Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Shrimp cakes with lemon mayonnaise


These mini shrimp cakes with lemon mayonnaise are perfect for a party! I've made and even posted these before... but made some tweaks to the recipe and posted to SheKnows. 

The lemon mayonnaise is wonderful, but so many delicious sauces come to mind...a classic cocktail or tarter, a sweet Asian chili sauce or spicy chipotle mayo!!! 

An alternative to expensive jumbo lump crab cakes...you'll find my recipe here: Shrimp cakes with lemon mayonnaise  CHEERS!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Grilled oysters with garlic herb butter

Grilled oysters

Another photo project for SheKnows... so I can't take credit for this recipe, but I can say I made it as written and then took its picture ~ which was hard ~ because once you have one of these little guys ~ you simply want to devour the whole darn tray!

Such a delicious and fun way to serve and eat oysters...I like placing them on a bed of sea salt as shown here. What's nice about grilling oysters too, is that the heat makes their tops pop open ~ so no difficult shucking! SCORE ONE FOR EASE!!!!

Serve with a chilled champagne or sparkling rose...you'll find the recipe here at SheKnows: Grilled Oysters

Friday, June 21, 2013

3-Ingredient grilled peach cobbler

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So...this dessert is grilled, but can just as easily be popped into the oven until golden brown and bubbly...

Canned peaches. Vanilla cake mix. Butter. That's it...and it's delicious!!!

(Oh and vanilla ice cream and/or cream on the side...)

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Now obviously fresh is always better, but this 3-ingredient recipe is ideal for those who don't care to fuss too much over dessert OR for those occasions you need to throw something together in a flash!

The easiest dessert you'll ever cook, you find my post here at SheKnows:
3-Ingredient Grilled Peach Cobbler

  3-Ingredient grilled peach cobbler

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Zucchini-Ricotta Fritters

Mario Batali's Zucchini-Ricotta Fritters

 Mario Batali's Zucchini-Ricotta Fritters are absolutely delicious!

(scroll down for the recipe that appears in the August 2011 edition of Food and Wine Magazine, p23)




Mario Batali's Zucchini-Ricotta Fritters via FoodandWine.com


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Shoestring fries with black truffle oil, sea salt and parsley

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I used a mandolin to get these fries extra thin, but I good sharp knife will also work, just go as thin as you can without turning them into hash browns...

A huge heaping bowl of these shoestring fries with black truffle oil, sea salt and parsley will make you feel like you're dining at your favorite neighborhood bistro!

You'll find my post here at SheKnows: Shoestring fries with black truffle oil, sea salt and parsley

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Beer can chicken or ...a tipsy chicken

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Kind of surprised this was our first time making the 'wildly popular' beer can chicken.

Not sure it tasted much different than any other grilled chicken done right...but it was delicious!

After all...the whole point of making this 'tipsy chicken' is having fun with a few cold beers, your grill, the company of family and friends...all in the great outdoors!

Perfect Father's Day grilling activity ...you'll find the post here at SheKnows: Beer can chicken   Cheers!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Grilled skirt steak with avocado corn salad

Grilled skirt steak with avocado corn salad

Not my recipe here, but I was asked to make the dish and photograph for SheKnows.

I make a similar version of this grilled skirt steak with avocado corn salad and let's just say you can not go wrong when any of these ingredients come together!

Delicious and fresh...serve with warmed tortillas, cold beer with lime or a big ol' pitcher of classic margaritas! You'll find the recipe here at Sheknows: Grilled skirt steak with avocado corn salad

*Skirt steak has become expensive over the years...not horribly... but just enough to be annoying. Flank steak is a suitable substitute though has a tendency to be a bit tough. An excellent substitute is a nice flat iron steak...usually much less expensive and equally delicious! (Always slice against the grain when serving!!!) meat 010

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Grilled chicken tikka masala kabobs

Chicken tikka masala kabob

These Chicken tikka masala kabobs are delicious with the grilled onions and fresh lemon!

We served them with homemade garlic, cilantro naan and a curried citrus lentil salad (...both delicious and both to come)!

You could substitute the dried red chilies in the recipe with any spicy peppers you have on hand.

Perfect with a big bowl of hot basmati rice...you find my recipe here at SheKnows: Chicken tikka masala kabob recipe

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Grilled pork soft tacos with spicy avocado mango salsa

Grilled pork soft tacos with spicy avocado mango salsa recipe

These Grilled pork soft tacos with spicy avocado mango salsa are fresh, healthy and full of vibrant flavors!

Perfect for a hot summer night...it's food you can feel good about serving to family and friends! (A perfectly ripe avocado and mango makes all the difference!)

You'll find my recipe here at SheKnows: Grilled pork soft tacos with spicy avocado mango salsa recipe

Friday, June 7, 2013

3 Herb-infused cocktail recipes

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Basil pepper Caipirinha ...Basil pepper Caipirinha recipe

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Beautiful, refreshing cocktails using herbs straight from your own garden! Rosemary, basil and mint...all simple to grow at home with limitless uses! Cheers!  You'll find the recipes here at SheKnows: 3 Herb-infused cocktails

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Sausage and white beans in a spicy rustic red sauce

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The small white beans in this recipe, mixed together with the tomatoes and cheese, gives this dish a rich and creamy consistency.

The combination of spicy Italian sausage and red pepper flakes gives it the heat we crave! (If spicy is not your thing...just use sweet Italian sausage and leave out the flakes all together...)

You'll think you're eating a big bowl of pasta...but the beans pack it with protein and take away all of the guilt! You'll find my recipe here at SheKnows: Sausage and white beans in a spicy rustic red sauce