May 24, 2013

9 Classic Memorial Day Recipes

Even though it is considered the unofficial start of summer, celebrating Memorial Day with a menu of grilled favorites, sides, and desserts means the start of the great outdoors, picnics, parks, and beaches. Now is also a perfect time to explain to your children what makes our country so special. To make the day more enjoyable, we’ve got a list of classic tasting simple recipe for burger, ribs, chicken kebabs, and other grilled entrees.

What would a patriotic party be without classic pies for a sweet finish? Either way you plan on firing up the grill Monday for a small family BBQ and having a s’mores bonfire later that night, something classic can make a difference.



Potato Chips vs Pretzels on Memorial Day

It says that the winner food is again a matter of what you are trying to avoid, but even though these food are lower in calories and fat, they can be much higher in sodium. So the bottom line is that moderation is still the key, and you need to look at your overall plate, not just one item. That way you can make sure you don’t avoid calories and fat at the expense of too much sodium. But most importantly have a great time with family and friends this Memorial Day.

What to eat and what not to eat can be challenging. And the winner is!

a pretzel


May 11, 2013

Colorful Veggie Pasta Salad

Tomorrow is Mother’s Day. Surprise your mom or wife with fresh veggies and pasta “al dente” turned into a colorful and delicious dinner. Here’s a recipe that uses sweet cherry tomatoes, carrot, green onions and bell pepper. Of course, you can use whatever vegetables you like. Kalamata olives, if you like, is another addition, then top the salad just before serving with some freshly grated Parmesan, or any cheese you’d like.

For special occasions like this, its fun to turn eating time into something really special. Check for the full recipe.

colorful salad


April 21, 2013

The 10 Best Sandwich Recipes

If Chef Billy Grant’s grilled lobster and cheese in Connecticut was named one of our best sandwiches in America several years back, these new list of 10 best sandwich recipes will make you more fabulous “greats” at home. The recommended way to enjoy it, is still with a glass of your favorite wine. You’ll feel like you’re celebrating… because you are.

Here’s a hamper of ideas to make you more adventurous between your bread slices. Maybe you’ll enjoy the best brunch sandwich in a combination of honey-cured bacon, rich dark chocolate and ripe, tangy stilton. Click here for more mouthwatering and satisfying start of the day… Just don’t forget to add cheese, if you like.

Honey-cured bacon, St ilton and chocolate sandwich


April Puts the Cheese on Grilled Cheese

Maybe you and I also believe that grilled cheese has come a long way since we were kids. What has turned our humble cheese of yesteryear is a gourmet cheese delight with a wide array of wonderful combinations. April is National Grilled Cheese Month, and on a Friday is National Grilled Cheese Day, falls. Thought plans on where to find that cheese put on grilled cheese might be exciting.

So, interested in getting a taste?



April 2, 2013

Crunchy French Toast with Cap’n Crunch Coating

Really Crunchy French Toast is a new delicious twist and an old favorite. Surprise your friends with this fun need addition to your brunch menu. The toast is made with challah, dipped in custard, and then rolled in crushed Captain Crunch cereal. If you are one Cap’n Crunch fan, you know that it tastes the same as we remember: sweet, sweet and more sweet. The combination of crunchy cereal with the spiced custard makes this a tasty treat for all.

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Crunchy French Toast with Cap’n Crunch Coating



March 31, 2013

Conchiglie with Braised Pork Belly and Radicchio

If braising doesn’t bring out amazing depth of flavor in any dish, and pasta isn’t satisfying on its own; this simple to make conchiglie with pancetta (or bacon) goes farther by braising pork belly with extra virgin olive oil, white wine and other sumptuous flavors. Radicchio adds another dimension, and the onions become beautifully caramelized. It’s simply put together, and will fill your kitchen with an incredible aroma of promise that delivers something you truly wanted.

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Conchiglie with Braised Pork Belly and Radicchio

gourmet cooking


March 8, 2013

Baked Honey-Mustard Corned Beef with Roasted Cabbage, Roasted Carrots, and Buttered Red Potatoes

Would you like to give it a try making some honey, mustard and brown sugar baked in the oven and create a corned beef so amazingly tender and full of flavor in every bite? We’re celebrating the corned beef month, so recipes like this are worth every effort. What makes is so fun is the opportunity of turning simple ingredients into something fabulous. I think you’ll like the wonderful balance of saltiness from the corned beef to the potatoes and cabbage… plus the refreshing power of lemon in clearing the palette before taking the next bite.

Curious? If you’re a potato lover when you were a child, this will bring you back to good memories. Don’t miss the colorful and flavorful treat. Thanks to Damn Delicious with the detailed procedure, you’ll find it easy.

corned beef


March 6, 2013

Our Corned Beef with Vegetables

Me and Sandy enjoys Sunday surprises. From her very early morning croissant treat to what’s going to be for brunch, it’s amazing how she can transform something that sounds ordinary to bigger meal.

This Sunday, inspired by the March celebration of the corned beef season, she told me it would be Corned Beef with Vegetables. I was surprised to hear as she had never had this as really a favorite though she does enjoy a good corned beef sandwich. This sounds like a meal on St. Patrick’s Day, but to us, we’ve been enjoying it other times during the year!

corned beef

You’ll Need

– 4 lbs corned beef
– 12 oz bottle of Guinness Stout
– water
– 4 carrots, peeled & cut into 2 inch pieces
– 2 parsnips, peels & cut into 2 inch pieces
– 8 red skinned potatoes
– 2 med turnips, peeled & quartered
– 2 med onions, peeled & quartered
– 1/2 head of cabbage, cut in half

How to Prepare

Place corned beef into a large pot. Pour in Guinness & enough water to cover the beef by one inch. Add seasoning packet that comes with the meat or make your own bouquet garni with whole allspice, coriander seeds, black pepper & bay leaf. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover & let simmer 2 1/2 hours. The internal temperature of the meat should be at least 160 and the meat should be very tender.

Remove meat from the pot to a tray. Add vegetables to the pot & bring to a boil. Reduce heat to & allow to gently boil for 25 minutes. With a slotted spoon, remove vegetables to tray. Return meat to the pot & allow to reheat for 5 minutes. Remove meat. Slice the meat against the grain into 1/4-inch slices. Serve with horseradish or mustard. Serves 4 with meat leftover for sandwiches.

Just another meal for March that makes things always on the go. Hope you’ll enjoy the recipe.


March 4, 2013

Green Foods for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner on St. Patrick’s Day

Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day! Whether you want to serve traditional Irish fare, cook with beer or add a little green to your plate, or make a day of all-Irish foods, here are a variety of healthy recipes for you to choose from. By eating green foods all day, you can get in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit. Here are come foods that work well to be dyed with green food coloring:

st.patrick's day

Pancake and waffle batter
Bread dough
Mashed potatoes
White sauces (like Alfredo)
Whipped cream
Green frosted cupcakes
Green sugar cookie dough
Pale beers
Light colored mixed drinks

If you’re not interested ingesting a lot of food coloring, try these naturally green or pre-dyed foods:
Mint chocolate chip ice cream
Honeydew melon
Guacamole (or anything avocado)
Lime Jello
Vegetables (broccoli, salads, string beans)
Spinach tortillas

More suggestions:

7 Healthy St. Patrick’s Day recipes

Some Green Smoothies.

Shamrock Sweets – 10 Irish Desserts