Recipe of the Month: Healthy Holiday Dishes

November 28, 2018 Outdoor Celebrations, Outdoor Cooking

Thanksgiving came and went, it did its damage and we have the extra pounds to prove it.  The average person gains between 7 and 10 pounds between turkey day and New Year’s Eve, so we thought we would serve up healthy holiday dishes for this month’s featured recipes!  These are dishes that you can indulge in without the guilt.

Mulled Wine Granita 

Low-fat Eggnog 

Sweet Potato Skins 

Avocado-Feta Dip 

Greek Layered Dip and Pita Chips (or you could substitute for cucumber slices and it’s even healthier)

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate and Hazelnut 

Warm Spinach Salad

Winter Fruit Salad

Mushroom Stuffed Pork Tenderloin  

Curried Sweet Potato Puree 

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Honey and Cinnamon 

Chocolate Avocado Pudding (we saved the best for last, trust us, it’s a gift in itself)

We know it’s a lot, but you need options, right?

Cheers and happy holidays!

Recipe of the Month: Candilicious Treats

October 29, 2018 Outdoor Cooking, Uncategorized

Halloween… the beginning of the end for the diet, Snickers, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Skittles, all of them taunting  you like a bad haunted house.  So what do you do with all that leftover candy you’re hiding from your children?  Eat it? No!  Throw it away… no, that would be a sin!  This is what you do… you turn it into a delectable dessert and give it away!

Kit Kat Stuffed Brownies

Reeses Pie 

Snickers Poke Brownie 

Trash Bark

Candy Corn Blondies 

Candy Bar Pie

Butterfinger Cheesecake

Candy Corn Pretzel Bark

Candy Bar Trifle 

Cinnamon Toffee Cheesecake Dip

 

Recipe of the Month: Weekend Veg Out

September 29, 2018 Outdoor Cooking, Uncategorized

Lots of great recipes to try, but how many of you really grab the ingredients and make it happen?   It’s tough we know, but what if you had someone to try it for you!  We have plenty of backyard grilling time on our hands, so we are firing up the grill and taste testing for you each month… here are the recipes that tickled our tastebuds in September!

 

Cowboy Nachos … will have you sayin’ yee-haw!  

Grilled Green Pepper Omelet  … breakfast is the most important meal, ya know?

Spicy Breakfast Scramble … more breakfast, couldn’t resist! 

Strawberry Banana Crepes …. crepes are important too! 

Mousetrap Grilled Cheese … it’ll get ya! 

Chipotle Veggie Sandwich… this is where the veg out part comes in!  

Blueberry Dumplings … end your weekend on a sweet note! 

Champagne Pears filled with Cheesecake and Champagne Drizzle … Cheers! 

Recipe of the Month: Burgers, Pizza and Drinks

August 27, 2018 Outdoor Cooking

Sometimes when you can’t decide what to have for dinner, you just order it all, right?  That’s how we feel about this month’s featured recipes, so we picked several to share with you!  They are delicious, so we hope you’re hungry!

 

 

Brie Stuffed Turkey Burgers

Five Spice Salted and Fried Meaty Spare Ribs (We don’t even know what that means, but we want in!)

Grilled Chicken Quesadilla Sandwich

Potato Bacon and Grilled Cheese Pizza 

Sea Salt and Vinegar Chicken Wings

Strawberry Banana Crepes

And something to wash it down…

Smoked Berry Lemonade

 

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.

 

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)

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 

Recipe of the Month: Georgia Peach Chicken Wings

March 30, 2018 Outdoor Cooking, Uncategorized

Weekend get-together weather is here!  That means it’s time to spruce up the patio, fire up the grill and get ready to entertain.  Our most recent project of the month was built with a Big Green Egg, so we thought we would include some tasty recipes that can be smoked.  Below are a few ideas that are tried and tasted, loved and approved!

 

Texas Caviar

Georgia Peach Chicken Wings

Sea Salt and Vinegar Chicken Wings

Maple Glazed Smoked Pork Belly

 Strawberry Jalapeño Pork Tenderloin 

Ham with Orange Apricot Glaze

Grilled Rosemary Sweet Potato Fries

Cheesecake filled Pears with Champagne Drizzle

 

Recipe of the Month: Rodeo Round Up

February 26, 2018 Outdoor Cooking

In Texas it’s all about the rodeo right now, Houston’s bulls are a buckin’, pigs are a squealin’, and the rest of us are eating!  BBQ, fried Oreos, big-as-your-face cinnamon rolls… anything we can wrangle, we will eat!  So for this month’s recipe of the month we thought we would do a rodeo version with Texas Beef Brisket, smoked coffee, deep fried cookie dough and more!  These recipes will have you saying, “giddy up!”

Margarita Shrimp – We start healthy before we go in for the kill!

BBQ Jalapeño Poppers – Well that didn’t last long!

Texas Beef Brisket –  The secret is in the fruit wood!

The Donut Burger – We warned you, anything goes when it comes to rodeo food!

Deep Fried Cookie Dough – In case the donut burger wasn’t enough.

Smoked coffee – the perfect ending to any meal!

Try these and let us know what you think, yeeeee-haw!

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