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Pret A Manger

Posted: 14th September 2019 by doomthings in The Foodening
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Delaware House Travel Plaza, Newark, DE

The travel plazas up and down route 95 on the east coast are great! They can be accessed from either direction, have clean bathrooms, gas stations, and a plethora of food options. This is where I came across Pret A Manger.

Hot Chocolate

It was chocolate water and with that bitter cocoa feel like Starbucks hot chocolate but without actual flavor.  Needs salt.

I found at the end of the drink that they didn’t stir all the chocolate in, from the mound of chocolate goo at the bottom, so perhaps it was actually better? Lesson learned, always re-stir your hot chocolate!


Spinach and Tomato Mac and Cheese

It was super creamy, made with small tube pasta, whole grape tomatoes, and lines of spinach.  Very flavorful. I destroyed it before I could take a picture, soooo, here’s the empty box.


What’s Up

Because the hot chocolate wasn’t stirred up all the way, the jury is still out on whether it would still taste like chocolate water. The Mac and cheese, however, was delicious and I look forward to coming across another Pret A Manger cuz that is definitely what I’ll be ordering!

Newk’s Eatery

Posted: 14th September 2019 by doomthings in The Foodening
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Location: Sterling, Virginia

This place is a chain that has a very similar model to Panera Bread, but with an updated fresh look and apparently a bunch of complimentary toppings, which we didn’t use. The one we went to had just opened, so one of the staff handed out menus while we waited in line to order. That may or may not continue to be a thing in the future.

I made the mistake of getting both a grilled cheese and macaroni and cheese.  But they had a two-fer deal (like Panera Bread) so I was doomed at the start. Now I have the tummy rumblin’s.  But FOR SCIENCE!


Pimiento Cheese Sandwich

It was basically a grilled cheese, but with pimiento cheese and a slice of tomato sandwiched (PUN!) between two very Panera Bread-like slices of sourdough.

It was flavorful, but very greasy. So much so that it dripped out of the sandwich by itself, and sometimes with some dripping cheese as well. Honestly, the downfall of this sandwich is it has a little too much cheese, if there even is such a thing. Even as a cheese fiend, I know when my body has had enough cheese. I will fight you.


5 Cheese Mac and Cheese

Very creamy but has that slight chemically taste similar to other chain style restaurants.  Also a little on the greasy side, but still hit the spot.


What’s up


I probably wouldn’t eat the sandwich again.  It’s not bad, and is interesting, but the greasiness unsettled my innards and they don’t stand out.  The mac and cheese, on the other hand, won me over with it’s creaminess.

Blue Blinds Bakery

Posted: 4th September 2019 by doomthings in The Foodening
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Location: Plymouth, Massachusetts

This is a cute little bakery that offers breakfast, lunch, and a wide variety of fresh bakery items including loaves of yeasted and quick breads, croissants, cookies, and more. There are a number of cute tables and a couch inside what was once a small home. 

The porch has a couple coveted tables for outdoor snacking that we were eyeballing as it was a near perfect 75-degree (Fahrenheit) day. The porch tables were still full after our food came out, so we walked to the waterfront, only 10 minutes away.


Grilled Cheese

Made with fresh sourdough bread and white Vermont cheddar cheese, this is one of the best grilled cheese sandwiches I’ve had to date. Future posts I’m sure will reveal worthy competitors, but this will certainly be my new baseline.

It was perfectly buttered and browned on both sides and the cheese was gooey and melted through. Even though I didn’t get to eat it until about 10 minutes later, it was still the perfect temperature.

Hibiscus Fruit Cooler

A rich red-pink color, this hibiscus tea is brewed with mixed berries and is heavy on the delicious tart cranberry flavor. Very refreshing and apparently easy to make as sun tea (thanks Google!).

Lemon Ginger Cookie Sandwich

A bonus to our lunch, this ginger cookie had a just enough lemon in it to be noticeable, but not enough to overpower the ginger flavor. The lemon buttercream-tasting goo in between the cookies tied the whole dessert together nicely, again, without an overpowering lemon flavor.

Snowzilla 2016: A Timelapse

Posted: 26th January 2016 by doomthings in The Foodening
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Chicken Pot Pie

Posted: 15th November 2014 by doomthings in Dinner, The Foodening
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We wanted comfort food and we wanted meat pie.  The first homemade chicken pot pie we’ve ever had is what happened.  We’re feeling fat and sassy.

Chicken Pot Pie

Goo Ingredients (adapted from The Pioneer Woman)

  • 2 boneless chicken breasts, uncooked and cubed
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup diced onions
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 cup diced carrots
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 4 yukon potatoes, cubed (or about 1 russet potato)
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • splash of white wine
  • 1/4 cup half-and-half or heavy cream
  • 1/4 tsp tumeric
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tbsp parsley flakes, or to taste
  • dash of cayenne pepper

Pie Crust Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup unsalted butter, cold
  • ~8 tbsp cold water

How to Make the Pie Crust

  1. Combine flour and salt in a food processor.
  2. Cut butter into cubes and process with the dry mixture until large crumbs form.
  3. Slowly add water until soft dough forms.
  4. Press out onto flat surface as far as possible.
  5. Fold dough in half, cut dough slab into 2 equal pieces, and roll out both pieces to larger than the size of your dish.

Directions

  1. Make the pie crust, place one rolled-out piece in an 8- or 9-inch dish.  Set the other piece aside.
  2. Place chicken in a saucepan and fill with water, just enough to cover the chicken.  Boil for 15 minutes.
  3. In a large pot, melt butter over medium-high heat, then add the onions, garlic, carrots, and celery.  Cook until onions are translucent.
  4. Add chicken and flour, stirring until combined.  Let cook about 1 minute.
  5. Add chicken stock and wine.  Stir until starts to thicken.
  6. Add turmeric, thyme, parsley flakes and cayenne pepper.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Stir until combined.
  7. Add cream and stir until thickened and bubbly.
  8. Pour mixture into pie dough-lined dish.
  9. Place other dough piece on top of dish, folding under the bottom edges and pressing to seal.
  10. Cut small vents into the top crust.
  11. Brush top crust with an egg- or milk-wash if desired.
  12. Bake at 375 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes or until filling is bubbly.

p.s.  This makes a killer leftover.