Homemade Pierogies!!

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PIEROGIES!!!!!!!

Who loves some Pierogies!!! ME!!!

So why not for Fiesta Friday, check out many fabulous blogs for Fiesta Friday over at Angie’s page.

And her co-host for this Friday are Ginger@Ginger&Bread and¬†Loretta@Safari of the Mind, so I would like to thank all of them for today’s Fiesta Friday #64

A friend of mine and I made some homemade pierogies awhile back I think they turned out great.
I made the dough and the filling, then headed over to my friend Paul’s house and we put them together and cooked them up…Delicious!!!!

If you are not familiar with what they are, click here

I have always seen them in the freezer section Mrs. T’s, which I am not saying are not good, if you need a quick pierogi these will do the trick.

For me on the other hand I have them fresh from a place in Pittsburgh a couple of times, my friend Paul is from there so when I went with him to visit we went to “Pierogies Plus” check out all the different flavors that you can get when you go or you can have them shipped ūüôā

Also when I went to Chicago I stopped into a Polish Pierogi Shop…amazing ūüôā

I just went with Potato and Cheese for this first batch ūüôā

Dough – Ingredients

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I used a food processor, you can do it by hand too

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Flour and salt

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pulsed it a little then added my egg

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with egg mixed in

 

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then add sour cream and butter and pulse

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Pulse a few times

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then turn it out onto your work space

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Knead to just bring together

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form into a ball and wrap in plastic wrap
I heard if you make the dough the night
before it becomes a more tended dough

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Filling – Ingredients

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Peel and cube your potatoes & boil until
done

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Drain potatoes and place back in the pan
set back on the stove, just on hot burner
to help some of the extra liquid cook off

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I used a ricer, you can certainly mash the
potatoes with a masher or however you
make your mashed potatoes

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using the ricer forces the potatoes through
the tiny holes which make the potatoes very
creamy

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potatoes, riced ūüôā

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mix in butter and half and half

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8oz. shredded cheese

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fold in cheese

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finished mixture

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place in container and chill

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my dough

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I cut in half

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then again, take dough and press out
into a rectangle then use a rolling pin to make
dough about 1/8 inch thick

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I use a round cutter to cut my circles
about a 3 inch round maybe 3 1/2 inch ūüôā

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I used my scoop, it worked out perfectly
mixture was about 2 tablespoons

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place potato mixture in the center of the round

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bring edges up together and start to pinch
dough together from center to the outside
then from the center to the other side

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Done, this was perfect, it was easier just to
form a round with your fingers, fill it and pinch

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as you can see not all of them look perfect
but they all tasted Fabulous!!!

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From following recipe this was how much
potato mixture left, it may have been a
cup or cup in half.  Great mashed potatoes
for sure.

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Homemade Pierogies

Dough:

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
1 cup sour cream
2 eggs, large
1 stick butter, softened

You can use food processor or mix by hand
Mix together the flour and salt, add eggs and combine, the dough will be clumpy.
Work in the sour cream and softened butter until dough comes together roughly, then scrap out onto work surface.
Knead and fold the dough without adding any additional flour until the dough becomes less sticky but it will be quite moist.
Wrap the dough well in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 60 minutes, but I like it overnight.

Filling:

2 lbs. russet potatoes, peeled, cubed
2 Tbsp. butter, softened
2 Tbsp. half and half
8 oz. cheese, shredded (about 2 cups) Cheddar, Colby, farmers or any good melting cheese

Cook potatoes in boiling water until tender, drained potatoes and place back in pot, set pot back on hot burner so any leftover liquid can cook away.
At this point you can put potatoes through a ricer, food mill or you can just mash them with a potato masher.  Once that is done add half and half and softened butter and mix to combine, season with salt to taste and refrigerate to cool for 3 hours or over night.

Remove dough from fridge and plastic wrap, cut in half, then each piece in half, at this point you can roll each piece into a rectangle to an 1/8 inch thick.  You can use a 3-3 1/2 inch round cutter to make your rounds.  Or you can free form your rounds, you will get 24 rounds out of this dough.

Scoop about 2 tablespoons of filling onto rounds, gently fold in half and with your fingers pinch the edges from the center to each end, to seal the dough together.

At this point you can freeze these up to 1 month or refrigerate overnight up to 2 days.

Bring a large stock pot filled with water to a boil, in the meantime slice a large onion and begin to saute in a large skillet with butter or olive oil over medium heat, watching so they do not burn and just brown.

Once water starts to boil add 2 Tbsp. salt and stir, add pierogies to the salted water, make sure not to over crowd the pot and give a stir occasionally.  When pierogies float to the top they are done, transfer cooked pierogies to skillet with onions, cook pierogies until browned and crisp on both sides.

