Day 45! (First Failed Recipe)

September 5, 2012

Not only did we have a major recipe fail today, but this post is being rewritten after it was accidentally deleted, so now we’re super grumpy! Today we tried to make quinoa pizza bites which Nikki found on Pinterest and led to this site. People were raving about these pizza bites, saying it was some of the best food they’ve ever had. Naturally, we had to try them- we love pizza!  After spending over an hour chopping, cooking, and baking the results we’re a bland pile of mush. Frustrating. Now, I’m not blaming the recipe. It was our own fault- we made the pizza bites entirely too big. Lesson learned. We may attempt the pizza bites again, but it won’t be for a while. There are just to many good recipes!

Here’s a pic anyway.

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To offset the negative post, here are a couple of pictures from our Labor Day at the Southern Michigan wineries. If you live in the area, you have to hit up the wineries. We went to about five wineries (and one brewery!), which was so fun. 

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Now, we’re off to make some dessert (mushed bananas, peanut butter and a little chocolate) to forget about that lame dinner. 🙂

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Cooper’s Hawk

April 9, 2010

510 Village Center Dr., Burr Ridge, IL 60527

Lunch, dinner, & wine tasting ($40/ person)

http://www.coopershawkwiner.com

Let me begin by saying the pretzel bread they bring out before dinner is fantastic! I would come just for a glass of wine and the pretzel bread! Anyways on with the show… We will be the first to tell you some wines are decent and were not so great (keep in mind we have gotten to try some really good wines recently), but to the average diner they make for a great evening and definitely make dinner that much more enjoyable. On to the food! We ordered the Tuna Sliders as our starter which was absolutely wonderful! The tuna wad cooked perfectly, just kissed the pan, and had an amazing spice rub that was salty with just the right amount of spice! Next, we ordered our entrees. The Sea Scallops, which were also cooked to perfection, were served with white rice and asparagus, but it was the wine butter sauce that made it irresistible. Similarly, we also tried the Cashew Crusted Walleye  that was served with a mustard buerre blanc.  This may sound unusual, but it was fantastic. We were sopping it up with leftover pretzel bread. With the fish we swapped the Mary’s whipped potatoes for Betty’s hash brown cheese casserole, which was delicious! Cheap wine aside, Cooper’s Hawk is a great place if you’re looking for anything from burgers to seared tuna. Another perk is that while you wait for a table (we had an hour long wait) they have great wine tastings. They do a select 8 wines for $7, but if you want to try any of their wines be sure to ask, they offer complimentary samples.