Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Your Place or Mine?

It's Grilling Time!

My husband and I use our grill outside more than we use our oven year-round.  If I could figure out how to bake in the grill I probably would never use the oven.  We are fortunate to have our grill close to the kitchen door and under a covered patio so it makes cooking a lot easier!

Recently I tried a few new ideas on the grill that I thought you would enjoy...and a few little tips!

Grilled Ribeye with Rosemary
Season room temperature steak with fresh rosemary, ground pepper and sea or kosher salt on both sides. 
Tip: All meat should be room temperature before cooking. Allow meat to rest covered in foil for 15 mins prior to serving and cutting.

Grilled Artichoke and Green Onions
Rinse fresh artichoke thoroughly. Trim Stem. Boil whole artichoke for 30 mins. Let cool and cut in half lengthwise. Remove choke (hairy middle) with spoon. Drizzle artichoke and whole green onions with olive oil, sprinkle with seasoning salt or your favorite seasoning and pepper. Grill on foil turning halfway for 15-20 mins.   

 Grilled Rosemary Potato Wedges with Feta Packets
Peel Baking Potato and cut into wedges, in a bowl combine potatoes, fresh rosemary and crumbled feta cheese. Toss with olive oil, salt and pepper. Make individual foil packets and grill for 20 mins.
Tip: Make individual packets, this will allow the potatoes to cook faster and each person has their own serving. Easy clean-up!

Grilled Corn with a Twist
Husk the corn, place each ear on it's own foil square. Spread mayonnaise (I use light) on each ear of corn, generously cover with grated Parmesan cheese and sprinkle with your favorite seasoning (I used Cajun seasoning). Wrap up each ear in foil and grill for 15 mins, turning occasionally.
Tip: Using the mayonnaise will replace the need for butter, I promise!




Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!!

Easter is a joyous time everywhere, a time to reflect and count all our blessings! And in Louisiana it is no exception, your can especially feel the sense of family and community.

Wishing you and your families a Happy Easter...

And for a little Easter fun this morning, check-out our local paper's "Peep Show" contest, they are really cute and some are very impressive!

One of my many favorites...

Have a wonderful day...:-)


Sunday, April 17, 2011

You'll find me on my "Soap Box" today!

Earth Day shouldn't be observed only one day a year!

Whether you are celebrating Earth Day today in Louisiana or on April 22nd worldwide, it should be a reminder of the responsibility we have to each other in Louisiana and throughout the world.  Earth Day is a time to consider that everything we do affects others and impacts our environment. Whether we choose to recycle an aluminum can, use less at our homes or offices or limit our driving, all of our actions have consequences. Environmental education is key to helping all of us better understand our place on Earth and the necessity of promoting good habits within our workplaces and families. It is my hope that all of us take responsibility of our actions and learn valuable information on how we can improve our lives and those around us. 


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

A Crawfish Boil and Beautiful Weather!

It's that time of year here...beautiful weather and Crawfish!

You can buy Crawfish live or cooked every day now through Easter, but this weekend we decided to cook them ourselves. It's a great gathering for family and friends to hang-out and anticipate them going from the pot to your tray... 

Our daughter, Alexa learning how to wash the Crawfish...part of the training here...:-)

All done!

Abita Beer and Crawfish...YUM!  


Saturday, April 9, 2011

Your Place or Mine??

Friday Night-Date Night!

We are now observing Lent, so it's all about seafood on Fridays, however, my family has traditionally always had seafood on Fridays. And now living in Louisiana it is a way of life here during the Lenten season.

So before my husband got home from work I headed off to our favorite seafood market, Cajun Catch. It was about 2:00 in the afternoon and the parking lot was full and there was a line out the door.  As soon as I got out of my car and hit the front door I could smell that oh so familiar smell of a Crawfish boil.  But we will save the Crawfish for Saturday or Sunday by the pool.  I was in the market for crab and shrimp but not quite sure what I was going to do with them yet.  Originally I thought about making crab cakes but they had already sold out of the lump crab meat so this is what I decided to do...

Tomato-Mozzarella Salad...cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese, chopped fresh basil (from my garden), sprinkle E.V.O.O and balsamic vinegar...dash of s/p. Don't refrigerate your tomatoes and serve the cheese at room temp.

                                                  Marinated Crab Fingers...I use two small cast iron skillets, butter, minced garlic, chopped green onion and a dash of Cajun seasoning. Put under the broiler for just a couple of minutes.

Stuffed Shrimp

I used (8) Jumbo Shrimp and butterflied with tails left on.
 Saute 1 cup of seasoning blend and 2 cloves of minced garlic in butter
1 beaten egg
1 cup of seasoned breadcrumbs
1/4 cup of grated Parmesan Cheese
1/4 c of chopped fresh parsley

Mix the above to make your stuffing. Top each shrimp with mixture and then top each with a small pat of butter. Broil in the oven for 5-7 minutes until stuffing cooked and shrimp are pink.

    Out of the oven...

I served with some fresh garlic knots from our bakery and Sangria...:-)


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