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Tony Cakes, Grilled Cherry Salsa, Jersey Mike’s and a Winner!

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Tony has been wanting to make me johnnycakes, which I aptly named Tonycakes. 😀  He adapted a recipe by adding chopped bacon and chopped fresh jalapeno. 

Tony Cakes – this makes 14 cakes at 4 points each

  • 2 cups white cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tableless unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup milk
  • up to 1/4 cup boiling water to get the right consistency
  • 4 slices of bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, chopped

Combine the conrmeal, salt and butter together.  Add the milk and enough water to make a moist but firm batter.  Mix in the bacon and jalapeno.  Drop by large spoonfuls onto a hot griddle, flattening slightly with the back of the spoon.

The first bite my mouth expected pancakes, but its anything but the texture of a pancake.  His recipe said “serve with honey, or maple syrup.”  I reached for my sugar free Smucker’s syrup (best sugar free syrup in my opinion!) and this dish sang.  You get the salt from the bacon, the crunchy texture of the cornmeal, the sweetness from the syrup and then the bite from the jalapeno – so delicious – thanks for making breakfast Tony!

 Tony and I did our grocery shopping on Saturday, and of course my first order of business when we walk in is to see what’s on the dollar rack.  I lucked out with rainier cherries for $1.00!  I only had to throw out about six from this whole package.

I rewrote the recipe because this time I doubled the amount of cherries, lime juice/zest and cilantro.

Grilled Cherry Salsa

  • 4 tomatoes, divided
  • 1 jalapeno pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 cup cherries
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
  • juice of two limes
  • zest from two limes
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt

I did this on my gas grill.  Just char three tomatoes, the garlic, jalapeno and cherries – it took me about 15 minutes at a temperature around 350.

Let the cherries cool, then pit the cherries and add all the ingredients to a food processer and puree.

the cherries start to carmelize on the grill - so sweet!

I am really LOVING this salsa – the sweet heat combo is a winner. 😀

We also tried out a new sub shop on Saturday – I’d never heard about it before, but the lines have been long so we waited for it to die down a bit.

They actually hand sliced the meat as you ordered the sandwich – and it was pricey – Tony and I each got a regular sub and it was over $15 with tax.  And it was huge – I was only able to eat half of it, but the best part other than the quality of the meat?  Cherry pepper relish!  I am going to have to recreate that.

This was a great sub – I liked the bread better than Jimmy John’s and if any of you have a recipe for cherry pepper relish, please let me know!

And then we went to the Fundraiser for my friends BIL – although I read the flyer wrong – I thought it was from 11:00 to 1:00 p.m., so Tony and I got there around 12:15 . . . and knew no one, so we just had a nice lunch at the bar.  Um, turns out the flyer read 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.!  Oh well, I did get to eat 21 points of nachos:

crispy tortilla chips, cheese, guacamole, sour cream, black olives and chili - oh my!

And this place has the best chicken fingers. ever.  We didn’t eat them there, but brought an order home just to bulk up our bill for the fundraiser – maybe if I put one on a salad I can make it work into my lunches this week! 😀

with an amazing honey mustard dip - these are like the ones near my sisters office

And lastly, I want a tiny dog.  Like my SIL just got – his name is Brutus and he’s only 3 pounds!

Hope everyone had a great weekend?  Question of the day:  Tiny dog or big dog?  While I love our 70 pound black lab, I think a tiny dog would be fun too! 😀

Make it a great day!

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  • MB
    June 27, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    I always wanted a big dog, a lab or a huskey, but don’t think that will ever happen living in the city.

  • Autumn @ Good Eats Girl
    June 27, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    I need to make Tonycakes….those sound amazing! Wowza!

    I prefer tiny dogs…we have a yorkie and he is only 8 pounds. The cat is bigger than he is!

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  • Erica
    June 27, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Johnny cakes? I think they’re the equivalent to what we call hoe cakes down south 🙂 Great job on cherry nab! The salsa sounds fantastic. And owww nachos. SO good. I only get them every great once in a while but they are SO worth it. Deliciousness. I like a medium sized dog. Frank weighs 60 pounds and hes a great height

  • Jenn@slim-shoppin
    June 27, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    I’ll take those nachos please!!! 🙂

    I think I’d like a tiny dog like that!

  • Lori
    June 27, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    I have always wanted a beagle if I ever got a dog. So, mid size dog. Although honestly I prefer cats much better. They are just easier and I love them!

  • Year on the Grill
    June 27, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    ummmm… at the risk of insulting my manhood… Cat (average size)

    But I do have a fondness for cocker spaniels.

    AND I MADE A CHERRY SALSA just this weekend too!!!

    I left mine rough cut, no puree, and topped a steak. Same colored cherries (oooh aah pretty)

    • biz319
      June 28, 2011 at 1:19 am

      Until I saw your post Dave, never thought to add the cherry salsa to steak – but it would be delicious together – thanks for the idea and great job on your 24x24x24! 😀

      I am jealous of your Kansas City farmers market!

  • Sam
    June 27, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    I’m happy with my lab, I think a little dog would be really cute and fun for cuddling, but I think we’ll always have big dogs.

    And I’m drooling on my laptop over those nachos!

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  • Errign
    June 27, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Thanks for the Jersey Mike’s recommendation. We have them here, so maybe I’ll check them out.

    Salsa looks good, so do the Tonycakes. I’m going to try to track down the post office today to mail you that sauce! 🙂

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  • Helen
    June 27, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    I’m a cat person too… but we had a little 10 pound Shih Tzu for a few years that adored me so it was hard not to love her back!

    Jealous of your Rainier Cherries. As I walked past them in the grocery store this weekend, at 5.99 a pound all I could do was stare longingly.