Serve hot with additional sour cream or applesauce if you like, but most of all enjoy those delicious bundles of love!!! ūüôā

Think about something sweet inside them, they do make them with fruit, you could sweeten some cream cheese as the filling and saute in just butter and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar or drizzle with chocolate…the possibilities are endless really!!

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Asian Flank Steak and Chicken Wings with homemade BBQ Sauce

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This is a re-blog from last year but with grilling season still going strong is a great recipe for grilling out.

Hope everyone is enjoying the summer ūüôā

 

This is the Flank Steak and Chicken Wing with homemade BBQ Sauce recipe I used when I grilled out with some friends and made the Mac and Cheese in the electric pressure cooker (previous blog)

I love this marinade I use is all the time!

Marinade

1/2 cup honey or brown sugar
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup rice vinegar
1 tbsp. garlic, minced
1 tbsp. whole peppercorns, or just ground black pepper will work too
Mix everything in a ziploc bag, place your steak inside and refrigerate up to 24 hours.  Grill about 7 minutes per side, for medium rare, slice thinly across the grain.

I made this steak¬†sauce to be served with the steaks as well, but then I divided it and to half, I added a 1/4 cup more of brown sugar, stirred that in and used it as a BBQ sauce for our Chicken Wings…so good!!

BBQ Sauce/Steak Sauce

3/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2/3 cup ketchup
2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 tbsp. Dijon mustard
1/4 cup shallots, minced
1 tbsp. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. each of cinnamon, nutmeg and ground cloves

Add all ingredients to a medium saucepan, heat over medium-low heat, bring to a bubble, and then reduce to low, cook until shallots are tender, 15 Р20 minutes.  Let cool, store in an air tight container in the refrigerator.
Remember if you want to make half a BBQ Sauce, divide and add 1/4 cup brown sugar to half the mixture.

My go to veggies that I just love so so much are green beans, jicama and onions, I think I could eat that combo everyday.  All I do is clean and break the green beans, peel and slice the onions and the jicama you peel that like a potato, then I slice it and cut into matchstick like pieces (they kind of look like french fries). 

I toss all of together with a little olive oil and some salt and pepper, grill them in a sitr-fry basket until the desired doneness…I like me veggies with a little bit of crunch still.¬† You can also saute these up in a skillet if you don’t want to use the grill.

I really do love jicama, I first had it many years ago in mexico, I thought it was potato, but I quickly found out it was this big root vegetable like a potato.¬† I use jicama¬†in my soups in place of potato, it really is go much better for you, I also will eat it raw just like carrot sticks.¬† It’s also great in salad or adding a crunch to salsa, if you have never tried jicama please go to your local produce dept. and ask them for it, you will not be sorry…Enjoy!!!

Summer Grilling Recipe #1

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Well as summer is here and the grills start to get cleaned and great smells¬†permeate¬†the air ūüėõ
I do love me something grilled, so as the summer goes on I will be posting some easy grilling recipes.

This one is just dang simple…who doesn’t like potatoes and onions on the grill ūüôā

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I’ve been wanting to do a little grilled so called potato salad…

And I picked up some Colman’s Original English Mustard…it has a kick and I like that!!

I’ve been wondering what to do with it so I came up with this…

Ingredients

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Chopped my potatoes and onions

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In a large bowl add, vinegar, mustard, brown sugar & oil

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Whisk it

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add potatoes and onions

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stir to coat and let set for a least an hour

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Put into a grill basket, keep the access dressing for later

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Done

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add a little more dressing just to coat once finished, then serve

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Recipe

4 potatoes, cubed in 1 inch pieces
1-2 large sweet onions, 1/2 inch slices, then in half again

you don’t want them to small but not too big either, remember your onions will shrink up so keep 1/2 inch strips about 3 inches long.

Marinade 
5 tsp. Colman’s Original English Mustard*
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
3 tbsp. brown sugar

In a large bowl add all ingredients for marinade and whisk together, add potatoes and onions and toss to fully coat, set aside for a least one hour, stir to coat every 10-15 minutes.

Add potatoes and onions to grill basket, reserving the marinade.  Grill on low stirring mixture everything few minutes.  As potatoes and onions cook drizzle the extra marinade over top each time until potatoes are tender and cooked through. 

Extra Dressing

3 tsp. Colman’s Original English Mustard*
2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp. brown sugar
add  the mustard, vinegar and sugar all to a small bowl and whisk together, toss with grilled potatoes and onions and serve.

I hope you will try this next time you grill out…Enjoy!!!

*Note – If you cannot find the Colman’s in a “Mustard” form and can only find it in dry form, just take the amount in the recipe in dry and add just a little water until you make mustard ūüôā

Rag√Ļ alla bolognese…My way!!!

