Sunday, January 15, 2012

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Monday, January 9, 2012

Mexican Vegetable Soup

Last nigh I was going through my fridge and needed to clean out the veggies I had from last week.... So I found a recipe online for a Mexican Vegetable Soup. Believe it or not, I've NEVER made soup!!

I didn't have all of the ingredients and I had a few veggies that were not part of the ingredients... So here is what I came up with...

Mexican Vegetable Soup

1 cup of frozen peas
2 cups of frozen corn 
3 cloves of garlic, minced
2 small uncooked zucchini, cubed  
14 oz canned diced tomatoes with jalapeños
1 can of diced green chillies
1 medium onion, chopped  
1 medium green pepper, chopped   
1 medium jalapeño pepper, finely chopped (I used about 2 tbsp of pickled jalapeños) 
2 tsp oregano  
2 tsp ground cumin
6 cup(s) vegetable broth  
8 oz cremini mushrooms
2 tsp cilantro
2 Tbsp fresh lime juice  

Place all of the ingredients in a large pot, cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer partly covered for 10 minutes.

And there you have it! It is pretty filling and has a nice kick to it! :) You'll get about 12 one cup servings.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

D'z Six Pax & Dogz

Last night we didn't feel like eating leftovers and the weather was nice out. So Matt and I decided to go out to eat. We went to D'z Six Pax & Dogz in Monroeville.

D'z is located in an old Pizza Hut and has a big beer selection. For drinks Matt Ordered a Helltown Mischievous Brown Ale. The Ale had a very chocolate taste to it. I'm not big on dark beers but this one was pretty good.
I ordered a Crispin Hard Cider. The cider was really light compared to Woodchuck, which is what I normally drink.  It is really smooth but I don't think I am quite sold on it. Might have to give it another try.

For a starter we ordered Nacho's with Jalapenos. Nothing special about them, just your typical bar food nachos. However the cheese was kind of cold when it arrived at our table.

For our entrees Matt ordered the Bacon Cheese Dogz. All of their hot dogs come with poppy seed buns, which was a plus in Matt's book since he loves anything with poppy seeds. He said they were really good and was something that he would order again and loved that the dogs had a nice crunch when you bit into them.

I felt like being adventurous and ordered the Mason Dixon dog, which had coleslaw and chilli on it. The chilli had a nice little kick to it and the slaw gave the dog a nice extra crunch to it. Slaw and chilli are two things that really don't sound like they go well, but surprisingly they did!

One thing I did find odd was the garage doors they have. While we were waiting for our check one of the employees starts to pull down the garage doors which separated the bar from the dinning area. The dining area felt really small after they did that, since it is not too big of a place to begin with.

Over all D'z is a go in my book. The wait staff was nice and the food was good. If you're craving a dog and in Monroeville, give D'z a try!

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Friday, January 6, 2012

Back in the Kitchen!

It feels like it's been forever since I cooked dinner.. We've been living on left overs for quite sometime now...

Tonight I made Mexican Lasagna but mixed it up a little. I added a green pepper, an onion, pickled jalapenos and refried beans with taco seasoning mixed in. I must say the refried bean added to it makes it MUCH better! It gives it a creamyness and just hits the spot. 

The cornbread was made by Matt's grandma and I thought it would be a good pairing with dinner tonight.

Short and Sweet tonight... Time for me to get back to watching the Pens game that we recorded. :)