Saturday, May 4, 2013

Palomino & Sister Act!

Last night Rob and I had a little night out. Last time we were at the Aronoff Center to see West Side Story... I saw some posters for coming attractions, one of them being Sister Act. It was a year and a half away but I was already so excited and marked my calendar for when the tickets would go on sale (seriously, I'm obsessed) This November we bought our tickets and I waited patiently for months to go see it. We kissed this little lady goodbye to spend some quality time with the grandparents and headed downtown!


First stop, Palomino...
We settled into a small booth overlooking fountain square where everything was being set up for the pig....

......and ordered some appetizers. We decided on the truffled deviled eggs with peppered bacon. These were pretty tasty (if you like truffle oil, which I do) but it almost tasted like they came RIGHT out of a freezing cold refrigerator. I think they would have been a much nicer texture if they were a little less cold...and I would have loved for the bacon to be incorporated into the filling rather than a tiny piece on top...but I think I might make these sometime! A fun little twist on deviled eggs...


We both ordered specials, so I don't have the exact menu description for our meals, but I will try to remember. I ordered (from the waitress's recommendation) the pistachio encrusted cod with a beurre blanc sauce and pomegranate reduction drizzle. It was served with green beans and fingerling potatoes.



The green beans and potatoes were cooked perfectly. I like my green beans left with a lot of bite and these were exactly that way. The buerre blanc and pomegranate was good but the pistachio crust and the fish had VERY little flavor....and there wasn't really enough flavor in the sauce to make up for the missing flavor in the fish. I think even just a little salt in the crust could have made a big difference in the flavor...it was just very very bland. But cooked nicely and the crust was nice and crispy... it was just definitely missing something in the seasoning department.

Rob ordered Pork Saltimbocca that game with some angel hair pasta and a pile of just wilted enough spinach.



He really liked the grilled lemon that came with it for squeezing to cut the richness of the sauce and thought there was a good amount of sauce on the dish. He also loved the crispy pancetta on top. His only complaint was that he thought the pork could have been cooked a little less, but overall he was a fan of his meal.

Afterwards we walked through the square to the Aronoff center. I was out wearing a short sleeve dress at night...very exciting! The square was HOPPING. There were people everywhere and every outdoor dining patio was packed to the gills. Live music was playing...love to see this city so alive like that lately!



We found our seats...we had bought the seats so long ago that I forgot how good they were :) and settled in for the show. It wasn't exactly like the movie...the story was the same(ish) but it was all original songs, which I thought I wouldn't like nearly enough (no hail holy queen enthroned above Whoa oh oh oh Maaarrriiiaa!)- but the songs were really cute.... my personal favorite was the one where they all sang about their favorite thing about being a nun...hysterical... We really really enjoyed this show.




All in all it was a great night! This season is bringing some pretty good shows. I am interested in the Book of Mormon and perhaps Flashdance...and let's be honest I could always see Wicked again.


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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Bread Maker

In my ongoing effort to rid our diets of overly processed food as much as possible....I borrowed my grandparent's old bread maker and started making our own bread. Since I'm home for 6 months and am lucky enough to have a husband that works 3 miles away and comes home and has lunch with us almost every day, I figured it was worth a try.

Many years ago (this bread maker is OLD) I remember my grandpa making bread ALL the time and their house always smelled like delicious warm freshly baked deliciousness. Eventually he stopped doing it so last time I was visiting I asked to borrow it and came home and made a loaf with the easiest recipe I could find with ingredients I already had and we've been obsessed every since.



Now making bread is kind of a pain in the a$$. It's like an exact science of mixing and kneading and temperatures and rising....fun if you're into that sort of thing, but I am more of a cook than a baker/scientist and this bread maker LITERALLY does everything for us. You dump it all in and it lets it sit, then stirs it....lets it rise, kneads it, bakes it and beeps when it's done. It's about a 4.5 hour process....but the results are sooo soo worth it.

Our first recipe was a plain old white bread using ingredients I already had...then we went for a rye with caraway seeds...


yummmm crusty outside and soft warm inside. Is there anything better than warm bread?

The rye was good, but a little too dense for sandwiches so our most recent favorite is this wheat bread with a little honey in it.....here is its beauty shot toasted and enjoyed with eggs straight from the farm of one of Rob's co-workers and a (virgin) bloody mary on the most beautiful morning we've had so far this year...


Anyone else out there have a bread maker and a favorite recipe to share?

I'm obsessed with the the thing, but I have to admit I wish it wasn't so BIG.....I refuse to leave it out and lugging it in and out of the cabinet 1-2x a week is getting old. My next kitchen will have an appliance garage!