Jan
21

Wordless Wednesday: Jack’s Urban Eats

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Spinach Salad and Pesto Mashed Potatoes from Jack’s Urban Eats.

Jacks Urban Eats

Jack’s Urban Eats – Sacramento Locations

1230 20th Street
Sacramento, CA 95811

545 Munroe Street
Sacramento, CA 95825

2137 Golden Centre Lane
Gold River, CA 95670

4730 Natomas Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95835

 

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Jan
20

Small Bites for the Big Game

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If you’re planning your Big Game snacking menu, here’s a healthy take on onion rings that doesn’t sacrifice flavor. I came across this recipe a few weeks ago, adapted it to make it gluten-free, and it was a big hit with my family. (The original recipe calls for all-purpose flour, if you prefer.)

Serve these crunchy snacks with a trio of dipping sauces (ketchup, BBQ sauce, Ranch dressing) and enjoy!

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Gluten-Free Oven-Baked Onion Rings

Ingredients

• Cooking spray
• 4 cups baked, salted potato chips
• 1 cup low-fat buttermilk
• ¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons gluten-free flour mix, like Pamela’s
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1 large sweet onion, peeled

Directions

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
Spray a baking sheet lightly with oil and set aside. Place potato chips in the bowl of a food processor and process into crumbs, about 20 seconds. Transfer to a shallow bowl. In another bowl, combine buttermilk, ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons flour, and salt and set aside. Slice onion into 1/2-inch circles and separate into rings, keeping only medium and large whole rings (you can reserve remaining onions for other uses). You should come out with about 14-16 rings.

Place the remaining flour in a sealable plastic bag, add onions, and then shake to coat. Dip onions one at a time into the buttermilk mixture, then dip into potato chip crumbs and place on baking sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until coating is crisp but not too dark. Season with salt and serve immediately, along with your choice of dipping sauces.

Adapted from Ellie Krieger’s recipe at FoodNetwork.com

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Jan
16

Skinnytaste to the Rescue!

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I love cooking but my busy work schedule doesn’t always allow for hours of planning and prep to get a healthy, homemade meal on the table. Thankfully, Gina Homolka of Skinnytaste.com has figured it all out for me! I’m pretty much obsessed with her website and new cookbook. Her photography lures me in but then I’m happy to find out rather quickly that the recipes are never intimidating and always tasty.

Gina touts her recipes as delicious, healthy, low-fat and family-friendly. As a mom of two, I especially love the family-friendly nature of her recipes. One of my go-to Skinnytaste recipes is Gina’s Baked Chicken Parmesan. Gina bakes the chicken instead of frying but it doesn’t mean it lacks any flavor. I get the same comfort and satisfaction as a traditional Chicken Parmesan without the extra fat and calories. I serve it over Bionaturae’s organic, gluten-free pasta made with potato, rice and soy (another one of my current obsession’s which is sold at East Sacramento’s Compton’s Market).

Buon appetito!

Photo courtesy of Skinnytaste

Photo courtesy of Skinnytaste

Baked Chicken Parmesan
Gina’s Weight Watcher Recipes

Servings: 8 • Serving Size: 1 piece • Old Points: 5 pts • Points+: 6 pts
Calories: 251 • Fat: 9.5 g • Protein: 31.5 g • Carb: 14 g • Fiber: 1.5 g • Sugar: 0
Cholestr: 14 mg

Ingredients
3/4 cup seasoned breadcrumbs (I used whole wheat)
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 tbsp butter, melted (or olive oil)
4 (about 8 oz each) chicken breast, fat trimmed, sliced in half to make 8
3/4 cup reduced fat mozzarella cheese (I used Polly-o)
1 cup marinara or Filetto di Pomodoro
cooking spray

Directions
Preheat oven to 450°. Spray a large baking sheet lightly with spray.

Combine breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese in a bowl. Melt the butter in another bowl. Lightly brush the butter onto the chicken, then dip into breadcrumb mixture. Place on baking sheet and repeat with the remaining chicken.

