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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

LABOR DAY GAME!!!



College football season is almost here!  Georgia Tech is hosting the University of Tennessee in the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game on Labor Day in Atlanta, Georgia.  





The teams are playing in the brand new Mercedes Benz Arena (which will be the Atlanta Falcons' new home). Excited for college football but also really looking forward to seeing and touring the new stadium.



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We won't be bringing our RV, but we WILL be tailgating!  I'm preparing food that's easily made in advance and that will be OK transporting in coolers and then tasting good in the hot sun.

Here's what I'm bringing:


SMOKED SALMON DIP WITH BAGEL CHIPS

PORK TENDERLOIN SLIDERS
BROCCOLI SALAD

CITRUS COOLERS

DESSERT:
BUTTERSCOTCH BLONDIES

SMOKED SALMON DIP WITH BAGEL CHIPS
Martha Stewart


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1/4 cup mayonnaise (I use Hellman's)
4 oz cream cheese
1 TBSP capers, rinsed and drained
1 TBSP red onion, diced small
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp prepared horseradish
2 oz plus 2 more oz thinly sliced smoked salmon, coarsely chopped
1 TBSP chopped fresh parsley
Bagel chips, for serving

In a food processor, combine mayo, cream cheese, capers, red onion, lemon juice, horseradish, and 2 ounces smoked salmon.

Process until smooth, about 20 seconds. Transfer to a small bowl, and stir in remaining 2 ounces smoked salmon. Top with fresh parsley and serve with bagel chips.


PORK TENDERLOIN SLIDERS
(Adapted from Southern Living)

Sauce

2 cups mayo
2 TBSP minced fresh chives
1 1/2 TBSP white wine vinegar
1 1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp paprika

Combine all ingredients; cover and chill at least 8 hours or up to 4 days.


Photo Credit: Cate Bogue

Photo Credit: Cate Bogue
Photo Credit: Cate Bogue

Tenderloins

3-4 (3/4 lb) pork tenderloins
1/2 cup olive oil
3 TBSP grated onion
3 TBSP white wine vinegar
3/4 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp dried oregano
Small rolls (such as Hawaiian)


Photo Credit: Cate Bogue
Photo Credit: Cate Bogue
Photo Credit: Cate Bogue
Photo Credit: Cate Bogue
Trim fat off tenderloins. Place in large baggie or container.

Combine oil and remaining ingredients and pour over tenderloins. Seal bag or cover container and marinate in refridgerator at least 8 hours (up to 2 days).

Remove from marinade, reserving marinade. Place on rack in the oven and roast at 425 degrees for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake an additional 30-40 minutes (or until meat thermometer is at 160 degees), basting occasionally with marinade. Let stand 10 minutes.

Slice and serve with rolls and sauce. Can be refrigerated at this point and are delish cold.































BROCCOLI SALAD

1 cup mayonnaise
⅓ cup sugar
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp celery seed
2 heads of broccoli cut up into florets
¾ lb bacon, cooked and chopped
½ cup toasted slivered almonds
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1 cup chopped celery
1½ cups red seedless grapes, halved

Whisk together mayonnaise, sugar, red wine vinegar, and celery seed in a small bowl. Place in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes or up to 3 days.

Combine broccoli, bacon, toasted almonds, green onions, celery and grapes in a large serving bowl.

Toss the dressing with the rest of the salad ingredients just before serving (so the ingredients stay crunchy) and stir.

BUTTERSCOTCH BLONDIES


I've been making these bars since I was a teenager - they've held the test of time.  I still LOVE them!

3⁄4 cup butter (softened)
3⁄4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1⁄2 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
1 2⁄3 cups butterscotch morsels (or one large bag)
1 cup walnuts or pecans chopped (optional)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 13 x 9 inch baking pan. Beat butter and sugars in a large mixing bowl until creamy.

Add eggs, and beat well.

Stir together flour, baking soda and salt, and then add to butter mixture.



Stir in butterscotch morsels and chopped nuts, if using.

Spread into prepared pan.

Bake 30 to 35 minutes until top is golden brown and center is set. Cool completely in pan on wire rack.

Cut into bars.

CITRUS COOLERS

This drink sounded like the perfect solution to a hot weather game, AND it has GT colors (yellow!).

2 oz Vodka
1 oz strained fresh lemonade
1/2 oz strained clementine juice
splash of lime juice

Mix all ingredients together and serve over ice.  Alternately can be served "up" after shaking ingredients in a shaker.  ***Can also add a splash of club soda to lesson the "punch" of the alcohol!

*All photos are mine unless otherwise noted.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

SUMMERTIME FOOD!


So - our daughter just got married and following a year of wedding planning and an intense (but very very fun) wedding week, my husband and I headed to our oasis - THE BEACH.  We enjoyed some great food (as usual) but I wanted to share these 2 recipes which ended up being our favorites.  We even fixed them again for family over July 4th!  Hope you like them as much as we do!

