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Kabobs for all tastes
There is almost no end to what you can cook on a stick. If you can cook it and it's solid, you can skewer it and grill it. That applies to meat, veggies, fruit, bread and even tofu! So, use your imagination to come up with great combinations. The only rule is that you want the items on the kabobs to be about the same size so that they will cook at the same rate.
What is your barb IQ?
One of the articles that I did early in my journey with the Daily Southerner was on barbeque. It's the first time I ever got hate mail. I knew that North Carolinians took their barbeque seriously but I didn't expect quite as much passion as I found. Today I am including the 2 recipes that started that. One is eastern and one is western. However, the rest of the country takes barbeque pretty seriously too. Two of those areas is Memphis and Kansas City. So, today, you get a taste of all four styles.
I have a sweet tooth. I didn’t have that problem when I was younger, but the older I get, the more I am attracted to sweets. That is NOT a good thing. However, it does send me online looking for great dishes that are sweet. Keep in mind that most of these sauces are great on fruit, sponge cake and ice cream.
Salads That Aren't
When someone says salad, what does your mind conjure up? Of course it's lettuce, tomatoes, onions, etc. We know that other things are called salad but they aren't really salads. Here are some great recipes for some of these dishes that are and aren't salads. These dishes can be used as brunch main dishes or side dishes for dinner.
The first is traditional macaroni salad. Make this at least several hours ahead so that the flavors blend.
Use Your Summer Tomatoes
One of the most wonderful things about summer is fresh tomatoes. I could eat them three times a day. The tomatoes that we find in the market during the winter just aren’t the same. They don’t taste like they are even in the same family. Of course that’s because they are picked green and shipped all over the country. However, during the glorious days of summer, we can find fresh, ripe locally grown tomatoes almost anywhere. Do you have tomatoes yet? We don't and I can hardly wait! Our plants look great but alas, no tomatoes yet.
It’s grilling time but don’t forget the sides
When you think of grilling, what is the first thing that pops into your head? A big juicy steak? Shrimp? That’s what most of us think about when we think about the backyard grill. However, that is only part of the meal. If the protein that you cook isn’t accompanied by great side dishes, the meal is still missing a key component. Here are some great side dish recipes that may even out shine that steak!
Lemony Lemon Balm
You never know when you are going to run across something that impacts you. I was shopping in Charleston for groceries for my work week. At the entrance to the supermarket, were some tomato plants. I decided to buy one to keep in front of the window in my hotel room. As I was looking at the tomato plants, I saw a small pot that had a lemon balm plant in it.
Cool Summer Drinks
Before we know it, summer will be here. It felt like summer today. I love it! But, with summer comes very hot weather. It won’t be long until we are looking for ways to stay cool. These summer drink recipes will help.
Getting the Green
We started planting our garden, as I’m sure many of you have. Of course, we have probably planted it too early. But, we have that problem every year. When it warms up just a little, we get anxious for “real” spring, so we plant. Sometimes multiple times.
So, then I start looking for recipes for some of the things that we grow. We give away a lot of the produce but we also keep a lot of it. That means that I look for a lot of veggies.
Everyone get to hide Easter eggs. It’s a tradition that I love to hold up. I enjoy every aspect of the egg from dying and decorating them to figuring out what to do with the leftovers. Even though I don’t have kids at home any more, doesn’t mean that I can’t enjoy Easter eggs.
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