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Showing posts from July, 2012

BBQ Side Dishes

Summer is a great time for BBQ and since I shared a few of my favorite BBQ staples (Sun Dried Tomato and Macadamia Nut Pesto and Roasted Corn, Black Bean and Mango Salad), I wanted to add a few other fun ideas to really make your BBQ special. Deviled Eggs I can’t imagine a better BBQ side than this, and they will really go fast. I recently made 48 of them for a party and I can tell you they were gone before dinner started. If these don't remind you of church picnics and Southern family reunions, then nothing will. I remember some of the best from the church picnics as a little boy in Museville , Virginia . If you know where this is, then we’re probably related! This is my grandmother’s recipe, so it’s really special to me. Ingredients   1 dozen eggs ½ cup Mayonnaise 2 Tbsp. Sweet pickle 1 tsp. Dry mustard (Coleman’s is perfect) 2 tsp. Cider vinegar Paprika or cayenne (for the Deep South folks) or Tabasco for the bayou people. Put the eggs into

Thai Food Alert- Great Online Resource for Thai Groceries and Recipes.

Don't know what to make for the weekend? Then visit one of my favorites sites . Not only do they have a very comprehensive online grocery for almost all Asian, specifically Thai items, they also have recipes  and the most amazing videos  which show you how the street vendors make the dish in Thailand. Vist them at this link for an amazing Pad Thai recipe.

Three Things on a Plate- Umami Meatloaf and Sides

When I have a bit more time to cook, I love to make what we call "three things on a plate". This is a main dish, and two sides. It's real home style comfort food and if you plan it accordingly, it isn't too much work to pull it together. The key is to simplify and keep it basic. Here's the menu: Mini Umami Meatloaf Coconut Mashed Sweet Potatoes Lime Butter Yellow Corn Mini Umami Meatloaf These are really easy and fun to make. Children love them, as they get their own mini meatloaf. The process to prepare is the same, except you cook it in a 12 cup muffin tin. Ingredients  1 lb of Lean Ground Beef 1 lb of Lean Ground Pork, if you don't eat pork, then you can substitute Ground Veal 1 tsp Umami Paste 1 packet of Instant Onion Soup Mix, or 1 packet French Onion Dip mix. 3/4 cup Unseasoned Bread Crumbs 3/4 cup of Water 1 Egg Freshly Ground Black Pepper Ketchup, Optional Preheat you oven to 350F. Gently mix all ingredients together, excep