Thursday, February 23, 2017

Food Hussy Recipe: Creamy Lime Shrimp Salad

This post is sponsored by Frisch's. All opinions are my own. 

I love pasta salad - it's just an easy dish that you can basically throw together with whatever is in the fridge and yet - it always tastes good. I decided to make one tonight for dinner! 

Here's the thing though - don't you hate when you want something but then you're missing one ingredient?! I looked in the fridge - no sour cream, no plain yogurt and no mayo - what's a girl to do??? Well - as you can see in the boomerang - I must have figured something out!

That's right - I had tartar sauce in the fridge! So - off I went! I sauteed some shrimp for last night's dinner and had some leftover - so that was a start - there was celery - I cooked up a little macaroni that was left in a salad is on its way!

Now - to turn that delightful Frisch's Tartar Sauce into a salad dressing! It's not actually that hard - it's basically mayo + relish (along with some Frisch's magic). The nice thing is mayo is just eggs + oil - so you've got the oil - now you need some acidity and some seasoning. For the acidity I had a little bottle of red wine vinegar left from a Blue Apron meal - so I used a little of that. Then some zing - garlic (of course) and then I had these little tiny limes - so I grabbed one of them. But don't just use the juice - zest a little in - so much flavor and aroma!!!

Whisk all that together and you've got a delicious creamy lime vinaigrette dressing! That's the nice thing once you know a little about how to put things together - you can switch it up, use what you have or customize things much easier! Plus - homemade dressing is ALWAYS tastier than the store bought kind!

So now that the dressing is together - I need the salad portion. I tossed together sauteed shrimp, cooked macaroni, diced celery and chopped spinach.

Then I added the dressing and boomio - we've got a yummy creamy lime shrimp salad! The dressing has so much flavor - that it sticks to all your bigger ingredients and just makes your mouth jump up and down!

Doesn't it look good?! You won't believe how refreshing and zingy it is! 

Creamy Lime Shrimp Salad 

- 1/4 cup Frisch's Tartar Sauce
- 1/2 Tablespoon Red Wine Vinegar
- Zest of 1 tiny lime
- Juice of 1 tiny lime
- 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
- dash coarse salt
- 1 cup cooked macaroni
- 7 sauteed shrimp
- 1 stalk celery, diced
- 1 cup spinach, chopped

In a bowl - whisk together the tartar sauce, vinegar, lime zest, lime juice, garlic and salt. In a separate bowl, stir together macaroni, shrimp, celery and spinach.

When you're ready to eat - toss the salad with the dressing!

* Makes enough for 1 large dinner salad or 2 side salads

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Food Hussy Review: Fifty West Brewing Co - Plainville, OH

Craft Breweries are like McDonalds right now - there seems to be one on every corner! One of the OG's in Cincinnati is 50 West Brewing Co. And while I've drank there a few times I had never had dinner!

So we had to rectify that situation! To do so I grabbed my Kelly, her fiance and my hubs and off we went!

The beer list is quite extensive as you would imagine and there were plenty of IPAs for the other three but there wasn't one cider. Come on guys!

Kelly + boy got the Wings ($10) which are slow roasted, fried and then tossed in a spicy peanut sauce. The wings are very large and they liked them very much.

We went for the standard in the Johnson house - pretzels and cheese ($8) but these were on steroids. The pretzels were the big puffy Bavarian salted style but they were served with a beer infused spinach artichoke dip that was divine! Loved this pairing and so much better than so many of the places that serve some wonky yellow orange globby concoction.

I tried a beer - it was ok - I tolerated it - but didn't really like. Blech.

Larry was feeling vegetables and ended up with the Harvest Salad with Chicken (Half $5 + Chicken $4). He liked it and the chicken was really juicy.

Kell got the Ribeye Sandwich ($14) - slow roasted and thinly sliced ribeye with tomato, red onion, arugula and bleu cheese aioli on salted rye.  Unfortunately she didn't care for it - the steak was a little too rare for her and it was cold. We both agreed that we assumed the steak would be warm and that cold sandwiches aren't bueno (unless it's a chicken salad, etc).

I decided to try something totally different - the Shrimp & Crab Burger ($14) - pan fried topped with lettuce, red onion, pickles and sambal tartar sauce on sesame seed bun. I was #TeamKelly on this with my disappointment. The burger was mainly shrimp - very very little crab. The bun was overpowering with such a light "burger". It was also very bland. :-(

They do have some fun chalkboard beer art - do people go to school for this? Do you use stencils? Someone tell me!!!

