Friday, July 31, 2015

Apricot Salsa

Apricot salsa your thinking?  Yes I'm serious!  I've hear of people putting pineapple or peaches in their salsa why not apricots!?!
My Mother-in-law recently gave me a TON of bite sized apricots and I need to use them up.
Besides just munching on them when you need a snack, I am dehydrating some and thought I would make some salsa.
It is so very colorful and fresh.  A nice change from your regular old run of the mill salsa.
Ok so I just bought this jalapeno deseeder, not sure I like it, maybe it will work better if I had large jalapenos, mine are pretty average sized maybe on the smaller size.  Do you have one?  Do you like it?

So here is what you are going to need:
15 mini apricots, mine are pretty tiny, chopped into bite size pieces
1 container of cherry tomatoes, diced
1/2 green pepper, diced
1/2 onion, diced.  I used a yellow onion
4 jalapenos, diced
1/2 juice from a lime
A good dash of salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil

How to make it:
Easy!  Mix it all together and chill until ready to serve.

Hope you enjoy it!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Wild Rice and Goat Cheese Stuffed Peppers

Peppers are poppin' in the garden!  Time to start creating!
All I gotta say right now is my hubbie better get home soon to share these with me or I might eat them all!
I have jalapenos and banana peppers growing in the garden as usual this summer.  I love the flavor of both, the banana peppers are more mild but I will say that they are not as firm cooked as a jalapenos texture is.
But sometimes the pinos are just to spicy on my precious little girl tongue ;)  Kidding!

What you will need is:
12 Peppers, I used jalapeno and banana peppers
4 oz cream cheese, softened
4 oz goat cheese
4 Tablespoons bacon fried and chopped
2 Tablespoons Wild Rice, cooked but not fully
3 Tablespoons bread crumbs
1/8 Teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 Teaspoon onion powder
Dash salt and pepper
1 Tablespoon olive oil and butter for frying bread crumbs

How to make them:
Preheat your oven to 350, line a baking sheet with parchment paper
Cook your bacon, crumble it - set aside
Cook your wild rice, but do not cook the full recommended time you want them to have a little crunch to them still.
Wash your peppers, cut them length wise.  Try leaving the stem attached it makes for a nice presentation (you won't eat that part).
Deseed the pepper, you might want to wear gloves, I have burned my hands before.  It pained for hours, if that happens to you soak your hands in milk that really helps.
Set your peppers on baking tray, until you're ready to stuff.
Add olive oil and butter to a pan, saute your bread crumbs till crisp, set aside
Mix together your cream cheese, goat cheese, bacon, wild rice and seasonings.
Stuff your peppers with your cheese mixture and top with bread crumbs.

Cook 12-15 minutes, less time if you do not want the peppers to soften much.

The smoothness of the cheese and the crunchiness of the bacon, wild rice and rich bread crumb topping is just wonderful!
I just loved them and I think you will too!

Friday, July 24, 2015

5-8 Club

I HATE saying bad things about people or restaurants, I never want to hurt anyones feelings.
Not like little old me will be driving business  away from any company.
Maybe it's my Minnesota nice :)

I have to say the last couple times I have been to the 5-8 Club in South Minneapolis, I have been a little disappointed in the food.
That pains me to say because for ages I have loved them!  It's a part of my Minneapolis background.
Minnesota is the home of the Jucy Lucy, that is a cheese filled hamburger, and they are wonderful!!!
There has been an ongoing battle between The 5-8 Club and Matt's they are two burger joints that claim to have the better Jucy Lucy, OH and people will definitely let you know who has the better burger!!!
But there are SO many wonderful burger places in the area now that serve these delicious burgers, I can no longer say that the 5-8 Club is my favorite.  Sorry 5-8 Club.
I ordered the original Lucy stuffed with American Cheese with sauteed onions, that comes with fries and coleslaw.  Not a fan of the fris, really dry.

But it looks really good, doesn't it!

Hubbie ordered a burger with a side of sweet potato fries, that he liked but the marshmallow dipping sauce - really strange.

BUT their fried mushrooms and blue cheese dipping sauce are  AWESOME!

I also like that you do not have to wait to be seated anymore, that line could go out the door, it was kinda uncomfortable lingering around people that are eating their meal.
Now it's 1st come 1st serve/seat yourself.
It's a cozy place, there is some outdoor seating.
The service is pretty good.
And people are always coming back for more, so they are doing something right.
This is just my little old opinion.