Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Maple Bacon Grilled Cheese

It is foods like this that I really need to stay away from, because after finding
a picture of this elsewhere on the internet, I knew that it was something that I had to try.
But now, I want to eat it all the time... not good for my thighs.

So I caution you as you read forward, do not fall victim to this delicious sandwich,
you can resist eating it every day... you have self control!

This is the Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Turkey Bacon, Maple Syrup, and Apple Butter:

1 Slice of Turkey Bacon
2 Slices of French Bread (substitute and bread that tickles your fancy)
2 Slices of cheese singles. I chose kraft.
1 Dollop of Apple Butter
A splash of maple syrup

All you need to do is get out a large frying pan, heat it up to medium and start frying your bacon.
This is going to give you a little bit of grease and flavor on the pan for your bread.. yum.

Use cooking spray or butter to grease the other half of your pan as well as one side of each of your slices of bread.
Once this is done, just place the buttered sides down on the pan and toast those babies. You can also add
your cheese slices now, one on each piece of bread.

Now construct your sandwich!
Smoosh those two slices of bread together in the pan, and cook until both of the sides are toasted to your liking...

Now to plate: Go ahead and slide your sandwich onto a plate, put your cooked bacon slice on top, and garnish with our two dipping sauces :)
How gourmet, right?

At first I was kinda grossed out by the idea, but I was bored, hungry, and curious enough to try it, as I am hoping you are too.
But it is DELICIOUS!!!! You just have to try it. GOOD LUCK!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Tell Me About Calamari.

As I was surfing the interwebz this afternoon, calamari came to my mind... on two separate occasions. 
First when I was on Tumblr and saw a picture of fried calamari with marinara,
and second when I saw something on my blog roll that looked a lot like calamari steak but wasn't.
I got squid on the mind!

So my question is, how difficult would it be for me to attain some good quality calamari
and to cook it in a delicious way? I live in Midwestern College Town, USA so there aren't
any local fish markets that I can swing by... so I am limited to the super market.
My personal preference is Kroger, but Jewel might be the better contender.
I would definitely have a better chance of finding some when I go home for Christmas Break.

I would like to use calamari steaks like this:

The best tasting squid steak I have ever had was at Kiku Japanese Steakhouse, just plain hibachi style.
I can only tell that they pre flour the steaks, and then cook them in oil and butter with salt and pepper.
So I'm assuming the amazing flavor comes from the type of oil they use.

I can't find any pictures of what it actually looks like after it is cooked, so I'll have to go sometime soon to take some photos :)

Do you guys know of any good recipes or other ways to cook calamari?