Why Should You Go? If you like IPAs - then go. The food was hit and miss - so I guess go with something you really know you like and hope for the best. I do applaud the menu selection - there's a wide variety and it all sounds great - it just didn't follow through for me.

Fifty West Brewing Company Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Food Hussy: EZ Snack Boxes & Weekly Meal Plan

So I decided I'm going to try planning my weekly meals on Sundays. I've loosely done this before but money is tight so I need to make sure to stick to home-cooked meals instead of going out to eat or grabbing take out.

I also - have a plan for lunch/snacks that I have to share with you!

I found the idea last week on Clean Food Crush and loved it! You can use these packs for lunch itself or I used them as a breakfast/snack combo throughout the day. 

I customized it a little for myself and what I like and am making them again this week. I put together four of these for last week and will do that again this week. And someone asked me on Facebook if everything stayed crisp and fresh and YES the cucumbers were as crisp on Friday as they were Monday. Also - the hard boiled eggs didn't stink up anything else. :-) Here's what I'm putting together today:

* Grapes
* Grape Tomatoes
* Strawberries (might dip a few in chocolate) 
* Cucumber slices
* Celery sticks
* Jif-to-go peanut butter cups
* String cheese/Co-Jack cheese slices
* Hard Boiled Egg (1-2)

I love that you can swap out things too - rather have ranch instead of peanut butter? Go for it! Cheddar cheese? Yes! Green/Orange peppers? Sure! Apple slices? Done! You could also plus these up by adding deli meat and/or crackers. (Actually I might do that today!) 

I chose these items because they'd be good in the fridge for the week. Also - since I bought the Jif-to-go cups - it literally took me TEN MINUTES to put these together. I bought refills for the tomatoes, grapes, cucumber, cheese and strawberries this week. I have leftover celery and will boil the eggs today. 

Now for the meal plan! 
- Pork loin
- Mushrooms & Broccoli 
- Ikea Whole Grains: I'm obsessed with their new PS collection - and they also have some new seasoned whole grain mixes and I'm trying the porcini mushroom one tonight. This will turn into a blog post about the new PS collection - so keep your eyes out for that!   

- Crock pot beans & sausage - I saw this a while back and drooled. 
- Frisch's Cornbread - Frisch's has challenged me to create a recipe with their Famous Tartar Sauce! Gladly! When you think about tartar sauce - it's pretty much mayo and relish - so I decided to use it in a cornbread recipe. The mayo will take the place of the eggs/oil. So let's see how that turns out! That post will be up later this week. (Unless it's horrible - then you'll see a whole different recipe this week!) 

- I'm having a special video bonding session with my friends at Empanadas Aqui. I've been doing chef videos and am sharing them every few days on Facebook - so be sure to "like" my page and check them out. This week I'm sharing videos with Bite Restaurant in Milford - yum! 
- Take out shrimp for tomorrow

- Creamy garlic butter tuscan shrimp - I saw a Facebook video of this and knew I had to make it!  
- pasta 
- Take out chicken for tomorrow

- Stouffers Seasonings Wrap on Chicken - Stouffer's sent me samples of their new seasoning wraps for chicken and fish as well as sauce duos. I'm going to put these to the test this week. I'll share a pic of this on Instagram - so be sure to follow me there too!  
- salad
- biscuits

- Crab legs - We LOVE King Crab and it's always a good price at Kroger. So we'll steam crab and have a delightful dinner! It's super easy and only takes a few minutes once the water is boiling. Definitely worth a try. 
- Ikea veggie discs

- Izzy's - I have a gift certificate burning a hole in my purse and need to try some of Izzy's Lenten specials for an upcoming blog post. That post (+ giveaway) will be up next week! 

So wish me luck this week on the meal plan. Do you meal plan? What are you having for dinners this week? 

Friday, February 17, 2017

Road Trip: Highland County Day Trip - Noodles, Donuts and Burgers!

I've started a travel series where I'm going to check out some day trips and then meet up with chefs and friends along the way and share my favorite things with you! 

First up - Highland County! Highland County is northeast of the 275 loop - which was great for me since I live in Milford. Everything was only about 30 minutes away. 

