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Brasserie Ten Ten in Boulder, Colorado

By Todd Barron @ FoodieCuisine.com

French market doughnut & lemon crème beignets

French market doughnut & lemon crème beignets

Boulder Colorado has several restaurants to try but I choose Brasserie Ten Ten for brunch.  The day is a beautiful 65 degrees Fahrenheit and people are sitting both indoors and out.  It’s quite busy but not in a bad sort of way.  There is an energy to the restaurant and although my family is seated in the middle of the fray, it is comfortable and inviting.

Brasserie Ten Ten won awards in 2012 and 2013 for Excellence Best French Restaurant and Best Brunch and by looking at the menu I can see why.  They offer everything from lemon beignets to steam mussels and more.  There are so many choices I want to try (and will on future visits.)  We settle on the Lemon Crème Beignets at $5.95 for eight.  For my entrée I settle on one of the specials, Les Oeufs (which means eggs in French), which is a bed of potatoes (hash), with pulled pork, and poached eggs on top.

The place is busy, large tables full of families are enjoying themselves, and I don’t even notice the time that goes by as I enjoy the people watching experience.  The beignets show up and are a great value for the price as the plate is full of perfectly fried beignets.  The lemon crème sauce is divine with a strong hint of lemon and it is perfectly creamy.  I could eat a plate of it if I had too (or had the calories to spend for the day!)  I stop at two beignets but really want to eat more.  We have plenty left but I don’t want to ruin my entrée.

In short notice my entrée comes out and is surprisingly light.  The eggs are poached perfectly and ooze over the dish when broken.  There is a strong hint of tarragon to the entire dish that is almost overpowering but stops short of that mark.  The pulled pork has a lot of flavor that is easy to detect and it all works well with the “hash” of diced potatoes.  Unlike a southern style hash, this one is boiled potatoes sitting in a light broth.  I like it, a lot, and when done there is nothing left on my plate.

I cannot wait to go back and try a dinner at Brasserie Ten Ten and recommend you give it a try!

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Cheers in Maumelle upgrades their menu!

By Todd Barron @ FoodieCuisine.com

Cheers Chicken Pesto

Cheers Chicken Pesto Pizza

I am used to seeing restaurants update their menu items, one at a time, over a period of several years but it is rare to see a restaurant make major updates all at once.  Cheers in Maumelle has done this though and my hat goes off to them!  It takes a brave soul in the restaurant industry to change and Cheers has changed for the better.

They took out the view of the kitchen and replaced it with an appealing brick oven pizza station.  Also gone is the reception desk when you enter and the tables have been moved around a little.  But, aesthetics is not what is really interesting.  The new menu items are where the fun begins and as expected, they now offer several different brick oven pizzas!

I personally ordered the Chicken with Pesto pizza that arrived within a few minutes and loved it.  The crust was not too crisp but not too soft either, and I could taste the pesto apart from the chicken and other ingredients.  The pizzas are a little on the expensive side given their small size but compare to value in other recent entries into the area.

Overall I’m very impressed with the updates Cheers has completed and feel like Maumelle has a brand new restaurant!  I cannot wait to go back and try the other new menu items.

Cheers In Maumelle
(501) 851-6200
1901 Club Manor Dr Ste C
Maumelle, AR 72113
http://www.cheersith.com

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Chirashizushi at Sashimi in Maumelle, AR

Sashimi Charishizushi

Sashimi Charishizushi

Chirashizushi is a bowl of sushi rice topped with a variety of sashimi style fish and vegetables. They are cut and placed in a visually appealing way and while the dish can be a bit on the fishy side, it is a great item for healthy eating. I enjoy eating it at Sashimi in Maumelle, AR as it is different every time you order it.

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Thanksgiving 2013

By Todd Barron @ FoodieCuisine.com

You cook for Thanksgiving right?  Even if you don’t, maybe you will find some of what I made an inspiration for next year.  :)

Green Beans

Fresh Green Beans

For the green beans I took fresh green beans, blanched them in boiling water for 3 minutes, and then removed to an ice bath to cool completely. I then patted them dry, placed on a cookie sheet, drizzled with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and baked at 425F for 5 minutes. Super simple but quite tasty!

