July 2, 2015

Grilled Mediterranean Stuffed Tomatoes

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Perfect summer tomatoes stuffed with a Mediterranean Salad and grilled? Yes!

Grilled Mediterranean Stuffed Tomatoes

Almost nothing can compare to a perfectly ripe summer tomato! They are delicious on their own, on a BLT, in a Caprese salad or in a fresh spicy summer salsa.  Why not take just a few minutes and kick a half dozen tomatoes up a notch with these easy, yet impressive Grilled Mediterranean Stuffed Tomatoes? YOU are going to love them!

Head on over to SABER Grills Better Barbecue Blog, where I am a contributor, to get the recipe!

Let me know how you like them & Happy Grilling!!



June 30, 2015

Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese, Apples, Strawberries and Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

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Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese, Strawberries and Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

For me, summer and salads go hand in hand.  I crave them. It has nothing to do with watching what I eat, I just want more salad...I wonder why that is?

Recently I was at a fantastic event, benefiting local culinary programs in the Mid-Altantic Region, where 3 incredible chefs cooked up a memorable meal.  Our opener was a Strawberry Salad created by Chef Huan Nales, who flew in from Rioja, Spain for the occasion and although everything that followed was fantastic, that salad was the one thing I couldn't stop thinking about.  So I headed to my local Whole Foods Market to grab the ingredients to replicate it.

Since I was going to be using strawberries in the salad as well as in the dressing, I knew I wanted organic strawberries.  Whole Foods did not disappoint. Almost as soon as I walked into the store there they were...A big display of Driscoll's Organic Berries...just waiting for me.  I was a happy girl!

However once home...I errr, ummmm....ok, ok...I ate every-single-strawberry. I couldn't stop.  They honestly were the sweetest, juiciest strawberries I had ever tasted.

I was in disbelief...It was a bumper crop of berries for sure and I was the lucky recipient.  Soooo that evening I ran right back to Whole Foods and bought 5 more packages!  The kids ate 2 containers full (I may or may not have had a couple more), even my husband was chomping on them.  I had planned to freeze 2 containers of them since they were just so perfect however between making the salad and all the snacking that was happening within 24 hours, there were none left!

That right there is what I adore about Whole Foods.  Food I can trust, food I feel good about giving my family and food, like these strawberries, they can eat till their heart (and stomachs) are content!

If you like strawberries, and you like salads...this salad is a refreshing one to make on a hot day or great opener for a dinner party!

Sweet strawberries, crisp apple slices, crunchy pine nuts and greens  mingles with a fresh strawberry dressing...delicious!

Thank you to Whole Foods Markets Jenkintown PA, where you will find everything you need for great summer grilling and fabulously fresh salads! Visit them on Facebook or on their website for recipe ideas, tips and news about the world of food! 

Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese, Strawberries and Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

Baby Spinach Salad With Goat Cheese Apples Strawberries & Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette
5-6 ounces Baby Spinach
1/2 pound sliced Strawberries
1 green apple sliced thin
1/4 cup pine nuts
Goat Cheese
Optional: Bacon crumbles
Dressing
1/3 cup mashed strawberries
1/4 cup grapeseed or olive oil
3 TBS balsamic vinegar
1 TBS sugar
Small squeeze of fresh lemon

Place spinach on small salad plates or bowls, add the sliced strawberries, apple slices, pine nuts and goat cheese (bacon crumbles if using as well).

Add all dressing ingredients to a blender or food processor and pulse until combined & creamy.  OR simply whisk together in a small bowl vigorously until creamy (berries will be a little chunkier this was but still delicious).

Enjoy!




June 22, 2015

Avocado Crab Cake Sandwich With Bacon & Spicy Avocado Remoulade

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Crab Cakes studded with perfectly ripe California Avocados, nestled atop crispy bacon in sandwich form?

Avocado Crab Cake Sandwiches With Bacon & Spicy Avocado Remoulade


Oh yeah...I've got you! Read on! 

One of the foods my husband & I enjoy the most are crab cakes.  I have been making them as long as I can remember. Growing up, I am almost positive that the only crab cake I ever had was either from a box of  Mrs Paul's (you know the green box from the freezer section of the supermarket) or from our local Seafood Store that we would grab take out from every Friday in Lent.

