Monday, May 16, 2011

Bacon, Beans, & Cheese

A friend, Jonah, recently told me about a sandwich that is supposedly amazing. The sandwich consists of baked beans, bacon, and cheese all on sourdough bread. Today I decided to make this glorious sandwich for lunch.




It was amazing. Actually, amazing is an understatement.

The sandwich Jonah makes is a little different than how I made mine today. Because I lacked the exact ingredients I had to improvise. But it was still delicious.

The Build:

Toast 2 slices of sourdough bread (I used wheat).
Heat up some baked beans.
Cook the bacon until it starts to crinkle.
Cut some cheese (C'mon you know what I mean).
  • Use some really sharp cheddar cheese, I used colby jack because that's what I had on hand.

For the Miracle:

Top the bread with the baked beans.
Top the beans with the bacon.
Top the bacon with the cheese.

Put it in the oven on about 200 degrees just so the cheese melts and the bacon gets crispy.

Make it put a smile on your face:

Put the two halves together.

Are you impressed yet? If not, I'm not quite sure you are even human.

The flavor combination is amazing. You have the salty bacon flavor, the sweet brown sugar from the baked beans, and of course that cheese flavor all topped with the slight crunch of the bread.

Jonah, your sandwich is probably the best thing that's ever made it's way to my yummy. For my readers, go make this sandwich right now.

Feel free to send me recipes to try or perfect. I will add them to my blog so be careful if you don't want me to unleash the secrets of your great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandmother's chunky corn bread. Check back often to see what else I'm cookin' up!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Rollin' in California

One thing you should know about me- I don't eat fish. It's a personal choice. I know fish is one of the most healthiest things you can eat, but this girl ain't going anywhere near it. I'll take the fish oil capsules instead.

However, my younger brother brought home some trout that he caught, and I cooked it up. And yes, I ate half of a small trout. It tasted okay, but the whole fish idea made me not want to eat it. I'll have a recipe on that later (which by the way, all my fish loving family LOVED it so don't worry, it's good).

For today, I want to give you a great recipe for California Rolls. I made this in my culinary class back when I was in school, and I loved it. I, however, was the only one to make mine without crab, and without nori. It was pretty difficult, and didn't really resemble a roll... Anyway, here's a recipe you'll love!

California Rolls

1 C Short Grain Rice
2 C Water
Imitation Crab, or Real Crab (your choice)
Green Onion
Red Bell Peppers


1. Cook the rice. Bring it to a boil, stirring continuously. Put the lid on, and turn the heat on low. Let simmer for 15 minutes. Cool rice completely before assembling your rolls.
2. Put rice on nori, covering all but 1/2 to 1 inch on the edge.
3. Place your meat and cut vegetables on the rice, parallel to the bare edge.
4. Roll carefully, making sure the nori doesn't tear, but tight enough that it won't fall apart.
5. Wet the bare edge of nori with a tiny bit of water so it sticks together when rolled up.
6. Cut into smaller pieces, each piece should make 6-8 rolls.
7. Dip in soy sauce and enjoy! Or use my dipping sauce below:

Sugar dipping sauce

1 tbsp. Rice Vinegar
2 tbsp. Sugar

1. Mix together and dip your California Rolls in it and enjoy!

So if you just wanted a snack, or you're looking for the perfect appetizer, these California Rolls will certainly be a hit! If you have any suggestions, please leave me a comment!

Feel free to send me recipes to try or perfect. I will add them to my blog so be careful if you don't want me to unleash the secrets of your great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandmother's chunky corn bread. Check back often to see what else I'm cookin' up!

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Tap Rock- A Restaurant Review

Ever wanted to have a nice dinner overlooking a beautiful, and famous river? Ever wanted to go for a stroll after dinner- around the premises of the restaurant? Ever wanted to dine near a waterfall? Well you can.

For today's post, I wanted to do something a little different than the regular recipes you are used to. I decided to do a restaurant review. The restaurant I will be reviewing is a local favorite, Tap Rock Northwest Grill.

I have been here a few times, and thought the overall experience was great. My favorite meal was the Mt. Bachelor Burger. This burger is built with slow-grilled sweet onions and melted Tillamook® Swiss cheese. With crisp lettuce, tomato and Taprock’s burger sauce all for a great price of $9.99. It also came with my choice of fries, cole slaw, or cottage cheese. It ain't a real burger meal if you ain't got the fries right? So I went ahead and got the fries.

Aside from the food, I'd have to say the hostess I had was very friendly, and she made sure everything was perfect. The wait on my meal was about 20 minutes, which is good time considering it isn't fast food. When it got to my table, it was really hot! That doesn't happen often. I usually get warm food.

Below I have posted some pictures of Tap Rock and a brief description.

This is the front view of Tap Rock entering the city of Grants Pass, OR. As you can see, there is plenty of outside patio dining area that wraps around the front of the building and over looks the Rogue River.

Also, to the left, yo
u can see a waterfall. All around the building there are numerous water features.

If you take a walk under the restaurant, there is bronze bear statues and beautiful paintings along with awesome rock features.

After a nice meal, you can take a walk and enjoy the beautiful scenery, and then take a ride on the jet boats! Of course that costs extra, and you'll have to book a reservation with
Hellgate Jet Boat Excursions.

Now this is the main entrance to Tap Rock. The double doors are bronze covered wood. They are VERY heavy. It shows bears and a river, and some trees, most likely evergreens.

