Last Saturday, my family went on a food quest….to dine at local Cincinnati institutions featured on The Food Network and Travel Channel.
Breakfast: Holtman’s Donuts Now a new favorite, these delicate pillows of deliciousness are some of the best I have ever had. Light, fluffy and melt in your mouth….two thumbs up!
Lunch: Tom and Chee Famous for their Fancy Grilled Cheese Donuts, Tom and Chee just opened a new location not far from my house. Enjoy the donut, Build-Your-Own or try a signature sandwich, you will not be disappointed. Plus, their incredible variety of soups makes this place number one for comfort food.
Dinner: Terry’s Turf Club
Delicious burger combinations combined with bright decor creates a unique diner experience the whole family will love. I highly recommend the Jumbo Lump Crab Cake Burger with a side of Fried Corn! This place is so popular expect a wait no matter what time of day!
Dessert: Aglamesis Bros.
This old-fashioned ice-cream parlor was the perfect place to end the day. You will experience early 20th century charm and delicious confections when dining at this unique treasure. I wish I could have tried every single item on the menu…but I settled with a homemade frappuccino.
So next time you are in the mood to dine somewhere new, look up your city on Food Network or Travel Travel to find a new gem!
Trying out new Christmas cookie recipes is a favorite pastime of mine. Yesterday, I was reviewing recipes; and realized I had all the ingredients needed to make Chocolate Crinkle Cookies.
Following recipe above. Note: Vanilla is added to the wet mixture, did not state in directions.
1. Mixture after chilling in the refrigerator for 4 hours:
2. Roll chocolate dough into 1-inch balls with your hands. Then roll into powdered sugar.
3. Preheat oven to 350°. Place dough balls on a greased cookie sheet and press the dough down with two fingers. Optional: add red/green sprinkles.
4. Place in oven for 12 minutes and then remove. Let cool.
5. Enjoy! (Note: Put into microwave oven for 15 seconds. They taste like a warm fudge brownie!)
Shirley Temples are a favorite in my house; and today Miss Modhousewife and I gave them a holiday twist.
Ingredients: Liter of 7-UP, maraschino cherries, red sugar sprinkles and sugar.
Start pouring sprinkles and sugar onto a plate and mix. Then wet the rim of each glass. Twist the rim into the sugar mixture.
Add ice into the glass. Then pour in cherry juice and 7-Up to taste. Add a few cherries for garnish. Then finish with a paper green/white straw (Target). This classic has a new refreshing twist. Enjoy!
“That the Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes that day!”
My favorite holiday tale is “How The Grinch Stole Christmas!” by Dr. Suess. So when I saw Grinch Cookies on Pinterest, I had to make them with the help of some special elves.
Ingredients: (Note: Since it’s not Valentine’s Day, grocery stores do not have large heart sprinkles. I ordered mine from etsy.com – the cupcakesocial.com)
Follow the recipe above; and roll dough into a ball lightly or it will stick to your hands. Then bake, cool and eat!
Such an easy and creative recipe for the holidays!
On this snowy morning, Miss Modhousewife and I created a craft…with donuts. After reviewing Pinterest for fun holiday ideas, I came across Reindeer Donuts, but I also thought an Olaf donut should be created too.
Pinterest Reindeer Donuts: Our Reindeer Donuts:
Our Olaf Donuts:
This is a great holiday breakfast for kids of all ages. Enjoy!
It’s finally November; and the holiday season has begun. Throughout the next two months, I am bringing you delicious holiday treats for your table.
The first of these treats is Pecan Pie Egg Rolls! Follow the directions and create a fabulous dessert.
1. Gather the ingredients; and create the pecan pie filling and bake. Note: Make sure to grease the pie dish generously.
2. After filling cools, fill wrappers. Note: I made the egg rolls the night before and froze. Freezing the egg rolls keeps them together when frying. If freezing, make sure to separate them with wax paper so they do not stick together.
3. Then fry. We kept ours in a low-heated oven until ready to serve warm. This recipe makes 12-16 egg rolls.
4. Serve warm with your choice of toppings. Enjoy!
Happy Holidays! (And Eating!)
Recently, I have been searching for soups. They typically can be easy meals for families on the go……simmer all day in the crock pot.
This is my latest finding: Homemade Meatball Soup!
Notes: – Used lots more cheese, No crushed tomatoes…cans of tomato puree/sauce, no onion…onion powder, put all ingredients into the crockpot (one bowl…less clean up). Also, I made a double batch and will freeze the leftovers.
1. Follow the recipe above and make homemade meatballs.
2. While meatballs are baking, add all other ingredients into the crockpot to heat. Once meatballs are cooked, add to soup. I let simmer the day before, then put into the refrigerator overnight. This morning, started heating on low again and will be ready for dinner.
3. From Panera, I purchased a loaf of Asiago Bread (sliced thin) and Sourdough Bread Bowls.
4. Added soup to a bowl and to a sourdough bowl. Preheat oven to 350°. This is your choice on how you would like to serve the soup.
5. Place shredded mozzarella cheese on top of each. If placing soup in a bowl, add slices of bread on top…my choice was Asiago.
6. Then place slices of mozzarella cheese on top.
7. Place in oven and broil for 5 minutes until cheese is melted. Then remove from oven.
A delicious soup for fall/winter weather. And the best is coming home to this comfort-food dinner after a long day.
Miss Modhousewife loves hotdogs; and requested them for lunch today. Being in a festive Halloween mood (and with a little help from Pinterest), I created Spooky Mummy Hotdogs. Such an easy recipe (clean up simple too), that the whole family will enjoy.
1. Ingredients: Hotdogs & Crescent Rolls (Preheat oven to 375°)
2. There are two ways to make mummies: straight or cut legs and arms.
3. With a pizza slicer, cut the crescent roll dough into strips.
4. Wrap hotdogs with dough slices. Then place into oven for 13-15 minutes or until dough is golden-brown.
5. Remove from oven. Then make fun faces with ketchup or mustard. Enjoy this spooky lunch!
Here is my secret to great burgers…. Use 75-80% lean ground chuck and Worcestershire sauce. Mix the meat with 1/4 cup of Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder/salt, onion powder and ground pepper (all to your taste). Mix and make into patties. Then freeze for about 10 minutes before grilling (this will keep the meat from falling apart). Grilling these burgers will cut out the extra fat, but they will still remain the juiciest burgers EVER!!!!!
To create Boo Burgers, cut out scary faces from the cheese slices. Then add onto burgers right before taking them off the grill. This is an easy way to create a Halloween dish.
While working out yesterday evening, I made the mistake of watching an episode of Pioneer Woman. She was making Skillet Cookie Sundaes…and the recipe looked so easy and delicious.
Instead of using her recipe, I used the cookie dough recipe on a bag of Tollhouse Chocolate Chips. I used a stick of Crisco Butter and pre-heated the oven to 350°.
After following the directions, fill a cast-iron skilled with the dough. Use Baker’s Joy to grease the skillet. Then place in oven for 40 minutes.
When baking time is complete, remove from oven and let cool for 5-10 minutes.
Finally, dress it any way you want! I was out of ice cream but had Klondike Bars. So I sliced one bar in half, placed it on top of one cookie slice and drizzled chocolate sauce on top. OMG!!!!!!!