Thursday, June 30, 2011

Grilled Buttery Pound Cake

I couldn't get this dessert recipe out of my mind from the time I saw it Saturday night after seeing it in The Deen Brothers Get Fired Up.  I finally had to go to the grocery store and pick up a pound cake Tuesday night.  I had plans for the blackberries for another recipe but that will have to wait (not good as the other one was healthier).

Grilled Buttery Pound Cake

One 12 oz pound cake
5 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
1/4 c. packed light brown sugar

Cut the pound cake into 3/4 inch thick slices

In a small bowl, whisk together the butter and brown sugar.  Brush both sides of the cake slices with the butter mixture.  

Preheat a grill to medium-high and brush the grate with oil or spray with nonstick cooking spray.  
Place cake slices on the grill.  Close the cover and cook until the cake slices are caramelized and golden, about 1 minute per side.  

Top with fresh berries or peaches and whipped cream to serve.

This was so yummy!  And what a quick dessert too.  

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Cookbook Review

  Saturday I picked up

I have never picked up one of their cookbooks.  But decided it might be time to check one out and knowing I could go to the library helped.  No surprise there were lots of wonderful recipes in the book as their mother is the queen of southern cooking.  They obviously were paying attention when in the kitchen with her.
The cookbook is full items from grilling, tailgating, and picnicking.  And at this time of the year who isn't looking for a few good ones to try out and become new favorites.  You will find several in each category for that too.  There are even a few breakfast items thrown in, so you can eat on the road headed to the game.  
I love pictures in cookbooks.  And they have wonderful pictures of the food and of them and the family enjoying the food and playing games.  The pictures are just beautiful of Savannah makes me want to make a trip back.  The worst part of the book is all the mentions of Georgia Bulldogs.  
There were so many good recipes and wonderful pictures that I have already ordered this book from Amazon.  I can't wait for it to arrive.  

photo from Amazon

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Grilling Time

The recipe I saw that had me drooling the moment I read the name in Bobby Flay's Grilling for Life.  Grilled Chicken Tenders with Spicy Chipotle Sauce and Blue Cheese-Yogurt Sauce.  I love spicy food and blue cheese.

Grilled Chicken Tenders with Spicy Chipotle Sauce and Blue Cheese-Yogurt Sauce

Blue Cheese Yogurt Sauce
1 c. nonfat Greek yogurt
1/4 c. crumbled blue cheese
2 tbsp. finely grated red onion
2 tbsp. finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

Grilled Chicken Tenders
2 lbs. chicken tenders
1 tbsp. olive oil
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

Spicy Chipotle Sauce
1 1/2 c. red wine vinegar 
3 tbsp. vegetable oil
2 to 3 tbsp. chipotle puree (an entire can of chipotles in adobe sauce blended until smooth)
2 tbsp. honey
2 tbsp. ancho chile powder
1 tbsp. ground New Mexico chile powder
3 tbsp. Dijon mustard
3 tbsp. unsalted butter, cold, cut into pieces

For the Blue Cheese-Yogurt Sauce combine all of the ingredients in a bowl.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 8 hours before serving.

For the chicken tenders heat your grill to high.  Toss the chicken with the oil, salt and pepper.  Grill until golden brown on both sides and just cooked through, about 3 minutes per side.

 Remove the tenders from the grill and place in a large bowl with you prepare the spice chipotle sauce.  Lower the heat of the grill to medium.

For the Spicy Chipotle Sauce bring the vinegar, oil, chipotle puree, honey and both chile powders to a simmer in a medium saucepan over medium heat on the grill.  Remove the mixture from the heat and whisk in the mustard and butter.

Pour half of the chipotle sauce over the tenders and toss well to combine.

 Divide the tenders and blue cheese sauce among 6 plates.  Serve the remaining chipotle sauce on the side if desired.

And because I didn't think about a side dish until halfway through I went for my trusty okra recipe.

per serving (with 2 tbsp. of hot sauce)
calories 335
39 grams protein
8 grams carbohydrates
15 fat grams
446 mg sodium

I really liked how this turned out.  I did expect it to be more spicy than it was.  But I will make this again.  I think this will be a good tailgate recipe.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Fashion Friday - Beach

I am linking up with Kori for another edition of Fashion Friday.  
This week I chose beach fashion from the 1950s.

Not quite a bikini.

The lazy days of a beach party.

all images found on Bing

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Semi Wordless Wednesday


I am linking up with the lovely Daphne over at Flip Flops and Pearls.

I thought I would show off the additions to  my closet.

I finally took an item off my wish list and picked up this watch.

I found this purse at a gift shop in Podunk last month. I went in looking for a wedding gift for my cousin.  No worries I got her present too.  This can be used as a clutch, wristlet or to my surprise a strap was in it too.

