Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Loaded veggie scramble

My favorite breakfast by far is eggs. And while plain old scrambled eggs with a slice of toast are just fine, eggs that are loaded with fresh veggies are the icing on the cake. Here's a recent skillet scramble.

wilted spinach
green bell pepper
green onion

And it's best with a bit of shredded cheese melted on top.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Bass Pro Shops has eclectic food section

Having five sons, spending a day at Cabela's, Gander Mountain or Bass Pro Shops is a load of fun for them. I like spending time with them on a shopping adventure, but after an hour I'm ready to hit the door. At least at Bass Pro Shops, there's a lot for a foodie to check out. You're sure to find some interesting edibles. Here's a sampling of what I came across on the most recent visit.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Rockit Burger Bar

I originally visited Rockit Burger Bar a couple seasons ago with my son after a Cubs game. This past week I visited with my dad following a Cubs game. It's a great place for a post-game bite or drink. Every time I think about going to Wrigley Field, I think about going to Rockit Burger Bar for some truffle fries. They are fantastic!

Dad and I had already eaten a little at the ballpark, so we decided to split a burger. We got the Rockit Cheeseburger - a double burger with dijon mustard, lettuce tomato and pickle. In place of American cheese, Dad requested cheddar. The burgers are pretty large and the split was just enough for our appetites after having ball park dogs earlier at the game.

I upgraded to a side of those truffle fries that I love. We got a generous portion and I ate every last one.

Rockit Burger Bar
3700 North Clark
Chicago, IL 
(773) 645-4400

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Capri Imports, Dyer, Indiana

I really should get some nice pictures of one of my favorite little shops, Capri Imports in Dyer. It's a little out of my way, but whenever I am in Dyer, I stop in there to get some homemade sauce. Antionetta, the lady who runs the shop is such a sweetheart. I love to pick up her freshly made sauce. I grab a pack of past while I'm there and usually a frozen serving of tiramisu and sometimes a few sauces or cookies. There's a great selection of imported goodies to choose from.

Capri Imports
425 Joliet Street
Dyer, Indiana

Friday, April 18, 2014

Smokey Bourbon Chili using Tongue Spank Spice Co. spices

Tongue Spank Spice Co. sent out a sample of a couple of their products, including a bottle of the Smoky Bourbon which I tried out in some chili. It doesn't take much to add a lot of heat, so use it wisely. At least if you have a sensitive palate like mine. For those who don't flinch at such intense flavor, have at it. I tried it with just a bit and let my husband, who likes his much hotter than I do, add a little more.

1 pound ground beef
2 cans mild chili beans
1 can diced tomatoes
1 tbsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
1 tsp. garlic salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
Tongue Spank Smokey Bourbon (to taste)

Brown beef and drain. Add spices and tomatoes and simmer for about 20 minutes. Add beans. Simmer another half hour. Garnish with shredded cheddar cheese and serve with crackers.