lynxreign: (Eating Tiger)
I had 3.5 chicken breasts left from the package after making some grilled chicken for [ profile] emilytheslayer and I earlier this week so I decided to make a dinner. [ profile] ioianthe and [ profile] rayan4d2 came over and helped us eat my concoction.

I started by trimming and dicing the chicken and then marinating it for a few hours. The marinade was 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar, 1/4 cup lemon juice and 1/4 cup lime juice. I also added a little salt and a generous amount of powdered garlic and black pepper.

While this was sitting in the fridge, I diced yukon gold potatoes in large chunks and a yellow onion in smaller slices and put them in a casserole dish. I seasoned them with salt, rosemary, garlic and pepper, put a little butter on the top and set them in the oven at 475 for around an hour. Next time, use Pam on the dish first as they stuck a little.

While the potatoes were roasting, I sliced summer squash, seasoned with salt and pepper and grilled them. While they were grilling, I cut up some bell peppers, diced another yellow onion in smaller pieces, cut up 2 jalapenos and set them aside.

Then [ profile] emilytheslayer and I shucked the corn and got it ready for boiling as one of our sides. The other was just cherry tomatoes and required little preparation. I then diced the grilled summer squash in around the same size pieces as the potatoes.

Then I poured the chicken and marinade into a frying pan and let it start to cook. When the marinade started to boil, I poured it off into a bowl for later use and put the chicken back on the stove. After a few minutes of browning (it is really hard to tell when it is browned after it has steeped in balsamic vinegar) I put in the prepared vegetables.

I cooked this for awhile and then took the potatoes out of the oven and mixed in the chicken and vegetables and put it all back in the oven. At [ profile] ioianthe's suggestion, I then reduced the leftover marinade. I was just going to pour it in the dish. [ profile] rayan4d2 poured a bit into a mug and added flour and returned the mixture to the pan as a thickening agent. We then poured the result into the casserole and mixed, returning it to the oven for another 10 minutes.

I steamed/wilted/whatevered some spinach and by now the corn was done, so we took the casserole dish out and I placed the spinach on top.

The jalapeno contrasted with the citrus of the marinade. While still good, perhaps those two shouldn't be combined next time. The nice thing was that nothing in particular was very spicy, but the jalapeno kick was present in the whole dish leaving you wonder just why your mouth was burning.

We had cantaloupe and pineapple and strawberries for dessert and that killed the spice heat nicely.

This dinner also helped my goal to eat more corn on the cob while it is in season.

All in all, not a bad seat-of-the-pants dish. I have some ideas for what to try next time.


Aug. 6th, 2009 11:02 am
lynxreign: (Eating Tiger)
Hey [ profile] head58! There's a Tim Hortons in the convention center. What should I be getting?

King Kone

Aug. 3rd, 2009 12:18 pm
lynxreign: (Eating Tiger)
mmm... King twist cone at King Kone yesterday. 2 lbs of soft serve.
lynxreign: (Eating Tiger)
Yesterday [ profile] emilytheslayer and I went over to the Scooperbowl at around 6. We went to meet some of her friends and to eat a bunch of ice cream. For those of you who don't know, the Scooperbowl is an all-you-can-eat ice cream charity event with proceeds going to cancer research. It was $8 to get in.

We were lucky in that it didn't rain. Most of the ice cream suppliers there were just the big supermarket brands: Bryers, Edys, Ben & Jerry's with Baskin Robbins and Brighams as well. I'm surprised Frendly's wasn't there. Strangely, I didn't eat ALL THE ICE CREAM I COULD EAT. And it was the fault of the one supplier there that wasn't a big company.

I had a few flavors from a few different booths and the ice cream was yummy, but about what I expected. Then I got some Lemon Sorbet from a place called Spasso. It was great. I went back to get more, but they were all out. It totally ruined me on any other ice cream that day. There was nothing else that seemed appetizing after that. Sadness.

Their menu looks great though, sandwiches and such, and they're right in Needham Center. I fully intend to go there. Heck, if we just want dessert there, we could go to the Hibatchi place also in Needham Center first.

