Sunday, July 31, 2011

Steak Fajitas

The other week my boyfriend and I made steak fajitas. With endless food options at the grocery store, it can be a task deciding what to make, but we found pre-marinated steak and bell peppers in the deli. This quick and easy option made for a delicious night of Mexican food. We bought ingredients for salsa and some tortillas to complete our menu.
 
Salsa:
-onion
-jalapeno
-tomatoes
-parsley
-lime juice
-tomatillos

Multigrain Tostitos are my favorite chips with salsa, and healthier than most other chips as well!

Fajitas:
-marinated steak, bell peppers, and onions
-white flour tortillas
-refried beans
-cheese
-sour cream
-lettuce

We sautéed the meat and veggies in a pan until the steak was to our liking and then heated up the refried beans and melted cheese over them.

Mexican rice:
A cheap boxed rice from the store (we are on a college budget…). Cooked with directions on the box, which was about 25 minutes.


Once the meal was prepared we set it all up with the meat on each plate, a plate of fajita toppings including the beans and lettuce and sour cream, the tortillas wrapped in foil to keep them warm and soft, an the salsa and chips on the side! 

Friday, July 29, 2011

Dumser's Dairyland

The boardwalk in Ocean City has many treats. There is everything from French fries to waffle ice cream sandwiches. Being there for over a week allowed us to try some of the goodies each night we ventured to the boardwalk! We tried the funnel cakes, the ice cream cones, caramel apples, and salt-water taffy. When we got ice cream, the options were endless. There are hand-dipped cones, polish ice, homemade ice cream, soft serve, sundaes, and frozen bananas.


My favorite ice cream was at Dumser’s Dairyland. I got home-made black cherry ice cream on a cone dipped in dark chocolate that hardened as a shell on top

Thursday, July 28, 2011

PGN Crab House

We stayed on a beach house while in Maryland, giving us the chance to see crabs at night on the beach. We had to eat seafood of course, so for our big family dinner (14 of us!), we decided to go to a crab shack. Needless to say this got pricy, but being a one-time thing it was definitely worth it. Out of everyone, only 4 did the all you can eat crab feast, while others had different seafood including crab cakes and scallops. I ordered all you-can-eat crabs, which came with an excessive amount of food!


Included in the all you can eat was:
-medium crabs by the tray-full until you say no more
-french fries
-fried chicken
-corn on the cob
-dinner rolls


They provided a mallet and knife to crack open the crab bodies to get to the meat. The best part about the meal other than eating fresh crab right from the ocean was cracking opens the shells! The restaurant provided written and illustrated instructions on the proper way to crack open, clean, and eat a crab. After 2 hours of picking and feasting, we called it quits on the crab feast. I would say the seafood meal was a success



Conner's Beach Cafe


For family vacation this summer, we traveled to Ocean City, MD. While in Ocean City we went to eat on the boardwalk almost everyday. One day we stopped at Conner’s, a little beach cafe with the classic burgers and sandwiches. I got a chicken cheesesteak sandwich and my brother got a buffalo chicken sandwich. Both were amazing and came with sweet potato fries or chips. You can never go wrong with sweet potato fries! I would recommend Conner’s for lunch; it was quick and was not too heavy of food for the 97-degree day. The perfect sandwich place!



The boardwalk (and Conner's) at night


Here are some suggestions of my personal favorite sandwich toppings. A sandwich can be done thousands of ways, but I have found some of these to be essential when eating a sandwich!

Baker’s Dozen: Sandwich Ingredients
1. cheese
2. lettuce
3. onion
4. turkey
5. pastrami
6. salami
7. avocado 
8. banana peppers or bell peppers
9. pesto
10. alfalfa sprouts
11. pickles
12. bacon
13. tomato

Some great sandwich places around my area: Potbellys, Eaton’s Subs, and Copper Rock Cafe!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Stuc's Pizza

The other night, my family and I went to one of our favorite local restaurants: Stuc’s Pizza. At my house, when getting take out pizza, Stuc’s is our go-to spot. This restaurant has the best pizza in the area and is known for their delicious deep-dish pizzas if you ask me.

When at Stuc’s the deep-dish pizzas take longer than any of the other menu items because of the amount of time it needs to cook. We decided with 10 hungry people that hand-tossed and thin-crust pizzas would suffice our Stuc’s craving. A meat-lover’s pizza, Hawaiian and Stuc’s Specialty were our three pizzas, plus garlic cheesy bread and a salad as appetizers. I recommend Stuc’s to anyone in the area!

On my tasty scale, I give Stuc’s 4 peaches! 

Lemon Pocket Cake

For my uncle’s birthday, I made him a lemon pocket cake! It is basically a vanilla cake with lemon pie filling and it is one of my family’s favorites. The preparation was simple and everyone loved the light lemon flavor on a hot day!

Ingredients

Cake mix, vanilla
Crisco for the pan
Lemon pie filling, one can
Lemon frosting (Pillsbury)
8 oz cool whip

Directions

Preheat oven to 350. I used a 13x9in pan and greased the bottom only with Crisco. To make this cake, prepare the batter of the cake mix using whatever ingredients it calls for, and then open the lemon pie filling. Drop heaping tablespoons of the pie filling into the cake spreading them out evenly and using the entire can of pie filling. Then bake the cake for 28 minutes at 350 degrees.
For the frosting, mix together the lemon frosting and cool whip. Once the cake is done, let it cool, frost the cake with the lemon-whip, and enjoy!



Because my uncle loves to play the game Boggle, we decorated the cake to have a Boggle board that had the words happy birthday in it!