Archive for June, 2012


Dinner with Friends

I have recently discovered a wonderful invention….. Oven Roasting Bags! Not only does it keep food from cooking into and caking onto my pans, it helps my food cook evenly and keeps on the juices and seasoning locked into the meat. I honestly used to think that to be a good cook I had to do everything the long or hard way. If I still thought that, I’d never do anything but cook! I have a job, a family, school work, and a life! So I realized, you can take some short cuts and the food still tastes wonderful. Which is what really matters anyway…. Not how you got there.

So last night I had some wonderful long lost friends come over. I made a chuck roast and potatoes marinated in garlic and herbs in an oven roasting bag. I also served long grain and wild rice pilaf with almonds and a nice simple side salad. I felt that the roast came out a bit tough and I wish I had the time to marinade it over night like usual. There was a comment that the rice tasted buttery (which isn’t necessarily bad thing if you like buttery). This comment lead to several minutes of trying to figure out why, because I had not added butter. 🙂 I’m not sure if we ever came to a conclusion…. But I love you anyway Brandon. All in all it was a good meal and a great evening with friends. I couldn’t have asked for a better night!

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Lunch at Zocolo

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So I am trying a new restaurant and a new food for lunch. Zocolo has a wonderful atmosphere! I ordered fried pickles and crayfish and corn chowder. Fried pickles are a bit of a weakness for me and I like to try them where ever possible. These did not disappoint! They are think sliced and seasoned well. The dipping sauce is different from the ranch variations that I’m used to, but it has totally won me over. Now I have never had chowder before. I have slight trepidation over the thickness and not being able to see the ingredients. However the taste is amazing! This place really knows how to use seasonings! Something I have found to be a rarity among too many restaurants as of late. So I’d have to say that this place has definitely enticed me back for another visit. Maybe I’ll check out their dinner menu.

New Pages

Thanks for all the support that I have been receiving! You have no idea how much it is appreciated! I just wanted to write a quick post to let you know that two of my pages are up and operational! The Essence of Ginger page gives you a little information about myself and the blog. I have also included a Photo Gallery page. Almost every post will include a photo, but just for a quick look at all the photos in one place you can visit the Gallery. There are pictures up right now and posts to go along with them will follow soon. If there are any other pages you would like to see or additional information you would like me to include please just comment, message, or email me.

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Full food related blog posts will be up soon. Thank you for baring with me during the jump start of this blog. 🙂

Hello world!

Welcome to my new blog! I working on getting everything up and running smoothly so bare with me for a short time. 🙂

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