On my roster to visit today was:

First up - we headed to Greenfield OH and met with Doug at Three Spoons Diner. Doug was sharing his recipe for homemade egg noodles as well as homemade beef & noodles.

Doug won us over in about 3.7 seconds. He's super natural and just a comfortable guy to be around. He's been in the world of restaurants since he was a kid and has owned Three Spoons for a few years now.

After my noodle lesson - (egg yolks, flour, salt) - we sat down to have some breakfast.

Doug's biscuits and gravy was equally amazing - I'm a picky one when it comes to B&G and let me say these biscuits were the best I've had! They were light and fluffy - and didn't weigh you down like a lead pipe.

We loved Three Spoons Diner and will definitely be back to visit Doug and his crew again.

Three Spoons Diner Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Next door to Three Spoons we came across Marples Tattered and Torn Primitives

Marples is a combination of a unique shop and an antique store and I loved it!

I really don't even know some of this stuff is - but it's super pretty and I was taking pictures left and right with my new iPhone!

I mean - so pretty - right?! 

Then they told us about this sign in the front of the store. This is a very rare sign and she's been offered something like $1500 for the sign and won't sell it! I watch enough American Pickers to know something cool when I see it. Here's a much smaller one for $500 on ebay - just for a comparison.

After a little shopping - we headed west to Leesburg, OH and Batter Up Bakery.


Batter Up Bakery does cakes, cupcakes, donuts and everything else in that realm you can think of. It's a family owned business - Casey runs the shop, her mom makes the doughnuts and her dad fries them up. I loved every minute I spent with them and I learned a lot!

Including how to make donut holes with this gadget - I was giddy! But you have to watch the video to see how it all happens. 

And the donuts - I can't even tell you how amazing they are. To get them right after they've been fried and glazed - it was the tastiest morsel I've ever eaten! And let me tell you - I wanted to put my face under the wall of glaze - but I resisted.

There is also Saucy Sisters Pizza next door - which I think will be on my next visit!

Next up was a trek to Hillsboro and we had to take a detour along the way to see the World's Largest Horseshoe Crab!

This crab has been in a few different places and was even in one of the Twilight movies! Most recently it was in the back yard of a church when Ben Sexton rescued it from it's likely demise. He bought the crab and had it moved and re-built in his yard. It actually comes apart into 16 pieces and is definitely a roadside attraction.

Ben and his wife also run Old Days Vintage Campers which is a unique vacation rental on Rocky Fork Lake in Hillsboro. They have a couple of campers on the property by the lake and are renovating additional campers for future rentals. I buddied up with Ben in hopes of staying in this vintage diamond later this spring!

Then we stopped by Rocky Fork Lake - there's one side with a restaurant and campgrounds, etc. but we were on the quiet side. There's still a beach and a beautiful view for sure!

Finally our day ended back in Hillsboro at Cowaburger.

Cowaburger was a blast - they are a small place but they crank out some food and I have to say - the comments on Facebook rave about it! Some of the favorites are the Mushroom & Swiss Burger, the all beef hot dogs and the chili - which they neglected to tell me was so famous! So I guess I have to go back for some chili!

After checking out the kitchen - we grabbed some food - there's the Triple Burger, the loaded bacon & cheese fries with some amazing homemade ranch and a BLT dog - which was really great! They use really really great hot dogs.

CowaBurger Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Our day in Highland County was really fun! I loved hanging out with local business owners and seeing the sights so close to home. And knowing that they're all just 30 minutes away means that we'll definitely be back!

I want to thank Destiny from the Visitor's Bureau for setting this all up and showing me around!

If you have a business you'd like me to visit - let me know! You can email me at foodhussy @

Monday, February 13, 2017

Restaurant Review: Ladles - Oakley, OH

I love meeting up with friends for lunch - and some of my hussies live/work on the other side of town - so the Oakley area tends to be a frequent meeting place for us. I'm happy that it's really opened up and has some new spots! 

Ladles is one of those spots - and I wasn't too sure how it was going to be. I mean - Silver Ladle, Jason's Deli, etc. - we have a lot of these type of places - do we need another? Ladles is based out of South Carolina and has 12 locations - but only 1 here in Ohio and this is it.

