I was happy when I was in the dining room on Saturday night and not in the bar.  I make a lot of money in the bar, but having to work until close two nights in a row would have been rough.  But, as luck would have it, I had a 10 top sit down at 9:00 a.m., and they were the last table to leave – so I didn’t get home until 1:30 anyway.  But their tab was $700, so I was like “you can stay until dawn!”  They bought a $95 seafood tower appetizer.  It was five couples – five men on one side of the table and five women on the other.  Two completely different conversations going on which I thought was funny – the men talked about football and the women were talking about their kids.  I ended up walking out with $205 after tipping out – so I can’t really complain about making $500 bucks in two nights!   I put this picture up on Facebook and Instagram, this is one of our appetizers – I know Tony would love it – it’s calamari steak with a balsamic glaze.

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I thought for sure I’d sleep in yesterday, but I was wide awake at 9:30.  I did laundry, made a batch of chili (recipe coming tomorrow!) using the last of my sirloin roast, and didn’t really get hungry until after noon.  Doing a quick fridge/pantry glance, I realized I could make Tony and I calzones for lunch.

Cabot Cheese has invited me to be on their Cheese Board for 2014.  They sent me an assortment of cheeses to try out.


Yesterday, I used this cheese for our calzone filling:

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Dough for Two Calzones:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup water

I love this little scoop I found at Goodwill – I keep it in my flour container.

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The sauce was just 3/4 cup of tomato sauce, 1 tablespoon of tomato paste and some Italian seasoning – I just let that cook down for about 5 minutes.

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My filling:  sauce, sausage, pepperoni, baby spinach and the Cabot cheese.  Simply bring the back of the dough to the front, and pinch to close.  I deep fried ours – it only took about 2 minutes a side.

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These were really good – next time when I have more time I’ll try baking them.

So we were all set to have King Crab legs and Fried Chicken Gizzards – I was surprised to learn how many of you actually have fond memories of chicken gizzards.  I looked through several recipes, and ended up par-boiling the gizzards for 10 minutes, then soaking them in buttermilk that had a dash of salt, pepper and Tabasco.  They soaked overnight.  Then I just dipped them in seasoned flour and fried them up.

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Tony loved them.  He asked me to try one, and upon first bite it, the texture just grossed me out and I couldn’t even take a bit – I tried though!  We ended up having cheese and crackers, and a shrimp cracker dip.  We both had recollections growing up of our parents having tiny shrimp cocktail over cream cheese – and we both thought the shrimp and cocktail sauce came in a jar together, and you just poured that over cream cheese.  Does anyone else remember this??


Um, apparently they don’t sell this anymore, because no one at the store knew what I was talking about.  I ended up buying a jar of cocktail sauce, and a can of tiny shrimp and just mixed that all together with a few tablespoons of cream cheese.

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We ended up not being hungry for the crabs, so we’ll have the crab legs and Hooter’s shrimp for dinner tonight.  I didn’t do a full grocery shop this weekend because we have plenty of food in the house – this weeks menu will be interesting!

So my WI today?  I didn’t do my toes yet, so I put socks on for you – you’re welcome!  I am up .2 – but I drank hardly any water over the weekend – I need to fix that!

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I had no energy to go to the gym this morning, but I plan on working out at lunch and tonight I am going to give T-25 a try.   It’s all good!  Off to put my shit together – hope you had a great weekend and make it a great day!