I've received e-mails inquiring about the 2011 edition of Adventures in Dining and Entertainment, a great book filled with buy-one, get-one-free meals and other offers at dozens of restaurants around the Chattanooga area. This year's book features more than 90 restaurants, as well as a few businesses and entertainment destinations, such as Chattanooga Ghost Tours, Groome Transportation and Eagle Bluff Golf Course.
This is the 15th year for Adventures in Dining, which helps support local nonprofit organizations, churches and the local merchants who support these charitable causes. The books are $35, but the coupon value comes to $1,100 if you use every one.
New restaurants in the book this year include Public House, Table 2 Grill & Lounge, Kumo Hibachi Sushi, Blue Orchid Bistro, Northshore Grille, Coltrane's on 9th, Cookie Jar Cafe, Country Place Restaurant, Mama's Thai Kitchen, Fat Daddy's Pizza, Good Dog, Nana's Frozen Custard, Sluggo's North Vegetarian Cafe, Vinny & Joe's Pizzeria and Choo Choo Centennial Theatre.
These books make wonderful gifts for the foodies on your Christmas list, but you may want to buy an extra for yourself. To find a sales location near you, or if you're interested in selling them to raise money for your organization, call 265-8394 or 886-6936.
It's hard for my husband to sit still this time of year, now that quail hunting season is here. He's off every weekend with gun and bird dog in tow looking for a covey or two. Even when he comes home empty-handed, he's always happy to have been out in the fresh air for a day.
Hunters who don't want to miss out on the season but want to have a little more assurance of bringing home a bird should check into Barnsley Gardens' quail hunting season at its neighboring 1,800-acre SpringBank Plantation. There is a two-person minimum on each hunt. Through March 31, the hunting school offers half-day ($750 for two) and full-day ($1,390 for two) hunts, which include guides, dogs, licenses and birds. For reservations, log onto www.springbankplantation.com or call 770-773-2457.
If you're looking for an easy way to cook quail, look no further than your grill. My husband marinates them in Italian dressing, wraps them in bacon and grills them in a grill basket, making it easy to cook a dozen or more at a time. I found this recipe at www.huntfishcook.com and am eager to give it a try. Now, if he'll only bring home some birds this year.
Grilled Quail With Cheese and Prosciutto
8 boneless quail breast halves (skin can be on or off)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
Salt and pepper, to taste
8 thin slices prosciutto (best) or partially cooked bacon
81/2-inch cubes hard cheese (such as Swiss or gruyere)
8 small wooden skewers soaked in water for 30 minutes
Combine quail breasts, olive oil, Italian seasoning and salt and pepper in a small bowl. Toss to coat; cover and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours. Lay prosciutto flat on a clean work surface or cutting board. For each slice, place a quail breast half on one end of the prosciutto. Place a piece of cheese on the quail breast and top the cheese with another quail breast half. Roll up the prosciutto snugly and secure with a skewer, making sure that you spear through both ends of the prosciutto and the cheese. Place on a medium hot grill until lightly browned on all sides and quail breasts are just-cooked and still slightly pink.