Posted at 8:07 am , on May 29, 2012
Are you a fan of pretzel rolls? They have become the big craze lately and remind me of the soft pretzels that you dip into cheese sauce or slather with mustard. Josh wanted a cheese dip for the pretzel rolls and out of that came the idea of sliders with a cheddar cheese sauce. These are fun to make and even more fun to eat. I’m thinking these would be a big hit at open house grad parties. These were originally supposed to be green chile cheese sliders but then Josh piped up again and said “Why not top it with jalapenos too”! He was quite the inspiration!
Posted at 9:30 am , on May 25, 2012
I’ve discovered a potato salad that I absolutely love. It comes from Rick Bayless and combines new red potatoes with roasted poblano’s and a homemade mayonnaise that is out of this world. The flavors of the southwest really stand out in this potato salad. This would be a perfect side dish for your Memorial Day weekend and pair up perfectly with any grilled burger or brat. I can tell you it was fantastic alongside our Raspberry Chipotle Steak Salad.
Posted at 8:57 am , on May 22, 2012
It was a perfect weekend for firing up the grill and being outdoors. I think everyone in the neighborhood was feeling it. You could smell the grillin in the air and we were no exception. At the farmer’s market I found fresh lettuce and had to have a bunch of the spring mix. I also picked up some red potatoes for a roasted potato salad that served as my side dish that I plan to share soon. I put up a skirt steak in the freezer a couple weeks ago and thought it would be perfect to layer over top of my salad mix. A chipotle glaze would taste good but how to flavor it? I was on the fence between raspberries and mangoes but the raspberries won out when I found a large pack of fresh berries on sale. This sauce turned out to be versatile in that I could set some aside to make a salad dressing with plenty left over to glaze the steak.
Posted at 9:09 am , on May 18, 2012
Every time I go through the “Wilton” isle at the craft store I see all these pretty baking cups for muffins or cupcakes. There are so many choices of shapes and colors and I want one of each. I went to the grocery store in search of an idea for muffins and found the blackberries on sale so I picked up a couple cartons and headed to the craft store to find the perfect muffin cups. I thought these bright pinkish cups looked like an open flower and thought they would be perfect for my muffins. When I started filling them with batter I found out they were too large to fit into my muffin pan. So, I placed some in ramekin cups and the others on a cookie sheet. The baking cups were stiff enough to hold up without a mold, however they did spread out a bit more than the ones baked in the ramekins. I had hoped they would look like a flower in bloom but I what I had in my head and what actually baked up were two different things. In the end I couldn’t be happier with how they tasted, they were so moist and berry delicious.
Posted at 9:31 am , on May 15, 2012
As the weather turns warmer we find ourselves craving something cold to drink. Joe and I enjoy a cold smoothie after a long walk or after working in the yard. These smoothies are very low in calories but they will satisfy your taste buds and replenish your energy. I found this recipe in an old Cooking Light magazine and it’s so simple with only four ingredients yet it’s packed with flavor. If you’re a fan of lemon and berries you’ll definitely love this.
Posted at 9:24 am , on May 11, 2012
Happy Mother’s Day to all the mom’s out there. If I could choose this would be my favorite breakfast to wake up to on Mother’s day. Eggs Benedict with a hint of chipotle. I wanted to make these as easy as possible so I took a page out of “Simply Recipes” blog and made the hollandaise in a blender which turned out great. She also gives instructions on poaching eggs which proved to be helpful as I have not had great experience in the past with the poaching process. I chose a sourdough english muffin with smokey bacon instead of the traditional canadian bacon and topped it with spinach leaves and sliced avocado before adding a poached egg and chipotle hollandaise sauce. Continue reading
Posted at 8:26 am , on May 8, 2012
I was first introduced to the Albuquerque Turkey Sandwich in the 80’s at a restaurant called “Christie Mae’s”. Yes, it is in Albuquerque and when we lived there I would go with co-workers on our lunch hour and get a half Albuquerque Turkey Sandwich with a cup of Creamy Chicken and Green Chile Soup and a side of Honey Cornbread. Everything was so delicious! I’ve always loved this sandwich with it’s smoked turkey, roasted green chile, guacamole and melted Monterey Jack cheese. It’s really simple so get out your panini presses or your cast iron skillets and in no time you’ll have one tasty sandwich.
Posted at 10:33 am , on May 4, 2012
Happy Cinco de Mayo all! I love any excuse to eat Mexican food. Recently when Joe and I were in Kauai we walked over to a little restaurant called Monico’s Taqueria where we shared a plate of Steak Nachos. It was a simple nacho platter with spicy marinated steak and melted cheese with Chile de Arbol salsa on the side. After 2 weeks of Hawaiian food I was having withdrawal pangs for Mexican food and for me this was heaven on a plate. The arbol salsa goes perfectly with steak but I wanted more options. So I added some more toppings which I hope you will enjoy. Continue reading
Posted at 9:09 am , on May 1, 2012
Barbecue is taken very seriously where we live. Kansas City is famous for it’s barbecue and there are plenty of great places to choose from if you’re ever in the area. Our favorite is Oklahoma Joe’s, they have the absolute best burnt ends on this earth and no I don’t have a clue how they do it. Any day of the week you could expect to stand in a long line running out the door just to get some of these tasty smoked meats. By no means do I claim to be an expert on barbecue but I do love to eat it. I would describe our KC barbecue sauce as a sweet heat. It’s a bit on the spicy side with sweet tones behind it. Just recently we watched Anthony Bordain “No Reservations” Kansas City and on this episode he ate barbecue at many of the local favorites. Joe and I sat there and drooled as they ate burnt ends, ribs, pulled pork and brisket. I tell you, I wanted barbecue so bad I could hardly stand it. I went to the freezer and pulled out a pork shoulder roast to thaw and the next day set about getting a dry rub, marinade and sauce ready for a pulled pork roast. I slow cooked it for an entire day and as the hours passed by the aroma became intoxicating. Every couple hours I would take a big fork and turn the roast over and when 8 hours had passed, the fork went in and the roast fell apart. Continue reading