Welcome to summer… Thanks to Peaches for sharing her lovely mint patch and to Krisann for sharing her delicious mojito recipe! Slainte from Blue Fish Cove!
Welcome to summer… Thanks to Peaches for sharing her lovely mint patch and to Krisann for sharing her delicious mojito recipe! Slainte from Blue Fish Cove!
I had been trying for months to get my God mother and a few cousins to my home for lunch. It seemed, with crazy schedules, it was taking forever to make it happen. We picked a date and made it work! We had a wonderful afternoon. I served this dish for lunch. I had seen a similar dish at a restaurant I had eaten at recently. I made a few changes and liked this version better. The girls loved it too!
(My husband, Bill, cooked the chicken for me on the rotisserie on the grill, seasoned with crazy salt, ground black pepper and garlic powder. It was cooked perfectly!)
Cut off all of the meat from the chicken, dark and white, into cubes. Add the mayonnaise (I used 1/2 cup of regular and 1/2 cup of Miracle Whip. Some people don’t like Miracle Whip, but I think it adds a nice flavor). Cube the apple and add that with the walnuts to the chicken. Toss.
Put the chicken salad into halved avocados. Each guest should receive two stuffed halves. The avocados that I used were very ripe so I left the bottom skin on. If they are a little more firm, you can skin them entirely.
Toss the mixed greens with balsamic vinegar, olive oil and crazy salt.
For the presentation, I halved a couple of grape tomatoes on each plate, put a serving of the greens and placed the stuffed avocados on top.
Chill and serve. Enjoy, we did!
A great side for any summer meal! This pasta salad is really easy and quite delicious. It also keeps well in the refrigerator if you don’t eat it all at once!
Boil the pasta until tender (I like it a little al dente). Add a little oil and salt to the water for taste and also so it does not get sticky. Drain the pasta and add a little salad dressing (I used Lite Italian Dressing but you could also use olive oil with balsamic or red wine vinegar). Toss the dressing with the pasta soon after it is drained so it does not get sticky. I did not put strict measurements on the vegetables because it is really about individual taste. I cut in small pieces about 8 grape tomatoes, 1/2 a cucumber, 2 large green olives and 1/3 of a red onion.
Toss again with more dressing and then add the goat cheese.
The pasta will absorb the dressing so you may want to add a little more and toss before you serve.
Now that the weather is great, we have been grilling a lot! This is a staple that I will include in many meals, whether it be beef, chicken or seafood.
Cut the vegetables into chunks. Place into a bowl and pour the oil and vinegar over them. Sprinkle with Crazy salt, ground black pepper and garlic powder. Toss together and put into the refrigerator. Let the vegetables sit a couple of hours up to overnight. Stir every few hours so the mixture marinates.
I bought this great covered pan a few years ago at Crate and Barrel. Drain off the excess marinade and put into the pan (or something like it). Put on the grill and turn often. Cook about 20 minutes. You can also add fresh mushrooms, asparagus and or summer squash. Enjoy!
This is a nice dessert for the family or for a dinner party. Light and fresh!
Combine the sugar, tapioca,milk and egg in a saucepan and let sit for 5 minutes.
Stir while cooking on medium heat until the mixture boils. Take off the heat and stir in 2 tsp. of vanilla. I thought it would be fun to put the pudding into margarita glasses for a great presentation. Pour into 4 glasses or small bowls.
For the whipped cream, put one cup of heavy cream into a bowl. Add 1 tbsp. of confectioners sugar (more if you like it sweeter) and 1 tsp of vanilla. Beat with a hand mixer until it forms soft peaks.
Put a dollop of cream onto the pudding and garnish glass or bowl with a strawberry. Serves 4.
* Tapioca recipe adapted from Kraft Minute Tapioca basic recipe.
This is one of my son Jonathan’s favorite meals. It is very tasty and can be pulled together in about 20 minutes.
Beat the egg with 1/4 cup of milk and put into a bowl. Put 2 cups of seasoned bread crumbs into another bowl. (I added garlic powder to the breadcrumbs for extra flavor.) Cut the tenders into bite size pieces. (I put the pieces of chicken in a zippered plastic bag and hammered them out to tenderize them.) Put the chicken into the egg bath and then the breadcrumbs. Cook in a frying pan with canola oil.
At the same time, steam the whole crown of broccoli. When it is tender, cut off the tough stalks.
Boil the pasta.
I have to confess I have a double standard when it comes to sauce. I always make a red sauce from scratch, never do I buy a jar. I do, however, buy the white sauce in a jar. For this recipe, I use Bertolli’s alfredo sauce. It is delicious and enables this recipe to be pulled together quickly.
Put the pasta, broccoli and chicken into a large bowl. Pour the sauce over everything. (I don’t even heat the sauce because everything else is hot.) Toss. Enjoy!
This is a easy recipe that you can prepare in the morning and then let it cook all day in the crockpot. When you get home from work, your house will smell wonderful and your dinner will be well on it way. I served this with my Southwest Spicy Slaw recipe. If you don’t have that much time and want to take a shortcut, use the bag of prepared slaw and just add the dressing from the Spicy Slaw recipe.
Trim pork of any excess fat. Scatter onion over the bottom of crockpot and place pork on top. Add remaining ingredients, cover and cook on low until very tender, about 8 hours. Remove meat and let cool.
When cool enough to handle, pull meat into thin shreds, removing all fat and gristle. Strain the liquid from the crockpot, this is to remove the onions. Add the liquid back to the crockpot. Return pulled pork to crockpot. Add extra barbecue sauce if needed and let cook for an additional hour if desired.
Serve on buns with coleslaw.
These crab cakes make a perfect meal or can be made smaller and served as an appealing appetizer. Either way I think that you will really enjoy these. I know that I did.
Combine first 8 ingredients. Add 1/3 cup panko and crab; toss gently. Shape crab mixture into patties. Place remaining panko in a shallow dish. Gently dredge patties in panko.
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 TBLS oil to pan. Add crab cakes to pan; cook 4 minutes on each side. Remove from pan; keep warm. Repeat procedure with remaining oil and crab cakes.
Combine 2 TBLS mayonnaise and remaining ingredients; serve with crab cakes.
Tomato and Arugula Salad:
Combine 2 TBLS white wine vinegar, 1 TBLS olive oil, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and 1 pint halved grape tomato in a medium bowl. Add 4 cups arugula, and toss. (toss salad just before serving so arugula doesn’t wilt).
I thought I would share these two sauces. They are simple, delicious and fresh. One I have been making for some time, the other is a recipe that I just learned.
Shrimp Cocktail Sauce:
I learned this several years ago and have not purchased cocktail sauce since because it is so delicious.
This recipe really needs to be made to your specific taste and also based on the amount of shrimp you have. Living in an ocean community, we have our choice of wonderful fish markets. I order my shrimp and have it all prepared. It is a little more expensive but it is perfect every time. For this photo, I had two pounds of shrimp. I doubled the recipe. It is approximately a ratio of one cup ketchup to one tablespoon horseradish but you would need to taste it to see if you like it. Horse radish can be very strong so you need to find the ratio that works for you. Just mix these two ingredients.
Display the shrimp over a layer of ice and place lemon wedges on the sides. Squeeze the lemon on the shrimp and then dip in the sauce. Fantastic! Enjoy!
My other recipe is one that I just learned from Paula Dean. I often cook while watching cooking shows and Paula’s was on the other day. This one is a great alternative to hollandaise sauce.
Spicy Mustard Sauce:
Squeeze the juice of 1/2 lemon on top of the brown mustard. Add the cream. Beat with hand mixer for about one minute until it gets somewhat firm.
Break (don’t cut) the ends of fresh asparagus. Steam to desired tenderness. Put a dollop of the mustard sauce on top. Really delicious on the steak too! Enjoy!
