Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Best Dilly in Town

The "Till"

It's about time I'm sitting here writing a review on Dilly Deli. I have been wanting to try this place for about a year now. Man have I been missing out. I didn't get a picture of it, but they make the BEST skinny margarita that I have ever had, and I have tried too many to name. None stack up to this one. It was light and fizzy, but most importantly it was refreshing. I have also heard great things about their mimosas(their orange juice is homemade,) their brunch--particularly their Eggs Benedict, their sandwiches and too many other things to name. Unfortunately I couldn't try all of these things in one visit, so I will be revisiting very soon. Another thing I love about Dilly Deli is that after a little researching and reading, I found out that they get their rye and tuscan breads from a local bakery here in Tulsa, and you can never go wrong shopping local for your food. Also their turkey and chicken are both all natural, no preservatives, no nitrites, no MSG,  no artificial ingredients, AND they are gluten free! Overall this is an awesome little deli that serves up fresh, homemade sandwiches, soups, salads, drinks, pastries and breakfasts on a daily basis. I will be going for brunch next time for sure.

Dilly Deli

Shammy Says "Don't Dilly Dally"

Buffalo Calamari is PRIMO

Utter Perfection

I professed my love for all things buffalo a long time ago. Therefore it should come as no surprise that this is going to be a rave review. I have eaten buffalo shrimp, buffalo chicken, buffalo fries, buffalo enchiladas and have even been known to dunk my tater tots in buffalo sauce. I honestly could eat anything as long as it is doused in buffalo sauce. It truly is the sauce of champions, in my opinion. Now to the entree of the year, Buffalo Calamari with Bleu Cheese. I love calamari so I was fully aware that I was about to have my mind blown. This meal did more than that. When I eat something truly delicious, I tend to slip into a deep state of euphoria, paying close attention to each delectable bite, and savoring every chew knowing that this wonderful feeling will not last forever. That being said, I normally can't recall eating said meals afterwards because my mind was somewhere else the entire time. Some of you may think that this is weird but my fellow foodies will know exactly what I am talking about. The sheer genius of Buffalo Calamari is a combination of a few things: the first is that they are thin so with each piece you get a perfect ratio of buffalo sauce to meat, unlike chicken, which I normally have to re-dunk in between bites; the second being that they were served underneath an avalanche of bleu cheese crumbles; the third and final reason for perfection was that they were tangy and not vinegar-y. They were also crispy and not soggy, which happens sometimes with buffalo sauced dishes. I'm done with my rave review, now all of you can go to Sonoma Bistro and Wine Bar and order the Buffalo Calamari, with a side of anything else on their menu. Great food, great atmosphere and great wine.

Sonoma Bistro and Wine Bar

Shammy Says "Five Stars"

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Million Dollar Brownies Are Priceless


I am going to let you all in on a little secret. I hate brownies. For me to even be dedicating an entire post to them is like going against my nature. I have never been tempted by them, ever. I love chocolate but brownies have never been a dessert I would even look twice at, because they are all either too dry or thick and in my opinion just not tasty enough to earn my attention. Now, with that being said I was having a major chocolate craving last week, you ladies will know what I am referring to. The kind of chocolate craving that makes you head to the grocery store at 8:30 at night to buy ingredients to make an entire chocolate cake. Yes I've done that. So last week when the above referenced craving was in full force, for some reason brownies were on my mind. But if I was going to make them, I was going to find the best recipe I could find and make the best brownies in the world. I succeeded, not surprisingly. They say when you want something bad enough, nothing can stop you from getting it. That was precisely what happened. These brownies were creamy, soft and so flavorful I could have eaten the entire pan if I allowed myself. Without further ado, here is the recipe.

