Posted at 9:02 am , on August 30, 2013
I have this thing (obsession) about berries and citrus, sometimes I just can’t have one without the other. I started out with a perfectly delicious recipe for raspberry buttermilk cake, but the citrus thing just kept creeping in so I added a bit of lime zest to the cake. And before I knew it I was in the midst of powdered sugar and lime juice stirring up a glaze. I love the sweet and tart combination that really makes this cake rock. Incidentally, this will be my last post for a few weeks as my gorgeous husband is taking me away for a long needed vacation. I’m looking forward to a few weeks just to relax, put my feet in the sand and enjoy someone else’s cooking. You all be safe and have a happy September!
Posted at 9:56 am , on August 27, 2013
It’s been awhile since I’ve made any pasta. During the summer month’s I get caught up in grilling outdoors and picking up farmers market fruits and veggies that I can’t get any other time of year. Lately I’ve been feeling a need for some comfort food and pasta is especially good to bring back the comforts of home. I love anything pesto and this turned out especially good using fresh cherry tomatoes, inspired from Lidia Bastianich of “Lidia’s Italy”. The flavors that come through are so fresh but at the same time robust. I added some crisp bacon bits to compliment the fresh tomato. It couldn’t have been better! Continue reading
Posted at 9:08 am , on August 23, 2013
I love to watch “Eat Street” on The Cooking Channel . . . they showcase the best street food that can be found from vendors that prepare any and all kinds of delicious foods from vending trucks. One episode that stood out in my memory was Cross Cut Sliders. I can’t remember the exact way they prepared them, only that they sandwiched mini burgers between cross cut fries and there was a dripping melting cheese involved. It looked ooey gooey good! Since I have some fresh “Hatch” green chile on hand it sounded too good not to make some sliders with green chile and melting queso. They are too messy for finger food, you’ll definitely need a knife and fork for these guys.
Posted at 8:28 am , on August 20, 2013
The blueberries have been abundant and very sweet this season so I’ve been stocking up. Anytime I find good berries I put a few extra pints in the freezer for future recipes. It’s been much cooler this August so I felt like baking and made two loaves of brioche bread. Nothing smells better than fresh bread from the oven! We ate one loaf and I set the other aside to make bread pudding. Since I had extra blueberries at the time it made sense to combine the two and I added some cream cheese to make it extra moist and almost cheesecake like. Joe thought it was the best thing he’d ever ate, but then again every time I make dessert he says that. What can I say, he’s just a sweet guy!
Posted at 8:41 am , on August 16, 2013
Every summer when those green tomatoes start showing up at the farmers market, I just have to have a few. It’s one of our favorites and I think what makes it special is that I only make them once a year so everyone looks forward to them. This year I decided to re-create an appetizer that Joe and I had on vacation in Gulfport, MS a few years back. It was deemed a Gulf Coast favorite layering fried green tomatoes with a spicy cream sauce with crawfish tails, bacon, mushrooms and green onions. It was sinfully delicious and I knew one day I would like to try and make it myself. I wasn’t sure if I could pull it off but they were a big hit and now we can’t wait until next summer and our next fried green tomatoes.
Posted at 8:49 am , on August 13, 2013
If you didn’t know by now, I love all kinds of salsa! It’s the perfect time to get those plump red juicy home grown tomatoes that you just can’t get any other time of year. If you can’t grow your own, farmers market tomatoes are the next best thing. I found some big meaty tomatoes at the farmers market, and they made the best salsa! I would have roasted everything outdoors but on this day it was rainy and dreary so I had to make due and roast on top of the gas stove. It worked out just fine, the house was filled with the aroma of roasting chiles, onions, garlic and tomatoes. The salsa was terrific on the zucchini fritters and I took care of the rest with a bag of tortilla chips!
Posted at 9:01 am , on August 9, 2013
August means it’s “Hatch” season. The first green chile have arrived but I haven’t found any roasters set up yet so I just picked up a few to get started. The first thing I wanted to make was some salsa so I went to the farmer’s market to pick up fresh tomatoes. But as usual I get caught up in all the fruits and veggies and picked up some zucchini and corn too. I had recently been drooling over a post from Kevin at “Closet Cooking” for Jalapeno Popper Corn Fritters which gave me the idea to make fritters with the Hatch green chile. I tweaked the recipe a bit and made a zucchini version too. I topped them with some Fire Roasted Salsa and Flamethrower Sauce. They were quite filling and really tasty, enough to make a whole meal out of them.
Posted at 8:10 am , on August 6, 2013
I have been obsessed with skirt steaks this summer. It is one of the most affordable and tastiest steaks to ever put on the grill. I’ve been making steak tacos a lot this summer and saving any extra steak for a steak salad. It’s so good over leafy greens with some crunchy tortilla strips. I made a spiced up dressing with a creamy peppercorn base mix from Penzey’s. I lightened it up by subbing greek yogurt for the mayo and buttermilk for the sour cream. It was so good! Adding a roasted jalapeno, some green onion and cilantro gave it a flavor of the southwest.
Posted at 8:53 am , on August 2, 2013
Ever had bread cheese? I hadn’t until now. I saw a post by Marie “Proud Italian Cook” who used a cedar plank to grill the most delectable bread cheese. I was hooked at the first photo and I’ve been wanting to try it ever since. The thing holding me back was that I couldn’t find any bread cheese. I searched Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s to no avail. By chance I found some at a market I rarely go to. I had a cedar plank in the pantry just waiting for the perfect opportunity. I bought a french baguette and stopped by the Mediterranean bar and picked up some roasted red peppers, sweet piquante peppers, sun dried tomatoes and some fresh cherry tomatoes to go with the cheese. It’s the perfect appetizer and resembles bruschetta. Our favorite was the sweet roasted piquante peppers. Marie’s last words were that she hoped she inspired us to plank some cheese . . . I hope to do the same!