Last week was my brother’s 50th birthday. My sister-in law had a beautiful party for him at a local dinner club, complete with fabulous food stations. My daughter was looking for some plain pasta, which the chef easily accommodated, but the complete pasta dish he made was wonderful and I asked him to walk me through it (he was making it at the station and I watched and questioned as he cooked). Very easy but with a fresh taste that was really nice. Ingredients:
Boil the fusilli until tender and put aside. In a frying pan, heat the olive oil and cook the chopped garlic until brown. Lower the heat. Add the spinach and the tomatoes until they get warm but the spinach does not have to be completely soft. Add the pasta to the frying pan and turn it over in the oil. Add garlic powder to taste, if desired (I like garlic, so I added more here.) Put the feta cheese into the mixture and turn around again until it gets warm. Serve immediately. Enjoy!
I must admit this recipe was given to me by my good friend Flo. While helping her with something early one morning she happened to mention that she loved this recipe (I re-named it), and that she had not made it for a long time and actually sounded like she missed it. So I made her dig it out of the archives, jotted it down and went home and made it right away….are you surprised? The finish to this dish scared me a bit but I am a gutsy cook and figured ..”what the heck is the worse thing that can happen..it gets thrown out and I learn something from the experience!” Learning from my experiences is something I have always done. I try never to look at anything like I failed, but that I am learning all the time and growing from every single experience. I remember one Friday morning I made three, yes three different things, each of which I did not care for and each of which I promptly put down the garbage disposal!!!!. So, know that it happens to all of us at some point…just toss it out and keep on trying.
In a large, fairly deep fry pan, put the oil in and place over medium-high heat. Wait for oil to heat up a bit. While waiting wash chicken and dredge through the flour, shaking off any excess. Cook chicken till golden brown on each side and remove from pan and keep warm. Add the onion, peppers, mushrooms,tomatoes and chicken broth..bring to a boil and then reduce to medium heat, cover and cook for about 10-12 minutes, stirring periodically. Remove the cover, add the chicken back into the pan and cook uncovered for another 30 minutes or so, turning the chicken a couple of times till the chicken is done. I made sure my chicken pieces were not really large and all about the same size. Actually I purchased split breasts and cut them in half sideways. Once the chicken is done, pour the Grand Marnier nip all over the top and stir gently to mix well. Put cover back on and wait 5 minutes. Serve with pasta, couscous, brown rice or spaghetti squash if you are really calorie conscious and by all means ENJOY!
This is a great meat sauce recipe. The sauce is hearty and comforting. Best of all the sauce freezes really well. I usually make a big batch and then enjoy it several times.
Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion and carrot to pan; sauté 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic, sauté 1 minute, stirring constantly. Place vegetable mixture in a 6 quart slow cooker. Add sausage, beef, veal and pork to the skillet; sauté 6 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Place meat mixture on a double layer of paper towels; drain. Add meat mixture to slow cooker. Stir olives and next 6 ingredients (through tomato sauce) into slow cooker. Cover and cool on LOW 8 hours. Stir in oregano.
Serve with pasta, top with basil and cheese.
This recipe cooks quickly. You can plan to have it for dinner and in no time at all it will be on the table. Total prep/cook time was about 2o minutes from start to finish. Perfect to make on a weekend and simply warm again for an afterwork dinner with a large salad or a couple of side veggies. Sometimes, we think we need to spend a great deal of time with foods, especially those that have an “Italian” flair, I have found that it is not always true ~ certainly not this time!
Cook your pasta according to package directions ~ el dente. Cook the sausage in a large skillet over med.-high heat till crumbled and lightly browned. Stir in remaining ingredients in with sausage and combine well. Drain your pasta well and add to sausage mixture and toss again to finish the dish. Top lightly with freshly grated Parmesan or Romano cheese.
Please remember that freshly grated cheese is ALWAYS the best choice. You will find that you will use less cheese and be happier. By the way you will save many, many calories and that is always a good thing. It is a win-win no matter how you look at it! Don’t forget the salad and or veggies. Mangia’
I am a big fan of hard boiled eggs. I especially like deviled eggs and usually use a traditional recipe. Recently, I was looking for a new deviled egg recipe and found this one. Wow, these little eggs have a lot of flavor. Try them for your next gathering.
If mixture is too dry add more mayonnaise/mustard. Cut eggs in half lengthwise; remove yolks and set whites aside. In a small bowl, mash yolks. Sir in remaining ingredients. Pipe or stuff into egg whites. Refrigerate until serving.
This is a delicious tomato soup. I have to give credit to my sister Kim for this one. She served this soup with crostini in small bowls as an appetizer. The presentation was beautiful! I served it recently at an appetizer party that I hosted, it was well received.
Combine the basil in with the pine nuts, pulse a few times in a food processor. (If you are using walnuts instead of pine nuts and they are not already chopped, pulse them a few times first, before adding the basil). Add the garlic, pulse a few more times. Slowly add the olive oil an a constant stream while the food processor is on. Stop to scrape down the sides of the food processor with a rubber spatula. Add the grated cheese and sugar and pulse again until blended. Add the salt and pepper to taste. This will make more pesto than you need for this recipe. You can use the remaining pesto for something else or freeze it.
Heat oil, sauté onion and garlic until tender 5 to 10 minutes, Add tomatoes and mash with a potato masher. Stir in sugar and bread; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook until bread break down about 5 minutes. Transfer half to food processor or blender and puree. Add 1 TBLS oil and puree until smooth 2 to 3 minutes. Repeat with remaining soup. Stir in chic broth as much as you think you need (this will effect the consistency). Add 1-2 TBLS pesto while cooking.
Preheat over to 400. Cut the focaccia rolls into sticks, place on a cookie sheet, spray with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and shredded pecorino romano cheese. Cook for about 10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a cooling rack.
Mix a couple of TBLS of pesto with olive oil (this will make a pesto oil). Pour the pesto oil into a squeeze bottle.
Serve the soup, with a circular squirt of the pesto oil and a crostini.
If you love Chinese food, you will enjoy these tasty little bites which are perfect to bring to a party where they can be served at room temperature. I like these meatballs served warmed/or hot, with toothpicks, and a bowl of WARM soy sauce for dipping. These meatballs are simple to make. All chinese food lovers~ ENJOY!
Mix all ingredients together. Combine to make small meatballs – about the size of a quarter. In a large fry pan, pour just enough canola oil to skim coat the bottom, or spray heavy fry pan with canola spray. Heat over medium-high to cook meatballs. Turn until brown on all sides. After cooking, place on paper towels to absorb oil. Serve with the warm soy sauce for dipping. Also consider serving them with duck sauce and or hot mustard or blend the two for a little sweet and hot taste.
From a tiny BEACH kitchen:
This wonderful lobster salad recipe comes from my Dad, John Hoss. He serves it with crackers for an elegant appetizer. Or simply tucks the lobster salad into a warm, toasted hot dog bun. Hot or cold, lobster salad sandwiches are best served with Cape Cod potato chips.
I had the 2 beauties pictured above cooked at Brant Rock Fish Market. I simply shucked the lobsters in my kitchen. Yes, you can buy lobster meat already shucked – just bring your wallet – it costs a fortune! Shucking a lobster is really not all that hard. However, I’ve been doing it all my life and so am probably biased.
For you virgin shuckers out there, simply follow the pictures below.
Shuck lobsters. Dice into bite size pieces. Combine with mayo. Use just enough mayo to hold it all together. You don’t want the lobster meat dripping with mayo. Add fresh cracked pepper and salt. Serve warm or chilled. As Barefoot Contessa says, “How easy is THAT?”
