"If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all."
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
Mom and I working together to plant the little greenies just right.
Me and my greenies in their new red-cracking paint home. :)
Their new home and my parents house by the pretty pink bush...much more exciting than my desk and office, I must admit.
She has made some pretty fabulous things including a very some fabulous pulled pork taco's and a very tasty veggie pizza (she was even sweet enough to bring a piece of the pizza to work for me to taste...and it was GOOD!).
So...I decided that since we have so much fun with this little meal planning of ours, we needed to blog about it. I have finally gotten some pictures from her from the most recent Thursday night dinner and hopefully we can keep this trend going and we can share Linda's great culinary skills and the recipe's she makes with you all out there in blogger land. :) Hope you enjoy it as much as I do! :)
Here Linda has just pulled out from under the broiler her famous bacon wrapped scallops. Yum!
I tell ya, she pampers these people. Here is her other appetizer plate of crackers and brie with a jalepeno relish on top.And the dinner, foccacia bread, a nice italian dressed salad, garlic orzo, and porketta. The recipe attached is not the one she used but it will work very nicely for you. :) I have never heard of porketta but it sure does look good and she said the gang LOVED it! Oh, and she put her pork shoulder (I think that is what she used?) in the slow cooker all day and said the meat was just pull apart tender.
Okay, this is the first installment. Hopefully next week we'll have another one with this Thursday's dinner for you to try. :)
(oh, I should also mention to you that I just walked Linda through her first order of Vitalicious vitatops. Yep, I have another convert. :) Kristin, that means you're next!) ;)
Monday, April 20, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Sam and Karl looking like their bohemian selves
Sam, Karl and I went out Friday night to celebrate my sis's big birthday with some dang AMAZING food and good laughs. First we went to Toro Bravo, this great little Mexican restaurant over off Russell st. in NE Portland. People...the food was absolutely delicious. They serve all tapa style plates of food so it's great to go with a small group and just get a bunch of plates to share. Wow, I wish I had pictures but just go check out their site. Now, I say small group because the place isn't as large as the pictures on the website might make you think. We got there probably about 5:30 or so and the place was already full and we would have had to wait an hour to and hour and a half just to sit at a table (we sat at the bar instead, was just perfect, too). So, we think the key is to get there AT 5 or shortly there after or wait until about 6:15/30 for the first batch of people to finish eating. Also, if you are allergic to nuts be sure to tell your waitress upfront. She/He can tell you what has nuts in it so it isn't a surprise and you don't accidentally eat something and die...like Karl almost did. Actually, praise the Lord, Karl didn't have any reaction after he had eaten a bite of some almondy pasty stuff (that comes with the steak, one of their signature dishes) but we kept asking him if he was okay and I think he was getting annoyed with us. Sorry Karl, we are just worried and don't want you die and ruin Sam's birthday. But seriously, this place is fantastic. Their sangria is very delicious and, although we didn't order any, their desserts looked rather mouth watering too. Especially their churro's with some sort of berry dipping sauce (yum!). And for 3 of us with like 6 plates and a pitcher of sangria? We ate pretty cheaply for a night out. Also, if your vegetarian, you will find no shortage of options. :) I just can't say enough good stuff about this place. Oh, they also get all of their good and whatever else from places in Oregon, to keep everything fresh and in season and to help out the local farmers. I love it when restaurants do that. And I just saw on their list of providers (on their website) that they get their coffee from Stumptown. Need I say more? Didn't think so.
Oh, I should tell you what we tried (if I can remember it all)...
- Manchego and Paprika Fritters with spicy salsa roja (cute little fritters and oh so tasty, gotta start with these bad little boys cause they are so good)
- Harissa Stewed Butternut Squash with crumbled sheep's cheese (wow. that is all I can say. You should order the bread plate if you get this, trust me. Sam almost chopped my hand off when I asked if we were done with this dish so we could make room for our other dishes...there was another spoonful in the bowl so NO WE ARE NOT DONE!) ;)
- Sauteed Kale Raab with sunny side up egg (this was ALL mine...and oh so good. I don't know what it is about an egg with veggies like this but it is just so good and always appealing to me..although I think I prefer it with asparagus, but this was still very good and hit the spot)
- Seared Cauliflower with olives & salsa verde (very delicious)
- House Smoked Coppa Steak with olive oil poached potatoes, chopped olives & salbitxada (this is one of their signature dishes. the word that I can't pronounce, salbitxada, has the almonds in it...I think. This is a good dish, but it was a little pink for my taste)
- Okay I know we got something else but I can't think of it. Whatever it was, it was good, and I do mean GOOD. :)
So go, enjoy, and then come back and tell me all about it. :)
Friday, April 10, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
The church at Fort Polk (middle of nowhere Louisianna) that my dad, the Chaplain, use to preach at. (is it just me or does he look like he's leaning?)
a burned out mobile home on the side of the road
(really random picture #3)
MATTHEW!!! My cute "little" nephew. He's like 6.2 feet tall and 17...watch out world! (is it just me or does he look kinda scared? I mean, I know my parents can be wierd, but they aren't really that scary...)
My mama, in front of...hmmm...can't remember? I think it has something to do with George Bush...it's great whatever it is. (sorry I'm such an idiot)
Good ol' Sonic
Good ol' Buick and mom getting ready to place the good ol' order at the good ol' drive in
Good ol' sonic onion rings