New Friends

Jun. 7th, 2009 09:14 pm
lynxreign: (Hot Dog)
A few years ago I heard on the radio that between Memorial Day and Labor day weekends, Americans eat something like 6 billion hot dogs. Yes, 6,000,000,000. This number seemed large to me, so I divided it by an approximate American population and determined how many hot dogs that was per man, woman and child. I increased the estimate to account for vegitarians, the very young and freaks who don't like hot dogs.

The number was 26. Naturally I wanted to see if I was doing my part like a Good American, so I kept track over the summer, along with a few friends. Turns out, most of us that first year were NOT Good Americans. We fell short individually.

Since that first year we've had the lj group [ profile] dogs_of_summer where we all post how many hot dogs we eat as we eat them so we'll have running totals and can either keep track or goad ourselves into eating the proper amount.

This year, [ profile] head58 (who looked up the numbers) has declared the number to be 30.

I've gained a bunch of new friends since we first started keeping track, so I thought I'd post here and invite people who haven't yet joined to come on over and keep track with us. One of the benefits of the community, for people who like hot dogs, is finding new places for hot dogs and telling others about them. You can always just lurk and find some good hot dog stands for yourself.
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A general warning to everyone who eats and drinks.
6 Kirin beers at Shabu Shabu are probably 2 too many.
In such cases, one should probably listed to [ profile] jeffwik and stop at 4 (or when you can no longer remember how to say "Kirin")
lynxreign: (Safety Dance)
While waiting for my sandwich, they started playing a song from the 80s. At first I thought it was a really bad cover of Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) by The Eurythmics, then I realized it was Sunglasses at Night by Corey Hart. And he should really join the other Coreys from the 80s in their crimefighting team.
Sadly, now I have a brain-made mashup of those two songs running through my head.
lynxreign: (Eating Tiger)
Last night the wonderful [ profile] aliwings took me to a class for my birthday. In this class we learned how to make perogies! The class itself was lots of fun and I got to use my recently honed skills of rolling dough. : -)

In addition to learning how to make the cheese, onion and potato perogies, we got recipes for a variety of perogies and the address of a website for Polish recipes. Yummy food will be coming soon!

Thanks again for a great birthday present. I'm glad we got to do it together.

Pie Day

Apr. 6th, 2009 09:27 am
lynxreign: (Eating Tiger)
It seemed to be a success. I'm sorry those of you who couldn't be there werent. I hope I get to make you pie soon.

I managed to make all the pies, but because we had dinner at Uncle Pete's on Friday it was a much closer thing than I'd expected.

Some pies turned out really well and I just need to write down my modifications to the original recipes. Others seem to need a little work. Either I need to be more careful with the temps on my fussy gas oven or I need to change the ingredients a bit.

The banana creme, lemon merangue and pecan seem to be right.

The apple and key lime need work. I haven't tried the pumpkin yet, but I have a feeling it too needs work. I'm going to go buy some cool whip for the pumpkin 'cause I'm done whipping cream for a while.
lynxreign: (Eating Tiger)
And I made a pie. It will be eaten on Saturday. It is lemon merangue.

I am tempted to make this pie for [ profile] head58.

The blog entry also has what I like to think will become [ profile] emilytheslayer's motto for the day: nom nom nom!
lynxreign: (Eating Tiger)
Or however it is spelled.

[ profile] emilytheslayer and I went to a Shabu Shabu restaurant last night for our 2 year anniversary. I'd never had that kind of Japanese food before and that is a tragedy. This may be my new favorite meal. You get a broth or two and plates of raw meat and plates of vegetables. They turn on a hot plate built into the table and bring the broths to a furious boil. You then skewer the very thinly sliced meats and submerge them for from 3 to 20 seconds depending on the meat and how you like it cooked. You can do the same with the vegetables or just put them in the broth to add flavor. Once you take it out, you take it off the skewer, pick it up with chopsticks and either eat it or dip it in soy sauce that you can flavor with a variety of things like garlic or hot sauce.

