November 27, 2015

Yummy in my Tummy- Barona Oaks Steakhouse

Barona Oaks Steakhouse is located inside the Barona casino in Lakeside. My mom, my sister and I decided to try our luck at the casino, when that failed we decided to try our luck at the steakhouse instead. I have heard a lot of good things about this place so I was eager to give it a try. The restaurant is dimly lit and has a nice quiet setting. They have a live piano player giving an old style, upscale ambience. The menus light up when you open them making them easy to read in the dark setting. The menu consists of starters, soups, salads with steak and chop offerings and some seafood selections. Prices are comparable to any fine dining steakhouse.

Almost immediately upon seating we were asked for our drink orders. They have a large wine selection. My mom had a glass of Chardonnay while my sister and I ordered a vodka tonic for her and a dirty martini for myself. We were brought a basket of breads and crackers to start off.

The warm jalapeno bread was especially good. We decided to order the Surf and Turf Carpaccio appetizer and the Lobster Bisque which they split into three bowls. The carpaccio was Filet Mignon and Ahi tuna sliced thin with an olive spread, avocado and pickled shallot.
This was my first time eating carpaccio and it was delicious. My sister said it was some of the best she has eaten and her and her husband frequent some of the nicer restaurants in San Diego often. The Lobster Bisque was very good as well. It was loaded with lobster and potato "cracklins"and was creamy and buttery. The portion for one is pretty large I was glad they split it between the three of us because I was pretty much full before our entrees arrived. My mom ordered the Beef Prime Rib with Baked Potato.
This was the "queen" size but was very large, I can't even imagine how big the king is. Speaking of large pieces of meat. We happened to see a waiter carrying out someone's meal which included the steakhouse special Tomahawk Ribeye. This thing is huge! My sister ordered the Prime Filet Mignon and Baked Potato.

I ordered the Dry Aged USDA Prime Ribeye with Bacon-Cheddar Gratin.
I chose to have mine served with both their Bernaise sauce and their Demi Glace. I recommend the latter, it gave this already tasty and tender steak a little extra yumminess. Everyone agreed that I chose the best. The gratin was absolutely delicious with big pieces of bacon lardon on top. Unfortunately I was only able to enjoy a few bites because I was already full but I packed it up to go and my husband enjoyed it as well. He said it was probably one of the best steaks he has had in awhile.
The waitress brought the dessert cart around and although everything was tempting we decided against dessert since we had already stuffed ourselves. For us, this place lived up to all the positive things we had heard  said about it. Even if you are not a casino goer I would suggest you visit Barona Oak Steakhouse just to enjoy the food. Who knows you may decide to drop a couple dollars on a slot machine and get lucky on the casino floor as well.
1932 Wildcat Canyon Rd.
Lakeside, CA 92040

Cave Tools Review

How was every ones Thanksgiving? Mine was delicious, the turkey came out amazing. Actually it was a turducken. That's right we had a turducken for Thanksgiving, because everyone has to try one at least once in their life. It was perfectly cooked with the help of a nifty little gadget from Cave Tools.

Cave Tools offers quality barbecue and cooking tools for the grill master. I was asked if I would like to review one of their products and I was pretty excited when I saw this.

A cooking thermometer is an absolute essential if you want to make sure your meat is at the perfect temperature to enjoy. Especially during the holidays. You don't want to ruin your family's meal by serving an undercooked bird or an overcooked roast.
I had planned to go out and purchase a cooking thermometer when my Instant Read Digital Cooking Thermometer by Cave Tools arrived just in time for Thanksgiving. It is made of stainless steel, waterproof, shatterproof and can be re-calibrated for the most accuracy. It reads in Celsius and Fahrenheit with a 4 to 6 second read time. The digital display makes it super easy to read and the replaceable watch battery offers an auto off after 10 minutes to maximize battery life. The probe that you poke into your meat is long enough to get to the center of a large turkey and it is sharp enough to pierce easily. It comes with a plastic sheath for safety and protection.
Here is a shot of our turducken, not quite at the right temperature.

Here it is again taken out of the oven and resting before we carve into it.

I love this cooking thermometer! I love the design and how easy it is to use. I love that the display screen is large enough so you don't have to squint to read it. I don't k now how I survived this long without one.

