Sunday, January 23, 2011

Fuzzy's Food

My friend Tiffany and I have been having cravings for a good burger for quite some time but we just had to figure out where. I had tried J. Lotti's and she loves People's burgers already so we decided to try some place that neither of us have had the burger from: Fuzzy's!

When we pulled in the parking lot on Thursday night, we easily found a spot to park and headed inside. Upon entering we realized that all of Waukesha was already aware of the amazing food as the place was jam-packed! We didn't take into account that Thursday was wing night as well and every tables was crammed with wing eaters.

We headed over to the bar side and looked around to see what our options were going to be for eating and the lovely gentleman at the bar in front of us, offered up his seat as he was "full up to his shoes and needed to go home to loosen the laces." This worked out perfectly and we stole an unused stool from a group of college men and settled in.

We started with a beer or two before deciding to get into the menu. Decent selection on tap - Horny Goat Exposed was my beer of choice and Tiff had a Blue Moon. We then got menus and started the task of figuring out dinner. The bound menu was way more than I was expecting from this tiny bar and everything began tempting my taste buds. I heard they were known for their breakfast but my goal was a burger, so that's what I focused on. The lovely couple seated next to us were regulars and helped us out by sharing their faves.

I decided on the 1/3 lb. Gina burger that had bacon, mushrooms and swiss cheese on it. I added lettuce but I'm not a big fan of onions or tomatoes on my burgers so I asked to hold those. I also decided to sub the fries for haystack onion rings and the entire entree was amazing. The burger was perfectly cooked and the toppings were just what my taste buds were asking for. So juicy and delicious. I made a good choice.  (Sorry the pic is so poor, I forgot I wanted to document the food until after I had devoured half of it!)

Tiffany ordered a burger as well - the Mean Jean (? I think it was called) which had haystack onion rings on it. It looked wonderful and much larger than mine. She was in heaven while eating it. She said it was an amazing burger and it looked so great. She also ordered wings for us to share. We order them plain and get the sauces on the side. She likes hot sauce and I like terriyaki sauce so we got one of each. I only had a wing or two as the burger was so good I wanted to fill myself of that, but the wings were hot, meaty and had a perfect amount of crunch for me. I would definitely go back for just wings on a Monday or Thursday when they have their $.20 wing nights.

I also want to go back for their french dip sandwich, maybe a pizza and a few other of their gourmet sandwiches. Overall I was completely impressed with the quality of food, friendly regulars that helped us thru the menu and speed of service. This little Waukesha gem is one that I will have to make part of my regular hits.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Chicken Chili - a la empty my fridge, freezer and cupboards!

I have had a craving for chili for quite some time and finally had the time to let it simmer on the stove and the flavors meld. The ingredients and directions are vague but it turned out amazing.

Not big on ordering chili when I'm out as I have very sensitive spicy taste buds and don't feel like having them burned off. I know that Nice Ash just had a chili dump and it ended up being extremely spicy. (That's why I prefer to make my own). So here it goes:

1/2 onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
6 baby carrots, halved, and halved
2 - 3 marinated chicken breasts, cut into cubes - mine were carribbean jerk/Jack Daniels left over from New Year's that I froze
1 can chiili beans in zesty sauce (It came that way)
1 can black beans
1 cup chicken stock
1 cup tomato sauce (i didn't have just sauce, so I used a combo of left over pizza sauce, bbq sauce and spaghetti sauce)
5 mushrooms, quartered
chili powder to taste - I used Penzey's Chili 3000
dashes of cumin, pepper, salt, garlic powder, paprika
Shredded cheddar cheese

Let celery, carrots and onions sweat in the EVOO for about 10 minutes, then add all remaining ingredients and bring to light boil. The reduce heat to let simmer. I noticed that it was pretty runny so I added couscous (about a 1/2 cup) to help it thicken as I like a really thick chili. Simmer for as long as you would like - mine simmered for at least an hour. I then scooped a portion into a bowl and topped with shredded cheddar. I made little biscuits to serve on the side.

Now instead of having all these little containers of veggies, etc in my fridge and freezer, I have amazing chili!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Holiday Recipe Sharing!

As I watch the snowfall outside in light little glitter flakes, I realize that I have eaten plenty of food in the last month and haven't posted about any of it. The only thing is, with all the holiday festivities, my eating was mostly done at home. But I want to share some of these recipes with you.

At my work Christmas party, I had these amazing ham rollups that my coworker brings every year. I never knew what was in them until now!  Here goes:

1 pkg cooked ham - square shape works best
1 8oz. pkg 1/3 less fat cream cheese
1/3 of a container green olives with pimentos, chopped
2 TBSP onion flakes.

Mix the cream cheese, olive pieces and onion flakes until well blended. Take one piece of ham and pat it dry with a paper towel. Spread cream cheese mix on the ham until the entire piece is covered. Then starting at one end, roll the ham up. Then cut the roll into 1 inch slices and tada! ham rollups. Yes there is only 1 left in the bowl because these are unbelievably addicting!

Another amazing treat I had at the party was corn casserole:

1 can creamed corn
1 can regular corn, undrained
1 Jiffy corn muffin mix
1 stick butter, melted
2 eggs, beaten
1 oz. container light sour cream

Mix all together and pour into a casserole dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 - 60 minutes. I put a pan under the casserole dish because it puffed up and I was afraid it was going to spill in my oven. Again its just a small plotch because its soooo tasty!

Then in the past week, I got creative with my new food processor and made myself some great meals. I love my book Hungry Girl 200 Under 200 and decided to head right to the Fiber One section and make some out of there. Monday I made Fiber One Chicken Tenders and potatoes.

Cut chicken breasts into 2 - 3 oz sections.

Blend 1 cup of Fiber One with one tsp. Lawry's seasoning salt and some pepper.

Spread onto a plate. Next crack open 2 eggs and beat until blended. I then poured it on a plate so that I could dip the chicken in it and then into the Fiber One mix.

Then spray Pam on a baking sheet and place chicken on it. Cook at 375 for 10 minutes and flip and cook for an additional 10 minutes.

I then cleaned up some medium potatoes and boiled them with garlic and salt for 15 minutes or until fork tender. Then strained them and sprinkled parsley, salt and pepper on them. Bam! Side dish done.

We ate the chicken with BBQ sauce and it was delicious.