Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Monday, August 9, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
of course in perusing the menu we wanted just about one of everything, but resisted temptation. except for the chocolate chip oatmeal pecan cookies made with organic butter and eggs.
too bad they were out. sigh.
but it's ok. we got our chocolate fix with milkshakes and fresh banana add-ins. though options ranged from mango to guava and ice cream options were vanilla and coffee. coffee!
the burger was nice: a thin patty with crisp edges and a piece of cheddar cheese lay sweetly right on top.
the fries were slightly disappointing in that there wasn't any backdrop of olive oil flavor. still, a fry is a fry and a fry is delicious.
the milkshake was super rich and chocolatey and drinking the whole thing resulted in a little upset stomach.
sun sentinel food critic john blahblahblah stated the burger was incredibly juicy and the service was excellent.
yet another reason why I don't like the shmuck.
no, the burger wasn't that juicy. it was good, yes. amazing? not entirely.
and the service? my burger and my galpal's burger came out at completely separate times. along with the fries.
and my milkshake? that didn't make it out until way after my burger did.
maybe it deserves another shot. maybe I'm too much of a cheeseburger elitist. and if an organic one can't woo me, then what can?
oh I'm not so bad.
and neither is Elevation.
Monday, April 5, 2010
so it's not exactly photogenic.
but it is delicious.
and cheesy and filling and gooey and..you get the idea.
a couple of lasagna sheets, cooked. some browned up sausage, onions, garlic, carrots, mushrooms. some tomato sauce. a handful of spinach tossed right in to wilt into the concoction.
a schmear of ricotta, a heaping spoonful of the sausage mix, and a good roll.
carefully lay them down into your baking dish and cover with a little mountain of cheese.
it'll brown and bubble. it'll meld and melt and the flavors will meet and become friends and when you pull it out of the oven, it will be steaming hot and perfectly delicious.
serve it up with your typical garlic bread and it's a delightful meal. italian-ish and molto buona.
I couldn't help myself.
just like I can't help but to love this dish.
quick advice, though: don't burn the garlic bread. that's not molto buona...
Monday, March 22, 2010
what a perfect little gift.
but these were crispier. the dough layers are studded with chopped almonds and oats. there is a subtle hint of peanut butter that happily melds into the nooks and crannies, sits there and delightfully gets along with every other flavor.
the center layer is an ooey-gooey river of caramel. perfectly constructed caramel that doesn't get hard or taste burned. it remains soft, gooey, sticky-sweet and divine.
and when you come across something like that, you are one lucky gal.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
can I tell you how excited i am about springtime??
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
here's a vegetable that, unless smothered in cheese, is disliked by almost everybody.
but broccoli can truly be delicious if just given the chance.
take a big head of broccoli and hack away until you get little florets.
and please do not throw away the stems. they give remarkable flavor to soups.
spread the florets out on a sheet tray.
olive oil (you don't need much). salt. pepper. maybe even garlic powder if you're feeling wild and frisky.
roast it. roast it for about 20 minutes at 400degrees.
the edges will get dark and crisp and irresistably delicious.
right at the 20 minutes, take out the tray and sprinkle on some grated parmesan cheese. throw it back in the oven for about a minute more.
the cheese will melt and give the broccoli and even crispier outer coating, along with another layer of salt.
plate it up with, say, a vegetable rice pilaf and some breaded chicken cutlets, and I think you've got yourself an absolutely perfect tuesday night dinner.
so say hello to broccoli, your new best friend.
though I must confess: no matter how you cook em, I just loathe peas.
Friday, February 19, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
after the card exchanges
and the horrible, exhausting day at work,
I stumbled in at around 1:30am, showered, jumped into my favorite purple whale pajamas, and sat down to an incredibly delicious meal.
the beef was tender and flavorful, the puff pastry was light, crisp, flaky, the duxelle was savory, rich, robust, the mashed potatoes were fluffy (he does make the best...), the green beans still had a bite and the bacon and almonds just added on to the flavor, and I was a happy, happy girl.
along with lovely red roses. in a pitcher I found at TJMaxx for $5 that I just could not resist.
I knew I married him for a reason...)
Dessert was a rather dry (sorry to say) chocolate cupcake from Stork's that I co-worker so thoughtfully got for me. Either way, I fell into bed with a full, happy tummy...one that (almost) made me pay no mind to my achy, sore muscles.
Or the fact that the $10 gift limit was slightly bent. But that's ok. Rules were made to be broken, no?