Sunday, June 28, 2009
My dad was... well still is.... a big fan of ice cream. Coffee is by far his favorite and its definitely in the top three of mine. BD is also a huge ice cream fan and you know what they say about little girls ending up with men like their fathers....
At this moment, it is safe to say I have four different kinds on ice cream in the freezer. Cookie dough, fudge brownie, caramel cone and lastly good ole strawberry. We also have leftover Carvel Ice Cream cake.
The strawberry is the newest addition to our little ice cream collection. The other night BD mentioned something about gummy bears and all of a sudden I had this craving: Gummy Bears on Strawberry Ice Cream. I probably hadn't it since I was a teenager and boy was it good.
If you've never tried gummy bears as a topping for ice cream, I strongly suggest you do. Best bet is to go with a fruity ice cream...chocolate doesn't take well to gummy bears.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
While the chicken was waiting, I grilled my eggplant. Mid way through the grilling process I rotated each slice so I would get some nice grill marks on them. Once they cooled down a little I sliced them into fourths.
When the cheese and butter had melted we placed the mesclun (mesclun is a mix of baby greens including lettuces, arugula, spinach, radicchio and various others -it depends on the brand) on the buttered side and the roasted red peppers and eggplants on the other.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
menu that did not have seafood at all. Granted we were in a "Fish Market" but I agree a little more variety would have been nice.
The shrimp were much larger than I anticipated. They were cooked perfectly (nothing worse than overcooked shrimp... ok well maybe there is but its still pretty bad) and very tasty. The VooDoo BBQ sauce was tangy and sweet and had a little bit of kick in the aftertaste. BD thought it was too "tomato-y" but I didn't think so. The sticky rice was also well done and perfect for sopping up some of the remaining sauce.
Monday, June 22, 2009
One of our food staples is frozen Philly steak meat. I'd never had it before and honestly was a little grossed out by it when BD wanted to buy some. Then a couple of years ago on X-mas Eve he made a couple for us before we went out. I was pretty shocked at how quick and yummy it was.
Philly Cheese steaks - A fast and loose recipe!
- Sliced Onion
- Sliced green, red, yellow (whatever color!) bell pepper
- Sliced Mushrooms
- Philly Meat (or left over steak sliced really thin)
- Garlic - powder or minced
- Cheese! I used Provolone and American
1- Slice your veggies and saute in a little EVOO or butter till tender. Remove from pan and set aside.
2- *Some brands want the meat thawed and others don't so be sure to check for that.* Throw it in the pan, sprinkle with S&P and garlic to taste. Cook until thoroughly done.
3- Throw veggies back in the pan and toss together.
4- Place mixture on bread and top with cheese. (as much or as little as you want)
5- Throw under a broiler until cheese is melty.
Parmesan Tater Tots
*This is sooooo easy and makes tater tots even better than they already are.
- Frozen Tater Tots
- Parmesan Cheese - grated
- Garlic and Onion powder
1- Take tots and place on a sheet pan.
2- Lightly coat in melted butter or EVOO
3- Sprinkle salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder to taste.
4- Bake according to package.
5- When done sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and toss to coat.
What I like about this meal is that even though its not fancy, hard or takes a lot of time - it still have a homemade quality to it. Plus its great comfort food.
While I was at the grocery store picking up a few things I needed for dinner that night I wandered into the bakery. BAD IDEA. I came across these Brownie Cookies. Soft cookies with walnuts and chunks of white chocolate in them. Sooooo good. And with a cold glass of milk I was in heaven.
I made DB hide the other two from me so I wouldn't eat them too!
Saturday, June 20, 2009
BD - My boyfriend and fellow cook and "photographer".
HD - roommate and brother of BD, taste tester and dishwasher.
S&P - Salt and Pepper
EVOO - Extra Virgin Olive Oil (I know, rip off of Rachael Ray but I don't feel like typing the whole thing out every time.
Friday, June 12, 2009
The Oysters Rockefeller are equally as delicious. Oysters baked with spinach and a creole brandy sauce on top - simply divine. And to be truthful... I don't even like Oysters.
I also love, love, love the presentation for this dish. Its fun and trendy but it really does make the oysters stand out.
To my dear friend, JD - Thank you for being a mentor and confident in my life. I look forward to many more rendezvous, margaritas and food for the soul. And thank you for a great evening.
3. Drain potatoes and then place back in the hot pot for a few minutes.
4. Add two tablespoons of butter and using a masher - mash potatoes until most of the chunks are gone. **I do this first because its then easier to whip them and you don't have potato flying across the kitchen - true story.
5. Add about 1/3 of the cream and using a hand mixer (or beater you might call it) start to whip the potatoes. Slowly add more cream and butter until you get your desire consistency.
