May 7, 2015

Snooze, an A.M. Eatery in San Diego

While we were in San Diego on vacation a few months ago, we discovered the most amazing place for breakfast! Thanks to Yelp!, we decided to check out Snooze, an A.M. Eatery for breakfast during our trip.

Since we were in a new area for us, we tried a few different places for breakfast. After trying Snooze, we couldn't stop talking about the dishes we had there... and had to go back on our last morning to get another taste to keep the good food memories alive! We loved their retro decor and fun atmosphere.

The have a whole slew of Eggs Benedict Dishes... and you can pick 2 different styles when you order then, so of course, I had to do that both mornings where went there. I absolutely loved, the Bella! Bella! Benny - the balsamic glaze on it took it right over-the-top in the flavor department. I also enjoyed the more traditional Benny Goodman Benny (which is not in the photo below) - can't beat a breakfast that includes lox!  The more traditional Eggs Benedict had ham and a the more traditional Hollandaise sauce and was truly hard to stop eating. Thank goodess calories don't count on vacation!

Snooze an A.M. Eatery: Bella!Bella! Benny and the Benny Goodman

Both my husband and oldest enjoyed the Breakfast Pot Pie (see below)... true comfort food but for breakfast! Kind of a breakfast version of chicken pot pie. It is served in a puff pastry crust and topped with an egg any style you like... they opted for sunny side up since it would add the extra yummy egg yolk running through it. Let's just say, mouths are watering just remembering this one!

Snooze A.M. Eatery: Breakfast Pot Pie

I didn't get a photo of the OMG! French Toast, but between the strawberries and salted caramel it was seriously addictive.

Another option you have is to select the "Flight of Pancakes" - of course, my youngest went with all chocolate chip pancakes, but you have a nice variety to choose from... and they run special one's every once in awhile. Our server even brought us over the cinnamon roll pancakes to try... and, let's just say it was a good thing we shared that one because it was beyond incredible!

Snooze an A.M. Eatery - Flight of Chocolate Chip Pancakes

We would highly recommend going to Snooze if you are in California, but they also have locations in both Arizona and Colorado if you happen to be traveling that way instead.

I would recommend getting up early to get there as they do get very busy (no reservations) and you might have to wait up to 30-40 minutes for a table. Everyone seems to take their time enjoying the food and time with their family or friends.

Snooze, an A.M. Eatery
3940 Fifth Avenue
San Diego, California

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May 5, 2015

Dressed Up Classico Sun-Dried Tomato Alfredo Sauce

There are days when you think you are going to make something that requires a fair amount of chopping and preparation... and, then you get home and realize that's just not going to happen. No amount of perseverance will allow it to happen. On those nights, it's ok to use a convenience item to make dinner happen.

When I pull a jar of sauce out of my pantry, I like to add a few things to it to amp up the flavor and veggie factor for that night's dinner.  I recently found a few Classico sauces on sale when shopping at Target. One that we had enjoyed previously was their Sun-Dried Tomato Alfredo and it's available again.

I had a number of items in the fridge that allowed me to make this a quick and easy dinner. Chicken breasts, sun-dried tomatoes, diced tomatoes and spinach.

Dressed up Classico sun-dried tomato Alfredo sauce for #dinner #quick #easy

Not only is this a colorful way to serve dinner, it's also go those added veggies and chicken to make it satisfying. Thrown together in less than 30 minutes and filled with tasty veggies - that might otherwise have ended up not used - and you've got a great weeknight meal!

Even my son who is not a fan of pasta loved this one! Sometimes it's ok to use a convenience product... but, don't rely on it to be the sole provider of flavor. Take a look in the fridge, freezer and pantry to see what goodies you can add to make it a fully satisfying meal. Your family will thank you for taking the time  to do it!

Dressed Up Sun-Dried Tomato Alfredo Sauce with Pasta

  • 1/2 pound farfalle pasta (bow-ties)
  • 1 jar Classico Sun-Dried Tomato Alfredo Sauce
  • 1/2 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes, drained if packed in oil
  • 3-4 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 15 ounces diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1/2 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced into strips
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
Cooking Directions
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions, drain and set aside.

  2. While pasta is cooking, heat oil in a large non-stick skillet. Once hot, add the sliced chicken and cook until browned - about 4-5 minutes.

  3. Add sun-dried tomatoes and diced tomatoes to the skillet and allow to cook until about 3-5 minutes.

  4. Add pasta and spinach to the skillet and stir to combine and cook until heated through.

This is not a sponsored post, I just happen to like this product and am sharing it for that reason. No compensation has been involved.