My mom is a huge fan of all things seafood, however being a stay at home mom with 5 kids, she didn't get it a lot.  She was completely satisfied with that green box.

Needless to say I never went out of my way to eat crab cakes once I was on my own.  They only version I knew came from the box or the fish market and both were deep fried.

I was in my 20's when my mom called and said she was headed to the Outer Banks, NC with a group of friends, She said she was responsible to cook dinner one night and asked what she should make.

My mind went to crab cakes.  I tinkered, gave her a recipe and a new food love was born.  Not just for me...within a year my brothers, sister, friends and family were all making those crab cakes.  To this day everyone is still kind of obsessed!

I am "known" in a few circles of family, friends, friends of friends and food bloggers for those crab cakes, these sesame noodles, and these Frozen Chamboard Margaritas.  As far as the kids go...my children, their friends & cousins can never get enough of these.  They stalk me for them, lol! 

I decided to combine 3 of my food-loves into one delicious sandwich!  

Avocado Crab Cake Sandwiches With Bacon & Spicy Avocado Remoulade

Crab...Avocado...and Bacon! BAM!! 

You want this sandwich in your life this summer! Especially while California Avocados are in season.  Every trip to the market has me laying my eyes upon bins of gorgeous California Avocados. I can't help myself and buy a handful every time! And every time, I tinker with another idea...or let's face it, make some guac.  Lord, I could probably eat a bathtub full of guacamole! Is it just me?

Thank you to California Avocados for inspiring me to become creative in the kitchen with their incredible avocados and sponsoring this post xoxo! I am having the best time being one of their ambassadors! For more incredible avocado recipes and everything you need to know about California Avocados, visit their website, Facebook Page or check them out on Pinterest...those recipes will have you running to your market!

True story! With all of the avocado eating and recipe tinkering I have been up to...my 10 year old daughter has been furiously trying to grow an avocado  tree.  She's actually been trying for 2 years, lol!  She's given up trying to get something to happen from the seed itself in the house...now she's digging holes everywhere and just plopping them in...she runs out and inspects her spots every day...and nothing! SO funny! I am seriously tempted to find a tree or two somewhere and have them "magically appear" overnight!

The avocado in the crab cakes is a nice addition.  The avocado chunks give the crab cakes extra flavor & texture. Whipping up a chunky Spicy Avocado Remoulade is a perfect compliment to the crab cakes, the bacon & the tomato.  Nom!!

If you want to chuck the bun...go right ahead and do it this way.  SO good!  You could even sprinkle some chopped tomatoes over top as well.

Avocado Crab Cakes With Bacon & Spicy Avocado Remoulade

June 12, 2015

Grilled Flat Iron Steak

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How about a Grilled Flat Iron Steak made with my go-to summer marinade?  

It's simple & delicious and it works well with chicken, beef, pork tuna and veggies...Bonus!

Grilled Flat Iron Steak Made with a simple versatile grilling marinade.


During my last stop at Whole Foods Market, I spied this beauty! One of my husbands favorite cuts of beef - Flat Iron Steak. I instantly knew it was coming home with me and that it was destined for the grill! 


My favorite thing about my local Whole Foods Market is the robust selection of meats, seafood and produce.  I plan once or twice a month to drive past about a dozen markets to get to their Jenkintown location 30 minutes away from me.  Once there, I stroll around, see what's new, what calls out to me and go home with bags and bags of food I feel good about.

On my last trip, I snapped a phone pic of some of their prepared seafood offering that day...gorgeous! 




I not only enjoy the spoils of my trip, I also enjoy knowing that I support a store that supports so many things important to me like the fact they donate food to their local food pantries and shelters...they say "it's a given". We have food...they need it...we help"! Love that! 

Another area Whole Foods shines in, is in the education & support of the bee and pollinator community.  Without bees and other pollinators our way of eating would not exist.  It's actually mind-blowing how much would change.  Whole Foods donates money for research and help, they support the pollinator community, have products highlighting "pollinator" friendly and, so much more.  Check out the this section of Whole Foods website where you will easily learn a lot...the kids too, after all they will inherit our planet!  

