Showing posts with label food. Show all posts
Showing posts with label food. Show all posts

Thursday, November 19, 2020

A new restaurant coming to Temecula (in 2021)

***November 2020 UPDATE***

Actually some good news for once in 2020. As of 11/19/2020 - the website does mention a new location coming soon in Temecula - set to be opening in Spring 2021! 
Here is a link:

You can see their most recent menu updates and online ordering system at: 

I'm positive there are plenty of local folks that will be making this new place a huge success (both as patrons and employees) when it opens. Reach out to the people making this happen and let 'em know you are excited for the opening (and that sent ya!).

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

South of the Border Inspired lunch

One of my favorite proteins is a bit surprising.  Being vegetarian, of course it would not be the ever popular bacon.  Most would assume tofu as a generic answer.  Those with some veg option knowledge might guess tempeh or seitan, but they too would be wrong.  This favorite ancient seed of mine boasts 14g of protein and a laundry list of essential vitamins and minerals per every 3.5oz of uncooked grain! 

That's right, I am talking about quinoa (keen-wah).  This little dietary gem is originally from the Andean region of South America.  The Incas treated it as sacred, referring it to "the mother grain" until the Spanish conquistadors invaded and forbade them from cultivating this amazing grain.  Thus eliminating quinoa from popular diets and making it largely unknown until recently.

Fortunately for everyone, quinoa's popularity is growing.  Not only is it gluten free, but it is one of only a few plant foods that are considered a complete protein, containing all nine essential amino acids.  I like to prepare quinoa the way i think the ancient Andean people probably enjoyed it, with simple vegetables and warm spices like in the following recipe: South of the Border Quinoa. 

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Tortillas - one of the most wonderful foods ever

Like many packaged products in our kitchen, as a family of three, we end up with a few too many tortillas when we buy them for taco Tuesday. 

If you are looking for a way to use ALL of the tortillas that come in your Mission Brand Tortillas (as pictured), check out this very informative article:

Do you have any great recipes that use tortillas? Please share.

Friday, June 24, 2016

8 Bit Brewing is a Good Bet

Murrieta - The best part about summer break is getting to sleep in and drink beer for breakfast.  This is exactly what I did today.  With no plans or appointments, I slept late and made lunch plans with my husband at 8 Bit Brewing in Murrieta, Ca. 

Though my husband and many friends had been here before, this was my first time to the newish brewery located in the industrial district of southwest Murrieta.  I was very impressed with the vibe and décor, modern gray tones mixed with warm wood accents.  The unique distressed metal slab bar top was a favorite of mine.  As were the Pacman inspired beer labels and brewery logo.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Lunchtime at Giada in The Cromwell Las Vegas

Giada at The Cromwell Las Vegas

Right in the heart of the Las Vegas strip lies newly remodeled and renamed, The Cromwell Hotel and Casino.  Beautiful and contemporary, this boutique hotel and casino is a classy step above its more garish neighbors.  The Cromwell also plays host to Giada De Laurentiis’ first sin city restaurant simply titled, Giada.

Giada takes up most of the street side second floor with enormous open air windows with views to the busy street life below.  The dining room is light and airy, decorated in creams and whites with pops of red and orange.  In the bar, the television is set to classic films produced by none other than Giada’s father.  Classic, "King Kong" was running during our visit.

Also in the bar, a bartender by the name Gio who made my husband and I the most amazing drinks!  We originally ordered Bloody Marys, but they were out of mix, so we asked him to surprise us. Not only did the drinks taste amazing, but they looked beautiful too.  Mine was frothy and slightly sweet, garnished with a twisted lemon peel, the other was cool and clear topped with a perfect basil leaf.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

FOOD REVIEW: Guy Fieri’s El Burro Borracho in Harrah's, Laughlin Nevada

Nacho Average Taco Joint

My mother’s family is from the southwest.  As a child, she frequently made dinners for us that represented that influence.  I developed a love for Tex-Mex and Mexican food at a young age.  When I found out Guy Fieri had a Mexican restaurant inside Harrah’s Laughlin, I had to check it out.