Lightly spray a little more oil on top and bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Turn chicken over, bake another 5 minutes.

Remove from oven, spoon 1 tbsp sauce over each piece of chicken and top each with 1 1/2 tbsp of shredded mozzarella cheese.

Bake 5 more minutes or until cheese is melted.

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Jan
15

Juice Juice Baby

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After weeks of research, my boyfriend and I finally decided to get each other the perfect joint Christmas gift: a juicer. If you’re in the market for a juicer, I would definitely recommend the Breville Juice Fountain Multi-Speed Juicer, Model # BJE510XL. It’s easy-to-use and super easy-to-clean. No experience required!

Focus on the beautiful explosion of colors, not the holiday decor, please!

Focus on the beautiful explosion of colors, not the holiday decor, please!

As for many, one of my resolutions for 2015 is to eat healthier. I’m not a proponent of juice cleanses (kudos to those of you who are!), but juicing every other day or so has made it deliciously easy to sneak raw fruits and veggies into my diet. Here are a few of my favorite simple recipes:

Apple, Carrot, Celery Juice:
3 apples
4 carrots
3 stalks celery

Beet, Cucumber, Carrot Juice:
½ large beet
1 cucumber
3 carrots
3 stalks celery
1 small lemon

Kale, Cucumber, Apple Juice:
6 stalks kale
2 cucumbers
1 apple

I also like to add some of the pulp back into my juice for a little fiber. If you have any yummy recipes utilizing fruit and veggie pulp, please send them my way.

Happy juicing!

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Jan
13

National Hot Toddy Day

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I love recognizing obscure food holidays as much as the next girl, but I rarely get the motivation to actually participate. This past Sunday however, was National Hot Toddy Day, and I only felt it fitting to partake. After spending the bulk of the day on the slopes, nothing sounded nicer than curling up with a warm cocktail and watching the Golden Globes. And wouldn’t you know it, that’s exactly what I did.

Hot Toddy

INGREDIENTS

1 1/2 ounces whiskey, rum, or brandy (I used Crown Royal)
1 Tablespoon honey
1/4 lemon
1 cup hot water
1 tea bag – I used black tea

DIRECTIONS

Coat the bottom of a mug or glass with honey. Add the liquor and the juice of the lemon quarter. On the side, heat water in a tea kettle and add the tea bag to make hot tea. Pour the tea into the glass and stir.

Want something a little more exotic? I also found this round-up of 6 Hot Toddy Recipes, from classic to contemporary. Try them all and find your fave!

Recipe from Cocktails.About.com

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Jan
07

Wordless Wednesday: South

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Lunch at Sacramento’s new restaurant, South:

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The Chef’s Burger with Havarti, leek-shallot jam, bacon confit, spicy aioli and house pickles on a brioche bun.

south 1The Hot Pot with steamed shrimp, scallops and mussels, sweet baby peppers, fingerling potatoes and roasted poblanos served over three cheese grits.

Looking for the restaurant website? It’s www.weheartfriedchicken.com.

South
2005 11th Street 
Sacramento, CA 95818
916.382.9722

Dec
24

Sacramento Christmas Day Dining

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We know not everyone plans to whip up an elaborate meal and eat at home on Christmas Day and for those interested in restaurant fare on December 25th, it can be quite a challenge to find a local restaurant that is open.

So, to make the process a bit easier, here is a list of Sacramento restaurants open on Christmas Day. Give them a call ahead of time to ensure seating. Happy Holidays!

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Esquire Grill
1215 K St
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone number (916) 448-8900

The Firehouse
1112 2nd St
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone number (916) 442-4772

Bandera
2232 Fair Oaks Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95825
Phone number (916) 922-3524

Ruth’s Chris Steak House
501 Pavilions Ln
Sacramento, CA 95825
Phone number (916) 286-2702

The Porch
1815 K St
Sacramento, CA 95811
Phone number (916) 444-2423

Dec
23

Travel the World in One Night at Global Winter Wonderland

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Sac Foodies, did you know that right now at Cal Expo you can visit the world’s most well-known landmarks all in one evening? Well, it’s true!

