Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Chicken Florentine

The Mouse Battle has prompted a lit more purging and cleaning out in areas other than the basement. That's how SP found an issue of Cook's Country from 2017. The issue with the Pimiento Mac & Cheese recipe. And the issue with this Chicken Florentine for Two recipe. A Chicken Florentine recipe that serves 4-6 is in The Complete Cook's Country TV Show Cookbook Season 7.
It's easy to make. Lost of spinach. It doesn't look like a lot because it's cooked, but it was 12 cups of spinach. A light cream-chicken-water stock sauce, some grated parmesan, lemon zest & juice, shallot. Garlic if you want. Yum!
This was all we ate for dinner but we both thought that in the future, we'd add a bit of rice or slice of bread. The chicken stayed juicy because it was poached in the liquid. Be sure to drain the spinach well after sauteing it.

Recipe for 4-6 here.
Recipe For Two here.

*We made the version that serves 4-6 because Cook's Country posted it via Instagram not too long ago (and we wanted three dinners for the week). When SP sheepishly handed me the long lost magazine, I realized the recipe I'd just printed was in it, albeit a version for two (so one dinner). The two versions are slightly different. "For Two" uses just cream & stock."For 4-6" uses water with the cream & stock, which made for a thinner looking sauce than the "For Two" photo in the magazine shows.

Monday, January 27, 2020

The Yard (North Fayette~Robinson)

The Yard is one of those places that my opinion differs depending on the most recent visit. Sometimes it's really tasty, other times it's just so-so. They have an extensive beer menu, the iced tea is yummy, and depending on the day, the grilled cheese is either yummy or so-so. We went a couple of weeks ago and it was a so-so visit.
SP chose The Big Che-bowski (Cheddar, Smoked Gouda, Over Easy Egg, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Tomato). We always have the tomato soup because grilled cheese dipped in tomato soup is yummy. He decided to make his dinner healthier by getting a side salad.
I chose Fried Green Tomatoes (Cheddar, American, Fried Green Tomatoes, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Chipotle Ranch, Arcadian Greens). I almost always get the tater tots, which SP then steals off my plate, but that's OK because there are a lot of tots, too many for me.

Sometimes I find the bread more toasted/dry than grilled/buttery. Sometimes I think a grilled cheese should have more cheese. I've had the macaroni & cheese as a side and one time it was just mac & cheese, another time it was spicy as if hot sauce or too much cayenne was added and I was not pleased so I've never ordered it again. Sometimes I think the sandwich looks too small but then I cannot finish it so I guess it's not, but maybe for someone with a huge appetite it is?

We always have great service. Last time it seemed really loud inside, but it was very busy and we went later than we usually do. It's the service, beer, and always decent food that keeps it in our rotation of "near home" places. Some people think we have a zillion options here in Robinson, but there are an awful lot of chain restaurants and we don't especially enjoy those places anymore. We much prefer the service, food, and atmosphere at the local places (The Yard, Burgatory, Downey's House, Central Diner).

Previous Visits (We've gone many times but it looks like I've only blogged about The Yard once):
January 2019

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Cafe io

Cafe io is one of our favorite restaurants. We dine there frequently, so much that I haven't blogged much about them since our first time there 4-5 years ago.. It's where we usually pick for our birthday dinners with SP's family. It's casual, service is always great, food is yummy. We went there last week for dinner and didn't order our usuals! SP had a beer & iced tea, I had iced tea. Here's what we ate:
French Mushroom Soup (mushrooms, onions, house made croutons, parmesan cheese, mushroom broth). SP loves soup and it was a snowy/rainy cold day, so he enjoyed this. I liked the cheese on top.
Crispy Green Beans (tempura green beans, horseradish dipping sauce). These are so good. I couldn't stop shoving them in my mouth.
SP ordered the Grouper special. They had the branzino special, too, and he usually orders that, but this time, he chose grouper with asparagus and I forget what it was all perched atop.
I decided to try something besides a sandwich. Shrimp and Polenta (sauteed shrimp, crispy parmesan polenta, zucchini, crimini mushroom, spinach, white wine tomato sauce). Garlic was not specifically mentioned in the description. I asked and she said yes, in the marinara. Since I wasn't looking at the menu, I didn't remember it said white wine tomato sauce and I was thinking marinara like what is served with the polenta appetizer and that doesn't bother me. So I ordered this. It was delicious but it did indeed have garlic. I made the mistake, I took the risk. I saw garlic, I had to pick off garlic, I tasted garlic, and my stomach started feeling weird, so I took must of it home and ate it at home just in case I had my usual garlic intolerance reaction. The shrimp were excellent, perfectly cooked. I love the crispy polenta.

I didn't get as sick as I have in the past, probably because I picked off a lot of the garlic bits and avoided the spinach, but that night I had terrible heartburn, indigestion, garlic burps, tummy bloating, tummy rumbling. I felt terrible and I was cursing garlic all night. When we went to bed I was sure I was going to end up puking, that's how ill I felt.

But it was tasty.

We brought home dessert but I didn't take photos. A blueberry cheesecake & a chai cupcake. Yummy!

In spite of my stupid risk-taking meal, we still really like Cafe io in Mt. Lebanon.

