Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
Thursday, June 17, 2010
I ordered a cup of their Corn Chowder with Lump Crab Meat and shared a couple bites with Jake. So yummy! I thought at the time that I would try to make it back there for lunch sometime just to get the soup, but that hasn’t happened yet. Anyone interested?! For the main course, I had the Imperial Longfin tilapia. I believe it’s a Bonefish favorite, and it’s definitely one of mine! Pretty rich and flavorful. The side dishes it came with were truly tasty, too. Jake had a daily special, which was swordfish, I believe, and he loved it. It was hard not to go back for every special occasion since, but as I’ve stated before, we do like to try new places too. And we still have our other favorites as well. I sure hope we can get back there soon, though.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
Friday, June 11, 2010
1. Homemade Vanilla. Nothing will ever, ever beat this. Hands down. And don’t mess with it & put toppings or other flavorings in it when you’re making it. (This means you & your short-lived eggnog ice cream adventure, Dad!)
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Monday, June 7, 2010
I’m picky about my chicken pot pie, especially the crust on top. Because of my bread issue, I don’t love Bisquick. And so many people make a Bisquick crust for their pot pie. A pie crust is okay, though even that can sometimes be too “bready” for me. (I’ve been known to eat the filling out of pies with a regular pie crust and leave the crust. I’m supremely partial to a pie with a graham crack crust!) My sister-in-law was the first to introduce me to a cornbread topping for the crust on a pot pie, which I’m forever grateful for. Cornbread does not fall under the category of “bread” for me, as it is entirely different in taste & texture. And as far as cornbreads go, I love the sweet kind, like Famous Dave’s corn muffins. Yum.
My chicken pot pie, however, has a ‘flaky layers’ biscuit topping. I like these biscuits over buttermilk, which have a much more “bready” texture. I got my recipe from a friend we met in Cincinnati. (Thank you, Janice!! You don’t know how many compliments I’ve gotten and it’s all thanks to you!) It’s incredibly unhealthy but so creamy. My brother probably wouldn’t like it, since it so saucy. Almost like a chicken & biscuits rather than a chicken pot pie, but that’s what the recipe says, so I’ll keep calling it that. But almost everyone else loves it. And I will share the recipe with you, since it was so kindly shared with me! I have altered it a bit to make it my own, and I will also note that I’ve tried to use lower fat ingredient options before and the texture comes out less creamy and more grainy. (Sorry for the Weight Watchers folks!)
Cari’s Chicken Pot Pie
2-4 chicken breasts, cubed
¼ C margarine or butter
Minced onion to taste (I often use minced onion flakes, probably about 2 T)
2 cans cream of chicken soup
16 oz. sour cream
3 drops Tabasco sauce
Frozen mixed veggies (2-4 cups, depending on how many people you’re serving & how
thick you want your sauce)
1-2 tubes Pillsbury Flaky Layers biscuits (come in a 4-pack)
Parsley flakes, optional
Melt the butter/marg. in a large skillet on the stove. Add the chicken & minced onions. Stir & cook until chicken is no longer pink. Add soup, sour cream & Tabasco; mix well. Steam mixed veggies in microwave until tender (approximately 8 minutes). Stir veggies into mixture in skillet. When mixture is hot, pour into a 9x13 pan. Separate biscuits and spread on top of mixture. Sprinkle parsley flakes on top of biscuits as desired. Bake at suggested temp & time for biscuits, until the biscuits are golden brown. Serve immediately. Serves 4-6.
Friday, June 4, 2010
I loves me some fast food! Lately, when I’m out walking my dog on beautiful Sunday evenings, I’ll catch a whiff of grilled meat. Mmm. This has led to several Sunday night trips to Burger King for $1.00 Whopper Juniors or, if I have a coupon, perhaps something a little heartier.
Awhile back I was out running errands over lunch time and since I had a coupon for a free order of Potato Ole’s, I thought it best to stop by Taco John’s to use it. I decided I could get a whole little meal for really cheap, so I bought a crispy chicken taco for $1.50 (not on the menu, but worth asking for and they never turn you down). My whole meal was very tasty and very cheap. And a bit greasy, but that was mostly just the Potato Ole’s.
Now, I do try to limit my fast food intake. I’m of the opinion that everything should be in moderation. But that usually means I get to treat myself to my fast food cravings every now and then. That said, I think the Burger King trips probably need to stop before they start calling us by name.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
I am on a budget-friendly food kick these days. Many people have suggested shopping at Aldi to save money, but I never did until recently. Despite some minor chaos due to a brief rainstorm, reusable shopping bags that were buried in my dirty trunk and not knowing Aldi’s system of shopping carts or credit card usage, I came out pretty well. I also shopped the store ads and made out like a bandit at Hy-Vee. Due to the suggestion of many different friends, I’ve discovered several online coupon & discount suggestion sites to save money on groceries, along with many restaurants that have email clubs you can sign up for and get free or discounted items. So far, here are my fave restaurant finds:
- free appetizer or dessert (up to $8 value) at TGI Fridays
- buy one, get one free Blizzards at Dairy Queen
- free Potato Ole’s at Taco John’s
- free ice cream at Cold Stone on your birthday
- free root beer float or freeze at A&W with purchase
- buy one, get one free breakfast entrée at Mimi’s Café
- buy one, get one free entrée at Cheeseburger In Paradise
- free small spaghetti at Fazoli’s
- buy one, get one free drink at Orange Julius
- free bagel with cream cheese at Bruegger’s Bagels
- free $10 game play at Dave & Buster’s (For my hubby & not really food related but still a great deal!)
I have yet to figure out what great deals I’m going to get at Red Lobster for signing up for their club, but I’m anxiously awaiting the day they tell me I get free shrimp scampi or lobster on my birthday!!