Whole Cooked Lobster:
Getting the sweet lobster meat onto your fork may seem like a daunting challenge to some. There are 2 solutions to this; you can buy already shucked fresh lobster meat, or once you have cooked your lobster you can follow these simple steps:
Claws: Remove the lobster claws by twisting them from the body. Using a nutcracker, seafood shell cracker or pliers, crack the shells of the claws, and pull out the meat. Don’t forget to push the meat from the knuckles – some feel this is the sweetest part of the lobster.
Tail: Arch the back of the lobster until it cracks or twist the tail to separate it from the lobster’s body. Break off the tail flippers, insert a fork, and push the tail meat out in one large piece. Peel back the thin piece covering the tail and remove the anal cord.
Body: Unhinge the back shell from the lobster’s body. You’ll see a green area (called the “tomalley”) that is considered a delicacy by some, and the coral-colored “roe” which is also edible.
Crack the lobster’s body by pulling it apart sideways. Lobster meat can be found in the four pockets where the larger legs attach. There is also a small bit of meat in each of the walking legs.
You can have a great dinner on the table any night in just 20 minutes. Use whole wheat pasta if you prefer. The broccoli is sautéed – so it has a slight crunch. A hint of lemon adds terrific flavor to the sauce. And the leftovers are perfect to bring to work the next day. ~Sheryl
Hello everyone. It has been 12 weeks or so since I began my new knee journey and I am happy to say that all went well. I am moving around nicely and with very little discomfort. I thank you all for your cards, good thoughts and prayers as I am sure they were a part of the end result.
Today’s update is both sad and exciting at the same time. I have decided to retire from being a weight loss leader and am happy to say, through much soul searching, that I have decided to do something I have wanted to do for quite some time.
I would like to introduce to you my newest idea in which I will be “THE COACHING COOK.” I will be taking very small groups of 5 only for a class into my home for cooking lessons, discussions and more. If you are truly interested in more information on the classes please do not respond to the blog, but to the following e-mail:
I have set this up so that our food blog will remain as it should. I would love to hear from you so please feel free to e-mail me at email@example.com. I guarantee that it will be a fun, and a great learning experience for everyone. All you need to bring is your favorite coffee or tea mug and sit and enjoy.
Thanks so much for all your support through the years.
Bill had made a plans to have his buddy, Matt, over to watch the “big game”, The AFC Conference, The New England Patriots verses the Baltimore Ravens. He asked if I would make my chili and he would add snacks and pizza to the menu. This is my version, a little different than most chili’s. I really like garbonzo beans better than the traditional kidney beans, so that is how this one is made. This chili is really not difficult to make but the longer it simmers the better.
Brown the beef in a pot with garlic powder. Drain off the fat. Add the sauce, beans and salsa. Sprinkle in the cumin, coriander, red pepper and more garlic powder. The measurements of the spices are approximate, add more or less according to your own personal taste. Let simmer on medium heat.
Serve with a dollop of sour cream and some shredded cheese. Enjoy!
The chili was a success as was our team! Go Pats!
I have recently been making Fritatta’s every week, I make a large one and enjoy the leftovers for breakfast, lunch or dinner. This is a very versatile dish which you can create with whatever ingredients you enjoy. I love having foods in my fridge that I can grab on the go.
I make this in a large saute pan so that I have leftovers. You can alter your ingredients to make a smaller fritatta. Saute sliced onions, with olive oil. After a few minutes, sprinkle 1 to 2 teaspoons of sugar over the onions. Stir constantly over a medium heat. The onions are caramelized when they are soft and have a light brown color. Set onions aside in a bowl. Add a little more olive oil if needed and saute the sliced peppers. Add cooked peppers to the onions. Add the sliced sausage to the saute pan cook until lightly browned. Add to onion and pepper mixture. Add some olive oil to the saute pan and saute the baby spinach, add some salt and pepper and cook until the spinach is cooked (this will cook quickly and will reduce in size). Add the spinach to the other cooked ingredients.
Set your oven to broil. Lightly spray your saute pan with olive oil. Over med low heat add your cooked ingredients back to the saute pan and mix the ingredients so that they are spread equally in the saute pan. Add the beaten eggs, sprinkle feta cheese evenly over the eggs and top with sliced tomatoes. Add some salt and cracked pepper. The fritatta should cook on the stove top until the eggs set and are somewhat firm. Place the saute pan under the broiler to brown the top (place the saute pan in the oven on the second level away from the broiler and make sure that the handle is not under the broiler). Let the fritatta sit on the counter for a few minutes before you slice.
From a tiny BEACH kitchen:
Bon Appetit Magazine published this chicken pot pie recipe years ago. It is a hearty classic perfect for a winter’s night. Each pie is six generous servings and the recipe makes TWO pies. I “cheat” and use Pillsbury pie crusts – no one has ever complained. If you don’t have a crowd for dinner, the pie filling does freeze well in a ziploc bag for another time.
Disclaimer: This pie is a labor of love … and time. You will be hanging out in your kitchen for a bit so put on some good music and pour a glass of wine. For veggies, I like to use potatoes, carrots, broccoli and peas~ and small round onions if I have some in the freezer. Frozen veggies are easy to toss in if you don’t have them fresh.
Most of the “cooking” for the chicken pot pie filling is done in a large heavy pot on top of the stove in the chicken broth. Each individual item is cooked in the broth separately and removed to a large bowl. (Hence the good music and drink- this is a process.) The veggies are cooked “crisp”, not mushy. The broth reduces to 2 cups and is then used to make the cream sauce with FRESH thyme, butter, onion, milk and flour. I emphasize fresh thyme. It smells wonderful as it all bakes together. I always add extra Thyme.
For the dough, the bottom crust is baked for ten minutes prior to filling. Pre-baking the bottom pie shells will keep the pie crusty and helps to keep the “pie” slice together when serving.
The filling and thyme sauce are then combined and heaped onto the bottom pie crusts. I beat an egg and brush the top of the pie to brown it up before putting it into a 425 degree oven for 30 minutes. Each pie makes 6 generous servings. A scoop of cranberry sauce served alongside is yummy if you have some in the pantry. ~Sheryl
From Natalie: Winter has finally arrived in the northeast and it is time for some hot soup! My father-in-law had been craving chicken soup so I thought I would indulge him. I had roasted an 8 pound chicken for a dinner party with my cousin Jean and her boyfriend Doug and had plenty left over for a terrific soup.
The directions on the Minor’s chicken base says 1 Tablespoon with 1 quart of boiling water. I love this base but it is a little salty, so you may want to start light and add more to taste. I boiled about 3 quarts of water and added about 1 and 1/2 Tablespoons of Minor’s chicken base. Dissolve the base in the water. (The rice, also having been cooked with the chicken base, added even more taste, so I went light on the base.)
Put the chicken and all the vegetables in the pot (as you can see, I used some fresh, some canned and some frozen vegetables. They all work fine. The fresh vegetables went into the pot raw. I did cook the frozen peas and then added them to the pot.)
Add the rice and Orzo (if you are really watching the carbs, you can use just one of these). I added the Orzo uncooked and it cooked while the soup simmered.
Simmer for about 1 hour. Serve with warm rolls for a hearty meal. Enjoy!
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From a tiny BEACH kitchen:
New Year’s Eve is our favorite night to stay home. The following dinner entree post was my contribution to the 2012 kick off meal. We cooked the tenderloin in the oven, but this could have just as easily been done on a grille. The accompanying horseradish sauce was a big hit!- as was the ’96 Chateau Souverain from Alexander Valley ~ thanks to Brian and Ellen Russo. Friends relaxing in front of a roaring fire with Dan and Amy playing guitar and fiddle in our living room made it a special night to remember.
Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F.
