This past week I went to Chicago for a concert and some GREAT FOOD with one of my best friends. We were introduced to Roy’s: Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine last month by another mutual best friend, and to someone like myself especially [read: kitchen disaster], the food can literally make you hallucinate colors and sensory delights that shouldn’t be allowed. Really–it’s that good. They have this sushi that is worth the drive from Michigan to partake of–and normally, sushi doesn’t do much to blow my skirt up. HOWEVER. Here’s how the menu describes it:
Seared Kobe Beef wrapped around Snow Crab, Tempura Asparagus
Take a moment. Let that all sink in.
Then, for dinner, we split this:
Roy’s Classic Roasted Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi Mahi
Lobster Cognac Butter Sauce
Aahhhhh. I took pictures with my flash-less camera phone, and they just don’t do justice to these sacrificed vegetables and proteins, so I’ll spare you. At any rate, next time you’re in Chicago and want to treat yourself [read: $$$], make a reservation and prepare for a party unlike any your mouth has known.
Now back to the original post I was going to write when I sat down here…
We had some time to kill so we wandered down to my favorite store on Michigan Avenue: Crate & Barrel. If you’ve never been to a C & B, perhaps you don’t know that they house everything-you-never-knew-you-needed. All things cute! All things seasonal! Most things, I’ll admit, unnecessary. Like these:
Still, I love the store, and although I didn’t purchase either of these adorable Halloween items, I did find [drum roll, please]…A NEW COOKBOOK!!! The image of the book is above, as you’ve no doubt seen, and the name is: The Student Cookbook: Great Grub for the Hungry and the Broke. While I’m technically not a student anymore, I do like “great grub”, I am hungry, and we’re approaching broke. Perfect!
My girlfriend and I perused the recipes and immediately found several we thought were kid-friendly, looked good, and seemed easy enough to prepare.
So, this week, my menu plans include six new recipes! Ambitious, I know, but following my “Pantry Challenge” that I explained before, I only spent $94 on groceries! Without coupons! I was thrilled.
Here are some of the things I’ll be trying:
Pg. 45: Sesame sweet potato wedges with “nutty dipping sauce” [+ hamburgers]
Pg. 30: Little fried fresh mozzarella and tomato sandwiches
Pg. 46: Rosemary potatoes roasted with garlic [+ my meatloaf, which actually gets “thumbs-up” all around 🙂 ]
Pg. 97: Fish cakes with [pg. 50] Three cheese Broccoli [do these go together??]
Pg. 98: Bang Bang Chicken, which is an Asian salad with a sesame/peanut butter/soy dressing.
So! Wow! I’m getting nervous already, but I’m equally excited. The Bang-Bang Chicken photo looks amazing, and I’m starting to wonder why I scheduled it for Saturday…I don’t want to wait all week!
Still, I’m trying to make this purchase “worth it” by really using it. Wringing it out.
I’ll let you know how things go with me, the prep work, the cooking, and of course, my toughest critics [aged 7, 6, and almost-4].