Queso Casero Enchiladas
The shiny modern corner of the otherwise dingy casino, el Burro Borracho is fresh and inviting.  Popping with color and artwork on every surface, the atmosphere is as delectable as the food.  Upon sitting, we were informed that the giant piece of extraordinary artwork on the ceiling above us (yes, I said every surface) was a replica of the tattoo on Guy’s arm memorializing his sister.

Like any good Mexican food restaurant, fresh salsa and chips were brought immediately to our table.  Being a vegetarian, I personally did not want the first batch, as it was topped with freshly fried chicharrónes.  After just a quick word with the server, we were brought new chips sans pork.  From the menu, over half of the appetizers and all of the salads are vegetarian, but meat eaters will note that you can add meat to most of them.  It is Guy's restaurant after all.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Homemade biscuit mix and cheese biscuits

I have been making my own biscuit mix for years now.  Once we learned Bill was no longer able to eat wheat or gluten, the convenience of grabbing a box a Bisquick went out the window.  Anyone with the same affliction knows the gluten free box is 3 times as expensive and 3 times smaller than the regular gluteny one.  If you were just a single person that might be okay, but not for a family.  I do not want to make 2 different batches of biscuits.  I just make everything gluten free.  Something that is not cost effective using the ready made stuff.

Lately I have noticed a lot of stores have started carrying ready made mixes for "Red Lobster Cheese Biscuits".  Having made these myself for years, I thought I would share my recipe.  No sense in spending $4 for a bag that will only make you 12 biscuits and is full of preservatives.  And for good measure, I am sharing my biscuit mix recipe as well.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Our tomato harvest and how to store them

We have a huge tomato harvest with many tomatoes too small to sell. So here are simple steps to store tomatoes: clean, boil, blend, cool, bag and freeze them.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

2012 Menifee Independence Day Celebration on June 30

Here are pictures from the 2012 Menifee Independence Day Celebration at Wheatfield Park. Pictures include: City of Menifee City Council (Mayor Denver, Mayor Pro-Tem Fuhrman, Members Kunezi, Kristjansson & Edgerton) Universal Trap (band), Rachael Stark (singer), Bill Gould (Full Value Entertainment), Rob Johnson (City of Menifee) Katie Pritchard (RivCo EDA). Picture Credit: Apryl Gould for Full Value Entertainment

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Another adventure for me, Write in the green Patch

As you might well know by now, I have stopped hosting Live at The Merc on Friday nights. It has been a full month of no shows and now I am bored. Well, that might be a little over the top; but recently I have been looking for something new to do that wouldn't take up quite as much time as booking and producing The Merc did.

By chance and good fortune I was recently contacted by Peter Surowski who is the editor of and asked if I would like to contribute to his website as a Local Voice. I am happy to announce, I took him up on his offer and will start contributing to the site in the near future. I will be writing about local music, food and politics in the greater Temecula Valley area, of course I will be including Menifee. 

Even though I will be contributing to, I will still continue publishing and naturally I will be posting here at as well. I look forward to this new adventure and hope you will join me!


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

My first day of being Gluten Free; 3/21/2011

It is not often I am this forward about my personal life, my medical health, but this seemed like something worth talking about.

Over the last few months I have been having some medical issues. I have been experiencing extreme discomfort in my 'belly' area. I was very alarmed and Jeney was downright freekin out about it. A few of you might have even noticed that at a recent school board meeting I was in some extreme pain towards the end of the meeting, to the point I had to excuse myself from the dais for a moment.

I feel like I owe a bit of an explanation, now that I have somewhat of an idea as to what is wrong with me.
After consulting with my doctor (I am still waiting for a few more test results) it would seem that I am one of approximately 16 million Americans with a wheat gluten allergy and/or celiac disease.

This would make plenty of sense after all, before the aforementioned school board meeting of pain, I had consumed a couple slices of garlic bread and had 2 plates of whole wheat pasta with veggies. By the end of that meeting I was in serious pain and I thank Mr Reller and Mrs Clites for their concern.

Now comes the interesting part, removing all gluten containing products from my selection of food.

Sounds simple right?


