00 pm Sun
  • The parking lot gets full fast, you can park on the street, you may have to walk a bit!
  • Kay’s has plenty of other choices on their menu besides pizza (see below!)

 

 

 

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Have you ever been to Kay’s? What is your favorite pizza topping?

Till next time, T ♥

Pizza Style Avacado Toast with Balsamic Chicken & Roasted Asparagus

“my fresh twist on a typical avocado favorite”

Who doesn’t love Cheesecake Factory? Have you ever ordered their amazing avocado toast? I have and I absolutely love it. With warmer days finally, here, I wanted to make a spring/summer recipe.

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Of course, I had to put my own spin on the recipe! I don’t have to ask, everyone loves pizza! So instead of ciabatta buns or ordinary toast. I grabbed a pre-made pizza crust from Trader Joe’s. Perfecto! This recipe is perfect for a busy weeknight, there’s not much prep time, and you can get other tasks around the house finished while it is baking/cooking!

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  1. pre-made pizza crust (mine was labeled “Rustic Ciabatta Flatbread”)
  2. sweet onion (half)
  3. cherry tomatoes (about a handful)
  4. avocado (2)
  5. chicken (I used tenders because they’re easiest to cut)
  6. balsamic (I used “Glaze” from Trader Joe’s)
  7. cooking oil (I use avocado oil)
  8. plain greek yogurt (one spoonful)
  9. garlic powder
  10. pepper
  11. paprika 
  12. red pepper flakes (optional)

time to chop

Dice up chicken, onion (I like long strips), and cherry tomatoes in quarters. Having a sharp knife is super important, especially when slicing something fragile such as a tomato.

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turn the oven onto 350°

Bake the pizza crust alone. I’m sure all pizza crusts are different, but this one suggested 350° for 12 minutes. I brushed the top of the crust with avocado oil prior to baking. I baked the crust on a large greased baking sheet.

Warm up your cooking oil in a pan. Sautee the onions first. Once the onions are soft, throw in your diced chicken, and pour in a small amount of your balsamic glaze. Just enough to cover the chicken and onion. Sprinkle in some garlic powder & pepper to your liking. Keep the eye on medium heat.

While the chicken is cooking, it’s time to start our green-goodness. Slice and peel the avocados. Place the avocado halves in a small bowl to mix. Add the quartered cherry tomatoes.

I wanted to create a taste other than typical guacamole, so I didn’t add salt or garlic pepper to the avocado. Instead, I added some paprika, pepper and a small spoonful of plain greek yogurt, to make the mixture a little creamy. Smush and smash until it’s creamy goodness.

Once the chicken and onions are complete, turn off the stove top and pour them on top of the crust. Next, the yummies on top of the chicken and onion! I found it was easiest to spread with a flat spatula. I actually used a wooden salad server and spread. I chose to put the avocado mix on top so the chicken wouldn’t fall off, but you can try it either way!

time to dress!

drizzle the balsamic glaze on top of the pizza, cut into four, and you are ready to eat & enjoy!

Makes 4 servings.

I’m thinking of trying this recipe again, with seared steak! This recipe also could be made into a vegetarian style with grilled tofu!

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BONUS: my baked asparagus for our side! I also made a side dish, that was super quick! I love asparagus, you can cook it so many ways. Trim the ends, place them in a ceramic dish, drizzle with oil, then I tossed the asparagus in garlic paste. I love garlic paste because it has a creamy consistency, perfect for veggies. I added the rest of the chopped cherry tomatoes, and sprinkled with panko breadcrumbs, just to add a crunch! Bake for about 35 mins.

How do you like to eat avocado? Let me know!
Till next time, T ♥

 

DIY Floral Arrangement on a Budget

perfect for home, present on a budget, or just for fun!

Who doesn’t love a small bunch of flowers to brighten up their home? I know I sure do! Need a birthday present for a friend on a budget?

crazy plant lady

I absolutely love having flowers and plants lining the shelves and tables of my home. I’m big on plants. The greenery instantly brightens any style of home, they are usually easy maintenance, and… you don’t have to dust them!

mrs. flowers, litterally

But, today I wanted to add a floral arrangement to the center of our dining area table. I headed off to the best spot I could think of when it comes to a great selection of flowers – perfect for any DIY project… TRADER JOES!

If you haven’t been to Trader’s before, I sincerely mean this when I tell you that you’re missing out. Trader Joe’s is an affiliate of ALDI, another grocery store I love! Trader Joe’s is full of organic, natural, unique and convenient foods. Did I mention the amazing prices?

Trader Joe’s has an amazing floral section. I wanted to create a nice, bright arrangement so I was set out to look for some white/cream florals and greenery! My eyes drew quickly to the fluffy hydrangeas, my favorite flower. I had an abundance of hydrangeas at our wedding.

Tip for bride-to-be’s… use a ton of hydrangea! They come in an array of colors, fill an arrangement with just a handful of stems, and they’re priced very fairly!

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I picked up my bushel of hydrangeas ($6.99), found some greenery that I liked! I’m not sure the name of this kind but it was so cheap! ($2.99) The stems are sturdy, so I knew these would hold up my arrangement longer than something more fragile. Next, I needed to add a second element to my simple design. I found some off-white spray roses.  I liked these because I’d say they are almost a dusty-rose color! ($4.99) So cute!

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All you need is a pair of heavy-duty scissors (I used regular kitchen scissors) any type of vase. Remember to use a large-sized/ standard vase and nothing smaller or else you’ll be cutting off too much of your flower’s stem to fit the vase. I used a classic mason jar. OPTIONAL: add stones, pebbles, rocks, etc… Add these in first. I chose to add some large stones. I set the vase on its side so the rocks would not break it. I left a space in the middle so I could place the center of my arrangement there to have a little extra support.

Start by filling your vase with the biggest flower, whatever flower is going to take up the most room, for me, hydrangea. Separate your greenery (if applicable) I added my greenery next. Use the taller stems, or whatever is best to fit your vase. Randomly add in your secondary flower. I scattered the spray roses.

 

 

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flower food

 

The flowers should come with flower food. This entire packet is usually mixed with a pint or 2 cups of water. I mixed up the food in my little waterer and poured the entire contents into the vase. If you receive more than one flower food, save the packets for when you change the water in a couple days! Changing the water and trimming dead ends on stems and flowers will help them to last longer!

Simple and easy!

 

What are your favorite flowers? Comment below!

Till next time, T ♥