You can purchase your Instant Read Digital Cooking Thermometer  on the Cave Tools website. It is also available on Amazon. If you purchase via amazon use the code LH58KB66 at checkout for 15% off.

The featured product{s} in this post were provided to me free of charge. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and not influenced in any way by anyone

November 25, 2015

Yay for Me and a Happy Thanksgiving to you!

Remember Victoria Fine Foods #Pastaratzzi contest I mentioned in a previous post? Well, I just found out that I was one of 50 second place winners. YAY for me! I have some free sauce heading my way! I Want to know if any of you entered and if any of you won. Leave a comment if you did.

 Okay now back to the kitchen to cook!

Gobble Gobble!

November 24, 2015


I made tacos today. Cheesy delicious tacos! I call them Chacos...

These low carb tacos were so yummy and a big hit with everyone. If you are cutting back on carbs but are craving some crunchy tacos you have to make these. You will never miss another tortilla again.

So how do you make them? It takes a little patience but they are so worth the wait. Take a thin slice of sandwich sized cheddar cheese and place it in a non stick pan. Cook the cheese on medium low heat. It will start to bubble and turn brown along the edges. Make sure you monitor the temperature, you don't want it to get to high and burn your cheese. Once the cheese bubbling starts to slow down, about 3 to 5 minutes, take a spatula and attempt to pick it up. If it is ready it will slide easily onto your spatula. If it doesn't give it a minute or so. Next is the fun part...drape the semi firm cheese slice over a wooden rolling pan to harden and create a shell for your chaco toppings. Be sure and place the rolling pin on top of some paper towels or a plate to collect any oil from the melted cheese. We topped ours with ground beef, lettuce, olives, sour cream hot sauce and crispy jalapenos. Tell me these don't look good!

November 23, 2015

Yummy in my Tummy- The Fish Market

Located on the waterfront in downtown San Diego is the popular Fish Market restaurant. With a view of the San Diego bay and the 25 foot sculpture of a Navyman kissing his love, this is a prime tourist destination. I was born and raised in San Diego and this was my first time visiting this place, where you can get super fresh seafood either served in their sit down dining room or picked up at their seafood counter to take home and cook up yourself.
First of all parking here is a mess. The restaurant parking is shared with the entire waterfront tourist destination and the parking spaces are jam packed. I was quite amused to see large SUV's trying to squeeze into them. We opted on valet parking, trust me it's worth it. The restaurant is very large and has a casual, loud and bustling atmosphere. The views are amazing but unfortunately it was extremely sunny on this day and they had pulled the shades down so I couldn't get a good pic from our table. The menu consists of everything from crab cakes, fried fish, steamed mussels, tuna sandwiches, steamed catch of the day and more. A nice variety for the seafood lover.
We started off with the Salt and Pepper Calamari. These were crisp and tender and really yummy. My mom ordered the Famous Dungeness Crab Cioppino.

This was their "small" size but believe me it was a lot. Assorted seafood in their house marinara sauce with pieces of garlic bread to sop everything up. My mom said it was really good. It had a generous portion of mussels and crab, some fish and only a couple of shrimp.

My sister ordered the Dungeness Crab Cakes with a side of fries.

These large crab filled cakes were served with a whole grain mustard sauce and were pretty tasty according to my sister.

I was in the mood for fish but I didn't know what kind. They have several fresh fish choices that can be cooked mesquite or grilled. I opted for the Local Black Cod blackened, with a side of roasted veggies and cherry basil tomatoes.

The Black Cod lived up to its "butter fish" name. It was melt in your mouth good but I think the blackened seasoning could have had a bit more salt. It was delicious non the less.

We had a great meal with an even better view. If you are visiting San Diego on vacation, the downtown waterfront is a must see place, and if you are craving some fresh seafood stop over at The Fish Market.

The Fish Market @ San Diego
750 North Harbor Dr.
San Diego, CA 92101

November 13, 2015

Nielsen Massey Delicious Appetizers and Giveaway

#13 Cheryl

Neilsen Massey, the purveyors of fine vanillas and flavors, have some tasty Holiday appetizer recipes they want to share with you!

How about some Parmesan Zucchini Crisps made with their Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Powder.

