Wednesday, December 31, 2014

A Restaurant Review

It is time for another restaurant review.


Because we found a GREAT ONE.

Great things MUST be shared.

(click for FB page)
found in Marion, Ohio
(make sure you check out their about page for contact info)

Just wait until you see the run-down of our satisfying feast.....

When we do a restaurant review we order from appetizer to dessert.
That is the only way to get the full affect. 
Then we roll home,
moan and groan a little,
consume antacids,
and reminisce in the joy of finding wonderful food. 
These are wood fired pretzel sticks with beer cheese to dip them in.
Some other appetizers I noticed on the menu:

deep fried dill pickles
spinach and artichoke dip

I'm not going to list them all because you have got to go and see for yourself......

<---------------- over here is the Chicago Style hot dog. They serve 1/4 pound hot dogs on a slightly wood fired hoagie bun.
And if you like "hot stuff", those little peppers packed a mighty fine punch.
On the side they serve homemade potato chips. Crispy and browned to perfection.
The one below is a Smokehouse hot dog.
The hot dog was topped with BBQ pulled pork, spicy coleslaw, and topped with onion straws.

After eating this food, I'm seriously thinking about contacting The Food Network and letting Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives know about it. 


Do I want to keep this secret for just Johnie and I?

But WAIT!!

I haven't gotten to the best part yet.


They definitely have a one-of-a-kind dessert.

Do you have any idea what this gold mine is? 

It is a deep fried Reese's cupcake.
Yes, I did say cupcake.
And then on the side they serve it with beer stout ice cream.

I even challenged the waitress when she mentioned it.
"There is no way you can deep fry a cupcake!"
I was proven wrong.

And you don't have to eat the Reese's one.....
You get to choose your cupcake.
And let me tell you, they have many to choose from:

Triple Chocolate
Carrot Cake
And many, many more.

Do you want to know how good it was?

Take a good look below.

You have got to make the trip to Marion just for the deep fried cupcake.

See ya'all soon

Monday, December 15, 2014

Meat Loaf & The Weekend

With all the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping,
and decorating,
We really think it's time for some comfort food.
 Meat Loaf is a comfort food, right?
It is in our book anyway.
Meat Loaf is so versatile.
You can eat it just as is in the photo,
or you can make 
cold meat loaf sandwiches,
add it to a grilled cheese,
brown it in a skillet for breakfast,
crumble it and add in taco shells,
and the list goes on......
 We went out three times over the weekend 
to torture ourselves in the madness of Christmas shoppers.
Stocking stuffers always kill the pocket-book.
Our kids out-grew the stockings years ago.
They have advanced to large Christmas bags.
And they are stuffed full!
 We spent some time at Kay's Jewelers.
Johnie was doing a lot of sneaky business with the sales person......
Does that look like a bunch of Kay's boxes under the tree?
And I am being tortured to WAIT.
Kay's was having a really awesome holiday sale. 
We got all the adult girls some beautiful jewelry. 
 Then we went to Hobby Lobby.
Can you believe I have NEVER been in a Hobby Lobby?
First time ever on Saturday.
I was in crafty heaven.
I put together this bouquet of flowers to dress up our newly painted bathroom.
I also got some really cool candle holders.
And their clearance isle.....
Well, that filled most of the Christmas bags. 
 So after endearing all the madness, we created ourselves some comfort.
 Meat Loaf is a "dump all" kind of food.
All the flavors meld together to create goodness.
 And some of the things we added to this one gave it just a little kick.
 Meat Loaf

1 1/2 lb. ground pork (seasoned)
1 1/2 lb. ground chuck
1 c. salsa (of your choice)
2 eggs
2 TBS hot pepper jelly
1 c. crushed, Duoz Cheez-Its
1/2 sleeve soda crackers, crushed
salt and pepper to taste
4 TBS Worcestershire sauce
1/4 c. prepared mustard

Mix ingredients all together.
Using two loaf pans, divide meat mixture.
Press meat mixture in to both pans.
Bake in a 350 degree F. oven for 50-60 minutes. 
Definitely the comfort we needed.

