Pizza!  Pizza!

Pizza!  Pizza!

Yesterday Kris and I went to Redlands to visit our niece, Annie.  She recently finished her dental residency at the V.A. and will soon be starting a new job out there.  For those of you who are not familiar, Redlands is east of Los Angeles.  It takes us about two hours to get there.

As we got there at 11:30, we decided to go to lunch, and I’m always up for trying new places.  She took us to the downtown area, which had a lot of small shops and restaurants.  It had a SLO (San Luis Obispo) vibe to it, which we like.  There was a pizza place she had been meaning to try out, so we went there:  The Gourmet Pizza Shoppe.

Oh my gosh!  I couldn’t believe the menu.  Just look at the list of toppings!

Carmel, honey, soy sauce, fried chicken, orange chicken, shrimp, blueberries, cashews, pickle chips… the list goes on….

Even the regular menu is amazing.

I had the Buffalo Billy’s:  ranch dressing, chicken soaked in red hot cayenne sauce, Mozzarella cheese and topped with Franks Hot Sauce.  It was just the right hotness with flavor – just the way I like it.

These were our pizzas…

Dang!  Even the sodas were eclectic.

We had a great time.

Wait a minute…

Isn’t a trolly the icon of The Old Spaghetti Factory?  Hmmm…

Afterward, we went to the Candy Factory for some treats.

We were going to hit an ice cream shop for dessert, but by then we were too full.   I can’t say that it will replace Toppers as our favorite pizza place, but we will definitely be going back to Redlands.

Oh, and to see our niece, too.



177th blog completed.

First Steampunk novel:  74839 words.  ß Past 74,000.  Goal:  80,000.

Second Steampunk novel: 783 words.

Second Steampunk screenplay:  157 pages.

First Steampunk screenplay:  Need to update with notes from the novelization.

Third Steampunk screenplay:  38 pages.

“Last Sunday’s dinner was Cajun Honey Butter Salmon

This instantly became the Cherry household’s favorite way to make salmon.  Dennis and I didn’t even bother with the tarter sauce.  The Cajun seasoning was more than enough.  And the dish was pretty easy to make.  In fact, when you put the spices together to make the Cajun seasoning, you’ll have enough for two more times, so it will be even easier the nest two time around.

With it we had Creamy Backed Mac and Cheese

This was the creamiest mac & cheese Dennis ever made – which was what he was looking for.  And it is no surprise with butter, milk, half & half, Velveeta and cheddar.  This has become Dennis’ favorite mac & cheese.

Yesterday we had Rotel Tacos!

Easy to make and very spicy!  That was partly because Dennis used the habanero Rotel instead of the Green Chilis Rotel.  It was more than Kris was expecting, but once she got use to it, she loved them as well.  Maybe use the green chilis next time.  The recipe doesn’t say it, but from the picture, it looked like the tacos were assembled and baked.  Dennis did that and the baking for five minutes keeps the tacos crisp, but also pliable enough that they don’t crack when you bite into them.

And tonight’s entre was Loaded Cheesy Pocket Tacos (even though you fold them up like a burrito).

Very easy to make and surprisingly good.  Think of them as a Mexican Hot Pocket.  The recipe calls for 12 6” tortillas.  That’s rather small, like burrito bites.  Dennis used 8” tortillas and got seven of them.  Worked very well.”  – Vincent Reinhart

And, no, I’m not jealous, Dennis.

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