Million Dollar Brownie Recipe

Shammy Says "The title is not an exaggeration"

Not Your Regular Chicken Taco

A refreshing twist on our normal tacos

I get stuck in food ruts from time to time, as I'm sure most of you do as well. This week I was trying to come up with different recipes to try that would please not only me, but my picky husband and my 2-year old. When I came across this one, I won't lie I wasn't too intrigued until I started reading the reviews. Every single review was raving about how delicious this was, not ONE bad review. I always read reviews, they never steer me wrong. I was also very anxious to try it since it only called for 5 ingredients. The entire dinner cost about $4 to make, which made me extra happy because that left me enough money to buy the economy sized can of nacho cheese I had been eyeing at the store. Chicken, cream of chicken soup, salsa, taco seasoning and sour cream, that's it folks. The only thing I was debating on was how to serve it. The recipe I found served it over white rice, but frankly that didn't sound too appetizing to me. After reading through nearly all of the reviews I found one lady who suggested serving it in a soft taco with fresh pico, sour cream and lettuce so that is exactly what I did, except I added even more toppings! I put shredded monterey jack and cheddar cheese on mine, along with sour cream, lettuce, pico de gallo, fresh guacamole and some crumbled tostitos. It tasted even better than it looked, if that is even possible. It was such a nice change of pace, kind of like when Taco Bell brings the Crunchwrap Supreme back around after it's been gone for a while.

Crockpot Salsa Chicken Recipe

Shammy Says "Mouthwatering"

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Two Different Recipes, One Delicious Dish

As the title states, this dish consists of two different recipes, one for the shrimp and one for the pasta. I decided to pair them together in a fit of creativity and it was a raging success! The shrimp recipe is a Pioneer Woman recipe, need I say more? Didn't think so. The pasta recipe is one that I have pinned over and over and salivated over on many a night. The reason it took me so long to make the pasta is because it called for pine nuts and basil. Here is my problem with pine nuts, yes they are delicious and add a nutty and crunchy texture to pasta, however they cost an arm and a leg. The problem I have with basil is that my grocery store NEVER has it, it is always the one herb that they are out of. So I finally decided to snub these two high class ingredients and go on my merry way, using my beloved parmesan cheese and garlic. The pasta turned out great, but next time I will use fresh grated parmesan instead of buying the prepackaged tub of the flakes because they didn't melt into the pasta like I was hoping. The shrimp was SUPER easy to make, consisting of about 5 or 6 ingredients. Once they were both prepared and tossed together, it was like heaven in my mouth. Enjoy!

Shammy Says "It takes two"

Tuna Salad Can Be Tasty After All

Isn't she lovely?

I must admit that I am not a huge fan of tuna salad, unless it is bomb delicious tuna salad. It is similar to my love/hate relationship with potato salad, it's gotta be good or I'm not interested. I found this recipe on Pinterest and it was titled "The Best Tuna Fish Salad Sandwich."  I like my tuna salad to be crunchy and creamy at the same time, and this recipe hit the nail on the head. The ingredients consisted of --spoiler alert-- tuna, dill pickles, green onions, celery, mayo and salt/pepper. It's shockingly one of the healthiest recipes I've come across also, which leaves me still wondering why I enjoyed it so much. All kidding aside, I DO eat healthy every now and then. I assume that it's just my body crying out for nutrition so I cave, but only for a day or so. I could have made this super healthy and paired it with whole grain bread of some sort but I chose the buttery croissant, considering all of the veggies I was eating with it. It was mighty tasty and perhaps in a few more months I'll have another one ;)

Tuna Fish Salad Sandwich Recipe

Shammy Says "This one's for my health nuts!"

Buffalo Chicken Enchiladas = YUM

These have been on my list of things to make for a very long time now and last week I struck gold when my friend Fawna said she was making them for our get together! I could not wait to sink my teeth into these babies. I love mexican food and I could eat a calculator if it was drenched in buffalo sauce, so I knew going into this that I would thoroughly enjoy this dish. Clearly my expectations were high, and these somehow managed to make me so much happier than I was already expecting. Surprisingly they are not too unhealthy either, with the ingredients consisting of shredded chicken, enchilada sauce, buffalo sauce(which without the butter is not bad at all,) some gorgonzola and monterey jack cheese and you can use whole wheat flour tortillas! This was the type of meal that I could gorge myself on and eat the entire dish, but I didn't considering there were other guests present. These shot way up the list of my favorite meals and I will definitely be making them for us soon. Until then, buffalo on.

Shammy Says "Buffalo Chicken Enchiladas are GENIUS"