Friday, May 27, 2016

Memorial Day Recipes: Hot Dogs

Hot Dogs are a popular picnic food. Just choose your variety of frankfurter, then cook it (grill, sauté, steam, roast) and serve. It's easy enough to serve in a bun, on a stick, or even cut up and eaten with a fork.
Cook your hot dog any style you'd like, warm the buns, and then have fun with the toppings:

-Sauerkraut, Mustard
-Egg Salad, Pickle Relish
-Chopped Cucumber, Shredded Carrots, Jalapeños
-Mac n Cheese
-Bacon and Pinto Beans
-Mustard, Sauerkraut, Cheese, Thousand Island Dressing
-Chili and Cheese
-Buffalo Sauce, Chopped Celery and Carrots, Blue Cheese
-Bacon, Avocado, Cheese
-Refried Beans, Guacamole, Salsa
-Grilled Onions, Jalapeños
-Caramelizad Onions, Swiss Cheese
-Mozzarella, Tomato Sauce, Basil
-Grilled Onions, Blue Cheese, Steak Sauce
-Cheddar Cheese, Sour Cream, Chopped Bacon, Green Onion
-Coleslaw, Chili, Mustard
-Grilled Pineapple, Sauteed Peppers and Onions

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Memorial Day Recipe Round Up: Potato Salads



FoodieCrush has a Potato Salad Recipe using boiled eggs, Miracle Whip, and yellow mustard.
Spicy Southern Kitchen has a Loaded Ranch Potato Salad Recipe.
Recipes for Our Daily Bread has a Cajun Potato Salad with shrimp, Cajun seasoning, mustard, bacon and garlic.
Peas and Crayons has a Bacon Sriracha Potato Salad.
Hot Eats and Cool Reads has a Dill Pickle Potato Salad Recipe.
Roasted Sweet Potato Salad by Averie Cooks
MyRecipes has a Green Bean Potato Salad with a Lemon Soy Vinaigrette

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Memorial Day Recipe Round Up: Coleslaw Recipes


Coleslaw has come a long way from just cabbage and mayonnaise. Why not try a new recipe?

Chick Fil-A Cole Slaw: a copycat version of the famous fast food place's slaw from Shugary Sweets.
Apple Cranberry Almond Coleslaw from Cooking Classy.
Gimme Some Oven has a Greek Yogurt Coleslaw Recipe to share.
Chowhound shares a Spicy Lime and Jalapeño Coleslaw.
Chowhound also shares and unusual Kale-Apple Coleslaw with a Poppy Seed Dressing.
Manilla Spoon has an Asian Coleslaw.
Blue Cheese Bacon Coleslaw from Spicy Southern Kitchen
Bon Appetite shares Ding's Cole Slaw using buttermilk and horseradish.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Memorial Day Recipe Round-Up: Pasta Salad


Pasta Salads are one of the side salads that accompany most picnics and summer meals, along with Potato Salads and Cole Slaws. Here are a few varieties from around the net.
Recipe Girl has an Old-Fashioned Macaroni Salad made with mayonnaise, celery, and boiled eggs.
Flavorite has a Sweet Amish Macaroni Salad made with a sweet and creamy dressing.
Creole Contessa has an Italian Pasta Salad loaded with cucumbers, salami, olives, artichokes, ham, and a zippy vinaigrette.
Frugal Momeh has a Mexican Macaroni Salad made with black beans, corn, tomatoes, onions, and a salsa dressing.
The Recipe Critic has a Hawaiian Macaroni Salad with carrot, ham, and a pineapple dressing.
Valerie's Kitchen has a Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad that plays on the classic Caesar with croutons, Romaine, and dressing.
Diethood has an unusual Apple and Celery Pasta Salad.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Memorial Day 2016

Memorial Day 2016 falls on Monday, May 30th. It's a federal holiday set aside to honor those who died while serving in the armed forces. (Memorial Day is different from Veteran's Day in that Memorial Day celebrates those who died while serving our country.)
Flags are placed on graves of service members, people visit cemeteries, and parades are held.
Because it's a federal holiday, schools, post offices, and many businesses are closed which gives families the chance to celebrate together. Due to the day being close to the start of summer, it's common for pools to open, picnics to be had, and other outdoor traditions to be followed.
This week, I'll be posting recipe round ups of favored Memorial Day foods.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Recipe: Maple Whisky Buttercream Frosting

Buttercream is a delicious frosting for cakes and cupcakes. It's creamy, rich, and of course, buttery. Another thing I love about buttercream is it's ability to take on other flavors and compliment them.
Welcome to Maple Whisky Buttercream.
Now, I know that maple is polarizing... people who grew up with maple syrup swear by it and will not accept "pancake syrup" in it's place. Those that great up on 'Log Cabin' or 'Aunt Jemima' think that real maple is horrible. 
I fall into the first category. I love maple, so maple frosting is just gilding the lily.
Try Maple Whisky Buttercream Frosting on vanilla, chocolate, spice, pumpkin, carrot, or apple cakes or cupcakes.
Maple Whisky Buttercream Frosting
1 1/2 sticks butter at room temperature
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp salt
4 T maple syrup
1 splash whisky (your choice, I use Wild Turkey or Jack Daniels)
2 tsp vanilla extract

In a stand mixer, mix butter until whipped, about 45 seconds. If using a hand held mixer, whip butter for 2-3 minutes.
Add 1 cups powdered sugar, whisky, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Mix until combined.
Add remaining powdered sugar. Mix for 3-4 minutes. (Hand held mixer - mix for 7-8 min)
Cover and chill in refrigerator for 10 minutes before frosting cake or cupcakes.

Blessings

This week has been abundant with blessings.
Ashley, my father, and I had a lovely breakfast in town. It was fun to catch up and chat over eggs and toast.
 The Bleeding Hearts are in bloom and they are magnificent. They only stay around for a short while, but they fall so gracefully with their little hearts.
 The weather this week was typical New England.. sunny, cold, warm, mild, harsh, rainy, chilly, and humid. All within the course of a few days. "If you don't like the weather, wait a minute."
We had a couple of cool nights, so I was pleased to fire up the wood stove.
Ashley and I worked on her costume for the Anime Convention that she is attending next week.
I played tennis with some old friends.
Ashley and I visited Allie in Boston and joined her for a Conditioning Class as well as Brazilian Jiujutsu. We had a great time visiting with her and meeting her friends.