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Last week I was traveling to San Francisco and I had a 50 minute stop-over in Cincinnati.  I knew that I’d have a chance to get some Cincinnati Chili at the Airport.  I was lucky to find Gold Star.

Ahhhh the chili pups were great — yummm

Chili Pups

Chili Pups

 

Gold Star Chili at Cincinnati Airport

Gold Star Chili at Cincinnati Airport

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Pannullo's on Park Ave., Winter Park, FL

Pannullo

On Friday I went over to Park Avenue in Winter Park for lunch.  I wasn’t really sure what I wanted, but I was in a “vacation” kind of mood, so I stopped at Pannullo’s.  At first I thought about have a pannini or other sandwich, but then I spotted “The Park Avenue Burger” on their menu.

Gotta tell ya – the BEST burger I’ve had all year (including the ones I make myself).  The wait person told me that they grind their own beef each day.  I’m not sure if that was the ultimate secret, but this was a great burger.  I had mine done med-well and topped with two slices of provolone cheese, lettuce, tomato, and shaved red onion. It came with fries – I had a beer with it.  Total with the tip $15.00.  I’ll go again when I’m in the craving a great burger.  Thanks Pannullo’s!

Park Avenue Burger w/fries

Park Avenue Burger w/fries

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Sunday I made Grilled Shrimp with Lemon Pasta. I looked around for an easy lemon pasta recipe and found Giada De Laurentis had one that was easy and looked great – check out her Lemon Spaghetti.

For the shrimp I made a marinade as follows:

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
juice of one lemon
two garlic cloves finely chopped
1 tsp of Old Bay seafood seasoning
a few turns of fresh black pepper and a pinch of sea salt
Some fresh chopped basil to sprinkle

I whisked this all in a medium bowl and then tossed in a half pound of large de-veined shrimp. Let that marinate for about an hour; then placed the shrimp on skewers that were soaked in water for about a half hour.

I grilled the skewered shrimp on high on an electric grill for about three minutes each side. Only turned the skewers once. Enjoy. Write if you have questions.

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Another Friday pizza tonite.. this time I just took from what I had on hand.  Leftover meatballs, sausage, and eggplant Parmesan.   Very good.

See my other pizza postings for instructions on dough and sauce.

I used shredded mozzarella cheese with some good Parmesan cheese on the top.  The sauce was just a simple tomato sauce.

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Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 boneless pork loin chops (1/2 inch thick)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1-15oz. jar of salsa (medium or hot – you decide)
  • 1 teaspoon powdered cocoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons fresh Italian Flat Leaf Parsley
  • 4 green onions, chopped


Directions

  1. Combine cumin and chili powder; rub over both sides of pork. In a large skillet, brown pork chops in oil on both sides over medium heat.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the salsa, cocoa and cinnamon; and pour it over the pork. Bring sauce to a simmer uncovered, for about 10 minutes or until meat is tender, turning chops once and stirring sauce occasionally. Sprinkle with parsley and green onion.
  3. Serve with pan-fried potatoes

Pan-fried potatoes

4 Russet potatoes (sliced thin or shredded)
1 medium onion sliced
1 clove garlic sliced
¼ cup of olive oil
Salt and pepper

1 Cup of White Cheddar Cheese – shredded
1 green onion – chopped

Heat the oil in a large frying pan – medium/high heat. Add the potatoes and fry until almost golden. Then add the onion and garlic and season with salt and pepper to your liking. Fry until potatoes are darker and onions are cooked. Divide the cheddar cheese over both servings of potatoes – garnish with the chopped green onion and serve with the Mexican Pork Chops.

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