Friday, February 24, 2012

Happy Blogaversary


It's this blogs birthday/anniversary I can't decide. *shrugs* YAY!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Restaurant Review #3

Lucky House Thai - Berkeley

I wandered into Lucky House for some Thai Food after not having been for a looooong time. I used to go here for lunch when I worked on the campus. My building was very close to this place so we lunched here quite frequently.

I always order the Pad See Ew medium spice and it is very tasty. The flavor of this dish is like a garlic ginger spicy mix. It has chicken breast, broccoli, large flat rice noodles and a scrambled egg. I was surprised that I liked this mish-mash of flavors but it somehow works!

Today they made it a little hotter, but it was still good.  My friends always order the BBQ chicken over rice.  No matter who I go with they order that! Weird!

Of all the Thai places I've been to, their Thai Iced Tea is the best!!

Today I ordered 2 since it had been so long.  I give them 4 stars out of 5. They would have gotten 5 stars but they took way too long to bring the food.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

I purchased a bag of chicken tenders from Trader Joe's. I freakin love those things, They are so easy to prepare in different dishes, but I mostly eat them when I'm doing the healthy eating kick. You can just grab 3, season and throw them in the oven and bake or roast for a quick easy lowfat meal.

Well this particular day I was tired of baked chicken. I wanted some good ole regular home cooked FRIED chicken, but all I had was strips. So like the kiddie plate on the kiddie menu I fried me up a batch of chicken strips!

To make the meal a tad more grown up I accompanied the strips with garlic peppered green beans with potatoes, regular buttered white rice (tired of brown) and cornbread with brown sugar cinnamon butter. As you can see I was rebelling against dieting and have lots of butter on this plate. *shrugs* This meal was prepared in my early withdrawal days of my Coke fast. not shown Heinz Ketchup and Banana Sauce for dipping.

Chicken Strips:
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper
  • Flour
  • 8 boneless skinless chicken strips
  • Canola oil for frying

Season all strips in a bowl cover and refrigerate for up to 2 hours or over night.
Dredge strips in flour and add to hot oil fry until done.
Garlic Pepper Green Beans

Green Beans:
    • 1 16 oz can of no salt green beans 
    • 2 teaspoons butter
    • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
    • In lieu of 1 clove garlic 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper or regular
    • a little sugar to taste
    • 1 small potato peeled and cut into cubes
 Bring all ingredients to boil in sauce pan cook until done.

White Rice
I used Mahatma rice
Recipe on the bag

Recipe on back of cornmeal box

Brown sugar cinnamon butter
On this I winged it. It was all to taste
Half stick of softened butter
Brown sugar





Sunday, December 4, 2011

I'm that guy, you're so fly, Gotta get a piece of that sweet potato pie

Can you name the artist?

Change the guy to girl and pie to fries and you have what I made. LOL! I had some left over sweet potatoes that weren't used in the candied yams and decided to make fries. Chile, let me tell you... those fries were!!

I mixed together a seasoning that took them over the top! I eyeballed everything, so I'll say about 1/2 teaspoon of all the seasonings except the salt and cayenne. Taste the mixture and add the season salt as needed add cayenne in 1/4 teaspoons depending on how much heat you like.

Morton Season All Season Salt (many of the seasonings are already in here. The extra just gives it that oomph!)
Chili powder
Cayenne pepper
Smoked paprika
Onion powder
Garlic powder


Cut the washed, unpeeled white potatoes and the washed, peeled sweet potatoes into 1/4-inch strips. Heat a pot with the oil (I used Canola)  to about 350 degrees.

Add the white potatoes and sweet potatoes and fry, stirring to avoid clumping together, until white potatoes are golden brown. Sweet potatoes will be done also.

Remove with a mesh strainer and drain onto paper towels. Season immediately!  Viola! Enjoy!

looks like boiling water

this dish set is from my mother complete with glasses

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Thanksgiving 2011 ~ The Food

Okay so here is a rundown of the food. I never can take all the pictures before stuff starts getting eaten. I don't want to end up on The Plate so be kind. LOL! I will post a picture of the seafood stuffed jambalaya once if I get my sister's pictures.

Mabel the Turkey

Mac & Cheese
Collard Greens
Candied Yams

Cornbread Dressing

Potato Salad

Brown and Serve Rolls

The Plate

Cheery Cherry Cream Cheese Pie

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Okay so this guy I met...

...asked me out on a date.

I met him on my college tour.
He was my tour buddy.
He was funny.
He didn't have on a ring.
We exchanged numbers.
He called.
He was funny still.
I laughed so much.
He asked me on a date.
I'm trying to be more open.
I said okay.
He said how about dinner.
I said okay.

Alice Springs Chicken entree, Coconut shrimp appetizers, bread and salad not shown.
We went to...Outback.
He LOVES Outback!
I like Outback.
He said next time I can pick.
I said okay. 
It was fun.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Okay so this man I like said...

"I haven't had a home-cooked meal  in a while."

I said, really?
He said yeah.
I said hmm...
He said what?
I said well what do you like to eat?
He just looked at me.
I said Umm sir? Food wise!
He said oh!
I just looked at him.
He said steak and shrimp.
I said really.
He said yeah.
I said how do you like it...(long pause) cooked?
He just looked at me.
I laughed.
He said well done.
I said I can do that!

So off to the store we went!

Steak and shrimp with a baked potato, corn on the cob and garlic bread

I personally don't like my steak well done, but he loved!

2 steaks, 1-inch thick

1 minced garlic clove

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

Fresh ground pepper

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (I like spice)

2 tablespoons soy sauce

2 tablespoons olive oil

Trim excess fat from the steaks. In a glass dish combine the ingredients. Cover and marinate the steaks for 1 to 24 hours in the refrigerator. Bring steaks close to room temperature 30 min. before broiling.

I broiled his steak in the oven until well done.