Recipe of the Month: Sweet Tea Caramelized Onions

July 30, 2018 Outdoor Cooking

 

This will be something that will really go the distance… Sweet Tea Caramelized Onions! Enjoy them on top of a steak with blue cheese, on chicken, on salmon, burgers, use inside a toasted sandwich or quesadilla. Simply use them when you just want to make something better!

Sweet Tea Caramelized Onions Serves 1 cup

Cook Time: 35 ­-55 minutes

Ingredients

2 large yellow onions

3/4 tsp. Kosher salt

1/4 tsp. ground black pepper

2 tsp. oil of choice

1⅔ cup sweet tea of choice

⅛ cup granulated sugar

 

Directions

Cut each onion into 1∕8 inch strips (follow the natural lines of the onion.) In a large bowl, add the cut onions, salt, pepper, and oil. Stir to combine all ingredients evenly.

Heat grill to medium. Lightly coat the cooktop with an oiled paper towel.  Take the bowl of cut onions and empty it onto the grill. Spread the onions evenly on the grill and do not touch them for about 5 minutes.  This will allow the natural sugars from the onion to start to caramelize. Stir the onions around a little to now caramelize the other side of the onions. Let them cook without touching for another 5 minutes. Once the batch of onions has evenly caramelized turn the outer burner off and adjust the inner burner to medium­/low.

In a medium sauté pan add the cooked onions, cup of sweet tea, and granulated sugar. Allow this to cook on the grill for about 25 min. Stir occasionally to assure no sticking. The liquid should be close to gone at this point. The onions are done, however now is the chance to really make those onions pop with flavor; if time permits, add the remaining 2∕3 cup sweet tea and allow that to cook for another 20 min. Place finished onions in a bowl and allow to cool.

Use hot or refrigerate for later use.

 

How Long Does it Take to Build a Porch?

July 30, 2018 Patio Contractor

Great question!

Actual construction of a porch can take anywhere from three to 16 weeks, depending on project complexity and the availability of the construction crews your porch pro works with. But the entire process, from design to permitting to final construction, can take up to six months, says Douglass of Texas Custom Patios.

Our very own Rob Douglass was recently interviewed in a wonderful article by Houzz.  So many great questions were answered, like:  What to consider before building a porch, what’s the upkeep like, the difference between materials and how much does it cost?

Find some shade and enjoy the good read, by clicking here!

Red, White & Ooh!

June 25, 2018 Outdoor Celebrations, Outdoor Cooking

This Fourth of July be the host with the most, let sparks fly, have the most patriotic patio, the most festive food, and have your guests leave with stars in their eyes!  We are about to help you throw one heck of a birthday party for America!  A touch of red here, a dab of white there and a lot of ooh everywhere and this will be one for the books!

We have decor demos, tasty treats, boozy sips and kid-friendly fun on our Pinterest page! It’s stocked with patriotic pins great for ideas on how to perk up your patio.  Check out these rustic centerpieces, they’re affordable too!

 

 

Give them something to remember with this adorable DIY American flag backdrop, perfect for picture taking!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Something fun for the kids … homemade edible firecrackers made from cake and POP ROCKS!  Watch out for the tasty lil’ explosion in your mouth!

 

 

Salute to this super salad that will leave you refreshed on a hot 4th of July!

Salad recipe 4th of July

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How ’bout some 50 Star Chicken and other festive foods for the main course?

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End things with a real bang with these boozy bombs!

Red, White and Booze

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since the kiddos can’t have the cherries, how about this kid-friendly patriotic punch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Or add the alcohol back in with these red, white and booze ideas!

 

And top it off with some Star Spangled Sweetness!

 

Recipes of the Month: Ooey Gooey Yumminess

June 18, 2018 Outdoor Cooking

June brings hot heat and lots of backyard BBQ eats!  June also brings National Cheese Month, Turkey Month and Fresh Fruit and Veggie Month, so we thought we would collide these to make a culinary creation.   Who’s hungry?

 

Ricotta Cucumber Tea Sandwiches (nice and light, and very tasty)

Feta and Shaved Asparagus Salad (sounds weird, but we think you’ll like it)

Crunchy Havarti and Pickle Hamburger (really just a fancy cheeseburger if you ask us, but still delish)

California Salsa Verde Chilaquiles (not sure what this is, but it was good… realllll good)

Baked Ziti with Summer Vegetables (because it has vegetables, it’s healthy… just trust us)

Honeysuckle Lemonade Cocktail (because by now you’re thirsty)

Watermelon Margaritas (still thirsty?… cheers)

Mini Monte Cristo Sandwiches (Your new favorite recipe, we promise)

Grandby’s Sour Cream Pound Cake (We don’t know who Grandby is, but he/she sure does know how to make a good cake)

Ooey Gooey Butter Bars (We have probably made these a thousand times and they are still everyone’s favorite)

And before we split out of here…

Banana Split Lasagna (don’t eat the whole pan, even if you want to)

Where’s Your Bathroom?

May 29, 2018 Outdoor Living
We asked our Texas Custom Patio Project Managers what commonly asked questions they recieved?  Here’s what Dean had to offer up…

Commonly asked questions re: adding a restroom:

– I have a pool and want a place for guests to use the restroom without tracking water through the house, but how much does adding an outdoor restroom cost?
– Where should we put it?
– How big should it be?
– I just want a place for guests to rinse off, can we just have a shower head somewhere?

Answers to the above:

 – Outdoor bathrooms average about $15-$20K. There are exceptions where some bathrooms are more or less than that, but this is the average range. Included in that $15-$20K is roughly an 8×6 bathroom with a sink, toilet, and maybe a stand up shower unit. It will have foundation depth concrete, exterior walls to match or complement existing home finishes, shingled roof, plumbing/vents, at least one frosted window for natural light and finished/painted interior with trim.
 – Typically you want to put the bathroom off to the side of the property or connected to the end of a patio cover so it is out of the way. Location may also be dictated by the location of the sewer clean out pipe that we would have to tie into. The closer to the clean out pipe, the more cost effective we can be on the plumbing.
 – Yes, we can add just a shower head for guests to rinse off. We can also build a privacy wall if requested for the showering area.

Pros to adding a bathroom:

– Convenient restroom for guests both in and out of the pool
– You don’t have to let people into your house to use the restroom
– Convenient to wash off the chlorine smell after getting out of the pool
– Additional place to store towels or pool toys

Potential Hang-ups:

– Tying into the sewer may be difficult or may be completely unreachable
– The cost may be higher than expected for homeowners. When we build a bathroom, we are building a really small house. That one room needs to be vented, sealed to stay dry, and should also have some temperature control unit. If you don’t air condition that bathroom space, it will feel like a sauna in the middle of the summer.
– With a pool and patio cover, you may not have enough space or the right location to be able to add a bathroom
– Cost vs. value is not equal
But what doesn’t hurt is to ask!  We are happy to come out, take a look and give you a free estimate!

Recipe of the Month: On the Grill

May 29, 2018 Outdoor Cooking

May is National BBQ Month, but really all summer long we should be firing up our grill and sizzlin’ up something delicious!  We thought we would do a mixture of savory and sweet, so that there’s something for everyone!

 

 

Charred Citrus Margaritas

Grilled Jalapeño Popper Potato Salad

Grilled Chicken Quesadilla Sandwich 

Raspberry Chipotle Pork Kabobs

Grilled Peach and Raspberry Parfait 

Smoky Chocolate Chips Cookies on the Grill 

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