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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Believe It or Not...

I had great service and the most delicious grilled veggie panini the other day as I stopped in at an old Arkansas favorite, Community Bakery on Main Street in Little Rock. The restaurant staff were in a pretty agreeable mood so everything went well with my order. Service has been a little sketchy in past visits and I must say it could be due to customer overload! However, I really don't care how busy they are, I just want to be treated nicely. Not too much to ask for. But, I do tend to get my meal and run...the grilled veggie panini on Ciabatta bread is to Di for!!!! Cookies were good, too!

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Mixed Reviews About Dogtown Coffee and Cookery

I have been going to Dogtown Coffee and Cookery ever since they opened the doors a couple of years ago as Java Roasting. I have loved the pleasant atmosphere and friendly, gracious staff however, I have had a bit of trouble liking their lattés and food. I actually had to quit stopping by for my morning latté because their coffee became way too bitter. Then they regrouped, changed their format and menu, and remodeled into a nice little coffee and cookery café so, I gave them another shot. The lattés are simply wonderful these days, but...the food is gonna need some work. Had the Chicken Spaghetti and Side Salad a while back and it was OK with chunks of chicken and Penne pasta for a different twist. The salad and dressing on the side needed help! Never did like those fancy tasteless bagged greens even when they are served at topnotch restaurants. Today, I stopped in for the Pimento Cheese and Potato Chips. Too garlicky and where the heck was the mayo? The finely shredded cheddar cheese did not work for my true Southern taste buds. A creamy Velveeta type would have been better. Chips were nice and crispy, though. And, service still wonderful. But, can this place stand on it's great service, luscious lattés, and cozy atmosphere as it continues to serve not so great food? Time will tell...oh, and I would pass on the biscuit and gravy, too. I do wish this place well and I sure hope they get a down home Southern cook into their cozy kitchen real soon! I think that's all it needs...

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Monday, March 5, 2012

Homemade Pork Taquitos

Me & #3 went to a super Super Bowl party this year (yes, my team won)and, as usual, enjoyed lots of great food and terrific company! The beer was pretty good, too. This was my contribution to the menu...

Homemade Pork Taquitos

1 lb Pork Tenderloin
1 large onion, sliced
2 large bell peppers, sliced
1-2 Jalapeño peppers, seeded, sliced
2 tablespoons oil
Salt & pepper
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon coriander
1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
24 Corn tortillas
Oil for frying

1. Bake uncovered tenderloin in 375 degree oven for about 30 minutes. Let sit and cool.
2. Slice onion, peppers, and jalapeño into strips. In a sauté skillet, heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium/low temp. Add veggie strips and spices, cook for about 20 minutes or until a nice caramelized appearance.
3, Wrap the stack of corn tortillas in a paper towel and microwave for about 1 minute so they are pliable.
4. Shred or cut up pork and mix with the veggies. Place a heaping tablespoonful onto each tortilla and roll up.
5. Heat oil for frying in a deep sauce pan and fry taguitos seam side down, turning to get all sides golden brown. Drain on paper towels and serve hot, warm, or room temp with Rotel cheese dip.

These are soooo delicious and easy. They are sure to 'win friends and influence anybody' at your next special get together!