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May 3, 2015

Taco Lasagna, A Perfect Weeknight Meal

Finding new ways of making dinner with favorite flavors can be a challenge. Which is why I love perusing Pinterest! Which is what I often do while My Oldest is at his weekly rock climbing team training for 2 hours. What else is there to do? It's just far enough from home that it's not worth dropping off and coming back. So, I use the time to plan the next week's meals uninterrupted! Productivity at it's best!

My Youngest adores tacos... to the point where we really do observe the unofficial holiday of Taco Tuesday every week. The rest of us get tired of having tacos every week (I know... seems weird, but we do enjoy variety at my kitchen table).  When I came across a Taco Lasagna recipe on Pinterest, I immediately pinned it and added it to last week's meal plan.

The Girl Who Ate Everything found the recipe over at Taste of Home and adapted it from there. It's always interesting to follow the links to see where the recipes I find originated! I did make some additional changes to the recipe as well, which you will find at the end of this post.
Taco Lasagna

Normally, I'd avoid a lasagna style dish on a weeknight but this one was absolutely the easiest version I've ever made! I had it in the oven within about 10 minutes... helped by using oven ready lasagna noodles, gotta use the convenience foods in this case! If you want to use the regular noodles, you'll need to cook them first.

April 30, 2015

San Diego Zoo

I'm very late in sharing our trip to San Diego last winter. We opted to visit California for our wintery escape this year and enjoyed several sites while we were there.

One of the best things we did was visit the San Diego Zoo! We had heard about it for years and knew it had to be on our list. We bought our tickets through AAA online and it was the best rate and included the bus tour of the zoo.

There was no charge for parking which was nice since so many places have added fees just to drive into the parking lot. We got there early and since it was a school break that was the smartest way to visit the zoo.

Rather than wander around we decided to take the bus tour first. Best decision ever! No line at the beginning of the day and it was very thorough so we knew what areas we really wanted to focus on during our visit.

San Diego Zoo

Our admission also included the use of the kangaroo bus which takes you around one half of the zoo. Well worth it since it will wear your family out trying to walk the whole thing. We also had access to the Skyfari which takes you from the entrance of the zoo to the farthest side and you get a bird's eye view of everything on your way there.

April 28, 2015

Quick Kalamata Olive Hummus {recipe}

Sometimes you just want something to nibble on, and when that urge hits it really helps if you happen to have something in the fridge that will satisfy the craving.  I like to keep some staple items in my pantry just for this purpose and recently I had this itch to make hummus, so I did.

Now, most hummus recipes have tahini in them. Well, that's not something I keep on hand and the amount needed for one batch of hummus is only a fraction of what comes in the container, which is frustrating because it ends up hiding in the back of my fridge and won't be found again until I'm looking for something else.

Threw together a kalamata hummus super fast. Not exactly like the one my nephew makes, but pretty good. �� #snack #healthy #needtomunch

Tahini does add a bit of something "extra" to hummus, but when making it at home I feel it can be skipped if you don't happen to have it on hand.

April 26, 2015

Wild Rice with Cranberries, Mushrooms and Almonds {recipe}

With spring and warmer temperatures, I get inspired to eat healthier. I wish that was the case in the colder months as well, but sadly I crave comfort foods to keep me warm that time of year. It's like I need to start over again every spring.

Along with eating healthier, I've started using a Fitbit tracker and really love how it keeps me mindful of how much I'm moving (or not) during the day. I have a desk job, so having this reminder to get up and walk around periodically is very helpful. It's also a great way to have a quick "recharge" so you can focus on the task at hand after getting a little movement in to add some steps to your total count for the day.

After a restock of the fridge and pantry between Saturday and today, I'm ready to start the week with a meal plan in place and some healthy foods to ensure I can stick to my healthy eating plan. Today, I tinkered with a recipe for Wild Rice with Cranberries that I found in Betty Crocker's Whole Grains cookbook that I've had for a few years. I loved the idea behind the recipe, but didn't want to drag out the crockpot for this one (which is what the recipe had in the instructions). I opted to cook it on the stovetop and it was ready in about 20-25 minutes. So, not really necessary to keep the crockpot running all day for this one dish.

Wild rice blend with cranberries,almonds and mushrooms. #lunch #healthy #weekendprep

April 25, 2015

Sweet Republic Artisan Ice Cream (Phoenix, AZ)

I recently had the pleasure of taking a girl's weekend away to visit my sister-in-law.

While there I had the chance to try artisan ice cream at Sweet Republic. I'm a huge ice cream lover so this was my kind of place. 
Weekend getaway in Phoenix - Sweet Republic Artisan Ice Cream
Made with all natural local ingredients and the oh-so-creamy the single scoop was all that kept me from going overboard!

