December 23, 2009

Johnny Garlics Roseville

The other day the girls presented us with this....

Really? DO we need it???
Well, we decided a date night wasn't that bad of an idea. So we headed to Roseville. I talked about Mikuni right around Lincoln....and plugged it into the GPS. BUT all of the sudden I turned down a different street and headed to Johnny Garlics.

Jesses Reaction....

We started off with Roasted Duck Taquitos..yum.
No picture...sorry. Trust us they're good!!!

Jesse had the American Kobe Flank....which was Peppered Wagyu Flank Steak, Yukon Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Crispy Spinach & Fresh Braised Carrots.

I had the Hunters Creation of the day. That night it was Pistachio & Garlic crusted lamb chops. They were served with Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Butternut Squash puree & fried squash pieces.

We switched half way through the meal....and Jesse has officially fallen in love with lamb.

Then we shared Mint Pie which had an oreo crust, mint chip ice cream, Junior Mints, more Oreo cookies & then topped with whipped cream and hot fudge.

We highly recommend Johnny Garlics. It is family friendly...but pricey. Although the kids meals listed online look reasonably priced.

November 18, 2009

Carriage Restaurant @ Manti House Inn B&B

Going to be in Manti Utah? Not sure why you would be, but just in case...check out The Carriage Restaurant at the Historic Manti House Inn B&B.

My hubby and I both had the same thing for we HIGHLY recommend the Chicken Fried Steak. It was crunchy on the outside, but melted in your mouth. The dinner salad with blue cheese dressing was good too. I asked for the recipe for their foccacia bread, but they refused to share was AMAZING. The cook is the owner...the server was weird, but cute.

Outside...its directly across the street from the Manti Temple!

Inside the dining room....

November 14, 2009

Moochies Salt Lake City

In the mood for an amazing cheesesteak or meatball sandwich?
Are you within a 30 minute drive of Salt Lake City?

Head to Moochies Meatballs & More!!!

Be prepared cause it sneaks up on ya!!! Its in a residential area. Oh and its also a pottery shop!
They have a decent menu...but to be honest be ready to tell them the following:
6" or 12", cheesesteak or meatballs, with or without onions, add mushrooms or peppers.
Cheesesteaks are made with american cheese instead of traditional Philly Whiz.

Another Diners, Drive Ins & Dives location!!!

Jesse had a 6" Cheesesteak, No Onions.
Plus an amazing Vanilla Creme soda!

I had a 6" cheesesteak with onions, plus peppers and mushrooms.
I also had a cherry vanilla soda! Yum!!!

It was AMAZING. I wanted to go back again SO bad. They are sorta pricey...2 6" sandwiches, my 2 add ons, 2 good bottled sodas...ran us $17

October 30, 2009

Mimi's Chicken & Biscuits

This is a VERY rough recipe..."rough" as in lack of measured ingredients.
This is an easy, classic recipe!!!

3-4 chicken breasts boiled & chopped (If I'm feeling cheap I use boneless, skinless thighs...ooh.)
potatoes, canned or diced fresh & slightly undercooked
small bag of frozen peas
small bag of frozen carrots
depending on your taste either diced onions or a bag of frozen pearl onions (I add the diced to the chicken while cooking...or the frozen with the veggies.)

  • Make a creamy sauce of: juice/broth from chicken, chicken bouillon (if necessary), roux (equal parts butter & flour sauteed), herbs de Provence (French herbs....but Italian will work).
  • Add chicken, potatoes & (frozen) veggies to ample sauce. 
  • Place into a 9x13 pan. (typically makes 2 pans)
  • Top with biscuits & bake till bubbly...and biscuits are done.
  • Make extra biscuits!!! You'll want to serve them with honey on the side.

Mimi's Buttermilk Biscuits

2 c. AP flour
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. baking soda

1/3 c. shortening (mimi uses canola or vegetable oil...NOT butter, crisco, lard or anything else)
2/3-3/4 c. buttermilk

Sift all dry ingredients together.
Add wet ingredients.
(Buttermilk amount varies based on humidity. Do no let them be goopey.)
Knead very little.
Flour your counter and dump mix onto counter.
Roll out and cut using a glass, biscuit cutter or knife.

Bake on ungreased cookie sheet @ 450 for 12-15 min.
Makes about 16

Sally's Ranch Cookies

Be prepared ladies. This makes A TON of cookies!!! My mimi says 16 DOZEN..but I make them a bit bigger so I get less. But still a ton.

2 c. shortening
2 c. white sugar
2 c. brown sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
4 T water
4 c. flour
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
4 c. quick oats
4 c. rice krispies
1 c chopped walnuts

Cream the shortening.
Add sugars.
Add eggs & vanilla.
Beat Well!!!
Add water.
Sift flour, baking soda, baking powder & salt together.
Mix sifted ingredients with wet ingredients.
Fold in oats, krispies & nuts.

Spoon onto baking sheets.
Bake @ 350 for 10-15 min
Makes 16 Doz.

September 25, 2009

Reheating Carbonara Tip

IF you manage to have leftover Carbonara then you will need this helpful trip to reheating.

