I love olives. Not just snack on them every once in a while; but all out I go through periods where I will go through an entire jar of olives in a few days. They are the perfect little snack that battles all of my crazy cravings. I love green olives. I love black olives. I don’t discriminate between pitted or unpitted. I love them stuffed with garlic or blue cheese. I put them on just about everything. Chicken, burgers, salads…..oh my! [Read more…]
I tried something new on my potato cakes.
“What are potato cakes?” you ask. Well I am happy to tell you.
Potato cakes are an Irish tradition to make use of the potatoes left over from the previous meals. Traditional Irish women were taught the ways of using every last piece of your meal from beginning to end. I come from a long line of those women. We always used everything we purchased. If we had leftovers we eat them. Even if that meant we had some sort of leftover pie, we ate them. I learned how to use skin and bones to make my own chicken stock for future use. Beef, too. Even used the leftover vegetable peals and ends and boiled those for vegetable stock. Apparently I come from a long line of women who also have a lot of time on their hands 😉 Kidding. I do the boiling when I am cooking another meal so it’s really not such a big deal. [Read more…]
A few months ago husband and I went to this small plates restaurant (tapas) in Flint, MI called 501 Bar and Grill. There is another place down the road that we’ve visited over the years, (Blackstones) and had been hearing about the 501 from plenty of friends. We finally decided we should give it a go. After our wine tasting event a few weeks back, we decided to grab some dinner before picking up kiddo. When we get time out and about we like to go to places we don’t normally get a chance to. I first mentioned Blackstones because it’s a little Irish pub and we don’t get to town often. We pull up, only to find out it’s apparently closed on Sunday’s. I found that a little weird. We ended up crossing the street to the 501. [Read more…]
I know I told you last week that my Trash to Treasure garden was destroyed by some nasty storms. I am still pretty bummed about it. If you follow me on Instagram you know I was still able to salvage some items from the garden. I have a few really nice zucchini come in so I decided to make some fried zucchini spears.
I love fried pickles. I mean, loveeeeee them. But, with all the deep-frying I just have to stay away from them. Once in a blue moon I will eat them but I have yet to find anyone who makes them as good as my favorite place back in Oklahoma, Goldies. I’ve experimented with some faux fried (oven baked) pickle spears over the years and even though I have found some doozers, I have yet to find anything like the original that I so adore. [Read more…]
Ok. I love Japanese food, and more specifically, I love gyoza. Gyoza are one of the best things I have ever made…..period.
It’s hard to screw up gyoza, unless you’re apt to burning things. I am not(usually)
This meal was paired with another post I did while cooking Dan Dan Mian at my dad’s house. I had commented that it was a mash-up of asian delicacies, and I wasn’t wrong with this dish either. 🙂
Gyoza is only as good as the filling that you put inside of them, and I tend to put a butt load of items in my gyoza. This time I tried to refrain from such endeavours, and stick to a few items that were imperative to the meal. [Read more…]