Mom's Diner

November 4, 2012

Tailgate Grill, Waynesboro VA

If you are in Waynesboro and just really need some comfort food, the Tailgate Grill is the place for you! Seated in its spacious and noticeably sparkling clean dining room, you can choose your favorite burgers and fries. Be sure to try the onion rings and the loaded fries -we fed our whole family with a basket of each! When you are in the mood for a hot, homemade style burger with all the fixin’s, there is nowhere better!

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August 4, 2012

Duck Donuts, Kitty Hawk NC

Filed under: Donuts, food, North Carolina — Tags: , , — momsdiner61 @ 7:30 pm

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Hot, made to order donuts are the order of the day at Duck Donuts! Pick your icing- chocolate, vanilla, lemon, maple, or peanut butter- and, pick your toppings- peanuts, sprinkles, coconut, etc. You can make the perfect dozen and carry them out with you, hot and ready to eat!

July 8, 2012

Perfection

Filed under: food, homemade, sandwiches, tomato — Tags: , , — momsdiner61 @ 1:29 pm

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This is it – summer perfection at its peak! For weeks now, we have nurtured the tomato plants, just waiting for the first few fruits to appear. We watched as this tomato grew into a large ball and turned from green to an orangey-red. We picked it just before it was completely red and let it finish ripening in the window in order to keep the deer and other wildlife from enjoying this prize. We did all this and endured a summer storm, 5 days with no power, and record-breaking temperatures. But, today, we finally enjoyed the “fruits of our labors,” placing delicious slices of red garden- grown tomato on soft slices of white bread, layered on mayonnaise and a sharp cheddar American cheese slice -the first tomato sandwich of the season! It needs nothing else, no further description – the tomato sandwich is perfection, and we hope to enjoy many more before the first frost comes this fall.

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July 5, 2012

Old-Fashioned Sparkling Sugar Cookies

Filed under: cookies, desserts, homemade — Tags: , , — momsdiner61 @ 8:30 pm

Sometimes, the tried and true is the best, and this is certainly true of these sugar cookies! Made from the Betty Crocker Boys and Girls Cookbook that I got as a child in the early seventies and now a favorite cookbook with my own children, these cookies are all that a sugar cookie should be. The cookie is light and soft, yet substantial, with the sweet crunch of the colored sugar sprinkles and the wonderful burst of lemony sweetness from the lemon zest that a true sugar cookie should have. It is very hard not too eat too many of these as they come out hot from the oven!

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July 2, 2012

Riverside North, Charlottesville VA

If you have a hankering for a hot bacon cheeseburger (with lettuce, tomato, and grilled onions), or maybe a basket of French fries, a pile of fried mushrooms, or some hot and gooey Mozzarella cheese sticks, all hot right off the grill and out of the frier, then Riverside North is the place to go. The food is straight-forward American fare, served made-to-order, hot and fast. The atmosphere is casual and the service is friendly. A great place to go when you need some old-fashioned comfort burgers and fried sides! Don’t worry if there are a few grease spots on your receipt-that’s just a sign of a tasty meal!

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June 27, 2012

Garden Dinner Extraordinaire!

My grandfather was a farmer, and my great grandfather was a farmer, but I am definitely not a farmer, as the large collection of dead and dying plants on my deck attest. Fortunately for us, we are not dependent on our garden for sustenance (if we were, I am sure we would starve). But, my children wanted a garden, so a garden we have in our backyard, filled with spring onions, baby carrots, tomatoes, Yukon gold potatoes, pole beans, Lima beans, cucumbers, peas, lettuce, and green peppers. And, we have a lovely blueberry bush that produces lots and lots of big, juicy blueberries despite our gardening ineptitudes. So, tonight, we had our garden dinner extraordinaire – fresh pasta tossed with spring onions and tiny cherry tomatoes and baby carrots in a creamy Parmesan and a vinaigrette dressing served with boiled Yukon potatoes on the side. For dessert, there was a homemade blueberry cobbler, juicy berries intermingled with perfectly textured cake. Somehow, these home grown fruits and vegetables had so much flavor that it was truly a joy to eat them, savoring the flavors that came out of our labors and our own backyard! Never mind that every day for the last two months we have been tending this garden and supporting it with everything it needs – the seeds, the tomato cages, the stakes for the pole beans, the Miracle Grow applications, and more. And, despite our best preparations, it always seems to need something else – the deer ate the heads off the pole beans, so off we went to get stakes and netting, the soil was low in nitrogen, so we added fertilizer, the tomatoes were showing signs of calcium deficiency so we spread lime. Not to mention the lights and the motion sensor sprinklers to keep animals out of our tiny Eden. This is definitely not a money-saving endeavor, but the flavors rival anything that I have ever eaten, so I am going to do my best to enjoy this bit of gardening luck that has come my way, one meal at a time for as long as it lasts!

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June 18, 2012

Barbecue Pit Summer Feast!

The barbecue pit – an elegantly simple apparatus that delivers up the best weekend-get-together meals! There is nothing better to bring people together than Boston Butt covered in dry rub and slow cooked into pulled pork barbecue. Or, marinate a butt in Mexican flavors and slow cook it for pork carnitas. Soak some corn in husks in water and place on the grill to perfectly steam in the husk. Finish it all off with some chicken Kebobs for the non-pork fans and you have the perfect weekend feast! And, when you think you cannot eat another bite, roast some giant Campfire marshmallows over the coals. What a weekend!

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Blueberry Bounty!

Filed under: Blueberry, bread, homemade — Tags: , — momsdiner61 @ 6:46 pm

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Blueberries cover my blueberry bush, with more turning blue everyday! It is such a wonderful harvest, the plump blue berries just asking to be picked and eaten. One of our favorite things to do with ours is to make blueberry bread with lemon glaze – it is sweet and tart and moist and delicious, all at the same time. The recipe came from a grocery store advertisement, but it is one of my favorites. Around here, that warm loaf of goodness won’t last very long!

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May 3, 2012

A. Parziale & Sons Bakery, Boston MA

Filed under: Boston, bread, food, Massachusetts, Pizza — Tags: , , , , , , — momsdiner61 @ 8:10 pm

So, here’s the deal – I don’t like cold pizza. Why, then, is it that my favorite food in this North End bakery is exactly that? It may be because of the way the thick crust, the mildly flavored tomato sauce, and the Italian cheese sprinkled over the top come perfectly together to make the most wonderful pizza flavor and texture combination ever! This is a must stop at an amazing national treasure if you are anywhere near the North End. . This family-owned bakery has been serving up handmade goodness for over 100 years. Their white bread loaves are another item not to miss. They are that perfect combination of crunchy crust breaking away to reveal the soft yeasty goodness of the bread inside.

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April 2, 2012

Edward’s Bacon, Surry County, VA

Filed under: food, pork, Surry County, VA — Tags: , , — momsdiner61 @ 11:06 pm

So, it must be apparent by now that I love quality pork products and there is nothing better than Edward’s bacon. Its crispy, salty, slightly sweet taste is addicting at first bite, making all other bacons pale in comparison. Of course, you can always get some at the Edward’s Ham Store in Williamsburg, but you can also find it in some specialty food stores around the state (and by mail order too, I am sure) and it is worth the splurge. It is particularly wonderful with blueberry pancakes for breakfast!

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