Saturday, October 18, 2008
This recipe is another one I got from the girls in the recipe group. Until now, I had two ways I knew to cook fish. Natalie sent this recipe out recently so I was excited to try it.
from Junior League of Lake Charles Cookbook
Speckled Trout or Redfish filets (I used Tilapia)
Tony Chachere’s Creole seasoning to taste
1 cup milk
Italian-style bread crumbs
3 Tbsp unsalted butter
3 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
Season the fish generously with creole seasoning.
Whisk the milk and eggs in a shallow dish.
Coat the seasoned filets in bread crumbs. Coat in the egg mixture and then coat in bread crumbs again.
Heat the butter and olive oil in a large heavy non-stick skillet over medium-heat.
Add the filets in a single layer.
Cook 3-4 minutes per side or until the fish flakes easily; do not overcook.
This was a really good meal. I don't LOVE fish but I really liked it cooked like this. It felt healthier than my normal "fried" fish.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Another recipe from the recipe group. This one is from our friend Tiffany. Ryan and her husband Brandon have been friends since elementary school. We have pictures of one of Ryan's first birthday's after moving to The Woodlands... and there is Brandon celebrating with him.
Tiffany is very good about sending out EASY recipes, which I love. This one was very easy and I thought it tasted really good. If I were to rate on 5 star system, I would give this a solid 4. It's nothing fancy but is a yummy, easy meal.
Meat Roll Ups
1 lb. of ground beef
1 pkg. of onion soup mix (I used Lipton)
1 cup shredded cheese (I used Colby)
1 can of croissants (6 is better, they are larger roll ups)
Preheat oven to 375.
Brown ground beef.
Mix in onion soup mix.
Flatten out dough.
Put meat in the middle and top with cheese. Use more than shown in this picture, it wasn't enough. (I didn't measure)
Fold all together.
Bake for 13 minutes.
I topped with a little extra cheese and let cook an extra minute or two until the cheese melted and the crescent rolls were a little brown.
Friday, October 10, 2008
This past weekend, Ryan and I took a quick trip to Philadelphia. Ryan's little brother, Eric, is a wide receiver for Dartmouth and Dartmouth was playing UPenn. So, the game was our main motivation of going to the game. Additionally, Ryan's family has some very close friends in Philly. The Shea's used to live in The Woodlands and their son, Steve and Ryan's other brother Kevin are very good friends. The Shea's and The Paul's have remained very close over the years, along with several other families whose son's are all friends with Kevin and Steve. So, not only were Ryan and I at the game, but also The Paul's, Kevin and his fiance' Stephanie, Steve and his girlfriend Dana, The Shea's, The Babcock's and The Barton's. It was a big weekend in Philly for this Woodlands Clan!
Ryan and I arrived late Friday night and met up with Steve, Kevin and Steph at a bar about 3 blocks from our hotel. Earlier that evening, everyone else attended a huge gala celebrating the re-opening of the Please Touch Museum. Mrs. Shea was involved with the opening of the museum and The Woodlands gang enjoyed celebrating with her. Ryan and I hated to miss the party but our schedules prevented us from getting into Philadelphia in time. :(
Saturday morning we started our morning with a stroll around the area near our hotel looking for coffee and breakfast. After some aimless wandering we decided to just head toward the stadium and hope to find something on the way. All along not knowing what was waiting for us at the Dartmouth Tailgate. Just before we crossed the Schuylkill River, we found the Walnut Bridge Coffee House. We stopped in and had breakfast sandwiches. The had a divine display case full of Truffles and Petit Fours. I couldn't resist. I got Ryan the Black and White Truffle (Dark Chocolate and White Chocolate) and I had the "Ghost" Petite Four (Almond Cake, Butter Cream Icing, White Chocolate). Both were fantastic... who says you can't have cake and chocolate for breakfast???
Then we headed to the Dartmouth Tailgate, which ended up being just over the bridge. We got there to find "professional" tailgaters. One of the football players parents knew some guys that tailgate for the Eagles games. They had the full setup for cooking, along with a DJ. Breakfast was being served... Sausage and Egg sandwiches, Bacon and Fried Potatoes. I was so sad I had already eaten that egg sandwich at the coffee house because this food looked good. So, what do you do? Just eat again. And that we did. It was fantastic. After breakfast, they cooked Lunch...Ribeye Steak Sandwiches and Grilled Shrimp. I had to have some of that as well. Then, we finally headed to the football game. Eric played well but Dartmouth lost.
