Monthly Archives: April 2011

Grill, Baby, Grill

I thought I would do a post that served double duty! A step by step on a tasty summer dish, and a tips and tricks on grilling segment. That’s two, count ’em, TWO posts for the price of one! And at the price of $0.00, it’s quite a steal! Lets get started on our Grilled Romain, Grilled Chicken Salad with Grilled Breadsticks. Did I mention we were going to grill?

Serves two.

1 Head Romain Lettuce (split down the center)

1 Chicken Breast (Split into two)

Olive Oil

Balsamic Vinegar

Juice of 1 Lemon

2 Slices of Fresh Bread (each piece sliced length-ways)

1 Clove Garlic

2oz Goat Cheese (optional)

Butter

Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese

Your favorite Dressing

Lets get started!

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Did You Know?

Eating steak cooked at medium or medium rare is easier to digest!

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Boy Meets Grill

Thanks to mom and dad, it was time to break in a brand new charcoal grill! A sacred event, I kissed the fire hot grill with farm fresh fillet mignon from the local farmers market. Served on a bed of greens and grilled asparagus, it was topped with garlic goat cheese. The goats are frolicking in a nearby farm, and so I thank them for a wonderfully rich, creamy cheese! I do very little to the steak… Salt pepper and a good sear is all they need!


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Side Dish #2 You Want Fries with That?

Behold, cheese fries! I made these with parmesan, but cheddar would be amazing as well! The catch? There is no catch. Just dreamy, crispy, salty fries with melted cheese. Oh yeah… they’re made with parsnips. Stay with me here! Just slice a few parsnips into fries, drizzle with olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt and place on a baking sheet or stone. Pop them in a 400 degree oven for about 15 minutes on each side, or until brown and crisp. Top with your favorite cheese and pop back in the oven for about 3 minutes. This dish goes hand in hand with a rainy day and a good book!

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Gyro Today, Gone Tomorrow

This post should really just be called “Vehicles for Tzatziki Sauce”! A blend of Greek yogurt, finely diced cucumber, mint, garlic and salt, a little olive oil and red wine vinegar and you’ve got the most amazing sauce! That being said, let’s move onto its vehicle! I started by sifting a cup of flour and adding a pinch of smoked sea salt, cumin seeds and fennel seeds. I then added water, tablespoon by tablespoon until I had a bread dough. I flattened the dough (pinching off 2 inch sized balls) with my hands and placed in a 375 degree oven for about 3 minutes per side. Voila, home made flat bread! (Don’t leave it in too long, or you’ll get, voila, crackers!) I topped the flat bread with some cooked strips of beef, sauteed bell pepper and onion and topped with that oh so special sauce! One of my faster meals, I have to say, and will easily become a staple!

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Babies First Souffle!

My after daydream at work about what I was going to make for dinner started out innocently and lazily enough. Breakfast for dinner it is! But of course as the day grew on, so did my appetite… and my gumption! I decided it was time to tackle the dreaded, scary, all-to-impossible SOUFFLE! I knew I wanted to make a savory version, so I looked up a 3 cheese recipe. Since most of the cheese souffles were served as brunch, I decided I could still stick with my original idea of having breakfast for dinner! I sliced some italian bread I had left over from meals gone by and toasted it in the oven. After it was lightly toasted, I rubbed one side with a garlic clove and the other side with a fist full of basil. I topped it off with thinly sliced prosciutto. The crunchy bread was a perfect companion to the light, fluffy, creamy, rich souffle! I also paired it with some mixed greens tossed in lemon juice and a blood orange infused olive oil. The citrus cleansed your palette of the cream from the souffle! The salad and bread were easy enough, so no recipe is required, and since it was my first souffle, I wont post the recipe until I have found the perfect one! By the way, for those who are still scared of the souffle, this entire dinner took about 45 minutes to complete from start to finish! Not bad, not bad at all!

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Buon Appetito!

During the warmer months, Dustin and I migrate every few weeks to my parents beach house in Lewes, De. At first it was a great beach get-away. Quiet, warm, salted breezes and close to downtown Rehoboth. As we began to learn more and more about our home away from home, we discovered it’s terrific restaurants and eateries. One such dinner adventure took us to a tapas restaurant called Cafe Azafran. Early for our reservation, we decided to walk the side streets behind the well known Rehoboth Boardwalk. That’s when we saw it. Just sitting there. Like a mirage in the desert. I ran to it, arms outstretched, mouth open. Cue slow motion run. In front of me was the simplest of windows.

Touch of Italy is a tiny Italian deli, bakery and grocery store, all wrapped up (presumably in prosciutto) into one. We finished our walk, made it safely to our tapas dinner and went back home. We decided recently to return to the Italian deli for lunch. Hanging about the cases of meat, cheese and olives were sandwiches simply displayed and described. Before I get to the sandwich, let’s take a look at what the great folks at Touch of Italy have to offer.

Olive oil, truffle oil, aged balsamic, you betcha!

This Cheese case looks like a dream I once had!

Now THATS a hunk of provolone. I’m going to need a moment to myself.

I chose the number 5. But who cares what it looks like on the menu, LET’S SEE THE SANDWICH!

And there it is. The bread was fresh and the smoked mozzarella was fresher! The pungent meat was balanced perfectly by the soft, pillowy, smokey-bland mozzarella cheese. It’s construction was simple but the flavors were sublime! I urge anyone that finds themselves walking the Rehoboth Boardwalk this summer, to take a little side treck down 1st Street to Baltimore Ave. The address it 33 Baltimore Ave Ste A, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971-2156. Don’t Miss out on this amazing find!

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