Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Golden Wok

Review time!
Had lunch with my daughter we did a little shopping made us kinda hungry!
So we stopped in a our local Chinese restaurant, we have been there several times over the years and bonus they deliver!  You could even place your order online.
The name of this place is Golden Wok, tucked away in a little strip mall.
I know a lot of people who order from here so you know it's gotta be good!
Mostly I order sushi here, I have ordered other dishes.
Starters I have had the cream cheese puffs (amazing!), egg rolls and dumplings, you just can't go wrong with any of these choices.
I usually get the Philadelphia roll or California roll, both are just perfect and this time the chef made cool designs on our plates almost to pretty to mess up!
I could not finish my rolls it was just too filling and good as usual.
My daughter also got sushi and a small side of fried rice, order the small if you go because it is very generous!
Here are a few pic's of the delicious foods we had.

Hope you try out Golden Wok sometime!

*photo at the top is not my own, borrowed it from Yelp :)

Friday, September 18, 2015

Jalapeno Poppers

I have quite a few popper recipes on the blog, but I still managed to come up with a new one!
Late one night this week the husband wanted a few Sam Club jalapeno poppers, I said you're out of luck we are fresh out.
So today I was going to  pick up some poppers from Sam's club, I thought why would I do that when I have 20 some pepper plants growing in the garden ?!
So that is what I did today made to freeze jalapeno poppers.  I should have been doing this all summer.  Well there is always next year!
Alright let's get to it!

Here is what you're going to need:
20 jalapeno peppers
1 and a half bricks of cream cheese, softened
1 block sharp cheddar cheese, that equals about 1 1/2 cups once shredded
1 tsp onion powder
1tsp cayenne powder
1/4 tsp cajun seasoning
1 generous dash of pepper
1 cup panko bread crumbs
2 Tablespoons butter
4 garlic cloves

How to make them:
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
You're going to want to have your cream cheese softened ahead of time
Shred your block of cheese (it's way better than the pre shredded cheese)
Now mix your cream cheese and cheese together until well blended
Add in your seasonings, mix well.  Set aside.

But your gloves on and get those jalapenos sliced!
Cut off the stem, cut the pepper down the middle and scoop out the seeds and veins.

Here's a little JALAPENO comedy for you all today!

Now get to stuffing!  Using a butter knife fill your jalapenos, no need to mound the cheese, just make it level with the top of the pepper.

On to the topping, warm a pan on your stove top add the 2 Tablespoons of butter until melted then add the garlic, and cook for 2 minutes.
Next add your bread crumbs, constantly stirring cook for 4 minutes.

Take your cheese filled jalapenos press them firmly into the panko bread crumbs.

Place them face up on a baking sheet and cook for 15 minutes.

*now I skipped the cooking part for now and placed them on a baking sheet and put into the freezer for 30 minutes, then popped them into a freezer bag until we are ready to eat them.
Great thing to have on hand for company that might stop by or a Football Party Munchie!!

Hope you enjoy!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Porter Creek

Restaurant review time!
Friday night date night was a double date this time with a long time friends.
We took an Uber cab so no one had to be sober driver (don't drink and drive kids!).  Uber is SO cheap people!
Hubbie and I have tried going to this restaurant a couple times but never stayed long enough to get in, it's a really popular place to go I guess!
Well clever me decided to see if they take reservations & what do you know they do!
It was a lovely evening so we sat outside near the beautiful stone fireplace.  And they do provide blankets if you get to cold.
Very nice area, we did not need the blankets.
The inside was also very nice, dimly lit sorata romantic :)
I did not get one single photo!  Silly me so sorry about that.
The beer list was limited.  They offer specialty drinks
This is a nicer place not my regular burger joint.
We started with the goat cheese balls and beets, I do not ever remember trying beets before, they were very good.  And if you all follow my blog you know that I love goat cheese!
Hubbie had the duck, he says it was good but a little tough for his liking.  He also ordered a cup of the chicken chowder, and so did the other couple.
I had the Fusilli with Applewood smoked Bacon and chicken, pasta was cooked very well and the chicken was very moist, but over all it was a watery dish.  I started with a side salad, with cranberries and candied nuts.
I think that my friend had the tenderloin and her husband a pasta dish but I tell you people the drinks were flowing I do not remember!
Waiter was really good we never had to wait for anything.

