Monday, August 31, 2009

Airport Find - Mini Nutella

Found these in the Chicago Crown Room and had to bring a few back for Aimee. So cute.

Rosebud Steakhouse - Chicago, IL

An amazing steakhouse. I had the Filet with a side of bacon cheddar mashed and Oysters Rockefeller for a starter. The steak just melted in my mouth and the oysters were creamy in a rich sauce with spinach and crisp on top. Amazing!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Billy Goat Tavern - Chicago, IL

The Billy Goat Tavern is a Chicago establishment. Way back in the day when SNL first started, there's a skit about this place. "Cheezborger, cheezborger, no fries, chips" and there's actually a guy who says it just like that.

The Double Cheezborger. They seemed fairly unasuming until I tried one. Flavorful and delicious thin patties of meat served on one of the best buns I've had. They hand you the burger in paper and you add the condiments of your choosing at a little counter. I've been in twice and it's always busy. 

Good Humor - Chicago, IL

Eno - Chicago, IL

Eno is a neat little wine bar that serves up a glass of wine, cheeses and chocolate. We went with the goat cheese plate. A fun time with my mom, who used to be a big wine drinker, now she's a marathon runner, but she did have a glass. 

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Hotel Cheese Man

He gave me a slice of some intense Blue Cheese.

Boston Blackie's - Chicago, IL

This is a damn fine burger. The Boston Blackie Burger with applewood smoked bacon, grilled onions and a rich and creamy blue cheese. Served with a semi-dry coleslaw. A very juicy and flavorful burger, the bottom bun was a greasy mess by the time I was done.

Boston Blackie's
164 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL  60611-3806
(312) 938-8700

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Aimee's Chicken Cordon Blue

Chicken stuffed with ham and Amish bacon cheddar, breaded and baked.

New Calling Card

Monday, August 24, 2009

MT Eats - Chicago Edition

Coming this Wednesday. Hoping to hit up Hot Dougs, Lucky's, Kuma's Korner, Rosebud Steakhouse and one really nice place, yet to be determined. (I really want to go to Alinea, but I'm not sure if I'll have time.)

Anyone have some Chicago suggestions?

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Mini Stuffed Apples

An apple from our backyard, each one about the width of a quarter. Stuffed with dark chocolate, honey and blueberries. baked at 350 until the seam I cut around the apple began to bubble. The tart from the backyard apple with the dark, complex chocolate and pop of hot, sweet blueberry makes this a rounded, delicous treat.

An Onion that Blooms

Sliced onion dipped in egg, then flour and corn meal and deep fried, served with a chipotle aioli.

Lunch Delivery - Ciabatta Melts

Aimee is working today and wanted a bit of lunch. I made her some Ciabatta melts. Two ham melts and two turkey melts. Both topped with Amish bacon cheddar, onion, green pepper, mushrooom, garlic pepper, sea salt, olive oil and parmesan. Baked until cheese melted and bread crisp.

Flourless Chocolate Souffle

1/2 lbs. Amish Butter
9 oz. Dark Chocolaate
melt together on low heat

Mix 1 1/2 cups sugar
5 large eggs
when chocolate and butter is melted mix with rest and pour in pan or individual bowls a little over half full.

1/4 cup Frangelico, Spiced Rum or other liqour optional.

Bake at 350 until the inside is only a tad wet.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Little Steak Bites

Pan fried Sirloin Steak, garden Lettuce, Gorganzola, Sriracha Chili Sauce on a Savory Herb Ciabatta.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Fig, Feta & Ham

Grilled Cheese with fresh Fig and Ham on Honey & Milk Bread.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Simple Snack: Fig & Feta

I like to roast or grill the fig first, it brings out a bit more flavour.

Montana Eats Personality

Monday, August 17, 2009

Spicy Clarified Butter Shrimp

Clarified Butter with Roasted Garlic and Cayenne Pepper.

Boiled in Sauce for about Six Minutes

The final. Still needs to be de-shelled and de-veined, but delicious!

Simple Fries

Double fried in peanut oil topped with sea salt and all spice.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Cafe Zydeco - Helena, Montana

The lineup.

Cajun Gyro: Grilled lamb and beef, feta cheese, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, topped with cucumber sauce.

Chipotle Pork Po-Boy: Pulled pork, pepper jack cheese, peppers, lettuce and tomato on a french roll with Chipotle sauce.

BBQ Shrimp Po-Boy: Grilled shrimp drenched in Zydeco BBQ sauce, pepper jack cheese, topped with coleslaw served on a french roll. 

All three are delicious. I've had the gyro before and it has a great spice to the meat and the BBQ Shrimp will be a favorite of mine. Aimee loved the shrimp too.

Cafe Zydeco
1 West 15th Street
Helena, MT  59601

Friday, August 14, 2009

A Simple Burger

Burger with Salt & Pepper with thin sliced Onion and topped with a slice of American Cheese. Special sauce on the top bun consisted of Mayo, Ketchup, Chili Sauce and Honey Mustard.

Slow Roasted Pork & Peppers & Tomatillos

Slow roasted pork in pepper and tomatillo sauce. Aimee's creation.

1/4 Cow

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Mark's In-N-Out Livingston, MT

It used to be called Mart's In-N-Out. Now Mark's, but the owners name is Scott. In the city of my birth, Livingston, MT.

Fresh, never frozen burger. Decent burger, but I think they forgot to put on onion.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Ed Gein Ale Label

Final label design for "Ed Gein Ale"

Monday, August 3, 2009

Jalapeno Cream Cheeseburger

Burger topped with cream cheese and jalapenos. The peppers were canned, so that lacked any spice, next time I'll use fresh cut.