Corn Casserole

Chipotle Corn Casserole with Cheddar

Corn, cheddar cheese, cilantro, chipotle sauce, and cooked at 425F for 45 minutes.

Oyster Stuffing

Oyster and Cornbread Stuffing

Stuffed Turkey

Stuffed Turkey Breast

Stuffed with mushrooms, cream cheese, and tarragon. Baked at 350F for 4 hours until center reached 160F.

Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin puree, cream, cayenne, chicken stock, cooked down for 45 minutes. Garnished with candied bacon (bacon I broiled with brown sugar) and apples (cooked the apples in butter and then dried in the oven using a silpat silicon sheet.)

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Homemade Chicken Tikka Masala

By Todd Barron @ FoodieCuisine.com

Almost nothing beats homemade and the other day I made Chicken Tikka Masala.  It tasted great and was even better on days 2-5 of eating leftovers!

Homemade Chicken Tikka Masala

Homemade Chicken Tikka Masala

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Taste of Hawaii – Trip to Oahu

By Todd Barron @ FoodieCuisine.com

I’m still on vacation in Hawaii but here are some of the great treats I’ve had so far!

Kobe Dog from Hanks Haute Dogs in Honolulu.

Kobe Dog from Hanks Haute Dogs in Honolulu.

Strawberry Tiramisu from Azul in Hawaii.

Strawberry Tiramisu from Azul in Hawaii.

Hangar Steak from BLT in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Hangar Steak from BLT in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Macadamia Nut Pancakes from Aulani Resort in Hawaii.

Macadamia Nut Pancakes from Aulani Resort in Hawaii.

More to come!

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Labor Day Weekend Brisket

By Todd Barron @ FoodieCuisine.com

Sliced Brisket

Sliced Brisket

For Labor Day I smoked 25 pounds of brisket using nothing more than salt and pepper. It came out super tender, moist, and full of flavor. Beef needs nothing more.

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Eat Cheaply and Healthy – Intro

By Todd Barron @ FoodieCuisine.com

The most common excuses you hear from people are “Eating healthy costs too much” or that “Eating healthy takes too much time” or “I don’t have the kitchen to cook healthy food”. Well, they are wrong… I know, that is some tough love but it is the truth. Here is a breakdown of why they are wrong in their assumptions:

Fallacy #1: Eating Healthy Costs Too Much

Use the American Classic of McDonald’s with their signature Big Mac. A typical Big Mac Extra Value Meal costs $5.69 USD and includes the sandwich, a soft-drink, and fries. This meal weighs in at: 990 Calories, 40 grams fat, 123 grams carbohydrates, 33 grams of protein.

Compare it to a sandwich made with wheat bread, 5 ounces of white tuna, mayonnaise, and Swiss cheese that comes in at $3.03 per sandwich. It has the following nutrients: 470 Calories, 19 grams fat, 24 grams carbohydrates, and 40 grams of protein. Instead of a soft drink you would drink water (free) and the fries are completely necessary since they are full of carbohydrates. If you want more calories you can always double the amount of tuna and the price is still lower at $5.15 per sandwich. That would be a whopping 10 ounces of tuna! If you don’t think that is a lot, go make a sandwich with it. :)

Fallacy #2: Eating Healthy Takes Too Much Time

The sandwich above can be made in the morning, before you leave for work, in less than ten minutes. The time to eat it is only the time it takes you to remove it from the container used. I highly suggest a reusable container here as it keeps expense down.

Fallacy #3: I Don’t Have the Kitchen To Cook Healthy Food

The sandwich above requires nothing more than a can-opener, a spoon, and a bowl. I personally travel for work a lot and pack a lot of the things I commonly use such as a wooden spoon. If you must have a bowl, you can substitute it with a plastic bag and mix the ingredients by massaging the bag (closed of course!) Yes, it may sound “strange” but there is no excuse. You just need some creativity!

In future segments I will show you other tips for cheap (and healthy) eating!