Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Pasta Carbonara? Yes Please!

Bethenny's Low Fat Pasta Carbonara with Chicken

I made this dish last winter without the chicken and it was fabulous, but Pooh Bear requested that I add chicken to it the next time I make it. So tonight that is what I did, and it turned out even better! Pasta Carbonara is known to be a high fat dish, but I found this low fat version in Bethenny Frankel's book The SkinnyGirl Dish. Pasta is one of my favorite comfort foods, and Pasta Carbonara is no exception. It is a perfect dish for the winter, and even the summer. Served with a glass of white wine, or a SkinnyGirl margarita in the summertime, it makes for a surprisingly light dinner. My favorite thing about this dish is the crumbled bacon, even though I am not a big meat eater, I do love bacon. The bottom line is that you really can't go wrong with a butter and cheese based pasta dish.

Shammy Says "Delicious EASY Dinner"

Low Fat Pasta Carbonara

Monday, July 25, 2011

Crazy About the Wild Fork

The Fries
More Than a Mouthful!

I have known about the Wild Fork restaurant in Utica Square for a while, but today was my first time eating there. I am really upset I waited this long because it was way better than I was expecting. First off, my friend Ashley was told to order the Black Bean Cassoulet dip, so of course we did as we were told, rarely do I ignore a recommendation. This dip was AMAZING! Everything that I love was in it, black beans, cheddar cheese, green chilies, cilantro sour cream and pico de gallo, served with warm tortilla crisps.  I will order this every time I visit from now on. The burger was just as good, it was a basic burger with lettuce, tomato, onion and I also added cheddar cheese. We all know I am not a burger person but I had an inkling that this would be the place to order one, and like most of the time regarding my food instinct, I was right. It was juicy, very flavorful and I must give the mayo two thumbs up as well, very creamy and rich, the perfect addition to any burger. Now to the important stuff, the french fries. These were some of the best french fries I have ever eaten. They were crispy, sprinkled lightly with sea salt, and not overly greasy. All of it was a taste explosion in my mouth, right down to my iced tea. I will definitely be going back to the Wild Fork very soon!

Shammy Says "Pure Satisfaction"

Monday, July 18, 2011

Better Than The Rest

Best Chicken Yet!

This is another wonderful recipe that I got from Foodgawker. I have yet to be disappointed in anything I have found on this website. I had an inkling that this would be good, because anything with Parmesan cheese is bound to be delicious. This was surprisingly easy, cheap AND yummy! I am very pleased with how this turned out and can't wait to make it again. This probably isn't the healthiest chicken recipe but it's a goodie!! The lemon juice over the top of the chicken really is the secret weapon, so don't forget that if you make it!

Click here for recipe ---> 
Pecorino (Parmesan) Crumbed Chicken

Shammy Says "Tastes like chicken"


This is the most beautiful sight I have ever seen

Buffalo Fries. When I saw the title to this recipe, I knew before long that this would be my new favorite thing to make. I made them tonight, and they were unbelievably fantastic on every level. As a matter of fact, I sort of went into a trance as I was eating them. I can't remember most of the dinner because I was in a deep buffalo hallucination. If you like buffalo sauce even just a little bit, then I suggest you make this dish. It will not let you down. This is now one of my favorite recipes and I intend on making it twice daily.

If you would like to make these, click here ----> 
Buffalo Fries

Shammy Says "Orgasm in my mouth"

Superb Bar Food

Kraft lied, THIS is the CHEESIEST!

Gonzo's Nachos!

I have eaten at Leon's quite a few times. I have had their chicken tamales, Bob Marley dip(it is out-of-this-world-GOOD), buffalo fries, buffalo wings, pizza, and countless other items from their menu, and I have loved everything. Tonight, my foodie friend Morgan Horwitz suggested quite fervidly, that I order the nachos. I'm sure all of you know by now how much I enjoy a large plate of nachos. It took me about 2 seconds to consent. She also mentioned the mac and cheese, but she ended up ordering it with her burger and let me have a taste, which turned into about 16 bites. Ok, I am going to get straight to the point here, I have probably tried every order of nachos that Tulsa has to offer and Leon's takes first place. One way to turn me away from ordering nachos is to put shredded cheese on top and melt it. GROSS. I cannot stand shredded cheese. It MUST be processed gooey cheddar, no exceptions. As you can see in the picture, they do have a few sprinkles of cheddar on top, which I am perfectly ok with because it is not the main cheese source to the nachos. Underneath that pile of black olives, guacamole, beans, chicken, steak, green onions and tomatoes is a heaping portion of the gooiest nacho cheese ever. I joked as I ordered them that there would be no way I could eat even half the plate, and I ended up eating almost the entire plate by myself, along with a large portion of Morgan's mac and cheese. Delicious.

Shammy Says "Good thing I don't have to drive all the way to Brookside when I get a nacho craving now"

Monday, July 11, 2011

Holy Peaches!!

