Monday, May 13, 2013

Sweet and Spicy Grilled Pepper Sandwich

Tonight, I didn't want to cook!!

It all started when I went to leave work and my car wouldn't start.
I had to get it jumped.
How embarrassing!! At least I was embarrassed - sitting in front of my office with my hood up, in the middle of Seattle on the side of 4th ave, cars rushing by, in the wind and rain, with dirty hands - things you have to touch under a hood are dirty - gross.

Then I had to get a new battery. Good bye $116.00, I will never see you again. Who knew batteries only lasted 5 years?
The guy at the auto parts store, my husband and my dad - that's who.

Then, it was storming with thunder and lightning on the drive home so bad that it knocked the power out on the hill where we live and closed my kids school early.

That also means the traffic lights were out, so, what is normally a 30-45 minute drive became a 2 hour drive. Have I ever mentioned that I HATE traffic.
Ask my kids - they can tell you just how much I hate traffic....

So, when I finally got home, not only did I have a nice shiny new battery, and dirty hands, but I DID NOT WANT TO COOK.

But I have kids and they need to eat.

So, dinner......

Grilled sandwiches with anything you could find in the fridge... fun!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Mustard Grilled Onion Burgers - an homage to In N Out

When we used to live in California, Nate would eat at In N Out burger about once every two weeks - more if he could get away with it. Once, he told me that he thought they put crack in the burgers, cause its not like they are out of this world, but he CRAVED them!

Needless to say, when we went to Anaheim in February for vacation - we had to eat at In N Out 2 times in 7 days!!

If you know anything about In N Out, you know there is their basic menu and their secret menu. I guess its not really that secret - it's on their website - just not on the menu at the restaurant. You can get grilled onions, animal style, mustard grilled, grilled buns.... and a few others - you just have to ask!!

Nate likes a double double mustard grilled with grilled onions and all the toppings - that means 2 quarter lb patties grilled in mustard, cheese on each patty, grilled onions, lettuce, tomato, pickle and raw onions, mayo mustard and ketchup.

Tonight I made my own version - Mustard grilled Onion Burgers - and I made Nate's about a 1/3 of a lb, a little bigger than a single patty, but big enough that he didn't need to make it a double.

(forgive the blurry picture - I was in a hurry!)

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Southwestern Baked (Chicken) Pasta

Julian wanted "a casserole".

"We haven't had casserole in a LONG time, mom!" He whined.

(I don't think he really knows what a casserole is, but I thought, lets go with it!)

We pondered over Tuna Casserole, Baked Ziti, Cheesy Broccoli Rice Casserole, some sort of vegetable pasta... and Nate suggested Southwestern Chicken Pasta, with "creamy enchilada sauce...."

And thus, Southwestern Baked Pasta was born!!

You can call it Southwestern Chicken Pasta, if you're putting chicken in it - it makes more sense that way! :)

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Super Bowl is right around the corner!!! Who wants Appetizers?!?!?!

Who doesn't love the Super Bowl?

The biggest football game of the year - determining who is the best  the NFL; the AFC or the NFC.

Even if your team isn't playing, most fans will still watch the Super Bowl, and even a few that aren't fans at all!!

Weather you go to a bar, attend a Super Bowl Party, or just get together with a small group of friends - one thing remains the same - you're going to have food!

So weather you're there for the game, or just the snacks - enjoy the Super Bowl this year!

Here is a compilation of a few of my favorite appetizers and football snacks:

Tailgate-n Big Sandwich

I made this a few weeks ago when my hubby went to his first ever Seahawks game.

He and 3 friends went to Seattle a few hours before the game to get in on the tailgate fun which was crazy!!! I dropped them off, and was sad to be leaving, all the people walking around in Seahawks gear, tossing around footballs, and grilling and eating AMAZING smelling food.

I couldn't let them show up empty handed - so in addition to beer and a couple bags of chips, I sent them with this ENORMOUS sandwich, which I am told was gone in a matter of a few minutes.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Buffalo Chicken Bites

What honest football fan doesn't LOVE spicy buffalo chicken?
And cheese...?

Buffalo Chicken bites it is - and I can sneak in some healthy carrots and celery and they won't even know!!

Biscuits and Garlicy Sausage Gravy

Early Mornin Seahawks Playoff Game.....

A bunch of hungry men at my house.....

What to feed them.....?

Biscuits and Sausage Gravy!!