Mateo – Boulder

We’ve eaten here before but tonight was a quick happy hour menu… this is a very, very nice burger. The fries are correct.

If I had a complaint or two, a nit… the bacon is not great. And it needed a touch more salt.

Still, very nice.

Slow Cooker Chicken Soup Recipe

This easy recipe cooks a whole chicken along with veggies in a slow cooker for a flavorful and simple chicken soup; add noodles or rice before serving.

Source: Slow Cooker Chicken Soup Recipe – Chowhound

I made this recipe for dinner Saturday. I started it midday Friday and since it wasn’t ready for Friday night dinner I just let it stay on ‘warm’ in the slow cooker.

Interestingly enough at some point the chicken became very dark. It almost looked like I had smoked the bird first.

Final result: B+. The only downside was the chicken was a little dried out if you didn’t eat it right away. Will definitely use this recipe again.

 

Put an Egg on It – The New York Times

Our new egg guide and loads of healthy recipes for the new year.

Source: Put an Egg on It – The New York Times

Absolutely great list of foods you can make that include eggs, most are beyond the basic breakfast fare.

I’m a big believer in putting eggs on things. Some winners:

  1. Pizza. I first saw this living in Europe but some of the good, high-end places in the U.S. have pizzas with eggs. Serious Pie in Seattle will add eggs to most of their pizzas and it *really* works.
  2. Hamburgers. With bacon and cheese this is truly all-American. The tip is you need to _commit_ to the burger. Once you pick it up you need to eat the whole thing or it will fall apart. Do not wear long sleeves, stuff will be running down your arms.
  3. Salads. Salads are generally speaking boring. Putting a few poached or fried eggs on top makes them fun an tasty.
  4. Poutine. Not much wrong with poutine to begin with (french fries, gravy, and cheese curds) but adding an egg just gets you that much closer to heaven (and a heart attack).

That’s a good start, what are your favorite egg dishes?

Red Robin, redux

Following on my earlier post there are some extra lovely things worth noting:

  1. Notice the meal calculator photo I got from their web site. Notice the thing that is missing? Yep, all the nutrition information.
  2. I should have taken a photo of their seasoning salt. It was perfectly nice with paprika, salt, pepper, dehydrated salt. Couple of odd choices but nothing too terrible. But the label says “With 20 seasonings and other ingredients!” And this is their selling point. Their seasoning has seasoning and ingredients.
  3. Apparently the nutrition info doesn’t apply to these restaurants. No notice of why. Just that it doesn’t.

I don’t mean to pick on Red Robin. It sounds like they aren’t the worst chain restaurant out there. But it makes no sense to post nutritional information you cannot link to or easily save for later reference. I can however link to their “honest to goodness” page extolling their food. And really for a chain restaurant this sounds pretty nice (although there aren’t many specifics about where they buy their beef or source their produce, etc.)