I had an urge to shop last week.  So I stopped into Dillard's Friday when I was off and didn't find a thing.  My last stop was the racks of clearance shoes.  Big mistake as I ran across these.  Now I don't know when I will ever wear them.  I texted S wanting to know why I would need these thinking she would help talk me out of it. Instead after she saw the pic insisted I needed them.  Note to self next time the bestie needs to talk you out of something say that first.  HA!! 


Monday, June 20, 2011

Cookbook Review

I hit the library up again for a cookbook.  As summer starts this week I decided to pick up one from the Grill King, Bobby Flay.  I picked up Grilling for Life.  This cookbook is filled with healthier grilling ideas.  Who doesn't want something healthy and good to eat.

Bobby gives tips on the tools that you will need.  Some of the tools he says are important is a heavy-duty grill brush, brushes, tongs, heavy-duty spatula, meat thermometer, squeeze bottles.  I don't have squeeze bottles but I have a set with the rest and they are great to have.  I am glad I bought a set so that when I have tried a new recipe I don't have to go running out for yet another tool and find somewhere to store it.  My set came in a case.
The second section of tips is the temperature that items should be cooked at.  Thankfully I bought one of those meat thermometers that is digital and beep when it is at the temp it is set at.  He also recommends taking the meat off the grill 5 to 10 degrees below the correct temperature and cover with aluminum foil and it will increase in temperature while the juices redistribute.
There are also sections on herbs and spices, spices and different ways to add flavor to items grilled.  Bobby also describes how to grill peppers, onions, citrus, and nuts on the grill.  
There are five sections of recipes, veggies, fish and shellfish, poultry, pork, beef, and lamb, and drinks and desserts.  I found several recipes to give a try.  And bought several items for one when I went to the grocery store for the week (splitting up the costs of all I needed).  
The thing I liked lease about this cookbook was the lack of pictures.  There is a small section in the middle of the book with pictures of eight recipes in the book.  Scattered throughout are pictures of Bobby cooking.  I love pictures of the recipes so I have an idea of how it should look or even if it is something I will eat.  I am not going to lie I have been pulled into cooking a recipe for the picture alone.
It is not one that will be added to my wish list.  But I do like many of the recipes in the cookbook.  And enjoy watching Bobby on the Food Network.  

Sunday, June 19, 2011

The Next Food Network Star

One of my favorite things about summer is it is time for The Next Food Network Star.

I love watching this show and seeing who will be the next star of the next work.  And if there is someone I won't want to see.  There have been two in the past seasons I just did not like they won and never watched their shows.  Both of those are not on the network anymore (not that I have that kind of power).

Tonight was the third episode from the current season.  I have not been upset about who has gone home at this point.  But I am sad to see that two people I have disliked from the first week are still there.  I can't stand to watch Chris or Penny.    Chris is still to much of a frat boy for me to handle.  And Penny comes across as a total b***h.  Usually it takes until about episode three before I fall in love with one person.  This year I fell in love with Orchid and Jyll from episode one.  I do love Justin D. to because he has the guts to wear some dorky looking glasses and works to have fun in the kitchen and even in the kitchen (mine always end up totally fogged up when I cook with them on).

The Food Network did make one big change in the show format this year.  They moved the show from New York City to Los Angles.  I am still not sure I am happy about that change.  I did enjoy seeing them compete in the Food Network test kitchens not to mention seeing shots of the network offices.  

Tonight's episode featured Chef Duff Goldman and Chef Robert Irvine.  I love these two guys.  I was so sad when Chef Duff ended Ace of Cakes this spring.  And I love watching Chef Robert sweat it out on Dinner Impossible.  It was also great to see Vic get to work under his idol Chef Robert.  I think that is a fun part of this show when the finalist get to work on a task and meet one of their idols from the network.  

The clips from next week show the lovely southern lady Paula Deen making an appearance.  In the preview clips it shows her telling someone "You were over before it even starts buddy."  I can't wait to see who that is being told too.

If you haven't already started watching the show tune in next Sunday night at 8.  

image from The Food Network

Happy Father's Day


I am lucky to have three great men in my life.  Okay I had a few others as I have 5 uncles but these three are the most important.

This was 1980.  And I still hear about having to stand in line 3 hours to ride Dumbo and it only lasted 30 seconds.  

This was his 40th birthday.   We don't have many pictures after this as we both hate the camera.

My grandaddy and grandmother.  This is at mother's parents when I was three.  
 I couldn't find any pics of just me with grandaddy. What is up with that?

This is Pop-Pop with me about age 1.  They went to buy him some new overalls a couple months before this and then sent them back to town for me to have a matching pair.  And yet no one ever got a picture of us together in them.  

Granddaddy & Grandmother at a surprise belated 40th anniversary at the parents.  
Granddaddy was the only grandfather to make it to my college graduation.  And I can't find those pictures now.

I have no idea why I was playing with my toothbrush.  Pop-pop died when I was 10 1/2 and this is one of the latest pics I have of us together.  I am sure there are some more at the parents.  

