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Sunday, April 17, 2005

Marinade for Shish Kabobs

So, while Andy is having Geekfest I am going to a friends house in the evening for a grill out party and am going to bring Shish Kabobs. And since there are hundreds of marinades out there and I found sone I like I thought I'd post this recipe as well. I will be busy cooking, chopping, strippring & preparing on Friday night.

1 1/2 c. salad oil
3/4 c. soy sauce
1/4 c. Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp. dry mustard
2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. parsley flakes
1 tbsp. fresh pepper
1/2 c. wine vinegar1 clove garlic, crushed1
/3 c. teriyaki sauce
1/2 c. honey

Put in blender 30 to 40 seconds. Store in tightly covered container in refrigerator. Keeps forever. Use for beef, lamb, shrimp, vegetables. Yields: 3 1/2 cups.


So, Andy is having Geekfest (again!) and I decided to make some Shredded BBQ Beef this time. I didn't want to lose the recipe I found or spend the time trying to find it again, so I thought I just post it.

5 lbs. chuck roast
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. apple cider vinegar
2 c. water
2 3/4 c. catsup
1 tbsp. dry mustard
1 lg. onion, chopped
1 to 2 cloves garlic, minced

Cut chuck roast in 3 to 4 inch cubes. Combine the beef, brown sugar, vinegar and water in a crockpot. Cook on Hi for several hours, then turn on low. When beef is very tender, remove beef from crockpot and pour off some of the liquid into a separate container. Shred beef with a knife. Return beef to crockpot and add catsup, mustard, onion and garlic and enough liquid beef water cooked in to make a nice consistency (like sloppy joes). Stir to blend. Cook on low until ready to serve. Serve on buns. Yield: 12 to 14 servings.

Sunday, April 10, 2005

El Tequila

So, Saturday night I went out to eat at El Tequila with Kate & Cathy. I ordered a #7, which is slightly different from my #25 in that it does not have an enchilada with it, but still has the chimichanga with guacamole, rice & beans. I thought I would save my self a buck and extra weight on my hips and get the #7. (I almost ALWAYS order #25)

See, what happens when I get the #25 is I only eat half and then I have a whole other meal, but with one less entree on the plate I felt compelled to eat all of it, not just the chimi, but also all the rice & beans. I wasn't going to take home half of the rice & beans and it was just too good to waste. Plus I had a GRANDE (yes it was huge and cost as much as my meal) strawberry margarita blended.

It was a good dinner, but afterward I was too full to eat or drink anything else and I ended up being the sober cab for the night as we went out.

Saturday, April 09, 2005

Free Food


2 Burgers @ White Castle (Passcode: ALWAYS OPEN)

Free Cone @ Ben & Jerry's on April 19th 12pm-8pm

Samples in the Mail

True Lemon

Folgers Flavored Crystals (French Vanilla or Hazelnut)

Batian Peak Coffee

Pacific Chai


Eagle Brands Cookbook

Blue Dragon Oriental Recipe Cards

Edwards Dessert Calendar

Bush Beans Cookbook

Tuesday, April 05, 2005


Food in CR

Don'e Eat Here (or Sleep Here)

Sunday, April 03, 2005

Preview of What's to Come

So, what coming soon is reviews of places we ate at in Costa Rica. We were there for 9 days, so there is a lot of review. This is something you don't want to miss in case you are planning a trip there, especially if it is to Tamarindo, Playa Grande, Arenal, Monteverde, Santa Elena, & Liberia.

Thumbs Up!

These are a couple of new purchases from the grocery store that I give a thumbs up to:

Bolthouse Juices I have gotten the orange, carrot, & Green Goodness. The Oranage is PERFECT just on it's own. The carrot can be quite strong on it's own and I like to mix it half & half with apple juice, but the carrot juice is still very good. And yesterday I purchased the Green Goodness for the first time. It kinda looks like green sludge, but it tastes so good. A friend recommended this one when you are feeling under the weather because it is PACKED with vitamins & minerals. I found the best place to buy this is at a Super Wal-Mart for $2.50. I have bought it at th regular grocery store, but they charge an extra dollar. And there are other flavors yet for me to try, which include: Passion, Vedge, Strawberry Banana, Perfectly Protein, Mango Lemonade, & Berry Boost. Yummy. I am drinking the Green Goodness right now. And the best part is that these juices are 100% Natural. No artificial anything, which is great!

Baker's Inn Stone Ground Whole Wheat with Extra Fiber (a Wonder Bread Company product)
I was buying the other varities (100% whole wheat & Honey Whole Wheat) before, but at my last trip to the bread store (we have a Wonder Bread Store in our community) the cashier was asking what I was looking for in a bread, as I was reading all the labels (yes, I am a label readerand sometimes it takes me a while at the grocery store if there are a bunch of new products I am looking for) and I told her I was looking for a bread with the most amount of fiber that tasted good. So, the previous varities has 3 grams of fiber per slice and I thought they tasted good. But then she told me that they were coming out with a couple of new varities and one of them had extra fiber. Woohoo! I bought a loaf yesterday of the extra fiber version (this has 5 grams of fiber per slice) and I think it has a better flavor than the other varities. So, in one sandwich I get 10 grams of fiber. That's amazing!

Read about the benefits of fiber. Now, we are supposed to be getting 20-35 grams of fiber a day and most Americans get between 10-15 grams. This needs to be improved. So, just one sandwich give me 1/3-1/2 the amount of fiber I need in a day. That's excellent!

Favorite Breakfast Cookbooks

While we stayed at Hotelito Sisisi in Costa Rica, we had talked to the owners about the breakfasts we would cook when we ran the B&B. I have 3 favorite cookbooks I like to use and still do. So, I thought I would share them with you.

Wake Up and Smell the Coffee: Favorite Breakfast and Brunch Recipes from the Upper Midwest by L. Zahn

The American Country Inn and Bed & Breakfast Cookbook : More Than 1,800 Crowd-Pleasing Recipes from 600 Inns

Author: Kitty Maynard, Lucian Maynard

James McNair's Breakfast
Author: James McNair, Patricia Brabant