Monthly Archives: May 2012

Hummus Pita Pizza

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Quick, easy, delicious, and requires NO cooking!  Making dinner only for 1?  Have this meal ready for yourself in less than 5 minutes!

All you do is take a whole wheat pita, spread some of your favorite hummus on it and top with your favorite veggies and some cheese!

I used Sabra– Roasted Garlic Hummus

Topped with cucumber, red pepper, green pepper, spinach, and freshly grated parmesan cheese.

Molly Jean

Mad Jack’s Grill and Pub

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On Saturday my friend Emily and I went to the Aurora Farm Outlets to see if there were any good memorial day sales happening!  We decided to go when the stores first opened and then go to lunch after we completed our shopping.  I noticed a new restaurant in passing, the past few times I have gone out to the outlets.  I always would forget the name until one day I wrote it down as soon as I found a parking spot so that I would be able to look it up at home!

Mad Jack’s Grill and Pub is the name of the place and it is located on S Chillicothe Road, right around the corner from the outlets, and next to Chet Edwards, a home furnishing store filled with gorgeous and elegant home decor.

It was a gorgeous day, so we decided to grab a seat on the patio!  We started with warmed brie, with a cranberry and apricot chutney.

For my entree I ordered the Harvest Salad- mixed greens, sesame crusted almonds, dried apricots, apples, pineapple, dried cranberries, tossed in a white balsamic vinaigrette.

The brie was wonderful, still warm and melty with the sweet chutney offsetting the pungent cheese flavor.  The salad was very refreshing while sitting out in warm weather. The dressing was perfect, not heavy at all.

This place is a true gem.  There are not many restaurants near Aurora Farms Outlets, and I’m not sure how many know of this place, but I do know that I am going back! I especially want to try the crab tater tots!  The dinner menu looks fabulous as well!  Click HERE to view the menu.

Molly Jean

Memorial Day Weekend Brunch

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Hello!  Shame on me for not doing a great job at keeping up with my blog.  The past 2 weeks have been a bit hectic, but, I have been cooking and dining out and have plenty to share with you!  This week will be filled with a few new recipes and a new restaurant!

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I would like to start by saying Happy Memorial Day!  A big shout out and thank you to all of the men and women who have served our country and have made the biggest sacrifices known to man kind.  God Bless America!

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Yesterday I had a few friends over for a Sunday brunch.  Summer is filled with weekend Barbecues, and personally, although BBQ’s are wonderful and filled with great friends and food, near the end of the summer I get sick of the hamburger hot dog gig. So, I decided to do something a little different over the long Holiday weekend– Brunch!!

Here is what the spread looked like:

A big thank you to Erin for reminding me to take a picture for my blog!! Also Thank you Erin and Jon for the bagel’s and donuts, Ashley and Rob for the pastries, and Jessi and Matt for the fruit salad!  Also thanks to all for the champagne and juice for the mimosa bar, which I sadly did not get a picture of!

Also, I tried out an egg casserole recipe.  I don’t have a close up picture but here is the recipe below- (I forget where I found it… but the ingredients are correct)

Ingredients:

  • 8 slices of white bread, cubed
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded monterey jack cheese
  • 10 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 tsp dry mustard
  • 2 tsp dill
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp pepper (the recipe called for white- I used black and it was fine!)
  • salt
  • 1/2 small yellow onion
Directions:
  1. Grease a 9 x 13 inch baking dish.
  2. place bread in an even layer on the bottom of the baking dish.
  3. Sprinkle cheese on top of bread in an even layer.
  4. In a large mixing bowl whisk eggs until fluffy.
  5. Add the rest of the ingredients to the eggs until well blended.
  6. Pour egg mixture over the bread and cheese.
  7. Cover dish with suran wrap and store in the refrigerator over night.
  8. The next morning preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  9. Bake casserole for 45-50 minutes, until 165 degrees F.
The casserole was good, but not as great as I hoped it to be.  Everyone else said they liked it, but they could have been lying! haha.  I think I would take a tsp of dill out.  Also, there was an option to add other vegetables of your choice, such as peppers, broccoli, squash, but I left it out since I wasn’t sure what everyone would like.   Next time I will definitely be adding some sweet bell peppers!  I guess overall it was a pretty good first attempt at egg casserole for me.
I would also like to give a shout out to my boyfriend, Jordan, for helping me get everything together and clean up yesterday.  He did a fabulous job at cleaning up the bocce ball court!
Have a great rest of the weekend!  Only a 4 day work week!!

Molly Jean

Chinato & Mom’s Graduation

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Friday night my mom walked at her graduation ceremony for her MBA that she finished up in December at Ursuline College! So proud of her! I could not imagine working a 60 hour week, on top of going to class and completing assignments, while worrying about a son that is thousands of miles away.  She is super mom!

Mom walking across the stage!

Dad, Mom, & Me

After dinner we drove into downtown to meet Jordan for dinner at Chinato, located on East 4th, my favorite street downtown!  It is filled with many fabulous restaurants, lights hanging, and packed with people on the weekends.  I have been to Chinato once before for Jordan’s birthday back in November.

Chinato is a Zack Bruell restaurant.  Maybe this doesn’t mean anything to you, but Zack Bruell has a few other restaurants in Cleveland as well as  the only 5-star restaurant- Table 45, located in the Intercontinental Hotel, which is connected to the Cleveland Clinic.