Place the beef on a baking sheet and pat the outside dry with a paper towel. Mix the unsalted butter and mustard together in a small bowl and spread the mixture over the beef with your hands. Sprinkle evenly with the salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for exactly 15 minutes. Turn the oven down to 375 and cook beef to 140 degrees for medium rare or 150 degrees for medium. An instant read thermometer is perfect for this.
Remove the beef from the oven, cover it tightly with aluminum foil, and allow it to rest at room temperature for 5 minutes. Remove the strings and slice the fillet thickly.
Note: This recipe was adapted from Barefoot Contessa, one of my favorite Food TV chefs.
It’s been a busy couple of months but I am back and baking this time! Krisann is definitely the baker of the crew but these two desserts are easy and really delicious so I thought I would post them. You may want to try them for your holiday gathering, I did!
(Adapted from http:familyfun.go,com/recipes/shortbread-cookies)
Mix the ingredients together with your hands into a dough. Divide into two sections. Put each half into an ungreased cake pan. Flatten out and decorate with a fork as shown below:
One you have completed the decorative marks take a sharp knife and cut into wedges. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until the edges start to turn brown. Re-cut the wedges and let cool for about 30 minutes. Then move carefully to a cooling rack.
Delicious warm with a cup of tea! Enjoy!
Adorable Santa Hat Brownies:
We were looking for something fun to make for a little friendly competition at work and my colleague Emily found a recipe for these adorable “Santa Hats” online. She found it on another wordpress site (daisyt13) but I changed the recipe somewhat.
Using a hand mixer, beat the butter and cheese until creamy. Add the vanilla. Add the sugar 1/2 cup at a time until the whole mixture is a creamy frosting.
I used a mini cupcake tin for the brownies. With a pastry bag and a round decorating tip, make a circle of the frosting on top of the brownie. Trim the strawberries so the top is flat. Place the strawberry upside down on top of the ring of frosting. Using the decorating tip, top off the strawberry with a frosting “pom-pom” for Santa’s hat.
Really adorable on your holiday dessert table!
Wishing all of you and your families a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season and a Wonderful New Year!
I was invited to compete in a meatloaf contest at our yacht club. Growing up in a Greek home with a YiaYia (aka: grandmother), as well as a mother who only cooked mostly Greek cuisine, meatloaf was NEVER made.. really and truly NEVER! Not being sure about how to make a meatloaf, I decided to take the flavors that I loved best and create my own meatloaf recipe. I must say it came out tasty and I actually placed in the top 3– I was elated! You can also use this same recipe to form patty’s to make Greek burgers. Either way, you will WOW your friends with a flavor I can guarantee they will love.
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Good day everyone:
Just a message to you all to say I am progressing much better and the seriously painful days are behind me now. I am so happy to be able to sit fairly comfortably at the computer and send an update. I again thank you all for the cards and messages on the blog that inspire me more than you know.
I will begin my outside physical therapy this week and am looking forward to being able to drive again. We take so much for granted in our lives, like driving a car, until it is taken away from us and then OMG! you are totally dependent on another person/persons to do things for you that you have always done on your own. So regaining that ability means the world to me.
To get to the supermarket and pick and choose my own foods is also very special. I could easily be personal shopper as I take much pride in what is going into my cart. Examining every piece of fruit and every veggie to be sure they are fresh is important for all of us to consider doing. Every box of salad greens, every bundle of kale, collards, or an anise bulb is picture perfect or I do not purchase it.
Be choosy…you are worth it.
I want to wish you all a wonderful, happy, healthy holiday season. Eat only what you love and be sure to not to overdo! Keep your eye on the prize. Be well and be safe. Miss you all. Rita Pappaconstantinou
This dish came to me from my significant other of 23 years. David’s Italian heritage is what this dish is all about and it is the easiest, most wonderfully delicious dish that you could whip up for a quick dinner any night of the week!
I serve it with a Caprese salad (see MIXED GRILLE DINNER) and some fresh raviolis with a simple marinara sauce both of which you can purchase at your local supermarkets.
Of course, you can make your own sauce. I can recommend the traditional marinara sauce at Trader Joe’s to which I add a few italian spices and a drop of dry red wine to it to make it even tastier. It all works to make the quickest, easiest , yummy dinner. We hope you enjoy this dish as it is one of our longtime favorites. Thank you, David.
I must say it seems like a very long time that I have not been able to be at the computer and reach out to you all. It is the 17th day of my recovery and all seems to be going along on target. Slow and steady wins the race every time as you all know from being with me in your weight loss journeys. My recovery is much the same in the fact that I need to have the very same patience I have asked you all to have along the way at one point or another. It is not easy, but it will be worth it.
My physical therapist works me hard. She is a great gal with much experience in her field. Exercise is required to make a total comeback from this kind of surgery. I have kept up with my exercises even on the days she is not with me. Sometimes I have to push myself through them and I now understand this is MY PART of the recovery process. Nobody can do this for me -but me! Much like each of you has to step up and do your part to get healthy and well to reach your weight loss goals.
“Stay the course everyone and work hard and know in the end you will always come up a winner. Focus, focus, focus on what needs to be done for whatever it is you want. Remember never take your eye off the prize. Our overall health and well being are all we need in order to achieve everything we wish for ourselves.”
Thanks for all the cards and well wishes. They truly mean a great deal to me and keep me going as I look forward to David bringing in the mail each day. By the way he has been a great nurse during my recovery process. As you all know, David has had some practice!
Miss you all. Be well and be safe.
From a tiny BEACH kitchen:
Here is another classic crockpot recipe…… I don’t have a picture of the finished dish. Oops! We ate it all before I realized I didn’t get the finished shot- the stew was THAT GOOD! (Use your imagination.)
I did, however, take a shot of the actual beef stew recipe I have been using forever. The recipe booklet came out of the crockpot box many years ago.
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Who doesn’t love cheesy broccoli? This recipe does not drip with processed cheese but instead teases you with crisp bites of Parmigiano Reggiano roasted right onto the broccoli. Just a hint of crushed red pepper flakes and garlic are used to round out the flavors. Always a favorite dish my house, this recipe served 8 people at our Beachpeach Celebration Dinner. ~ Sheryl
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Spray a 13 x 9 baking dish with olive oil.
Steam broccoli until bright green, just cooked but still crunchy. You do not want “mushy” broccoli. About 4 minutes.
Put broccoli in baking dish. Add all other ingredients to baking dish and stir well to coat evenly.
Bake 8 minutes to melt cheese. Keep warm until ready to serve.
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This fantastic recipe was found in the October 2011 issue of Bon Appetit magazine. In your pantry, you probably have the few ingredients you’ll need to make this dish. Take special care in the cutting of the potatoes for a beautiful presentation. If you have a mandolin use it carefully. The bay leaves give off a wonderful aroma as they are baking. This recipe served 8 people at our Beachpeach Celebration dinner. Very easy to make and elegant to serve. ~ Sheryl
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Use a heavy 13×9 baking dish or heavy sheet pan with sides. Melt 2 TBSP butter. Pour into baking dish.
Cut off sides of potatoes to form a square and slice 1/8″ thick. ( A mandolin works wonderful for this if you have one.) Keep potatoes in stacks. Slide stacks of potatoes into the baking dish as you would “dominoes”.
Tuck bay leaves randomly among the potatoes…the more the merrier.
Melt the remaining 4 TBSP butter and pour over entire dish.
Sprinkle with kosher salt (you want to see the salt crystals).
Bake approximately 40 minutes or until edges are “crispy”.
Serve casually in baking dish or carefully move potatoes to a platter, keeping the potatoes in a “domino” position.
Krisann made this dish for Bill and I a few years ago and it was fabulous! She shared the recipe so I could make it for our celebration. I was surprised that it was so easy because it really comes out delicious and the presentation is quite impressive.
