Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Farmer’s Market Roasted Vegetable Quiche

  • A quarter of a medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • Half of a green zucchini, thinly sliced
  • Half of a yellow zucchini, thinly sliced
  • 1 small red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 large carrot, thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper for seasoning
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup skim milk
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 6 to 8 oz. cheese (here, I used a chunk of Monterey Jersey Jack, cubed and melted in the microwave)
  • 1 frozen uncooked pie shell (deep dish)
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Take the pie shell out of the freezer so it has some time to soften up.
  2. Chop, slice, dice all of the vegetables (including the garlic) and toss them together in a medium-sized bowl with the olive oil and salt and pepper. (Don’t worry about being too exact on the measurements, just use your cooking instincts!)
  3. Lay out a sheet of foil on a baking sheet and arrange the vegetables, taking care to spread everything out evenly.
  4. Once the oven is ready, pop the veggies in for approximately 30 minutes. They should be well-roasted when they appear cooked, but not too wilted or dry.
  5. While the veggies roast, start by popping the cubed cheese in the microwave on the defrost setting (to prevent burning) for 2-3 minutes to melt.
  6. Then, using the same medium-sized bowl (less dishes to wash!), whip together the melted cheese, eggs, cream, milk and mayonnaise.
  7. Once the vegetables having finished roasting, transfer them to the pie shell. You can do a bit of arranging if you’d like, but all you really need to do is line the shell evenly.
  8. At this time, you should turn down the oven to 350 degrees. Also, remove the foil from the baking sheet and place the pie shell (with veggies inside!) onto the baking sheet. Be careful, it’s probably still hot!
  9. Next, re-whip the liquid mix to ensure maximum fluffiness in your quiche. Then, pour gently into the pie crust, using care not to overflow.
  10. Finally, pop the entire quiche into the oven and set a timer for 35 minutes.
  11. While you’re waiting, you can clean up the prep area and wash all of your dishes. By the time your quiche is finished, you won’t have to stress about cleaning up after you eat.
  12. After 35 minutes, you should check in on your quiche. Do a visual inspection…if the top is beginning to look a nice light golden brown, then it is time to turn the temperature down to 300 degrees. If not, wait another 10 minutes to do so.
  13. Set the timer for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, turn the oven off, but leave your quiche inside for another 10-15 minutes. Keep checking on it visually. If the top is golden brown, it is ready, or almost ready.
  14. Finally, your quiche is ready! Take it out of the oven and allow it to cool for 15-20 minutes. Slice, serve and enjoy!
Friday, September 30, 2011
Basil makes everything better (by vchen24)

Basil makes everything better (by vchen24)

Friday, March 25, 2011

Fratelli Cafe

website | yelp

m.m. ratings

  • cost: $$
  • taste: 4.5/5
  • health: 5/5
  • ambiance: 4.5/5
  • perks: great coffee, vegan menu options, wifi, outdoor seating
  • drawbacks: street parking only, limited seating

coffee

fratelli panini | mozzarella cheese, avocado, sun-dried tomatoes, basil, sprouts and olive oil

bbq ranch wrap | chicken, tomatoes, red onions, shredded mozzarella, mushrooms, bbq sauce and ranch dressing

(Source: midnightmastication)

Friday, December 31, 2010
{Homecooked} My momma’s hot pot style soup!

{Homecooked} My momma’s hot pot style soup!

{Obsessed} La Fogata 

No time to write a full review because of the holidays, but here are some photos of delicious food from La Fogata, a very popular Mexican restaurant in San Antonio, Texas!

Pictured above are the Chicken Fajitas, Chicken Mole and a delicious cream cheese and fruit empanada with vanilla ice cream! :)

(Source: midnightmastication)

Thursday, December 16, 2010
{Home is Where the Heart of Romaine Is} Souper Salad
Last time, I blogged about how my mom and I always go out to eat at Thai Cafe when I’m in town. In contrast, it’s me and my dad’s thing to go to Souper Salad together, since my mom doesn’t really like to eat there. It’s nothing spectacular, but for $5 (with a coupon), this place really delivers! They have salad and soup, obviously, but they also have baked potatoes, the best corn bread, thin crust pizza, fruit and soft serve. The best part is that you can eat three plates and still feel super healthy because everything is very light and trans fat-free.
Maybe it’s more sentimental because I get to spend time with my dad, but Souper Salad is a great place for a lovely midday meal. :)

{Home is Where the Heart of Romaine Is} Souper Salad

Last time, I blogged about how my mom and I always go out to eat at Thai Cafe when I’m in town. In contrast, it’s me and my dad’s thing to go to Souper Salad together, since my mom doesn’t really like to eat there. It’s nothing spectacular, but for $5 (with a coupon), this place really delivers! They have salad and soup, obviously, but they also have baked potatoes, the best corn bread, thin crust pizza, fruit and soft serve. The best part is that you can eat three plates and still feel super healthy because everything is very light and trans fat-free.

