Summertime is burger time
Obviously it’s hot outside but that doesn’t mean that we don’t want to crank up the grill! I use my grill twelve months a year. For me, the only bad time to grill is in pouring rain. But, I have even done it then. After all, I have a golf umbrella and they are BIG so I can still stay dry.
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 am always trying to watch what I eat and get more healthy. However! I don't want to give up great tasting food to do it. You don't really have to give up anything. You just have to re-invent it a bit. Reduce the fat and calories and you can have your favorites in moderation.
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.
The world's best BBQ started in the south
I love to cook. That's no surprise to anyone who knows me. However, what some may not know is that I have a special love for barbeque. It's fun and the results are delicious. There is something satisfying about filling my smoker with beef or pork and starting the process of turning that into mouthwatering barbeque. Whether you prefer beef or pork, these recipes for sauces and rubs will work. But the ingredients are important. Try not to leave things out or substitute unless you have to. However, feel free to add more "heat" as you desire. I don't make my sauces very hot.
From the garden
Sometimes my recipes come from necessity instead of creativity. The radishes are ready in our garden and the baby spinach is growing like crazy. I love baby spinach but I don't love radishes. I like to grow them because they grow fast and easy and look good in the garden. We usually end up giving them away. This year I decided that instead of just giving them away, I would find a recipe for them. But, it needed to be a cooked recipe because I knew that I wasn't crazy about them raw. I found a couple that I really like. I hope that you will like them too.
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.
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