BBQ On MEMORIAL DAY

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Growing up my family always seized the opportunity to barbeque- whether it be for the 4th of July, the end of the summer or the beginning of the summer…hell if the time is right, and the weather is perfect…there’s always an opportunity to grill.

This post is a homage to the grillers out there. Now, although this is a recipe blog, I thought it’d be interesting to show you how my memorial day looked whether i cooked anything or not! Some people have asked me about brands of sausage, cuts of meat, and types of wine I like. Now, here is the time to elaborate on all of these things all in one post….whether i cooked it or not! lol

Here is my spread!! I will go through each one piece by piece.

Over to the far right are the shrimp kabobs… I don’t know how they got left out! lol

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Below: Spicy Portuguese Linguica Sausage. IMG_8210

Ribeye steaks, marinated in mesquite seasonings, dried minced onion, salt and pepper.IMG_8212

This is a little basket of a medley of things I put together: Potatoes, Brussels sprouts, onions, and whole cloves of garlic.IMG_8214I marinated the potato medley in this: IMG_8207

And of course you guys know how I feel about shrimp! I made a sauce with lemon, butter, garlic and small bits of habanero. In a small bowl I mashed up garlic, the meat of the lemon, and habanero and poured warm butter over it…and drizzled it over the shrimp. Be careful because the habanero is NO JOKE! Use it sparingly. IMG_8253

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I also used SILVA brand HOT LINKS which were amazingly delicious. Now, let’s grill!


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Notice how I also put the potatoes on the grill, Just make a little basket out of foil and leave it open for 10-15 minutes then cover it. IMG_8234

The steaks had such a good sear on them!

IMG_8236The potato medley came out great. I love the flavor of grilled potatoes and veggies! Just a pinch of salt and they’re perfect.

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And of course, last but not least the shrimp! I overdosed on shrimp….:)IMG_8243

I had to have it with one of my favorite drinks: SANGRIA!

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I hope you guys enjoyed your MEMORIAL DAY! If you have any questions more on how I seasoned anything or specifically which marinades and seasonings I used, don’t hesitate to ask!!

Chicken Teriyaki Lettuce Wraps

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I have to admit that this recipe was done as a desperate attempt to utilize all my bits and pieces of romaine before they went bad! lol… I had chicken breasts, onions and only 3 bell peppers… I had to think of something- I wanted to do fajitas but I didn’t have tortilla! lol So…of course, what do we do?…WE IMPROVISE! And how did it come out? Well… see for yourself!

Prep: 5 minutes. Cook: 25 minutes. Total: 30 minutes IMG_8004


Ingredients:

  • Diced chicken breasts ( 3-4)
  • 3 bell peppers
  • 1 whole onion
  • 1 bottle of your fave teriyaki sauce
  • crushed red pepper
  • 2 gloves of garlic
  • 6 pieces of romaine lettuce washed

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DIRECTIONS:

In a skillet, drizzle extra virgin olive oil, wait 2-3 minutes to allow the pan to get hot, then add your chicken.

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After 5 minutes of sauteing, add your garlic and crushed red pepper. IMG_7988 IMG_7989

Once your chicken is browned lightly, remove them and add your bell peppers! Saute for 5 minutes until they’re soft. Don’t forget to add a little salt and pepper. IMG_7990

Now, add your chicken!! IMG_7991

TIME TO ADD YOUR SAUCE!

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Cook down for another 15-20 minutes. IMG_7995

Once you’re finished, time to enjoy!IMG_7996

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Apple Glazed Pork Chops

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This is such an easy recipe!! I have always enjoyed the combination of pork and something sweet like pineapple or apple. For those of you who haven’t tried it, please do!IMG_7969

Prep time: 5 minutes. Cook time: 25 minutes. Total: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 6 boneless pork loin chops
  • 1-2 granny smith apples peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of butter or margarine
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • season with dried thyme, minced garlic and crushed pepper

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In a skillet, add butter and a little olive oil. IMG_7950

Add your seasoned pork chops. Brown both sides.IMG_7951

Once your pork is nice and brown. Remove from pan and add apples and brown sugar and more butter of course. Make sure to use the drippings from the pan. IMG_7952

Saute apples for 5 minutes. IMG_7953

Now add your chops. Cover and cook on low heat for 20 minutes or until chops are cooked through. IMG_7962

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Gardening Tips

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This is my first post about gardening…however, recently starting a garden and going through the process of learning about different types of products and how to care for herbs vs. fruits and veggies has ( in a way) made me feel like doing a little blog about it is necessary!

IMG_7975 I HIGHLY recommend this product for tomatoes, fruits and veggies. It makes feeding your crop very easy, just shake and dash about 2 teaspoons around the soil. Before I was using some feed that dissolved in water, but this actually contains calcium, and the other one did not! So please take note: Your crop needs calcium ( which I had no idea how important it was).

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When my basil was dying I was so confused as to what was going on!! Then I realized it was because of slugs!! Those asshole slugs!! I am sorry mother-nature but I need my sweet basil. I realized the slugs were attracted to all the sweet plants : Sweet basil and mint and were sucking up all the resources and eating on the plants. So far, this has repelled them! I highly recommend this…something a newbie gardener may not think to consider…

So let me run a list of what I am growing, what has died, and why! I also want to give you a run down on the products I recommend:

Tomato plant: Early Girl- some seasoned growers named this plant “early girl” because it was one of the first, well-known hybrids that bear a lot of tomatoes per plant. In my experience, I’ve only been growing this for a few weeks before I started seeing a considerable change in size; the vines are starting to grow strong and thick so I am excited to taste these tomatoes!

IMG_7843As you can see here, this is a strawberry plant. This is my first time growing strawberries so I will keep you all updated on the process. I know that moisture is really important for the growth process… but I also know it’s important to dig a deep enough hole for a healthy root production. I hope to see something come of these plants soon!!IMG_7844

Green onions! They have sprouted about 2-3 inches and they’ve only been in the ground a few short weeks so I am looking forward to the bulbs growing larger. I am using a drip method for this plant, so I am not over-saturating it in water, nor am i pouring water directly over it. I think for this delicate plant, that is the best method. IMG_7845

Three varieties of tomato plants from left to right : Big Beef, Early Girl and Celebrity. I know it’s really important to grow a variety of tomatoes for healthy production.IMG_7846Big beef: The name says it all lol these tomatoes will grow EXTRA LARGE and extra beefy. I am looking forward to hamburger Pattie sized slices with this one.IMG_7847

Last, but not lease, a combination of mint, oregano and thyme. I notice the oregano and mint are kind of overtaking the thyme a little bit… I am still researching the reason why some herbs in the same pot use up the resources faster than others.IMG_7848

And of course, my cat is right by my side investigating everything that I do!! lol

IMG_7850I am also growing Cat Nip and Squash! My squash plant is growing long but has not quite sprouted much yet. In the picture above it is the 4th plant from the right after the 3 tomato plants. And the last plant, right next to it is the jalapeno plant- which is doing beautifully. So I will continue posting more tips as I continue to learn more about the process!!