Saturday, July 28, 2012

cooking: broccoli salad

my mother in law bought some broccoli and i wanted to make a tangy salad out of the florets
start by cooking 5 slices of bacon
 cut broccoli into small bite size pieces
 let your bacon cool to crisp
 small dice white onion
 throw your florets and onion in a bowl with a handful of walnuts and raisins
 add half a cup of mayo and half a cup of greek yogurt
i used yogurt versus sour cream which the original recipe called for to make it less fattening
 add three tablespoons of red wine and a third cup of sugar
 don't forget to add your crumbled bacon
 mix well and enjoy!
 this salad has a great variety of color and texture which packed a tangy punch
  i served my broccoli salad with some grilled chicken and a sweet potato medallion
enjoy everyone!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

baking: peach gallette

nothing beats fresh peaches
i wanted to make a light and simple summery dessert
 wash and slice 3 peaches
 add three tablespoons of sugar, one tablespoon of flour and one teaspoon of vanilla extract
 lightly mix all together
 grease a pie pan
 roll out your pie crust into the pan
i used pillsbury pie crust
did i mention i wanted this to be painless and simple?
 layer your peaches in the center
 add a couple dollops of butter
 accordian fold the excess pie crust around the peach center
 here's a closer look
 whisk one egg
 wash the crust with your egg and sprinkle with some sugar
 bake at 450 degree for 25 minutes
let cool and stand before removing from your pie pan 
 the crust browned wonderfully
 and the filling was delicious!
 hope this satisfies your summer cravings!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

cooking: beer can chicken

i had planned to make beer can chicken, also known as beer butt chicken, and was hoping there would be a spare can of miller in the fridge in the garage
but when i went to check this afternoon... there was none!
my husband and i don't drink so it wasn't something worth running to the store for,
so my beer can chicken is now pop can chicken
the purpose of the can of beer is to supply the bird with a good source of liquid for a moist and tender meat as it cooks
so start with your bird
mine was a buy 1 get 1 free deal at our local grocer
rinse your chick and clean out the guts and giblets
you won't need those nasty bits
 decide what drink you will use
since we are part-tay animals... i decided to use a sprite
chug half of your beverage and avoid driving if necessary
 season your bird with some butter and spices
i used salt, pepper and rosemary
 place your can in the center of a roasting pan
 then position your bird on top
its a tight fit but should make a good base for your bird
use the legs as a tripod to stand and balance your bird if needed
 carefully place in the oven at 350 degree for about an hour and a half
if using a thermometer, the internal temperature should read 175 degree when cooked
 here is our beaut an hour later
 and this is her all DONE!
 get why it's called beer butt chicken?
 here's a booty shot
 i served my chicken with some green beans sauteed with bacon and onions 
 and called it a night!
hope you enjoy this as much as we all did!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

cooking: basil garlic scallops

this dinner literally took 20 minutes to make!
it was light, summery and very fresh
take some fresh basil
 and process with salt, pepper, garlic and some olive oil
 dry your scallops
 sear in a hot pan with olive oil
you want a nice golden brown color on your scallops
 make a light summer dressing with fresh lemon, salt, pepper, olive oil and some tarragon
 make a salad with spring mix, parmesean cheese, black olives and your dressing
 garnish your plate with a slice of tomato and a dallop of your basil puree
 make your plate pretty :)
 then eat it!