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This Week in Yummies

27 Sep

It’s so nice to be able to cook and bake again.  I’ve only baked once since moving here.  I tired to make chocolate molten mini cakes, and it was a disaster.  To spare you the ugliness, I did not post them.

Here are the yummies that made the cut this week, most found on Pinterest.

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Kings Hawaiian Rolls with ham and swiss, found here. If you are on Pinterest, you have probably seen these pop up a few times. They are perfect for lunch, a party, or a picnic.

I made a simple cold rigatoni pasta with every veggie I had on hand with a light garlic infused oil dressing as the side.

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Another one you have probably seen pinned is the soba noodles with sweet ginger scallion sauce, found here.

This dish is one of Luis’ favorites and very quick to make, which means I love this dish too. This sauce is one of my favorites I often use to dip my hot pot goodies in.  The best part about this dish is that it is good hot or cold, again, another great idea for a picnic.

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Per Luis’ request, blackened tuna steak with mashed cauliflower. No recipe used, just what was in my head.

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Since Vegas, I had been craving these red curry mussels that I had at Wicked Spoon.  It was the best thing I ate there, so good.

I tired my best to imitate it, kinda going off of a recipe I found here.

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Now, this is the best thing ever!  During our winery tour in Traverse City, Cherry Republic had these cherry cheese balls out for everyone to try. Luis fell in love and thankfully they had recipe cards nearby.  It is sooooo good, even if it is missing the crushed nuts on the outside.  I didn’t have any on hand and Luis wasn’t waiting any longer so we did without.

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Roasted shrimp enchiladas with jalapeño cream sauce found here.  This was a win for me since I love anything shrimp or anything with jalapeño cream sauce.

I was excited to see huge beets in our grocery store.  I had been pinning recipes like crazy while in Georgia, just waiting for the moment to be able to actually make some dishes with beets.

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They don’t look very pretty, but these beets smelled so good roasting in the oven for almost an hour.

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I decided to try to make one of my favorite restaurant’s, JCT’s beet salad.  It is roasted beets (roasted with sugar, oil, and a pinch of salt),  avocado, and goat cheese with a tiny bit of dressing that consisted of chopped onions, a good brand of balsamic vinegar, and agave/honey.

It’s the best thing ever. I could eat it everyday.

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Buffalo garbage bread found here. Oh yea, it is good and super filling. It’s the type of dish that makes you wanna run after eating it.  At first I didn’t think I would be able to make this dish because I couldn’t find pizza dough anywhere. Finally, after the third store, I found it!  Such a small town…

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Turmeric chicken with sautéed  ginger and garlic vegetables found here. The sauce in the front is a sweet mango chutney we found at a local Indian grocery store. Another dish I really enjoyed. It’s light and satisfying.

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This was one of my favorite dishes of the week, and if you follow me on Pinterest, you probably have seen me pin it recently. It’s a spicy indo chinese style dish called; mushroom manchurian found here.  If I had my wok with me, this dish would have been much easier to make, but with the pots given to us by the company housing, the mushrooms kept sticking to the bottom, which sucked. And it took almost 2 hours to make, which it shouldn’t.

Luis can not complain.  Not only do I make him dinner and have it ready as he walks through the door, but I have been making him a fresh new lunch that is also ready as he walks through the door.

I think he is enjoying the luxury of working only 5 minutes away from our apartment.

Harvest Stompede’s Wine and Food Pairing Tour @ Leelanau Peninsula

9 Sep

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We participated in Leelanau Peninsula’s Harvest Stompede, minus the running part.  We participated in the wine and food pairing portion of the stompede, held in Leelanau and Traverse City. We were given a huge list of wineries we could drive to along with a stemless wine glass (my favorite kind) for the wine tastings, and you are also given a small dish of whatever each winery is serving upon entry of the winery. The best part is that if you run out of time on Saturday you can continue your tour on Sunday.  Awesome deal!

On our way to Leelanau.

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Our first winery, Bel Lago served us a small mexican tortilla soup.  I didn’t get a chance to take a pic of it as I was too busy keeping an eye on the dozens of praying mantis that were overtaking the porch. Why is it that I am scared of the oddest things?  We really loved Bel Lago’s cherry wine and even took a bottle home with us along with a praying mantis. Just kidding, even though I am sure Luis would have loved to.

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Up next we drove to Black Star Farms.  This was a really nicely set up place and huge! You can stay the night or two, three, however long you want to stay in their Inn, they have horses, a barn, a cafe, a tasting room, and they make and sell cheese. We really enjoyed the layout and all the details the farm had. We didn’t leave with any wine, but we did buy Leelanau Cheese garlic cheese spread and a block of mild Raclette home with us.

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Next on our list was Chateau de Leelanau, which has a nice view of Suttons Bay.  They served us bacon wrapped pork tenderloin with onions caramelized in apple cider. So good! Wish I had a whole plate of that stuff.  I really enjoyed their Peach Fizz and I believe Luis liked their 2009 Chardonnay Sur Lie.  After our wine tasting we walked across the road to enjoy the view of Suttons Bay and had a little photo shoot.  More on that another day.

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We headed up the mountain from Chateau de Leelanau to Ciccone Vineyard and Winery.  It was the only winery we went to that didn’t have their vineyards all wrapped up which I thought was nice to actually see the grape vines. I also liked that they set up a private room for the Harvest Stompede participates to enjoy their wine and gazpacho, which was very tasty. I had never had gazpacho before, but I have always wanted to try it. The people working there were so nice and even gave me a copy of the recipe.  The other customer also thought they were nice since they kept taking pictures with one of the women who was serving us, but we later learned that the women was actually Madonna’s step mother and that was why people were posing with her. I just thought it was because she was so nice. We left home with a bottle of their 2011 Pinot Noir.