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Until January 4th, Global Winter Wonderland, one of the largest travelling lantern shows in the country, will be presented at Cal Expo. This amazing light extravaganza features a multi-cultural village, international food and drinks, and light up larger-than-lif e replicas of landmarks from countries all over the globe. Some featured displays include: the White House, Golden Gate Bridge, Tower of London, St. Basil’s Cathedral, Dutch windmills and the Great Wall of China.

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The festival also features many carnival rides, including a Ferris wheel, perfect for taking in the splendor, and a holiday marketplace featuring vendors selling gifts and international wares.

Tip: half price tickets are available at local Walgreen’s stores and discounted tickets are available at http://www.globalwonderland.com/.

So, be sure to visit Global Winter Wonderland- it’ll light up your holiday season!

Global Winter Wonderland
When: Through January 4, 2015
Location: Cal Expo
Get tickets here: http://www.globalwonderland.com/

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Dec
22

CREAM Gourmet Ice Cream Sandwiches – Elk Grove Location Now Open

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A new CREAM has come to town! A fellow SacFoodie covered CREAM in Davis, so this new location opening gave me the perfect excuse to try it for myself and see how CREAM Elk Grove measured up!

When I first heard about CREAM and their gourmet ice cream sandwiches, I immediately skimmed through my mental rolodex of ice cream parlors and cookie shops. I just didn’t think the market – or my stomach – had room for yet another specialty dessert shop. How many ways can you re-do the ice cream sandwich? If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right?

Well, apparently it was broke – because CREAM has fixed it. I have been to a number of cookie sandwich shops before, but this was different.

CREAM

1. The cookies were soft and warm.
2. The ice cream was freshly scooped – not like those pre-scooped frosty hockey pucks some places offer.
3. The portions (and price) both left me satisfied.

It sounds simple, but attention to quality ingredients has clearly put CREAM’s sandwiches on the map as one of the area’s most in-demand desserts. Don’t let the line out the door deter you, CREAM is definitely worth the wait.

CREAM

8469 Elk Grove Blvd
Elk Grove, CA 95758
https://www.creamnation.com/ 

110 F Street
DAVIS, CA 95616
https://www.creamnation.com/

Dec
19

Holiday Merriment at Paul Martin’s

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Recently SacFoodies was invited to try the holiday menu at Paul Martin’s American Grill in Roseville. Never having dined there, I quickly raised my hand!

From now until January 3, plan a night out to try their holiday selections of Southern Fried Game Hen, Linguine and Clams and Grilled Lamb Sirloin. If those dishes don’t tempt you, their traditional dinner menu offers many delectable choices for every craving, anytime of year.

My top three menu items ran the gamut from sweet to savory. To start, a must try is the Jack Martin, a classic 1920s inspired cocktail, muddled with Italian Amaretto, sweet cherries, lemon juice and shaken with a smooth blended brandy. Next were the Salt and Pepper Prawns, buttermilk battered and paired with a zesty pesto aioli dipping sauce. Following my entrée, I rounded out the meal with a decadent piece of Devil’s Food Cake with rich ganache, cherries and fresh whipped cream.

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Besides the ambiance and great service, the best part of Paul Martin’s American Grill is their motto to bring fresh, seasonal, and local selections to the menu, making each dish from scratch every day. Pressing even further with our server, Eric, this philosophy also means they pride themselves on not using pre-made sauces or frozen ingredients, and they select only the freshest raw ingredients to start, which includes 100% natural meats, sustainable seafood, and seasonal produce in every dish. This is a mantra close to our hearts and worth sharing.

Jack Martin

Next time, I’ll plan to pop over for happy hour or to try their Monday Wine Dinner, a great deal for two at $49 including a bottle of wine.

Paul Martin’s American Grill
1455 Eureka Road
Roseville, CA 95661 
(916) 783-3600

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