July 28, 2012

London Broil


When paired with the Arugula-Parmesan Salad and Gruyère Mashed Potatoes, this makes a wonderful date night meal :)

INGREDIENTS (all eyeball measurements)
  • Round Steak cut
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • EVOO
  • Teriyaki Sauce
  • Red wine
  • Garlic cloves
  • Lemon zest
  • Freshly ground salt and pepper
DIRECTIONS
  1. Marinate the steak overnight in a Ziplock bag.
  2. For the marinade, I used a whole bottle of Worcestershire Sauce, some EVOO, some Teriyaki, 4 cloves of garlic, Lemon Zest, some red wine, and salt and pepper.
  3. Heat grill (medium to medium-high heat)
  4. Cook steak for bout 5 minutes on each side, or until desired doneness.
  5. Slice steak and serve immediately. Enjoy!



Gruyère Mashed Potatoes


I created this recipe after looking at a lot of mashed potato recipes online and will most definitely be making it again!!


INGREDIENTS
  • 2 pounds of potatoes, peeled and cut into two-inch chunks
  • 4 Tbsp. butter, softened
  • 1 cup of fat-free half-and-half
  • Small block of Gruyère, grated
  • Freshly ground salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh chives, snipped
DIRECTIONS
  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  2. Put the potatoes in a pot with a little bit of salt and just enough water to cover.
  3. Bring to a boil and cook on a low boil for 20 minutes, or until you can pierce potatoes with a fork.
  4. In the meantime, warm the half-and-half in a pan until hot, but not boiling.
  5. Drain the potatoes, return to the pan, mash.
  6. Mash the hot half-and-half into the potatoes a quarter cup at a time. Then stir in the softened butter. While doing this, check the consistency to make sure it is where you want it to be.
  7. Once you have the consistency you like, transfer to a baking dish and place in the oven for 10 minutes. Afterwards, sprinkle freshly chopped chives on top. Serve immediately. Enjoy!!

Arugula-Parmesan Salad


This is a simple salad to make with ingredients you most likely already have. Pair it with an entrée that is loaded with flavor, such as London Broil.

INGREDIENTS
  • Arugula
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Lemon
  • EVOO
  • Salt and Pepper

DIRECTIONS
  1. Pour Arugula in a large bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, pour a little bit of EVOO (I eyeball it), the juice of one lemon, salt and pepper, and whisk together.
  3. Pour the dressing over the lettuce, and using tongs, toss the lettuce so all are coated with the dressing. Sprinkle Parmesan on top and serve!


July 26, 2012

Dessert Skewers


INGREDIENTS
  • Your favorite fruit! (We used strawberries and blueberries)
DIRECTIONS
  1. Wash and pat dry all fruit.
  2. Place fruit on skewer in your desired arrangement.
  3. Serve over a brownie and drizzle chocolate over top if you wish!

More Shish Kabobs!


INGREDIENTS
  • A good cut of beef, cut into one inch cubes
  • Assorted vegetables- Yellow onion, Red, Orange and Green Bell Peppers
  • Italian dressing, for marinade
DIRECTIONS
  1. Marinate the meat for 24 hours
  2. Soak the bamboo skewers for at least 20 minutes to avoid catching on fire.
  3. Preheat the grill to medium heat.
  4. Once all of the veggies have been cut into one inch pieces, start placing the veggies and beef in an alternating arrangement on the skewer.
  5. Place on the grill for 2 minutes; turn 90° every 2 minutes so the meat is evenly cooked and not burnt on one side.
The best part is clean up is a breeze! Enjoy :)

Caprese Skewers


INGREDIENTS
  • Bamboo skewers
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Fresh mozzarella
  • Fresh basil
DIRECTIONS
  1. Place the tomatoes, mozzarella and basil in an alternating pattern on the skewers.
Great for a family of 12 get together at the beach!

Wedge Salads


These wedge salads are so easy and great for a crowd!

INGREDIENTS (for 12)
  • 2 heads of iceberg lettuce
  • Bacon bits
  • Tomatoes, diced
  • Dressing- Bleu Cheese or Ranch (for the picky eaters!)
DIRECTIONS
  1. Slice the lettuce heads into sixths 
  2. Spread the dressing of choice over the wedge with a spoon
  3. Sprinkle the tomatoes and bacon on top
It's that easy! Enjoy :)


July 14, 2012

Baby Carriage Watermelon


I made this carriage for one of my good friend from college's baby shower. It was so much easier than I thought, but it was time consuming. Allow about 2 hours from start to finish.

First, cut a wedge out of the watermelon like the top left picture. Save that piece because you will use the rind for the stroller handle.

Next, take a melon scoop and begin scooping out the watermelon. This is the most time-consuming part. (See middle picture). Place the watermelon balls in a large bowl, like below.

Finally, scallop the top edge of the watermelon with a sharp knife. I used Amanda's husband's pocket knife! (See far right picture).

Add some of your favorite fruit to the bowl.

Using toothpicks, stick grapes and orange slices into the base of the watermelon to form the wheels.

To form the handle, take the original wedge piece you cut out and form a long rectangular piece. Place into the fruit to keep it in place.

The beautiful display of the delicious snacks at Amanda's shower!

Amanda, myself, and baby Conner! (How amazing does she look at 8 months!?)