Friday, June 22, 2012

Summertime, Summertime.........

Summer officially arrived on Wednesday, June 20th-----and with it the occasion to dine outside.  Seems a lot of us lack innovative ideas for grilling yet I'm sure we all agree there's just *something* that makes food cooked over a campfire or grill taste SOOO much better!

Our local newspaper featured some easy recipes this week for outdoor cooking and yes, I'm "cheating" and using them as a post for my blog.  Seriously, I use to make recipes similar to these I'm going to share YEARS ago and can vouch for how tasty things turned out!  I plan to try all of these myself, so here goes....

Heavenly Fish

Fish Fillet
Cherry Tomato
Lemon Salt
Sprite OR 7UP

Start with heavy duty foil and tear off a square.   If using thin foil, double it up.  Place a fish fillet in the foil, (trout's the best to use for this recipe, but any fish will do).  Place halved cherry tomato, halved small lemon and a pinch of garlic and lemon salt in the foil.  Pour about 1/3 cup of Sprite or 7UP in the foil.  Seal the foil tightly and place the pocket on the coals for approximately 10-15 minutes.  Remove  from coals.

Simple Meal-in-One

Hamburger or chicken breasts
Salt & Pepper
Canned baked beans (optional----I for one, wouldn't care for this to be added)

In the center of a large piece of heavy duty aluminum foil place a hamburger patty or chicken breast.  On top of the meat, place a thin slice of onion.  Wash potatoes with skins on, slice thinly and add a layer of potatoes on top of the onion.  Add salt, pepper, garlic and a large spoon of canned baked beans.  Bring edges of foil together and fold down to seal then roll ends to finish sealing.  Place in hot coals for 30-45 minutes until done.

Cowboy Spud and Veggie Medley

1 lb. small red skinned potatoes, scrubbed
4 to 6 cloves garlic, eeled and coarsely chopped or minced
Assorted fresh vegetables, such as green beans, broccoli, summer squash, carrots and cherry tomatoes (I'd personally do mushrooms too)
Salt and Pepper
Chopped fresh basil or pesto
3 to 4 Tablespoons butter
1 1/3 to 2 cups chicken broth

For each servings, shape a 16-inch-long piece of heavy duty aluminum foil into a bowl.  Cut the potatoes into bite-size pieces and pile some in the center of each sheet.  Add a chopped garlic clove to each pile.  Cut or snap the vegetables into bite-size pieces, then add them to the potatoes and sprinkle on salt and pepper.
Add 1 tablespoon of fresh basil or pesto to each packet.  Top with a thick pat of butter and pour 1/3 cup of chicken broth over the veggies.
Seal the packets tightly, then place them on the grill over the fire.  Check the packets after 10-12 minutes, being careful to avoid escaping steam, to see if the vegetables are tender.  If not, reseal the packets and heat for another few minutes. 
Makes 4-6 servings
Love this idea for small centerpieces scattered the length of the table

What a FUN way to serve up a healthy dessert for your party!

If you opt for the traditional s'mores, have everything in one place.  Notice the jars of nutella and peanut butter~ to each his own!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

WINNER of the FREE cookbook is......................

.........Tammy Blake.   Congratulations, Tammy!!!  Please email me
with your mailing address and this book will go out ASAP.

Thank you to those who entered as all my readers can benefit from the tips and recipes submitted!


Thursday, June 7, 2012

STILL need recipes if you wanna win a FREE cookbook!

Though I'm particularly looking for NEW Summertime recipes and/or grilling recipes, I will accept ANY new, original recipe as an entry for winning this cookbook.

Will pick a winner on Father's Day (June 17th), so PLEASE get those entries in!!!!

This is a NICE cookbook.  I guess if nobody wants it, I'm happy to keep it for myself ;-(