Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Historic Cattlemen's Steakhouse

Every town has one of those places, the one you "have" to go to.  Often they get all hyped up and you end up disappointed in the end.  Cattlemen's is NOT one of those places.

Cattlemen's is celebrating it's 100th anniversary this year.  There is a good reason it's still in business after 100 years: great food, pure and simple.
Cattlemen's is still located in its original building on Agnew St in Stockyards City. The walls are dark panelled, the booths are deep red and there's a whole lot of cowboys stoppin' in for "supper"

Dinner is plain and simple:
House Salad with House Dressing
a ranch-like dressing but "more creamy and less salty" (this is what I was told, since I'm not really a salad dressing kind of girl)
Husband ordered Shrimp and Mashed Potatoes.  The Shrimp were lightly coated and perfectly seasoned.  Husband rated them 4/5 stars.  
I went for my favorite cut - the Rib Eye.
This was the best steak in my recent memory.  It was perfectly cut and perfectly cooked to Medium Rare +.  Melt in your mouth perfection. The steak was perfect on it's own, but once they added the Au Jus Wow!  Too good for words. 5/5 stars!
And who can forget the rolls...mmm
Our dinner companions. 
 If you're in the mood for a great steak Cattlemen's is a must.
The history is an added bonus.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Muffin Madness!

Sometimes a girl just wants to BAKE!

With a surplus of Bananas & Carrots, I decided Muffins were in order.
First up  
Experimental Carrot
The Deets
1 1/2 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Canola Oil
1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
3 Eggs
3 Cups Whole Wheat Flour
2 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Salt
5 Cups carrot (shred in food processor) 
1 Cup Mini Chocolate Chips
Mix it all together

Bake @ 350 for 25 minutes
Now for what I'm known for
BANANA Flax Muffins
The Deets 
3/4 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup (1 stick) Butter - real Butter
2 Eggs
6 Ripe Bananas 
1/2 Cup Milk
1 tsp Pure Vanilla
2 1/2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour
1/2 Cup Flax Seeds
1 Cup Mini Chocolate Chips
Mix it up
Bake @350 for 35 Minutes
The Verdict:
 The Carrot were a hit. I gotta say I was really surprised how great they were, I'll be adding those to my regular arsenal!
The Banana Flax weren't my best ever, but they were still Yummolisious 

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Flat Tire Burgers

Sometimes you just need a good Burger.
Last week we decided to try Flat Tire Burgers at 318 E Ayers in Edmond
It's a great collegey (yes I just made up a word) joint with great service, great food & good prices.

We started off with Fried Pickles
(Can you tell we couldn't wait for the camera to begin sampling)

You may not know this but I LOVE Pickles!
Ever since I can remember they've been one of my favorite snacks.
When I was in college there was this bowling alley dive cafe that served a basket of Pickles with Ranch Dressing with your order. It was Amazingly Delicious!
Back to the Pickles at hand Flat Tire's Fried Pickles
Honestly, they were just OK.
I'd rate them 3/5
The breading was a little thick & had too much pepper for my taste
But it was still fun to try something different
If you're checking out Flat Tire I would definitely give them a try.
Husband Ordered a Chocolate Milkshake & a Jalapeno Burger
He is a Chocolate Milkshake Connoisseur & rated it as "good"
The Jalapeno Burger got Rave Reviews!
He said it was the best burger he'd had in a long time.

I ordered the Guacamole Burger on a whole wheat bun
Let me just say, this is the best burger I've had in a very long time.
From Bun to Burger 5/5
The Bun was soft & grainy (Grainy as in I could taste the whole grains)
The Burger Juicy & Flavorful
The toppings Fresh & Delish
The only thing that could have made it better was a little more guac.

We had good food & good service at a good price.
& as a bonus we watched Boise State kick VT's butt! 
Go Broncos!

