Friday, February 3, 2012

Restaurant Reviews...LaMadeleine and Georgetown Cupcake....

I went up to visit Steph, Josh, and Caleb a couple of weeks ago.  Steph and I decided to do a bit of shopping.  Where to go??  How about Georgetown?  Why not? We hopped in the car, I let Steph do the driving since she is a city girl now, and we braved the DC traffic and headed to the shopping mecca of Georgetown.....We parked in a parking garage off the main street and headed out to find breakfast.  LaMadeleine Country French Cafe. What a cozy nice place...




We had a nice time at LaMadeleine.  I like the French Country decor.
The food was good and the people friendly...La Madeleine Bakery Cafe on Urbanspoon
Now off for a bit of shopping.....We hit several shops...the ones I remember are JCrew, LuLumon Athletic, (where Steph loved looking for CrossFit gear:-), Anthropologie,  Banana Republic, and several others where the names elude me.  Great fun!
After several hours of shopping and exploring we were hungry again.  Stephanie had the foresight to order cupcakes from a shop called Georgetown Cupcake.  It is a popular little place. even on a TV show called DC Cupcakes.  A coworker of mine went recently and said the line was out the door. Since we placed our order online the night before we could walk right in and pick up our little treats....Good thinking Steph:-)


We decided since the line was so long to get coffee we would take our pre-ordered cupcakes and headed off to Dean and Deluca for a cup of coffee to go with our cupcakes.  What a fun place.

Georgetown Cupcake on Urbanspoon      Yummy:-)
We didn't spend a lot of time in Georgetown.  We missed Caleb.  We rushed home to give him hugs and his present
I think he liked it:-)
Thanks for a great day Stephanie....I love you!
Get out and explore!
Enjoy Your World:-)

Recipe Review..."King Ranch Chicken Mac and Cheese" Southern Living Magazine Jan. 2012

I saw the picture, on the front of the Jan 2012 Southern Living Magazine, of the Mac and Cheese Recipe made in a cast iron skillet and knew I had to give it a try.  I had just gotten a new pan for Christmas and this looked much better then the first recipe I tried in my new skillet.  Looked like lots of cheese so how could it taste bad right?:-) I gathered the ingredients...

Ingredients


  • 1/2 (16-oz.) package cellentani pasta
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • medium onion, diced
  • green bell pepper, diced
  • (10-oz.) can diced tomatoes and green chiles (i used a larger can)
  • (8-oz.) package pasteurized prepared cheese product, cubed
  • 3 cups chopped cooked chicken
  • (10 3/4-oz.) can cream of chicken soup
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 cups (6 oz.) shredded Cheddar cheese
    I studied the instructions...

    Preparation

    1. 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Prepare pasta according to package directions.
    2. 2. Meanwhile, melt butter in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion and bell pepper, and sauté 5 minutes or until tender. Stir in tomatoes and green chiles and prepared cheese product; cook, stirring constantly, 2 minutes or until cheese melts. Stir in chicken, next 4 ingredients, and hot cooked pasta until blended. Spoon mixture into a lightly greased 10-inch cast-iron skillet or 11- x 7-inch baking dish; sprinkle with shredded Cheddar cheese.
    3. 3. Bake at 350° for 25 to 30 minutes or until bubbly.
    4. Sounds easy so here goes....
    Saute the onions and green
    pepper in butter... 
    ..smells so good.... 
    ...water is ready for the pasta...


    ...cheese and diced tomatoes... 
    ...Yum, looks so good together... 


    ..need to sprinkle with cheddar 
    cheese and pop in the oven... 
    ..finished product... 



    1. ..not much left...





























    So what would I rate this recipe on a scale of 1-10?  I really liked it.  I would have to give it an 8.5.  I would make it again.  Joe and Erica seemed to enjoy it.  Made it last night for dinner and we had the left overs for lunch.  Not a drop left:-)  If you like cheese you will like this recipe.  I suggest you give it a try.
    Happy Cooking Everyone.
    Enjoy Your World:-)