A Festive Fourth

June 29, 2017 Outdoor Celebrations

We are about to help you throw the best birthday party of all … America’s birthday party!  The 4th of July should be spent with family and friends celebrating our country’s independence!  Be the “it” patio party this holiday … just add a little red, white & blue for an awe and ooh!   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 clever ways to use mason jars, perfect for centerpieces, decorative candles and more.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Load up a clear mason jar with the something salty, sweet and super cute like these Patriotic Pretzel Dippers!

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Something fun for the kids … homemade edible firecracker popcorn, made with 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…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And top it off with some Star Spangled Sweetness!

12 Unexpected Foods to Cook on the Grill

July 19, 2016 Outdoor Cooking

July is really bringing the heat, so this summer when it comes to cooking, we thought we would beat the heat and keep it outside (where it belongs).  So turn off your stoves and ovens and fire up the grill.  We made a hot list of 12 ideas for unlikely, but tasty foods you can cook on your outdoor grill instead of the stove!

Let’s bring the heat …

grilling on the patio

Grilled Bacon

Cut the greasy mess and leave the calories dripping into your grill … healthier and less mess.

Ingredients

1 lb. thick-cut bacon
1 cup Chopped Parsley
1 Tbsp. Chopped Garlic
1 Tbsp. Chopped Shallots
1 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Fine Sea Salt
Freshly-cracked black pepper

Directions

Whisk together all ingredients. Set aside.

Grill 1/8” thick-cut, smoked bacon on both sides until done (5 to 6 minutes on each side over medium-high heat).

Serve with 2 tbsp. of the bacon dressing mixture and finish with sherry vinegar making sure there is a little vinegar on the plate.

Grilled Pizza

Pizza recipe

Sounds amazingly delicious, right?  Try our Recipe of the Month from a few months ago, it’s amazing!

Grilled Avocados

Ingredients

1/4 cup olive oil, or as needed

1 pinch ground chipotle pepper, or more to taste
1 pinch chili powder, or more to taste
4 avocados, halved and pitted

Directions

Preheat grill for medium heat and lightly oil the grate.

Whisk olive oil, ground chipotle pepper, and chili powder together in a bowl; brush over the entire surface of the cut-side of each avocado.

Grill avocados, cut-side down, on the preheated grill until grill-lines begin to form on the avocado flesh, about 5 minutes.

Grilled Caesar Salad (yes, we said salad)

Ingredients

1 head romaine lettuce, root end removed
Olive oil, as needed
Kosher salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste

Dressing

1 egg yolk
2 anchovy fillets packed in oil, drained (optional)
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
Kosher salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
1/2 c. oil (olive, canola, or a mix of the two)
Grilled bread cubes, for croutons
Grated Parmesan cheese, for topping

Directions

  1. Rinse romaine and let dry. Cut into thick chunks; then toss the lettuce pieces in olive oil, salt, and pepper, to taste. Brush a grill pan with additional olive oil and heat a grill pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Grill romaine pieces until char marks start to form and lettuce begins to soften, turning occasionally, about 3-4 minutes. Place the grilled greens on a plate, drizzle with dressing, and top with grilled bread croutons, if you like.
  3. To make the dressing: Whisk egg yolk, mustard, salt, pepper, and lemon together in a mixing bowl. Slowly stream in oil while whisking continuously, until dressing comes together.

Grilled Peaches topped with Cinnamon Sugar Butter

Ingredients

2 ripe peaches, halved and pitted
3 Tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1 Tablespoon cinnamon sugar (or 2 tsp. sugar + 1 tsp. cinnamon)
Olive oil or canola oil

Serving suggestions:
Fresh basil leaves
Mint leaves
Vanilla ice cream
Whipped cream
Frozen yogurt
Balsamic glaze

Directions

Slice peaches in half lengthwise and remove pits; set aside.

In a small bowl, mix butter and cinnamon sugar until well combined.

Heat grill to medium-high. Brush peaches with oil and grill cut-side-down until slightly softened and charred, a little over 1 minute. Compress gently with a spatula a few times for grill marks. Flip to rounded side and grill an additional minute.

Serve grilled peaches on individual plates. Top each with cinnamon-sugar butter, fresh basil or mint, and a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

Some other delicious recipes to try on the grill ..

Quesadillas
Pineapple
Granola
Roasted Grapes with Thyme, fresh ricotta and grilled bread
Watermelon Salad
Spiced Grilled Sweet Potatoes
Oysters
So which one are you going to try first?  We know, tough decision!!
Enjoy!

 

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