Put the roast in a roasting pan and coat with Crazy salt, pepper and garlic powder. Cook at 325 degrees for 20 minutes per pound. (Meat thermometer should read 165 degrees in the center.)
In a medium saucepan, add the apples, craisins, barbecue sauce, brown sugar and 1/4 cup water. Bring to a boil. Simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring often. The sauce should be slightly thickened.
Put the pork on a serving platter. Slice roast and pour sauce over the top. Enjoy!
(This recipe was adapted from Weight Watchers Simply the Best cookbook)
Fall is a great time for fresh apples, whether you pick them yourself at a local farm or buy them “just picked” from the market, they are delicious. Apple pie, applesauce and apple crisp are three of my son’s favorites. When I make applesauce, I make a big batch so he can have his fill! (This recipe makes enough for a party, like our celebration, and some for the week ahead.)
Put the peeled and cut apples into a large sauce pan with 2 cups of water. Put on medium/high heat. As the apples are getting hot, add the sugar and cinnamon. Let the mixture come to a boil and reduce heat. Let cook about 20 minutes. Take off heat and stir with a whisk. The apples should be tender enough to break apart. If you like it sweeter or with more cinnamon, add more, to taste.
Serve warm or cold. Also great over vanilla ice cream! Enjoy!
This antipasto salad could be a meal in itself. Many times I have happily sat down to an antipasto platter! For the celebration dinner, I prepared this a little differently. This recipe will serves 8 generously.
I really don’t bake often but the two breads that I make, banana bread, that was posted earlier, and this pumpkin bread, are favorites. The pumpkin bread is great with a mug of hot soup, a cup of tea or a glass of milk. This bread smells particularly nice while it bakes. The aroma of all the spices gives the house a nice fall smell.
Combine the dry ingredients. Add the eggs, oil, water, pumpkin, and nuts. Blend together and put into a large loaf pan, (or two small ones), that have been buttered and floured.
Bake at 325 degrees for about 1 hour, until a knife blade comes out clean. Delicious warm! Enjoy!
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Clams casino became a favorite of mine when my brother Billy would dig clams on Martha’s Vineyard. Billy would come back to the house with a pail full of cherrystones. We would spend “some time” at the kitchen counter shucking these open. I always passed the hardest ones over to Billy to open. Sometimes you just have to let the calms “rest” and forget you are nearby.
Note to Non-Shuckers: Read below to find out the easiest way to open the clams without worrying about cutting your hand off during the process.
Once you get the hang of opening the clams, it becomes a competitive part of making the dish, and making some fun memories too. ~Sheryl
Heat butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add bacon and saute until cooked but not quite crisp. Transfer bacon pieces to paper towel. Reserve butter in pan and add red pepper and saute 2 minutes. Add garlic and saute 1 minute more.
Turn off heat and stir in breadcrumbs, Parmesan, pinch of salt and pepper. Reserve until needed.
For those of you who do not know how to “shuck” a clam, I will give you the easy way out :
Add about 2 inches of water to a pot. Bring to rapid boil. Add clams and cover. Cook for 2 minutes. Pull out open clams. Cover and cook another minute. Pull out open clams. Repeat until all clams are opened. It’s CRITICAL to remove the clams as soon as they open. Allow clams to cool until they can be handled. Twist and pull the clamshells apart and remove the clam. Place the clam back into the deeper of the two shell halves.
Spread the rock salt in a baking dish. Set the clams on top of the salt and press down slightly. This will keep the clams from moving and spilling out their contents.
Spoon the breadcrumb mixture evenly over the top of each clamshell.
Top with a piece of bacon.
Broil on high until tops are crisp and brown ( 4- 6 minutes).
Sprinkle on fresh parsley and serve while hot with lemon wedges.
Once again, I have to give credit to my mother for this wonderful cheesecake. My husband will not order cheesecake out because he doesn’t think any come close to this recipe. I usually only make this dessert for special occasions, which is why I decided to prepare it for our Beachpeach Celebration Dinner. You can change-up the fruits that you use to decorate the cake. I served this cheesecake with some homemade raspberry sauce. Try this recipe for one of your special occasions.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place a small oven safe bowl of water in the oven.
Use a food processor to make crumbs with the biscotti, pretzels and pecans. Pour into a bowl and add the brown sugar, butter and cinnamon. Mix together until slightly moist. Pour the crumbs into a 9 inch springform pan (cover the outside of the pan with foil). Press the crumbs evenly on the bottom and sides of the pan (go as far up on the pan as you can). The crust should be firm at this point.
In an electric mixer add softened cream cheese, add in sugar until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well. Beat in remaining ingredients and pour into the crust. Bake in the oven for 1 hour. Turn the oven off and leave cheesecake in oven for an additional 1 hour. Cool on wire rack, remove the foil and loosen the edges. Once the cheesecake is cool you can decorate.
Nothing tastes more like fall than this delicious pumpkin soup. I inherited this recipe, as I do many of my recipes, from my mother. We usually enjoy this soup as part of our Thanksgiving dinner.
The recipe is finished with heavy cream, however, I just made it as part of our Beachpeach Celebration Dinner and omitted the heavy cream and the calories. I have had this soup prepared both ways and I think I will make it without the cream from now on.
In a large stock pot (dutch oven) saute bacon until brown.
Add the butter and melt completely, add the onions and apples and saute until translucent.
Add the carrots and saute on low-med heat for 5 min.
Add cayenne pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg and flour. Cook over low heat 4-8 minutes stirring continuously.
Add chicken broth, Marsala wine and pumpkin. Cook over med high for 10 minutes.
Add salt and brown sugar and simmer for 10 minutes.
If you choose to add cream, simply add it just before you are about ready to serve the soup. Enjoy!!
SHERYL ~ NATALIE ~ RITA ~ KRISANN
We recently shared a special celebration dinner with our guys. Enjoy the following pictures and watch for the mouth-watering recipes to follow along as each cook finds a moment to post her creations. Special thanks to Krisann and John for sharing their beautiful, fall-decorated, dining room with all of us.
Also, we’d like to thank “ACORN CANNING COMPANY” and Monica Fletcher for baking the delicious Parker House rolls we all DEVOURED! Please visit Monica’s new shop on Ocean Street in Marshfield, MA. Tell her “Beachpeach” sent you!
ENJOY FOOD WITH THOSE YOU LOVE…… We do!
I have been making this dish for many years and have seen many dinner guests licking their lips over this one. It is wonderfully fragrant as it cooks in your oven it causes those salivary glands to kick into high gear. You almost can’t wait for it to be done. So very simple and so very tasty. I have added some things to make it a complete meal and the cooking process remains the same. One pan clean up always works for me. Hope you enjoy.
Simply toss everything into a large bowl and use your hands to toss and coat all ingredients well. Line a cookie sheet or roasting pan with non-stick aluminum foil ( most important) and spread out evenly in a single layer. Preheat the over to 400 degrees and cook for approximately 1 hour or until the chicken is cooked through. The finished product should be beautifully browned and not dry!
With beautiful garden tomatoes now available at all the local farms in the area, I have been adding them to everything. This is a simple recipe, but one of my favorites! Add to a buffet table or serve as a first course of a nice dinner.
Slice the cucumbers about 1/8 inch thick. Slice mozzarella about the same thickness and put on top of the cucumber. Slice tomatoes also and put on top of the cheese. Add a leaf of basil (or a piece of a leaf if they are large), in between the cheese and tomato. Sprinkle with Crazy Salt. Drizzle Balsamic Glaze over the top. If you don’t have the glaze, a drizzle of olive oil would be a nice alternative. This is easy, fresh and delicious and makes a beautiful presentation to any table. Enjoy!
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Have you felt a chill in the air since Labor Day? Time to get out the crockpot!
