Bruschetta

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It’s tomato season!! Take advantage now!  One of the easiest side dishes to make for you meal, or even as an appetizer to a party is Bruschetta.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups chopped tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup sliced basil leaves
  • 3 garlic cloves, 2 peeled and smashed, 1 peeled and sliced in half
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and peppet to taste
  • 4 sliced of thick italian bread (I used Tuscan Italian Herbed bread from The Breadsmith located in Lakewood, Ohio.)
  • Fresh Parmesan cheese (optional)

Directions:

  1. Mix tomoatoes, basil, 2 smashed garlic cloves, olive oil, salt and pepper in a bowl and let sit to let the flavors merry!
  2. Meanwhile, toast thick slices of bread.  If unable to fit in your toaster you can toast them in your oven on the Broil setting- make sure you turn so each side gets toasted.
  3. Once the bread is toasted rub the sliced garlic clove on each side of the bread while still warm.
  4. Next top the sliced pieces of bread with tomato mixture. (Be sure to take out the garlic cloves!!)
  5. Topped with fresh parmesan cheese if desired.
  6. Enjoy!

You can make more or less of this, depending on how many people you are serving.  You can also use a french baguette to have smaller slices, or use italian, tuscan, or your bread of choice!!

Molly Jean

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BRGR 9

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BRGR 9 (pronounced “Burger 9”) is located in the Warehouse District of downtown Cleveland on West 9th street.  BRGR 9 is locally owned and has created a new image for burger’s, taking them to the next level!  Burger toppings include short rib, porkbelly, fried chicken finger, jalapeno jelly, bratwurst and lobster, just to name a few!

I was very overwhelmed by how many different types of burgers there were, so I asked the bartender what her favorite was and she insisted that I get the Turkey Time!

“Turkey Time” Burger

I was very pleased with my decision!  The Turkey Time is a fresh house-made grilled turkey burger topped with baby arugula, tomato, feta, cucumber aioli, on a wheat brioche bun.  The burger was perfect, not too heavy at all.  The burgers to not come with fries but you can order a side of fries to share!  Jordan and I decided to order the sweet potato tater tots instead of the fries.  I am not a big tater tots fan, but there were AMAZING!!! I love sweet potato fries, and this just took sweet potatoes to the next level.  The tater tots are dusted lightly with cinnamon and served with a side of cajon mayo and roasted orange mayo!

Check out the rest of the menu HERE!

Molly Jean

Crop Bistro and Bar

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I’m so sorry for the lack of posts!  The internet has been down at the house.  It’s finally up and running and I have a lot to share!  The first thing I want to share is my birthday dinner!

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My birthday was this past Wednesday, August 15th, and I finally went to Crop Bistro and Bar!  I have been waiting to try this restaurant for quite some time, but wanted to go on a special occasion!

Crop Bistro and Bar is located in  an old bank in Cleveland’s Ohio City historic neighborhood and is known to be Cleveland’s Best restaurant according Cleveland Scene Magazine!  The space is very impressive, open, with high ceilings.  The architecture reminds you of the old historic Cleveland there once was.  The restaurant focuses on using local food crop and therefore the menu changes frequently!  So what you see below may not be there when you decide to visit this fabulous restaurant!

 

Jordan and I with my gorgeous new birthday necklace!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mom and Dad!

Mussels to share between the 4 of us

Burrata Salad- shared between Jordan and I

 

 

 

Grilled Lamb Lion, Local Ratatouille, Lebanese Couscous (my main course)

 

Seared CAB Ribeye, summer tomato salad, smoked blue cheese, grilled sourdough (My Dad and Jordan’s main course)

I did not get a picture of my mom’s but she had the Braised Short Ribs with bacon smoked campfire baked beans, slaw, cherry chipotle BBQ sauce.

S’more What? (picture does not do justice. If you like chocolate and s’mores- this dessert is for you!)

 

Crop Bistro and Bar is definitely one of Cleveland’s best.  Everyone loved everything they ordered!  The only complaint I have is the noise.  At times it was hard to hear our waitress.  I wasn’t sure if it was because she had a quiet voice or just the echoing of the other diners due to high ceilings.  But, there was no issue in hearing my parents or Jordan.  I definitely am looking forward to dining here again!

Molly Jean

Blueberry Zucchini Bread

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Now is the PERFECT time to be purchasing zucchini at the grocery store or at your local farmer’s market.   Another name for zucchini is “summer squash”, so get it now while it’s in season!

Zucchini provides a good source of Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Riboflavin (vitamin B2), Manganese, Potassium, Folate, Carotenoids, and Fiber.  Summer squash is a great source of antioxidants, which help to protect us from certain cancers, as well as protect the eyes.  The antioxidants in zucchini are mostly found in the skin and seeds— SO NO PEALING!!!   To read more about the benefits of zucchini and summer squash CLICK HERE!

This is by far one of my favorite sweet bread recipes I have ever made.  I found the recipe on Pinterest from The Zesty Cook blog.  Click HERE for the recipe!

The recipe calls for a bunt cake pan, but I used two large loaf pans to make “bread” and not “cake.”  I still cooked the 2 loaves at 350 degrees for 55-60 minutes.

The picture above was when it was still warm-  perfect with a scoop of ice cream!!

The bread has a wonderful dense texture.  The zucchini adds a lot of moisture and the blueberries add a light sweet and sour taste. The the crumb topping is just to die for- Who doesn’t like butter, sugar, and cinnamon all mixed together???

