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August Date – Shopping, Six Flags, Dinner August 26, 2012

I put together one year’s worth of dates (one date per month) for my husband as a Valentine’s Day present.  Our August date was “great”.  We had free tickets to Six Flags Great America that we intended to use with the kids.  I realized; however, that JR and I had never rode a roller coaster together and that it would be much more fun to leave the kids behind.  The weather was HOT, so we didn’t last the entire day.  We intended to go to the water park (attached to Six Flags) for half the day, but it was closed!  Boo!  It was fun to walk around Great America.  It really brought back memories.  I hadn’t been there in probably 15 years!  Although there was lots of new rides, we opted to ride the roller coasters that we remembered as kids (Batman, American Eagle, and Demon).

 

The date card read “We have free Six Flags tickets, so let’s be childish and have some fun!  We can enjoy the water park and roller coasters.  We can shop at Gurnee Mills, too.  Love, Lisa.”  In the August envelope, I included the date card and our Six Flags tickets.

 

 

We spent part of our day shopping at the outlet mall across the street from Six Flags.  We both purchased a few items.

 

We stopped at Lake Zurich since it was on our way home.  JR grew up in Lake Zurich and we both lived there for a few years after we got married.  We sat on the beach and relaxed for a bit before heading to dinner at Lucky Monk!  We got home just in time to tuck in the kids.  We had a really great day!

 

Until next month…

Check out our previous dates…

July 2012

June 2012

May 2012

April 2012

February 2012


 

Copycat Portillo’s Chopped Salad – Amazing! August 17, 2012

I love Portillo’s chopped salad.  Portillo’s is a fast food chain in the Chicago area.  If you ever visit Chicago, I highly recommend checking out Portillo’s.  Indulge in a hot dog and fries and go back a second time to try their chopped salad!  I’m pleased to share this copycat recipe with you.  It takes forever to chop up the ingredients, but it’s worth it.  I ended up quartering the recipe and I had enough for 2 HUGE salads.  Save the second salad by placing a paper towel over the salad and covering with plastic wrap.  The paper towel helps absorb the moisture and keeps the salad fresh for the next day.  This tastes just like Portillo’s chopped salad.  Also, I have tried out many salad dressings and the best match I could find was Marzetti’s Sweet Italian dressing.

 

 

RECIPE for COPYCAT PORTILLO’S CHOPPED SALAD

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 head iceberg lettuce
  • 1 – 2 heads Romaine lettuce, depending on size
  • 1 small head red cabbage, minced or 1 bag sliced red cabbage, chopped
  • 1 small red onion, finely minced
  • 1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced
  • 3 tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 2  c. ditalini pasta, cooked and cooled
  • 1 lb. bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 c. gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
  • Vinaigrette dressing, bottled or homemade (we used a Honey Mustard Vinaigrette)

 

DIRECTIONS

1. Wash and dry the lettuces. Finely chop until the lettuce is in small pieces. Put in a large bowl.

2. Add remaining ingredients, except dressing, and toss to combine well.

3. Serve dressing along side the salad or pour on and combine just before serving.

 

The original Portillo’s Chopped Salad includes diced chicken breast, but we opted to leave that out to make it more picnic and side-dish friendly. I think I’ll be making this for just our family very soon and including the chicken. It would definitely be hearty enough to make a complete meal.

 

SOURCE:  http://stolenmomentscooking.com/homemade-portillos-chopped-salad/

 

 

Substitutions:  I left out the red onion.  Next time I will add chicken!

Time:  It took me close to an hour to chop everything up and clean up, including distractions from the kiddo’s.

Pinterest Pinhttp://pinterest.com/pin/40391727878988426/

Weight Watchers Points:  I calculated 8 WW+ points.  I used 2 T. dressing.

 

 

Homemade Calzone August 6, 2012

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We love pizza and calzones at our house.  Really, we love anything with dough/bread, pizza sauce, and cheese.  I saw this recipe on Pinterest and decided to give it a try!  The calzone’s were very tasty!  I got a little frustrated shaping the dough, but I got there eventually!  We filled our with sauce, cheese, and sausage.  I look forward to making other varieties as well!

 

 

Recipe: http://www.squidoo.com/homemade-calzone

Pinterest Pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/40391727878911525/

Substitutions:  None

Time:  30  minutes bake time, plus 15 minutes prep time (not including the time I spent rolling the dough, which seemed like forever).

 

 

Cauliflower Pizza Dough June 24, 2012

It’s all over Pinterest these days, so I had to give it a try!  I was super excited to try this recipe!  How awesome would it be if it turned out and I had a healthier alternative for pizza!  Well, it was good, but not amazing.  So, I was disappointed.  It tasted pretty good (not as good as regular pizza dough), but I do have a few complaints as you will read below.

 

 

 

I pinned two different cauliflower crust recipes.  The first was for a cauliflower pizza and the second for cauliflower cheesy garlic bread sticks.  I made the bread stick recipe.  I noted that the directions for the crust were different in the two recipes although they called for the same ingredients and measurements.  The bread stick recipe said to steam the cauliflower and then use a ricer to create the riced cauliflower.  I don’t have a ricer (nor do I know what it is), so I used the pizza recipe which said to use the food processor and then microwave the cauliflower.

