Monday, August 30, 2010

Mexican Feast - a cooking story

Last weekend I came home from work to a fantastico fiesta!  Made by my husband, son and Mother-in-Law.
They made homemade tortilla chips with homemade guacamole and homemade salsa verde, the first time my husband has tried to make this. It is my favorite, I love green sauce! And since we found this fantastic Mexican restaurant not to far from where we live and my husband tried their amazing salsa verde he now loves it also.

His version was delicioso! It was great and he said easy to make- roasted tomatillos and a few roasted poblano peppers, some cilantro, juice of a lime and chopped garlic. I think that was it, if anything else I'll edit later. And I don't see why all Mexican restaurants don't make their own chips, it is extremely easy, only takes a few minutes  and are much better! They are just so much better!

O.K. off my chip soap box for now. The main dish was poblano peppers stuffed with chicken, sauted mushrooms and goat cheese covered in Monterey Jack cheese and baked. This was my husbands take on a dish at Wholly Frijoles, a restaurant we saw on Check Please.

Pechuga de Pollo Rellena / Chef's Special
Chicken breast stuffed with poblano pepper, goat cheese and mushrooms.
Here is the web site- 

We have been wanting to go to this restaurant since we saw the show as they talk about this dish and show it. My husband and sous chefs decided to stuff the roasted peppers with a chicken, mushroom and goat cheese mixture and it was delicioso! It was amazing, and if we do go to Wholly Frijoles I will probably order something different now since that was so good.

Again no pictures, I really need to get better with remembering to take pictures!

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Beggars pizza

Our road trip Friday night took us to Beggars Pizza in Plainfield. My husband had heard and even some co-workers had told him it was the best pizza in Chicago. They have several locations ( I have no pictures due to not being able to figure out the old camera in the car. If I can not get it to work this week I have to remember to put our other camera in the car. Sorry.

The tag-line for this pizza place is "We Lay it on Thick", they have been in business over 30 yrs. and do more than just pizza. They have dine in and carry out, not sure about delivery. Here is the link

 Well now on to the pizza, we ordered carry out, 1 Med. thin crust w/ sausage, garlic and jardiniere and 1 thin crust w/ chicken, mushrooms and garlic. The crust is nice, it's thin but not cracker thin, and crispy which is good. They also have the cornmeal bottom, but not overwhelmingly so that my husband likes a lot.They are not kidding when they say they "Lay it on Thick" they do! They do not skimp on the toppings and they are piled on but the crust holds up good and one of the square slices can be eaten with one hand.  The only negative thing I can say is I did not taste any garlic on the chicken pizza. (we are a GARLIC family). I do not believe it to be the best pizza in Chicago. My husband and son enjoyed the sausage pizza a lot but we would not make this a destination pizza place. If we were in an area where there was one and were hungry for pizza we would definitely go and have it again!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

One of our earlier adventures was to a heavy metal bar in Chicago that has been on several food TV shows.  It's called Kuma's Corner. We went with my Mother-in-law, Brother-in-law and 4 pre-teen boys.  It is a small place and busy since they had been on of the TV shows recently so we had to wait about 30-40 min. which is reasonable even if not just on TV.

All the burgers are named for Heavy Metal bands and are on Pretzel bun's, This was our first experience with a pretzel bun, and we both thought it was fantastic and the perfect type of bun for a burger!

We started out with  BBQ Pork Fries, french fries covered with BBQ pork and Jack cheese.  I had the  Motorhead - Goat Cheese, Kalamata Olives, Oregano, Tzatziki, Onion & Tomato.  My husband had  
Plague Bringer- Roasted Garlic Mayo, Tortilla Strips, House Made Hot Sauce, Fresh Garlic, Pepper Jack& Sliced Jalapenos. He said after having this burger "I can't believe I never thought to put fresh garlic on a burger before" and "I don't think I will ever make one with out it again" Our son had Metallica-Buffalo Sauce, Bacon & Bleu Cheese Dressing.

My Mother-in law had the Make Your own Mac & Cheese- where you can choose from the following ingredients: Bacon, Prosciutto, Andouille, Chicken, Roasted Red Peppers, Caramelized Onions, Sun Dried Tomatoes, Broccoli, Peas, Mushrooms, Scallions & Sweet Corn, to add to your mac & cheese.

My Brother-in-law had - will post when I get in touch with him to see what burger he had.

This place is very cool and the best burger my husband has ever had!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Starting out

I am a minor foodie, my husband is more of a major foodie and we are raising our son to be a foodie.  We are not pretentious or snooty we just enjoy food and pretty much everything to do with food!  I enjoy cooking, my husband loves it, and I love to bake.  But more than that we love to eat!

We watch a lot of Food TV, and have been to some places from the show Check Please, a show that highlights restaurants usually not far from the area where we live.  So when we decided to go to as many places form Triple D (Diners Drive-ins and Dives) as we could that looked interesting to us I thought it would be fun to create a blog and write about the places we go for food.  In the past we have had some interesting stories and even funny stories just on how we got to some place. 

So even if no one else reads this blog or finds it interesting at least it will be a web journal of Our Food Travels for us to look back on someday.