Making chili is “ALL in the cans” … a friend recently told me. This simple recipe is great to whip together in the morning before leaving for the office. Your house will smell amazing when you return. Or, get a crowd together and enjoy this simple, hearty meal with those you love and watch some football! ~ Sheryl
GET OUT THE CAN OPENER! Open all the cans and pour them into a Crockpot. NOTE: Rinse the kidney beans in a strainer and drain well before you put them in the crockpot.
Saute the garlic in 2 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Add ground sirloin and saute until brown. Drain off any fat. To the sirloin in the saute pan, add the cumin and chili powder and stir, stir, stir to coat the sirloin very well with the seasonings. Transfer cooked, seasoned sirloin into the crockpot and stir thoroughly. This recipe can hang out in your crockpot all day on LOW. Or on HIGH for 4 hours.
You can now head off to work knowing you have a great meal to come home to. Garnish cooked chili with fresh oregano, sour cream, taco cheese or “FRITOS”. ~~GO PATRIOTS!
TIP!: If your eyes water when you are dicing onions, bite on a wooden matchstick with the sulfer side facing out- do NOT light!- and your eyes will not water! Try it, it works like MAGIC.
This is a really nice way to prepare Brussels sprouts. Very tasty! The kids may even try them! My daughter helped me make this recipe.
Cook bacon in frying pan. Take out of pan and place on a paper towel. Rinse Brussels sprouts and trim off ends. Cut each one in half. Put a little olive oil on the bottom of the frying pan and add garlic powder.
Add Brussels sprouts and brown in the oil. Add salt and ground pepper. (Not too much salt. Although I used low sodium, the broth is salted).
After the sprouts are brown, about 10 minutes, add the broth. Simmer about 15 minutes. Crumble the bacon and add to the pan; simmer approximately 5 more minutes.
The bacon will get soggy if it is in the pan too long. The simmering should reduce the broth so that there is very little liquid in the pan. Enjoy!
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Also, thanks to our families, especially to Dan, John, Bill & David, for being our official “tasters”. Their combined support for each of us has been wonderful and we are grateful to them for their good humor, patience and feedback on all our recipe creations.
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And remember to enjoy great food with those you love, we do.
~ Sheryl, Krisann, Natalie & Rita
First let me say that I am a big fan of chicken livers. As a child, I was introduced to chicken livers by my father. He would simply season them and saute, then we would enjoy. I had never made pate before and was wanting to experiment. I was amazed at how easy this was to make. I brought this to a dinner party and most people did enjoy it, much to my surprise my husband John really enjoyed the pate and he is not a big fan of chicken livers. I served the pate with toasted french bread slices, capers, chopped hard boiled eggs, and finely chopped shallots.
Sautee the onions in the butter, until soft. Add the livers and spices and cook for 8 minutes. Add the cognac. Simmer for another minute. Put all ingredients in food processor, or blender until creamy. Place in serving dish and chill. Slice french bread into thin slices and spray with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and bake in oven until toasted.
An evening of mixed grill has been a long time favorite of mine. Although I am trying to eat more vegetarian these days, every once in a while I break out and enjoy a taste of all these lovely things at one sitting. To have guests to enjoy this with makes it special. This was my evening dinner party and we all had fun tasting all the different flavors.
The key to enjoying this meal is to have bites of all the offerings so you are not stuffed and have had a fun time enjoying all the flavors. There you have it…. A complete meal with each item complimenting the next. A great time was had by all and why not?
THE MEAT SOURCES:
1. I opted for apple chicken sausage and oven roasted them at 375 degrees on a cookie sheet lined with non-stick foil until they were browned beautifully. I accompanied them with jarred sliced hot cherry peppers. A super combination that you need to taste to believe.
2. In the same oven on another cookie sheet lined with non-stick foil I roasted the chicken drumsticks. They were seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic powder, oregano and fresh lemon juice.
3. Petite filets of sirloin was the real meat lovers part of the mixed grill. Rubbed with olive oil and seasoned simply with a little salt and pepper and grilled to perfection.
BAKED SWEET POTATO FRIES
I scrubbed these sweet potatoes really clean. Leaving the skins on, I sliced them into a french fry size, placed them in a bowl and drizzled them with olive oil. The spices were salt, pepper and garlic powder. Place them on a non-stick foil lined baking sheet in a 400 degree oven, turning them periodically for approximately 35 minutes.
BABY ORGANIC KALE:
You can find this in some markets. The brand is Olivia’s and I find her organics are always fresh and wonderful. Simply wash and pick through them for any that may be yellowing. I spin them till they are dry leaving only traces of water. Place a fry pan over med-high heat and add a little olive oil and as much garlic as you feel you would like. I used jarred garlic as the taste is sweeter and not to strong as to not over power the baby kale’s flavor. Stir fry till wilted which happens very quickly so this should be done at the very last minute before dinner is served.
First a healthy appetizer of sliced cucumber with a dollop of roasted red pepper hummus and topped with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, salt and fresh cracked pepper.
Next is a very simple salad made with sliced garden tomatoes, crumbled feta, fresh basil leaves from the plant outside my door (makes a world of difference) and a few Kalamata olives. I always dress this salad with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
The traditional farewell (or toast) of a Mariner is wishing a friend “fair winds and following seas.”
Last weekend, we had the blessing of being all together for a sunset dinner sail on the Whisper. The wind was fair, the seas were calm and the food was just delicious.
Thank you Captain Dave Rubbo and all your mates for yet another memorable evening sailing under a summer sky. And love to my dear friends for a fun birthday celebration filled with wonderful foodie treats, laughter and really, really, good wine!~ Sheryl
Menu for an evening sail…
“Keep the moon on the right”!
This delicious Greek dip is wonderfully flavored and has multiple uses. Serve with red, yellow or orange pepper strips, sliced cucumbers, carrot, celery sticks, and grape tomatoes to create a veggie platter with the dip as its centerpiece. It is also great with slices of toasted French baguette, toasted pita pockets or as a veggie sandwich topping. Greeks will eat it with most anything including roasted or grilled chicken, lamb, and pork.
It is usually the topping for the famous Greek sandwiches called yiros. It is not uncommon to see Greeks munching away on a yiro while strolling down the streets of their beautiful country. In the US, these sandwiches are referrred to as Giros. In Greece, they are known as YIROS. Once you have a giro, you’ll NEVER forget the experience.
Place all ingredients in a bowl except the salt. Mix well and add the salt slowly and begin tasting. It does not need much so be careful not to overdo. Remember once salt is in the recipe- there is no taking it out.
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By now you know us Beachpeach gals love to cook and share food with friends and family as often as we can. Krisann and I were invited to a dinner party last weekend and were thrilled when our friend, Richard Gauger, (and his beautiful wife, Jill) prepared a wonderful meal to share with us!
Richard is one of the last, die-hard, charcoal grillers out there. In fact, look outside his kitchen door and you will see not one, but TWO, Weber grills in the sand! In honor of Richard’s 50th birthday, he is featured as our first Guest Blogger.
The pictures below are all mine. However, the ingredients, prep work and charcoal grilling is all Richard.
Happy Birthday to our friend and thanks to you and Jill for a memorable evening complete with an incredible lineup of live entertainment after dinner. (You know who you are!)
Enjoy great food with those you love. We do. ~ Sheryl
Heat the charcoals until they are white hot. Meanwhile, salt and pepper veal chops.
Then, in a small bowl, crush sprigs of fresh rosemary together with fresh sage leaves and chunks of fresh garlic with olive oil to form a marinade.
Baste the veal chops and let the flavors hang out together while the coals are getting white hot.
Figure heating the coals takes about the same amount of time as it does to have a glass of wine.
Make a second small batch of the same ingredients to baste chops when they come off the grille.
