Monday, March 31, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
- Mix 2 cups water w/2 packets of sauce mix in a large skillet.
- Add 3/4 cup of skim milk, 1 1/2 tsp. of light cream cheese and bring to boil. Whisk the mixture periodically. Add pepper to taste.
- Reduce heat.
- Add all of the mushrooms, simmer until mushrooms soften.
- In a separate pot, boil noodles until al dente (around 6 minutes).
- Put noodles in a bowl. Ladle mushroom mixture over them. Added grated Parmesan or the tasty 3 Cheese Blend sold under the Premium Selection name at Kroger (that is our new favorite for this).
It's quick, easy, healthy and makes a lot! Plus, it is almost even better the next day. Enjoy!
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Cafe' Petite Chou, located in Broad Ripple on Westfield Blvd, is a sister restaurant of Patachou, the Indianapolis restaurant known for their excellent breakfasts and more. http://www.cafepatachou.com/index.html
We went to Petite Chou for lunch on a busy Saturday, the restaurant is small and, due to the popularity, crowded. You enter the restaurant, and since there is virtually no wasted space, you wait in the doorway with the other parties waiting for their table. You feel in the way of people wanting to enter and exit, because you are. The day was chilly and blustery, so the outdoor seating wasn't an option. The restaurant has a European feel to it, where people linger and chat long after their meal, which seems nice in a Hemingway novel, but the reality is, the person waiting would really like you to give up the table.
We were seated shortly, though. The table was high, and the stools were backless and hard. The table could easily accommodate 6 people. And, of course, 4 other people were ushered to our table. It had a Benihana-like feel. If you don't like the noise and conversation fragments of other people, this may not be a place for you. Everyone is in extremely close quarters, and everyone is chatting. The chef is in view of the diners (again, no wasted space) and there was were just a few hooks by the front door for coats and umbrellas. We had and extra stool were were using to hold these, but the hostess had to take it for other diners, as they were seating diners at tables that looked like they couldn't possibly accommodate them.
As for the food, the tomato artichoke soup was served in a cup, steam was rising from it in a very pleasing way. A large crouton was inserted in the side of the cup and a generous amount of cheese topped it. A chicken crepe followed it, this was very tasty too. The combination of chicken, asparagus and mushrooms were seasoned perfectly and were the perfect filling for this delicate little pancake. The Croque Monsieur was also very good. The Croque was originally French peasant food, but has evolved over the years. It is basically a French ham and cheese sandwich. The ham was thick, and the bechamel sauce that adorned it was as good as any I've had. It was topped with melted Gruyere cheese. The only negative I would say, is maybe this dish doesn't need the signature Patachou "thick bread", and they might have been a little heavy handed with the Dijon. It was still very tasty, however, and easier than flying to France for lunch. Both the crepe and the sandwich were served with field greens covered with an incredibly delicate vinaigrette.
The service was cordial, but they were incredibly rushed. If you demand attention, don't go during peak times. The server would come by and promise drink refills, which didn't come. But the coffee and water were within reach, so we refilled waters for the table.
The food was splendid, and the service wasn't awful (As I said, they were incredibly busy when we dined). I would definitely return on a spring or fall day (when the outdoor seating is available).
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
Thursday, March 13, 2008
I had the Goat Stew with Rice, it was a flavorful curry broth with large chunks of goat and potatoes (the food is so fresh, you will find a bone or two in your goat, no processed meat here). The stew was seasoned perfectly, spicy, yet not hot. I almost regretted eating it, since it would have been a treat to just smell it all day. The real stars here are the patties, large empanada-like dough pockets (the crust is so golden and flaky) filled with a meat/onion/spice combo that is so good, they have a refrigerated case of them so, if you are a true junkie, you can buy a whole bag and cook them as you need them.
The food is inexpensive (stew is $3.75, the rice, and extra 60 cents, and patties are a budget saving $1.10 each), the service is super cordial, you feel welcomed and at home throughout your stay. And you get to keep our community diverse and funky. Instead of hitting the McDonalds Dollar menu, grab yourself a pattie. You will be glad you did.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Monday, March 10, 2008
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Saturday, March 8, 2008
Friday, March 7, 2008
Thursday, March 6, 2008
- Heat honey until warm, then add peanut butter slowly, until just mixable.
- Stir in remaining ingredients and press into oiled 8-by-8-inch pan.
- Chill for 1 hour. Cut into 25 small squares. Keep in fridge for up to 1 month; freeze indefinitely.
As easy as that recipe is (the hardest part is finding carob powder, which we get at Wild Oats), if you'd rather have someone else do it, but to your specifications, check out http://www.youbars.com/ where you can build-a-bar from their lists of ingredient options. The minimum order is a box of 12 and that costs $40 which is a little pricey but you also get to name your bar. Wouldn't that be impressive to hand to your friend after your next mini-marathon training run?
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Monday, March 3, 2008
Saturday, March 1, 2008
Dragnet (1987)- Playing the Joe Friday role for comedy was ill advised for Dan Ackroyd, and Tom Hanks as the wacky partner? Did this film work for anyone?
Wild Wild West (1999)- Everyone loves Will Smith, but wouldn't George Clooney have been a better Jim West- again, although Wild Wild West was never a straight up drama- too many futile attempts to be funny. A little bit of real danger and drama would have been nice.
Maverick (1994)- I can't imagine why this film didn't work, the cast was there, but the writing was so abysmal, Jodie Foster seemed to be embarrassed in this film.
Dukes of Hazzard (2005)- Awful film, but it was meant to be awful. Just not that awful.
My Favorite Martian (1999)- Christopher Lloyd is no Ray Walston
Beverly Hillbillies (1993)- With Jim Varney as Jed, it would have been a better films if it was yet another "Ernest" film.
Now, quickly, a few that worked for me..a little. Starsky and Hutch (Snoop Dogg saves the day as Huggy Bear), Addams Family (Raul Julia was the perfect big screen Gomez), Charlies Angels ( I liked them, and I dont know why)
Now, the ones that actually worked for me...a lot. Mission Impossible ( a few things I could live without, but not bad). Twin Peaks-Fire Walk with Me (a good way to fill out a story of a cancelled series). X-Files (more of an extra episode, rather than a resurrection). The Fugitive (better than the series, in my opinion), and the great grandaddy of them all...........Star Trek (some nearly awful films, but it's kind of like a drug addict scoring product, it may not have been the quality you wanted, but you won't turn it down).