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Our last visit was to a place I have on my to-do list, Cherry Republic.  And yes, you read that correctly, our last place.  We didn’t go to very many, but we felt satisfied with the ones we did visit.

If we lived closer, Cherry Republic would definitely be my weekly weekend spot.  Not only did we try out some nice cherry sparkling wines and ciders, but we were also able to try each of their sodas made with what else, cherries!  All things cherry live here and it was all delicious.  They served three kinds of cherry cheese balls, which Luis fell in love with.  That man loves a good cheese ball ever since he tired one of my grandmother’s cheese balls one holiday visit.  They gave me the recipe for the cheese ball Luis liked the most, and we bought the ingredients from their store to make at home, which I have to make sometime this week.  We also bought a six pack of their cherry sodas; (1) cherry ginger ale, (1) cherry root beer, (2) cherry colas, (2) black cherry cream sodas. We couldn’t leave without having a bite to eat at their restaurant which had a lot of items with cherry in it. I ordered the chili which was sweet, so now I wonder if they might have added cherry to it. No matter, it was good. Even the coffee had cherry in it.  We opted for our favorite black cherry cream soda, so good.

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Afterwards we headed to The Sleeping Bear Dunes before our 3 hour trip back home, but you’ll have to wait for another day to read about that experience.  All I can give you is a little sneak peak of the view we saw of Lake Michigan while at the dunes.

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Now time for my addiction, Sunday night T.V. shows!

Happy Sunday!

The Bloody Beast @ The Nook

23 Jun

How I love to brunch.

A few weeks back, we finally had the chance to try a restaurant that has been on my list since the beginning of time! (Georgia time of course).  It is a small indoor/outdoor restaurant right across from Piedmont Park.  They usually have great specials, and interesting food concoctions.  If it is raining out $1.00 beers! If it’s Sunday morning or early afternoon, then it’s $2.00 mimosas! Things like that.

Now they have the Bloody Beast, and ever since my cousin in North Carolina introduced Luis and I to the best Bloody Mary’s we have ever had, we are consistently trying Bloody Mary’s wherever we go. Addiction? Maybe. Tomato juice problems? Possibly.

Okay… so, here it is.

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Yea, that is a beef straw, and a hard boiled egg, steak and tater tots skewer, olives, pepperoncini’s, jalapenos, lime slice, lemon slice, and a pice of toasted bread.

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Shrimp and grits burger with sweet potato fries.

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Open face egg salad with veggie sausage patties.

Happy brunching!

The End of Texas

12 May

My last meal in Texas.

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Turkey and spinach lasagna, and a side salad with ginger dressing.

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As well as shaved ice.  I miss those tasty shaved ice cups.

Day 98 – Kemah, Texas

16 Apr

It’s been awhile s since I have posted pictures of meals I have made.

This is our favorite meal from this past week.

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I absolutely love lentils. I could eat them everyday.

I made curried lentils with sweet potato, and goat cheese, lime, and cilantro on top from Smitten Kitchen.  You can get the recipe here.  The vegetable side is ratatouille, also from Smitten Kitchen.  You can get the recipe here.   I added the goat cheese that was supposed to be for the top of the ratatouille to the curried lentils instead.  It thought it would give the curry and lime a nice addition, and it did.  The best part is both of these recipes make a large amount, so Luis and I were able to enjoy them for most of the week.

Day 49 – Clear Lake, Texas – Indian Cuisine @ NASA Parkway

25 Feb

I haven’t been out much lately as you can tell with my lack of posts.  First, I wasn’t feeling well, and my chest was hurting for about two weeks (cleared healthy by the cardiologist, and was told to get over it).  Then a close aunt of mine found out she has breast cancer.  She was told on Valentine’s Day of all days.  On the day, two years ago my family gathered together and showered me with love, laughter, and gifts before I became Mrs. Nunez.  A day that I have always remembered being filled with lots of joy and love.  I had never felt so much love as I did on that day.  I can only hope my aunt is feeling the love and positive vibes we are sending to her, and will continue to do so everyday.

Due to my lack of motivation to leave the house, and also because we haven’t experienced that many good restaurant’s around the area we live in, we haven’t had the urge to venture out.   Thankfully, one of Luis’ co-workers recommended an Indian restaurant to us, that was said to be excellent, and it snapped us out of our funk.

Food = happiness.  Especially good food.

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I had the Mulligatawny soup.  It is a lentil soup flavored with cumin.

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We had two appetizer’s; vegetable samosas and chaat papdi, which has wheat rounds, potatoes, crunchy noodles tossed with mint and tamarind chutney.  The chaat papdi (pictured below) is very freshing.

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We shared the Lamb Madras with garlic naan.  If you have ever had an Indian dish with Kadai sauce it’s similar, just less sweet.

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Rus Malai for dessert.  Homemade cheese stewed in cardamon flavored milk.  I love it and can’t get enough of it.

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We are planning on exploring some more parks this weekend, even though it is suppose to be in the 40’s.  Maybe we will swing by the BBQ cook-off as well, or possibly a rodeo.

No matter what we do, I need to get outside and enjoy myself.  All I keep thinking is I am next.  I have a mammogram scheduled for the second week in March, and I am making it my yearly goal.

I am thinking I should add it to my new year goals list (that you can read here) that I make every year.  It can help me not forget, AND it will make me feel good to cross off once it has been completed.  Is that odd?

I love you, stay strong!

Day 41 – Love From Home

16 Feb

My mom, er.. I mean our family dog, Dudley sent Luis and I a Valentine’s Day gift.

He sent us a message in a bottle.

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I laughed out loud.

This is very cute, just look at his adorable face on the M&M.

“Woof, woof”!