Archives for the month of: May, 2011
“09er” Burger, with lettuce, tomato, onion, goat cheese, roasted red peppers & pesto aioli, and hand-cut fries.
For our last dinner in San Antonio, we decided to try out a recommendation from a friend. The Cove serves primarily organic, local and sustainable items on their menu.  And as a bonus, they have a playground to keep kids entertained!  In a bit of a role reversal, I had the burger and Troy opted for seafood tacos (one fish, one shrimp) with a spinach salad on the side.  Both dishes were delish, but I think his was slightly better. Next time I will try to overcome my aversion to cilantro. 😉

Cinnamon roll. Yes, singular. We took about 3/4 of it home.

Since we didn’t have the luxury of free breakfast at the hotel this morning, we decided to do a little Yelp search and settled on a diner that was a bit off the beaten path of tourist traps, but still within walking distance of our hotel. Mr. Tim’s Country Kitchen was nothing fancy to look at, but had great food and ENORMOUS portions. This was my chicken fried steak.


We also ordered the kiddo a single pancake, and here’s what arrived. Needless to say, it went largely unfinished.


Pork carnitas taco and carne asada taco, with guacamole, pico de gallo, and a side of pinto beans from Mi Tierra.

Just about everyone I asked told me I absolutely HAD to go to Mi Tierra while in San Antonio. It did not disappoint. The picture may not look like much, but these were two of the best tacos I’ve ever had. Nothing fancy, just meat in a (fresh) tortilla.


Beef brisket, turkey breast, sausage, cole slaw and corn on the cob (in bags).

On the road this weekend, so posts are going to be spotty and pics will be largely unedited. [ETA: updating with more and better pics now that I’m home ;)]

Pit stop in Austin last night, so we hit up Iron Works BBQ. It’s not my absolute favorite place for barbecue in Austin (that would be Salt Lick), but it’s still pretty dang good.  Here was our full tray.

Penne with sausage, artichokes & tomatoes
Whole grain penne with sausage, artichokes & tomatoes, topped with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
This is another regular dish in our menu rotation.  I love it because not only is it very quick to put together, but it’s also very tasty. It’s called “pasta concoction” because it’s something that I concocted one evening based on what happened to be in my pantry/freezer and the ingredients vary depending on what I have on hand.  I’ve also made it with fresh broccoli, spinach, arugula, chicken breasts, etc., but the one constant tends to be the can of diced tomatoes, which adds moisture and brings everything together without getting too saucy.
chocolate rice krispies treat
Rice Krispie treat with chocolate.
I made these with my daughter yesterday. On a whim, we dumped in a cup of mini chocolate chips, which got a bit more melty than I expected.  They’re good, but I think I actually like them better plain, which is saying something since I’m a freak for chocolate.
Ham and egg sandwich - open
ham and egg sandwich

Scrambled eggs with mushrooms, American cheese and ham on Orowheat sandwich thins.

It’s been a busy couple of weeks around here and the fridge has gotten a little bare, so I had to make do this morning with an egg sandwich, which is usually Troy’s specialty.


Ok, today’s post is a total cheat. The hubs had to go out of town for work and I did not make or eat anything picture-worthy yesterday, or really today either, for that matter.  I do make this bread fairly regularly though and took this picture a few weeks ago to save for an occasion like this.

The recipe is from my friend Jacki’s blog, and is actually mixed and kneaded in a bread machine first. Then I shape it in loaf pans for the second rise and bake.  I bought a used bread machine just for this purpose and rarely buy bread anymore.  I sub about 2 cups of whole wheat flour for the white.

carne guisada

3 days behind, yikes!  Although, it does sort of feel like I’m posting into the void since I have gotten maybe 3 comments total so far.  But I digress. [ETA: just realized that I missed notifications for about a half-dozen comments.  Thanks, friends!]

Carne Guisada, from one of my all time favorite Tex-Mex restaurants, Chuy’s.  It’s basically like a Mexican beef stew that is served with tortillas, cheese, pico & guacamole on the side. I don’t get it very often, especially because it’s only served on weekends, but every once in a while, it hits the spot.

Chinese pan-fried noodles
My favorite noodles from my favorite Chinese take-out place.  Crispy fried noodles that soften up after you pour the toppings and sauce on top.  I usually get the combination, which has shrimp, squid, “crab,” chicken, pork and veggies.  I could probably eat this whole (giant) bowl and nothing else.