After the game, Ryan and I took a quick stroll through UPenn's campus. It's gorgeous. I remember when I was looking at colleges we would comment on a campus being pretty. In Mississippi, people from Ole Miss think their campus is "prettier" than Mississippi State's. I always thought Rhodes' campus was prettier than Millsaps' with all the matching stone buildings. NOTHING compares to the beauty of an old campus like UPenn. Some of those buildings were probably built before the United States was a country. It was just amazing to walk through. Of course, the "LOVE" statue is new and there is another one, made famous in some movies, in the more downtown area of Philadelphia.
Sunday was our "tourist" day. We woke up late and were ready for lunch. We got
a cab to take us to the two famous Cheesesteak restaurants... Pat's and Geno's. We decided that instead of picking which place to go, we would have one at each place. We went to Pat's first and ordered a "whiz wit". That is, we got a Cheesesteak with Onions and Cheese Whiz. It was REALLY good. Everything I had hoped for. Then we walked across the street, yes, they are right across the street, to Geno's. There we ordered a "provolone wit"--a Cheesesteak with Onions and Provolone cheese. All the tables there were full so a local man let us sit with him. I was too embarrassed to take pictures of the cheese steak with him sitting right there so no picture. We realized that we should have gotten cheese whiz at both places so that we could have done a true comparison. Pat's meat was a little greasier and more chopped up, the onions a little more cooked. Geno's meat was probably a little more tender but was not chopped as much, and the onions were under cooked. The local man we sat with, and our cab driver, both told us they only eat at Geno's, its much cleaner. And you can definitely see this. The man we were sitting with said that Pat's had too much "gristle"... we aren't 100% sure what this means, but we think it means it's fattier, thus making it a little tougher and a little greasier. But, we liked them both!
One thing on the list to do was to go in a Seven Eleven and get a Slurpee. I hear they are better and different than Icee's... but I didn't really taste a difference.
We wanted to see the Please Touch Museum after hearing everyone talk about how cool all the exhibits were. So, we took a cab out there. It's a good ways from the Center City/Old City area out to Memorial Hall. We get out there and it appears that it's closed. We walk to the door to check and indeed, the man cleaning the steps tells us it is closed and was only open for a short friends and family/members event that we missed by about an hour. While this was happening, our cab driver that we think was being nice and waiting around on us, got into an accident while trying to park on the side of the road. Yikes. So, we decided to start walking down the main street to get a cab... none of which were in site. It was getting hot at this point and Ryan was getting tired of walking. But we just kept heading toward the Zoo, which was about a mile away, hoping there would be more cabs there. (This is Memorial Hall, where the Please Touch Museum is located.)
Triumph Brewery was an upscale, local brewery. We both did the beer flight were we tasted each beer. I am not a huge beer fan but I liked a few. Ryan polished off his flight and had a whole glass of the one that I liked least. It tasted like a campfire smells, he loved it. We also had a nice fried mozarella appetizer while we cooled off and watched some football and baseball. By the time we left Triumph, the place was packed with (sad) Philadelphia Eagles fans who arrived after the game.
We left Triumph and returned to our hotel to get ready for dinner. We moved our 7:30 reservations to 8 so we could finish watching whatever football game was on... it was a close one, that's all I remember.
Dinner was at Friday Saturday Sunday. None of our Philadelphia friends had ever heard of it so we were a little nervous. I found it online and it got great reviews on City Search. We were not disappointed. The restaurant advertises that all their wine is just $10 over cost, instead of double and triple like some restaurants. We orderd a bottle of Pinot Noir. They are also known for their cream of mushroom soup. Ryan ordered this and I got the Manhattan Clam Chowder. Both were delicious and we were very happy with our selections. For dinner, I had the Crab Cakes with Roasted Potatoes and Ryan had the Filet with Scalloped Potatoes. Both were outstanding. For dessert we ordered a Puff Pastry with Berries and Cream and a Caramel Sauce. It was a great, light dessert to end the evening. Everything about our dinner and the restaurant were fantastic. We were seated in a corner booth and could see everything going on in the restaurant. It's a small place, very much a local gem. It was a good night. The pictures of the food don't do it justice. It was just too dark and I refuse to use a flash in the restaurant!
Thursday, October 9, 2008
My parents are the real deal. You can tell--you can see in everything that they do--they are committed to each other, they love each other, they love their children, the love God and they know that God put them together for a reason. Like any couple, they have been through hard times, the loss of parents, the loss of friends, tight financial times, but they are always there for each other, to work through things, to comfort the other, to lift the other up, to care for their family. To me, they are the model of a "perfect" marriage.
Thanks Mom and Dad for being a good example of love and marriage. I love you.