See Ya'all Soon

Monday, December 8, 2014

Chicken Cordon Bleu & The Weekend

 Johnie and I spent the whole entire weekend in Christmas mode.
We spent the day in Columbus on Saturday.
It was a day of shopping, and of course, eating.
We found these huge ornaments at Sam's Club. 
 They fit perfectly inside the large glass vases that we have.
We just dropped a couple in the vases and added some Christmas
ribbon to dress them up a bit.
Our Sunday consisted of attic digging.
You know exactly what I'm talking about.....
The dreaded "dig out the Christmas" tree,
wrapping paper,
and decorations.
Johnie dug out his Christmas tree (pre-lighted) of fifteen years.
We worked on it,
(Christmas music in the background)
and worked on it,
(Christmas music in the background)
and worked on it,
(Christmas music in the background)
but could not find any success 
in getting all the sections to light up.
So we finally gave up and headed to Sears.
We bought two new (pre-lighted) Christmas trees.
One is tall and skinny and the other is just a normal size.
We have a big picture window in our living room 
where we wanted both trees to sit together.
But as the evening went on we decided to move one 
in front of the picture window in the dining room.
 One thing we did find out on Sunday:
We are compatible when it comes to assembling
and decorating Christmas trees.
Kind of like our compatibility with cooking. 
After we got the house decorated for Christmas
we headed to the kitchen to make this wonderful
Chicken Cordon Bleu.
 This is a very easy recipe.
We used prosciutto instead of ham.
 All you do is:
pound your chicken breast flat.
 Place prosciutto and sliced Swiss cheese on top of the chicken.
Roll the chicken around the prosciutto and cheese.
After you get them all (we did four) assembled,
roll in flour,
dip in egg wash (three eggs and a splash of water), whisked
and then roll in Italian bread crumbs mixed with Parmesan cheese.
Bake them in a preheated 450 degree F. oven for 50-60 minutes.  
We served ours over chicken flavored rice,
and roasted asparagus on the side.
A very good meal.

See Ya'all Soon

Monday, December 1, 2014

Pumpkin Crunch Cake & The Weekend

 Did you all have a fantastic Thanksgiving?
We sure did!
But I got so caught up in the moment of having all of 
our children here together that I forgot all about the camera.
It took us six hours to prepare our meal,
and only eight minutes for everyone to destroy it.

I realized I forgot to capture our Thanksgiving the next morning.
So I quickly snapped some pictures while the grand kids
were destroying Grandma's pumpkin bread French Toast.
 This is sweet baby Tristan.
I say baby lightly.....
He is growing so fast and will soon be ONE.
 He was going to town on the French Toast.
 This is bedhead Lydia.
She is such a little helper with baby Tristan.

Johnie and I continued our Thanksgiving into Sunday.
The three heaping plates of Thanksgiving food,
and sixteen servings of dessert just wasn't enough.
We headed out Sunday at noon to visit one of our 
favorite eating spots.

 I had the Prime Ribeye Steak,
 and Johnie ordered the Alaskan Steak.
His steak was topped with crab meat and mushrooms 
with a really yummy white sauce.
 One of the perks of knowing the manager personally is,
he allowed us to walk the hotel lobby and restaurant to 
see all the Christmas decorations.
It was absolutely beautiful!
Ceiling high Christmas trees,
Christmas accents on banisters, and mantels.
Definitely gets you in the mood for Christmas.
And I finally snapped a shot of their famous people
"guest list"

Did you happen to see Marilyn Monroe is listed there?

 Johnie and I stole the opportunity to snap some selfies with Christmas 
in the background.
I played around with the picture and made it look like a personalized
Christmas card. 
 Here are some of the decorations in the hotel restaurant.
I would love to reserve for our family Christmas celebration this year.
Or maybe next year.

 I can't believe Johnie photo-bombed Santa.....
But that's Johnie.
He is fun like that all the time....

 Now as far as the Pumpkin Crunch Cake goes....
Definitely delicious!
This recipe came from Flour Me With Love.
The only thing I did differently is,
I drizzled some vanilla icing over the cake 
while it was still slightly warm.
All you have to do is visit the Flour Me With Love link
and you will find a fantastic holiday recipe.

See Ya'all Soon