 

My husband doesn’t like cauliflower, so I decided to put this recipe together and keep the cauliflower a secret.  Well, the overwhelming smell in the house gave me away!  When I microwaved the cauliflower, the smell was very strong.  Perhaps if I steam it next time, it won’t smell as strong?!?  The house smelled for at least a day. For this one reason, I may not make it again!  I like cauliflower, but when I went to bed and all I could smell was the microwaved cauliflower, the smell was just too much for even me.

 

Also, I found that the crush was not crisp enough.  Maybe if I don’t use parchment paper next time and lay the crust in a generously oiled baking sheet it would be crispier?

 

I did love that the dough was easy to thin out and held its shape unlike real pizza dough.  I spread the dough too thin, so next time (if there is a next time), I would make a double batch and have a thicker crush.  The recipe says that one head of cauliflower yields three cups of riced cauliflower; however, my head only produced 1 cup of riced cauliflower.

 

I thought the crust tasted good, but I prefer real pizza dough.  My daughters didn’t eat it, my husband didn’t eat it, but my sister and I enjoyed it.  My sister said that she would make it again.  I’m not sure if I will try again, but if I do, I’ll update this post with any changes I make.  If you have made this recipe, please leave me a comment and suggestions.  I’d love to try again.  Did your house smell for a day?  Did your crust come out crispy?  Did you microwave the cauliflower?  Did your head of cauliflower come out to only 1 cup of riced cauliflower?  Thanks!

 

Pinterest Pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/40391727878602385/

Recipe #1 – Pizzahttp://www.eat-drink-smile.com/2011/04/cauliflower-crust-pizza.html

Recipe #2 – Bread Stickshttp://www.eat-drink-smile.com/2011/04/cauliflower-crust-pizza.html

Substitutions:  I used the directions from the pizza recipe to make the crust.

Time:  1 hour

 

– Lisa

 

Individual Pizza’s using Rhodes Dinner Rolls June 16, 2012

These individual pizza’s were amazing!  Every member of my picky family inhaled them!  The best part is that they were very quick, easy, and inexpensive!  I plan to make these again in other varieties such as taco pizza, alfredo spinach, and bbq chicken.  The possibilities are endless.  The recipe suggests using a generous amount of olive oil on the baking sheet.  I followed directions and I’m glad I did.  I think the oil made the crust crispier!  You should try these out.  Your family will love them.

 

 

Recipehttp://cookingoncloverlane.blogspot.com/search/label/Pizza-Easy

Pinterest Pinhttp://pinterest.com/pin/40391727878544166/

Time:  I defrosted mine for 1.5 hours and then it only took 5 minutes to prep and 10-12 minutes to bake.

Substitutions:  My daughter doesn’t like “red sauce”, so she spread alfredo sauce on hers.  I plan to make these again in other varieties such as taco pizza and alfredo spinach, and bbq chicken.  The possibilities are endless.

 

– Lisa

 

Jalapeno Popper Inspired Grilled Cheese June 13, 2012

I do love jalapeno poppers, so this Pinterest recipe caught my eye.  I knew my husband would love it, too!  I’m a wuss when it comes to spice, so I was a bit nervous about the jalapenos, but the peppers turned out just right with just a little spice!  I cooked the sandwiches in the bacon grease and they were nice and crisp and tasty.  The apricot preserves added a pleasant sweet taste to the sandwich.  I will be making these again!

 

 

Pinterest Pin:  xx

Recipe http://www.beantownbaker.com/2012/01/jalapeno-popper-inspired-grilled-cheese.html

Substitutions:  I didn’t have goat cheese, so I spread a semi-thick layer of cream cheese and them sprinkled some mozzarella cheese on top in lieu of the goat cheese.

Time:  45 minutes

 

– Lisa

 

Lemon Butter Salmon June 10, 2012

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I’ve been trying really hard to like fish.  This is my second attempt at eating salmon.  I was able to eat the entire filet the last time I made it, so I thought I’d try again.  My husband will not eat it, so it’s just me!  I saw this recipe on Pinterest, of course.  It looked simple and tasty, so I gave it a try.  After 25 minutes, I took it out of the oven and it was totally raw.  Boo!  The rest of the family was ready to eat their grilled burgers and dogs (yum), so I threw it in a pan and pan fried it for 4 minutes per side.  I put some lemon-pepper seasoning on each side before frying.  It was really tasty!  I ate it all up and am willing to try it again!

 

 

Pinterest Recipe:  Tin foil, lemon, salmon, butter S – Wrap it up tightly and bake for 25 minutes at 300 °.  DO NOT USE THIS RECIPE.  YOUR SALMON WILL BE RAW!!!

My Recipe:  Place salmon in a lemon juice marinate for at least 30 minutes.  Cover filet in lemon-pepper seasoning.  Pan fry fillet in a couple tablespoons of butter for 3-4 minutes per side.

Pinterest Pinhttp://pinterest.com/pin/40391727878506079/

Time:  15 minutes

 

– Lisa