We had about 2 decent adult sized servings left in a medium sized bowl....covered with plastic wrap. Carbonara dries out sorta quick....but can easily recover with this trick. I recommend a bowl verses tupperware for this.

Peel back plastic wrap from part of the bowl and add a splash of fresh heavy whipping cream...for 2 servings we used about 1/8 cup. RECOVER with the plastic wrap. Don't worry about mixing yet. Place in microwave for ample heating time...ours took about 5-6 minutes. The plastic wrap seals the bowl, the heat and cream creates steaming creamy goodness. Mix in the bowl and dump onto a big plate....share with spouse. Be nice and share!!!

Trust us this needs the added moisture for reheating.....and don't try to add water or some crud like 2% milk...thats nasty.

September 24, 2009

Jamie's Broadway Grille

Jesse and I have talked many a time about trying out a few of the restaurants from Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives on Food Network. We live relatively close to the ones in Sacramento and considering our drop of a hat day-trips, we have gotten close to lots of others in Nor California too. We actually discussed this subject with our friends Joe & Kiar recently. Maybe a Triple D trip. Anyways we are pretty big Guy Fieri fans so its easy to want to try the things he says are good.

Last week we had the opportunity to go try out Jamies Broadway Grille in Sacramento.

Its an interesting location. Its directly across from News 10 on Broadway if that helps. It got all of 5-6 parking spots directly out front and then its all street parking. THERE IS NO SIGN OUT FRONT!!! I repeat THERE IS NO SIGN OUT FRONT!!! SOOOO, You must look for the green canopy with the street number. Thats the only way to find it. Oh and it looks like a bar.
Ok technically IT IS a bar. When you walk in the front doors its a bar on the right side...and you have to walk through the bar and turn left to get into the "grille".
On the front the proof Guys been there:
Its amazing. Forgive me for not taking pictures. Its slightly dark inside and it was PACKED. I'm a polite foodie and don't take pictures of everything I eat.
I had a Garlic Steak Sandwich, made with Filet Mignon. Jesse had the Prime Rib Dip. Both of us picked green salads with blue cheese dressing as our side of choice.
The garlic steak sandwich was served on the 2 most adorable baby french rolls ever and had amazing flavor. It was garlic, bread & steak. I like simple. I added a smear of mayo and it was to-die-for. There was also a big slice of a beefy tomato on the plate. I sprinkled it with salt and pepper and ate it alone. Yum!

The prime rib dip was served on a larger roll. It was huge! The prime rib is SMOKED in house and sliced to order. It was served with the most amazing homemade Au Jus to dip it into. Nothing else. Super simple, super good.

The salads were served in tiny bowls on the side with homemade blue cheese dressing and fresh sliced cucumbers. A sprinkle of pepper made them heavenly.

Jesse and I both had root beer to drink. Bottles of Henry Weinhards draft root beer. Totally worth the price.

We recommend it. Highly. Its not cheap but its not too horrible either. Its worth it. Oh we would also mention that its not very family. There wasn't a single person under the age of 21 the entire time were were there. Although I'd assume you can order ahead and pick it up and take it to a nearby park if you wanted to have a family outting.

Oh and be aware....
This is the only sign there is...its on the side of the building in a locked parking lot which doesn't belong to them. If you are driving East to West you'll see it, if won't.
Can you see the sign?

September 22, 2009

Spaghetti Carbonara

  • 1 box of spaghetti
  • 1 small bag of frozen peas (no its not traditional...but this becomes an all in one dish around here)
  • 3-4 Tbl minced garlic
  • 1 lb bacon (cut in pieces)
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  • Parmesan Cheese
  1. Bring noodles to a boil, add peas.
  2. Cook pasta till al dente. (This isn't as good with over cooked pasta!)
  3. Fry bacon pieces to almost done.
  4. Add Garlic and finish bacon.
  5. Pull bacon out of oil, but keep oil in the pan.
  6. Mix eggs with a splash of cream.
  7. Scramble eggs in bacon oil.
  8. Drain pasta, but leave a small amount of pasta water in the pot.
  9. Put pasta, peas, bacon, garlic, eggs, etc back into pot.
  10. Add the remaining cream and heat thru.
  11. Put onto large serving dish.
  12. Top with shaved parmesan cheese.

This is a VERY filling dish. This can feed 8...but sometimes it only feeds 4 very hungry pasta eatters. Lets be honest its addictive. We serve this alone, but if you add a salad it'll stretch even farther. This is MY kind of comfort food.
Heres a Brooklyn size portion:

September 12, 2009

Pizza Pasta Bake

  • 1 bag dry pasta (i prefer orecchiette, penne...or something similar that will hold up well)
  • 1 bag of small pepperoni (cut the rounds in half)
  • 1lb ground beef or ground sausage
  • 1 onion (chopped large)
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1 can tomatoes in their juice (crush with your hands as you add them)
  • 1 can black olives (keep whole)
  • garlic powder
  • italian seasoning
  • CHEESE!!! (mozarella and cheddar)
  • can also add bell peppers to make "supreme pizza"
Bring pasta to a boil, but cook to just under done. The pasta should still be slightly chewy. Drain & put into a 9x13 casserole. Drain olives and put in with pasta.
Brown beef, onion & pepperoni too. Do not drain fat. (saute bell peppers w/meat if using them)
To meat, add tomato sauce & tomatoes as well as garlic powder & italian seasoning to taste. (I use about 1Tb of garlic powder & 2Tb of Italian Seasoning.) Mix all together well, heat to bubbly.
Pour meat sauce over pasta & olives and mix well.
COVER top with cheese.
Bake @ 400 for 20-25 mins. Top should be well browned.
Add a few more sprinkles of cheese, let stand for 10-15 mins.
Serve with a green salad.
This will serve 10-12 people.

