Thursday, July 24, 2014

From the inbox: New savory world scrambles introduced at IHOP

From the inbox this week, there are some new limited time egg dishes at IHOP that sound fabulous. They'll be on the menu until September 7. Here's the press release with all the details:

The Restaurant Famous for Making Eggs Any Way You Want Them Has Three New Scrambles Inspired by Tastes from Around the Globe

GLENDALE, CA (July 21, 2014) Do you have a taste for adventure, but can’t get away? For a limited time, you need only go as far as your local IHOP® restaurant:  they are bringing exactly that—a taste of adventure— straight to your table with the introduction of their new World Scrambles, which capture the best flavors from destinations both near and far!
Guests at IHOP restaurants have always been able to enjoy a multitude of egg dishes, prepared any way they want them, and now three new savory egg scramble sensations, available now through September 7, give them even more “egg-citing” choices to enjoy:
All-American Bacon Scramble: Fluffy scrambled eggs topped with diced fresh tomatoes, crispy hickory-smoked bacon and shaved white cheddar cheese.
Tuscan Scramble: Eggs scrambled with sweet basil, roasted red peppers, finished with shaved Parmesan cheese, diced tomatoes, and topped with delicious fresh spinach
Californian Scramble: Jack & cheddar cheeses melted into fluffy scrambled eggs topped with our salsa & fresh avocado.
Each World Scramble, a satisfying choice for breakfast, lunch or dinner, is made to order and perfectly paired with golden hash browns and your choice of a warm flour tortilla, toast, or two of IHOP restaurant’s classic buttermilk pancakes.
“These new World Scrambles are just the latest in a long line of egg dishes available to satisfy our guests who come to IHOP knowing that any egg dish they order is custom made and delicious. These three scrambles were created to highlight savory ingredients that bring the delightful tastes of regions such as Tuscany, Italy and California to the menu,” said Marie Grimm, Vice President of Menu Development and Innovation, International House of Pancakes, LLC.
Guests can also beat the summer heat with refreshing new lemonades, also available until September 7.In addition to a traditional lemonade, IHOP restaurants are now offering a cherry lemonade and a mango lemonade, each garnished with a slice of lemon, and available with free refills. Each ice-cold lemonade pairs well with IHOP’s new dinner salads, sandwiches and other entrees.

ABOUT INTERNATIONAL HOUSE OF PANCAKES, LLCFor over 55 years, International House of Pancakes, LLC has been a leader and expert in all things breakfast and a leader in family dining. The chain is highly competitive in its menu offering, serving 65 different signature, made-to-order breakfast options as well as a range of meals under 600 calories.  Beyond offering “everything you love about breakfast, ®” IHOP® restaurants have a wide selection of popular lunch and dinner items, as well. IHOP restaurants offer guests an affordable, everyday dining experience with warm and friendly service. As of March 31, 2014, there were 1,627 IHOP restaurants in 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as in Canada, Guatemala, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the Philippines and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Under the licensed name IHOP at HOME® consumers can also enjoy a line of premium breakfast products available at leading retailers. IHOP restaurants are franchised and operated by Glendale, Calif.-based International House of Pancakes, LLC and its affiliates. International House of Pancakes, LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of DineEquity, Inc. (NYSE: DIN).  For more information or to find an IHOP restaurant near you, please visit  Follow IHOP on Facebook and Twitter.

LongHorn introduces Steaks Across America starting at $12.99

Love steak? LongHorn Steakhouse recently introduced Steaks Across America, which takes guests’ taste buds on a culinary trek across the country. The limited time only offer will run through mid-August with meals starting at $12.99.

·         New! Kansas City BBQ Sirloin – A juicy 6 or 8 oz. ribeye drizzled with a smoky, three-pepper blend and topped with crispy onion straws.

·         New! Texas 3-Chili Pepper Ribeye – A grilled 9 or 11 oz.  signature sirloin glazed with warm bourbon BBQ sauce and topped with delectable candied bacon.

·         New! Manhattan Stuffed Mushroom Filet – Tender, grilled-to-perfection 6 or 8 oz. filet topped with cheese-stuffed mushrooms and a housemade béarnaise sauce.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Try out Colman's Mustard on National Hot Dog Day

There's been much buzz about National Hot Dog Day, which is today, July 23rd. All of America is celebrating the ultimate summer cook-out and game day meal. However, one of the condiments that is a perfect accompaniment to a nice steamy hot dog isn't American at all. It's England's traditional zesty mustard.

