Archive | March, 2011

Baked Wonton Chips

28 Mar

In a perfect world, whenever I purchase ingredients with a dish in mind, I’ll have time to make it and enjoy it. Then there’s my world, where I bought wonton wrappers to make some sort of fried, stuffed wonton or small egg rolls but have forgotten to buy other ingredients or have eaten the other ingredients, so now I have a package of wonton wrappers.

What do you do with wonton wrappers? I found a recipe from Ellie Kruger in my Food Network Magazine (a subscription gift form one of my friends) where you bake them. I then thought about chips. I love salt and vinegar chips.

You could of course adjust the amount of vinegar and salt etc. Here it is:

10 Wonton Wrappers, cut in half

1 Tsp of Sea Salt

3 Tablespoons of Champagne Vinegar, (I also read an article that suggested using red wine vinegar)

Set the oven to 375 degrees. While the oven preheats, cut the wrappers in half. You can do this one of two ways: 1) Toss evenly in a bag and then lay out on the non-stick sprayed baking sheet and sprinkle with salt 2) Lay out the triangles on a non-stick sprayed baking sheet, brush with champagne vinegar and sprinkle with salt. You could also sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Bake for about 10 – 13 minutes. Let cool and enjoy! You could also use them in a nice dip. Here’s a picture of the baked chips not cut.

C’est si Yum!

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Restaurant Review: Mussel Bar

21 Mar

I never had mussels until I went to college. There is a French restaurant Uptown in New Orleans called La Crepe Nanou that has delicious mussels and French fare. I’ve made them a couple of times myself, see a previous post about easy mussels. They are a relatively cheap food to make.

As we continue the food tour that was my short trip to MD/DC, Mussel Bar, in Bethesda, MD has AMAZING mussels. My friend and I split a pan but we could have easily eaten one each. We tried the classic style, which is roasted garlic, shallots and white wine. The frites come regular or sweet vanilla and both are awesome. The service was quick and friendly. Forget the jacket at home though, this open-fired restaurant is HOT. The host was very helpful as our party of two grew to five. We were quickly reseated despite it being a Friday night. The only downside is that the outdoor seating, which looks fabulous, is first come first serve and stayed packed until we left.

Would be perfect for a date. Maybe next time I travel there, I’ll bring the fella.

I definitely want to go back and can only hope that Boston will get a similar concept!

C’est si Yum!!

Out of Town Review: The Cajun Experience

21 Mar

I love New Orleans. I love the culture, the music and of course, the FOOD. I visited one of my best friends from college this weekend and we ate at the relatively new restaurant in Dupont Circle, The Cajun Experience. The atmosphere is great. There’s a stage in the front where there was a band playing. They were also very flexible with us when it came to pushing our reservation back a bit because we took the Metro into the city. We had 9:45 p.m. reservations for after dinner drinks.

The drink list includes Abita beer in the bottle and on draft and Hurricanes! Let’s start with the first issue, our server did not want us to order our food with our drinks. We ordered a pitcher of hurricanes and I ordered an Abita Amber. 20 minutes later, our drinks came with no glasses. I jokingly said, “You could just bring four straws.” No joke, the guy brought four straws. A few minutes later four glasses were brought out by a different server. We ordered our appetizers and our server reluctantly took our entrée order with our appetizers. Hushpuppies, fried crawfish, po’ boys, crawfish mac n’ cheese and shrimp and grits were ordered. An hour later, we were still waiting for our appetizers and second round of drinks. We asked our waiter what the story was and he blamed the kitchen. Our food finally came out 10 minutes later. It is good, the fried crawfish are not hot but the shrimp and grits are quite amazing. One hour, 10 minutes.

My friends have coined the term “Turn the Bitch on” when we dine, because whenever there is bad service, they don’t like to say anything and I tend to not be shy. Thankfully, my friend got to take over because her entrée was messed up. Our server apologizes and offers to buy us a pitcher of hurricanes, easy way out, which we decline.

We say we understand as most of us in the party have restaurant experience but want to see a manager, who is apparently bartending.  Another 15 minutes go by and the manager comes out half informed of what’s going on. She apologizes and gives some kitchen excuses and takes a measly 25% off of our bill.

All and all, the food and drinks are worth going back ONCE the staff gets back on track.

C’est si Yum!!

Everyone has “That Place”

17 Mar

Ever been in a couple where you have a place that’s “yours?” Ever had a food that you both love and even crave during weird hours of the day? Sushi, is one of those foods and Seiyo is that place. This place has a really nice atmosphere and they have a wine shop attached to it. The tables along the window are wood and have knife-block looking holders for your silver chopsticks!

Favorite roll? The New York and the Spicy Tuna. The New York has apple and jalapeno in it, can’t go wrong there! Price range is pretty good. They have of course the “designer” rolls that are almost $20 but overall it’s decently priced.  I’ve seen that Spicy Tuna can be anywhere from $5 to $9. Seiyo also has an awesome Asian beer and Sake selection.

I’ve been here a few times with a special someone and we love it.

One thing I would not recommend is the edamame hummus. It needed spicy or salt…it was pretty much blah.

It’s reasonably priced and totally c’est si yum! They deliver too so check it out in the South End!

Dinner Date with my Dad

14 Mar

Had a “Daddy Date” the other day and tried Rio’s Steakhouse in Quincy. It doesn’t look like it’d be a Brazilian restaurant, maybe a burger joint, or all-you-can-eat buffet.

It has a buffet where you get your sides and then starts the Churrascaria. You have a ticket that let’s your server know if you want the food to keep coming out or stop. The buffet food was pretty interesting…I didn’t really know what a lot of the sides were and the labels didn’t help much.

The actual meat was pretty good, chicken sausage, pork loin, pork sausage, steak and lamb. It was all salty so make sure you order something to drink!

Overall I’d go to a churrascaria again…maybe not at Rio’s.

 

Biscuits!

14 Mar

I love homemade biscuits. I do not always have the time to make these from scratch. Thankfully, the grocery gods have easy biscuits that come out of a can! I doctored up these easy-to-make biscuits two ways, sweet and savory.

All you need:

1 Can of Biscuits
Honey
1 Garlic Clove Minced
2 TBS Butter
Parmesan Cheese Shavings (or shredded)

Preheat oven according to directions. I did half sweet and half savory. Drizzle the honey over the tops. Melt the butter and mix with the garlic. Brush over the other four and sprinkle with the Parm shavings.
About halfway through the time, I’d drizzle some more honey over the sweet ones. Serve warm! C’est si yum!

Delicious Easy Glaze

14 Mar

One of my crazy relatives made grilled chicken breasts and gave it to my Gramn. My Gramn gave them to me. Now, we all know microwave chicken can sometimes dry out easily, so I put them in the oven and made a quick glaze to go over them to keep them tender.

I tented the chicken and put them in the oven at 375 for about 10 minutes. This glaze was for three chicken breasts. It could also be used as a seafood marinated or for grilling!

2 TBS Key Lime Juice
2 TBS Honey
Salt and Pepper
1 ts of Herbs de Provence
1 Garlic Clove Minced

Whisk together and pour over chicken. You could also add some white wine. C’est si Yum!