Thursday, March 23, 2017

Food Hussy Guest Recipe: Artichoke & Spinach Dip!

I don't normally just share recipes from restaurants - but today is National Chip & Dip Day! (Who knew?!) My favorite dip hands down is the HeluvaGood! brand - their Buffalo is amazing - and they sent me a recipe that I know is delicious so I wanted to share it with you! Enjoy! 
Artichoke & Spinach Dip


Makes 8

INGREDIENTS:

DIRECTIONS:
1.       Preheat oven to 350° F.
2.       Using your hands, squeeze spinach until as dry as possible.
3.       Place in a medium bowl.
4.       Drain artichoke hearts and squeeze out moisture in the same manner as the spinach.
5.       Transfer artichokes to a cutting board and chop coarsely.
6.       Place in bowl with spinach.
7.       Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
8.       Pack dip into a 4-cup baking dish.
9.       Bake 30-35 minutes until hot and bubbly around edges.
10.  Now dip! PRINT

(This post is NOT sponsored - I just really love their dip and thought you would enjoy this recipe!)

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Food Hussy Restaurant Review: Generations Pizza, Wilmington, OH

Every now and again the husband gets a wild hair and this time he said he wanted pizza but not in Cincinnati. Um - ok. Where are we off to? 
Generations Pizza in Wilmington, OH - it's about 45 minutes from our place in Milford and it was findable on the interwebs and open - so that was all the qualifications we needed.

We were a bit surprised at how new the building looked on the outside - it seemed to have undergone an outside makeover. The inside didn't look as new - it was spacious but nothing to write home about.

We were both starving so we started off with some garlic cheese bread ($3.49) and was served with a side of cheese sauce and pizza sauce. I preferred the bread on it's own and what a bargain! 

We then got the Kerry's Big Cheese pizza and a 2-liter (even got to take the leftover 2-liter home with us). I liked the garlic cheese bread more than the pizza - it was fine - loaded full of ingredients but the crust and sauce didn't impress me much (like I'm Shania Twain right there!?!).

Why Should You Go? Well - honestly - it's nothing special. If I lived in Wilmington - I'm sure it would be a regular spot - but it was a fun little afternoon jaunt.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Food Hussy Recipe: Strawberry Cacao Roasted Pork Loin Salad

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I'm not usually one to order a salad at a restaurant - I like cheese and butter and all things bad for me. But there's one restaurant that has changed my mind - Bite Restaurant in Milford - they make my favorite salad. I was on a mission to make a 30 minute meal and recreate that salad with a few Food Hussy tweaks! First tweak - the protein! I just received a package from Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork and they asked me to create a quick meal and I and thought it would be the perfect match for my copycat salad.  

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Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork is a favorite of mine - I always forget to take things out ahead of time - or marinate the night before. I come home and need to get dinner on the table as quick as possible - I ain't got time for marinade! Plus Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork is made from 100% fresh pork with nothing artificial and it comes in a wide variety of flavors - Roasted Garlic, Sweet Teriyaki and now - Hardwood Smoked Bacon! 

The thing I liked about the bacon in this is that it wasn't a flavor - it was ACTUAL bacon in the package and I was in like Flynn!!! 

Since the prep work is done already - you just have to cook it the best way for you - whether it's grill, saute, roast or in the slow cooker. I find the pork loin is too lean for the slow cooker (the Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork Roast is perfect for this).

I decided to sear the pork loin on the stove top - this is super simple - grab the cast iron and sear on all sides. Look at all that bacon! Real bacon! With that - no oil needed. It only took a few minutes to sear. Then I popped it in a 375 oven for 10 minutes. (Side note: I only cooked half the pork loin since I was making this for two people - for four people - use the whole loin.)

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Now that my protein was ready to go - time to recreate my favorite salad - but with my Food Hussy tweaks of course. While the pork loin was searing and then in the oven - I was able to prep my salad ingredients.

The original salad is the "Cacao comes from a tree, which is a plan...Chocolate is Salad" (crazy long name I know) The Bite version has spinach, dried cranberries, strawberries, cacao nibs, gorgonzola, pecans, cucumbers, red onions, tomatoes and balsamic vinaigrette. And I can have fun with that!!

I kept a lot of the ingredients like strawberries, tomatoes and most definitely - the cacao nibs. See cacao nibs are one of those powerful foods - they have antioxidants, flavinoids, fight cardiovascular disease, lots of fiber, magnesium, potassium and they'll even improve your mood!

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Additionally - I used spinach and red onions - but then some more Food Hussy tweaks! I'm a huge fan of goat cheese so any chance to put that in something - I'm doing it. For the dressing - I have a killer recipe for Blueberry Vinaigrette that I use any time I can!

