Monday, 31 January 2011

Hodge Podge

Hello, and welcome to Carrie's Hodge Podge of cooking!  Today, I am featuring two recipes for our vegetarian friends, to they can totally be made non-veg by the carnivorous.  : )  Like me - I added meatballs to both dishes.  

Tonight's dinner was a delicious baked potato, with Country Crock, sour cream, diced Roma tomatoes, cheddar cheese, sliced mushrooms, salt & pepper.  Mmmmm!  I added meatballs w/ KC Masterpiece BBQ sauce as a side.  I know it's a simple dish, but not something I thought of until Bret bought potatoes, so... I thought maybe someone else could use the idea!  : )  

I thought I had another veg dish for you, but I guess it was just my normal pasta dish (bowtie pasta, cream cheese, tomato sauce (I use Ragu chunky mushroom & green pepper), basil, oregano, salt & pepper, and cinnamon).  It's good with no meat, chicken, or beef.  : )  

And then we have a savory dessert!  

Crescent rolls with cream cheese, cream cheese & walnuts, cream cheese & chocolate chips... And oh snap!  I just thought of what I will make next time - cream cheese & cinnamon!  : )  Ooooh!  Easy peasy cinnamon rolls!  

So, I know my food pictures aren't the height of gloriousness, and are really crappy compared to the rest of the food-blog-o-sphere.  I just wanted to let you know I know.  *laugh*  And I don't really care.  I just like to share.  

Until next time - what new thing have you been cooking lately?  And did you take pictures?  ; )  

Monday, 24 January 2011

More Ovaltine Please!

I'd never had Ovaltine before, even tho I've seen their commercials for years.  "More Ovaltine, please!" rings out like a chant in my head.  Still, the marketing didn't work on me!  For chocolate milk, it was always Hershey's syrup or Swiss Valley jugs.

Then, the other night Bret & I went grocery shopping at WM, and he said, "Oooh, let's get some Ovaltine!  It tastes great on vanilla ice cream."  Truthfully, I was thinking, "Why not get Hershey's syrup?"  *laugh*

Tonight, I scooped a bit of vanilla ice cream into a dish & happened to see the Ovaltine container out of the corner of my eye, sitting on top of the fridge.  I thought, "Hmmm," and sprinkled a little onto the scoop of ice cream, added a splash of milk & stirred it around... Voila!

Chocolate malt.  : )

Until next time - what's your favorite way to eat ice cream?  Sundae?  Shake?  Do you like a good Malt flavoring?  Do share!

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Buffalo Wild Wings

Today Aunt Jan & I went to BWW (as the cool kids call it) for a late lunch/early dinner.  We'd been trying to get together for months, but one or the other of us was always busy!  So today we got to hang out, and she had some gift certificates for BWW, and she shared one with me!

Most of  you have probably been to this mecca of sporting events and bar food.  They have 20 or more big screen TV's all around, showing everything from basketball (Texas/Kansas, I think, and Kansas was up 8-0) to hockey (Go Chicago!).  There are screens with games or something in the booths.  We were at a table in the middle, so I just barely saw the booths.  

The menu is quite a bit more eclectic than I'd thought it would be.  I mean, there are the things I expected - ribs, burgers, potato wedges, pulled pork sandwiches - and then things which were a surprise, like the mini corn dogs and flips served with chips & salsa.  

Jan ordered a burger which was a little spicy for her, but oh so good.  I ordered a delicious steak & potato flip, which is steak & fries, cheese & their signature, hickory BBQ sauce in a thin pizza crust shaped like a quesadilla.  

As I said, it's served with chips & salsa.  The flip itself was DIVINELY delicious!  There's a reason their honey BBQ is their signature.  Mmmm!  The chips were light & crispy & perfect, as well.  The salsa I probably wouldn't order again, tho.  It wasn't bad, and I ate it all (LOL) but it had a peculiar flavor that I just didn't enjoy 100%.  

It was an amazingly yummy lunch, and only cost $2.99 with the coupon Jan gave me!!!!  I tipped on the amount of the bill before the coupon, tho, just in case anyone was worried.  : )  This is definitely a restaurant I'd like to go back to!

Until next time, what's your favorite thing to get at BWW?  What should I try next time I go?  Before I decided on the flip, I was thinking about the pulled pork.  Good idea/bad idea?

Sunday, 9 January 2011

New Year's Eve

For NYE this year, I met my friend Becca at our favorite sushi and hibachi grill, Osaka!  I ordered the Peanut Roll, which they make differently than the other Osaka across the river.  Isn't it pretty?  I actually prefer the other one, but this was still very good, and between the two of us, we dispatched it nicely!  : )  

We sat in the bar, but ordered hibachi as well.  Sure, we didn't get to  watch them make it, but it tasted just as delicious!  It was funny, tho - I ordered off the side order menu, as I usually do because it's cheaper.  : ) Yep, I'm all for eating out, but since I want to do it often, finding ways to do it for less is the plan!  Coupons, lunch deals, etc.  

So, I ordered the hibachi side order of steak, and Becca ordered the filet hibachi dinner.  The waiter ended up giving us the wrong meat portions, which was okay cuz we just switched!  But, what I noticed was that my portion of steak was so much more!  I think they gave me more than the side order... Anyway, I had leftovers twice, so I'm very thankful for that!  

that's actually becca's portion of filet mignon.  when we switched, mine filled the plate!  

It was only a week ago, and I am already ready to go back!  Wonder what Mom's doing for dinner tonight?  ; )  Until next time, what fun did you get up to on NYE?  Did it involve delicious food stuffs??