This 30 second video says it all! And now...I want guacamole! 



Pop in to your local Whole Foods and check out all the fabulous fresh meats, seafood, fruits & veggies perfect for this grilling season! You will not be disappointed! 

This post was written as part of a standing partnership with Whole Foods Market Jenkintown, as usual what I write and how I feel are all me! 

This simple marinade is so easy to prepare and is easily customizable as well.  Add honey if you want a little sweet and a little extra char and some fresh minced ginger if you want a little kick or leave it as it is.  Either way...enjoy! 



Grilled Flat Iron Steak
1 flat iron steak
1 cup of soy sauce
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
2 TBS sherry
4-6 cloves of garlic smashed or 2 TBS (or more) of minced garlic from a jar.

Combine all ingredients and let meat marinate for 2 hours in the fridge. Remove steak from marinade, bot it dry.  Oil your grill, preheat it then cook your steak 4-5 minutes a side or until done to your liking.  


Heat the leftover marinade in a small pot until it comes to a boil and serve alongside the steak.



June 9, 2015

Recipe Blackened Tuna Bites

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Delicious & Easy Tuna Bites

Have you ever made something crazy-simple and people go nuts for it?  Like ser-i-ously nuts!  

If you do...What is it? I need to know!

I mean, you can spend 2 hours on a dish (or more) and think it is perfection, right? Then  ehhh, no one really says anything. But then...you throw something together in literally 10 minutes and its talked about and requested for years!  Am I right? What the heck people, lol! 

These Tuna Bites are spicy and deliciously spectacular!
The better the tuna, the better the bite!  

3 ingredients to make the Tuna Bites and 5 to make the sauce, if you choose to use it. It doesn't get much easier than that.

I threw it together as an additional offering years ago at a summer BBQ we hosted, it may have been on the 4th of July and everyone loved it!  So many people have asked how to make them or asked to have me make them for them ever since.

I swear its always the easy dishes that get people! 

Blackened Tuna Bites

These crazy-simple Tuna Bites are something I make about twice a year.  My husband had been asking for them for the past few weeks and I was dying to try out my new OXO Good Grips Non-Stick Pro Low Griddle Pan so make them I did!

The pan did not disappoint! These may just be the prettiest Tuna Bites I have made, they literally glided across the OXO Griddle with just a bit of oil!
The OXO Good Grips Non-Stick Pro Cookware line features effortless food release and overall superior performance. Each piece offers a thoughtful design, from heavy-gauge anodized aluminum and stay-cool stainless steel handles to drip-free pouring edges and a dishwasher safe coating. The German-engineered, PFOA-free, 3-Layer Non-Stick coating allows for effortless food release with minimal oil or butter, and the durable, scratch-resistant, Hard-Anodized Aluminum construction ensures superior heat conduction and even cooking. The contoured, comfortable handles stay cool to the touch and are riveted to provide a secure grip. The durable, all-metal construction is perfect for all stovetops, except induction, and can move directly from the stovetop to oven (oven-safe up to 430°F/220°C). The Non-Stick Pro Cookware line is dishwasher safe for quick and easy cleanup. The 11 inch Square Low Griddle is great for pancakes, grilled cheese and more. 

I have to say, I am a huge fan of OXO Products.  I honestly can not think of a single one of their products that have ever let me down.  Daily, I must use a minimum of 3-5 OXO products, lol! My favorites?  I am smitten with their POP Containers...I can never get enough of them, they are life-altering my friends! They make storing snacks neatly, organized and in whatever portion you choose SO easy!

My pantry is awesome & organized for well over a year due to them. I started picking up a couple each time I went shopping then bit the bullet and bought a box-full! Worth every penny!  This summer I hope to set up a snack area with some more of them in the "Tween Lounge".  My kids & their friends will flip!

My second favorite tool (and my kids fav as well...well, that and the cherry pitter) is the Strawberry Huller...How did I live without this tool before last summer, plus its so cute!? Third favorite, hmmm...that is tough! I may have to go with the tongs! I use them all the time!

