I have been making my quick red beans and rice as a staple over the past couple of weeks so I decided to share with you. First let me say that this can be made with white or brown rice. Also if you don’t like any of the ingredients you can make it without them, just use your seasoning to make it taste the way you want it to.
What you need(quick recipe):
1 can red beans
Rice or Brown Rice (your choice)
Onions (I use a sweet onion)
Turkey sausage/turkey bacon (can be made without meat or with pork products)
I had a chance to visit Miami Beach over Labor Day weekend and stayed at the lovely Confidante Hotel. The onsite restaurant is called Bird & Bone and it’s claim to fame is having the best chicken in Miami.
I must admit I was a little skeptical as I am from the south and I have tasted some pretty good fried chicken in my life, but this chicken actually lived up to the hype.
For a $28 price tag on the menu it is listed as Chef Hales Hot Chicken: Florida Honey, House Mustard, Cucumber Pickle, w/ Zak the Baker Country Bread. This meal only comes in one size, which turns out to be a half chicken.
I ordered this famous dish on a fairly busy restaurant night, but the chicken did not disappoint me at all. It was crispy on the outside and moist on the inside as if it had been fried to perfection. The mustard sauce bread and cucumbers add to the deliciousness of the dish and do not take away from the star, which is the chicken.
I will be honest I had been in South Beach all day enjoying my fair share of delicious beverages for the majority of the day and I knew that this was going to be my dinner. I took it to my room and sat down and indulged. You will want to eat the whole half of a chicken in one setting if you can. LOL.
You have to try it! I give Chef Hales’ hot chicken 2 thumbs up!!!
(I would like to note that the restaurant had no idea that I would be reviewing this meal)
Often times people ask me how I make my steamed/boiled lobster. I always tell them that it is an easy process and everyone always looks at me a little blown away. I say it only takes 20 minutes or less depending on the size of the lobster and they always say, “Tell me how?”. So here goes.
1 live lobster
1/4 teaspoon Old bay seasoning
1 tablespoon Butter
1/8 teaspoon Chef Gone Mad Smoked Garlic & Herb Seasoning
Adobo Seasoning ( 2 shakes)
Water (2-3 inches deep in the pot)
Steamer or Large Pot
The most fun part of making lobster for me is going to the market and picking a live one out of the tank. I always go for the fiesty one or the one that is fighting everyone.
I feel like the more fiesty the lobster, the better they will taste. (Just my theory)
Once I pick the lobster they box it up and I take it in the car for a ride home. Most times you will hear the lobster making some type of noise in the box (either moving around or “blowing bubbles”), there is nothing alarming about this.
Once I get it home I get out my big pot.
I put about 3 inches of water in it and put it on the stove to boil. I sprinkle about 1/4-1/2 teaspoon of Old Bay seasoning. 1/8 teaspoon of Chef Gone Mad Garlic & Herb Seasoning and about 2 shakes of the Adobo seasoning into the water. I cut the lemon in quarters and add to the water.
Once the water is boiling I add the live lobster head first and then cover.
I let the lobster boil on high heat for about 15-20 minutes depending on the size of the lobster. Once it turns bright red I know that it is done.
I before I take the lobster out of the pot I sprinkle just a bit more Old Bay Seasoning over the top of the lobster.
Take it out of the pot, plate and serve.
There you have it my simple lobster!
I should record myself doing this one day, it would be fun. The most dramatic part for me is taking the live lobster from the box to the pot.
While drinking a glass of wine sitting here watching the movie “Julie vs Julia”, it makes me think of the great joy I get from cooking and eating my own food. This movie highlights a young woman that decided to cook her way through a famous cookbook. Even though I have no desire to do such. I realize just how much I love food.
As I was cooking my dinner last night of Lamb shoulder chops, roasted potatoes, green beans, and spinach, I realized how much joy I get when listening to music and cooking. I also experience a greater feeling of joy when I see someone take the first bite of their meal and say how good it was. There is a feeling of bliss when I taste my own food and it tastes great to me. I know that this may sound conceited but I really enjoy the taste of my cooking as anyone should.
(This post is just an outpour of my thoughts today, just so you know.)
There is also something nice about my new white plates. When I plate anything on them, whether it is an amazing meal or ramen noodles it just looks beautiful to me. I don’t know why it just does.
These are just a few of my thoughts today,
Is there anything that makes you happy about cooking or eating? Please comment.
I decided that I wanted to make a pizza. I am not able to eat pork or beef so I always feel some type way when I see a pepperoni pizza. I finally had enough and decided I was going to make my own, so that I could have one too. I went to the grocery store, grabbed a few ingredients and made my pizza. It was the first time so it wasn’t very pretty, but here is my recipe.
1/2 sweet onion
1 pack Hormel Turkey Pepperoni
1 pack sliced fresh mushrooms
1 container of Classico Pizza Sauce
2 packs of Mozzarella shredded cheese
1 Pillsbury pizza crust
1 tablespoon of Crushed red pepper
1 teaspoon of sugar
I did a rough cut on the veggies. Meaning I didn’t chop them into small pieces, I just ran the knife through them.
I placed the sauce in a pan and seasoned it a little with some crushed red pepper and a teaspoon or less of sugar. To make a sweet and spicy sauce.
I rolled and kneaded the pizza dough (like I was a pizza chef)
I heated a pizza stone in the oven on 425 degrees and sprinkled it with flour to prevent sticking.
I placed the pizza dough in the oven to heat up for 8 minutes. Then I took it out and topped my pizza, probably too much.
I sauced the dough placed my toppings on and topped with cheese. Then I topped the cheese with more turkey pepperoni and onions. At this point I realized that I have topped the pizza too much but it was no time to quit. I placed my topped pizza on the pizza stone for another 8 minutes.
The cheese melted and I had a nice Turkey pepperoni pizza. Pictures are below, however the taste was way better than the pictures. It was delicious and cheesy, which I liked. My next one will be better than the first.
The temperature outside today was probably close to 90 degrees. It was super hot. So I decided to take my little cousin over to Mixx ice cream in Brier Creek, so we could try it out. To my surprise it was very delicious.
We walked in and observed all of the flavors and were greeted by a very kind employee. He asked if we wanted to sample any of the many flavors that they had. Of course as I was looking over at the flavors I was thinking that this place looks vaguely familiar and the flavor choices looked familiar to me too. It reminded me of another ice cream place, which was great. Once I saw the layout and the fact that you can “mixx in ” other ingredients to your ice cream made my day.
I sampled some chocolate, coffee, and cheesecake ice cream. They were all very delicious. The one thing that I especially liked was that on the label for each flavor it noted if it had milk, eggs, or soy. Which I really like just in case people have food allergies. So that special attention definitely made me happy.
I settled on some chocolate and coffee ice cream with some caramel and pecans “mixxed in”. IT was a very delicious scoop of ice cream. My little cousin got strawberry ice cream and some sorbet mixxed with gummy bears. She thoroughly enjoyed hers as well.
If you ever in the Brier Creek area of Raleigh, check them out. I definitely recommend their ice cream.
They are right next to the movie theater and accross from greek fiesta and the popular gigi’s cupcakes.