Colman's has been a staple in the English foodie world for 200 years (200 years exactly. It was first established in 1814!) I'm a big fan of mustards and love the variety that can come from this one simple product. Some are very mild, both in color and taste, others have a darker and richer color and flavor. Some are coarsely ground with a completely different consistency. Others have the added ingredient of horseradish and that certainly wakes up the taste buds. 

Not your typical mustard, Colman's has a bit of a kick and a little goes a long way. The Colman's Mustard trademark of smoldering heat comes from a blend of high-quality brown and white mustard seeds that give you that blazing taste sensation. Besides being a great hot dog condiment, it gives a unique flavor to other recipes, including deviled eggs. I used some recently in a honey mustard glaze for salmon and it was quite delicious!

About Colman's Mustard:
Established in 1814, Colman's of Norwich has been recognized widely as the most iconic English mustard in the world. Using a unique and zesty blend of brown mustard seeds (Brassica Juncea) and white mustard seeds (Sinapis Alba), Jeremiah Colman created a mustard with a flavorful heat sensation that has become an essential condiment and paramount ingredient in Britain's favorite recipes, even to the highest royal order. In 1866 Queen Victoria bestowed the ultimate seal of approval - the Royal Warrant - galvanizing Colman's as the crown jewel of mustards, securing its place in the most discerning kitchens around the world. Sold as prepared mustard and mustard powder, Colman's provides a pure, fiery and complex condiment for all your recipes and dishes. Complete Your Cooking With Colman's. For recipes, extended history and information please visit

Meatheads offers $1.50 hot dogs for National Hot Dog Day

The hot dog. Love it or hate it, it's a huge part of our foodie culture. It's about as American as apple pie.  Of course, in our area, most of the hot dogs offered by eateries, restaurants, stands, carts and hot dog vendors are Chicago-style. You know - where they load on mustard and relish and onions and cucumbers and all that and never, ever add ketchup. And if it comes on a poppy seed bun, that's the icing on the cake.

Well, I tried a hot dog recently that I liked as much as our beloved Chicago-style dogs. It's a New England-style dog. It's a long Vienna beef dog on a special roll. When I attended the opening of the Munster location and listened to some of their marketing people talk about the products, I was surprised to hear that these rolls are flown in from New England because they couldn't find a Midwest producer to make them. Meatheads toasts them on outside, which I love. Then they put two - only two -condiments on them. Mustard and diced onions. That's how they do their dogs. And they are pretty dog gone good! ;)

Today, in honor of National Hot Dog day, you can pick up a New England-style dog at Meatheads for just $1.50. They're also running a contest for best picture or video! My dad and I went to Meatheads when the Munster location first opened. He lives just down the street and had been anxiously awaiting their opening. He tried the burgers and became a fan. Now he is looking forward to trying out the hot dogs. He has had this day on his calendar for a while, so I'll be taking him to introduce him the hot dog, New England-style. :) He even has an idea that he thinks may win him the best photo prize. :)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Celebrate National Tequila Day with Don Julio

There seems to be a holiday or day of recognition for so many things these days. Coming up this week is a day dedicated to tequila! National Tequila Day is observed on Thursday, July 24 and the folks at Tequila Don Julio sent a recipe my way to share with all of you tequila lovers out there. 

With an increased availability of high quality tequilas paired with a growing appreciation for such spirits, tequila has leapt in popularity to become one of the top spirits in the luxury liquor category. Tequila Don Julio, Mexico's original luxury craft tequila brings you the Este Lado created by mixologists Marshall Altier and Ben Scorah for the occasion.

Este Lado
Created by Mixologists Ben Scorah and Marshall Altier

1 1/2 ounces Tequila Don Julio Blanco
1/2 ounce Fresh Lime Juice
1/2 ounce Simple Syrup
Slice of English Cucumber
Mint Sprig
Mint and Cucumber Wheel Garnish

  1. Muddle English Cucumber and mint sprig in simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. 
  2. Add Tequila Don Julio Blanco, fresh lime juice and ice. Shake well. 
  3. Strain Contents over ice into a rocks glass. 
  4. Garnish with mint sprig and cucumber wheel. 

Ideal Serving:
Rocks Glass

1 drink, no drink contains more than 0.6 fl oz of alcohol