MENU:
SMOKED FISH DIP
ROASTED SHRIMP WITH GREEN GODDESS DRESSING
M&M BARS
THE BEACHWALKER

SMOKED FISH DIP
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 2 lbs fresh fish (cod, haddock, grouper or your favorite white flaky fish)
Extra virgin olive oil
~ 1 TBSP Liquid Smoke
1 cup good mayo (like Hellman's or Dukes)
1 package of Boursin cheese
8 oz cream cheese (I use 1/3 less fat)
1/2 cup chopped sweet onion (I use Vidalia)
1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 TBSP chopped fresh thyme
1 TBSP hot sauce (I use tabasco)
Freshly ground pepper and sea salt to taste

Season fish with salt, pepper and drizzle some olive oil over.  Then drizzle the tablespoon or so of Liquid Smoke all over the fish.


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Bake at 300 degrees until fully cooked and flaky (~ 20-25 minutes or so).

Cool fish and shred with your hands (making sure there are no bones or skin).



Add fish to a food processor with all remaining ingredients and puree until fairly smooth (or use a hand mixer).  Add additional mayo if needed to get a spreadable consistency.
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Serve with chips, crackers and/or fresh raw veggies. I also like to top each serving with a bit of hot sauce!

ROASTED SHRIMP WITH GREEN GODDESS DRESSING
(Adapted from Ina Garten)

This recipe is absolutely fabulous!  Of course the shrimp is tastier when it's freshly caught like we were able to enjoy in Florida, but it's still great with shrimp you can buy at your local grocery store or specialty food store like Whole Foods or Fresh Market.  The secret is the green goddess dressing though - to die for! My guests were eating it by the spoonful! It's of course also fabulous as a salad dressing.

For the shrimp:
2 lbs large shrimp (14 to16 shrimp per pound)
1 TBSP good olive oil
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

For the Green Goddess Dressing:
1 cup mayonnaise (I use Hellman's or Dukes)
1 cup chopped scallions, white and green parts (6 to 7 scallions)
1 cup chopped basil leaves (18 to 20 leaves)
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 cloves garlic
2 tsp anchovy paste
2 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 cup sour cream
2 stalks celery, cut into sticks

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Peel and devein the shrimp, leaving the tails on.

Place them on a sheet pan with the olive oil, salt, and pepper and spread them in one layer.




Roast for 8 to 10 minutes, just until pink and firm and cooked through. Set aside to cool.



For the dressing, place the mayonnaise, scallions, basil, lemon juice, garlic, anchovy paste, salt, and pepper in a blender or food processor, and blend until smooth.

 Add the sour cream and process just until blended.




Use immediately or refrigerate until ready to use. Serve as a dip for the shrimp with the celery sticks.

THE BEACHWALKER

We were at the beach with my brother and sister in law and had brought me some fresh mangos, and  we decided we needed to create a specialty drink to commemorate the weekend (and the fact that our daughter had just gotten married the prior weekend)!

Here's what we came up with (makes roughly 4 drinks):

In a blender add:

~ 5 oz good rum
1/4 cup cream of coconut
1/2 cup orange juice
1 cup chopped mangos or ~3/4 cup mango puree (can also use frozen mangos here)


Blend all with ice in a blender until smooth.  ENJOY! You can be cute and top with an orange or pineapple slice.

M&M BARS

I made this dessert up to use up left over mini-M&Ms and Semi-sweet chocolate morsels.  You can't mess it up unless you overcook it.  SO good! They are the PERFECT "bar" consistency.




2/3 cup butter, softened
2 cups brown sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 3/4 cups flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 cups chocolate chips or M&Ms or whatever you have on hand


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x13 pan or place parchment paper down.
Beat the butter and sugar until creamy. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat again.

Stir together the flour, baking powder, and salt and stir into the butter mixture until a soft thick dough forms. Stir the chips in by hand. Then spread the mixture in the pan.

Bake for 30 minutes. Remove and let cool completely before cutting into bars. Store in a tightly sealed container.





The sunrise view one of the gorgeous early mornings I was at the beach this year:


Thursday, June 15, 2017

FATHER'S DAY COOKOUT AT THE LAKE!


Finally!  It is summertime!  We'll be having a super casual get-together at a nearby lake to celebrating the Dad in our lives this coming weekend.

I thought we'd call this celebratory meal a "best of" meal.  Here's the menu:

BEST BURGER
BEST COLE SLAW
BEST ROASTED TOMATOES
BEST SAUTÉED MUSHROOMS
BEST BAKED SWEET POTATO "FRIES"
BEST SKILLET PEACH COBBLER

BEST BURGER
(Adapted from Bobby Flay)

Simple fresh ingredients and a grill.  It's all you need for the perfect burger.  Top with whatever condiments suit your fancy.  The key here is the beef chuck - it ensures a juicy burger.  Another key: do not over form the burger into anything too tight (which is what a meatloaf resembles).  Loosely formed burgers = juicy ones.  Also, resist the urge to continuously flip the burger!  Leave it alone a bit.  Place it on a hot grill and leave it 3-5 minutes (depending on how well you like it), then flip it ONCE for another 4-5 minutes or so, and you're done!

