Saturday, October 1, 2016

Blistered Jalapeno, Lime & Tequila Relish

I adapted this smoky relish from a new canning & preserving cookbook I picked up at a Labor Day sale this year.
Adapted as in I don't follow direction well all the time and make it up as I go :)
Oh mama this relish has some serious kick!
I can see my husband enjoying this with a little cream cheese on a cracker or a nice crusty bread topped off with this kickin' smoky relish! I'd try it too but he is more of the spicy lover in the family.

Ok so if you want to make it Angie's adapted way this is what you're going to need.  If not pick up the book and make it according to them :)  Pickled & Packed

What you need:
4 large jalapenos or like me I had 8 small jalapenos
2 purple onions, sliced thinly
3 cloves garlic, minced
sea salt
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons tequila
3 tablespoons honey
1 lime, the juice
3 tablespoons olive oil

How to make it:
Add a bit of oil to a pan, get that pan nice and hot, blister the jalapenos until blackened.

Set aside to let cool.
Turn the heat down add 3 tablespoons of olive oil to the pan
Put your onions and garlic into the pan, sprinkle with sea salt
Cook for 5 minutes
Add in your remaining ingredients.

Roughly chop up your jalapenos and add into mixture

Cook for 10 minutes, be careful not to burn them.
Place into a clean container.
Should keep in fridge for a couple weeks.
Or feel free to process in a canning water bath for 20 minutes.  That will keep for a year.

*if storing in the fridge make sure to let it cool before placing in the fridge.

Top this on a burger, meatloaf, sandwich, or what we most likely will be doing is slathering a bit of creamy cheese on a warm slice of crusty bread and top with this smoky, spicy jalapeno relish.


Sunday, September 25, 2016

St. Paul Food Truck Fair

Fun fact about Angie, did you know I was an Yelp Elite?!  All bow to Angie.   KIDDING!!!!!!!!!!!!  
No really, Yelp is pretty cool.  I do use it often, I like hearing what people think of establishments.  I found great places off of Yelp!  George the Dragon, my new nail place, Envy Nails.
You make friends, find out about cool events and so much more!  
Being an Elite I entered a contest and won free beer tickets to the upcoming St. Paul Food Truck Fair at Mears Park. 
Who doesn't like a good food truck!  There were 31 of them there!  SO many choices!
Beer, food, a band, dancing, products, games and tons of awesome people watching!  What a fun time.
Hubbie and I shared everything we ordered so we did not over do it, cause that would be really easy to do with all those wonderful choices!
Here is what we ate.

Let's start off with my favorite food truck around, I have had this meal a few times now.  The Fried Green Tomato BLT from The Moral Omnivore!  Seriously if you see this truck, get the BLT!  

Ok Hubbie's turn to pick, we tried a bourbon bacon grilled cheese, sounds great right?  Well it was pretty basic, and they totally skimped on bacon, I swear there was one piece on this sandwich. 

What a cute name for a truck Panini Pinups.  I have a friend who lives in Hawaii, so we had the Hawaiian panini in honor of her (she has no clue lol). This would include pineapple, spam and cheese, surprisingly very good!  Now all these sandwiches are just halves we are not splitting a whole sandwich over and over. I can't eat that much! 

Right next to the panini truck as an Asian truck, mama loves a good egg roll, these did not disappoint!

Hubbies choice again, he picked a pulled bbq brisket sandwich, Sorry no photo, he really liked it.  I thought it was ok.

I was hoping to find an Indian taco, I have never had one before, they look SO good!  This is a stock photo.

Also once at a food/beer festival at out local Bachman's one year we had loaded fries from a food truck, and I can't for the life of me remember what truck it was.  but they were AMAZING!!!!  
I didn't find them this day :(  

So that about wraps it up, that was a pretty great event!  

Monday, September 19, 2016

Lakeville Brewing Company

It's been a long time I feel like since I wrote a date night review.
Well there was the vacation reviews in Grand Marais.  But, nothing local.
I had heard of the Lakeville Brewery coming to town last year, from my daughter while we were having a girls day downtown Lakeville (cute little town).
Finally hubbie and I made it to the brewery.

Youngest was at a birthday party for a few hours so, we took full advantage of those few hours!
Speaking of kids, this is a pretty family friendly brewery.
There is a yard with picnic tables and some yard games you can enjoy in the warmer season.
Seems to be plenty of parking too.

Dinner time!

We started off with an appetizer, shocker - right!?!?!  We ordered the bacon spinach dip, it was good but very salty for my liking.

Hubbie ordered the pressed reuben sandwich with sweet potato tots, I got to try a bite, it was really good!

I ordered the house burger basically it is a california cheese burger.  Very well cooked.  Nothing really to special.  The fries were soggy.

Now the beer that was really good!  My first beer was a heavy beer, with a lingering sweet aftertaste, Milk Stout on nitro.  I could definitely only have one of those.

Next I had their lightest beer, now those go down real easy, the Wet Hopped IPA
Hubbie had the IPA & a 210 IPA

He also ordered a growler, they do not sell growler.  This is what you get.  I'd call this a 40oz , should have come in a paper bag.  Kidding!

I'd come back here and drink the beer, seems like a fun place!