Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Restaurant Review: Waffle House - Colerain

It's always exciting when a new restaurant opens in your neighborhood - the first signs of construction - the anticipation of what will it be - then when you recognize the building - you exclaim - A WAFFLE HOUSE!!!!! Well - at least in this case - that's what I did.


The Waffle House just opened on Colerain down the road from Northgate Mall. I was pretty stoked - I actually like it - although I do jokingly refer to it as Awful Waffle - but that's mainly the Covington version. 


I love watching a restaurant line go - it's just amazing to me watching the process and I have to say - they have this thing down to science. I have no idea how they remember all the orders as quick as they come in. They have a couple sets of staff that rotate every 20 minutes or so.

The waffles have their own guy - it is of course Waffle House! They're so light & fluffy - I was super excited

Larry got a burger - everything on the breakfast menu had eggs in it - and a side of hash browns. He just ordered them plain - he's a plain order kinda guy.

Their hash browns can come plain - but you can also jazz them up! Here's the chart of hash brown magic:

Smothered - Sauteed Onions
Covered - Melted Cheese
Chunked - Grilled Hickory Smoked Ham
Diced - Grilled Tomatoes
Peppered - Spicy Jalapeno Peppers
Capped - Grilled Button Mushrooms
Topped - Bert's Chili 
Country - Sausage Gravy

I went for one egg, toast, hash browns capped & covered. I like that there's still some hash browns that are plain and crispy. My mom used to put syrup on her hash browns - so I always do that with the non-cheese parts. The eggs and toast (Butternut bread) are very buttery!

And there it is - the waffle. It's light and fluffy - you can taste the vanilla. It's a good damned waffle. It's not very crispy - but it soaks up the syrup just fine. I love me some waffles - but here - they're big and sweet - you can really only handle one.

Why Should You Go? Well - going to a new Waffle House is a different experience than one with 30 years of smoke and grease on the walls. I kept begging Larry to take me - and I'm glad he did. I like their breakfast and think it's a pretty good deal.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Recipe: Ham & Pineapple Fried Rice with Minute® Rice

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I love cooking around the holidays but hate all the leftovers! After Thanksgiving we were eating turkey for days! I like ham & turkey in their "holiday" form but I also like to take them and make them into something totally different! That's what I'm doing this time with leftover ham! Thanks to Minute® Rice for sponsoring this post and helping me come up with this great recipe! 


First - what's in the cupboard? I always have Minute® Rice on hand. Larry is ADDICTED to rice and it cooks up so quickly - I can make it as a side any time - no matter how tired I am or late I got off work. I had their White Rice variety on hand but want to find their new Minute® Rice Multi-Grain Medley - it has quinoa, long grain brown rice, Thai red rice and wild rice and cooks in only 10 minutes! That would be great for stir fry recipes or just to use chicken broth instead of water and serve with chicken! They also have a Brown Rice variety as well. 

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Second - what's in the fridge? I actually had some leftover ham that needed to be used and some pineapple in the cupboard. That reminded me of a recipe I made before for Shrimp Fried Rice. If we liked that - we'd like Ham & Pineapple Fried Rice - right?! Sold! 


Ham & Pineapple Fried Rice

Ingredients

  • 1½ cups uncooked Minute® Rice 
  • 1½ cups water
  • 1 TBS oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup ham, diced into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup pineapple tidbits
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 1 Tbs fish sauce
  • 1 Tbs soy sauce
Instructions
  • Prepare Minute® Rice according to package directions
  • Heat oil in wok/stir-fry pan
  • Add garlic and cook for 1 minute
  • Add pepper and saute for 2-3 minutes
  • Add ham and saute for 2 minutes 
  • Add pineapple and lime juice and saute for 2 minutes
  • Add rice, fish & soy sauces stir and saute 3-5 minutes more until rice starts to get browned 

If you're looking for other quick recipes - check out the Minute® Rice site for over 400 quick serve recipes! They have everything from breads to desserts and everything in between! 


Disclosure: This post sponsored by Minute® Rice but all opinions are my own.