We had the chicken and the prime rib and vegetables with a beef stock and a miso stock. All combinations were good. The stock came in a nifty split bowl. The only food I ate after only waving it above the bowl was some spinach. We must go back. Plus, there are a bunch of Pho restaurants nearby. I think I may want to simply eat my way through Chinatown.

Also, [ profile] head58, thanks for the parking suggestion. The garage seemed completely denuded of zombies. We figured it is 'cause we parked on the 3rd floor and all the zombies were in high places. The worst part of the garage is that the spaces seem designed to keep you from parking.
lynxreign: (Eating Tiger)
[ profile] emilytheslayer and I are looking for a nice resturant where we haven't eaten before. It can be fancy, but doesn't have to be. Mostly we're looking for very good food. Any suggestions?
lynxreign: (Eating Tiger)
So I made the insane orange pie that [ profile] allegedly posted about and it turned out pretty good. It is VERY sweet and heavy, but quite good. 1/2 a normal slice of pie is a good portion. I had to make cirtus cookies to make the crust for the pie and they are also good on their own and we had plently left over. I'll post more about it later, I'm just excited it was enjoyed.

I also made a chocolate oatmeal treat that mom used to make when I was a kid. This was also enjoyed. I'll post more about that too. I've been making many desserts...


Nov. 19th, 2008 01:53 pm
lynxreign: (Eating Tiger)
Who amoung you (locally) likes pistachios?
lynxreign: (Eating Tiger)
Last night I celebrated the Democratic wins with a snack:
Aged cheddar-horseradish cheese with garlic-bagel chips.
An effite-liberal snack!
It tasted like victory.


Oct. 14th, 2008 08:29 pm
lynxreign: (Tiger)
What happens when [ profile] mekkasimian is in a room with many Japanese women.

lynxreign: (Eating Tiger)
I posted this because [ profile] wizardru hadn't heard of Salad Cream and I wanted to show him how disgusting it is. This is how I discovered it. I saw this ad when I was in England visiting [ profile] garrity in the late 90s. ([ profile] garrity, look away! The horror!)

All I can say is "BLAURRRGH".

Please post a comment to let me know if you watched the video. I'm curious who will.


Sep. 23rd, 2008 12:15 pm
lynxreign: (Eating Tiger)
I've heard it is good food.

I had a whole can of Cream of Potato with garlic. It is one of the Campbells Select soups and you don't have to add water. It was quite filling and tasty. It could have used a little more garlic, but then again I am at work.

I'm going to try having soup for lunch on a regular basis. If it works it will help with 2 goals
  1. I'll save more money
  2. I'll lose weight

This would be wonderful. The whole can of soup had under 400 calories. And a can of soup is much cheaper than buying lunch at the deli. Lets see if it helps break my plateau in weight loss.

Today I brought the soup in and microwaved it in a Glad bowl. Sometimes I may try using one of the thermoses we have.

Last Night

Sep. 18th, 2008 08:46 am
lynxreign: (Saucer)
[ profile] emilytheslayer, [ profile] jeffwik and I had dinner at [ profile] ryan4d2 and [ profile] ioianthe's place. I bought actual vegetables for the dinner, though I'd been threatening to just get cheese.

After a wonderful dinner and some pleasant conversation, we stumbled upon a fun game and I'd like you all to play now.

Bender (from Futurama) is a wonderfully funny character. We thought any tv show would be made better with his inclusion. We then spent around an hour (including the drive back to [ profile] jeffwik's place) inserting Bender into various tv shows, sometimes including theme songs.

Theme songs should include mostly "Bender is great", "You guys suck" and "Kiss my shiny metal ass"

Some of the highlights included:

  • My Two Benders
  • Mad About Bender
  • My Mother the Bender
  • The Bender Years
  • Bender Street Blues
  • Gilligan's Bender

Try it yourself in the comments.

Also, if any of you artist types out there want to create title screens with Bender inserted into or replacing the cast, that'd be great. Drawings, photoshop, whichever.


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