2 lbs ground chuck
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 TBSP canola oil
4 slices cheese (I usually go with blue cheese)
4 hamburger buns, split; toasted, if desired (I am using French Brioche here)
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Divide the meat into 4 - 6 equal portions (about 6-8 oz each). Form each portion loosely into a 3/4-inch-thick burger and make a deep depression in the center with your thumb. Season both sides of each burger with salt and pepper.


USING A GRILL: Heat a gas grill to high or heat coals in a charcoal grill until they glow bright orange and ash over. Brush the burgers with the oil. Grill the burgers until golden brown and slightly charred on the first side, about 3 minutes for beef. Flip over the burgers. Cook beef burgers until golden brown and slightly charred on the second side, 4 minutes for medium rare (3 minutes if topping with cheese; see step 3) or until cooked to desired degree of doneness.


Add the cheese, if using, to the tops of the burgers during the last minute of cooking and top with a basting cover, close the grill cover, or tent the burgers with aluminum foil to melt the cheese.

Sandwich the hot burgers between the buns and serve immediately with whatever condiments you love (pickles, lettuce, mustard, mayo etc).


BEST COLE SLAW

This cole slaw recipe I adapted from Gwyneth Paltrow and it's my all-time favorite.  Just a few simple ingredients, and it needs to be made just before eating, so the cabbage is still crunchy.

4-6 cups shredded cabbage (or 1 bag of coleslaw mix)
Veganaise (I use a heaping serving spoonful)
Salt to taste (at LEAST 1 tsp, but you may prefer more)
Fresh squeezed lime juice to taste (at least the juice of 1 lime, which is roughly 2 TBSP)

Mix all together and enjoy!


BEST ROASTED TOMATOES
(Adapted from Ina Garten)

I'm sort of obsessed with this recipe these days.  It goes with everything and is not only a great "side" it also can go ON the burger. So flavorful and yummy and colorful.

2 pints grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp dried oregano
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Place the halved tomatoes cut side up on a baking sheet. Drizzle (generously) with olive oil.  Strew the minced garlic all over the tomatoes and then season generously with salt and pepper.  Bake at 425 degrees F for roughly 20 minutes.  You want them to "pop" and caramelize.  Allow them to sit a bit before devouring.  ***Can also drizzle 1-2 TBSP balsamic vinegar for a different kick of taste.

Photo Credit: Cate Bogue



Photo Credit: Cate Bogue


Photo Credit: Cate Bogue
Bake for 15-20 minutes or until tomatoes are wrinkling and beginning to release juices. Serve warm or at room temperature.




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BEST SAUTÉED MUSHROOMS

8-12 oz sliced mushrooms (button or bella)
2 TBSP butter
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
2 TBSP red wine

Melt the butter in a pan; add mushrooms, worcestershire and wine.  Sauté for 15-20 minutes or until mushrooms are soft.  Serve alongside the burgers or on top!


BEST BAKED SWEET POTATO "FRIES"
(Adapted from All Recipes)

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These baked sweet potato wedges LOOK like their fried cousin, but they're oh so much healthier.  Serve alongside ketchup if you must!

2-3 large sweet potatoes, peeled, cut into 1x3-inch wedges
3 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp garlic powder



Position rack in upper third of oven and preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Spray baking sheet with non-stick spray.
Place sweet potatoes and oil in large bowl, toss lightly. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and paprika.
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Arrange potatoes in a single layer on prepared baking sheet, being sure not to overcrowd.
Bake until tender and golden brown, turning occasionally. Cooking time is 18 to 24 minutes. Cool 5 minutes before serving.

BEST SKILLET PEACH COBBLER
(Adapted from Epicurious)
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  1. Topping:
    1 cup all-purpose flour
    2/3 cup (packed) light brown sugar
    1/2 tsp kosher salt
    1/2 cup (1 stick) chilled unsalted butter, cut into pieces
    Assembly:
    1 1/2 cups pecans
    2 TBSP unsalted butter, room temperature
    2 1/4 pounds peaches (about 7 medium), cut into 1/2" wedges
    1/3 cup (packed) light brown sugar
    1/4 cup granulated sugar
    3 TBSP fresh lemon juice
    1/2 tsp garam masala
    1/2 tsp kosher salt
    CAST IRON SKILLET
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  3. Topping:
    Whisk flour, brown sugar, and salt in a medium bowl. Rub in butter with your fingers until clumps form and no dry spots remain.
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  5. Assembly:
    Preheat oven to 350°F. Toast pecans on a rimmed baking sheet, tossing once, until slightly darkened in color, 8–10 minutes. Let cool, then coarsely chop.
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  7. Rub generously the bottom and sides of a 10" cast-iron skillet with butter. 

  8. Toss pecans, peaches, brown sugar, granulated sugar, lemon juice and salt in a large bowl to combine. 
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  10. Transfer to skillet and crumble topping, breaking up into large pieces, over filling.
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Bake crisp until topping is golden brown and juices are thick and bubbling around the edges, 25–35 minutes.
Do Ahead: Crisp can be made 1 day ahead. Store lightly covered at room temperature.

ENJOY! 
AND HAPPY FATHER'S DAY 
TO ALL THE DAD'S OUT THERE!!!






Here's what our guy hopes to enjoy all weekend:





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