This was bite #427 I think...
It was a hot afternoon at the Loony Bin, dinner was being prepared and I was starving. Then the salsa arrived; it was Peach Habanero Salsa and it was amazingly delicious. It was so satisfying that I could not stop eating it, and ended up eating so much that I got a tummy-ache and was completely full by the time dinner was served, although that is not unusual for me. I would like to credit Daniel and my wonderfully sarcastic sister Emily for making this taste explosion. I will be begging them to make this for me now, presumably on a weekly basis. They will agree to do so unless they enjoy bodily injuries. If anybody is interested in the recipe, just ask Emily! 

Shammy Says "NOBODY made salsa as good as mine, until Sunday"

I'll Have Nine Slices of Cheesecake Please

Pomegranate Mojito
Rotisserie Chicken with Mashed Potatoes

I have been salivating at the thought of Wolfgang Puck for quite some time now, so you can imagine how excited I was on Saturday when we arrived. I was told by Erin Meehan to try the Pomegranate Mojito, so I ordered that right as I sat down. It was ridiculously refreshing, and very tasty, I will definitely order that again next time. For dinner I ordered the Rotisserie Chicken with Mashed Potatoes, it did not leave me unsatisfied either. The portion was large(see half of a chicken above), and very tasty. I was impressed with their mashed potatoes because they were not too rich. Most of the time when I order mashed potatoes at a nice restaurant, they are great but entirely too rich. These tasted like mom's homemade mashed potatoes, fluffy and light. My favorite part of the entire meal ironically, was dessert. Now I am going to note again that I am usually not a dessert person, unless it's insanely good. This cheesecake was absolutely, hands down THE BEST cheesecake I have ever had. First of all, it was crustless. I know some of you are rolling your eyes and furrowing your brows thinking "The crust is the best part, is she high?" But I was also skeptical about the idea of a crustless cheesecake. But when it arrived at the table, the slice of cheesecake was sitting on top of a thin layer of sugar in the raw crystals, so you still got the sugary crunch with the creamy cake. To top that off, they creme bruleed the top of the cake. I am literally at a loss for words at this point on how to describe how yummy this was. Pooh Bear was fighting me for bites, and by the time we were done I wanted another slice. I can tell you that I will be making random stops at Wolfgang Puck now just for a slice of their cheesecake, and for me that is unheard of. Overall, everything was wonderful, including the price. I was shocked when the bill came and it was only $50. We had cocktails, dinner AND dessert, which is a very reasonable price considering the quality.

Shammy Says "I see multiple trips to Wolfgang Puck in my future"

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

In Case You Were Wondering...

#1 potato salad, in my opinion

Just in case you guys were wondering where to get the best potato salad, look no further than McAlister's Deli. I know that everyone has their own ideas on what makes potato salad good, some like it mustard-based while others like it mayonnaise-based. I'm not sure what McAlister's is, I just know that it is DE-licious. Sometimes I will stop by McAlister's and make their potato salad my entire lunch. You would be surprised to know that I am not a huge fan of potato salad in general, and that is because most potato salads gross me out. It has got to be absolutely perfect for me to eat it, and McAlister's more than fits the bill.

Shammy Says "I hear their Sweet Tea is pretty good too ;)"

Monday, July 4, 2011

Definition of DELICIOUS


"Something Chocolate" was "Everything and More"
"Off the menu" Buffalo Shrimp with Chipotle Bleu Cheese dressing

Where do I begin? It is hard for me to blog about places that are this good because I find myself at a loss for words to describe it. I had been hearing from many friends how good Red Rock Canyon Grill was, so I knew it was time to try it. It was one of the best places I have ever eaten, and that is saying a lot coming from me. When the waitress was telling us about their "off menu" specialty items, I heard the words "buffalo shrimp" and about jumped across the table in excitement. I could barely sit still. I could taste it as I ordered it, trying to hold back the desire to order two of them. This was the best buffalo shrimp I have EVER had. The shrimp was very fresh and the buffalo sauce was different than any other I have had, in a good way. The Chipotle Bleu Cheese dressing was so good I ended up eating it with my spoon when the shrimp was gone, and no I am not joking. Josh and I ordered the Cluck and Moo, per recommendation from everyone I know. The Cluck and Moo consists of Rotisserie chicken and beef tenderloin, served with redskin mashed potatoes and sweet glazed carrots. All of it was more than delicious, the mashed potatoes being the best I have had. The chicken was the moist, tender and seasoned perfectly. Then we ordered dessert. I have made it abundantly clear that I am NOT a dessert person. That is, unless it is unbelievably scrumptious. We ordered the Something Chocolate and the House Made Key Lime Pie. Key Lime Pie is my all time favorite dessert, whenever I eat dessert. This Key Lime Pie was smooth and creamy and the crust was phenomenal. The Something Chocolate was the best chocolate dessert I have had yet, not to sound redundant. All of it was amazing and I can't wait to go back and try more!

Shammy Says "Red Rock ROCKS"