Sunday, July 28, 2013

Pinterest in Action

I have been an active participant of Pinterest for several years. I love the fact that I can organize new recipes for easy reference as needed and refer back to ideas that I want to try. Recently I was going through my "Wanna Try" board and decided I was going to actually try some of the ideas. Loving the results so far...
Framed Recipes from an aunt and my mother-in-law

I also tried a new recipe for dessert that I pinned awhile back. So simple and so delish...
Homemade Magic Shell (adapted from Whipperberry)

1 cup milk chocolate chips
2 tablespoons coconut oil

1. Place in a microwave safe bowl, and heat on high at 10 second intervals until melted. Watch closely and stir at the end of each interval. The chips may not look melted when actually they are and you don't want to burn the chocolate.
2. Drizzle over ice cream.


Friday, July 26, 2013

Snapshot of Summer

Summer arrived finally after a very unusual cool spring and yet it is coming to a quick end. Besides surviving a unusual wet summer, my time off has included traveling,

visiting with family and friends to celebrate a residency graduation (so proud of Kelli), an engagement (love it!) and a birthday,

 assisting on a Habitat House,

enjoying the food and music at the Festival of Discovery (BBQ festival),

 canning and freezing,
and of course trying many new recipes.Here are a couple of winners we have tried this summer.
Barbequed Shrimp
2 lbs shrimp, cleaned
1 cup oil
1/4 cup chili sauce
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper sauce
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 tablespoons lemon juice

 Mix the ingredients except the shrimp, Marinate the shrimp in the mixture for one hour at room temperature. Spear shrimp on skewers and grill 3 to 4 minutes on each side.

 Balsamic Glazed Chicken (adapted from Grill It)

1 whole chicken
1/2 cup honey
6 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
Kosher salt
Fresh ground black pepper

1.Mix together the honey and vinegar and set aside.
2.Cut chicken into halves and generously salt and pepper the chicken on both sides.
3.On the hot side of the grill, sear the chicken skin side down for 5 to 1o minutes being careful not to burn the skin.
4.Flip the chicken and brush with the honey mixture and move to cooler side of the  grill. Cover and cook for 10 minutes. Continue to flip the chicken, baste with the honey mixture, cover and cook for 10 minutes repeatedly until chicken is done.