Chinato is an Italian restaurant decorated with a wall mural of Florence where you are able to point out the Duomo and Ponte Vecchio.

The first time I dined there I ordered a house salad special and the small plate of the gnocchi with tomato basil, toasted garlic, butter, and parmesan.  It was absolutely delicious.  The gnocchi melted in my mouth.  The small plate was perfect size for me!

I ordered a small plate of pasta again, this time.  Friday I ordered the Ravioli with pork, veal, zucchini and shitake mushrooms, with melted butter and parmesan.  Another delicious menu item!

My dad said that my pasta looked like enough to feed a mouse, but I was content.  Mom and I had split a salad prior to our entrees as well- AND I wanted to save room for dessert.

For dessert, the 4 of us shared the Tiramisu and Chocolate Hazelnut Mouse cake.

The desserts were good, especially the Chocolate cake, but the Tiramisu was a bit of a disappointment.  There was a flavor to it, almost like allspice and pecans, that threw me off.  I love the espresso taste of typical Tiramisu, and this one did not taste like it at all.

Once again, Chinato has proven it is a wonderful place to dine and celebrate at!  Check out the rest of the menu HERE.

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The rest of the weekend consisted of a Tribe game win and Jordan cooking for me!

Jordan cooked me dinner 🙂

Molly Jean

Mother’s Day- Luscious Lemon Delight

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My  mother has been craving this dessert since my Aunt Nancy brought it over on Easter Sunday.  So finally on Mother’s Day I decided to make her Luscious Lemon Delight.  This is a recipe my Auny found on Pinterest via Grandma’s Kitchen.

This recipe is easy and perfect for spring!  If you are a fan of lemon and pecan’s this is definitely the dessert for you!  Here are some pictures:

Layers

Not the most perfectly cut piece, but it all tastes the same regardless, right? 🙂  Mom was very excited to finally have this dessert again!   CLICK HERE for the recipe. Enjoy!

Molly Jean

XO Prime Steaks

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So the time has come.  I finally received my first pay check and It was my turn to finally treat Jordan to a nice juicy and delicious steak.  We had planned this day a while ago, restaurant chosen and all.  So finally on Saturday we made our way over to XO Prime Steaks for a fantastic dinner.  Neither of us had been so we were both equally excited, Jordan more so, since he was getting his steak paid for! haha.

We arrived a little before our reservation so we grabbed a drink at the bar.  I had a glass of Ironstone, Cabernet Sauvignon while Jordan had an Elliot Ness.

When we were finally seated, Jordan had informed me that we were sitting by Cleveland Cavalier’s player Manny Harris and his friends and family! How cool is that??

We started out with an appetizer- Fried Calamari with cherry peppers, tossed in lemon garlic.  (sorry I did not get a picture of it!)  The breading of the calamari was light, crispy, and delicious.  Not greasy at all!

For Jordan’s main entree, he ordered the 16 oz Delmonico steak topped with Lobster Oscar.  I ordered an 8 oz center cut filet topped with roasted garlic and herbed butter, which the waiter had recommended.  I at first asked for the red wine reduction and the waiter informed me that it was not one of his favorites and it is the only thing he does not recommend to his customers.  I took his word for it and went with his suggestion of topping for the filet, the roasted garlic and herbed butter.

The menu is a la carte, so Jordan and I ordered garlic mashed potatoes and green beans to share.   This is the best picture I could get!!

We ended the meal with the Warmed Molten Chocolate Cake, Amerena Cherries, and Kirsch Whipped Cream.

This is the best steak I have ever had, and Jordan agrees as well.  My steak was cooked perfectly (Medium).  The roasted garlic and herbed butter added a wonderful flavor to the steak.  It was not too strong.  As you can see by the photo, there is a large slice of butter placed on top of the steak to allow it to melt, I took off a majority of the butter so that the flavor did not take over the flavor of the steak. The green beans were crisp, and the potatoes were creamy and full of flavor as well.  And let’s not forget the chocolate cake- SO GOOD.  The molten chocolate poured out of the center as we cut into the cake for our first bite.  A perfect ending to a wonderful meal with the man that I love.

So, if you are looking for a place to celebrate a birthday, graduation, engagement, or just feel like having an extra nice night out, you have got to try XO Prime Steaks!!

Molly Jean

Molly Jean’s Chicken Caesar Salad

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Simple, Healthy, and Tasty. What else do you need when you have to cook dinner after a long day at work??  I have been making this since my undergrad years at Ohio University.  The recipe is inspired by a pre-made salad that I had tried from Whole Foods salad bar when I was home for summer break a few years ago.  This salad has been a hit everytime that I have made it.  Not only is it a great dinner, but also a nice side for a potluck or bbq!

Molly Jean’s Chicken Caesar Salad

Ingredients: (serves 4)

  • 1 bag Spinach
  • 2 cups cavatappi pasta, cooked
  • 1/2 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • Red onion, thinly sliced- you choose the amount- if you love onion go for it, if not, a few thin slices will do!
  • ~1 pound chicken, cooked and cubed
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • about 1/2 cup light caesar dressing (I usually don’t measure the dressing, so this is an estimate.  I usually put in a little at a time until everything is well coated to my liking)
Directions
  • Place everything into a large bowl and mix!
Today I served it with homemade garlic bread and fresh pineapple!  Enjoy!

Molly Jean