Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Homemade bread and burgers

Jeff and I have been really getting into the cook from scratch spirit. We took a long hard look at our finances and bellies and decided that cooking at home was the way to go. I decided as a New Years resolution for 2011 (better late then never) that I wanted to learn how to cook more items from scratch; bread, pasta, noodles etc. My first attempt at bread was okay but not great. I don't think I let it cook long enough and the result was a doughy, yeast tasting center. Don't get me wrong, I love doughy centers but the yeasty taste was a little weird. Oh well, try again! I tried again and was successful! I made six buns that were soft, crunchy and looked like actual bread! The recipe I used can be found here.

I digress...so we were trying to figure out what to have for dinner on the drive home from the gym."Well we have ground beef"...and the conversation took off from there. It seemed that all of our leftover odds and ends could all come together in a meal: homemade buns toasted with coconut butter, burgers (Jeff seasoned and added an egg white), turkey bacon, an egg yolk for me (left over from the egg white) and simple salad with lemon juice and olive oil. One slight mistake, HOLY LEMON JUICE. Someone (ahem..me) drained an entire lemon on the plate. Tart! Anyways to sum it all up, we were so stinking proud of ourselves for creating a meal that I am sure people make everyday. Hello!? Bread has been a around a while, I need to get with the program.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Rioja Brunch

You may remember (probably not) a previous post about dinner at Rioja. Good news for you...Rioja does brunch! It truly is a fantastic breakfast experience. And until the word gets out, there is very rarely a wait to get in even on Saturday's and Sundays. So when Snooze tells you the wait is going to be 4 hours or something ridiculous like that....check out Rioja!

The spritzers - a variety of juices with sparking water. The pomegranate was so refreshing. 
Prosciutto wrapped mozzarella. I don't view it as a traditional breakfast item but who is going to argue with food this good?
Strawberry stuffed french toast, for the sweet tooth.
My favorite - Eggs Benedict! Going to say one of the best Benedicts I have had. They really take the time to come up with  great flavor combinations.
Cute Cute Cute! Sea Salt and Pepper with a little scoop. Just adorable.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Jeff's Dinner

I am very sad to say that these pictures are very old and I can't remember the recipe. Jeff created this fantastic meal for me and all I can say is that is was wonderful. Perhaps I can guess what was happening....If not, we can chop this one up to food porn.

Bruchetta toasted with hummus, feta and basil?
Bacon, onion and misc. green herb
Pre-dairy allergy - BUTTER with misc. green herb
Mixing all of the above?
Ohh looks like blue cheese too!
Good gosh...salivating
Bacon...love it!
Oh would you look at that. Cute leftover meal for work.