Wednesday, March 31, 2010
The portmanteau sandwich will be the ......Club Mit!
That's a bahn mit and a club, all put together. Sound good? I think so.
(To review, we are making this sandwich to honor America's Next Top Model's knack for creating new words by combining two words together, a.k.a, a portmanteau. Our first attempt at this sandwich night was foiled by my hectic work schedule.)
In addition to the Club Mit, we will have a surprise stinky but still tasty "I'm not here to make friends" appetizer. And, to honor the girls who want to "stick around" and "who aren't ready to go home" we will be making sticky Peeps s'mores.
And we"ll watch some ANTM, of course. I have the last few episodes recorded. On VHS. Jealous?
Monday, March 29, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Northern Waters Smokehaus in Duluth, MN gets a fair amount of foodie press for its housemade bison pastrami. We get up to Duluth once in a while and I always mean to pick up some.
Well, it was worth the wait.
Beth’s hockey team played a tournament in Duluth last weekend and I was able to stop by the Smokehaus for some treats. In addition to the pastrami, I got some hard salami, brown sugar smoked lake trout and bison meat sticks. Everything was excellent.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
So, just hours before the start of the show, Beth called and suggested ordering Jucy Lucies (or Jucies Lucy, if you prefer) from Matt’s. Perfect!
Of course it was dinner rush and of course they had the phones off the hook, so I had to go there to place the take out order. This is actually better than calling in. You get to sit at the bar and drink a little Summit Extra Pale Ale and watch the incredibly well oiled machine which is Matt’s. One cook (on a 4 foot square grill) one bartender, one server. At least 100 hungry people clamoring for the Jucy Lucy. They fit so many Jucies on the grill, they overlap the ones closest to being done. I think he was cooking 25 at a time. Plus onions. Plus a grilled cheese sandwich every once in a while for the vegetarians (ask for it with grilled onions and pickles--grown-up style). At the bar, the bartender keeps up a good banter, fills drink orders, washes glasses, tops up ketchup bottles, wraps the sandwiches and saves her best affection for the regulars. She never stops moving. Ever. And the server has to ferry all that grease and beer across the restaurant, asking potentially litigious neophytes “Have you had our Jucy Lucy before? It’s really hot. Be careful. Don’t bite into it too fast.”
It was super busy, so I got an extra half glass of beer for my wait. It’s agonizing to sit there, trying to figure out which Jucy Lucy is yours. Is that it? The next one? The next one after that?? Finally, they were done and I was out the door and home.
I missed the first 30 minutes of the show, but I don’t think I really missed much. I’m glad that Angelea from a couple seasons back has returned without her frightful manicure. And yay for makeovers right away. But boo for no major makeover drama. Rest assured, that will come.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Until you wake up at 4:30 in the morning with a painful war going on in your chest. Then you are reminded that, 1. you are older than you think, and 2. White Castles are never a good idea.
Sunday, March 7, 2010
For our sandwiches, I added some roasted red peppers and honey to the mix. Beth and I split two paninis: prosciutto, brie, arugula, honey and French munster; and salami, red pepper, provolone, mozzarella, and basil.
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Then the Olympics ended and I started working a ton, getting ready for a new exhibit. So, no energy to blog.
What I do know is that we have two Sandwich Nights c0ming up. Tomorrow is the Oscars and we're making paninis. And Wednesday is our portmanteau sandwich ANTM Cycle 14 premiere. I still haven't decided what two sandwiches to combine for that one but I open to suggestions!
Let me know if you'd like to come over for either!