Country Cook News – May 24, 2013

Hi Everyone!

RECIPE OF THE WEEK
Memorial Day is the official opening of summer and fresh peas are a sure sign that early summer has arrived, which can only mean that Garden Pea Salad makes the ideal side for a Memorial Day cookout.

Fresh (or fresh frozen) peas dressed up with bacon, imitation crab and boiled eggs is a winning side dish or it can make a delightful light lunch. You can’t go wrong with this old standby with a twist!

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BLOG OF THE WEEK
Very Culinary is timely for Memorial Day with Grilled Peach and Coppa Pizza! Amy, the site owner, has over 2,200 followers on Twitter and I can see why. Her site is filled with a nice variety of family dinners and an equal amount of sweet treats. Starting with breakfast the (Filled) French Toast Roll-up looks like something that would disappear fast.Tempt your family at dinnertime with Honey-Soy Chicken Drumsticks or Creamy Goat Cheese Pasta with Lemon and Spinach for a main course. Let us not forget dessert with some Kahlua Coffee Poke Cake or Easy Strawberry Shortcake Parfait. Amy also offers really charming refrigerator magnets that can’t be found just anywhere and they’re reasonably priced. There’s a magnet to fit every cook you know…think gifts!

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GRILLING THIS MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND?
Everybody’s doing it, grilling that is! There’s a grilling craze going on in America, and gas grills have been the rage for the past 15 years or so. But now some of the master grillers out there are returning to the charcoal briquette. America’s Test Kitchen did extensive tests on charcoal grills and here are the results.

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TA DA! UNVEILING OF NEW SECTION ON MY BLOG
On my blog you’ll see a new section titled, STORIES. It’s here I’ll be posting various pieces of my writing that I’ve been wanting to share with my readers. Some stories will have recipes, some will not. You might even get a glimpse of some fiction I’ve been playing with in the past year, imagine me making up stories…

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CB’s KITCHEN TIP
PREVENT SILVER FROM TARNISHING WITH CHALK: Thoroughly clean, dry and polish silver piece. Wrap the piece in plastic wrap or place in a Ziplock Slider Bag, but before sealing it completely, place a whole or half piece of chalk inside the bag (more or less chalk depending on the size of silver piece). This works just as well with silver jewelery. Place a few small pieces of chalk inside a plastic jewelery bag with freshly cleaned silver jewelery; seal.

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NO-BAKE APPLE PIE
The Country Cook has a No-bake Apple Pie that is an interesting way of putting a pie together. It’s an ideal recipe for busy Moms who want to bring dessert to the Memorial Day cookout but time has run out. I haven’t made this, but if you do, I’d love to know what you think of the results.

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RED, WHITE AND BLUEBERRY BREAKFAST
Here’s a great breakfast treat that’s sure to WOW! family or holiday visitors. It’s Red, White and Blueberry Breakfast created bu Mom on Time Out and shared by Amiee Shugarman. It looks yummy and really simple using Eggo Waffles. Maybe a kid friendly breakfast project?

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GRILLED DESSERT ANYONE?
Since the grill is all warmed-up, try Grilled Strawberry Upside-Down Cake for dessert created by Cafe Terra. What a unique way to top off the holiday weekend.

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ASK CYNTHIA A QUESTION – MAY 22, 2013
Dawn asked: What is your “go-to” spice or seasoning when barbequing or grilling?

My answer: Honestly, the grill is not my area of expertise. I season the meats and poultry and then I turn the grilling over to my husband. My “go-to” spice is McCormick Grill Mates (20% less sodium) Montreal Steak for steaks and roasts or Montreal Chicken (20% less sodium) for poultry, pork and fish. I use the 20% less sodium variety so I can add my own kosher or sea salt and freshly ground pepper because many of the prepared seasonings are too salty for our taste.

Sometimes for fish and chicken I us Cajun seasoning; my favorite is Cajun’s Choice, which seems impossible to find these days, Slap Yo Mama or Tiger Dust (distributed by LSU Tigers). Barbeque sauce is something I apply at the end of cooking or after food has been removed from the grill. I make my own barbeque sauce, or if I’m in a hurry, I use Jack Daniel’s Original No.7 Recipe. Thanks for you question, Dawn!

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Have a safe and  happy Memorial Day!
CB

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