Sunday, August 22, 2010
I liked the chicken it was like 1 big chicken nugget but had creole seasoning to give it a little kick depending on your level of heat. But I hated the mushroom sauce that went along with it the mushrooms gave of a poop smell which turned me off right away. The Caesar salad was good the dressing needed more Parmesan it was a little to acidic and earthy but that's cause we had half the amount of cheese in it so I now why I didn't taste as good. Lastly the bacon mushrooms were delicious they were earthy sweet and Bacon!!! Loved it.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Fine dining at it's best. This was a great meal. Maybe one of our top 3.
Here is the breakdown.
We had Delmonico House Salad, and Roasted Garlic Smashed Potatoes, and Steak Diane.
I loved the potatoes and they were easy. Here is the recipe:
Cook 2 pounds of red potatoes for 16-20 minutes.
Roast 1 head of garlic in the oven. Smash up the roasted garlic and add to the potatoes and then smash that all up. Don't get rid of the chunks.
Add 6 TBLS of melted butter and 1 cup of cream.
Add 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper.
We really enjoyed this one. It was fast, and it was good. Carl did a great job with the Steak Diane. He made the sauce to perfection. The meat was tender and tasty.
This was my favorite meal I loved the steak it was soft delicious and the sauce was fantastic it was a brandy sauce which we did go to the liquor store to buy! Very new experience for the both of us. The potatoes were very good except they made are house stench of garlic. The salad had a fantastic dressing it had mustard tartness plus a suttle sweetness.
Friday, June 11, 2010
Ribs we OK really expected more but we didn't have the exact ribs they called for we had back ribs and the called for beef spare ribs but that OK. The potato salad was good there was alot of relish but I loved the rice....oh it was so simple but had an incredible flavor like no other. The time was the most part...wait noooo the thyme! haha.
Ribs. Wow they were good. We enjoyed the beef spare ribs. We had about 10 pounds of ribs. We put 2 cups of Neely's BBQ seasoning on it overnight. We also then cooked them for about 3 hours on indirect heat. They were tasty. I loved the potato salad. I always like potato salad.
The best was the rice. Here is the recipe. Sorry we didn't get a picture.
Gina's Perfect Rice
Melt 2 TBLSP of butter in a pan with a cut up onion.
Add 1.5 cups of long grain rice.
Add .5 teaspoon of salt and pepper.
Add 2.5 cups of chicken stock.
Add 2 sprigs of fresh thyme and 2 bay leaves.
Add 1 garlic clove smashed.
Cook to boiling and then cover and simmer for 16 minutes.
Add 1 TBLSP of chopped parsley to finish.
I love rice and this recipe was excellent. Give it a try.
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Cooking at the cottage was an experience. We were clean the pots and pans before we cooked because of the bees that were all over the place (died of course). The burgers were good they had a mustard sauce that was just Dijon mustard and mayo with a pinch of Cayenne peppa (thats how the Neely's say it). Lastly we had nachos with a little green Chile queso and BBQ pico degalo. We had butterscoth Sundays planned but we had them later on in the week.
I really liked the burgers. We put a little chopped onion in the burger as well as a little grilled red onion on top. Carl made a great mustard sauce for the burger. We enjoyed a big plateful of Nachos too. It was just Linda, Carl and I eating the dinner at the cottage. We had some left over nachos and I decided that I wanted them for later. Both Linda and Carl have given me grief for doing this. However, I really liked the leftovers a couple of days later.
Sunday, May 30, 2010
The best meal we have had yet the juicy pig butt was amazing. Actual it is called butt but it is actually a shoulder, Carl's little fun fact of the day. But we cooked it for about an hour and then we lathered it up with the sauce i made for hours.....it was defiantly summer BBQ time. Me and Jamie made 2 gallons of BBQ sauce.....yeah 2 GALLONS! We brought up Kelly's college mini fridge to store it. We also made cole slaw that was a topping for the pulled pork. Also we made lime-lemonade. And lastly we made baked beans that were good but not stellar.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
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Saturday, April 17, 2010
Good and better the Skirt steak had a good flavor but it was a bit dry for my liking. The soup was the fav and everybody wanted more it was sweet, salty, spicy, umami... You get the picture. Lastly we had deconstructed guacamole that everybody was unsure of but I loved it. To let you in on the DL deconstruction of food it take the recipe apart and putting it back together again in a new form that is more creative ands ingredient or a new way of eatin it.
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Week 22 Chive Risotto Cakes, Wild Mushroom Risotto, Parmesan Roasted Broccoli and Fresh Lemon Mousse
Ohhhhhhhh sooo gooood was one of our best meals Delicious savory, sweet, tart! We had risotto cakes which were good cheesy and crunchy. Also we had mushroom risotto which was Omani (earthy 5 flavor other than bitter, sweet, salty, and I think sour I don't know fo sho). Next we had Parmesan roasted broccoli many liked it, i thought it had a scruppcious taste. Lastly we had lemon mousse that was tart and delicious! cant wait till next week RACHEL RAY...were putting on a 30 minute timer to test.
Tonight was good. Each item turned out really well. We had four items because it was spring break and we had a little extra time. We had a couple of guests over. Kelly has only been at one other dinner. I don't know if Daniel is really a guest anymore because he is a regular. We also had Nikki Fondell over. Be sure to check out her blog. It is good stuff. My favorite was the wild mushroom risotto. I loved the shitake mushroom mix. It was too much work to make so we did not include it in the blog this week. Another favorite was the chive risotto cakes. The recipe is included below. The broccoli was especially easy. I would definitely recommend that.
Liz gave us a comment saying we need to put the actual recipe's in the blog. Here you go Liz.
Parmesan Broccoli Cut 2 pounds of broccoli and place on a greased tray. Put 2 T of Olive Oil over the top with 2 garlic cloves finely sliced with a little pepper and salt on top. Cook for 30 minutes at 425. After it comes out put 1 T of Olive oil and 1 tsp of lemon zest with 1.5 T of pine nuts, 1 T of lemon juice, and 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese. Mix and serve
Risotto Cakes: Cook 1 cup of Arborio rice in 4 Qrts of water for 20 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water. Add 1.5 cups of shredded Fontina cheese 1/2 cup of Greek yogurt, 2 eggs, 1 tsp of salt, 1/2 tsp of pepper and 3 T of minced chives. Let it chill for 2 hours. Then make 7-9 round cakes and put them in corn flake crumbs. Then fry them in olive oil for 4-5 minutes on each side. They are tasty. Nikki tried putting lemon juice on the top of them and she thought it really tasted good.
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Sunday, March 28, 2010
White Wine........ A lot of white wine in almost every meal in the potato soup with was all that great in the raspberry gratins that look amazing but I messed up the sauce that was supposed to be like a whipped cream but was a soup made from yolks, sugar, and white wine of coarse. the best was the vegetables that were fennel, fingerling potatoes, green beans, asparagus. the best thing on the menu. Next week is our last week of Ina Garten. Cant wait Nikki and Kelly and Dan are all comin!