Maybe it’s more sentimental because I get to spend time with my dad, but Souper Salad is a great place for a lovely midday meal. :)

{Restaurant Review} Father Nature’s Lavash Wraps, Old Town Pasadena, CA
Father Nature’s Lavash Wraps is a little hole-in-the wall cafe in Old Town Pasadena serving an impressive array of Greek/Mediterranean wraps made with lavash, a type of thin flatbread. They serve various types of veggie wraps, falafel wraps, chicken wraps, sandwiches and salads, featuring all sorts of unique flavors. I had ”The French Connection” wrap, which included grilled zucchini, grilled onion, red and green bell pepper, eggplant, feta cheese, pepper and garlic sauce spread. It tasted very healthy and flavorful and was definitely a welcome break from the ordinary wrap scene. For a reasonable price compared to some of the nicer sit-down places in Old Town, I’d definitely recommend Father Nature if you’re in the area and looking for a bite to eat.

{Restaurant Review} Father Nature’s Lavash Wraps, Old Town Pasadena, CA

Father Nature’s Lavash Wraps is a little hole-in-the wall cafe in Old Town Pasadena serving an impressive array of Greek/Mediterranean wraps made with lavash, a type of thin flatbread. They serve various types of veggie wraps, falafel wraps, chicken wraps, sandwiches and salads, featuring all sorts of unique flavors. I had ”The French Connection” wrap, which included grilled zucchini, grilled onion, red and green bell pepper, eggplant, feta cheese, pepper and garlic sauce spread. It tasted very healthy and flavorful and was definitely a welcome break from the ordinary wrap scene. For a reasonable price compared to some of the nicer sit-down places in Old Town, I’d definitely recommend Father Nature if you’re in the area and looking for a bite to eat.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

{Restaurant Review} 2-9 Cafe, North University Park, USC, Los Angeles

My friends Kevin, Adriana and I headed over the the 2-9 Cafe yesterday for a light lunch in the lovely sunny weather. Located just a couple blocks from USC, this place has a really cozy cafe ambiance and lovely patio area. Unfortunately, the service was pretty bad. :/

Fortunately, the food was pretty good, although a bit on the expensive side despite its proximity to a college campus. I had the Lamb Gyro wrap, which was decent, but nowhere near as good as the gyro pita sandwiches that Daphne’s Greek Cafe serves up on campus in the Cafe 84 dining center. The side caesar salad was really fresh and delicious. Adriana had the Santa Fe Chicken Sandwich, which she said was really delicious…although, you can put guacamole on anything and Adriana will say it’s good.. :)

Kevin ordered the Barbeque Chicken Sandwich, which he also said was pretty delicious. He does warn future diners to watch out for the toothpick that holds the sandwich together though. It’s sneaky and he got poked while taking a big bite.

With Kevin’s sandwich came the star of the meal… sweet potato fries. They were perfection!! Adriana and I were constantly stealing them and dipping them in the ranch sauce. So good. Definitely thinking about getting some to snack on while I study tomorrow… 

(Source: midnightmastication)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010
{Restaurant Review} Thai Cafe
Warning: Thai Cafe is hands down the best Thai restaurant in San Antonio…maybe the best outside of Thailand, even. If you’re going to eat here, be prepared to have your taste buds completely blown and expect to want to come back the minute you leave.
Located on the northeast side of town on Perrin Beitel Rd., Thai Cafe is definitely my favorite place to eat in San Antonio. The restaurant itself is kind of small and hidden, so drive slowly once you’re in the area and look out for their blue roof. The friendly staff provides great service, but really, the best thing about this place is the food. The lunch buffet is heavenly, featuring about 20 different dishes, including my two favorites: Pad Thai and Thai spicy beef salad. Other honorable mentions in the buffet are the Pad See Ew and eggplant and basil. Everything is so flavorful and authentic. My mouth is seriously watering right now as I write this.
Bottom line: Thai Cafe really raises the bar for Thai food and Asian dining in general in the San Antonio area. If you’re ever in town, you should definitely check it out…I promise you’ll be very impressed.

{Restaurant Review} Thai Cafe

WarningThai Cafe is hands down the best Thai restaurant in San Antonio…maybe the best outside of Thailand, even. If you’re going to eat here, be prepared to have your taste buds completely blown and expect to want to come back the minute you leave.

Located on the northeast side of town on Perrin Beitel Rd., Thai Cafe is definitely my favorite place to eat in San Antonio. The restaurant itself is kind of small and hidden, so drive slowly once you’re in the area and look out for their blue roof. The friendly staff provides great service, but really, the best thing about this place is the food. The lunch buffet is heavenly, featuring about 20 different dishes, including my two favorites: Pad Thai and Thai spicy beef salad. Other honorable mentions in the buffet are the Pad See Ew and eggplant and basil. Everything is so flavorful and authentic. My mouth is seriously watering right now as I write this.

Bottom line: Thai Cafe really raises the bar for Thai food and Asian dining in general in the San Antonio area. If you’re ever in town, you should definitely check it out…I promise you’ll be very impressed.

Sunday, November 21, 2010
{Lemonade LA}Fresh Mozzarella, Tomatoes, Basil, & Sherry on Focaccia with Cucumber Mint Lemonade

{Lemonade LA}
Fresh Mozzarella, Tomatoes, Basil, & Sherry on Focaccia with Cucumber Mint Lemonade