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Thursday, October 04, 2018

Mozzarella Croissant Rolls

Here is a baking fail - wanted to make an easy snack, and what could be easier than prepared dough and string cheese? Two tubes of croissant dough and a bag of mozzarella string cheese later, I had a project.

I originally planned on cutting it into pieces the length of the cheese and roll them up. But this dough would not comply. So I just cut the dough along the perforated lines and tried my best to cover up all the dough. Baked at the listed time on the tube for 20ish minutes. While that was baking I heated up the marinara poured myself a glass of wine. 

I made this for M, but I did have one. Should have brushed the tops with butter and garlic. And I think next time I'll make the dough from scratch.

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Adobong Sitaw and Kangkong (Green Bean and Water Spinach)

When you think adobo, you probably envision chicken or pork. But here's the thing - you can adobo much more than that. The key ingredient to make something adobo is vinegar. Pick a meat or vegetable and braise in vinegar - adobo!

If you're looking for water spinach at the Asian market, look for hollow stems, the leaves are long, narrow and pointed at the end. I bought this at the 99 Ranch in Hackensack, but I'm sure they sell it at the markets here. 

Adobong Kangkong (Braised Water Spinach in Vinegar)

2 pounds water spinach 
2 onions
4 garlic cloves
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp coarse black pepper
1/4 cup white vinegar
splash soy sauce

1. Blanch water spinach for 20 seconds. Place in ice bath to stop cooking
2. Saute onion and garlic on medium heat until soft
3. Add spinach, vinegar, soy sauce, salt and pepper
4. Simmer for 5 minutes, or until most of the liquid has evaporated
5. Serve immediately

Repeat with green beans/yard long.

Goes great with grilled meats.

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Bear Mountain Oktoberfest

Guten Morgen!

While I was downstate this past weekend, I checked out the Bear Mountain Oktoberfest. First time going, and it wasn't bad. My sister and her boyfriend have been there before and came prepared with an extra stein so I could partake in large amounts of beer consumption. I'm not sure how much beer those steins hold... 2 or 3 pints? Started with an Oktoberfest, and then a wheat beer. Both pretty good, but more in one day than I've had since my trip to Belgium.

You have to pay for parking ($10) which I suppose you can also consider your entrance fee. 16 oz. beers are $7; steins (w/ first fill) are $28; refills $14. I was considering buying a stein for my own, but I'll probably be in Germany in the spring. I'll just wait and get a legit one, along with a ginormous pretzel.

Food is typical for an Oktoberfest - schnitzel, bratwurt/knockwurst, spatzle, reg cabbage, potato salad, pretzels, waffles, and more. The menu, with prices, can be found here. There are also a handful of vendors, so bring plenty of cash because that's all they take (except for the beer and food tents).

If you want to work off all food and beer, I believe there are a few trails you can hit up and enjoy the natural splendor.

Oktoberfest runs every weekend until October 28th.


Thursday, September 06, 2018

Thursday Thoughts

I have not logged on here in a while. A long while.

Blogs don't seem all that cool now that you can quickly tweet your thoughts and posts your life in photos/videos on Instagram. I do it - it's quick and easy... which is good when you're lazy busy.

There are a dozen unpublished posts in various stages of completion. Looks like it was from my trip to Burlington. I may get back to them.

I had this crazy thought to start up this blog on the 1st. And keep on writing. But life does it's crazy thing and said "How about we push that back a week?"

So sure. Let's start this up again on Monday. In the meantime, I can work on things.

Happy Thursday.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

What 31 Dollars Got Me at Picnic Garden

The plan originally was to just order some fried rice. Because it was on my mind and I didn't really feel like cooking. Okay, maybe order some white rice too (because you mix them together and have more rice... duh). And maybe soup. But that's it.

This was on Monday. And I forgot that my go-to Chinese take out place is closed on Mondays.

Sure, I could have just went home and rummaged though the fridge for something. But no... stubborn me needed fried rice. So I hit up Picnic Garden. It was okay the last time I was there. And I wanted the most basic of food items - fried rice. Fried freakin rice.

But then I looked at the menu. And my eyes glazed over. And the next thing I knew, the lady walked out of the kitchen and handed me my order. A $31 dinner for just me.

Here's the breakdown - 

Thai fried rice with pork - $9.95
Quart white rice - $3.25 
Quart hot & sour soup - $3.95
Quart wonton soup - $3.95
Fried squid - $7.95

Fried rice was pretty good, with even bigger cuts of pork than usually found in pork fried rice. The squid was tough and tasted more like the oil it was fried in, and just a bit of pepper. Wonton soup broth was good, the wontons tasted pasty. The hot & sour soup was no good. I could barely get though half of it.

Lesson learned - should have gone to Lucky Corner. Not saying I'm going to swear off Picnic Garden, I decide on that after I try the hot pot.