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
219-322-2390

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.







Hooter's, Lansing, Illinois

When a Hooter's opened in our town probably about 20 years ago, I kind of boycotted it just on principal. I figured no one was really going there for the food and that the dining room was full of nothing but guys drinking beer and taking in the eye candy. But, when I tried their food, I realized it was good. Really good.


Once in a while hubby and I will stop there for a bite or we'll get carry-out (I just can't bring myself to go there for a family meal with my five sons.) So, for our latest carry-out meal from Hooter's, this is what we got:
Hubby likes to get the drums - either Hot or Three Mile Island.

One of the boys requested a steak quesadilla. Very good!

I love the chicken strips - mild with some ranch or bleu cheese dressing.

And the Buffalo Shrimp (mild for me) is awesome!


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Red Pepper, Eggplant and Muenster Burger on Foccacia Bread

One afternoon last week, I had a couple hamburgers leftover from the day before that had been cooked on the grill. Instead of plopping it on a regular bun and adding a dab of ketchup, I decided to take it up on a notch. I warmed it up with a slice of Muenster chess on top and on top of that was a smear of Trader Joe's Red Pepper with Eggplant and Garlic Spread. It goes great on top of burgers and has a bit of kick to it. On top of that was some romaine lettuce. I happen to have a small round of foccacia bread that I'd just picked up at Produce Depot and that served as a bun. It was a great way to make what would have been a boring lunch seem a little more upscale.










Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Treat Mom to Brunch at Shaw's Crab House

Mother's Day is quickly approaching and I don't know a mom out there who wouldn't love to have someone else cook for them on Mother's Day. Shaw's is featuring an extensive buffet that any mother would love. And…BONUS…kids 12 and younger are free. Read on for details of what you'll find on the buffet!

SHAW'S IN SCHAUMBURG HOSTS
MOTHER'S DAY BRUNCH AND DINNER BUFFET


(Schaumburg, IL)- This Mother's Day, May 11, 2014, Shaw's Crab House in Schaumburg is offering a brunch and dinner buffet that are the perfect way to celebrate Mom! Plus, all moms will receive a special $25 Shaw's Crab House gift certificate for future use at the restaurant's Sunday Brunch or Grand Crab Buffet. The brunch buffet is priced at $59 for adults and free for kids 12 and younger (limit 2 children per adult) and will feature:

GRAND HOT BUFFET
Scrambled Eggs
Eggs Benedict
Hash Browns
Caramelized Bacon
Country Sausage
Mashed Potatoes
Sweet Peas
Glazed Carrots
Lobster, Brie, & Cavatappi Pasta
Mini Crab Cakes
Fried Shrimp
Seasonal Fish

CHEF'S TABLE
Build-Your-Own Omelet Station
Belgian Waffles
French Toast
Alaskan Golden King Crab
Slow Roasted Leg of Lamb
Hand Carved Beef Tenderloin
Lobster Bisque

COLD SEAFOOD & SALAD BAR
Fresh Shucked Oysters
Shrimp Cocktail
Chilled Snow Crab
Dungeness Crab Deviled Eggs
Assorted Sushi
Caesar Salad
Green Bean & Wax Bean Salad
Chopped Wedge Salad
Bagels & Lox

SHAW'S SWEETS TABLE
Assortment of Mini Desserts
Seasonal Cheesecake Bars
Strawberry-Rhubarb Cobbler
Peanut Butter Cookies
Crème Brûleé
Assortment of Cupcakes
Oreo Rice Krispie Treats

Shaw's Schaumburg will continue Mother's Day dining with a spectacular dinner buffet that includes:

COLD SEAFOOD & SALAD BAR
Fresh Shucked Oysters
Shrimp Cocktail
Chilled Snow Crab
Dungeness Crab Deviled Eggs
Assorted Sushi
Caesar Salad
Green Bean & Wax Bean Salad
Chopped Wedge Salad

GRAND HOT BUFFET
Seasonal Fish
Mashed Potatoes
Au Gratin Potatoes
Sweet Peas
Grilled Asparagus
Glazed Carrots
Lobster, Brie, & Cavatappi Pasta
Mini Crab Cakes
Fried Shrimp

CHEF'S TABLE
Alaskan Golden King Crab
Slow Roasted Leg of Lamb
Slow Roasted Beef Tenderloin
Herb Roasted Potatoes
Lobster Bisque
Orecchiette Pasta with braised spring greens, spicy sausage, and lemon
Shrimp Linguine with roasted tomatoes, arugula, and olive oil
Assorted Breads
SWEETS TABLE
Assortment of Mini Desserts
Seasonal Cheesecake Bars
Strawberry-Rhubarb Cobbler
Peanut Butter Cookies
Crème Brûleé
Assortment of Cupcakes
Oreo Rice Krispie Treats

Shaw's Crab House Schaumburg's Special Mother's Day Hours:
Brunch Buffet - 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Dinner Buffet- 3:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 847.517.2722.

Shaw's Crab House, a Lettuce Entertain You restaurant, features a 1940s-style take on the seafood dining experience, with retro leather banquettes, polished wood floors and Art Deco touches. The Oyster Bar provides a more casual setting for diners and serves up live music five nights a week at the Chicago location and Friday and Saturday nights at the Schaumburg location. Shaw's-The King of Crab! For more info, call 312.527.2722 (Chicago) or 847.517.2722 (Schaumburg), visit the website at www.shawscrabhouse.com, tweet with The Shaw's Mermaid at www.twitter.com/shellyfromshaws or keep up on Facebook at www.facebook.com/shawscrabhouse andwww.facebook.com/ShawsCrabHouseSchaumburg.