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About Alison

iEat, iWatch, iLaugh, iCook (sometimes), iGeek, iLove, iKid, iJudge....

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Adventures In Cooking: Cheddar Biscuits

I think we can all agree that the best part of going to Red Lobster is the warm, cheesy biscuits that you get with your meal.  I am not ashamed to admit that I’ve been known to hoover a basket of biscuits just to ask for more so I can bring them home.  My name is Alison, and I might be addicted to cheddar biscuits.  After searching for a while, I came across the BEST cheddar biscuit recipe – and it’s pretty easy if you ask me.  If you close your eyes and imagine children running around you and the smell of fish and crab, you’d swear you were at Red Lobster.  Now that I’ve completely over sold this recipe… here it is!

Cheddar Biscuits - please disregard the quality of this picture... they're still amazing.

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour (unbleached or regular)
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/3 cup cold butter
2 tbsp canola or vegetable oil
1 heaping cup grated cheddar cheese (the sharper the better!)
1/2 – 2/3 cups milk
3 tbsp butter
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp dried parsley flakes or 1 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped

How To:

1. Preheat oven to 400° F.

2. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and garlic powder. Whisk together to combine thoroughly.

3. Add chunks of butter. Using a pastry cutter or two knives, cut butter into flour until it is coarse/pea-sized. TIP: Freeze your butter and use a cheese grater to grate your butter into the bowl instead of cutting it.  It’s important that your butter is cold so that you get those pockets of melted goodness.

4. Add oil, grated cheddar cheese and 1/2 cup milk. Stir together. Keep adding milk a bit at a time, just until the dough is moistened and no longer dry and powdery.  Your dough should be moist enough to stay together, but not sticky.  If you find it getting on the sticky side, sprinkle in some more flour.

5. Drop approximately 1/4 cup portions of the dough onto an un-greased cookie sheet using an ice cream scoop, large spoon or even your measuring cup.  No need to form these into balls or pack them down.

6. Bake for 15-17 minutes. While biscuits are baking, melt 3 tablespoons butter is a small bowl in your microwave. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder and the parsley.

7. When biscuits come out of the oven, use a brush to spread this garlic butter over the tops of all the biscuits. Use up all of the butter.

Serve warm.
Makes one dozen biscuits.

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 20 min
Total time: 30 min
Yield: 12 servings


Fancy Food Fridays #1

At the beginning of the year, my friends and I decided to start getting together once a month for a nice dinner. While we do see each other quite frequently, we thought it’d be fun to class it up and try something new other than our regular haunts – and with that Fancy Food Fridays was born.

We meet on the 2nd Friday of every month for dinner.  Someone is responsible for nominating 3 restaurants each time and then we vote.  Our second FFF is coming up this week so I wanted to write a quick note about our first dinner before I fall too behind.

We went to Fire on the East Side which is located at the corner of Gloucester and Yonge.  It’s a great, intimate place with friendly staff and great southern comfort food with a twist.  I ordered a side of the Cajun Mac and Cheese to start followed by their crab ravioli.  I admit it was a tad Carb heavy, but you just do not pass up Cajun Mac and Cheese!  I’d been to FOTES before so I knew what I was getting into… and I regret nothing!   You can see my previous review of them here.

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After dinner we made our way to a nearby sports bar to watch some NCAAB action and played a few hours of trivia.  It was a great night of food and friends – it’s no wonder why FFF is quickly becoming my favourite day of the month.

#ufancy


Review: Cool Hand Luc

I heard about this place when it opened and since changing jobs to the city, I’ve walked past it a handful of times.  With a clever name as this, I knew I had to try it.  I finally decided to stop in yesterday for lunch – a small soup, a grilled cheese sandwich and drink for $7.50.  A tad expensive for the description, but I was willing to give it a shot.

The grilled cheese was basic and good (cheddar on white bread) – though I challenge you to mess up a grilled cheese when you have a panini press.  I ended up getting the tomato bacon soup because the guy behind the counter said it had a kick to it, and who doesn’t love bacon?  He was right – the soup was pretty much all kick and no flavour.  You could barely taste the tomato with all the spices mixed in, and when you could taste it, it resembled tomatoes straight from the can.  Much too acidic for my liking.  The bacon although plentiful also had no flavour.  Very disappointing.  That being said, I’d probably go back for lunch, but just for the sandwich at a somewhat decent price of $3.50.

Tomato Bacon Soup and Basic Grilled Cheese Sandwich

I am intrigued to come back for their ice cream, which I will probably do when the weather gets nicer.  It is a very cute shop and their staff is a big reason why I would return.  The guy who helped me was very friendly and personable and he struck up a natural conversation while waiting for my sandwich to grill.  For me, in a day of busy people shoving their way to get where they’re going, it’s nice to find a place that is relaxed and friendly.  Definitely worth a second chance.

Restaurant Details:
545 King Street West
Toronto, ON M5V 1M1
www.coolhandluc.ca
Map
My Yelp Rating: 2/5


Super Bowl 2012 Recap

Every year, my friends and I get together to watch the Super Bowl.  I’m apparently the only person in the world who doesn’t watch football, but I go along for the betting, friends and food (in that order).  My friends will bet on anything and everything (including NBC’s The Voice) and the prop pool has become and annual staple.  It was my first year picking and I came out with a respectable 3rd place – not to shabby if you ask me.  Special thanks to Kelly Clarkson for keeping it under 1:34.

Since I couldn’t offer much support in terms of football knowledge and enthusiasm, I figured I’d make it up by bringing food to the event.  On the menu: 3 layer jello shots (with and without alcohol), football shaped pizza and poutine pizza.

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But of course, all these paled in comparison to Scott’s Prophet Cookie.  Every year it’s a big unveiling as the cookie predicts who will win the Super Bowl.  Unfortunately, the cookie faced its first defeat and the record stands at 2-1.  Nonetheless it didn’t fail in its presentation.

Gronkowski spiking the ball anyone?

Another year has passed, some of my friends are happy, others lost some money and I now know what a helmet catch looks like.  Until next year…


Be Nice, It’s Fun.

Today on the train I saw someone accidentally bump someone only to turn back and make a genuine apology to that person.  I thought it was really nice and polite of that man to do that, and it was obvious that both people felt better afterwards.  It then occurred to me that moments like these wouldn’t strike me so much if it wasn’t that rare a sight.   Most of us have seen the commercial with the guy offering his subway seat to the pregnant woman.


By People for Good

We all have busy lives and it seems at times that we don’t have time to breathe let alone smile.  That being said, I’ve come to believe that this could be to our advantage.  Our expectations of our fellow person have become so low that the smallest positive thing can change the trajectory of their day.  So I challenge you to smile or wave at a random, hold the elevator door open for someone,  let someone in front of you in line or at an intersection – bonus points if you can do it without coming off as creepy. People might look at you weird for being nice, but find comfort in knowing you’re not a douche.


Keanu Reeves – Douche or Gentleman?
WWKRD???

POTD Catch Up

I’ve been slacking on my POTDs… here’s a little catch up.  I’d like to promise I’ll get better at this, but we all know that’s a lie.

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POTD #21

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Celebrating the year of the dragon at Square One


POTD #20

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Posted at a family restaurant I went to in Mississauga. Inappropriate?! Just a bit.


POTD #19