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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Fresh Mexicorn Salad

A corn salad with roasted red peppers,
chopped black olives and red onions,
is a taste treat to scoop up with tortillas.
Add in some grape tomatoes to make
this colorful corn salad eye appealing.

2 cups frozen or fresh corn
1 roasted red pepper, chopped
1/2 cup black olives, chopped
1/2 cup chopped red onion
2 scallions, chopped
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground cumin powder
a dash of red hot cayenne pepper
a dash of salt or to taste

In a big old mixing bowl, combine everything.
Serve cold or at room temperature as desired.

How To Freeze Grilled
Whole Corn on the Cob

Corn on the Cob when in season is great.
I cook some up and freeze them in bags.
Take them out in the middle of winter
and reheat them in the microwave oven for
a summer time taste on a cold winters day.
You can boil the corn with good results,
in this recipe I grilled the whole corn on cob.

24 fresh corn on the cob

Shuck the corn and remove the silks.
Preheat outdoor gas grill to high heat.
lace corn on grill grates, cover the lid.
Cook for five minutes, turn over corn.
Close lid and cook another 5 minutes.
Remove corn to cool before placing in
zip lock freezer bags four per bag.
I like to cut the ears of corn in half
which makes easy serving sized pieces.
To reheat, microwave for 5 minutes.
Serve with melted butter and some salt.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

New England SPAM Musubi

I haven't eaten anything SPAM in many years.
So I thought it time I'd give the canned stuff a try.
Musubi is a SPAM and rice snack found in Hawaii,
so why not give this stuff a try here on the main land?
Musubi is two slices of SPAM with rice in between.
In Hawaii they wrap it in Nori, seaweed stuff.
I'm here in New England without the Nori stuff.

1 can of SPAM
1 tablespoon butter
1 cup cooked white rice, molded
1 teaspoon soy sauce

Slice SPAM and brown in a buttered pan.
Season molded cooked rice with soy sauce.
Place rice between two slices of SPAM.
Serve warm or at room temperature.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Mashed Potato Pizza

A tasty way to use up leftover mashed potatoes.
With bacon, mushrooms and roasted red peppers.
You must try this pizza at least once in your life.
Cooked on a grill this is an amazing tasting pizza.
I like this with a few dashes of hot pepper sauce.
I add some sliced pepperoni because it's good.

1 pound pizza dough
2 cups tomato sauce
2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
2 cups cooked mashed potatoes
2 slices cooked bacon slices
1 cup mushrooms, sliced
1/2 cup roasted red peppers
1 tablespoon dried oregano

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Spread raw pizza dough on sheet pan and
top with tomato sauce, cheese, bacon
mushrooms, red peppers and potatoes.
Bake until heated through for about 30 minutes.
Let cool 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Eggs in English Muffins

This is a copy recipe that I've made.
An egg and bacon muffin sandwich.
Kind of like the Egg McMuffin.
Made using the microwave oven,
it's quick to prepare in the morning.

1 teaspoon unsalted butter
1 large egg, beaten
1 English muffin, toasted
1 slice Deli American cheese
1 slice smoked Canadian bacon

Place butter in a one cup glass dish.
Crack the egg into to dish and using
a fork scramble the egg a little bit.
Place dish in microwave and cook
on high power for 2 minutes.
Place cooked egg on bottom of the
toasted and buttered English muffin.
Place a slice of bacon on top.
Place a slice of cheese on top.
Cover with the other English muffin.
Serve warm with a cup of hot coffee.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Fried Pork Chops in Butter

I learned to make this dish from my Grandmother.
Back when real men ate Pork chops for Breakfast.
This is a good way to make juicy pork chops
that have the great flavor of melted burnt butter.

2 pork chops, bone in, thawed
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup water
a dash of ground black pepper

Place pork chops in a saute pan.
Add in a little butter and cook uncovered
for about 5 minutes until slightly browned.
Turn over pork chops, add water and cover.
Cook for another 10 minutes until heated through.
Sprinkle with ground black pepper and serve.

Quinoa Burgers

Frozen until cooked in the microwave oven.
The star of these burgers is in the toppings.
I like BBQ sauce and pickles on mine.

4 Quinoa burgers
4 hamburger buns
4 pickle slices
BBQ sauce of choice

Cook frozen burgers on a plate, uncovered
one at a time in the microwave on high power
It should take about for 2 minutes for each burger.
After cooking each burger keep them in a covered bowl.
When all four are cooked place the burgers on a bun.
Top with your favorite hamburger condiments.

Creamy Good Grilled Avocados

Simple to make avocado halves are easy
to grill up and eat right out of the rind.
Grilled avocado halves get warmed through
with grill marks creating a fine presentation.
Serve one halve per person to scoop out
the creamy goodness with a spoon.

2 ripe avocados
2 tablespoons olive oil
a squeeze of lemon juice
a sprinkle of sea salt

Preheat grill to high heat.
Slice each avocado in half lengthwise and
remove pit then dip cut side in olive oil.
Place on grill, uncovered for 5 minutes.
Turn avocado halves over and close grill cover.
Cook for another 5 minutes and turn them again
to cook until heated through for about 2 minutes.
Remove to a serving bowl and cover until serving.
When serving drizzle with lemon juice and salt.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Grilled Corn on the Cob

There are many ways to grill fresh whole corn.
I like to remove the husks, soak in a brine and
simply keep turning them over to get grill marks.
The corn cooks through and has a nice flavor.

6 fresh whole corn
6 cups water
2 tablespoons salt
Butter for serving

Remove husk and silks from corn.
Place in a large pot and cover with water.
Season water with salt to create a brine.
Let the corn sit in brine solution for 30 minutes.
Preheat grill to high heat and place corn on grill.
Cover and cook, turning every few minutes.
Some golden grill marks should appear on corn.
Remove corn when heated through, about 20 minutes..
I like to melt some butter on the corn when serving.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Gourmet Stuffed Fresh Tomatoes

Using garden fresh Big Boy tomatoes. is a start,
but what makes these Gourmet is in the cheese.
Gruyere cheese melts into a creamy of goodness.
These tomatoes can be grilled, baked or broiled.
With freshly grated Parmesan and Romano cheese
along with toasted Italian flavored bread crumbs.
These make for a great tasting summer side dish.
I use more butter than is really good for you...
but hey, you only live once, it should be with butter.

6 fresh tomatoes
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
6 slices Gruyere cheese
6 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
6 tablespoons grated Romano cheese
6 tablespoons Italian flavored bread crumbs
6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
6 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
Ground black pepper to taste

In a mixing bowl combine grated cheeses with
olive oil, ground pepper and bread crumbs.
Cut the tomatoes into serving size bowls.
Stuff and cook, bake or grill until done.
Serve with a sprinkle of lemon juice to taste.