Recipe Review: A Bird’s Nest Sandwich from Maupin, OR

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For as long as I have known my husband, he has talked about a Bird’s Nest Sandwich that he used to get at The Oasis when he lived in Portland.

He remembered how good the sandwich was and how great the fly fishing was.

Unfortunately, I could not send him to Oregon to fish last week, but I could send him the store for the ingredients for the sandwich.

I will be honest.

I was skeptical.

But Wednesday he made these Bird’s Nest Sandwiches for dinner.

And I loved them.

This is not a sandwich for the birds (pun intended).

Refreshing, light, full of texture.

I made another batch of them today for lunch, but I made them 2 hours ahead and then wrapped them up and put them in the frig.

I liked them even better after that way.

Next time I serve a luncheon or have a little party these will be on the menu.

Bird’s Nest Sandwiches Recipe: 

  • Croissants (we used mini croissants from the bakery section of our grocery store)
  • Cream Cheese (or the low fat kind)
  • Cranberry Jelly
  • Swiss Cheese
  • Turkey
  • Alfalfa Sprouts

Directions: 

Assemble ingredients above and then eat. :) Does not get any easier than that:)

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Steak House Dinner on a Small Budget

I was in the mood for a steak house inspired dinner this weekend. But seeing how I have seemingly hundreds for things to pay for in the next three months (wedding = $$$) I really didn’t think it was in my budget.

Grilled Flank Steak with tomato garnish. Photo by skinnytaste.com

But I was recently inspired by this recipe from skinnytaste.com for grilled flank steak with a tomato onion garnish. I thought I could make it work within my budget if I substituted a different cut of meat.  I don’t know if you have purchased a flank steak lately but they are not cheap.

As a perused the meat aisle in the grocery store on Friday evening I came across a large London Broil cut that looked promising. I tucked it into my cart with my other ingredients and just hoped I had made the right decision.

Here is the cost breakdown:

$2.00 Tomatoes

$1.00 Red Onion

$1.99 Fresh Basil

$6.14 Steak (Flank Steak was $15+)

$2.09 Italian loaf

$.60 Potatoes

$14.07 plus the few staple items already in my frig.

That’s $3.46 per person.

Tomato Garnish

We like our steak still slightly mooing. Mmmm warm juicy rare steak.

Steak- The recipe from skinnytaste.com didn’t call for much of a marinade but I like marinades! So I chopped up two cloves of garlic, and added salt and pepper and some worcestershire sauce to the steak and let it hang out with that goodness in the refrigerator overnight.

The key to serving the large piece of steak is to grill it to the desired doneness (I don’t think doneness is a real word), let it rest for 5 minutes, and then slice it very thin.

Potatoes- My twice baked potatoes included “everything but the kitchen sink.” I added greek yogurt (in place of sour cream), a little butter, parmesan, mozzarella, and a little aged cheddar with lots of cracked pepper and sea salt. They were delicious (and naughty but delicious)!

Bread- I felt like I needed some bread because all good steak houses have bread on the table. I sliced the ready-made loaf. Buttered each slice and then warmed it in the oven.

Strawberry Lemonade- To make the base, I combined two cups of fresh (frozen) strawberries, 1 1/4 cup sugar, approx 2 cups lemon juice in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Once the sugar is dissolved into the juices, I transferred the mixture to a blender to combine. then I mixed the strawberry lemon base with 5 cups of water and refrigerated for at least an hour.

Overall, this was a great meal, and I didn’t even have to leave a tip…..this is a joke in my family. My mom determines which restaurant she eats at by whether or not she is required to leave a tip. She does not like the tipping concept:) We usually just tell her we will pay her part of the tip so we can eat somewhere decent. Love you, Mom:)

Heat Wave and a Giveaway- Winner Announced

UPDATE: Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker Winner Announced: Erin A. from Greenville, SC.

I will contact you via email to get your shipping address. Thanks for everyone who participated!

This crazy spring southern heat wave has me in the mood for ice cream. Check out these unique ice cream recipes from around the web.

photo by iambaker.com

Greek Yogurt Ice Cream from BonAppetit.com

Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream from joythebaker.com

Secret Crazy Ingredient Ice Cream from iambaker.net

Strawberry-Orange Sorbet from deliciousshots.blogspot.com

photo by http://deliciousshots.blogspot.com/

Okay so here is the giveaway. Cuisinart ICE-21 Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker Yay! No more ice and kosher salt! And you can make the ice cream right on your kitchen counter!

To enter leave a comment with your favorite ice cream flavor and share the post on your facebook or twitter and/or leave a comment that you did. The winner will be annouced on Monday morning.

Heat Wave and a Giveaway

This crazy spring southern heat wave has me in the mood for ice cream. Check out these unique ice cream recipes from around the web.

photo by iambaker.com

Greek Yogurt Ice Cream from BonAppetit.com

Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream from joythebaker.com

Secret Crazy Ingredient Ice Cream from iambaker.net

Strawberry-Orange Sorbet from deliciousshots.blogspot.com

photo by http://deliciousshots.blogspot.com/

Okay so here is the giveaway. Cuisinart ICE-21 Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker Yay! No more ice and kosher salt! And you can make the ice cream right on your kitchen counter!

To enter leave a comment with your favorite ice cream flavor and share the post on your facebook or twitter and/or leave a comment that you did. The winner will be annouced on Monday morning.