August 2008

Grill-Roasted Corn and Tomato Salsa (and Salad!)

One of the most common questions I get this time of year is “What can I do with tomatoes??” “How should I cook my zucchini??” Seems like anyone with a garden has always got plenty of both! So this week (and throughout the coming month really) I’m going to devote time to the garden bounty and show you a few things I like to do with mine. And if you’re wondering why I’m talking in “I” and not “we” it’s …

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Posted in How To..., Sara
How To: Remove Corn from the Cob

You all know how this drill works. You place the corn on a cutting board and slice right down it. The corn then flies all over the counter. If you’re lucky some of it actually stays on the cutting board, but most likely you have to go scavenging to collect all of the little kernels off the counter. Somewhere during this process you’ll step on the ones that landed on the floor and make a smooshy mess. Here’s a greattip. …

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Sweet and Spicy Honey Grilled Shrimp

Okay, this has absolutely nothing to do with the posts earlier this week, but somehow, it’s that time of the year when kids are going back to school and the nights are starting to get cool (okay, well, everywhere except where I am–we’re just bracing for a hurricane and it’s in the 80s at night!) Monday is Labor Day and everyone needs something yummy to grill, so here you go!Shrimp are pricey no matter how you cut it. I made …

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Smoked Turkey and Artichoke Panini

A couple of weeks ago I had a Chicken and Artichoke Panini from Paradise Bakery. It was delish and I realized- even though I’m not really an artichoke person- how much I loved the tender, tangy artichokes hearts in that warm crispy-soft bread. My husband may have just been trying to win some brownie points (literally) when he said, “This is good, but you could do it better,” but in my book, that’s a challenge! So this is my version, …

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Posted in Condiments, Sara
Garlic-Herb Sandwich Spread

Or “Magic Mayo” as some of my friends like to call it. Happy Monday to everyone out there! I rarely use plain ol’ mayo on anything around here because it’s sooo much better when you add yummy stuff to it! This is one of the ways I like to use fresh herbs from my garden. This spread keeps in the fridge and I use it on sandwiches, burgers, paninis, wraps, etc. It takes any sandwich up a notch by adding …

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Virgin Mango Colada

First of all, it feels like forever since I posted a recipe!! Traveling across the country and back with 2 kids under three while my husband stayed here in Louisiana was quite an adventure, but we had a fabulous time. Again, for those of you who came to the cooking class, thank you so much! I had a great time and hope you did, too. When Sara and I were discussing (at GREAT length) the recipes we wanted to do …

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Chili-lime Mango Chicken Skewers

This was another one of the things we made during our cooking demo at Macy’s. I love the combination of sweet and spicy in the quick marinade. We used an indoor grill pan for the class, and while the skewers were very tasty, I must say I prefer them on an outdoor grill where you get a little more of that smoky flavor. Either way, the mangoes will caramelize with their natural sugars and become extra sweet. Paired with a …

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Steak and Mango Salad

Everyone, I’d like you to meet my new favorite salad. When we were coming up with new recipes for the mango class we thought some sort of steak pairing would be great. We had a marinade that we loved, and also a dressing, but when I went to put them together, the ingredient list just seemed too long and I wondered how the flavors would mesh. That’s when the light bulb turned on and I thought- duh! Why not create …

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How to: Caramelize Nuts

Caramelizing may sound scary, but it’s pretty darn easy, and once you get the technique down, you can caramelize any nut to your heart’s content. They’re great on salads, on top of desserts, or just to snack on! There are several different methods of caramelizing nuts, but this is my favorite because I think it’s the easiest. You make sort of a caramel coating and toast the nuts in it as it cooks as opposed to just melting plain sugar …

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Asian BBQ Chicken Pizza

Alright, this is the follow-up recipe to the Asian BBQ Chicken I posted last week. I have a small family so when I’m planning on having the chicken, I usually just plan on transforming the left-overs into pizza the next day. I really love this pizza. It’s sweet and tangy and cheesy and delicious. During the summer, I always always make all my pizza on the grill anyway, but since you’re using bbq-grilled chicken, it’s extra yummy to have the …

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