If you're in the mood for a burger, you really should check out Flat Tire Burgers

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Rainy Day Breakfast

I love a good rainy Sunday
Rainy Sundays call for special Breakfast

This morning I made Husband's favorite - Monkeybread-

The Deets
(My take on the MIL's Recipe)
{MIL = mother-in-law}
The "Rolls"
1 can refrigerated biscuit dough (Pillsbury is my fav)
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
1/2 cup Sugar
1 tsp (or so) of Cinnamon
(Mix sugars & cinnamon for dipping)
3 TBS Butter

1/4 cup Powdered Sugar
1 TBS Milk
1/2 tsp Vanilla

Cut Biscuits into quarters
Dip in Butter
Roll in Cinnamon Sugar Mixture 
Place in High Sided Ceramic Dish  about a 1 1/2 qt.
 I like corningware 
Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes
(we like ours a little gooey so 15 is what I do)
Flip & drizzle icing over the top
Man cannot live on Sugar alone (although he'd like to try)
So we also had a Spinach, Mushroom & Tomato Omelet
Mix 2 Eggs
2 TBS Milk
Sprinkle of cheese
Cook over medium heat until 2/3 done
1 cup Spinach
1/2 diced Tomato
5 diced Mushrooms
Cook over low heat for 4-5 minutes
Add a sprinkle of cheese

Friday, September 10, 2010

I Scream for Ice cream!

In the beginning there were simple ingredients
Things you could trust, Things you didn't have to Question
Now you have to check labels on anything you dare eat.
So in defense of MY food I decided it was time 
for good old fashion ice cream
Cream, Milk, Sugar, Eggs, Vanilla & Cocoa  
- No additives, Preservatives or other junk -
The Deets
2 Cups Cream
2 Cups Skim Milk
6 Eggs Yolks
1/2 Cup Cocoa Powder
2 1/2 Cups of Sugar
1/2 Cup Chocolate Chips
2 tsp Vanilla Extract
Mix Milk & Cream with Cocoa Powder and bring to a simmer
Once Cocoa Powder is well incorporated add chocolate chips 
and continue simmering until chocolate chips are melted
Separate yoke from whites
Whisk yolks until creamy light yellow
Gradually whisk in Sugar until Smooth
Add 1/4 of cream mixture into egg mixture
Carefully temper mixture
Continue gradually adding cream mixture 1/4 at a time until fully incorporated
Return the mixture to heat, 
continue cooking until mixture reaches 170 degrees
Now for the Hard Part...The Waiting!
Let mixture cool for 30 minutes, Add Vanilla
Mix Well & Refrigerate for 4 hours
Once Mixture sets pour into Ice Cream Machine 
& proceed according to machine directions
(I'm a big fan of the Kitchen Aid attachment it's about $100)
It takes about 20 minutes in the KitchenAid
Ice Cream is Served!
*Warning* This is Super Chocolaty! I thought it was a little too chocolaty (crazy I know)
Husband said there is No such thing & loved every bite.
SO If you're into Super Chocolaty Ice Cream Give this recipe a shot.

Monday, September 06, 2010

Last Meal of the Summer

For our last official meal of Summer 
I prepared Seared Ahi Tuna Salad and Quinoa
The Salad
Organic Baby Spinach
1/2 Grapefruit (I was tricked - the label said red but it was really pink)
1/4 Cucumber
1/2 Avocado 
1/2 tsp Lime Juice
1 TBS Grapefruit Juice
1 Sprinkle of Lemon Pepper
Sprinkle of Sesame Seeds
The Tuna
1 Sushi Grade Ahi Tuna Steak
Season with Lemon Pepper & Sea Salt
Roll in Sesame Seeds
Wipe pan with oil and heat to high
Sear Tuna on all sides for 3 minutes

Let Tuna rest for 5 minutes
Sprinkle with 1tsp Soy Sauce & 1/2 tsp Lime Juice
Slice into 1/4 inch slices

The Quinoa 
Prepare Quinoa according to package directions
I make mine in 1/2 water 1/2 chicken broth & added some fresh basil

Plate & Enjoy!