Posts tagged #eat

Westie: Best Breakfast Sammy

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And after a long week of work last week, I sadly didn't even have the umph to get up on Saturday and make one.  So, instead, we ran over to Flake in Venice to get my favorite breakfast sammy ever!   And, now they are getting a Westie--hooray!  Best Breakfast Sandwich goes to...

Flake

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They are small and always hopping, so there will be a line but it goes quick.  All the sandwiches are delicious, but my absolute favorite is the Veggie Rad Muffin (see above: english muffin, avocado, egg, cheese, spicy sauce + veggie sausage)!   

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Parker got the Super Cro-Jo, which was a mouthful of goodness too.  

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Head on over to Flake in Venice and prepare for your taste buds to do a cute little dance! 

 

The Multifaceted Taco

Can we just talk about tacos for a bit?  I think they need a moment.  

Photo credit: Flickr

Photo credit: Flickr

I love Mexican food--I mean, who doesn't?  It's delicious, cheap, cheesy, salty, and goes with margaritas.  Mmm.  But one of the best things about it is when you make it at home, you can have it's leftovers for about 20 meals.  Ok, probably not that many, but if you start with a few basic ingredients and swap out a few unique ones, one meal can become several.

Basic Ingredients: 

  • Rice
  • Black beans (or refried) 
  • Meat (chicken, beef, fish) 
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Onions
  • Salsa
  • Avocado
  • Lime
  • Cilantro
  • Sour cream
  • Cheese (cheddar, cotijo, feta) 
  • Corn chips
  • Tortillas (corn, flour) 
  • Hot sauce
  • Taco seasoning: cumin, chili powder, salt, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper

Let's look at a few variations on how to use those taco night leftovers throughout the week!

  • Tacos (obvi)
  • Breakfast Scramble: add eggs + cheddar
  • Breakfast burrito: add eggs, crispy bacon as the meat, and crunchy hashbrowns
  • Taco salad: over lettuce and corn chips! 
  • Tostada: over a fried tortilla; drizzle some melted white queso
  • Huevos Rancheros via Food Network
  • Nachos: add pickled jalapenos or pepperocinis
  • Enchiladas: requires a few more ingredients but worth it! 
  • Mexican pizza: plop a fried egg and hot sauce on top

You know on busy work weeks, that Mexican is on the menu in our house!  What other versions of taco night do you make with your leftover ingredients?! 

Posted on September 5, 2013 and filed under yummy.

Baked Brie

I'm not kidding, I had a MOMENT with some baked brie last week.  It was just decadent!   

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(weird lighting alert; that's why daytime photos are best...) 

I LOVE cheese, including brie, but had never had it baked until a couple years ago when my mother-in-law made it as part of a snacky dinner.  If you've never had it, it's amaaaazing!   It's cheesy, doughy, sweet, melty, buttery.  I licked all my fingers. 

The package had the "recipe" on it, and I already had all the ingredients so it was super easy.  And, I don't normally like the white casing, but when it's baked, it loses a lot of the bitter flavor, so I eat the whole thing!  This would make a good app or dessert or even a yummy/pretty/easy/unique party snack...

Ingredients: 

  • Brie wheel
  • 1 sheet puff pastry dough (thawed) 
  • Egg wash (1 whisked egg + 2 TBS water) 
  • Strawberry jam (optional + could be any fruit preserves) 

Directions: 

  • Preheat oven to 425.
  • Roll out sheet of puff pastry dough.  Cover in a light layer of jam.
  • Set full brie wheel in center of dough. 
  • Fold up the dough + pinch at the top to seal.  
  • Brush all over dough with egg wash. 
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until just golden brown (ours may have gone longer). 
  • Let cool for 5 minutes.   
  • Serve with crackers and enjoy! 

Our neighbor let us pick some ripe figs from his tree, so I quartered those and placed them (just raw) on top of the baked brie.  They added another sweet, fresh flavor paired with the cheese.  

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MmmmMmmmmMMMM!!  Whoever's coming over next better expect this as an app or dessert!  

 

Posted on August 26, 2013 and filed under yummy, party.

Spicy Mexican Corn Side Dish

Do you all try recipes from Pinterest much?  I'd say we probably try about 1 every two weeks.  And about half of them are flops.  So, when I find a good one, I love to share it with you guys.  This one has quickly become one of my favorite side dishes--and not just out of ones from Pinterest, just in general!

It's crunchy, spicy, easy to make (only about 20 minutes or less) + transport to a potluck, and most of all--so flavorful!  Mmmm...

Spicy Mexican Corn

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The original recipe is from Closet Cooking, and I made some small adjustments.   Makes 4 servings, but I like to double it and serve for a group!

Ingredients: 

  • 2 TBS butter
  • 4 ears of corn, cut from the cob
  • 1/2 jalapeno, seeded and finely diced
  • 3 TBS mayo
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1 handful cilantro, chopped
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • chili powder to taste  
  • salt to taste

Directions: 

  • Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. 
  • Add the corn, toss until coated in butter.  Let sit on one side until charred (a few minutes), then toss and char remaining side.  About 6-10 minutes total.
  • Add the jalapeno, saute for 1 minute, until fragrant. 
  • Remove from heat. 
  • Mix all ingredients in a bowl.  Serve hot, room temp, or even chilled! 

SO yummy!!! 

Tips:  I tried saving time and using frozen corn.  It was not nearly as good--go with the fresh stuff!  Aaaand, wash those hands people--jalapeno juice in the eye is just about the worst ever.  

 

Posted on August 19, 2013 and filed under yummy.