I can trust OXO with so many parts of the cooking and baking process, so now I am excited at the new line of Non-Stick Pro Line Pots and Pans.  Love it when I can count on a company to always make products that live up to what it is they are to do.  OXO for sure is on my short list of Brands that do just that! 

Deliciously Easy Tuna Bites. Just 3 ingredients!

For the Tuna Bites I swear by Chef Paul Prudhomee Seafood Magic or Blackened Seafood Magic Spices - they are seriously fantastic and I have been using them for years! Chef Paul is a Louisanna native and a heck of a chef - he know's his stuff!

Call them blackened, call them spicy...whichever, I  just call them good! 

Tuna Bites
Serves 2-3
1 pound piece good quality tuna steak
2 TBS grapeseed or olive oil
3 TBS Paul Prudhomme Seafood Magic (used above) or Blackened Seafood Magic or whichever blackening seasoning you enjoy best

Lightly coat your tuna in a bit of oil.  Cut the tuna steak into bite sized cubes.  Gently pres tuna cubes down into the seasoning mixture and coat all sides with it.  Place coated tuna pieces on a plate.

Heat 1 1/2 - 2 TBS of  oil in a non-stick griddle or skillet until very hot but not smoking. Place tuna pieces into the pan and cook over high med-heat until each side of the cube is cooked and golden brown/blackened. You need to move quick so the tuna doesn't cook all the way through.  Total cook time should not exceed 2 minutes if you still want your tuna pink inside.  If you want it rarer, you need to cook it even less. Remove each tuna piece (based on size) as soon as it is done and plate.

Aioli
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 TBS relish
Few dashed Worcestershire sauce
A squeeze of fresh lemon juice
A dash or two of Cayenne pepper

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix until smooth and creamy.

Eat the tuna alone or with some of the sauce...either way, enjoy! 


June 4, 2015

BBQ Beer Glazed Chicken Skewers with Sriracha Candied Bacon & a SABER Grill Giveaway

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Are you ready for a delicious Grilled Chicken Recipe
and an even better Giveaway?

BBQ Beer Glazed Chicken Skewers with Sriracha Candied Bacon

It's grill season all across the country now.  The smells wafting around our neighborhoods are nothing short of intoxicating! If you are a reader of my site, you know I adore both grilling and eating food pulled hot from the grill!  Mmm-mmm-m...almost nothing tops that in my book!

One of the biggest grill days of the season is almost upon us....Fathers Day!  What dad wouldn't appreciate sitting back with cold beer in hand, letting someone else make him some delicious grill-grub!

BBQ Beer Glazed Chicken Skewers with Sriracha Candied Bacon

I made some Beer BBQ Glazed Chicken Kebabs and paired them with Pig Candy aka Candied Bacon!  Bacon & chicken are always great together and I kicked it up a bit with some Sriracha, then I even went a little crazy and threw some Feta cheese on some of the skewers, which I totally dug! Sweet, salty & spicy?? I'm in! 

Have you ever had Candied Bacon before? If not you are in for a treat, get my recipe for Sriracha Candied Bacon here.  

To help you get ready to celebrate Fathers Day (or grill season in general), I gathered
9 fantastic food blogger friends who each came up with  recipes that are sure to please any man....we also have an incredible giveaway that will make any dad have a #BetterFathersDay!

Ready?? 

We are giving one lucky winner a grill, and not just any grill a top of the line SABER Cast 500 Grill, with a cover and a set of SABER BBQ Tools - a prize worth $1140.00.  
You can say wow now!


Win a Saber Cast 300 Grill Package ARV $1140.00

Official Rules found here.

And if you don't win anything...well that is a-ok,  you still get these 10 amazing grill recipes...not too shabby!

I happen to own a SABER Grill and let me tell you it is not only gorgeous, it is a beast and it cooks beautifully!  We just love it!  SABER grills were designed by a team of outdoor cooking experts with one goal in mind, to engineer a better barbecue: one that is constructed better (using premium materials), cooks better (even heat and no flare-ups), and is priced better than competing premium grills.




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