red wine & pizza

As I write this my mouth is currently on fire…I must have gone a little overboard on the sriracha tonight… oh well, it was worth it!  Dinner consisted of red wine and pizza.

Obviously I was in total food heaven… It doesn’t really get any better than that!
This meal was about as local as could be – the crust (which was a delicious gluten-free crust from French Meadow Bakery), Sun-dried tomato basil gouda cheese from Eichten’s, and some veggies from Lund’s (ok, I will admit – I don’t think the green pepper and onion are local).
Sometimes the simple things in life are the best, huh?
What are your favorite pizza toppings? I am not picky at all when it comes to pizza and will pretty much take anything! :)
I’m off to pack for a short trip to Chicago – it is one of those days where I don’t like ANY of the clothes I have….ahhh, what to pack, what to pack??

surf & turf

Sometimes Sunday’s (especially rough ones) call for indulgent meals….and considering that crab was on sale this weekend it was a meal I couldn’t pass up. Crab is not something I have on a regular basis (I do live in Minnesota) but oh how I love it!!!  Some butter for the crab and sriracha (of course) for the steak!
A side of asparagus to complete the meal…

The main event…

All together now… not the prettiest of shots, but you get the point :)  Enjoyed with some wine and my favorite ;)

in my cupboard: sriracha

Sometime within the last month or so I’ve converted into the person who puts hot sauce on everything! I’m not sure why the sudden change but I’m loving the spice!

I first tried the Sriracha on pizza during a trip to LA and I have used the Sambal Oelek sauce for a while now in stir-fry’s, veggies, etc. (a Ground Fresh Chili Paste) but now I can’t live without the Chili sauce. Just. Can’t. Do. It.
There are impostors out there, but there really is no competition. Just look for the Green cap and Rooster. The name Sriracha is a region of Thailand and while this version doesn’t have the spice factor of the sauces you would find in Thailand it is still made in the traditional way and using the traditional ingredients, in California of course. :)
What do I put it on?
Eggs, pizza, salads, sauces, veggie burgers, chicken/fish…..ok, anything that needs a little spice!
What do you put hot sauce on?

kitchen gadget: salad dresser

Sometimes a little invention comes along that makes you wish you had come up with it.

Enter the salad dresser (that is what I’m naming it, not sure what it’s proper name is) – This kitchen gadget came from Crate & Barrel and was a great gift from a great friend (Thanks Anna!) and it is extra-fun to make dressing out of! It has 5 different dressing recipes and you put the miscellaneous ingredients (garlic, herbs, anchovies, etc.) into the bottle and then fill to the lines with olive oil, vinegar, etc. Stir and pour over greens and enjoy a fabulous home-made dressing that couldn’t be easier.
Here are all of the ingredients:

Mixed together

And on some greens

I used “Jackie’s Vinaigrette” recipe which was a clove of garlic, some mustard powder, cayenne powder, brown sugar, white wine vinegar and olive oil. It was lovely. :)

What kitchen gadget could you not live without? I would probably say one of my favorites is my food processor and/or magic bullet and/or Kuerig coffee maker and/or…well, I obviously can’t decide!!