Previous Visits:
November 2019
June 2019
February 2018
February 2016
October 2015

Friday, January 24, 2020

Sienna on the Square

It's the weekend! For us, that means dinner out on Saturday. The first Saturday of this month, we dined at Sienna on the Square and did not order our usual meals! Here's what we enjoyed:
Rose and chardonnay.
Arugula Salad (maple whipped chevre, slow cooked beets, almond brittle, basil vinaigrette). The beets were hidden under the pile of arugula.
Sea Scallops (fried brussels sprouts & prosciutto risotto, pickled cauliflower relish). Both our dining companions ordered and loved these scallops.
I see only one fish, monkfish, on the menu but this looks like salmon, so I think SP had a special? Salmon special? With butternut squash and orzo. He ate it all and enjoyed it but if I ask him what he ate, he won't remember!
I chose Gnocchi (roasted zucchini & mushrooms, prosciutto, pepperjack mousse, oregano). This had a bit more of a kick than I remember from the version I ate over the summer. This winter version was yummy, too. The pepperjack mousse is so good.
Chocolate Cake for dessert. It was a light & spongy cake. Really good.
After dinner cappuccino.

As always, we enjoyed our meals at SotS. It was the first time our dining companions had been there and they really liked it, so that made us happy.

Previous dinners at Sienna on the Square:
August 2019
June 2019

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Thursday Thoughts

Last weekend was Pierogie Weekend. We made 88 pierogies. Every year we get faster at rolling, stuffing, sealing, boiling. Maybe soon we won't have to make them only when we have a 3 day weekend-?!

We also made a Poached Pear Tart that used an entire bottle of wine and had so many steps it took nearly all day to make. At least it tastes good. So it was worth it.

We also ate some of the worst looking green beans ever from Market District. So many of them had black spots or were wrinkly. Terrible. I've been so disappointed in Market District lately.

What We're Eating:

  • Pierogie, ham/kielbasa, green beans/broccoli
  • Chicken Florentine
  • Dessert: Poached Pear & Almond Tart

What We're Watching:

  • Once Upon A Time in Hollywood. It was interesting, beautiful, had terrific performances. At first it seemed too meandering and pointless but then how the stories came together at the end was great. 
  • We watched the first episode of His Dark Materials and I am not a fan. SP wants to keep watching. He might have to do so without me.
  • Regular TV is back, so we've been enjoying Modern Family, Stumptown, Batwoman.
  • Tonight Grey's Anatomy comes back! I'm so sad that Karev left the show.
  • Station 19 is back, too, and while I enjoy it, I'm not all that attached to it. But I do want to see what happens with the car crash into the bar.
  • This Is Us. It makes me cry all the time. But it's so good. 

What I'm Reading:
Magazines.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Thursday Thoughts

Ten dead mice, $500+, hours of cleaning, and many swear words later, we seem to have emerged victorious in the Mouse Battle. We spent a lot on new plastic storage bins, including ones big enough for the Christmas tree and for the mantle garlands. The garage door people put on a new seal with metal in it so hopefully if the jerks try to chew/claw in again, the metal will deter them, stop them, at least break their stupid little mouse teeth.

The Mouse Battle might be over, the Mouse War is probably just on another break (hopefully we ended the war but realistically there will be another battle, maybe not in a month, maybe in 2-3 years, but there will be another), but the Mouse Rage is real & constant.

What We're Eating:

  • Salad. Beer Batter Bread.
  • Crunchy Baked Pork Chops with Asiago & Prosciutto served with roasted cauliflower.
  • Dessert: paczki, leftover holiday candy

What We're Watching:

  • We've been watching Season 2 of Succession. I still think every character is horrible but I'm enjoying it more than season 1. We have 2 more episodes.
  • Modern Family & Stumptown have been back from break. Modern Family still makes us laugh a lot. We'll be sad to see it end. 

What I'm Reading:

  • Liars' Legacy from Taylor Stevens, the second in the Jack & Jill series. It was really good if, at times, confusing in the beginning. It took me a bit to remember everything from the first book.
  • Magazines. I have not been enjoying a couple of the food magazines so I think I might cancel them/not renew them. 

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Picnic Cafe

The Picnic Cafe has been in Dahlonega for as long as we've been visiting my brother there, so at least 14 years or so. It a great, casual place to grab breakfast/lunch and a treat. Over our holiday trip, we went several times for brunch. Here's what we ate this time:
Trio of Salads: Chicken, Pimiento Cheese, Ham Salad served with toast points and fruit. It's hard to see the ham salad on the right. It didn't stay in a round scoop. It's different from ham salad I've eaten. Usually, we buy Portman's Ham Salad and it's ground fine, mixed with mayo and some pickle. This ham salad was chunks of ham, chunks of hard boiled egg, mayo, and some pickle. It was different, but I really liked it.
Sausage Quiche with sides of pasta salad and fruit. This was good, although I think it was reheated a bit too long since some parts were a bit dry/hard.
Pimiento Cheese BLT with tomato sup and potato salad. I like their potato salad, too, because it's different from ours. A bit of pickle, a bit of pimiento/red pepper (?), and super creamy from mayo~egg.
Chicken Salad Sandwich with tomato soup & fruit.

It was tasty. It was definitely an indulgence to have this multiple days in a row and yes, we felt a little guilty at all the mayo, fat, and salt. We tried to balance it out with the fruit!

Previous Visits:
November 2018
December 2014
June 2009