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Showing posts from July, 2016

Cool Off and Chill Down With a Mint Gin Rickey

It was steaming hot in my neighborhood last weekend.  It is summer, after all, and the dog days seem to have arrived.  It just so happened that while bopping around the Internet, a picture of a mint Gin Rickey, a cocktail I had neither heard of nor tasted, caught my eye as a perfect summer cocktail.   I'm telling you, this cocktail looked very appealing to me on a summer day when I was mopping my brow every few minutes or so. Mint Gin Rickey: A Summer Cocktail (This post contains affiliate links for your convenience.  I will be compensated when you purchase through these links.) A Tall, Cool Mint Gin Rickey The mint Gin Rickey looked so much like a mojito, one of my other favorite summer cocktails, I was surprised I had never heard of it, nor seen it on a drink menu before.  I was excited, though!  This was an opportunity to try something new and use some of the beautiful mint leaves I have growing on my deck. My Mint Plant I did a bit more internet sleuthing

Grilled Eggplant and Zucchini Lasagna

I have made classic style lasagna for a long time, but this grilled vegetable lasagna is a first for me. I've thought about it a lot, but never found a recipe that really made me want to try to make a vegetable lasagna. The kind of vegetable lasagna I always wanted to make is one made with slices of eggplant and zucchini, instead of lasagna noodles, cooked in a tomato sauce.  Eggplant and zucchini always seemed to me to be a tasty substitution for traditional lasagna noodles.  Well, with eggplant and zucchini in season right now, there really is no better time to try a vegetable lasagna. A Zucchini and Eggplant Vegetable Lasagna This post contains affiliate links for your convenience.  I will be compensated if you make a purchase with one of these links. Baked Vegetable Lasagna Choose zucchini and eggplants that will give you good-sized slices, a minimum of about three inches wide. Sliced about 1/4 inch thick, these strips of eggplant and zucchini will make a good s

How to Make the Best Grilled Vegetable Medley

We all know and love zucchini season. It is the season that comes between summer and fall. It's the season when you'll go out of your front door in the morning and find a bag of zucchini there that the zucchini elves left for you during the night. That's exactly what happened to me today, so I knew zucchini season had once again arrived in my neighborhood. Make a Zucchini-Based Grilled Vegetable Medley Has zucchini season arrived in your neighborhood?  If not yet, it will arrive soon and I want you to be prepared. I've been grilling up a storm this month and I love it!  We have and outdoor gas grill that we use for a good portion of the year, but summertime is prime time for the grill.  The grill works beautifully for preparing grilled vegetables and zucchini is a wonderful addition to a grilled vegetable medley. (This post contains affiliate links.  If you make a purchase through one of the links on this page, I will receive compensation.) Grilled Vegetab

Make a Lip Smacking Coconut Tres-Leches Cake

Are you looking for a yummy dessert for a summer gathering?  I love very casual desserts for summer picnics and barbecues.  Poke cakes are a yummy, casual dessert that are always a hit at picnics and barbecues. this coconut tres-leches cake is one of my favorites.   Coconut Tres-Leches Poke Cake Coconut Tres-Leches Cake Cool, creamy, and full of coconut flavor, a coconut tres-leche cake is perfect for the coconut lover in all of us.  Best of all, this coconut tres-leche cake is semi-homemade.  Start with a box cake mix, pour a mixture of cream of coconut, heavy cream, and evaporated milk over the cake, and then top the cake with fresh whipped cream and toasted coconut. There you have it.  Easy and delicious! Be sure to make this cake the day before you want to serve it. This cake always tastes better when you let the flavors combine and allow the cake to absorb the various milks. I love the toasted coconut on top of the cake.  It adds color and a little texture.

Cumin-Rubbed Grilled Steaks with Chili-Lime Butter

This recipe for grilled steak with chili-lime butter is one that I have been making in for my family for several years.  It is a recipe I learned in a class for Southwest cooking and it has been one of my family's summer grilling favorites ever since.  Steak on the grill is perfect for your backyard BBQ. Add the cumin spice rub and the chili-lime butter and your friends and family will think they are at a fancy steakhouse. Use a Cumin Spice Rub and Compound Butter to Kick Up Grilled Steak There are two steps in creating the layered flavors for this dish. First, you will rub the steaks with a spice mix consisting of cumin, garlic powder, salt and black pepper.   Then, chili-lime butter is melted over the steak just before you remove your steaks from the grill. My preferred steaks to use in this recipe are either rib eyes or sirloin strip steaks.  Choose whichever you prefer.  We always cook our steaks outside on the gas grill.  The grilling is easy and cleanup is a b

Knock Your Socks Off Homemade Ricotta Cheese

Did you know you could make delicious ricotta cheese at home?  A few years back I stumbled upon a recipe for homemade ricotta cheese and have been making it a few times a year ever since.  Are you rolling your eyes?  I know, it sounds like one of those crazy, "Who needs to know how to do that?" kind of things, when ricotta is readily available in our local grocery stores.  Making ricotta cheese at home is actually very easy to do.  It requires only four ingredients and takes very little time to prepare. Ricotta with Chives I make homemade ricotta cheese when I want to treat myself.  This recipe produces a delicate, sweet cheese that is delicious on its own. I recommend making homemade ricotta cheese only when the ricotta cheese is going to be the star of your recipe.  I especially like to make homemade ricotta cheese to serve as an appetizer.  It knocks my socks off when the ricotta is still a little warm and enhanced by the addition of a few snips of fresh herbs.