6. Add S&P to taste.
My thoughts on this dish: Its pretty standard and really simple but it comes out tasty. I prefer to use buttermilk instead of heavy cream but DB hates buttermilk.
*Queen's Pizza also has two other locations: Palm Harbor and Tarpon Springs.
I already knew what we would be having but I took a peek at the menu anyway. I know I should probably try some of their other menu items but when I come here - I come for Pizza! Its a pretty standard Italian menu with Pizza, Subs, Pasta and apps.
Shortly after being sat the waitress came to take our order. We ordered the Queen's Special: Pepperoni, Sausage, Hamburg, Ham, Onions, Green Peppers and Mushrooms. However, we 86'd the Ham and asked for extra cheese. DB ordered some AmberBock and I did the same. I am by no means a beer drinker and AmberBock is one of three beers that I will actually enjoy on a rare occasion. This happened to be one of them because for some reason a beer sounded really tasty right then. (Queens is wine and beer only)
The beer was ice cold and served in a frosty mug which made my day. When I do drink beer it needs to be ice cold for me to enjoy it. I made a comment to BD how good it tasted and he explained that its because I just got off work and "the harder you work, the better the beer tastes". I kinda liked that little saying.
One thing about Queens that you should know is that it will take at least 25 minutes for your pizza to be ready. They don't rush the cooking process and that is perfectly okay with me.
25 minutes later......
The picture really doesn't do this justice. We ordered a Medium or 14" pizza.
The first thing I love about Queen's Pizza is that if you ask for extra cheese - they make sure you get it. I feel that the cheese on any pizza can make it or break it. Skimpy topping, icky sauce, whatever can all be forgiven if the cheese is good and plentiful.
The crust is also very good here. Crisp and thin enough on the bottom so that it doesn't feel like you are eating a breadstick but thick enough so its not like a thin crust pizza. The edge is also that perfect balance of being firm an not flimsy but not as hard as a rock. The crust is also light and airy.
Cons: I personally would have liked a little more hamburger. Hamburger is a topping rarely seen on a menu in FL but in CT - its everywhere. One of those small things I miss from back home. I don't need or want my pizza to be overloaded (that would distract from the cheese of course) but in the two slices I had I could only taste it once. Also, while everything else on the pizza is very fresh the mushrooms seem to be either canned or sauteed prior to being placed on the pizza. Some people don't like the earthy taste the mushrooms have when they are fresh like that (DB doesn't) I however do.
Pros: Obviously as mentioned above - the cheese! Also, they put just the right amount of sauce on the pizza. I hate it when a pizza has too much sauce, the cheese slides right off= fail. The sauce also has a good flavor - not too sweet or acidic. One thing that really impresses me about QP is they very finely shave the green peppers and onions. This ensure they don't overpower the pizza and cook thoroughly while in the oven.
BD and I eat had two slices and were stuffed. We only ate half and now I have two slices of my own waiting for me at home for dinner tonight and I can barely concentrate at work now. I can't wait for 5 0'clock!
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
I love Google - it almost never fails me.
Here is what I learned: (In a very short and sweet version)
Hamburgers are said to come from Hamburg, Germany. Eventually the Germans made their way here, bringing hamburger steak with them which soon lead to making a sandwich of the meal. Wow, simple and logical. Who knew?
BD said when he was little he thought they were called HANDBURGERS because you ate them with your hand. Too cute.
- Two handfuls of fresh baby spinach
- Salt and Pepper to taste
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Today, I finally caved into my weakness of Junk Food and the pop can of Pillsbury Cinabon Cinnamon Rolls in the fridge. Man.... these things are dangerous. I have a great recipe for cinnamon rolls but when your lazy and in a sleepy daze...these things will fill in nicely.
I popped the can, (I secretly love popping it by smacking it on the edge of the counter) sprayed some cooking spray (butter flavored of course) on the cookie sheet and threw them in. This is what I sometimes call "fake-out baking" when you just throw what ever you want on a cookie sheet and into the fire. Nothing wrong with it but baking is usually a LOT more labor intensive than that.
Now the house smells like a cinnamon wonderland and all of a sudden I am thinking about snow falling and Christmas lights....Its 88 degrees today! So my cinnamon rolls are "baking" and I've got a nice glass of milk chilling in the freezer. I think there are few drinks that satisfy me more than a nice glass of really cold milk.
All I need to do is frost those babies down with icing after they come out of the oven and life will be simply divine for the 2.3 minutes it will take me to devour one.
5 minutes later.....
Call me crazy but these are better than I remember. I can't figure out if its because I haven't had them in about 6 or 7 years or because I really wanted a cinnamon roll. They puffed up nicely and the middle was soft, gooey and sticky just as it should be. I've got cinnamon and sugar all over my fingers....mmmmm.Now its time for a Red Bull and some homework.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009