Over all great place I would go back and try another dish.  And for sure make a reservation!
So try out Porter Creek!

Friday, September 11, 2015

Stuffed Jalapeno Mushrooms

I am coming up with multiple recipes to use the jalapenos from my garden in.
And we have another winner here!
Stuffed mushrooms from heaven people!
What season is it!?  Football baby! These will make your guests really happy they chose to watch the game at your house :)

The flavors in this stuffed mushroom marry together perfectly and have a real good kick to them!

You are gonna want to pop one after another, so plan ahead and make plenty to share!

There are only a few simple steps in making them so you have more time to spend with your company!  Go Vikes!  (or whoever you wanna cheer for lol)

Here is what you will need:
1 8 oz package mushrooms, washed and destemmed (I used Baby Bella Mushrooms)
5 oz  cream cheese, softened
2.5 oz goat cheese (optional, I can't get enough goat cheese!)
4 oz bacon sausage, cooked and crumbled
2 jalapenos, deseeded and chopped
4 green onions, chopped
Bread crumbs for topping

How to make them:
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
Start off by washing your mushrooms, pop those stems out and lay your mushrooms out on a paper towel to dry
I sometimes save those stems, chop them up and add to a pasta sauce.  Waste not want not.
Fry up your sausage with green onion, drain and set aside. I found this bacon sausage in the frozen food section, it came in a tube.
Deseed your jalapenos and chop into small pieces (remember to wear your gloves!)
In a bowl mix your cheeses, jalapeno and sausage onion mixture.

I decided to add goat cheese to this last minute, well because I had some on hand and I love it!
But, if you do not then leave it out and just use cream cheese.
Place your mushrooms on a baking sheet, fill with the cheese mixture

And Sprinkle with breadcrumbs

Now bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees

I had a little left over cheese mixture, I think it really depends on how much you use in your mushrooms and also what mushrooms you choose to use.
My 8oz package made 10 mushrooms

Let them cool a bit, cause they will be really hot!
Now serve to your guests!
Go team ! ! !

Thursday, September 3, 2015

My Burger

Alright, alright alright!  Finally this burger location opened!
I was stoked to hear that a My Burger was opening in my area.

I had only had a My Burger one other time at a burger competition this past summer, you can read about here Twin Cities Burger Battle.

 My Burger was my favorite burger at this event, super cheesey just what I love!

So my son and I, totally not even meal time, just stop into the new My Burger and decided to split a burger and onion rings.

We ordered the original My Burger with cheese, that would consist of mustard, ketchup, sweet pickles sauteed onions and cheese.
The onion rings were thin and crunchy.

I also noticed that they have a beer selection too!  Bonus!  But, at this visit the only beer that was drank was root beer.

The employees were helpful and friendly, the resturant was very clean, nice location for people watching, the walls are all windows overlooking the streets.

It is a little small, I can see this place being really busy.

Hope you get to try a My Burger!

Pepperoncini Roll Ups

Pepperoncini Roll-up are just like my Minnesota Sushi recipe, except you replace the pickle with a zingy pepperoncini.
I brought these to Christmas one year and they were gobbled up very quickly!
The first time I was introduced to this pepper was in a box of Papa Johns pizza, I thought that was interesting that they put that in the pizza box, so I popped it in my mouth - woah spicy, I thought!
Guess I'm kinda wimpy, but if I add along cream cheese or some sort of dressing to cool it off, mellow the pepper out I could eat bunches of them!
I love watching You Tube videos, especially cooking ones.  Go figure, right!?! ;)
I had stumbled across an Italian woman making these, I believe she was making them for her Holiday get together also.  I thought that is just like the pickle roll-ups I have been making for years!
So I made them for Christmas and have made several time since then.
Wish I could remember that womans cooking channel name.

Ok so here you can find the pickle "Minnesota Sushi" roll-up
Follow that recipe but just replace the pickle with the pepperoncini.
The only thing different you need to do is cut off the stem from the pepper.

Again a really easy appetizer!

Hope you enjoy!