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And that pork loin - it's always perfect at 155 degrees (get a meat thermometer - they're super cheap and a life saver!) - you want that blush of pink in the center to be sure it's moist and oh so good.

I can also tell you - this bacon covered pork loin was so amazing!! The bacon helps add even more juice and flavor - I mean - it's pig on pig! I'll take that any time!

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I cooked mine a little faster because I cut it in half - but you can always slice or cube the pork if you're in a super hurry. I think cutting it in half was perfect for this - and even if I was cooking the whole loin - I would still do that - just to cut the oven time down. And I always sear on the stove top first - gives it that delicious crust that you don't want to miss!

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My salad was perfection! It definitely reminded me of the great Bite salad - but I had it in the comfort of my own home and in less than 30 minutes from fridge to belly! Woohoo! I'll take that any day!

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The other thing I love about this salad is how complex it is. I would NEVER think to put all this stuff together - but when I do - it's amazing and it all works together - even with my fun tweaks. Plus - it's good for you!

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I hope you enjoy my creative salad as much as I do and the Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork. With so many options - I could swap this out too - it would be great with Roasted Garlic and Herb or the Roasted Golden Rotisserie! Or you could do the Pork Sirloin Roast in the slow cooker and shred it for the salad as well! All the possibilities! 


So I do hope you enjoy - it's super simple and delicious - which is all I want in a meal after a long day of work. You can also visit their site and enter your tips for getting meals on the table quickly in the Smithfield Real Food, Real Fast contest

Strawberry Cacao Pork Loin Salad

Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork Hardwood Smoked Bacon and Cracked Black Pepper Tenderloin
1.5 cups baby spinach
1.5 cups romaine lettuce, diced
1/2 cup diced strawberries
1/2 cup diced tomatoes
1/3 cup diced blueberries
1/4 cup cacao nibs
1/3 cup diced red onion
1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
4 oz goat cheese, diced

- Preheat oven to 375
- Sear the Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork loin in a cast iron skillet at medium heat. Sear on all sides for just a couple of minutes on each side. 
- Transfer cast iron skillet to the oven for 10 minutes more
- While the pork is cooking, prep all your salad ingredients 
- Toss all the ingredients from the spinach to the goat cheese 
- Remove the pork from the oven and let rest, then slice
- Add the blueberry vinaigrette dressing
- Plate the dressed salad with slices of pork loin 


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Food Hussy Giveaway: SkipTheDishes.com Discount!

I work downtown and I joke that I work in the "armpit" of downtown - there's only one place within a few blocks and it's the cafeteria at the building next door! And there are days when I just don't have time to go get lunch - so I'm often looking for delivery options...

And that's where SkipTheDishes.com comes in - thank goodness! They are a restaurant delivery service that has a ton of options in and around downtown Cincinnati. You've got a delivery fee and a tip fee - but other than that - menu prices are the same.

The selection is great - there are a ton of places within 10 minutes of downtown for us to choose from. The folks at SkipTheDishes.com gave me a $50 gift code to try it out.

Once you choose a restaurant - the ordering process is really seamless. They have more choices than you would probably even think of! This also comes in really handy when you're doing a group order for work lunches!

There's also a handy-dandy map that shows you where your driver is all along the way - so you can tell if he's lost and/or on his way. And - once the driver is headed your way - they send you a text so you are aware. 

We were thrilled when our Indian food from Amol Indian arrived - we each got Chicken Tikka Masala as well as some veggie pakora and garlic naan. We laughed because I shared the gift with a coworker and we ordered exactly the same thing!

So I've got two fun things for you guys - first you can try out SkipTheDishes.com yourself with my 10% off code! New customers can enter code: BLOG108541 between now and May 1 and receive 10% off your order!

You can also enter to win a $50 gift card of your own to try it out! Just let me know what restaurant you want to try - and you're entered to win!

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Food Hussy Giveaway: Gold Star Chili's new True Cincinnati Vegetarian Chili

Recently I was invited to try the new Gold Star Chili Vegetarian Chili with some of my best blogging friends and now I want to share it with you! Here's a recap of our blogger night at their newest location near Xavier!


We didn't have any fun at all. :-) 

Here's the thing though - if you haven't been to this location (on Montgomery Rd by Xavier - across from the bowling alley) - it is SWANKY! They also have an expanded menu that includes burgers and these amazing garlic parmesan fries! Every one of us got them and every one of us LOVED them.

Dave from corporate was there to show me the right way to make a 3-way - he was a great teacher...

and I killed it of course - I mean - how can you not with all that cheese????