You MUST try this recipe while zucchini is still in season!  Enjoy!

Molly Jean

Winner of SlimKicker app Giveaway is…..

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Hello all!

SlimKicker has chosen a winner of the Kitchen Scale giveaway!!  I am pleased to announce Emily as the winner with the goal of:

“I have been trying to get at least 30 minutes of physical activity everyday. I also do 30 second planks whenever I can, as this has been putting me on track to tone my torso and my arms very nicely!” ~Emily

Congratulations to Emily!!  Please email SlimKicker at  team@slimkicker.com to claim your prize! (Be sure to mention my blog name!)

Thank you to all who participated.  All of your goals are fantastic!! Keep working at them 🙂

Look out for hopefully some more giveaways in the future!

Look out for a new recipe post tomorrow!

 

Molly Jean

SlimKicker app Giveaway!!!

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I’m excited to announce my very first giveaway on my blog courtesy of SlimKicker!!

SlimKicker is a calorie counter app + site that you are able to download on your smartphone or just use on your computer! SlimKicker app allows you to keep track or your food intake as well as exercise.  The best part about the app is that your fitness goals are turned into a game where you are able to rack up points and rewards.  You must upload a picture of the reward, such as a “cheat food” or something that you want to buy, such as an ipad, or a new pair of jeans!  SlimKicker will then remind you to reward yourself once you have racked up enough points.  This is a great app to look into!  It allows you to stay accountable and motivated to your fitness and diet goals making them easier to achieve!

Visit SlimKicker at http://www.slimkicker.com

 The Giveaway:

SlimKicker app has asked me to give away this kitchen scale:

picture courtesy of Amazon.com

 Click on the picture above or HERE for details!

Why is it a kitchen scale an excellent gadget to have in your kitchen?

A kitchen scale will allow you to not only weight ingredients for recipes, but it allows you to measure out correct portion sizes for your own good.  In other-words, a kitchen scale teaches you portion control, which is an essential component in weight loss.

Now, how do I get this kitchen scale, you ask???

All you have to do is leave a comment on this post with a 1-2 sentenced creative fitness goal, diet goal or challenge you are trying to achieve!  SlimKicker will pick their favorite and I will let you know in a week who the winner is!  Best of luck to you all!!

Molly Jean

The Taste of Tremont 2012

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This is a long over due post!! But I wanted to share my Taste of Tremont experience with all of you!

Tremont is one of the oldest areas of Cleveland.  During the 1850s, Cleveland University occupied the area before the neighborhood of Tremont came to be.  Now the area is filled with art galleries, shops, and restaurants.  It is also home to “The Christmas Story House” from the famous 1983 holiday film.  Another point of interest is Iron Chef winner, Michael Symon’s restaurant, Lolita.

Restaurant’s that I have tried in the Tremont area that are posted on my blog include: The South Side, Tremont Tap House (for dinner and brunch), and Grumpy’s Café.  Other restaurants I have tried previously, before starting my blog include: Fat Cat’s and Ty Fun Thai Bistro.  Check out the list of restaurants in the area at http://www.urbanspoon.com/n/16/1543/Cleveland/Tremont-restaurants.

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Jordan and I arrived noon sharp, as soon as the Taste of Tremont began.  We took a walk all the way down Professor street before deciding which restaurant stands we wanted to try.

On our way down the street Jordan spotted a homemade blueberry lemonade from The Treehouse Café.  There was a lot of sugar, but it was quite tasty!

Our first food stop was the Farenheit food truck to get a smoked pulled pork taco.  I do not have a picture of this because I was very intrigued by the dark clouds in the sky.

Rain rain go away…

Jordan and ran to get under cover just before our food became soaked.  A lady at a consignment shop was very generous, allowing us to stand on her porch for about 15 minutes until the rain had stopped.

Once the rain had passed we ran over to something that caught our eye almost immediately as we stepped foot onto Professor St.- The grilled corn!

Grilled Corn!

This was another thing that caught our eye…. a 2 pound hot dog.  We did NOT order this but Jordan took a picture.  I thought foot long hot dogs were a little much… Not quite sure what to think of this….

Next we went over to Lolita to check out what Michael Symon had in store for The Taste of Tremont.  I must say- I was NOT impressed.  He only had food option of mac and cheese and the other option was a mint lemonade.  It was about 95 degrees out with almost 100% humidity- so mac and cheese was just not appealing at the time.  So I opted for the mint lemonade.  It was very refreshing!

Mint Lemonade- Lolita

Barrio’s stand was our next stop where I got the black bean taco with a mango slaw in an avocado cream sauce. YUM!!

Barrio

And last but not least, dessert from A Cookie and a Cupcake!  Carrot Cake Cupcake and Double Chocolate Cupcake.

A Cookie and a Cupcake

We also picked up a few goodies to take home! Blaze salsa (the guy who owns the company went to OU, so Jordan and I got a discount!), Kettle corn, and fresh popping corn (named “magic mushroom.”- yes, strange name, I know. haha)

The Taste of Tremont was an awesome experience!  Already looking forward to next year! The date is already set for July 21, 2013!! Check it our HERE!

Also, I would like to announce my first giveaway on my blog tomorrow from SlimKicker app!!! Make sure you tune into tomorrow’s post so that you can participate!

Molly Jean