You would be amazed at all the food items that have some type of wheat or rye. And yes friends, that includes beer. I am relatively bummed to know that beer is something I should not consume. I also can't eat falafel, one of my favorite foods. Gone for me are Dennys pancakes, Spuntinos pizza and In n Out cheese sandwiches. A sad day indeed. :(

For the most part, eating out at restaurants will be an almost impossible task, so I will be getting creative in the kitchen. Farmers Markets, Barrons, Henry's, Trader Joes, Fresh and Easy and Sprouts will be my shopping destinations.

Lemons to lemonade, right?

I will be sure to post updates on this adventure and its changes in the way I feel. I will also be posting new recipes that people with gluten allergies can enjoy, of course they will also be vegetarian!

If you or any one you know has this or similar issues, feel free to chime in and comment about positive ideas or things to avoid.


Thursday, March 3, 2011

Sm Biz: Discovering an old favorite; Red Tomato Pizza in Murrieta

Driving around today after picking up Apryl from school, we headed into Murrieta to check on one of my condos for lease. After finishing up at the condo, we decided to roll around and see what was new in the area. In 2005-2007 we did live music for teens at Java Joz coffee house and Monte Vista Elementary MPR and for the bands we would buy pizza.

For awhile we used a large corporate pizza joint. Horrible food, but they delivered and it worked. It worked until one day they gave my wife some attitude when they messed up an order. At this point we 'fired' them and went looking for a new spot.

We stumbled across Red Tomato Pizza (39040 Sky Canyon #108 Murrieta Ca 92563; 951-600-9101) one day and discovered that they had the BEST pizza deal in the valley - $5 medium pizza, cheese or 1 topping. Now this is a real pizza, with good sauce and it is decent cheese. One heck of a deal, and when we came across the place this afternoon we were thrilled to see they were still in business AND they had the same great deal.

I would advise you hit this place up and support local small business, it tastes good and feels good too.


Thursday, February 24, 2011

City of Murrieta to ban night Happy Hours and close alcohol sales at midnight?


As a local business person I have to say something about this: the City of Murrieta is trying to end all Happy Hours in Murrieta at 8pm and close ALL bars at midnight. The planning commission voted last night 5-0 to send the proposed restrictions to the city council, here is the link to the meeting agenda:

As a parent, I agree you should keep bars and liquor stores away from schools, however this is too restrictive on business development and our own personal freedoms.

I disagree with the idea the planning commission approved. If you disagree as well and own, manage or work at a restaurant in Murrieta that serves alcohol; or even if you just like to go out with friends and enjoy some nightlife - stand up and be heard! You can email the City Council by visiting - let them know how you feel.

Here is a link to the article I read in the Californian this morning:

Monday, February 14, 2011

Pic of the Day: Penne pasta w/ tomato, wine & pepper sauce (with recipe)

This is what I cooked for Valentines dinner, Jeney and Apryl enjoyed it, as did I. I am lucky to have an awesome wife who allowed me to cook her dinner and post this recipe for you.

Here is the way you make it:

4 - cups pre-cooked penne pasta
1 - 15oz can of tomato sauce
1 - 15oz can of chopped tomato w/ Italian herbs
1 - red bell pepper, chopped
6 - garlic cloves, chopped
1 - half medium sized red onion, chopped
1 cup white wine
1/4 cup canola oil
1 TBSP basil, chopped
1 TBSP oregano, chopped
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp rosemary
1 tsp vinegar

Heat large skillet, add oil. When oil starts to shimmer add the onions, garlic and peppers, sauté on medium high heat for about 4 min or until they start to brown.
Add the white wine and cook it down for about 2-3 minutes, add the can of chopped tomato, cook for 2 min, add the tomato sauce, herbs and paprika and cook for another 2 min.

Add the pre-cooked pasta & cook for 3 min while stirring. Turn heat to low, add the vinegar, stir, cover and cook for 3 more min.

Uncover, stir, serve. Add salt, pepper and cheese to taste and enjoy. Serves 5 grownups.

PS - today is 7 years of marriage for Jeney and I, if I keep cooking like this I think she will stick with me. I love you Jennifer Kay Kingsbury!!