Okay - first of all - that face! My blogging friend Krissy brought her little guy and he is just the cutest thing ever. Nate here took advantage of the expanded menu and ordered one of their burgers! Yes - this Gold Star Chili also has burgers! Originally the owners first restaurant was Hamburger Heaven - so they're going back to their roots and having these special burger offerings at specific locations. (Think about it - Chili Cheese Burger with Gold Star Chili - yes please!) 

So a little more about the Vegetarian Chili! There have been other vegetarian versions but this is the first that actually tastes like the original. Also - I'm not big on fake meats but they're using a vegetable protein (that I reviewed a few years ago) and grits to match the texture and taste and they got it spot on.  The chili is also soy free, gluten free and vegan - so it's a great option for folks in that realm. I have tried it on a couple of occasions and absolutely love it (and cannot tell the difference!).

So I hope you'll try it for yourself and to give you a nudge - I'm running a giveaway for a $25 gift card so you can give it a try.

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Food Hussy Review: French Fry Heaven - Clifton

Recently I was invited to come to French Fry Heaven in Clifton to give it a try. It's a new chain that has one location here and one in Arizona and they serve every kind of loaded spuds you can think of.

This location is on Calhoun Street in Clifton in the new development area. It's a bright open restaurant with a dozen tables or so. You order at the counter and can watch while they put together your order.

Scott is the manager of the location and he was happy to share with us that everything at their location is made from scratch. I definitely could tell he takes a lot of pride in his store. They also have their own line of seasonings they use and fresh ingredients - like a big tub of bacon!

 They display the menu is a couple of different pretty mouth-watering ways - first there's a big picture menu where you can see what you're about to devour. There is quite a range and some were definitely drawing me in - like the Taco, The Ball Park and Bacon Cheeseburger - but I needed to know a bit more about what was in each of them.

They also have a menu that explains them in detail. So with the loaded spuds you can get the load on french fries, potato chips or a loaded baked potato - so there's quite a bit of variety there. You can also get them more simply with ingredients you choose. They also have chicken tenders and a variety of combos and drinks (shakes!).

Scott was there and was treating us to lunch. Once we finally decided, he started creating our choices and told us about all the things that make them special - and we were drooling all the while.  Here are a few of the options I didn't choose but that I definitely want to go back for:
  • THE BALL PARK: Fried Hot Dogs, Ketchup, Mustard, Dill Pickle Seasoning, Homemade Cheese Sauce
  • SUNRISE: Fried Egg, Bacon, Homemade Cheese Sauce
  • TACO: Beef, Sauteed Onions, Jalapenos, Cilantro, Lettuce, Pico de Gallo, Homemade Cheese Sauce
I really had a hard time deciding - I mean hot dogs and fries and cheese - hell yes!

While I definitely had a hard time deciding - Scott kind of threw me over the edge with the Pulled Pork ($8.49). Scott explained that the pulled pork was done in house as was the cheese sauce. He kept bragging up the cheese sauce and I was sold. He also told me that he really liked to add some ranch dressing on top and I said - Definitely Yes!

This is a LOT of food - like seriously - a LOT of food. If you can agree on a dish then you could definitely split it between two people - but you can also try the smaller portion and get your own concoction!

The fries are great - very Penn Station style. The BBQ pulled pork was tender and juicy - very good - not dry and not chewy - I liked it a lot. The ranch - always good. The jalapenos were not pickled so they were too hot for me - but I tossed them over to my spice-loving Adventure Mom and she was happy to take them.

But the real star was the homemade cheese sauce. Scott wasn't kidding on this one. No matter what you get - get that on your spuds. Most of the time when you think of cheese sauce - you think that gloppy gold sludge that you get at a football game. This was not that at all - it was really cheesy and didn't taste like processed chemicals in any way, shape or form - this stuff was awesome!

My Adventure Mom friend got the Buffalo Chicken - she's always one for spicy and Scott said this was a good choice for her. She said the same thing I did - this was a lot of food but it was good stuff!

Why Should You Go? French Fry Heaven is definitely tasty - while it's an indulgence for sure - with lots of heavy toppings - it's very good. The selection is great and the toppings are fresh and homemade. We will definitely be back - I think the one thing I liked the most was the uniqueness - it's not just another burrito or pizza place- I'm always up for something unique.


  French Fry Heaven Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Food Hussy Recipe: Quick & Easy St Patrick's Day Breakfast Punch & Cheesy Boxtys


Sometimes you just want to live it up on the holiday and St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner - so let's have some fun with a St. Patty's Day breakfast you can whip up in no time! 

First of all - it's a juicy little punch - it might be a little sweet for breakfast but hey - it's a holiday - enjoy it! 