Cook to desired doneness, similar to steak.
Allow chops to rest for 5 minutes.
This bake and take crowd pleaser comes directly from my sister Kim’s kitchen. It seems like this time of year I am always looking to bring a sandwich on the boat, to the beach, or to a friend’s house. I really like making my sandwiches on a long loaf of bread and then slicing to enjoy with lots of friends. Not to worry if you are going to a location that you won’t have access to an oven. You can either bake the sandwich at home and then wrap it in foil or even skip the baking part and enjoy it as a cold sandwich. Let me know what you think. Enjoy!!
Preheat the broiler to high. Brush eggplant slices with olive oil and sprinkle with crazy salt and pepper. Place on a foil-lined baking sheet coated with cooking spray; broil 5 inches from the heat for 5 minutes on each side or until browned. Repeat procedure with remaining eggplant. Set eggplant aside.
Cut the bread lengthwise. Spread the pesto on the bottom half of the loaf. Layer your eggplant, onion slices, roasted red peppers, fresh basil and mozzarella cheese. Take the top half of the bread and drizzle with the balsamic glaze. Add the meats and carefully place the top half of the sandwich on the bottom half. Place the sandwich on a baking sheet and cook in a 400 degree oven for about 15-20 minutes or until cooked. Sandwich can be sliced and enjoyed.
This recipe was adapted from Cooking Light Magazine. It is a super quick and easy delicious summer salad. Please don’t substitute other greens for the baby mixed herb greens, the herbs really make the salad fabulous. I would like to recognize my son Kevin, who has recently taken up photography and is responsible for all my photos. Nice job Kevin!!!
Combine 1/4 cup water, 2 tablespoons vinegar, and 1 tablespoon agave in a small bowl. Add onion; toss to coat. Marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes, drain (I marinate for longer than 30 minutes, I think the onions taste better this way).
Combine remaining 2 tablespoons vinegar, remaining 1 teaspoon agave, mustard, pepper, and salt in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Gradually add oil, stirring constantly with a whisk. Gradually add oil, stirring constantly with a whisk. Add salad greens; toss gently to coat. Arrange about 1 cup salad on each of 8 plates. Top each serving with about 1 tablespoon cheese, and about 6 raspberries. Makes 8 servings.
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Ok, so I didnt actually “make” these particular baked stuffed clams. But I did “serve” them. I have made “stuffies” in the past after digging up quahogs. In fact, we’ve even had an entire dinner party based around clams. Not on this night though….
I did, however, make the mason jar mojitos you see pictured on the side up there.
I made the first mojito batch and Krisann made the second mojito batch and I just can’t remember which batch these particular drinks came from! I do know the mint was stolen from Rita’s mint patch while she was sailing on the Whisper.
See our mojito recipe for these yummy treasures!
The “stuffies” came from Brant Rock Fish Market- the famous fish store I keep telling you about- they come frozen and heat up anytime you, me, us need an easy appetizer. I just wanted to give Hank and his crew of fishmongers a shout out.
Hank has been gutting fish there for a zillion years. Tell him we sent you!
One of my new favorites is a delicious smoothie. I am always looking for healthy options and I think this one is great and simple to make.
Put all ingredients in blender and blend for about 30 seconds until all ingredients are combined. If you want it very cold, put into refrigerator (as opposed to adding ice to the smoothie, it can water it down).
Serve in a tall glass with a strawberry as a garnish. Enjoy!
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Instead of polishing off an entire carton of ripe berries at the kitchen counter, you can bake them in a fantastic cobbler to serve up a summery dessert. You MUST serve this with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream! Hot or cold, this cobbler definately has a WOW factor. A warm sweet flavor with fluffy biscuits on top, made from scratch.
(Adapted from the July 2011 issue of Bon Appetit)
For the filling:
Position a rack in the middle of oven and preheat to 400 degrees. Whisk sugar and cornstarch together in a large bowl. Add berries to bowl to coat. Transfer berry mixture to baking dish (2 qt) about 2″ deep. Set aside to macerate while making dough. aka: Let all the flavors in the bowl hang out together for a bit.
For the dough:
Whisk 1 1/3 cups flour and 1/4 cup sugar, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Add butter; using fingertips, rub in butter until coarse meal forms. Add 1/2 cup milk and stir just until dough forms.
Gather dough into a ball and transfer to a lightly floured surface. Gently knead 5 or 6 times, then pat or roll into a 9×6″ rectangle. Cut dough in half lenghwise, then crosswise 3 times to form 8 rectangles.
Arrange biscuits 1/2″ apart over fruit. Brush tops lightly with milk and sprinkle with sugar.
Bake until bubbly and biscuits are cooked through and golden all over. About 35 minutes. Let cool 30 minutes. Serve with vanilla ice cream.
I made the cobbler ahead and re-warmed it just before serving at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
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Ginger and orange give this dish an oriental flavor. It smells heavenly coming out of the oven. We are lucky enough to have an award winning fish market close by. I seem to be posting alot of fish recipes- it’s summer- it’s fresh. We served 6 for dinner, and this cooked up fast and easily- with leftovers. Krisann brought over roasted brussel sprouts– and CORN with vidalia onions to serve with the fish dinner. Divine! (I hope she puts those recipes on the blog) Let friends help. That was the motto this past week…
Preheat oven to 425. Rinse and dry fish. Spray casserole dish with olive oil. Arrange fish in casserole dish, tucking under thin ends. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Sprinkle scallions on top.
Combine all else in a small bowl and pour over fish. Cook 12-15 minutes. Fish flakes easily when cooked. Serve fish with side of the sauce to drizzle over fish.
Note: This fish dish can also be cooked in a microwave. Cover dish with saran wrap. Cook 5 minutes. Test to see if fish flakes, if not, cook a couple minutes more.
I started making this guacamole recipe after a trip to a mexican restaurant in New York City. The guacamole was made to order tableside. I have added some additional ingredients to this zesty guacamole. Important note: to keep the guacamole from turning brown add the avocado pits to the finished product. Remember to remove before you serve.
In a large bowl add the avocado and mash with a potato masher. Add the remaining ingredients. Please remember this recipe is only a guideline. Experiment with it and make it the way that you enjoy it!!
Don’t forget to add your pits to the guacamole to keep it from turning brown. Serve with chips and enjoy with a refreshing margarita.
We entertain quite often so I have learned a few short-cuts over the years to make cooking for a crowd a little easier. We recently had a family brunch and although cutting up the fruits for the fruit salad and making the homemade waffles may be time-consuming, the egg dish does not have to be. This Egg Bake is very simple and quite delicious.
Ingredients: (This is a very large serving that makes about 18 slices. Cut ingredients in half for a smaller group.)
Crack the eggs in a bowl and add the milk slowly. Beat with a wire whisk. Pour into a glass pan (mine is 9X13). Cut the ham, ( You can use boiled or baked deli ham), in small pieces. Place the ham over the egg mixture in the pan. Sprinkle the cheese over the top. Use Jane’s Crazy Salt, (found in most markets) and sprinkle over the whole mixture, lightly. Then, grind the fresh pepper over the top.
Put into the oven at 350 degrees until golden brown (about an hour). You will notice that it rises somewhat in the oven but when you put it on the table it will deflate.
A few notes: This is great for a buffet table because it stays hot for a long time. It cuts very easily; use a knife and spatula to lift out of the pan.
Also, depending on your taste, you can make variations of this: saute peppers and onions to add to it, roasted red peppers and mushrooms, etc. Get creative!
