Archive for December 2011

Cambridge Market and Cafe

December 31, 2011

In Bowling Green, One restaurant stands above the rest if you are a business person looking for a quick cheap and healthy lunch.  Cambridge Market and Cafe is well known as the place to go for lunch in Bowling Green.  I prefer to go there for dinner to avoid the crowds.

At Cambridge they have daily specials to choose from that are different every day.  I have never been disappointed by anything I have sampled, but there are a few standouts in my mind.  The hot chicken salad is nearly famous and has received almost a cult following.  Other favorites are the marinated chicken breast, Chutney Pork Loin, and Meatloaf.

If you can not find something on the menu for the day that you like, sandwiches made from fresh cut meet and vegetables are always an option.  There are several Sandwiches to be chosen from the menu or a personalized sandwich can be created just as easily.

If you are a dessert lover, Cambridge has wonderful cakes and pies.  I personally recommend the turtle cheese cake, and the chocolate pie.

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Lost River Pizza Company

December 29, 2011

If I could use one word to sum up my experience at Lost River Pizza Company it would be, “meh.”  There was nothing outstandingly good, or outstandingly bad about my meal.  From the moment I walked in, I had really high hopes.  The atmosphere is fantastic.  It is a really high end pizza restaurant that is great for families, college students and everyone else.  The problem is, the food just did not measure up to what they created atmosphere wise.  I went with 3 of my friends and tried a couple of things.  First we tried several varieties of wings: Bourbon sauce, Sweet Chili, and Regular.  The wings were large and had lots of meat but the sauces all seemed to lack something. Then there were the Calzones.  I definitely wish I had ordered something else.  The crust was just bland, they could have used more herbs and butter.

To be fair it is a pizza place and we did not order pizza.  I will be going back at some point to try the pizza, especially since they served gluten free pizza which is good news for those of you with or, as is my case, with friends who have gluten allergies.  Another high point for those of you who are interested in alcoholic beverages.  Lost River Pizza Company had the largest selection I have ever seen at any restaurant, bar none.

For my first try at this restaurant I would give 2 out of 5 stars.  The atmosphere is wonderful the food was just a little bland and didn’t live up to all I had hoped.

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Restaurant is located next to the Kroger on Nashville Road.
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Yeast Rolls

December 28, 2011

As you can probably tell from my past posts, I have been on a real bread kick recently. This is the easiest yeast rising recipe I have found so far. The rolls yielded are delicious, but very dense almost like another biscuit recipe.

Ingredients

  • 2 packets (4 1/2 teaspoons Fleischmann’s active dry yeast.
  • 1 cup warm water (warm from the faucet)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup lard (You can substitute shortening, or 1/4 stick of butter.)
  • 2 3/4 cup Self rising flour.  (That’s right self rising flour in a yeast recipe.)

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in water.  I like to mix it with my fingers so that I can feel that the yeast is all dissolved.  You will know when you feel only water and no grainy yeast.
  2.  Add lard and sugar and mix well.
  3. Gradually add flour while mixing.  You may not have to add all of the flour.  You will know you have enough flour when the dough clings to the beater.
  4. On a lightly floured surface work the dough by patting down and folding.
  5. Pull apart and place in muffin pan.
  6. cover and let rise for an hour and a half.
  7. Bake at 375 for 10-15 minutes.

Cafe Fatemeh

December 27, 2011

Today, I ate at the Fatemah Cafe in Madisonville.

If you are into mediteranean food, and in the area I would reccomend this restaurant but don’t go out of your way to eat here.  My only complaint is, the menu was very small.  I had the Chicken Gyro, which was average but not exceptional.  Even though the menu was small, the prices were exceptional. My Gyro was 4.79 with a drink.  All meals come with pita bread and a dip.   Overall I would give this restaurant 3 out of 5 stars.
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Directions, From the Pennyrile Parkway exit onto 41a/Nebow road.  Turn Left.  After you pass Main Street you will see it on your left hand side in the shopping center next to Sam’s Studio.
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Chocolate Pie and Meringue

December 23, 2011

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 5 tablespoons cocoa
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 egg yolks beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 pie shell (I used graham cracker crust for mine.)

Meringue

  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 6 tablespoons sugar

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. crack and separate the three eggs.  like this.  Keep the egg whites and yolks in separate glasses Put egg yolks in large measuring cup.
  3. In a saucepan, mix sugar, cocoa, cornstarch and salt; gradually add milk while stirring. 
  4. cook over medium high heat until thick then remove.
  5. pour about 1 cup of hot liquid into the egg yolks and beat. (Mixing in the smaller cup instead of the pot suspends the eggs into the mixture better.)
  6. Pour chocolate and egg mixture back into sauce pan.
  7. bring to a boil stirring vigorously. when it comes to a boil remove from heat and continue stirring vigorously until boiling stops. 
  8. pour into pie shell.

Meringue

In order to make a good meringue, you really need a mixer that has a whisk attachment.  If you do not, regular beaters will not work.  You will need to use a hand whisk. 

  1. In an immaculately clean bowl, (has to be glass or metal, Plastic will not work it is not smooth enough.) add egg whites and cream of tartar.
  2. Beat with whisk until it looks like this.-
  3. Add sugar as you mix, until the meringue has the consistency of whipped cream.
  4. Use a spatula to spread the meringue on the pie, and bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes, or until meringue is golden brown.

southern Biscuits

December 23, 2011

My biscuit recipe.

Ingredients
2 cups all-purpose flour , plus more for dusting the board (White Lily seems to make fluffier biscuits)
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon baking powder (use one without aluminum if you can find it.)
1 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter , very cold
1 cup buttermilk

1. In a large bowl mix flour. baking soda, baking powder, salt, and butter until the mixture is lumpy and looks kind of like corn meal.

2. Add buttermilk and stir until doughy.

3. Pat out on floured surface. Pat out by pressing down, fold in half press down, fold in half and press down again. 

4. Cut out biscuits, put on ungreased pan and bake at 375 for 10 minutes.

Tips:

  • Handle the dough as little as possible.  The less you pat the dough the higher it will rise, and the fluffier your biscuits will be.
  • After you have rolled out the biscuits, use your thumb to make a small indention on the top of the biscuit and put a little oil in the indention.
  • Do not use a rolling pin.

Noshville Delicatessan

December 23, 2011


Ate at the Noshville Deli today.  Try the Monte Cristo or the Chili Cheese Dog.  It’s in the west end of Nashville close to Vanderbilt.  This is a deli with a New York feel. 

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