Monthly Archives: February 2012

Fluffiest pancakes ever!

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I was craving pancakes, well really the bacon that goes with pancakes, so I found a keeper of a recipe for homemade pancakes.  I’m not a huge fan of pancakes, especially those out of a box, but these were scrumptious!!

Cream Cheese Pancakes

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The cream cheese added something different, an almost richer taste.  The only downside to this morning’s breakfast-we made a double recipe!  So unnecessary….12 pancakes would have been more than plenty.  Hopefully the leftovers will taste just as delicious this week!

 

Arturo’s Osteria and Pizzeria

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While visiting my family in NJ, I tried to get my parents to go to Arturo’s everyday.  Somehow we didn’t manage to get there until our last day, but it was well worth the wait.  I had only been there once before but it left a lasting impression!

Arturo’s is a small restaurant with only about 10 tables and a brick oven you can see from any spot.  They pride themselves on being an eatery that uses as much local produce, dairy, and meats in their cooking.  The end result is food that uses minimal ingredients but ones with exceptional flavor.

For me, these kinds of restaurants are the hardest for me to make decisions at.  I always try to choose something off the special menu, but here ALL their specials sounded fabulous.  It was a toss-up between a combination or soup, sandwich, and/or salad.

The salad was light and refreshing, perfect for a 60 degree winter NJ day!  Butter lettuce, Toma cheese, and crunchy apples tossed with a balsamic vinaigrette.  The lettuce was so tender and soft and the cheese was semi-soft cow cut into thin strips.

The sandwich was unbelievable served on their homemade leavened bread.  It was topped with fresh tangy goat cheese, peppery mixed greens, and thinly sliced Coppa.  The sandwich had all the right elements-smooth, creamy, chewy, crunchy, tangy, salty!  I might have to start making sandwiches like these at home!

Quick cooking “Thanksgiving”

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So Emma and I just got back from a great vacation to visit my family in NJ.  And last week we had the infamous “bug” going around work, so needless to say I haven’t cooked in almost 2 weeks.  I was craving getting behind the stove, chopping, sauteing, baking, anything!!

So tonight I made Sage and Pecan Pork Tenderloin Cutlets.  They were delicious!!!  Not many times does a recipe meet my expectations, but this one exceeded them!!

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The pork was super easy to make.  Cut the tenderloin into 8 chunks and pound until fairly thing (think 1/4 inch).  The recipe recommended dredging the cutlets in the breadcrumb mixture, then into egg, and back into the breadcrumbs.  Next time, I’ll do flour, egg, breadcrumbs.  The cutlets got so thick and goopy with all the breadcrumbs.  The breadcrumb mixture was so flavorful!  Breadcrumbs, chopped pecans, and rubbed sage.  I threw it all into my miniprep processor and ground it up!  The only thing I would add is more sage next time.  When the cutlets were cooking it smelled like Thanksgiving in my kitchen-the pecans, sage, oil-mmmm!!!

The sauce was the perfect combination of sweet and tangy and just the right consistency.  I didn’t have any red wine vinegar so I mixed 1 part red wine to 3 parts white wine vinegar.  I bought a fairly expensive blackberry preserve but it was totally worth it, especially since all the flavors reduced to a yummy sauce!

I served the pork with the sauce drizzled on top and a few fresh blackberries tossed on there.  On the side we had Alexia roasted rosemary potatoes and glazed carrots.  I made my husband a plate for when he gets home, we’ll see if it lasts!!

Hope you have a Tweet Easter!

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Totally not food related, but…had to share! I made these super cute Easter cards on Shutterfly this afternoon.  Shutterfly was having a promotion-5 free cards (just pay S&H).  The total came to $6.10-way cheaper than buying 5 Easter cards in the grocery store!  Happy Easter family!!!

 

 

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Sunday Roast

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I love Sundays.  The laid back day, coffee drinking until 10, breakfast in our jammies, and the smell of a roast cooking away for hours!

Tonight I made Roast Chicken with Maple Pepper Glaze and Sweet Potatoes.  We always buy a 6-ish pound bird, so Eric will have leftovers for the week.  But I can never time the cooking.  I figured about 2 hours for the bird, but didn’t think about the sweet potatoes!  So I had to take the sweet potatoes out half way through.  (But I threw them back in with the rest of the glaze while the bird was resting.)  So….since I can’t time the cooking just right yet, we ate dinner at 5pm tonight!! EARLY!!

As my daughter said so perfectly “It smells like french toast!”  And it did….the sweet maple syrup, the butter, and the sweet potatoes…mmmmm!!  The skin was beautifully brown and crispy.  The bones pulled right out of the legs and the breast meat was tender.

The only downfall was when the knife slipped and sliced right into my finger! (At least I got out of bath time tonight!!)

Sushi with my favorite girl!

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I’ve been terrible with posting lately.  Work has picked up and I find myself writing more reports, IEPs, and emailing colleagues at home than ever before!  I have also enrolled in an online course and have only done 1 unit so far!  Ahhhh!!

Last Friday my favorite girl (my big 4 year old) and I went out for sushi.  Our weekly Friday night at Jimmy’s had been canceled so I had nothing left in the house to feed my kid!  I gave her the choice of any restaurant (besides Red Robin since we had been there only 3 days earlier).  She wanted to “Go back to the restaurant we went to for Christmas that had pirate coloring” a.k.a Kyoto in Mansfield.  I was psyched!

Sushi is a luxury I don’t dine on often enough.  My family went to Kyoto for the first time on Christmas Eve.  My brother who lived in Taiwan for 2.5 years and my parents who eat sushi regularly in the NY area were quite impressed.  All the fish was tender, fresh, and scent-less!  We ordered the Sushi Party boat which consisted of 12 pieces of sushi, 36 pieces of sashmi, and 2 chef’s special rolls.  It was ALL gone and we had to order more.  I loved the “Sexy Girl.”  The plate came out designed as a beautiful woman using the sauces and the roll as the hair.

This time I went with just my daughter so I didn’t dare order a whole party boat myself!  But I did order the “Captain America” roll.  It was on the daily special menu so I can’t give the exact ingredients but I do remember it included tuna, several other fish, mango, and spicy mayo!  I also order the most expensive sashimi on the menu-well it wasn’t even on the menu.  The waiter offered it as a suggestion and now I can’t even remember the name!

My daughter enjoyed the “Philadelphia Roll” (avocado, smoked salmon, and cream cheese) along with her bento box.  The box came with chicken or shrimp tempura, 3 pork gyozas, 3 “California Rolls,” and udon noodles.  And on the side was a cup of miso soup.

We both enjoyed everything!  The miso soup was just the right amount of tofu and spinach with the distinct soybean broth.   The gyozas were teeny tiny and the perfect size to pop right into your mouth.  Like I said before, all the fish was fresh, tender, flavorful, and scentless!  The rolls were creative and the mango in the Captain America Roll was the perfect amount of sweetness.

I can’t wait to go back!