Monday, October 5, 2015

Aunt Lous' Wilted Lettuce

This is a recipe based on my Aunt Lous' wilted lettuce salad.

I've used romaine lettuce but you can use your favorite dark greens. I've used a reduced fat bacon, but you can use your favorite bacon, turkey or even vegan bacon instead. If using vegan bacon, spray pan first with non stick cooking spray.

4 - 6 slices bacon
2 c. torn lettuce
Pinch each: salt, pepper

Rinse and pat dry lettuce, set aside.

Heat saute pan to medium high heat. Lower heat to medium, add bacon, salt, pepper and cook on both sides until desired crispness. 

Remove from pan and drain on a paper toweled lined plate.

Tear lettuce with clean hands and place into pan. Lower heat to medium low.

Cook lettuce for 3 - 5 minutes or until warm.

Transfer lettuce to a serving dish with a slotted spoon. Crush bacon with clean fingers over lettuce. 

Toss well.

Serves 4.

Friday, September 18, 2015

A Simple Little Marinade

This is a perfect marinadae for grilling or anytime. You can adjust amounts if needed.

1/8 -1/4 c olive oil
1/4 - 1 tsp.  each:  lemon juice, parsley
1/8 - 1/4 tsp. each:  salt, pepper
1 clove garlic crushed and chopped
Lemon zest
Pinch each: turmeric, red pepper flakes
1 T. Worchestersire sauce

Pour olive oil into a measuring cup. 

Peel, crush and chop garlic. Put into cup with the olive oil.

Zest, cut lemon in half. Squeeze lemon juice through a strainer into cup with the olive oil.

Combine remaining ingredients with the olive oil. Mix well with fork. 

Pour over your favorite protein or vegetables. Let marinate in fridge until ready to cook.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Last Blast Of Summer Lemonade

This recipe is so easy you will never want to make lemonade from a powder again.

1 c. - 1  1/2 c. fresh lemon juice 4 large lemons (adjust amount needed).
1 - 2 c. prepared simple syrup (adjusted amount needed)
4 c. cold water

Cut lemons in half. Put halved lemon in microwave for 10 sec. You can roll lemons on he kitchen counter with your hands for a few seconds too.

Squeeze lemon juice into a measuring cup.  I've used an electric citrus juicer, but you can squeeze juice through sieve with your hands or citrus squeezer. Pour lemon juice through a sieve into a pitcher.

Add 1 c. of the simple syrup and water.  Mix well. You can can add more simple syrup if desired. 

Serves 6 - 8.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Easy Caprese Bites

Need a quick no cook appetizer for your next outdoor get together, this is for you. 

1 lb mozzarella ball
16 cherry tomatoes
8 fresh basil leaves
3  - 3  1/2  T. Olive oil
1 clove garlic crushed chopped
1/8 - 1/4 tsp each: salt, pepper, balsamic vinegar, dried oregano, dried parsley
16 clean unused wooden toothpicks

Rinse tomatoes.

Peel, crush and chop garlic.

With a melon baller scoop mozzarella into 16  balls.

Rinse and pat dry 8 basil leaves. Cut basil leaves in half.

In a bowl combine ingredients, toss to coat.

Thread 1: cherry tomato, mozzarella ball and piece of basil onto wooden toothpick. 

 Place skewer onto a clean dish. Repeat process with remaining toothpicks, tomatoes, mozzarella and basil.

Place skewers in refrigerator until ready to serve.

Serves 4.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Southern Onions

This is perfect for summer or anytime. 

1 - 2 large each: cucumber,  sweet onion
1/8 - 1/4 tsp. each: salt, pepper
1/8 - 1/4 c. vinegar (white or cider)
1/2 - 3/4 c. cold water

Peel rinse and cut onions into slices.

Rinse and cut cucumbers into slices.

Combine onions and cucumbers in a serving bowl. Sprinkle both sides with salt and pepper.

In a measuring cup combine water and vinegar.  Mix well and pour over vegetables. Place in refrigerator until ready to serve.

Serves 4.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Very Cherry Margarita

This is a great way to enjoy Michigan cherries.

2 c. margarita mix
1/2 - 1 c pitted sweet cherries (adjust amount desired)
4 - 6 oz. tequila
1 - 2 oz. triple sec
kosher salt

Wet a napkin, rub around rim of glasses to wet. Put salt on small dish. 

Put mouth of glasses face down on plate to coat rim of glasses with salt, set glasses aside.

Rinse and pit fresh cherries.

Combine remaining ingredients in blender. Blend for 20 - 40 sec. or until blended. 

Pour into glasses.

Serves 4.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Bar B. Que Sauce

This is great for summer or anytime.

1  28 oz. can diced tomatoes
2 c. cold water
3/4   - 1 c. each 
approx: cider vinegar, brown sugar  (adjust amount desired)
1/2 - 1 tsp. saltblack peppe
2 cloves fresh garlic crushed, diced
2 bay leaves
1 onion minced
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 T each: r cayenne pepper, chili powder, dried oregano, dry mustard

Combine ingredients in a sauce pan and simmer on low heat, stirring occasionally for 40 min - 2 hr. approx. or until reduced.

Remove from heat.

Use with pulled pork, shredded chicken or as a barbecue sauce. 

Makes 1 - 2 c.

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