    • biz319
      June 28, 2011 at 1:20 am

      They are normally close to $9 here! So it was a total score – hope you are feeling better!

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    June 27, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    I LOVE MY TINY DOGS. they’re the sweetest little companions and easy to care for. They also live so long – heart that.

    I love jersey mike’s – their turkey is so fresh it’s like thanksgiving.

    That salsa looks A-MAZING.

  • dawn
    June 27, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    I’ve never had a dog, always been a cat person. But I tend to prefer the personality of a big dog. The next door neighbor does have a little dog though that I love so I do know there are nice little dogs. I hope whatever you decide you are happy with it 🙂 Love the grilled cherry salsa recipe might have to try that 🙂

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    June 27, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    Gotta love the big dogs! The little ones are nice too but I always feel like I’m going to step on them. Besides hubby and son (6′ – 6’1″ and built like linebackers) look really silly when walking a little dog.

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    June 27, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    I love dogs of all sizes! However, the tiny ones with the Napoleon complex do kinda irk me.

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    June 27, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    Some day, I want Max to have a brother or sister (in dog form). I don’t think I can convince my parents to let me bring another dog into their house. Max is enough dog for them 😉

  • melsar93
    June 27, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Big Dog. Tiny dogs are just cats in disguise.

    Bacon and Jalapeno tonycakes are something I think I cam going to have to try.

  • Shelley B
    June 27, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Wow, you got the deal of the CENTURY on those Rainier cherries! They are usually around $10/pound here – I feel bad enough paying 4 or 5 bucks a pound for regular cherries so I never get them. That salsa sounds out of this world good!!!

    And I’ve never had a “Tonycake” but I love cornmeal and they sound crunchy and good!

    I think tiny dogs would be the best combo of a cat and a dog – small and cute like a kitten, but they can’t jump up on your counters! The smallest dog we had was a dachshund and when she was a puppy she weighed less than a pound. ADORABLE!!!

  • Desserts In My Kitchen
    June 27, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Great post Biz! What kind of small dog are you looking for? I have a miniature Schnauzer, and he is full of energy!! Great post like always, and I love your foodie photos. The nacho salad makes me hungry!!!! 🙂

    • biz319
      June 28, 2011 at 1:22 am

      Ha – our black lab doesn’t do well with other dogs . . . its just a dream someday to have a small dog – we’ll stick with our black lab! 😀

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      I have been so beleidwred in the past but now it all makes sense!

  • Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life
    June 27, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    I love tiny dogs. Big dogs scare me!

  • Leslie
    June 27, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    I like my dogs BIG! But tiny ones are wonderful as well. Mainly I like any and all dogs – they are some of the finest people I know:)

    Those Tony cakes look incredible, and I have everything on hand to make them. Maybe tonight…I’ll let you know how the turn out!

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    June 27, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    Your cherry salsa sounds so amazing, Biz!
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  • Anna aka missmommie
    June 27, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    These is nothing like a tiny dog under the covers to warm your feet at night. I have always had a chihuahua, probably since I was 5 yrs old, they have always slept with me, under the covers at my feet. Love it! Besides, it saves my husband from having to warm my feet for me!!!

  • MaryBe
    June 27, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    Grilled cherries!! Genius!

  • Kristina @ spabettie
    June 27, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    Tony Cakes look GOOD, and so does that salsa!

    Brutus!! oh my, he is a little cutie! (great name, too!) since I currently have a little 14 – pounder Long Dog named Basil, I’ve got to be in the small pup club. I grew up with dachshunds, so it’s what I’m used to. My first apartment in college, though, I had an Alaskan Samoyed – he was BIG! 🙂

  • Kalli
    June 27, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    such a cute pic with you and the pups! i love big dogs….even though i enjoy all dogs-i am a big dog kind of girl 🙂

  • Kristen (swanky dietitian)
    June 28, 2011 at 12:43 am

    That salsa looks amazing! I am loving your photos by the way.
    I love both tiny and big dogs. I would have to say I see some terriers on my run that are darling.
    We have jersey mike’s here in Vegas. They are delicious!

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    June 28, 2011 at 1:32 am

    OMGGGGGGGGGGGGGG….those nachos look to die for!!! Literally! YUM! Best 21 points you’ve spent in awhile, I bet 😉

    I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve never tried rainier cherries…but that salsa, I can assure you, I would LOVE! So creative and I love all of those flavors!! Mmmm!!!

    And BIG dogs…for sure!

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    June 28, 2011 at 2:01 am

    Grilled cherry salsa? I have SOOO bookmarked this recipe. And I “awww’d” out loud at that little dog. Awwww. Oh, I just did it again. Big or small dogs? All dogs….I’d love one. But we just aren’t around enough to take good care of it. So we have the next best thing, a cat who thinks she’s a dog! Have a great day Biz!

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    June 28, 2011 at 2:14 am

    Big Dog! We are Rottie people, but now have doggie allergies at our house, so now we have sugar gliders- four of them!! Yup that was me in the commercial for Finish Dishwashing deterg. So much fun to do. I’ll have to send you the link to it.

  • Laura
    June 28, 2011 at 2:28 am

    That cherry salsa is BEAUTIFUL! I don’t even like salsa that much but I totally want to eat that!

    Adorable tiny puppy! 🙂 I love bigger dogs, but the tiny ones are cute too!

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    Big dog all the way. 🙂

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    June 28, 2011 at 4:15 am

    Tony’s a winner with that superb breakfast! I agree that Smucker’s syrup is the best.

    I’m sorry, but I’m a big dog person, if I’m a “dog person” at all. For some reason I can’t stand watching a tiny dog prance around on its skinny little legs.

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