This all natural, alcohol and sugar free powder, will add a little extra to your holiday veggie. These sound delicious!
Or what about some Sausage Stuffed Cremini Mushrooms? Made with their Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Bean Paste. Similar in texture to molasses but made with pure vanilla extract and seeds from vanilla pods, for great vanilla taste.

These would be a hit in my home!

Another recipe that uses this gourmet ingredient is Breaded Veal Meatballs with Vodka Sauce. These sounds absolutely scrumptious and I intend on making these very soon.

Neilsen Massey products are a must for anyone who enjoys quality cooking ingredients. Their selection of vanillas and flavors have been around for over a century and they still pride themselves on offering customers the very best.

They would also like to give one of my readers a chance to win a bottle of their Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Bean Paste. So that you can create one of these tempting recipes for the Holidays.

To Enter: Peruse Nielsen Massey's recipes and come back here to tell me which one you would like to try. You can get extra entries for following me via GFC and liking me on Facebook.

This giveaway will end on November 18, 2015. I will choose the winner using Please leave a valid email address if it is not visible in your profile. US and Canada entries welcome.

November 12, 2015

Victoria Pasta Sauce Review and Giveaway and Penne Pizza Casserole

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Victoria Fine Foods is an authentic pasta sauce manufacturer based in Brooklyn, New York. They recently expanded into California and I was given the opportunity to share the good news with all of you! They use a slow, kettle-cooked approach to making their sauces and use fresh, real and non GMO ingredients. They contain nothing artificial and no preservatives. Their ingredients list literally contains ingredients you would use at home to cook up a sauce. So simple and so good for you! Did I also mention these sauces contain no water and no paste? They are the real deal! These authentic homemade sauces are then conveniently packaged in glass jars and ready to eat and enjoy.

I was sent three of their 24oz. jars for review including; Marinara, Roasted Garlic and Fradiavolo. In addition to these three they have a large variety of sauces available, go on have a look. My family enjoyed these sauces a lot. They taste fresh and delicious. The Marinara was used up immediately on spaghetti and then as a dip for crusty garlic bread because it was that good. The Fradiavolo had a spicy kick which I loved.  It tastes great on any pasta, parmigiana or a spicy pizza.

The one sauce I am really going to highlight though is the Roasted Garlic. This has got to be one of the tastiest jarred saucees I have ever tried. I love garlic and this sauce does not skimp on the garlic flavor. The ingredients in this sauce are whole tomatoes, garlic, onions, olive oil, salt, basil and spices. That's it! No added sugars, no added anything! Penelope and I cooked up a delicious meal with the sauce and while making it she was literally licking sauce off her fingers and proclaiming "this sauce is sooo good"!

Penne Pizza Casserole
1 13oz Box of penne
1 24oz. Jar of Victoria Roasted Garlic sauce
1/2 of Italian sausage
1/2 cup of Pepperoni slices
Mozzarella cheese
Cook the pasta until al dente and then drain. Meanwhile crumble up your sausage and cook through. Preheat oven to 425. In a casserole dish pour a small amount of the sauce to coat the bottom. Now put some of the pasta in dish to cover the bottom. Top with some of the sausage, a little more sauce, some mozzarella cheese and then some pepperoni slices. Keep layering until you reach the top of the pan and then pour remaining sauce over the top. I made three layers. Pop in the oven and cook for about 15 minutes till everything is hot and the cheese is gooey. We enjoyed this sprinkled with Parmesan cheese and crushed red pepper but the stand out was definitely the sauce.
Like Victoria Fine Foods on Facebook and enter their #Pastarazzi contest.
Victoria has launched a recipe contest to identify the best pasta dish in each new region. Participants can enter simply by uploading a photo of their favorite pasta recipe using the hashtag #Pastaratzzi for a chance to win a $1,000 kitchenware makeover and other prizes
You can find Victoria pasta sauces at  Albertsons, Ralphs, Vons, Sprouts Farmers Market, Whole Foods and more.
Want to win some FREE sauce? 3 of my readers will each win 2 FREE sauce coupons.
To Enter: Leave me a comment telling me which sauce you want to try first. You can get extra entries for following me via GFC and liking me on Facebook.

This giveaway will end on November 26, 2015. I will choose the winner using Please leave a valid email address if it is not visible in your profile. US entries only.
The featured product{s} in this post were provided to me free of charge. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and not influenced in any way by anyone.

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