Friday, April 25, 2008

In depth look at our camping dinner.

Okay, I can't really go too in depth considering we had foil packet fajitas. But they were damn good. I know most of the people that read this blog use foil packets for cooking dinner when they are out camping (or at least know that it is one of the best/easiest ways to make a good campfire dinner), but it was only the second time that Brian and I had done this. The first time did not turn out so well (raw potatoes + burnt steak= bad packet experience), but we made up for it this time! They are very easy to do, they can be prepped ahead of time, they can be made out of just about any ingredients, and there are no cooking utensils required (no pan, no grill, no dutch oven, no mess).

Here is what we did:

Foil Packet Fajitas
2 chicken breasts thawed and cut into strips (one breast per person)
1 green bell pepper cut into thin strips
1 red bell pepper cut into thin strips
1 yellow onion cut into thin strips
1 bottle of your favorite fajita marinade, or concoct your own
salt and pepper
2 large pieces of heavy duty foil (again, one per person)
tortillas
extras (shredded cheese, sour cream, salsa)

Marinate chicken and veggies in marinade for at least an hour up to 24 hours.
To prepare packets, lay out each piece of foil and divide up chicken mixture between the packets, sprinkle on a little salt and pepper, and then wrap up very tightly. Any open seams will cause the juice to leak out of the packet when cooking, and the chicken will get dried out.
To cook, place on a grate over the fire if one is available on the fire ring, otherwise place them around the edge of the fire. Make sure to place them out of a direct flame or they will burn. Cook for 40 minutes, turning over every 10 minutes to keep the packet from burning.
Once cooked, open packets, dump into tortillas, add cheese, sour cream and salsa, and enjoy!

See how easy that was? This is what we will probably do from now on when going camping. They sure do beat brats.

Oh, and here is a picture of our famous breakfast burritos. They are filled with eggs, cheese, sausage, mexican sour cream, and salsa. YUM!


Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Camping, Painting & Baby Fish

Hey 4 people that visit our blog! Let's see here .... what have we done lately ...

1. Camping

Last weekend we went camping, just the two of us (something we try to do at least once a year). This time we went to Smithville and the weather was friggin' incredible! Last Saturday was one of those rare days in Kansas/Missouri where there's nothing to bitch about concerning the weather ... it was just perfect! After setting up the tent and the shelter (I love our new tailgating canopy) we fiddled around for a little while (Courtney read, I searched for more firewood). Eventually we got hungry and turned our attention to foil-pack fajitas. I'll leave it to Courtney if she wants to talk about them in detail, but they were very goooood. Next we tried to play some ridiculous game called Mexican Train Dominoes (insert funny sex joke here). Finally, as it started to get dark, we started in on serious business- drinking and tending to a Camp Bacon-sized campfire!

Flash-forward three hours later ... we are drunk, Courtney is stuffing her face full of Famous Amos cookies (a camping staple), and the minivan-drivin' dumbass families that camped two spots away from us are surely regretting their decision. Let me digress for a moment to talk about these idiots. There were roughly 40 campsites for every camper- the place was absolutely dead. About an hour after we get fully setup two mini-vans drive by with something like 37 miniature bicycles hanging off the back. As they pulled into the nearby campsite Courtney and just looked at each other in disbelief! At that moment we decided that we were going to make zero effort to accommodate them that night. So in closing, we had a great time, ate some good food, drank lots of booze, and completely disrupted multiple dipshits from getting their beauty sleep. :)

You can see more pics in my gallery at Brian-Anderson.net.

2. Painting

I fucking hate painting. Right now I am painting the low boy entertainment center I have been building for my basement theater. I'm on my zillionth coat of paint (at least I'm at the polyurethane stage) and I just want to get it over with. With the completion of this project the basement project will also be complete. At some point we want to add a tile backsplash to the mini-bar, but I refuse to count that as part of the basement project because I just want it over with. I'll post a pic of the entertainment center soon.