They have a very large sandwich menu - which can be a bit overwhelming - you can also get burgers and hot dogs. There is also a great selection of soups - which all sounded really great. We couldn't decide between buffalo chicken or greek lemon chicken or she crab or all the rest?!

And if that's not enough - they have a seasonal menu - oye vay! Choices! 

I was there with my girl Rachel - so it was Hussy Squared. She's the owner & chef at The Glendalia and I adore her. Our schedules rarely sync up - so it's a big deal when you can get the two of us in the same room.

Now back to the soup - we couldn't figure out what we wanted. Thankfully - they gave us little samples of whatever we wanted to try! Unfortunately this really didn't make it any easier - but we had to make decisions!

Rachel got the Turkey Bacon Griller - Turkey, bacon, swiss, mayo, and roma tomatoes on grilled rye - she got the half sandwich and bowl of soup. She chose the Buffalo Chicken. Both were great choices for sure. I might have drooled on her sandwich a bit. The soup was a little spicy for me - but if you like it spicy - it's a great option.

The only thing we were both a little disappointed in was the roll that came with it. It was a little unnecessary when ordering a sandwich and it was cold and a bit stale. With as good as the other items were we both hoped they would be fresh and warm.

I was stressing and couldn't decide so I got two half sandwiches. The first was the Farm Fresh from the Seasonal Menu. Let me tell you - and I'm channeling Sheree from Real Housewives of Atlanta right now so bear with me - but this sandwich BRINGS ME LIFE!

The Farm Fresh is a really unique combo with ham, salami, goat cheese, green apples, honey and red onion on grilled rye. This sandwich was fantastic! I really only like hot sandwiches so I love that I could get it hot. The ham, salami & onion on rye is all normal - but then goat cheese (yes please) - green apples (what??) and honey (Oh My!). It was such a unique and perfect combination. The crunch with the bite with the sweet with the sour with the toasty - fabulous!

I also got the She-Crab Soup and the Caprese Sub. 

First the soup - it was a really good creamy soup - and a cup was definitely enough. There were some tiny bits of crab but I would have loved more. I would probably try the Greek Lemon Chicken next time since cream soups have their way with me. 

For the sandwich - I should have gotten the full size of the Farm Fresh. The Caprese was less than exciting. The individual components were fine but there wasn't much flavor to it all. It was just very bland. :-( 

Why Should You Go? There are lots of great soup options and that Farm Fresh sandwich is worth the price of admission. I will say the person that let us sample the soup is the one that recommended it - so ask them for their reco and trust it! And for directional purposes - this is right across from the new gigantor Kroger behind Target/Crossroads.

Ladles Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Food Hussy Review: The Works - Loveland OH

I've long wanted to visit The Works Pizza in Loveland. It's in a really cool building and has a brick oven - which is my favorite way to cook pizza. 

The building in which The Works resides has historical significance in Loveland. This landmark was built in 1905 and served originally as a water filling station for steam locomotives. Later on, the building served as the firehouse and public works building. 

We got there before our friends and I was starving so we got the pretzels and cheese ($4.95). They're super crispy and salty on the outside and light and airy on the inside. The cheese was great too - definite YES on this one.

I also looked around - because the building is very wide open - it's an interesting place for a restaurant. It's a bit chilly just because of the large open space and big old building. They have a cool mural above the oven and some interesting art pieces around.

There was a cool metal plate with a local flair on the wall under a stoplight.

Once our friends arrived - they were starving too! So they got an order of potato cakes ($7.99) which were basically just flat tater tots. It also says on the menu they're served with sour cream and bruschetta. Not sure what world tomato slices are bruschetta but we'll let them have that one I guess. 

We both decided to do a create your own pizza. They have a lot of great toppings to choose from including 7 sauces (bbq, pesto, tomato, alfredo, ranch, fajita and oil). The toppings have a lot of variety as well with artichokes, bacon, black or green olives, broccoli, chicken, garlic, ham, mushrooms, onions, pepperoni, peppers, sausage, shrimp, zucchini, banana peppers, spinach, tomatoes and pineapple.

The pizzas were great - super crispy light crust - quality toppings and delicious taste. We all killed the pizzas and had a great night. That is the way to hang out with good friends!

Why Should You Go? They have a great menu selection and delicious pizza and pretzels - definitely do it! Plus - downtown Loveland is great - go on a nice day so you can walk around and have fun before you put down some pizza!

The Works Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato