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May 30, 2014

Restaurant Review: Krishna in Clifton

I haven't posted a restaurant review in so long, people!


I'm back reviewing an Indian carryout joint in Clifton on Calhoun.... Krishna!  

Well, I pretty much love all Indian food. I used to not think I liked it, but what was I thinking? Naan, chicken tikka masala, saag paneer??? All delicious.

While not the best Indian food I've had, it was still tasty. The restaurant itself is very small, with only a few small booths and a line to order your food. I totally understand the need for a place like this in the midst of UC... perfect for quick dine in or carryout good Indian food.

My friend ordered the Saag Paneer and enjoyed it. Can't really go wrong with Saag Paneer. Like ever. 

We shared Garlic Naan and both enjoyed it. The best way to make naan even better is to add garlic. Actually, that theory applies to most foods not just naan.

I ordered the Chicken Tikka Masala. Delicious as well. They also give you sooooo much food! I definitely had leftovers to take home for later. Winning!!! 

Everything was good! I'd definitely go back!

Peace, and bacon grease!

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May 29, 2014

♥ My Memorial Day Weekend ♥

Hey there friends!

I've still been slacking on the recipes, so sorry! But I've been eating of course! Just thought I'd pop in to share what I was eating this past Memorial Day weekend. 

Memorial Day (and summer, really) means LOTS OF GRILLING! I love everything about grilling... the smell of food cooking on the grill, relaxing and having a beer while grilling, and the taste of grilled meats and veggies... AH!! I'm obsessed. My goal this summer is to grill anything and everything

On Saturday, we grilled up some veggies for an avocado salsa to top our grilled steaks. Look at that veggie rainbow!

Grilled steak filets and garlicky lemony grilled asparagus. Mmmm.

Love grilling with my man! Quality time :) 

A counseling friend and I went to the Taste of Cincinnati on Sunday early afternoon, thinking maybe we'd beat the crowd. We didn't! The weather was perfect and so everyone was out. 

Menu items for the most part were about $4 or $5, which I expected. I didn't get to try as much as I wanted, and I really really wanted to try Alfio’s Buon Cibo (who won first place for best appetizer, entree, and dessert) but the line was so long. My friend Tia chose a restaurant, I chose another, and then we had to share a funnel cake for dessert, duh! 

Now that I look back on it, we could have sampled a couple more things had we not both ordered the same things lol! But what we did get, we loved. We both ordered the Grilled Chicken Thai Style ($5) from Arloi Dee Thai Bistro and it was tender and nicely flavored. It was a decent sized portion too! I found myself getting filled up already after only sampling this so far! Thanks to my friend for suggesting it because honestly, I woulda never thought to order it! I just googled it and unfortunately Arloi Dee is all the way out in Mason. Why, Arloi, why?!?! I would seriously eat you daily.

I have been dying to try McCormick & Schmick's for so long and was so excited to see that they had a booth there too! We both ordered their Crab Cake Sandwich ($5) and it really hit the spot. It was a plump cake with fresh lump crab pieces and I was surprised at the quality! I guess I was expecting subpar quality at a Taste of Cincinnati booth but I was wrong! I would have liked a little more of the sauce though, I'm a sauce kinda gurl. We enjoyed the Funnel Cake from Down Under too but I forgot to get a picture :(

I loved everything I had, so much that I was tempted to go back the next day to try some other restaurants and/or make PJ try some of the goodies I got to try. If only money grew on trees... I think next year I'm going to try to save up money and make it a whole weekend event so I can try lots of different booths. I wanted to try dessert booths and more booths of restaurants I've been wanting to try for so long. I'm actually looking at the list of restaurants right now and am getting very sad because we decided not to venture too far down and so I missed all the fancy restaurants like Prime 47 and Ruth's Chris, and a food truck I'd been wanting to try called Red Sesame. Next year, I shall be prepared!!!!

After The Taste, I hurried over to Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant in Kenwood for dinner with my family. I'll be reviewing that soon so won't go into detail but look what we had! I had Short Ribs but just couldn't get a good pic due to low lightning in the restaurant. I need to start requesting a table near a window/good lighting when I make reservations. 

And finally, more grilling on Memorial Day Monday. Lounging, beer, grilling... that's my idea of the perfect holiday and day off from work. I love toasted grilled buns, they really take a burger or slider to another level. We slathered these buns with garlic and shallot mayo and topped our sliders with some pepper jack cheese too. Grilling the corn with the husks on makes for juicier corn, we learned. And I am officially obsessed with Johnsonville's Beddar with Cheddar Smoked Sausage Links + their Cheddar Brats. I thought I wasn't a brat gurl, but I'm definitely now a brat gurl and proud of it. Don't mind PJ's squinted eyes lol, he hates sunglasses (they give him a headache) and the sun was shining right in his eyes! He's still a cutie... and a trooper to put up with all of my picture-taking  :)

Thanks to all the veterans who have made this possible for all Americans.... freedom and the pursuit of happiness  ♥

Peace, and bacon grease!

May 19, 2014

Black Bean Salsa-Stuffed Avocados

Time for another month of Secret Recipe Club! One of my fave times of the month :)

I was assigned to Melissa's blog, Melissa's Cuisine. I wanted to try so many recipes (and plan to!), like her Sausage and Egg Breakfast Boat, Red Velvet Ice Cream, and Bacon Appetizers. I seriously must try all of those!! 

But I decided on her Tomato, Corn, and Black Bean Salsa. Mmm you can't go wrong with a good salsa. Perfect for summertime!

I decided to serve it in avocados just for that extra umph. Really, I'll look for any reason to add avocado to a recipe! Avocado goes great in a salsa or paired with a salsa!

Bust out some tortilla chips (or Tostitos scoops like I love!) or just eat straight from the black bean salsa-topped-avocado half with a fork.

Black Bean Salsa-Stuffed Avocados
adapted from Melissa's Cuisine
  • 1/2 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1/4 cup red onion, chopped
  • juice of 1/2 a lime
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon cilantro, chopped + more for garnish
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 avocado
In a large bowl, combine black beans, corn, tomato and onion.
In a small bowl, combine the lime juice, olive oil, and cilantro.

Pour the marinade over black bean mixture. Season with salt and pepper as needed. Refrigerate salsa at least 30 minutes before serving.

Cut the avocado in half. With the skin on, dice small squares within each half so it will be easy to scoop out avocado pieces with each bite of salsa.

Printable Recipe

This salsa was delicious, especially paired with the seasoned avocado. I didn't try it with tortilla chips but I know it would be amazing with that salty crispy touch from the chips too.

Or served atop some grilled chicken or fish. Basically, I see so many things for this black bean salsa!! It's got a bright future ahead of it  :)

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Peace, and bacon grease!

May 16, 2014

Peanut Brittle

Hi hi hi!

The school semester is over until mid June, so my goal is to pile on the recipes while I can!! First up....

Peanut Brittle!

I've always been a fan since I was a wee little girl. This was my first time making homemade peanut brittle though. Mine was a tad thick, next time I think I'll use a shallower/wider baking sheet so it doesn't turn out so thick.

Nonetheless, 'twas still tasty. And it's not even difficult, friends! Whodathunk making peanut brittle could be so easy peasy??

Now go make it!

Peanut Brittle
slightly adapted from Mother Thyme

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 cups honey roasted peanuts
Line a large, wide/shallow baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly spray with cooking spray. Set aside.

In a large saucepan, stir sugar and corn syrup over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Stir in peanuts. Increase heat to high and bring to a boil, stirring frequently to avoid burning, until candy thermometer reaches 295 degrees and the mixture is a golden color, about 10-15 minutes. 

Remove from heat. Quickly pour mixture onto prepared baking sheet and spread evenly. Set aside to allow to cool and harden. Break into pieces and store in an airtight container. 

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Peace, and bacon grease!