Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Ann's Spice Blend
1T chili powder
1T dry mustard
1T coarse salt
.5 T cayenne pepper
.5 T cardamom
.5 T cinnamon
Suzee's Spicy Meatballs
1 lb extra lean ground beef
1 piece of bread cut up
1/2 cup liquid (apple juice, water)
1/4 cup spice mix
Soak the bread in the liquid for 10 minutes or so. Add this to a bowl containing the remaining ingredients. Mix well, but lightly so the meat doesn't become compressed. Form meat into balls. Fry in a non-stick pan on all sides to cook through.
Suzee's BBQ Dip
1/2 C sour cream
2T BBQ sauce
Mix dip ingredients.
Serve the meatballs hot with the dipping sauce on the side.
Rick liked it, and the meatballs reheat well in the teflon plan. Sounds like a winner :)
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
While at Nail City, I heard a young woman talk about a salon on 40th Street between Park and Lex. She liked the salon alot. I walked by a couple times, and got a list of services. Today I took the dive - I made an appointment at Concord Hair Design and went over. After some misunderstanding (is my name Susan, Suzanne or Suzette - it made a difference today), I had my hair washed and met with my stylist, Misha. Initially I thought he was Italian, but I realized later he is Russian. His oldest daughter recently had a daughter and he is a very proud grandpa.
I told Misha I'm interested in growing my hair into a bob, and I'd like a cut to help me get to that end. He cut for a while, and then started to blow it dry. It has a nice shape, but man, look at all that gray! Ugh. I needed color. Misha had time to touch up my roots (thank you!!), so now I'm interview ready:)
Thursday, September 17, 2009
After walking around Chelsea today, including a tour of the Chelsea market, I meandered back toward home. I realized it was around lunch time - lucky me :) There was Dos Caminos - and it is on my list of places to try :)
I settled into a table in the front room, and after a while a waitress came by and took my order. I started with ice water and a glass of red sangria. I never used to be a fan of sangria - just a fruity wine - too sweet for me. But it seems almost every place around here adds brandy to their sangria - smoothing out all that sweetness. It had diced apples and cherries - very tasty! I ordered the asada tacos (according to the menu this is grilled marinated sirloin steak, caramelized onions, cotija cheese, guacamole on home made corn tortillas). The beef had a wonderfully rich and spicy sauce. It didn't seem to have the caramelized onions, and definitely no guacamole as advertised. It did have some raw onion, along with chopped fresh tomatoes. Refried black beans and spanish rice accompanied the tacos, and a tray of 3 salsas. One of the three was a delish tomatillo - my favorite :)
I tried to replicate the sangria - I am not a good sangria maker - yet :)
I'm looking forward to bringing Rick back here to try more of the mexican specialties!
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
A mani/pedi at City Nails (590 3rd Ave between 38th and 39th) will run you $25. I 've been a number of times, and after the 3rd or 4th time, I could tell they treat their return customers well. I went in today to "get it done" and I left thinking - wow - that was awesome! The massage chairs you sit in for the pedicure made it so wonderful :)
I highly recommend Nail City - a little corner with a lot of relaxation :)
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
After sorting through the elderberries, I added some sugar, and a little flour and cooked them on the stove top. My father said he liked them, but I thought the seeds were too bitter.
Mom helped me make salsa - she peeled aaalllllllll the tomatoes. I added purple onion, jalapenos, cilantro, freshly squeezed lime juice and a little bit of yellow bell pepper for color. Very pretty :)
Monday, September 7, 2009
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Toast 1 slice of peasant bread lightly.
The eating immediately precluded taking a photo of my deliciousness, but made it all the better to eat :)
Friday, September 4, 2009
We are having our second Labor Day staycation here in lovely NYC. The nice thing about this weekend is that the city is sure to be absolutely dead. Which means we can do what ever we want with out having to fight the crowds :)