It always drives me crazy to find recipes that make enough for 40 people when I just have two in the house. It doesn't mean that I don't want to have fun punch - or that I want to drink it for a month!

So I made a small batch punch recipe - it's perfect for a couple of people or even juice glasses for four and the ingredients are simple as well! 

Just mix together a 20 oz bottle of ginger ale, 20 oz bottle of lemonade, a little can of pineapple juice and a packet of lemon lime kool-aid. Shake Shake Shake and you're good! Fizzy, sweet and green - how can you get any more St Patrick's Day Perfection?! 

Well you can combine it with a Cheesy Irish Boxty for a fun festive breakfast! And this will be just enough for a couple people too - no leftovers! 

What's a boxty? It's a potato pancake - I jazzed mine up with Irish Cheddar cheese and topped it with a touch of sour cream, more cheese and chives. 

  • It's a tasty little breakfast! You can go the next step and have a fried egg and maybe some sausage - it's like a breakfast Bangers & Mash! 
(Side note: I had it for dinner tonight with bacon and an over easy egg - OMG - best dinner ever!!!)

Snappy St Patty's Day Punch

1 packet Lemon Lime Kool-Aid
1 small can Pineapple Juice
1 20 oz bottle Lemonade
1 20 ox bottle Ginger Ale

- Mix together all the ingredients and chill 
- Makes approx. half gallon

Cheesy Irish Boxty

1/2 c. mashed potatoes
1/2 c. thawed shredded hashbrowns
1/3 c. flour
1/2 c. sharp white cheddar cheese (Kerrygold), shredded
1/8 c. milk
1 Tbsp. fresh chives
1 cloves minced garlic
½ tsp. sea salt
¼ tsp. fresh ground pepper

- Mix together all ingredients
- Heat skillet to medium high with a little olive oil 
- Once hot, spoon a scoop of batter into the hot pan and fry for 2-3 minutes on each side until golden brown
- Serve with a touch of sour cream, salt & pepper and chives
- Makes 4-5 small pancakes

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Food Hussy Giveaway: Izzy's Codfather Lenten Giveaway!

With today being Ash Wednesday - that means Lent is here and fish frys will be on every corner of our great city. That said - there's someplace else you can go to get some great meals every day of the week - including meat-free on Fridays! 

This pic gives it away - our friends at Izzy's always welcome you with that tub of zingy pickles ready for you to snack on as soon as you sit down. They sent us a gift card to check out their Cod sandwich as well as their other offerings and give you a chance to get some Izzy's for yourself!

Larry wasn't ready for Lent so he got a traditional Reuben - sans the sauce - and loved it as always. They were also very accommodating since he's allergic to eggs and can't eat their potato pancakes and offered up pasta salad, potato salad, pretzels or chips.

We tried this before Lent - so I just went for the traditional Battered Cod sandwich served on soft fragrant rye bread with a potato pancake. I was so hungry and ready to dig in!!!

During Lent - they change it up a bit and feature "The Codfather" which is one of their delicious tavern cut cod filets, battered with Izzy's special blend of spices and seasonings but it will be served on a kaiser roll with lettuce and tartar sauce. It comes with cole slaw or your choice of a side for only $6.99. 

I loved their battered cod - the seasonings in the batter are fantastic. The outside is super crispy and the inside is light and flaky - just how delicious cod should be! 

In addition to the Codfather - Izzy's menu is full of delicious Lenten friendly dining options, such as: 
  • Tuna Melt $7.99: All-white albacore homemade tuna salad served open faced on whole wheat bread with melted imported Swiss cheese. Served with pasta salad
  • Veggie Reuben $7.99: Olive topilóv with diced fresh tomatoes piled high with sauerkraut and melted imported Swiss cheese on a toasted telera roll.
  • Boneless Cod $8.89: Cod battered with Izzy’s special blend of seasonings on rye bread with tartar sauce.
  • Cod Reuben $9.29: Battered cod, homemade spicy tartar sauce and sweet-n-sour coleslaw topped with melted American cheese on rye toast.
  • Tuna Salad Sandwich (All White) $7.49: All-white albacore homemade tuna salad mixed with sweet relish, topped with lettuce and tomato on a toasted telera roll.
  • Egg Salad Sandwich $6.49: Homemade with spicy mustard, mayo and a pinch of special seasonings, topped with lettuce and tomato on rye toast.
  • Tuna Wrap $7.99: All-white albacore tuna salad with lettuce, diced tomatoes and melted imported Swiss cheese.

So let me know which Lenten special you want to try and we'll give one of you a $20 gift card so you can take you and yours to Izzy's yourself!

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