Monday, October 31, 2011

Dream Job in food

I am a die hard Food Network and Cooking Channel fanatic. If you were home with me most of the time that is what I am watching. In invy Guy Fieri because I would love to travel and try all kinds of food. I wasn't blessed to be rich and have the money to travel and try food. I love the show "Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives". I have tried a couple of places in the area that he has been. I usually watch the show with my husband and we always plan to try new places to try.

Triple X, Lafayette, IN
I tried the "Duane Purvis All American" Burger. This is the buger that has the peanut butter on it and I loved it. I would go back there just to eat it again. My husband had the steak burger that Guy had on the show and liked it. We didn't like the root beer since it was way to much for both of it. The day we went Purdue football team was playing so we didn't have a long wait to get it to eat. Shortly after we sat down the game let out and people started coming in. When we were getting ready to leave a couple guys came in and only ordered what Guy had ordered to eat. We enjoyed our food and look forward to go back.

3 Sisters Cafe, Broad Ripple, Indiana
The first time we went we couldn't get a seat and the guy told us to come back another time since the wait was so long. So one day while we were out walking the Monon Trail we decided to go there and eat. We split the turkey club sandwich and we loved it. We were glad that we split it since it would have been too big for just one of us. Our experience was good that time when we were able to eat. The guy who waited on us kept track of us and talked to us. We said that next time that we would try more of the menu.

Steer Inn, Indianapolis
The first time we went in this place I loved the "twin steer" burger the moment that I took a bite. The service was great the first time but since then it hasn't been that great. The mom who is the owner is really nice when she talks to you. The food was really good and the only reason that I will go back. I would send people there and will go back.

Those are the places that we have been thanks to the show and will go to many more when we get the chance. We love food in our house and I think that we should all try new experiences. If you have never watched the food then you are missing something because Guy is funny.

Thanks for taking the time to read. I would love feedback.

Monday, October 24, 2011

A new recipe

This morning I know that I had to cook something for lunch for us but didn't know what to make. I got some veggies from my parent's garden on Sunday and this is what I used to start.

1 pound ground pork sausage, cooked, drained
15 ounces of pasta, cooked, drained

1/2 pasta cooking water

1/2 cup low sodium taco seasoning

1 small green pepper, deseeded, chopped

1 half of shallot, chopped

1 tsp oil

1/2 cup V8 low sodium
salt & pepper, season each layer

Start with cooking pasta but don't cook it all the way since you will let it cook on the stove for about 20 minutes. Meanwhile, start by cooking veggies in the oil until just starting to have some color. Then add the pork sausage to the skillet to cook it all the way through. drain so that the end product isn't fatty. Combine pasta and sausage together adding the seasoning and V8. Let everything cook together for 20 minutes stiring on and off. Once the pasta is cooked all the way through and the liquid has thinkened up. Serve immediately or let cook down and serve later.

Favorite Chefs/Cooks

Most of you can probably guess that I am a die hard Food Network and Cooking Channel watcher. I thought this time I would tell you who I take inspiration from. I take recipes that I get from several online sites and magazines. AllYou and Kraft books are two of my favorites but I also get FoodNetwork and Rachael Ray magazines as well.

Guy Fieri
Kelsey Nixon
Ina Garten
Giada De Laurentis
Lisa Lillen
Chuck Hudges
Nigella Lawson
Ree Drummond
Sandra Lee
Claire Robinson
Rick Bayless

I love to cook and these people are the reason why the FoodNetwork is popular.

Update: Southwestern Quick Brown Rice recipe that I posted is the one that I am going with.
Note: the recipe turns out spicy so if you don't want it that spicy cut back on the taco seasoning

Saturday, October 22, 2011

In the works- Southwestern Quick Brown Rice

Today I started a new recipe for something my family to eat. This morning I made a new dough so that I could make yeast rolls. The picture above is the tomato salad that I made for dinner. I have started eating this as my veggie for my meal. I love tomatoes and I love doing it really simple.

Southwestern Quick Brown Rice

2 cups Walmart 5 minute Brown Rice

1 cup water

1 cup salsa

1 tbsp Low sodium taco saesaoning

1 tbsp butter

Pinch of salt

Is what I have so far. I took a picture but it didn't upload to Facebook so that I could put it on here. I would combine what I have so far and cook it according to package directions. My husband likes what I have but I still want to make some changes.

Friday, October 21, 2011

New Start- Food

In the last year I have since started documenting what I make for dinner. I would like to show the world what I cook and the ideas that I have. I will now be showing all of you what I make and my food experiences. I love to cook for my family and in the proccess of teaching my 14 year old how to cook with yeast and I will be showing you what he has created. I would love to get feedback from everyone.
Right now I am in the proccess of making yeast rolls to go with dinner. Tonight's dinner is tuna cakes with a salad from Marsh and my yeast rolls. I won't lie that I do purchase salads from the store since I don't have the products to make the salad at home. I try to plan my meals in advance so that I can teach my son that if we plan we can make the most of the things that we have.
I get ideas and recipes from Kraft, Cooking Light, Taste of home, and Weight Watchers. I also take ideas and use them for my own. I will post pictures as I go along. Thank you in advance for all the feedback.