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On the Road: Illinois to Nebraska, Omaha Steaks and My Black Bean Dip 
Jul. 11, 2010 7:40 pm 
Updated: Jul. 13, 2010 2:49 pm
We are finally on the road! We were an hour late getting started Thursday morning, but managed to miss all but a few sprinkles of the forecast thunderstorms. I'll take that trade-off.

We traveled across most of Illinois on I-72 before picking up U.S. 36 to go across Missouri. U.S. 36 was a surprisingly scenic drive. Being the native flatlanders that we are, we find even the smallest of hills scenic. Still, I have always found beauty in the long stretches of rural America that so many fly over. There is peace and strength in the rows of crops and rolling pastures.

Thursday was also Nancy and my 21st wedding anniversary. When we got to Lincoln, we asked the great folks at the hotel about finding a unique local place. They suggested the Red Fox Steakhouse. Since we're somewhere between Omaha and Kansas City, we ordered the Omaha Steaks NY Strip and the babyback ribs special to share. The steak was simply seasoned with salt and pepper and was cooked to a perfect medium rare. It was as tender as you would expect. The ribs were a little disappointing. A little overcooked with nothing special about the sauce. It wasn't that they were bad, we were just hoping for more. The cornbread biscuit they came with, on the other hand, was wonderful! Soft, moist and deliciously corny, we knew it wasn't anything close to low-fat, so went easy on it.

And here's a little something that I came up with recently. I took my Hummus recipe and substituted Southwestern ingredients to make a black bean dip. I took it in and shared it with folks at my office and it was a big hit. Creamy, with the freshness of cilantro and the smokiness of chipotle, this is a wonderful, healthy snack. I served it with some toasted tortillas.

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Jul. 12, 2010 6:33 am
Sounds like a fun trip. My husband and I both ride. We are planning a trip to Colorado in August and am looking forward to that. Got three people on that bike? Must be crowded. LOL
Jul. 13, 2010 2:49 pm
I travel to Lincoln often for work. I love the steak at the Red Fox! I will have to try the cornbread biscuit next time!
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