Thursday, July 30, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Funny thing happened at Kroger. They were out of corn. Yep, out. It was like a grocery store being out of bananas or something. Since I had people coming over and no time to hit another store, I had to improvise. I bought frozen corn. Turn your nose back down please as it was delicious and easier to eat than the cob variety anyway. Here we go:
- Place 1 lb of frozen corn with some butter in an aluminum pan and grill on high. Tossing occasionally to get a nice even char.
- Toward the end, before you're about to take it off the grill, squeeze the juice of a whole lime on the corn and give it several shakes of hot sauce. Toss some more.
- Take off the heat, let cool slightly, and add 4 oz. of crumbled feta cheese.
This may not sound like much and even the way I describe it may not sound that good, but trust me here, this was heaven on a spoon. It was like "hot" cheese popcorn without the aggravation of kernels getting stuck in your teeth. Try this, I know you will like it.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Has anyone tried those new wristband or Off "clips?" In theory, I like the concept as bug-spray is gross & sticky and Skin So Soft only serves as an Appetizer for bugs when I apply it. If the wrist band works, my friend and I joked about using on both arms, both ankles, neck, etc. I'm going to try one. I'll report back.
We capped it off with some smore's. I've been jonesing for some smore's lately. Here's a hint about the graham crackers. I didn't buy the "Honey Maid" variety b/c I figure the marshmallows alone had enough chemicals to preserve me for a while (blue dye? why?), so I opted for an "all natural" blend. The brand was called Mi-Del (strange I know). Now, by themselves these grahams are well, not so sweet (that's what happens when things are sweetened "naturally") and they were super crunchy (which also happens when hydrogenated oils are absent), more like a cookie texture than a cracker. But you know what? For the smore's they were absolute perfection. Not being so sweet made the marshmallow goo and the melty chocolate sing. And the texture of this graham didn't fall apart when you bit into it. It kept in a nice, tidy dessert sandwich shape. These really hit the spot to ease that craving...and better than I remember as a kid.
A vegetarian "puttanesca" sauce and my pizza there. Yum.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
His class, facilitated through the University of Memphis Continuing Education did not disappoint. Several recipes were grilled, but my favorites were the Grilled Veggie Quesadilla, the pizza (OMG) and grilled fruit on skewers. There is something sensational about grilled pineapple and bananas.
So this next weekend, I will attempt to make a pizza on the grill—the dough and everything! I will let you know how it turns out.
The not so chubby instructor feeling the dough…
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
But he did take to “fishing.” You can “fish” in the Mississippi River replica with these cute little magnetic poles and fish. This occupied at least 30 minutes.
One thing I can always count on is my child’s adoration of cupcakes. Afterward, we did lunch at Muddy’s Bake Shop and you’ve never seen a happier or obedient child when set before his presence is an icing abundant chocolate cupcake. There is something so incredibly rewarding about seeing a child eat with pure glee. Like mother, like son.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
I must tell you about our dinner we had a famous local steakhouse, called Moishe’s. Before I start, keep in mind there were only two of us. Not 20. This is an important point.
Before the meal, you get this plethora of complimentary items. They bring out this platter of pickles. Yes platter. Those big kind that you get at the fair. They must have a Costco membership as I believe they opened the whole jar on a plate. And with that they brought the equivalent of a pint of cole slaw in a vinaigrette dressing. The bread basket contained a whole baguette and the equivalent to a loaf of rye. This wastefulness of food was at the same time sad and funny. Sad that 80% of it would go in the garbage—why are we so wasteful in North America? And funny in that, I don’t know how many pickles & cole slaw they think a person would actually eat. Four pickles would have seemed generous “for two” but a whole platter of them? Please.
Then we ordered Potato Pancakes as an appetizer—some sort of fried potato is everywhere in this town--and they brought 6 of them and they were about 6 inches in diameter. Good grief! (P.S. Delicious.) Then of course, it’s time for the steaks…and of course, the smallest you could get was around 16 oz.
The funny thing is, this place is also famous for desserts and I’m a dessert person. But at the end, who could even think dessert? Not even me and Lord knows that’s rare. So we missed that experience altogether. We should have paced ourselves with the pickles I guess.
Was it good? Yes, it was. But my lesson learned is one my friend suggested—when at a new restaurant you’ve never been--perhaps wait to order the entre until after the appetizers come. Now that’s a good idea and an economical one at that.