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Oh how I love thee!!! ūüôā

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Rag√Ļ alla bolognese¬†is a complex sauce which involves a variety of cooking techniques, including sweating, saut√©ing and braising. As such, it lends itself well to interpretation and adaptation by professional chefs and home cooks alike.

And I’m sure most of you have a recipe that has been pasted down the family tree ūüôā

Common sources of differences include which meats to use (beef, pork or veal) and their relative quantities, the possible inclusion of either cured meats or offal, which fats are used in the sauté phases (rendered pork fat, butter, olive or vegetable oil).

I used ground chicken ūüôā

What form of tomato is employed (fresh, canned or paste).

I use paste, I like using this the best.

The makeup of the cooking liquids (wine, milk, tomato juices, or broth) and their specific sequence of addition.

One day I hope that I could travel to Bolgana, Italy ūüôā

But until then this is¬†Rag√Ļ alla bolognese…My Way!!!

Ingredients –

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I freeze my bacon so it would be easier to slice and dice

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diced bacon

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Cut celery into thin strips                    then dice

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Diced onion                                                           add bacon, celery and onions to skillet

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Then add carrots

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stirring not to burn

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add ground meat

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breaking up meat with wooden spoon

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add red wine

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chicken broth

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add tomato paste

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stirring in tomato paste

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then stir in 2 tsp. beef base paste

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turn to low and simmer for 1 1/2 hours

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warm up half n half/ milk                             stir in

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continue to cook for another 45 – 55 minutes, stirring occasionally

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its now ready for pasta

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LOVE Gia Russa products you must try them………….boil water

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add pasta                                             remove a cup of pasta water, set aside, in case  you need to thin out sauce

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Grate your Parmesan cheese

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remove your pasta                                                          toss with sauce

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turn out on to platter

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top with cheese and serve

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Delicious!!!!!!!!!  

Recipe

3 (3 oz.) strips bacon or pancetta, finely chopped
3 stalks celery, finely chopped
3 carrots, peeled, grated
1 med-large onion, finely chopped
1.25 lbs ground meat (i used ground chicken breast)
1 tbsp. olive oil
1/2 cup red wine
2 1/4 cup chicken broth
2 tsp. beef base paste
3 tbsp. tomato paste
1 cup half n half or milk

First off have everything ready to go, chop everything, measure out everything its just easier or at least this is what I like to do.

In a large skillet over medium-high heat add oil and bacon/pancetta, celery and onions, cook for 5 – 7 minutes, stirring not to burn.
Add grated carrots continue to cook for 5 more minutes, add ground meat, cooking and breaking up meat with a wooden spoon continue to cook for about 15 minutes, stirring constantly so not to burn, turn heat down just a little if needed.

Add red wine cooking for 2 minutes and scraping up the brown bits from the bottom of the pan.  Add broth and then tomato paste, stirring to combine, then add beef base reduced heat to low and gently simmer uncovered for 1 1/2 hours.  Stirring occasionally. 

Bring milk to a simmer in a small saucepan; gradually add to sauce.

Cover sauce with lid slightly ajar and simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally, until milk is absorbed, about 45 Р55 minutes, season with salt to taste. Stirring occasionally.

Bring a large stock pot of water to a boil, once boiling add a good handful of salt, stir and then add pasta, when pasta is just al dente, remove 1 cup of pasta water and set aside, I like doing this just in case I want to thin out the sauce. (i did not use any pasta water with this recipe, but you should always get in the habit of taking out pasta water just in case)

Drain pasta and add pasta to the sauce, tossing to completely coat the pasta, turn pasta out onto a serving plate or large bowl and top with fresh Parmesan cheese and then serve it right on up!! 

Enjoy this one and tell me about your recipe or maybe you have one that has been pasted down the family tree, I’d love to try any that you may have in your recipe box!!!

Simply Roasted…

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pic 1Roasted vegetables are just simply divine!! ¬†That is in my¬†opinion, well anything roasted is divine, if its roasted right and not on the verge of¬†charcoal! ¬† I usually will roast my veggies in the oven, that is until spring hits or I should say mid 60’s and not raining outside, then its time to grill. ¬†I roasted some veggies last week when it was still cold and maybe a little snow…and then that weekend it got up to upper 60’s, oh well I grilled out anyway but I can’t wait for the spring to kick in that’s for sure.

I guess really you can roast any veggies, some maybe not as long as others, but for this bunch I put them all together.  pic 7

I had some fennel bulbs, onion, carrots, along with some¬†maroon¬†carrots from Texas and a¬†turnip…yup one little old lonely turnip. ¬†All with some garlic cloves, fresh dill and rosemary.

