Gift Giving for The Foodie

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Tailgate with Hearty Burger Bites

Try these delicious burger bites at your next tailgate party. You actually don’t have to make them ”bites” but if you have two bites its a half of burger. They are filling; half will leave you room for all of the beer and other good stuff.

These burgers are Free Graze, frozen Kobe beef burgers. They take 4 minutes on each side at 400 – 450. The good stuff includes a wheat bun with chipotle mayo, grilled sweet potato slices (10 minutes on grill), havarti cheese and a friend egg. Put a cast iron griddle on the grill top and fry away. Slice sandwich into quarters and you will have a hearty, flavorful burger bite that will keep them coming back for more.

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Blow Them Away with Chipotle Mango Chicken

Chipotle Mango Chicken Stands Out Above the Rest

If you love sweet heat, go with Cole & Mason Chipotle Mango seasoning for a burst of flavor that is out this world. It is restaurant quality in your own kitchen!

Sprinkle on the seasoning and rub down chicken breasts the night before; cover and remove 30 minutes prior to grilling. Top with fresh Mango-Pineapple Salsa for an out of this world, low-fat meal.

This salsa takes only 15 minutes to prep; if you buy chopped ingredients, only 5 minutes and you’re done!

Ingredients

1 1/2 cup fresh or frozen chopped mango*

1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen pineapple*

1/4 cup diced red onion

1/2 cup sweet red pepper

3 or 4 sprigs of fresh cilantro chopped

1/2 squeezed lemon

1/2 squeezed lime

Directions

Toss mango, pineapple, onion and pepper. Add a dash of salt, juice from half lemon and half lime and toss more. Sprinkle with fresh cilantro and lightly toss. Set aside until chicken is done.

*strain juices after chopping and before tossing if there is to much liquid

Enjoy!

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Five Delicious Ways to Enjoy those Summer Berries

Say it isn’t so but, the countdown to apple crisp and cider has begun. While my thoughts are fleeting off to Fall, Summer fruits are still in their prime.

Having an abundance of fresh berries around means its time to get creative. I’ve made the pies, ice creams and salads so it’s time to serve up berries and keep them guessing.

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Delicious Berry Recipes for the End of Summer

1. Sugar Cookie Berry Bites

No real recipe needed here. Just sugar cookie mix baked in a mini muffin tin topped with a teaspoon of lemon curd a few berries. Bake per directions of the cookie recipe. Sprinkle with powdered sugar to serve.

 

 

 

2. Berries with Creme Fraishe

Instead of serving berries with whipped cream or on top of a sponge cake, fill a small bowl with berries and pour on Creme Fraishe. Creme Fraishe can be purchased at most grocers. I add a couple of teaspoons of sugar and stir it up before serving. You will want to do the finger taste to bring it to the desired sweetness before serving. I like this because not many have had berries this way.

 

 

 

3. Grilled Strawberries

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This is so delicious for those end of summer parties. Just put the strawberries in a grill basket on a grill thats about 400 °. You will have to stand there and turn them so they cook about 2 minutes on each side. You will see the berries become translucent. You are not looking to char the berries, just activate the natural sugars. Serve them warm over icecream or I usually do brownies! Soo good!

4. Blackberry Ricotta Flatbread

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This piccollage pretty sums up this flatbread. You need blackberries, flatbread, ricotta, mozzarella, gorgonzola or blue cheese and fresh basil. First, smash the blueberries with a fork for the base; add to the flat bread. Place drops of ricotta on the flatbread and fill inbetweeen with mozzarella. Bake at 375 for 10 – 12 minutes. Just enough to heat and melt the cheese. Remove, sprinkle with gorgonzola and fresh basil to serve.

5. Mixed Berry Smoothie

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Enjoy the end of summer berries as much as we do!

Grilling for Survival When Disaster Strikes

It’s time to set aside all of the glamorous recipes, meals and desserts and think about what you would do if disaster hit. I am bringing this up because I do live in a hurricane prone area and it is hurricane season. However, disaster can strike anywhere at anytime. I am sharing grilling for survival because it is what I had to do last summer.

The key element here is survival. It’s not about just having a grill, it’s about having the tools to go along with your grill it that make life easier. Whether it’s a propane or charcoal grill you must have CAST IRON COOKWARE. The essentials are a cast iron griddle, cast iron fry pan and a cast iron dutch oven. These key elements will allow you to make breakfast, lunch and dinner and not have to eat just grilled meats, fruits and vegetables.

Granted I love grilled food as much as the other guy, but being able to make french toast, eggs, pancakes and bacon during the aftermath of a storm with no power makes life bearable. Having cast iron cookware and a grill is like having a cooktop and oven. Continue reading “Grilling for Survival When Disaster Strikes”