I had a hankering for crispy duck one day and decided to give it a try. It was not very difficult to do actually. I searched the internet for a duck marinade that I thought would give me the flavor I was looking for and gave it a whirl. It came out fabulous and have had many friends for dinner so they could enjoy it as well. It smells so wonderful, you will have a hard time waiting for it to be out of the oven. Serve it with brown rice and steamed pea pods or sugar snap peas or both and viola you have a yummy meal that you almost can’t believe that you created. I was so happy that I tried it. It has become one of my favorites. The duck can be found some of your local supermarkets and is usually shipped in from Canada.
Blend together orange peel and spices. Put in a large zip lock with the trimmed duck leg quarters. Marinate a few hours in fridge or overnight. Be sure to shake up the bag periodically to ensure the all the duck get coated evenly.
Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees. Cover a cookie sheet with non-stick aluminum and place the legs on the pan. Cook for 1 hour. Shut oven off and leave legs in for an additional 10-15 minutes. This step really allows them to crisp up.
This salad receipe I made recently for a family party and it instantly became a huge hit. I must give credit to Rita for sharing this one with the gang. Rita helped me get the dressing combination perfect (originally, I had too much vinegar). The photo shows how beautifully the color combinations look on a buffet table.
For the Salad:
The listed ingredients above will make a salad large– enough to feed 4-6 people. I made a huge salad for my family party and had to triple the dressing (that is where I got myself into trouble and Rita bailed me out!)
Wash and spin, or, hand dry the greens and lay on a pretty platter. Slice the strawberries and kiwis to put on top of mixed greens.
Chop the walnuts until they are in small (but not tiny) pieces. Put walnuts in a hot frying pan and toast. Be careful not to burn the walnuts– when they start to give off an aroma, turn them over and off heat. Layer toasted walnuts on top of fruit.
Sprinkle feta cheese on top of the salad. (use as much or as little as you like. I like a lot!)
For the Dressing:
Combine 1/3 cup of mashed strawberries (a food processor does a nice mashing job). Add the oil and vinegar. Add the sugar and hand stir until the granules dissolve.
Pass the dressing to guests if you are seated for the meal; or place dressing in a pretty bowl beside the salad if you are serving a buffet. Enjoy!
Note: Please do not “dress” the platter of salad all at once. The greens will quickly become soggy.
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Light the grill this weekend! Swordfish is MADE to be cooked on a grill. When choosing swordfish, look for the little strip of dark meat to be red, not brown. If it’s brown, the meat is old.
It’s okay to use the broiler if you don’t have a grill. You don’t need a fancy “fish” contraption to hold the fish on the grill, just try to only flip it over once. When cooking swordfish, think medium rare steak. It should be cooked the same. Make sure to leave the skin on when you grill, but take it off to serve: The skin is rubbery, but helps keep the meat moist.
The mayo in this recipe serves 2 purposes. First, it keeps the fish from sticking to the grille. Second, it keeps the meat moist and succulent.
Pre-heat the grille to medium-high. Rinse swordfish steaks well under cold water; pat dry. In an small bowl, combine the 4 ingredients. Brush mayo and seasonings liberally on both sides of swordfish. Place fish on hot grill for 5 minutes. Flip once. Cook for another 4 minutes.
Remove swordfish from grille to rest on a platter covered with foil for 3 to 5 minutes before cutting into portions. Do NOT overcook- or you will dry out the fish.
A good rule of thumb: Fish will cook in approximately ten minutes per inch of thickness. Any thick white fish can be cooked this way… striped bass, tuna, mahi – mahi, grouper, etc.
I had this beautiful salad in Greece while climbing to the Acropolis in one of the many cafes on the side of a mountain. The area is fondly known as the PLAKA, which means “fun” in Greek, and they are not kidding! Many Greeks go there to celebrate special times or just for a bite. I go where the Greeks go- as they know where the best foods are to be found. Nobody is ever disappointed at a Greek cafe. They compete with one another to MAKE THE BEST OF EVERYTHING!!
If you are making this at home, it is important to try to buy Imported Greek Feta as the cheese makes all the difference in the world. I have brought this to many dinner parties and everyone has enjoyed it as much as I have. I hope you do too. KALI ORAXI EVERYONE!!
Note: The ingredients are simple but it is important to select the best veggies wherever you shop. For instance not just any tomato will do. Of course right out of your garden tomatoes are the best but we are not there yet. Vine ripe tomatoes work perfectly as do the long English seedless cucumbers.
Ingredients ( Serves 6):
Layer all ingredients and top with slabs of Feta. Dress the salad with a mixture of EXTRA virgin olive oil and red wine vinegar. Sprinkle lightly with oregano, salt and freshly ground pepper.
This baked bean recipe can be served as a side or as a meal itself. The combination of beans and meat make it very hearty and delicious.
In a large pot add the beans, ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar, mustard and cooking wine. Set aside. In a medium frying pan cook ground beef, drain off fat and add to the pot with the beans. In the same frying pay, cook the bacon, when the bacon is cooked, drain off 1/2 the fat and cook the chopped onion in the bacon fat.
Crumble the bacon and add to beans and meat pot. Add the onions. Cook over low to heat for 2 hrs.
This is truly one of my favorite summertime drinks. The combination of fresh mint and lime are amazing. Cool, refreshing and delicious. This drink will have you planting some mint on your patio or in your garden. (Please note that if you plant mint in your yard it will spread like crazy).
This dish is much easier to make than one might think. Simple and delicious and does not need much attention once it is together in the oven. It can be topped off with some crumbled feta when it is piping hot or not. Growing up in a Greek home lamb was plentiful and made in many ways..this being my favorite. Give it a try and I bet it will become your favorite too.
If you are a pesto fan, then this is the salad for you. This recipe came from my sister Kim, who is a very talented and creative cook. This salad is sure to be a hit at your next cookout. I would double this recipe to bring to a party. Let me know what you think.
Pesto – Combine the basil in with the pine nuts, pulse a few times in a food processor. (If you are using walnuts instead of pine nuts and they are not already chopped, pulse them a few times first, before adding the basil). Add the garlic, pulse a few more times. Slowly add the olive oil an a constant stream while the food processor is on. Stop to scrape down the sides of the food processor with a rubber spatula. Add the grated cheese and sugar and pulse again until blended. Add the salt and pepper to taste.
This will make 1 cup of pesto. (Note that pesto is always made to taste, based on the ingredients at hand. So adjust the ingredients to your taste. Most pesto recipes call for Parmesan cheese, you can use Romano which has a stronger flavor).
Then, cook pasta and drain, rinse with cold water. In a large bowl, add the pasta and mix with the pesto. (You will need to add some olive oil, but go easy you don’t want to add much.) Once the pasta and the pesto are nicely mixed, add the grape tomatoes, onions and mozzeralla balls, and blend gently. Salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with some sprigs of fresh basil.
From a tiny BEACH kitchen:
No mayo? No egg? Are you SURE this is potato salad? Well, it is not your great aunt’s, or even your grandmother’s potato salad you remember seeing every cookout in the tupperware container. My Heat of the Summer Potato Salad is quite delightful in it’s own summery way. Did someone say
SUMMER? No, I didn’t think so. South of Boston, Massachusetts, it has been raining for 40 days/nights. I swore I saw the Ark leading the boats into the fog this morning. Ok. Ok. Ok, so I just woke up and swore. Anyhoo…. the point is you won’t have to worry about the mayo & eggs on a hot day. There are none.
We’re having a Salad Contest over at the GHYC on Sunday. This will be my entry. It’s quite a competitive club (wink). You know-bragging rights among foodies is not to be taking lightly. Great men have battled over less. The club front runner? Rita! My money’s on her to be the one to beat. Any takers? ( Watch for Peaches’ post coming soon under salads.) No rules to this contest other than you want to be able to put your “salad” on a plate with a hot dog or hamburger. Simple. With Memorial Day coming soon, you can easily double this recipe for a crowd.
Ingredients (serves 8):