I tried the salted butter caramel ice cream and... Wow, was it incredible! I'm not only a sucker for a rich chocolate, but give me salted caramel and I'm in heaven! Check out those swirls of caramel! The single scoop was really the perfect size to give that sweet end to our lunch out at Rosita's Place for delicious Mexican food.

Salted butter caramel ice cream at Sweet Republic - unbelievable artisan ice cream! #travel #Arizona #sweets #localgoodness #eatingmywaythrutheweekend

April 15, 2015

Date Night at Lithos Greek Restaurant

Every once in awhile, we find the time to get out for a really nice dinner for date night. Do you get out regularly for date nights? I highly recommend making them a regular part of your routine... at least once a month. It's so nice to get out and just have time to reconnect without other distractions.

Last summer, we tried Lithos for the first time and I've daydreamed about it ever since. I had tried their oven braised short ribs and fell in love with the restaurant from that moment! They literally melt in your mouth and scream "comfort food" as you enjoy each bite.

We recently returned to Lithos for dinner again.  They have a beautiful dining room that is elegant and yet warm and cozy, if that's possible. It's really a shame that it's a little bit out of the way in Livingston, and not on a main road because you really have to be looking for it to find it. My husband found it on Open Table, which has been a great way for us to find some of the local gems that we've tried.

We began our meal with their pan-fried calamari, which was perfectly seasoned and crispy. Exactly the way it should be alongside their house made tartar sauce. An unusual accompaniment based on prior experience, but I'd have no problem ordering this one again.

We also decided to try the spanakopita, which has me craving more of it as I think about it now. This is one of my favorite appetizers and the spanakopita at Lithos is so much better than I've had anywhere else.

Lithos Greek restaurant

March 1, 2015

The Week in Food Photos

So, here we are... it's Sunday night and that means Monday will be making it's usual unwelcome arrival. I know many of us feel the same way, even one of my boys said around 3 p.m. on Sunday he typically get's the "Monday Blues".  It doesn't help that the weather isn't conducive to getting out and doing some fun things - and at this point, playing in the snow is no longer a novelty. We are all ready for spring to get here so we can fully enjoy our weekends without feeling cooped up.

In spite of that feeling, I decided to make a few things today which included a new crockpot pork tenderloin recipe... which needs a little tweaking as far as timing goes, so I'll share it after I've got the recipe perfected. However, I did make our favorite cheesey twice baked potatoes.

We like our twice baked potatoes extra #cheesey!
Cheesey Twice Baked Potatoes

February 25, 2015

Spanish Cooking Class

One way to chase the winter blues away is to do something fun with a friend. Last week, I took a Spanish cooking class with a friend and it was such a fun class!

I have taken a few cooking classes before and I learn a bit of something new from each experience.  What I've also found is that taking a class with someone else that I know makes it even better.

So, the class I took was at a local grocery store and very reasonably priced. So, those two things alone made it appealing! Add to that a Spanish theme that included paella and sangria and I was ready to sign up!

Full participation classes are where you often learn the most, but one caveat to that is when the class is very full, you may not be able to do something for each recipe. In this class, we had three recipes to make: Seafood Paella, Artichoke and Asparagus Fritters and Sangria.
The finished paella from class tonight!  #cookingclass #trysomethingnew
Seafood Paella

I've enjoyed paella at restaurants many times, so it was cool to be in a class where we were preparing it. There is so much to do to prep the various proteins before the dish goes into the oven. More than one set of hands is very necessary!

Spanish cooking class
Chicken and Sausage after browning in the skillet

The Artichoke and Asparagus Fritters were very easy, but do require a lot of chopping depending on the number you need to make.  They didn't have any egg, and there was the addition of baking powder that allowed them to fry up lighter than other fritters that I've made.

Spanish cooking class
Artichoke and Asparagus Fritters

Every time I take a cooking class, which isn't all that often, I come back inspired again. Each little tidbit of information leads to some other idea that I want to play around with in the kitchen.

Things I want to try:

  1. Using baking powder and no egg in my zucchini fritters - adding a bit of flour as well next time.   
  2. Paella! I love the idea of a dish that finishes doing it's magic in the oven. Making it just for my family of four, I'd probably tailor it more to our seafood preferences... plenty of clams, not so much of the mussels and chicken.
  3. Sangria! I didn't share a photo because the plastic cup just didn't showcase it as nicely as I would have liked. I've made Sangria before, but I love the idea of trying other versions. I found a few different ones on Pinterest that I am going to give a try in the coming months as warmer temps arrive.

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