Thursday, April 25, 2024

dirty blue cheese dip

 ok, so not shockingly, this post starts with a story that I was on tik tok.....and found something tasty to try.  i know.  

so, i was on tik tock one day and saw a video from this lady who was trying to recreate the taste of a dirty martini with chips and cheese.  she took a miss vicki's salt and vinegar chip, schmeared it with blue cheese, and placed a slice of olive on top.  

i was drooling.  it sounded sooooo delicious i wanted to try it immediately.  i have never had a dirty martini but whatever!  all those sharp and salty flavors together?????  mmmmm.

i mentioned it to the mister that weekend and he agreed it sounded worth trying.  when we got to the store that weekend, i was thinking of more of a chip and dip than a canape-ish snack.  so we bought some blue cheese, blue cheese dressing, olives and miss vickis salt and vinegar chips.

that night when it was time, we chopped up some olives, crumbled some blue cheese and stirred them and some of the olive brine into some dressing.  


it was AMAZING.  stinky and creamy from the cheese and the dressing, salty from the olives and then the THWACK of vinegar and crispness from the chip.  i could have eaten it all night.

we've made it twice since that night, one thicker with more blue cheese and less dressing,  and then back to the looser original version for the third, which is definitely my favorite.  

if you like blue cheese and olives you should definitely give this a try.

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Monday, April 22, 2024

Friday, April 19, 2024

sunday dinner - copycat alice springs chicken

 I hardly go onto facebook any more.  Ever.  I'd love to delete it entirely, but not only does The Girls school and one of their activities communicate via fb, it's the only way I'm in contact with some family members, so I check in from time to time.

During one of my check ins, some random recipes posts popped up, and I found a couple of things that looked worth trying, including this copycat alice springs chicken recipe from Outback Steakhouse.  I THINK The Mister and I went to an Outback years and years ago in Edmonton.  We had the signature blooming onion, which was NOT very good, and I was super disappointed.  

I am sure neither of us ordered this chicken dish, and once I read the recipe to The Mister he was on board for it for Sunday Dinner.

It was really easy to put together, and SO GOOD.  Everyone, including the kids loved it, and the leftovers were all gone by the next day.  Almost unheard of in this house.

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Monday, April 15, 2024

cookbook clean up 58 - one part plant by Jessica Murnane

 I bought One Part Plant off the sale table at Chapters a few years back and promptly forgot about it.  Luckily for me I grabbed it off the shelf for the clean up, fully expecting for it to hit the donate pile but instead it's become one of my favorite books. 

 Jessica spends the first part of the book talking about her past less than stellar eating habits (ding ding says my inner bell) and how she came to start eating better which led to her feeling better.  It's like this book is speaking TO ME (hint hint, me)

The recipes are divided into 6 chapters of mornings, salads, snacks and more.  The first 2 recipes I tried were The Crunchy Chunky Granola - simple but AMAZING, and the Baklava-ish Toast.  I swooned.

Next was the chocolate chunk cookies made with almond flour that the whole family went crazy for, including The Grandpa who went out and bought me a new bag of almond flour so we could have them again.  The Roasted Potato, Corn and Leek Chowder was one of the best soups I made last year.  Incredible.

The Peach Ginger Tea became Watermelon Ginger Tea when I tried it because I had some frozen watermelon, and SOOOO good.  I've made this a bunch of times with a bunch of different fruits.

The Curry Popcorn was so delicious as was the riff I made on her Turtle Eggs - walnuts, dates and chocolate. 

This is SUCH a good book, I absolutely love it.  I will be trying out more recipes as well as all the ones I've already made for sure.

Back on the bookshelf - 21 Donated -37

Sunday, April 14, 2024

Saturday, April 13, 2024

grocery shop - fresh co

 March 29

potatos, margarine, pepsi zero, milk, carrots, grapes, cilantro, turtle chips x 2, cookies, brussel sprouts, raspberries, shrimp, tortilla chips, nutrigrain, cream cheese, cheesies, root beer, cheese x 2, crackers, granola bars, tater tots, tatziki, garlic dip, dish soap


Friday, April 12, 2024

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

an easy and delicious breakfast casserole from tik tok

 so good.  everyone loved it and the leftovers did not last long.

 mix half a bag of tater tots and 6 eggs, beaten, 1/4 cup milk, and your seasonings of choice.  add in 1 lb cooked sausage, 8 slices of cooked bacon - we did not add this - and a cup of cheese.  pour into a 9x13 pan and top with the rest of the bag of tots and more cheese if desired.  bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes.

recipe from food dudes on tik tok.

Tuesday, April 09, 2024

Monday, April 08, 2024

Tuesday, April 02, 2024

grocery shop - costco

 March 20

napkins, yogurt, frozen pizza, pepsi zero, popcorn, jam, mini cookies, condiment pack, cheese buns, frozen quesadillas, lettuce, tomato, eggs, cheese slices, bagels, strawberries, pico de gallo, 3 books, chicken salad, shrimp taco kit, cucumbers, feta, cantaloupe


Monday, April 01, 2024

cheddar and bacon burger from Fork Lift Kitchen at Fresh Street Market

 This beauty is the cheddar and bacon burger with crispy cheese.  Yum

This was our second visit there; we went shortly after they opened and did not have a great experience.  But time has healed wounds and The Mister and I picked up burgers after a grocery shop.  The kids wanted McDonalds, which we got for them, but The Boy definitely looked a bit envious.