Author Archives: Kimberlee S.

Hello November

Hello November! Fall is here, the holidays are approaching fast and it’s time to start planning for Thanksgiving. Throughout the month we will feature planning tips to help you with your Thanksgiving meal, product reviews and recipe ideas for left over Thanksgiving food.

As usual we will have our Taste Test Tuesday reviews, Kitchen Tip Thursdays and some family food fun. We may even have a little home decor treat for you.

November


Foodie Friday: Quick Snacks for Memorial Day

Grilled Banana Split

Happy Friday Family!! The weekend is among us and it’s a holiday weekend too. Many of us have Memorial Day off, it’s also considered the start of the summer grilling season. In honor of this wonderful holiday we are going to celebrate it with some ideas for cookouts, get-together or even just a relaxing weekend at home. Foodie Friday is all about easy, no fuss food ideas for this weekend. Enjoy!!

Grilled Banana Splits – So we came across this recipe while watching the Food Network and have loved it ever since. Cut the ends of the banana off, open the peels and spread butter, sugar, and chocolate shavings on them. Wrap them in foil and grill for about 4-6 minutes until chocolate and butter has melted. It’s okay if the peels turn brown. Remove from the grill, open and scoop your favorite ice cream, whipped cream and sprinkles on top.

Fruit Kabob – This one is definitely kid friendly. Soak skewers in water for 30 minutes before using them (if you decide to grill your fruit) Have a variety of fruit on hand, cut in bite size pieces. You can use, strawberries, bananas, pineapples, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, papaya, mangoes, grapes, raspberries, cherries, peaches, pears, etc. Arrange the fruit on the skewers and enjoy. If you would like to grill your fruit after you place them on the skewers, grew until heated through, about 4-6 minutes; during the last-minute of grilling brush fruit with honey.

Corn On The Cob – There are two ways you can do this besides boiling it. Either leave the husks on or shuck them and wrap the corn in foil. Either way it’s good. Soak the corn in water for about 15 minutes before grilling. This will help if you don’t want charred kernels. Grill corn for about 15-20 minutes, turning over every 5 minutes. During the last 5-7 minutes, spread butter on the corn then wrap it back up with either the husks or the foil. Once you remove it from the grill let it stand for about 5 minutes then enjoy.

BBQ Pork Deviled Egg

Barbecue Deviled Eggs Recipe

Ingredients

12 large eggs 
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup finely chopped smoked pork
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon hot sauce
Garnish: paprika

Directions

  1. Place eggs in a single layer in a large saucepan; add water to a depth of 3 inches. Bring to a boil; cover, remove from heat, and let stand 15 minutes.
  2. Drain and fill pan with cold water and ice. Tap each egg firmly on the counter until cracks form all over the shell. Peel under cold running water.
  3. Cut eggs in half lengthwise, and carefully remove yolks. Mash yolks with mayonnaise. Stir in pork and next 4 ingredients; blend well.
  4. Spoon yolk mixture evenly into egg white halves. Garnish, if desired.

We know what you are thinking, pork in my eggs….but yes the smoked pork gives it a meaty flavor. Don’t want to use pork, try chicken, turkey, shrimp or tofu.

Try these out and let me know what you think. As always feel free to comment on the blog or Facebook, send us a tweet or an email. What are some of your favorite Memorial Day goodies?


Conversations At The Kitchen Table

We’ve made it to May, which means Mother’s Day, graduations and time to kick off summer cook-out season. Each of these brings back great memories of conversations I’ve had with family over the years. My mom came to visit for a few days and we started talking about traditions and events that happen in our family. It made me realize that a lot of the conversations that take place happen at our kitchen table, if it’s a big event it’s happening at my grandmothers dining room table. How many of your family conversations start or even happen at the kitchen table?

Conversations at the Kitchen Table

What do you talk about at the kitchen table?

Here are a few that happened recently while my mom was visiting.

  • Preparing ourselves for pumpkins pre-k graduation. What are we doing for a graduation party? The menu, what should we cook or if we should get it catered.
  • Mother’s Day dinner at my grandmother’s house. Who is on the schedule to cook? Since my sister and I won’t be there we wanted to make sure my mom and aunts had help.
  • Younger sister is turning 30. My mom and I are making this a big deal, my sister not so much as her son is graduating from pre-k. So we shall plan a party for both.
  • Me: Being single (this has become a topic lately) cooking for just myself on days when my sister and her family have their family time.
  • Summer grilling, what recipes are we looking to create, dishes we will make that we usually only make during the summer.

After talking to my mother I started to think about each of these, especially the conversation about myself. I put others before me a lot and I have started not to do that, while making this transition it is forcing me to look at what I want in life. Now I’m off to go cook something so I won’t over analyze any of this.