A friend of mine gave me a “Bunch” of rosemary that he got off his huge rosemary bush.pic 2¬† ¬†I clean about half the stems off and placed them in water and have them sitting on my table and I have fresh rosemary whenever I need. ¬†They are growing roots and new tops, this is a great way to keep fresh rosemary around. ¬†I’m really hoping the roots will be enough for me to plant them myself.

So really you can use any veggies or fresh herbs or dried if you do not have fresh for roasting.

My peeled and chopped veggies

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garlic (kept whole), mince the dill and the rosemary (too much rosemary can be over powering so be careful you can always add more if needed).

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tossed with olive oil, salt and pepper, spread out on a baking sheet

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roast on 400 degrees till tender or how ever you like them, check them every 10 to 15 minutes and give them a quick turn.

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serve them up

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You can serve them with your choice of meat, or maybe with a salad, you can put them in a wrap,  on a burger or just by themselves are tasty.
This could be a great appetizer too, once roasted and cooled give another chop, slice a baguette, brush with olive oil, toast slices.
Serve on a platter with veggies, maybe goat cheese or feta crumbs, some pesto even some thinly sliced fresh mozzarella, let your guest make their own crostini’s. ¬†Add bowl of mixed olives, a dish of Marcona Almonds and some wine you now have a party!! ¬†
 Enjoy!!

Asian Flank Steak and Chicken Wings with homemade BBQ Sauce

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This is the Flank Steak and Chicken Wing with homemade BBQ Sauce recipe I used when I grilled out with some friends and made the Mac and Cheese in the electric pressure cooker (previous blog)

I love this marinade I use is all the time!

Marinade

1/2 cup honey or brown sugar
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup rice vinegar
1 tbsp. garlic, minced
1 tbsp. whole peppercorns, or just ground black pepper will work too
Mix everything in a ziploc bag, place your steak inside and refrigerate up to 24 hours.  Grill about 7 minutes per side, for medium rare, slice thinly across the grain.

I made this steak¬†sauce to be served with the steaks as well, but then I divided it and to half, I added a 1/4 cup more of brown sugar, stirred that in and used it as a BBQ sauce for our Chicken Wings…so good!!

BBQ Sauce/Steak Sauce

3/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2/3 cup ketchup
2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 tbsp. Dijon mustard
1/4 cup shallots, minced
1 tbsp. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. each of cinnamon, nutmeg and ground cloves

Add all ingredients to a medium saucepan, heat over medium-low heat, bring to a bubble, and then reduce to low, cook until shallots are tender, 15 Р20 minutes.  Let cool, store in an air tight container in the refrigerator.
Remember if you want to make half a BBQ Sauce, divide and add 1/4 cup brown sugar to half the mixture.

My go to veggies that I just love so so much are green beans, jicama¬†and onions, I think I could eat that combo everyday.¬† All I do is clean and break the green beans, peel and slice the onions and the jicama you peel that like a potato, then I slice it and cut into matchstick like pieces (they kind of look like french fries).¬† I toss all of together with a little olive oil and some salt and pepper, grill them in a sitr-fry basket until the desired doneness…I like me veggies with a little bit of crunch still.¬† You can also saute these up in a skillet if you don’t want to use the grill.

I really do love jicama, I first had it many years ago in mexico, I thought it was potato, but I quickly found out it was this big root vegetable like a potato.¬† I use jicama¬†in my soups in place of potato, it really is go much better for you, I also will eat it raw just like carrot sticks.¬† It’s also great in salad or adding a crunch to salsa, if you have never tried jicama please go to your local produce dept. and ask them for it, you will not be sorry…Enjoy!!!

 

 

Grilling!!!

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Who doesn’t like grilling, I absolutely love it and can’t get enough of it, but I do have one draw back…I live in a building that does not allow gas grills on the balconies.¬†¬† So I got myself an outside electric grill and I LOVE IT!!!

Yes I have indoor grills (2), grill pans (2 but I just like to be cooking outside and this does the trick.

Where I live its been on warm side lately so its been great to get out and start grilling early, although I do grill out all year round it’s just nice when the weather is on your side.

I can’t wait for the farmers markets to start up in full swing too, I love grilling any veggies, mushrooms, onions, peppers, zucchini, yellow squash, asparagus, green beans, potatoes, carrots, eggplant, corn and I could go on and on…ha

I recently grilled a nice strip steak, sweet onions and pattypan squash its was all so delicious.  When I grill veggies I just brush them with some olive oil and hit them with salt and pepper, but any seasons, spices or herbs are delicious with them too.

So here is to happy grilling!!! Cheers!!!