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.