I still find it a little weird to only buy one Father's Day card and it has been 4 years since that started in my life.  

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Favorite TV Shows - Laverne & Shirley

One of my favorite TV shows as a kid was Laverne & Shirley.    It wasn't until I was a teenager that I learned they were a spin-off show of The Happy Days.  I learned that after seeing a re-run of the episode they appeared on.

The only reason I can think of is they just mad me laugh.  You never knew what kind of trouble they would get into or cause for that matter.  And who could forget their pals Lenny & Squiggy who lived upstairs in the apartment building.

I will admit though that I did not care as much for the years when they moved to California at the end of the show.  I preferred the years of working at Shotz Brewery in Milwaukee.  No matter what she was wearing Laverne had a L on her top.

Ritchie even guest starred on Laverne & Shirley where he and Laverne competed in a dance competition.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Fashion Friday - 1940s

I am hooking up with Kori over at Blonde Episodes for another Fashion Friday.  
This weeks topic 1940s Vogue covers.

Happy Friday!!! 

 all images found on Bing

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Chocolate Ice Cream

The high temps we have had recently have me wanting to try making more frozen treats.  I pulled out my Cuisinart manual and decided it was time to try my hand at chocolate ice cream.

Basic Chocolate Ice Cream

1 c. milk
1/2 c. granulated sugar
8 oz. bittersweet or semisweet chocolate broken into 1/2 inch pieces
2 c. heavy cream, well chilled
1 tsp. pure vanilla sugar

Heat the whole milk until it is just bubbling around the edges (this may be done on the stove top or in a microwave).  In a blender or food processor fitted with a metal blade, pulse to process the sugar with the chocolate until the chocolate is very finely chopped.

Add the hot milk, process until well blended and smooth.

 Transfer to the medium bowl and let the chocolate mixture cool completely.  Stir in the heavy cream and vanilla to taste.

Chill for 30 minutes or longer.  
Put into your ice cream maker and follow manufacturer's instructions.

I decided to to follow the directions completely.  Mainly because I was to lazy to pull the blender out.  Why would I put them in the blender to get the mixture to be smooth.  I decided to just melt the chocolate, milk and sugar together in a saucepan until the chocolate is melted.  I followed the last steps and it has turned out wonderfully.

What's for Dinner???

I picked up another of the McCormick season packets at the grocery store.  This time it is for Caribbean Grilled Steak.  I have been trying to figure out the next item to try on the grill this year.  I was happy to finally be inspired as I have not been able to figure out a recipe I wanted to try recently.

Caribbean Grilled Steak.

2 tsp. minced garlic
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. minced onion
1 tsp. oregano leaves
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper (optional)
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 lbs flank steak or boneless beef sirloin steak
3 tbsp. olive oil, divided
1/4 c. fresh lime juice
1 whole pineapple, peeled, cored and cut into bite-size chunks

Mix salt and all of the spices except red pepper in small bowl until well blended.  Stir in red pepper to taste if desired.  Brush steak with 1 tbsp. of the oil.  Rub with 2 tbsp. of the spice mixture.  Refrigerate 30 minutes or longer for extra flavor.

Stir lime juice and remaining 2 tbsp. oil into remaining spice mixture.  Thread pineapple chunks onto skewers.
Grill pineapple skewers over medium heat 5 to 10 minutes or until golden brown, turning occasionally and brushing with 1/2 of the juice mixture.

  Grill steak over medium-high heat 6 to 7  minutes per side or until desired doneness, brushing with remaining juice mixture.

Slice and serve steak with pineapple skewers.

The steak turned out great.  I did forget to brush the steak while grilling with the lime juice mixture. I can't wait to see what it tastes like with the lime juice mixture too.  It wasn't all that spicy without it so maybe I can make it like this when the parents visit next month.
I cut up some of the remaining steak to use in tacos for lunch tomorrow.


Baby Shower

I headed down to Oxford yesterday afternoon for a baby shower for one of my oldest friends RW.  She is having a girl and is the first one in a while to have one.  I went a little crazy at Target this week.
I was going to pick up something on her registry but then I saw all the other cute stuff.

How cute are the diamond ring rattle and first purse.  I found the clip on bows by the register.

They built a swimming pool last year so of course she will need a swimsuit next year.

While looking for an item on the registry I saw this cute bath wrap next to it.  When I saw the crown was 5 points I knew our little ZTA legacy must have it.

PW, the father, is a UT Fan and the orange & white polka dotted towel wrap was on the registry.  

I can't wait to meet little MK.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Fashion Friday - Tourquoise Jewelry

I am linking up with Kori for Fashion Friday again. 
One of my favorite types of jewelry is Turquoise.  And I love that it is one of my birthstones.

I love this one.

I would take any or all of these rings.

I love this simple cuff bracelet.

Who wouldn't love to wear this tiara?

Hop on over and link up with Kori.

all images found on bing.