August 15, 2009

Garden Fresh BLT's....sorta

  • 4 individual chiabatta rolls (walmart bakery)
  • 1lb Bacon (baked in the convection oven @ 350 for 15-20 mins)
  • 3 home grown tomatoes sliced
  • 2 avocados sliced
  • mayo (on one side of chibatta only)
  • mustard (for jesse)
  • fresh basil leaves
These were so freaking good its ridiculous! I'm the only one who put basil on theirs, but it was amazing. I don't feel lettuce is necessary with the additional avocado....but the basil added a fresh little bite of yumminess.

May 25, 2009

CM's Famous French Toast Batter

I say its famous because its the only recipe I'll use. Today I used it for our ward Memorial Day breakfast. Its what I cook at home....and what I used to cook at work. The recipe originated in the somewhat famous smaller restaurant I worked at in Chico.

This is a 1/2 batch.

5 eggs
1 1/4 c. whole milk
1/4 c. heavy whipping cream
1/2 t. cinnamon
1/4 t. fresh grated nutmeg
1 T honey
2 T brown sugar
zest of 1/2 an orange
juice of 1/2 an orange

Blend all together and let sit overnight.
In the morning make your french toast, using rhick Texas Toast style bread.

Top with berries or whipped cream or butter and powdered sugar....or a squeeze of lemon juice. Yum!

March 22, 2009

Werewolf Kibble

(AKA: Muddy Buddies or Monkey Munch)

7 cups Rice CHEX cereal
2 cups Cocoa Puffs cereal
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Measure cereals into a large bowl and set aside.

In a 1-qt microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips, peanut butter & butter uncovered on high for 1-2 minutes. Stir. Microwave about 30 seconds longer or until mixture can be stirred smooth. Stir in vanilla.

Pour mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated. Pour into a 2-gallon resealable ziplock baggie.

Add powdered sugar to bag. Seal bag, shake until well coated. Spread on waxed paper to cool. Store in an airtight container in fridge.

(Or bag this into small cellophane bags labeled "werewolf kibble")

RECIPE NOTE: The original recipe calls for 9 cups of rice Chex. I add cocoa puffs to make this look more like dog kibble. Just make sure you have 9 total cups of cereal no matter what type you use.)

March 7, 2009

strawberry cake

1 box of super moist white cake mix
1 (3oz) box of strawberry jello
2 cups of strawberry puree (made by blending defrosted strawberries in syrup/with sugar found in freezer section)
4 large eggs
1/2 c vegetable oil
1/4 c water

Preheat oven to 350 (or 325 if using a convection oven)
Mix all ingredients together until smooth
Pour into 2 greased 9in cake pans (or cupcake pans)
Bake until toothpick inserted comes out clean...apprx 25-50 mins for cakes or 18-20 mins for cupcakes.
Cool completely.
Remove from pans.
Frost with strawberry cream cheese frosting or another frosting of your choice.

strawberry cream cheese frosting

1/4 c butter
8oz cream cheese
1/4 c. frozen strawberries in syrup/with sugar (blended to make 1/4 c of puree)
1/2 tsp strawberry extract
7 c. confectioners sugar

Beat butter and cream cheese until smooth.
Add strawberry puree and strawberry extract.
Beat together until incorporated.
Gradually add confectioners sugar beating until smooth.

Amazing on white cake or my wonderful strawberry cake or cupcakes

super simple cream cheese frosting

1lb cream cheese (2 boxes)
2 sticks of butter
1tsp vanilla extract
4c sifted powdered sugar

Beat butter and cream cheese together until creamy.
Add vanilla and beat some more.
Add sugar one cup at a time, beating slowly to incorporate.
Increase speed to high and whip until light and fluffy.

Good on red velvet, carrot cake or even devils food. Yum!

PS: I am not a fan of cream cheese icing and this stuff I'll even eat.

January 20, 2009

Twixy Nana Muffins

3-4 bananas
1 egg
1/3 c. oil
3/4 c. sugar
1 t. baking soda
1 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1 1/2 c. flour
12 mini twix bars (or 3 sticks/1.5 packages of full size)

Preheat oven to 350.
Combine wet ingredients in mixer.
Add dry ingredients.
Toss in tiny twix bars one by one.
Mixer will break them into pieces. (If using a large powerful Kitchen-Aid. If not pre-crumble them.)
Place muffin lines into muffin tin AND spray with non-stick spray.
Fill muffin tins FULL.
Makes 12-14 big muffins.
Bake 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
Cool 5 minutes before removing from pan.