Blogiversary!!!

It’s been a year!  On this day last year I published my first post.  WOW!  It’s been a pleasure writing about some of the things I enjoy and sharing with my readers.  I’ve learned some thing in this year and I’m looking forward to growing.  Thank you very much for sticking with me during this journey.

Well, my first blog post was about the Taste of Chicago and I wanted to show my experience from this year’s Taste.  I wanted to see what I can buy at the Taste for under $20.00.  This amount doesn’t give you much if you’re buying the full portion, but if you try the “Taste” portion, you can get a variety of dishes. The Taste took me down south to Cajunland for the shrimp po-boy, deep south with mustard fried catfish, further south to Mexico for the Tequila-lime marinated chicken tacos and west to Jamaica to taste the jerk chicken with peas and rice.  I topped it off with a nice cool gelato.

To make your mouth water, check out these pictures

 

 

 

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My Jerk Chicken Kabobs

Hi All,

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I just love cooking outdoors and when I grill chicken, I almost always use my jerk sauce.  Now, this isn’t an authenic jerk sauce, but I love the taste of it.  I marinade cubed chicken breast for 24 hours in the following:

Olive oil, apple cider vinegar, lime juice, brown sugar, serano peppers, scallions, cilantro, thyme, red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, ginger, allspice, a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg, and salt.

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I cubed pineapples, red onions and sweet peppers and arranged on the skewer.

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I cook on each side for about 6 to 8 minutes. I like this with either a side of black beans & rice or cold pasta salad.

 

 

 

Shrimp Tacos Yum!

Hi All,

 

Since I returned from Ensenada Mexico last month for my birthday, I have been thinking about those shrimp and fish tacos.  I decided to make them myself. See the photos of my trip here

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I used a tempura batter for the shrimp which consisted of flour, cornstarch and sparkling water alone with salt…then deep fried.  I topped the shrimp with pico de gallo, shredded cabbage and cilantro.

Pico de gallo:

chopped tomato, cilantro, jalapeno, red onion and salt.

Simple with a big taste.

 

Steak and Potatoes w/Asparagus

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I purchased some asparagus from the Farmer’s Market  and immediately decided to make steak and potatoes.  I think asparagus and steak goes well together.  Now, I was never a big fan of asparagus, but loves all vegetable which means I had to learn how to cook them.  After searching all over the internet, I finally found a recipe I love that makes asparagus taste good to me.  Have you tried the Neely’s  BBQ rub from the Food Network?  Well, you have to check out the recipe here.  I enjoy many of their recipes.

Now, the steak.  I purchased two 1″ rib eye steaks and marinade them with, wait for it, Italian salad dressing for 24 hours.  It has seasoning and oil which is perfect for a marinade.  I also added kosher salt, parsley, pepper and Worcestershire sauce. I have my grilled cast iron pan flaming hot with oil and just places the steaks on it.  Now, I have a 1″ thick rib eye steak, so I cooked it on one side for about 7 minutes and the other side 4 minutes for Medium. It comes out great every time. Once the steak is done, I let it rest for about 5 minutes.  While the steak is resting, I just throw the asparagus in the pan and cook for about 5 to 7 minutes…..I like to have a little crunch.

 

 

 

 

What happened in May?

I know I know, it’s been awhile.  So much has been going on the past couple of months, I haven’t had a chance to do much of anything creative and now I’m suffering.  It feels like I’ve hit a wall creatively, but  I’m trying to get back into the swing of things. 

Well, we have been traveling a lot. I can tell you March was my husband’s birthday month, April is my son’s birthday month, May is my birthday month and June is my daughter’s birthday month, so it gets busy around here celebrating these birthdays.  My birthday was one of those milestone birthdays and we just had to celebrate.  My husband flew us to Vegas to spend my actual birthday there and the next morning we flew to Los Angeles to aboard the Carnival Cruise for four days……we had a blast.

I want to thank everyone for sticking with me and I promise I will be posting more often.

Have a great day!

Garden Update

Hi All!

I wanted to give you guys an update of my starter seedling.  If you recall, I planted basil and lavender seed in this starter kit I purchased from Walmart.  I’m starting to see a little sprout…..so excited.  My son enjoy watching it grow and he even track his grow progress on the door panel of our family room.  Well here it is….

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I’m on my way…..LOL.  Well, at this rate I may have something by August.

Since I’m so impatient, I decided to also buy vegetable plants.  I purchased some herbs for my garden, but since the weather is a little unpredictable now, I have them in my kitchen window.  Hopefully, we will get some consistent weather soon. 

I decided to get some of the herbs I use often which are; basil, parsley, thyme and tarragon.

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I use Miracle Gro and terracotta pots

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I’ve already use them in pasta, on pizza and on baked chicken.  I love having them and I will definitely purchase more.  Can’t wait until the weather gets warm.

Have you planted your herb garden yet?

 

 

Weekend Recap

Happy Monday!!!!

How was your weekend and to the mother’s, how was your Mother’s Day?

It was beautiful here in the midwest…perfect weather.  We spent our Saturday downtown…walking Michigan Avenue, catching a movie, and eating at one of my favorite restaurant, Heaven on Seven.

We took the little one to the Disney Store on Michigan Avenue and decided to catch the Spiderman movie after lunch.  My husband and I fell asleep in the middle of the movie, I think it was because we had such a big lunch.  Well, I don’t know because the guy behind us fell asleep as well….LOL. 

Well, I love taking pictures of food, so I have a few for you.  To my surprise, Heaven on Seven was having a crawfish boil…..you know I love crawfish.  I was hesitate to try because I really haven’t had any good crawfish from a restaurant here, so I decided to just try an appetizer, one pound. Well, it was soooooo good, I should have known they would do it right.   On top of the crawfish, my husband decided to get the all you can eat buffet, which included red beans & rice, black eye peas & rice, gumbo, catfish, chicken fingers, cole slaw and greens.  It was just too much. You see why we fell asleep.