Recipes of the Month: Beat the Heat

May 28, 2020 Outdoor Celebrations, Outdoor Cooking

Summer is quickly approaching and our tastebuds are ready to adapt! What’s cool, refreshing and ready for a patio party? Here are some yummy summer treats perfect to beat the heat!

Tiki Cooler Mocktail

Beer Margarita

Sunset Sangria

Avocado Cucumber Basil Bites

Annie’s Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips

Raspberry Icebox Cake

Lemon Ice

Chocolate Cookie Dough Ice Cream Cake

Recipes of the Month: Can I Have the Recipe, Please?!

February 29, 2020 Outdoor Cooking

How many times do you go somewhere and you’re begging the host for the recipe?! Either that or you’re smuggling one last bite in your mouth trying to figure out if that’s rosemary or thyme, so that you can make that recipe next weekend! For this month’s featured deliciousness we are highlighting 5 star recipes… ones you will surly want the recipe for!

Appetizer – Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Salad – Jamie’s Cranberry Salad (we don’t know Jamie, but the salad is delish)

Main Dish – Whiskey Grilled Baby Back Ribs

Side Dish – Quinoa and Black Beans

Dessert – Sopapilla Cheesecake Pie

Cocktails – Honey Rose Margarita and 25 other springtime cocktails

Non-Alcoholic Sips – Luscious Slush Punch

Recipes of the Month: Let’s Get Cozy

November 26, 2019 Outdoor Cooking

As the weather get’s cooler, our food should get warmer, right? This month’s featured recipes will help warm your soul and are pretty tasty too!

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Space

Spaghetti and Turkey Meatballs

Crockpot Chicken Chili Verde

Sweet Potato Shepherds Pie

Pumpkin Mac and Cheese with Bacon

Warm Caramel Apple Cream Cheese Spread

Peanut Butter Shortbread Cookies

Caramel Apple Butter Snickerdoodles

Caramel Apple Martini

Salted Caramel White Russians

Recipe of the Month: Healthy Through the Holidays

December 21, 2016 Outdoor Celebrations, Outdoor Cooking

‘Tis the season for eggnog, Aunt Betty’s famous mashed potatoes, sugar cookies, and fruit cake (for the 3 people on earth that actually like fruit cake) … it’s also the season for gaining weight.  The average person gains 7-10 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.  So how can we have our cake and eat it too?  Well we could get in a quick workout each day, but the calories going out rarely exceed the calories going in.  For instance, you can jog on a treadmill for 30 minutes and only have 3 oz of a cocktail or spin on a bike for 30 minutes and you can only enjoy 3/4 cup of egg nog or go on a walk for an hour and that will score you 2 buttered rolls on your plate.  So we thought we would come up with some recipes that are still festive, but won’t pack on the pounds.

 

December Recipe of the Month

 

Deviled Eggs

12 – hard-boiled eggs

24 Tablespoons – Green Chili hummus

Peel eggs, slice in half, dump out yolk, scoop 1 Tablespoon into each half, keep chilled and serve!

These eggs will knock your stockings off, they are so good!  Here are some more delicious recipes worth trying …

Low-Fat Eggnog 

Avocado-Feta Dip

Green Bean Casserole – Slimmed 

Winter Fruit Salad 

Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Pomegranate and Hazelnuts 

Secret Ingredient Dark Chocolate Brownies

Peppermint Meringues 

 

Cheers, enjoy!!!

 

 

Recipe of the Month: The MVP Guide to Grilling

August 17, 2016 Outdoor Celebrations, Outdoor Cooking

It’s that time of year where everyone gets together for a football and food frenzy.  If you can’t be at the game, aim for the next best thing:  watch the game with friends in the comfort of your own outdoor living room.    So ditch the truck tailgate and fire up the grill in your backyard for a “pigskin” pregame party.

When establishing your outdoor kitchen, don’t limit yourself to a little charcoal griller out on the driveway.  Your outdoor cook space can be fully stocked with every appliance and convenience you need for cooking a backyard football feast. Just think about cooking outside without having to make trips back and forth into the house!
Consider all the elements of a high-function cooking area:
  • Built-in gas grill
  • Sideburner
  • Pizza oven
  • Drawers and cabinets
  • Raised bar top and counter space
  • Sinks
  • Refrigerator
  • Ice maker
  • Wine cooler

… just something to think about!

Ribs backyard fare

Now to the game day grub!

How ’bout something to wash it all down?

Party on the Patio Cocktail

cocktail by Texas Custom Patios

 

Ingredients

2/3 cup pineapple juice, chilled

1/3 cup vanilla flavored vodka

1 dash grenadine syrup

2 pineapple wedges

2 maraschino cherries

Directions

Pour the pineapple juice, vodka and grenadine into a shaker full of ice.  Shake, then strain into two glasses.  Garnish with a piece of pineapple and a cherry on a skewer!

Recipe of the Month: Apple Cider Sangria

November 18, 2015 Outdoor Cooking
This month we are mixing up our own twist on a traditional holiday drink!  Imagine getting cozy on your cuddly couch, a warm blanket and your outdoor fireplace roaring a gorgeous fire.  Just add good company and this Texas Custom Patio Apple Cider Sangria …

 

Texas Custom Patios Apple Cider Sangria
Apple Cider Sangria

 

1 bottle white wine  (hint: a nice Pinot Grigio is tasty)
1 cup vodka
1 to 2 cups tonic water
1 to 2 cups apple cider
1 apple, cubed
1 orange, cubed
1 tsp cinnamon
dash of ginger
2 cinnamon sticks (makes it fancy, too)

 

Place cut up apples and oranges in pitcher.  Add water, wine, vodka and apple cider.  Stir in the cinnamon and ginger.  Add the cinnamon sticks!

 

Serve chilled or over ice.

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