Quinoa Salad

Quinoa and bacon, probably not two ingredients you see together a whole lot.  However, I happen to think they make a great match!  What does bacon not go with anyway?  This is a beautiful and healthy, summer salad that you can make with lots of fresh ingredients for a picnic or barbecue.  It also doesn’t have to be served hot, which makes it really easy for making ahead and transporting.

Watch the video for my tips and tricks to make this flavorful, southern summer salad!

 

Date posted: July 29, 2014 | Author: | No Comments »

Categories: Sides

peach blondie

I just love this time of year, especially the fresh fruits and vegetables we get to enjoy here in the South.  Fruit has been one of my biggest cravings during my pregnancy, and fresh, juicy peaches have been no exception!

In the Nashville area, we have this awesome thing called  The Peach Truck, which brings ripe, delicious Georgia peaches here every week.  You can check their website to see where they will be each day so you can try them out for yourself, their peaches are such a treat!

Check out the video below to see how to make my latest creation, summer peach blondies with a super simple caramel sauce for drizzling!

 

Date posted: July 22, 2014 | Author: | No Comments »

Categories: Dessert

 

asparagus risotta

If you have never made risotto, now is the time to give it a try!  The recipe video below shows you the simple step by step process to making this creamy, delicious dish.  I promise, once you give it a try, you won’t be intimidated by it any longer.  It does take a little time, but it is totally worth it and super simple!

 

 

Date posted: July 11, 2014 | Author: | No Comments »

Categories: Sides Vegetarian

4th of july burger

Who doesn’t love a good burger on the grill?  It’s definitely the perfect food to celebrate the warm weather.  Instead of the usual fixins’ this year, why not change things up with some of my (easy) gourmet burger toppings!  I’m also sharing 3 tips to for grilling burgers this summer, check it out!

3 Tips for Perfectly Grilled Burgers

1) Flatten the burgers with the bottom of a glass.

flatten patties

We have all experienced the “burger balls” that result from not flattening out your burgers correctly.  My trick to even cooking patties is to divide the meat evenly, roll each section into balls, use the bottom of a glass to flatten them, and then press your thumb in the center of each patty.  It’s super easy!

2) Keep it simple.  

season patties

A little burger seasoning (my favorite is Bam Burgers by Emeril) goes a long way.  No need to mix all kind of ingredients into the meat, the more you play with the meat the tougher it will be.  Once they are flattened out, sprinkle each side liberally with your favorite seasonings.

3) Don’t over cook your burgers.

grilling burgers

If you are in charge of grilling, be sure to watch them, and take them off the grill as soon as they are done!  No one wants dried out, hockey puck burger, am I right?  If you’re worried about keeping them warm, put the patties on the buns, and then place them back in the plastic bag that the buns came in, this will keep them nice and moist!  …This was a trick our friends taught us, and it works wonders!

Now for those yummy toppings…

burger toppings

Candied Bacon

candied bacon

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Place a wire rack on top of a large baking sheet.  Place 1/3 cup brown sugar in a shallow dish and dredge 8 slices of bacon through the sugar on both sides.  Shake off the excess sugar, and place the bacon on the wire rack.  Once all of the bacon is coated, sprinkle it evenly with 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper.  Bake this for 20-25 minutes.  The bacon will harden as it cools.

Caramelized Onions

caramelized onions

Slice up 4 sweet onions.  Place 2 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet over low heat.  Once the butter has melted, add the onions and 1/4 teaspoon of salt.  Place the lid on the skillet and cook the onions for 45 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.  The onions will be a deep golden brown color by the end of cooking.

Garlic Grilled Shrooms

shrooms

Preheat the grill to medium heat.  Slice up 16 ounces of baby bella mushrooms.  Place them on a large sheet of aluminum foil.  Add 2 tablespoons of cubed butter and 1 minced garlic clove over the top of the shrooms.  Sprinkle with a 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper.  Add a splash or two of red wine if desired.  Wrap the mushrooms in the foil, and seal the edges.  Place the “packet” on the grill for 10 minutes, flip it over, poke a hole in the top of the foil, and then grill them for another 10 minutes.

“Comeback” Sauce

comeback sauce

In a small bowl, mix together 1/2 cup light mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons chili sauce (or ketchup), 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 teaspoon dijon mustard, 2 teaspoons worcestershire, and 1 teaspoon hot sauce.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date posted: July 2, 2014 | Author: | No Comments »

Categories: Beef Holidays