Archive for April, 2011

Crab Louie Tacos

Saturday, April 30th, 2011
Crab Louis Tacos

Crab Louis Tacos

Crab Louie Tacos

These tacos are based on the San Francisco classic, Crab Louie Salad.  I wanted to use blue corn flour to add some color to the dish, but didn’t order it in time from the Internet, so I added my own coloring.  These tacos are great for any meal — brunch, lunch, or dinner.
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Gruyere, Radish, and Butter Sandwich

Friday, April 29th, 2011
Gruyere and Radish Salad with Side of Prosciutto

Gruyere and Radish Salad with Side of Prosciutto

Gruyere, Radish, and Butter Sandwich

Radishes, salt, and butter are a traditional combination.  Sprinkle on a bit of sea salt to heighten the flavor.  With this sandwich I added Gruyere cheese to add a nice salty, complex savory flavor.
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Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Thursday, April 28th, 2011


Pineapple Upside Down Cake Close Up

Pineapple Upside Down Cake Close Up

Thursday Throwback

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Adapted from Gourmet magazine

Pineapple Upside Down Cake, normally cooked in a cast iron skillet, can also be cooked in a round cake pan.  The oozy caramel sugar syrup glazes over the pineapple and cake, creating the perfect topping.  Served warm with ice cream and you have an old fashioned classic favorite!
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Strawberry Lemon Soda with Basil

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011
Strawberry Lemon Soda with Basil

Strawberry Lemon Soda with Basil

Strawberry Lemon Soda with Basil

This month’s Bon Appetit has homemade soda recipes.  I often add just fresh squeezed lemon or lime juice to soda water for a refreshing beverage.  Adding a bit of simple syrup, muddling fruit, and herbs all contribute flavor.  Plus, you can control the amount of sugar in your drink.  Get creative and experiment with different flavors.
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Make Your Own Iced Tea

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011
Mango Tea and Mint Steeping

Mango Tea and Mint Steeping

Tuesday Tip – Make Your Own Iced Tea

Making your own ice tea is easy and will save you a lot of money buying bottled ice tea.  Plus, you can determine how much sugar, if any, to add.  You can make caffeinated, decaffeinated, green, black, or herbal.  Any kind you wish.  If you want flavored tea, buy flavored tea, or steep herbs in the hot water as you steep the tea bags.  You can also squeeze fresh lemon or lime into the tea.  If you want to take your tea on the go, pour some in a Nalgene bottle or water bottle.  You could even use a clean glass jar with a screw top lid.
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