Two Sisters

I’ve only been to New Orleans once but I was struck by the food. Amazingly good and tasty. Turns out that we have a little slice of it right here in Hurst at Two Sisters. At first glance they appear to be in a terrible location in a run down strip mall and the signage is older and kind of run down. When I walked into the place I was kind of taken aback, the walls are solid yellow with graffiti all over them. here are about 16 or so tables with stickers on them and 2 to 4 chairs at each. The TV on the wall is tuned to the NFL network and playing news of the training camps.

But we’re here for the food, the waitress took our drink order (iced tea and water) and left us to the menu.  I had the mean Katrina (consisting of a bowl of gumbo and a roast beef sandwich) and Sandy had the shrimp creole pasta. The gumbo was hearty and had just the right spice, the sandwich was tasty but not as packed with roast beef as I’d have like but good nonetheless.

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Whitten’s Bar and Grilll

A new little bar opened up here in Hurst called Whitten’s.  Nice little place that’s right off the beaten path in a shopping center that is basically ignored as you drive by it but it seems to do a brisk business with a loyal local following, nice wait staff and four pool tables and they appear to do a lot of business on pool league nights which I think are all week.  I came here on today (Wednesday) and the special is the chicken strip basket with fries for $3.99 (regularly $5.99) and you know what a sucker I am for cheap food:)  They have a special going on every day it seems.  I was genuinely impressed, it was out about 5 minutes after I ordered it and hot as all get out.  The fries (I ordered the natural cut) were hot and crispy but fluffy on the inside, the chicken was very tasty and I loved the gravy which did great on both the fries and the chicken.  Good food, good prices, non-smoking, nice staff and free WiFi, I’ll be back:)

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Boo KFC!!!

So one of the things that makes Monday tolerable is that KFC had the Monday Texas Two Step deal, 2 pieces of chicken with a side and biscuit for  $1.99, I’ve got that much in change in the console of the truck.  I get there today to find that it’s been replaced by a 3 piece 2 side and biscuit for $4.99, that’s paper money!!!  That and their food is so greasy that two pieces really has to be the limit.  So to the brilliant marketing minds at Yum Brands trying to force me to eat a bigger portion at KFC I say goodbye, you’re lucky you still have Taco Bell!

Burger Street BLT

My dad turned me onto this treat.  Down here in the DFW area (and the lucky folks in Tulsa) we have a chain called Burger Street.  They are a fast food burger joint that does burgers and dogs mostly but a culmination of having lettuce, tomato’s and bacon laying around led them to be one of the few fast food places that I’ve run across that offers a BLT and wow it’s good.  Lot’s of extra crispy bacon and juicy tomato’s.  And even with the extra charge for a slice of cheese it’s under $4:)

Breakfast at Jack in the Box

Because I get to work at 6am, I’m usually starving before most people even make it to work.  Now the main issue that I have with breakfast is the lack of meat.  Now I hear people all the time say ‘eggs are protein’ so you don’t need much meat.  Well that just not how I see it.  Enter Jack in the Box with their Extreme Sausage breakfast combo.  It’s 2 sausage patties with 2 slices of cheese with an egg sandwiched beneath and served on a hamburger bun.  An OJ and 5 potato sticks round out the combo and it’s under $5 and available all day long, it’s a great way to start your day no matter what time your day starts:)

Neighborhood Cafe

So I was hanging out with my friend and we decided to go to the Neighborhood Cafe in Hurst, TX located at
801 Trailwood Drive
Hurst, TX 76053-4929
(817) 282-9463

We were there for breakfast at about 10, on 12/30/11.  I have to say that upon entering the place you could tell that it was a neighborhood cafe that had been in business since the 60s (1966) to be precise. We were in  a breakfast mood so that’s what we ordered from.  Sandy got the French toast and I went a little bigger with the sausage omelet with cheese and hash browns, a side of bacon along with biscuits and gravy.  We both had coffee and water.
As for my meal I’ll start with the sausage omelet with cheese.  The omelet with huge and loaded with sausage and cheese.  The only problem with it was the sausage really didn’t have a taste to it.  I should have asked for Tabasco in hindsight:)  The bacon was bacon and aside from scorching it or not cooking it you can’t go wrong.

Quiznos Peppercorn Steakhouse Sub

Most of you that know me well know I get to work at about 6am, that means I got up at 5am and god knows by 10am I’m starving.  On certain days it’s well worth the wait for 10:30 when I can get a Quiznos Peppercorn Steakhouse sub.  I’m not sure what it is but the meat is perfectly seasoned with the melted cheese and toasted role with the side of au jus is a really great meal.  The regular sets me back $7.35 here in Irving but I treat myself often.

Eggnog recipe

This is an old Seeger family recipe that I got from my Uncle Lawrence, I haven’t had it in over a decade but I remember it as delicious:)  This is verbatim from the email:

As for the egg nog recipe. it’s been quite a while since I made any, but I”ll try to give you the general idea:
Ingedients:
1 quart of whipping cream
an egg for each person who’ll be partaking
a jigger of bourbon (our tradition says Four Roses Blended Bourbon, but that’s not ESSENTIAL) for each person
a cup of granulated sugar

Method:
Separate the eggs
Blend together the egg yolks, sugar and bourbon….set this mixture aside
Whip the egg whites to a peak….set this aside
Whip the cream to a soft peak (don’t whip it too much or you’ll have butter)
Fold the egg whites and cream together
Gently stir the bourbon mix together with the egg white/cream mixture
Taste the nog to see if it is sweet enough and/or “noggy” enough. If needed, add sugar and/or bourbon.
Serve with nutmeg sprinkled on top.

Meatloaf recipe

One of the great comfort foods of all time is the Meatloaf.  Easy and inexpensive to make it tastes great right out of the over or warmed up the next day for meatloaf sandwiches.  The recipe I use was given to me by a near and dear high school friend Sandy Suter, I took one bite and knew she had sent me the perfect meatloaf recipe:)

Ingredients:
2 eggs
3/4 Cup milk
1/2 Cup fine dry bread crumbs
1/4 Cup finely chopped onion
2 Tablespoons parsley
1 Teaspoon salt
1/2 Teaspoon ground sage
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1/4 Cup ketchup
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
1 Teaspoon mustard

Preparation:

  1.  Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine the eggs and milk together and stir well.
  3. Add ground beef and mix well until beef is well blended with the other ingredients.
  4. Pat mixture into a loaf pan.
  5. Cook for one hour and 15 min, but check for doneness at one hour all oven are different.
  6. About 15 minutes before the meatloaf is done mix together the last three ingrdients and spoon the ingredients on top of the meatloaf and continue cooking.
  7. When meatloaf is done being cooked spoon off fat.
  8. Cut and serve…