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First Try Homemade Cheese……Finger Sandwiches

I recently ordered a homemade mozzarella and ricotta making kit.  I have tried to make the mozzarella twice, and both times it has not quite worked out.  The problem is that most standard grocery store milk has been pasteurized at too high of a temperature and the enzymes have been damaged and cannot form strong enough curds.  I have just learned all of this by the way.  So when this happens, it says to use the mixture as a cheese spread which I have used here to make finger sandwiches for a recent party.  Look forward to a successful mozzarella post soon, but in the meantime….makeshift party finger sandwiches!

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REAL Tuna Noodle Casserole

Tuna noodle casserole is an American classic consisting of canned tuna, cream of mushroom soup, and sometimes green beans and other ingredients.  What made this REAL tuna noodle casserole was the use of grilled tuna steaks.  It still contained canned cream of mushroom soup and also green beans, garlic, and locally grown shiitake mushrooms from our CSA.

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Grilled Meatballs

Yes that heading is correct, I made grilled meatballs.  Had some ground beef and a hankering for meatballs during some pretty hot days and decided to give grilling meatballs a try.  It worked amazingly well and produced a great taste of the grill with the Italian meatball flavors which were great dressed up with some sauce and cheese.

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Grilled Pit Beef

I was looking to grill something a little different since I had the time on a Sunday and it can be easy to fall into ruts in all aspects of cooking.  I decided to grill pit beef for sandwiches and used a method I was unfamiliar with.  This is basically a grilled roasted beef sandwich, which I thought would be indirect heat slow cooked but instead was directly cooked over the grill in a rather short period with much close attention to the grilling.

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Feta and Spinach Turkey Burgers with Roasted Red Pepper Mayo

Many different elements came together both in and on the burgers.  There was garlic sauteed spinach, fresh feta, and jalapenos in the burgers and a roasted red pepper mayo spread on the fresh baked buns.  We did not make the buns, but got them in the Strip District where we get most of our cooking supplies.  These were made the same night as Roasted Red Pepper Bisque and I kept a bit of the peppers aside for the mayo spread.

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Filet Mignon Party!

 

Filet and some good friends

 

We had an absolute feast with some friends featuring grilled filet mignon with sauteed mushrooms and onions, spicy red pepper mac n cheese, rosemary and garlic mashed potatoes, and creamed spinach.  The Strip District struck again!  I had wanted to get a log of filet for quite some time because the price goes down as you buy a bigger cut, so we called on some friends to help us out.

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Slow Smoked Brisket with Horseradish Sauce and Broccoli Slaw

This is our first Kittened dish in Pittsburgh and we have been discovering that food is very cheap.  This was a 9lb cut of brisket for $30, and that was not a sale.  Plenty more to come on the great deals found.  I smoked this similarly to the pork shoulder a bit back.  Slow cooked over indirect heat, but this time it was cooked as the debut dish on our new charcoal grill that we got for our wedding (thanks Mo and Stosh).

First to prep the rub

Started with a quick made rub.

Yeah, $30!

As similar to the pork, I started the grill with a large pile of charcoal and once it was ashed and ready, it was moved and kept to one side.  I also used a store bought foil baking dish as a drip tray below the meat to limit the mess and possible flare up.

The grill will never look like this again.

Opposite the coals

Now a lot of waiting.  The grill was covered with the below air intake about halfway open and the lid air intake also about halfway open.  The lid intake was placed over the meat, opposite the coals so that the heat and smoke are forced to go around the meat in order to escape.  The brisket cooked for about 5 hours total.  Here is is about halfway through.  I turned it about every hour to alternate the side facing the heat.

About 3 hours in.

And after all five hours.

Allow the meat to sit for 15 minutes or so before slicing and always slice against the grain.  It would be great to have a deli slicer here, but that is a bit excessive!

Patient, patient

Hey guys, Eileen here. I am going to fill you in on the sides, which I was responsible for making.

In addition to the brisket, we served a simple horseradish sauce from all recipes (sorry, no pictures of it) and a broccoli slaw from Smitten Kitchen. I have made this broccoli slaw once before for a cook out and people seemed to like it. I decided to make it again, figuring it would be a nice complement to the meat and tangy horseradish sauce.

First, I made the dressing for the slaw, which is composed of buttermilk, mayonnaise, cider vinegar, sugar and shallots.

Give it a good whisk and set aside.

Next, it is time for the broccoli. I used the slicing blade on my food processor to cut the broccoli for me. This method is a major time saver and produces pretty uniform slices of broccoli. Here it is pictured with chopped red onion as well.

To this, I added dried cranberries and sliced almonds and eventually the dressing.

Give it all a good stir and let it sit in the fridge for an hour or so before serving.

It’s a great slaw and a bit different than your typical cabbage slaw. If you are looking for something new to have or bring to an event this could be it! The crunch of the broccoli with the tartness of the cranberries and the sharpness of the red onion are all tamed by the buttermilk sauce. It was a great compliment to the brisket too!

All in all, this meal was delicious! We were very happy with the final product and our guests seemed to be too.

Brisket Dry Rub Recipe