So sorry that I have been away for so long. It’s just been a busy summer. I have no excuses.
So here are some random odds and ends. I have been thinking of you guys and trying to take pictures for you…
Where oh where to begin?
Ok let’s start with @5ChurchCLT. If you recall, I reviewed this a few weeks ago. I went back for a friend’s birthday and had the most amazing special. It was an herbed cannelloni pasta, filled with braised pork belly, chicken and turkey. I am a dumbass and didn’t take a photo but man was it good. I was encouraged, and I didn’t sit in those leucite chairs that weren’t made for girls w/ bootys.
Next…my Dad’s 70th birthday. He is a planner like me and made his own reservation at the Capital Grille. They were having a wine pairing special for $25 a person for wine they would pair with what you ate. Since we are all wine aficionados in our family, this was a perfect plan.
As some of you may have seen on Facebook, he called ahead to make sure he could wear shorts. I think that’s awesome.
Here’s a photo of my parents.
Also, mad props to the Capital Grille for the decorations on the table…
He had the lamb chops…he loves him some lamb.
A great time was had by all. The next morning I made them a breakfast casserole. It was so easy. Here is what I did.
I shredded some red potatoes, put some cooked sausage I had made the day before…
I scrambled 7 eggs…they were medium eggs from the farmer’s market. Put them on top and added some cheese and baked it for about 25-30 minutes at 375.
After, I took the parents to the Super G Mart for produce…and they totally dug it. Dad was fascinated by all the frozen foods. They have every kind of dumpling or egg roll you can imagine.
Ok…what’s next. I have been attempting to grow tomatoes this summer. A work colleague who has a greenhouse gave me a plant in April and I’ve been nurturing it ever since.
This week I finally got a tomato off of it…
it got a little bit cracked because of the extreme heat we’ve had this summer so we only ate the bottom but it was very good and I can’t wait for more tomatoes!
Last but not least…I made some chicken tacos recently. If you ever find yourself w/ out taco seasoning…you can get by.
This is something I learned from the Pioneer Woman when I made some tortilla soup about a year ago.
Mix together some cumin, chili powder and garlic salt…boom taco mix. Sprinkle your chicken w/ some olive oil, spread the mix and put it in the oven for about 25-30 minutes on 400.
I used this for tacos, a quesadilla, and even gave some to my houseguest and dog brother, Jameson Davis, and he loved it.
Last thing…I am in Indianapolis this weekend for work and as is tradition…went to St. Elmo’s for a shrimp cocktail. If you have been there…you know. If you haven’t, you need to go. It’s an iconic steakhouse in downtown Indy, where the who’s who have dined for decades, and their shrimp cocktail is awesome. It’s spicy! They make their own sauce w/ fresh horseradish and it’s lethal. PROCEED WITH CAUTION.
Going to look for some gluten free recipes for my buddy Lisa next week. Stay tuned!