Monday, January 31, 2011

Sizzling Vegetables

Here is a picture from tonight's dinner, vegetable soup. There is celery, carrots, potatoes, onion and green garlic sauteeing away in the pan waiting for broth.

Very tasty dinner tonight.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Black Bean Burgers

I got a food processor for Christmas last month and used it today to make my first batch of Black Bean Burgers of the new year.  Here is my recipe for my favorite vegan burger substitute.

Black Bean Burgers
Makes 12
2 cans black beans (16oz each) (1/4 cup reserved)
2 whole carrots
1 small apple
¾ cup salsa
2 or 3 cups oats
¼ bread crumbs
2 Tbsp chili powder
2 Tbsp cumin
2 Tbsp oregano
1 Tbsp onion powder
5 cloves garlic
1 cup reconstituted couscous
¼ cup corn

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2.With the grating blade on the food processor, grate the carrots and apples.
3. Switch to the regular blade.  Add black beans, salsa, garlic, couscous, bread crumbs and spices.  Pulse until mixed.
4. Add most of the oats slowly, pulse to mix.  (Reserve ¼ cup oats)
5. Pour mixture into a large bowl.  Fold in reserved black bean and oats along with the corn until evenly mixed.  Let rest for 15 minutes.
6. Using a 1/3 cup measuring cup, scoop out mixture and shape into a patty.  Place onto a baking sheet lined with foil, sprayed with cooking spray.
7. Cook for 20 minutes, flip, then cook for another 20 minutes.

These burgers are now ready to be grilled or pan fried.  Leftovers freeze very well.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Midweek Magic

Every Wednesday night, Carl the magician entertains the masses only at Applebees Murrieta. I am totally a magic skeptic, but want to give credit where credit is due.  Carl is one of the best magicians  I have ever seen, live or on tv. I have watched people be rendered speechless by Carl over and over.  If you truly want to be astonished, go visit Applebees Murrieta on a Wednesday night.  I promise  you, you won't be disappointed.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Board'z Grill Review Update

A while back I wrote a review of Board'z Grill for the Full Value Review.  This has been one of our family's favorite casual restaurants for years now.  Our daughter loves the Board'z style Mac and Cheeze and their roasted red potatoes are fantastic.  One of my personal favorite menu items was the Spicy Black Bean Burger.

I went to Board'z last night because I had a craving for that black bean burger.  I usually make my own at home, but it is time consuming to make and I was short on time.  I walked in stoked to have a great dinner before going to the Merc for our Friday night concert series.  When I got to the counter I ordered and was told that the company they got the burgers from had stopped making them and they were out.

Completely thrown for a loop I looked up at the menu again and decided on a Veggie Tube.  "Tube" is the name for their burritos there, the veggie was full of tomatoes, sprouts, carrots, avocado and hash browns.  I subbed the sprouts for lettuce and thought, here goes nothing, I can try something new.

Unfortunately I was not enthused by my new choice.  The hash browns were just barely hot, not cooked nearly long enough.  The carrots were all clumped in one spot so that when you would take a bite, that's all you would get.  The Tube also comes without any sauce, which makes it rather dry.

I won't stop going to Board'z because there are no black bean burgers, but I am disappointed.  I certainly hope they get it back soon.  There are quite a few vegetarian options there for me to try still if they don't replace it though.  Hopefully there is something better than the tube.

Thursday, January 13, 2011


...for everything I have and all the people that surround me.

And for good chocolate.

In all seriousness, sometimes there are no words.

So all I can do is:


Sunday, January 9, 2011

Back to reality for me, challenge time!

Tonight marks the end of my part-time winter vacation. Apryl goes back to school in the morning, Jeney goes back to her full time hours as well. I will be back to early mornings and will begin my new 'routine'. My new 'routine' will consist of 3 days a week work outs, band practice and/or songwriting 2 days a week. I will also be continuing my recently adopted policy of less fried foods.

I view all of this as a challenge really. With goals set that are achievable, sharper focus and Jeney's help; this should be a very successful Spring.