3. Fry Suprise

So I was cleaning my tank tonight and I saw something that surprised the hell out of me. Apparently, two of my African Chichlids did the hibbity jibbity and I have some baby fishies in my tank! I could only see three of them ... they are so tiny (we're talking width of a pencil). I need to read up and see if there is anything I can do to help them survive. I won't be surprised if the other males in the tank turn them into fish food though (I'll be pulling for them). At least this explains why my female chichlid has been a raging bitch lately.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Tuesday's dinner

I made a new fish recipe I found on Epicurious.




We are trying to make it a habit to incorporate more fish into our diet, and this recipe looked very easy to make. And it was! I made a few minor changes to the recipe that I knew would make it tastier. For the purchased pesto I used sun-dried tomato basil (it was red pesto, not your typical green pesto). For the fish I used orange roughy fillets (you could really use any type of fish, I just happen to really like orange roughy- it's not fishy tasting at all). For the veggies I used the suggested asparagus, halved grape tomatoes instead of plum tomatoes, and halved baby portabello mushrooms instead of squash. I also added some coarsely chopped fresh garlic into the packets as well. I served the fish packets with Uncle Ben's wild rice and mushrooms (adding in a chopped, sauteed yellow onion) and a slice of garlic bread. This dinner was excellent and we will definitely make it again.

FISH AND VEGETABLES WITH PESTO BAKED IN FOIL PACKETS

2/3 cup purchased pesto

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce

4 5- to 6-ounce red snapper or orange roughy fillets

16 asparagus spears, each trimmed to 4-inch length

10 ounces plum tomatoes, coarsely chopped

2 yellow crookneck squash, thinly sliced on diagonal

Fish and Vegetables with Pesto Baked in Foil Packets Preheat oven to 350°F. Blend pesto, lemon juice and hot pepper sauce in small bowl. Arrange four 12x12-inch pieces of heavy-duty foil on work surface. Place 1 fish fillet in center of each. Sprinkle fish lightly with salt and pepper. Spread each fillet with 1 tablespoon pesto mixture. Top each fillet with asparagus, tomatoes and squash, then dollop with remaining pesto mixture. Fold sides of foil over fish and vegetables, covering completely; seal packets closed.

Using long spatula, transfer foil packets to large baking sheet. Bake until fish is just opaque in center and vegetables are crisp-tender, about 25 minutes.

Courtney's first blog post ever!

Brian has been nagging me to post something on our blog, so here it is. My first post. I think most of my posting will probably have to do with cooking and the meals that I prepare, but I think that is perfectly okay. This is our blog, so nobody can tell me what I can or cannot write about.

I have decided to start writing on here not only because Brian has been begging me to write something, but because I have become obsessed with reading other people's blogs and I thought it should be my turn to give back. Most of the blogs I read are about food such as The Amateur Gourmet and Epicurious, but some others are my friends' blogs such as The Prewitt and Sit. Stay. Good blog, and humorous blogs like The Impulsive Buy (thanks Hogs) and LOL Cats (aka I can haz cheezburger). I use Google Reader to sort through them all, and I love it! If anyone has any other recommendations on good blogs to read, make a comment below.

So that was my first post. I am by no means and elegant writer, so everyone who reads this will have to get over it. I will write up another post when I get home reviewing the dinner I made last night. With two posts in two days Brian should be satisfied for a while. Go Royals!

Monday, April 7, 2008

Wood

He said "wood". I don't have much to talk about, so I'm just going to show you three pictures. For starters, here is the latest progress of my home theater entertainment center (I'm almost ready to paint):


Entertainment Center


You can find more pictures here. Next is a picture of Courtney and I after we plowed through 21 plates at the sushi train restaurant (that's something like 50 pieces of sushi):


Sushi Train


And finally, here is what Dill looked like after I dunked him in the bathtub this weekend:


Dill (Wet Behind The Ears)


I am obsessed with Burnout Paradise ... Nascar sucked this weekend ... ba-bye.