Have Unforgettable Hot Buns

It’s that time of year again; we are grilling, having parties and whether we want to of not, we are going to be faced with Hotdogs!

Everyone makes a big deal about what toppings to use: Cheese, Onion, mustard…the list is endless! But, if you don’t have delicious, hot buns it won’t matter what you put on it; your dog will suck!

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The tried and true, home run of a bun is the Pretzel Roll. You can get them in the bakery at your grocery store or even at Walmart! They are called Pretzel Sticks at Walmart and are ideal because they are thinner than the one’s at the bakery. If you really want to have the best buns on the block, therefore, the best dog make sure you doctor them up a bit.

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Doctor Up Your Buns!

Steps for the Best Buns

  1. Slice length wise in half and butter the inside and out.
  2. Sprinkle with a few caraway seeds, Trader Joe’s Everything but the Bagel or flake salt (shown as header photo).
  3. Wrap in foil and warm for about 20 minutes at 325

There you have it! Only 3 simple steps to having the best buns on the block!

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Show Stopping Grilled Strawberries

If you are having a get together this Summer, put a delicious twist on the basic brownie by covering it with grilled strawberries. Depending on the occasion you can either make small bites with a warm strawberry on top of the brownie or on a plate with several warm strawberries and a small scoop of vanilla ice cream. Either way they are delicious.

To grill the strawberry you need a grill basket. You don’t want to set the strawberries directly on the grate. Remove the tops of the strawberry and cut in half lengthwise. Open the grill and turn it up to medium high to get a little flame going. Place the strawberries open face down. Turn at about 2 minutes. Keep your eyes on them. They should be almost a pale pink and not to mushy. Turn the berry on it’s back and grill for another 2 minutes. Being careful not to keep on to long because they will get mushy. You still want a slightly firm inside. Remove from grill and serve. That’s it! Not your typical dessert, these grilled strawberries are a nice surprise and definitely steal the show.

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Get Ready for Grilling Season

Are you ready for Cinco de Mayo? If not, no worries, as we slide into Summer, you can eat like it’s Cinco de Mayo all Summer long by adding chipotle lime seasoning to put a twist on the traditional barbecue. Don’t get me wrong, I love good barbeque just as much as the next guy, but variety is the spice of life.

To keep your barbecue on the lighter side, use rubs instead of sauces loaded with corn syrup. For your vegan friends break out the rubs or seasonings to sprinkle on corn and avocado then toss them on the grill. The best “grilling” purchase I have made is a lodge cast iron griddle; one side is flat the other has ridges. I put that baby on one side of the grill and I’ve got an instant place to grill up tortillas and soft veggies.

So now is the time to get set up for Summer: Get your tools, burger presses, rubs and sauces. Even kick off Summer with a BRAND NEW GRILL. This weekend I’m going out grill shopping. There are so many options. My husband is a die hard Weber fan.

With Memorial Day just a few weeks away, we’re kicking off Summer Recipes and Hacks on Monday and all month long! This Saturday I will be kicking off Summer Trisha Yearwood style with Summer in a Cup, Summer Seasoning and Sweet Rib BBQ Sauce (available at Williams Sonoma). It is going to be tons of fun!

One thing I want to try are these grill mats. I have heard a lot about them. If you have used them, let us know in the comments how they have performed. I am curious to see how they stand up against the Lodge Cast Iron Griddle.

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