Here it is agian, but this time at night with the lights. I wish it had been a better shot so you can see the full detail, but I guess that's why you should come check it out for yourself.

This is one of the many beautiful fireplaces inside the restaurant. The feeling when you walk in is like you are walking into a log cabin.

Here to the left is just a simple salmon meal with sautéed vegetables, and some rice. I'm not a fan of fish, so I haven't eaten it. However, I heard that all the wild salmon, and other seafood dishes like the halibut is really good. So yay if you're a fish eater :)

So after dinner (or before), you can tale a short scenic walk around Tap Rock, and not only view the beautiful and famous Rogue River, but also the amazing features that Tap Rock has to offer.

If you are it the area, please stop by Tap Rock. It is amazing, and you won't regret it. The price is right, the food is good, and the hospitality is something of the rare sort. If you aren't in the area, next time you plan your get away, plan a trip to Grants Pass, Oregon. There's more to do here than just eat at Tap Rock. :) You can find them HERE!

Also, if you are in Poulsbo, Washington, or in the area, be sure to stop and eat at the Tap Rock there!

Monday, May 9, 2011

A Cold Remedy

One day while watching The Other End of the Line, I saw in one of the scenes a cold remedy from India. Apparently ginger root, and lemon can really clear a stuffy head. Well I tried the remedy, using my own recipe, and came to find out that it actually works.

If you suffer from allergies, and are congested, you can drink this Indian tea, and clear your head. It's a really simple recipe that actually tastes pretty good. I added a little honey for sweetness, and to help soothe my sore throat. After sipping slowly on my hot beverage, I felt better. My nose ran the whole time, but I gotta say, it really cleared me up!

Indian Cold Remedy- Ginger Lemon Tea

1 small ginger root
1 medium lemon
4 C. water
2 tbsp. honey (or raw sugar if allergic)

1. Cut up ginger root, and place in water in a pot on the stove.
2. Cut lemon into quarters and squeeze the juice into the water. Add the rest of the lemon. The squeezing ensures that most of the lemon juice is out.
3. Boil for 10 minutes.
4. Strain into tea pot or pitcher. Add desired amount of honey.
5. Enjoy, and get better!

If you haven't seen the movie I got this from, it would be a great idea to. Especially if you like love stories. Here's the synopsis:

"A beautiful credit card phone operator lives in India but pretends to be American to her callers. Soon she travels to the United States without telling her family in order to meet a New York man that she's met over the phone. But problems arise when they meet in San Francisco and she decides not to reveal her true identity."

At first I wasn't much interested in watching it because I'm not really a fan of watching movies with actors I don't know. It ended up being really good, and it surprised me.

So go rent it, make some tea, and drink to the movie and to your well being!

Feel free to send me recipes to try or perfect. I will add them to my blog so be careful if you don't want me to unleash the secrets of your great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandmother's chunky corn bread. Check back often to see what else I'm cookin' up!


Thursday, May 5, 2011

Pop goes the tart!

The other day I was watching The Wedding Singer when I had a sudden craving for pop tarts. I didn't have any of the tasty pastries to satisfy my hunger, so I decided to make some.

I was on a few days before my pop tart craving day when I stumbled upon a pop tart recipe. Now I didn't follow the directions, but I got the main idea and did my own thing. You can find the recipe at:

I made a simple pie crust, and made some Boston Chocolate Cream Pie filling to make the filling of the pop tarts followed by a homemade chocolate glaze. The pie crust I used, I doubled but I have posted it below:

Pie Crust

1 1/4 C. Flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 C. Butter, Chilled & Diced (substitue 1/2 C. shortening)
3 tbsp. ice water

1. Whisk the flour and salt together.
2. Cut in the butter until it resembles a crumb like texture.
3. Add ice water to moisten.
4. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Now I thought that the recipe wasn't going to be enough, so I went ahead and doubled it. If you have too much in the end, that's okay, you can make mini pies!

The cream pie filling I am going to share is not as good as my mother's, but it is pretty darn close! It reminds me of the holidays when we would all get together as a family and eat until our pants burst... Well not really, but anyway, here it is:

Chocolate Cream Pie Filling

1. C. sugar
1/2 C. flour
1 tsp. vanilla
2 egg yolks
1/8 tsp. salt
2 C. scalded milk
2 squares of baking chocolate (substitute 3 tbsp cocoa powder and 1 tbsp butter per square)
1 tsp. butter

1. In a double boiler, melt the chocolate in the milk .
2. Mix in dry ingredients gradually. Cook for 15 minutes, stirring constantly until mixture thickens.
3. Mix in egg yolks one at a time, stirring after each one.
4. Cook for 3 minutes longer, then add vanilla.

So go back to the link I shared with you and follow the directions of adding the filling to the crust. Or you can use preserves, lemon filling, anything you want! The possibilities are endless.

The chocolate glaze I made is rather simple. I added a little bit of cocoa powder to about 1/4 cup of powdered sugar, and about 1/2 tsp vanilla, and 1/4 tsp watrer. You can make it how you want. Without the chocolate, it is just a plain vanilla glaze, or you can make it maple, or even mint with either mint or maple extracts.

I hope you enjoy your homemade pop tarts!

Feel free to send me recipes to try or perfect. I will add them to my blog so be careful if you don't want me to unleash the secrets of your great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandmother's chunky corn bread. Check back often to see what else I'm cookin' up!