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Super easy Sausage Dip

This super easy sausage dip was made on superbowl Sunday.  It’s taken a while to get around to posting it, still recovering.  This was a recipe from a colleague that had a well established reputation as being “addictive”.  It follows through with the promised ease and the hit of the party status.

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Turkey, Bacon Slow Cooker Chili

Slow cooker meals are great, set them up, stir a few times, and do what you need to until you are ready.  The comma in the title is important because this is turkey and bacon chili, not to be confused with turkey bacon.  I am always trying to improvise my chili recipes and combined a few favorites into one with this easy slow cooker winter dish.

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Spicy Thai Basil Beef

Spicy Thai basil beef is always one of our favorite dishes to get when we go out for Thai food and this was the first time that I have tried to make it.  It turned out to be pretty easy and was really good, and since it was made at home, the portion was much bigger and cheaper than you would ever get out at a restaurant.

These are the veggies that were used and that is Thai basil.  I sauteed them in their own pan to begin with in sesame oil.  I started these up, minus the basil and had them going while I got started on the beef.

For the beef, I used flank steak which is not the usual type of cut that you would use for a dish like this.  Usually, a cheaper cut like top round would be used, but the flank was amazing!  We were so glad that I used flank because it was so much more flavorful and more importantly, it was so much more tender.  Sometimes the beef can be the weak spot in this dish, but with the flank it was the highlight.

Cut into thin bite sized strips

I got another pan with sesame oil heated up and lightly coated the beef in cornstarch and pan fried it for a few minutes.  This was the first time that I had ever used cornstarch and the consistency of the cornstarch itself freaked me out a little bit!  It was like finely powdered styrofoam the way it would grind against whatever it touched.

Once the beef was just about fully cooked, I added it to the vegetables and added the Thai basil also.

It was close to done at this point.  Fish sauce and beef broth were added and allowed to simmer and thicken for a few minutes.  It was served over brown rice that was cooked in a half and half mixture of water and beef broth.

It was excellent and I even got a “one of the best things you have made in a while” quote!  I can’t emphasize how easy it was to make what would seem like a more complex dish.

Recipe for Spicy Thai Basil Beef

Greg


Cold Crab Dip

This is the first of many leftover crab recipes.  A very simple cold dip that is mixed and let to sit refrigerated until ready to serve.

Just mix all of the ingredients and sprinkle a bit more old bay on top for extra taste and decoration.  Serve with sliced bread, toast, or crackers.

Recipe for Cold Crab Dip

Pork and Peach Spring Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce

This was another leftover use of the pulled pork.  We were invited to a gathering and thought of using the leftover pork in an appetizer. The intention was to make spring rolls, but they did not have spring roll wrappers at the grocery store and I was too lazy to go to the Asian store to get them so I used egg roll wrappers. The wrapper said they could also be used as spring roll wrappers.  They were not the consistency that I was looking for, so I ended up adjusting the plan half way through and it worked out.

First off was to prepare the filling which involved sending peaches, carrots, cucumber, and jalapenos through the food processor.

Then adding some of the leftover pulled pork.

I guess it works out that we don’t know how to cook for just 2 people (tons of leftover pork!)

I mixed the filling together.

Fillings are not meant to be pretty. That's why they are hidden.

Then I prepped the rice stick noodles.

Keep them in the water until you use them otherwise they will all stick together.

At the same time, I warmed water to just about as hot as I could put my hand into.  Then I would quickly dip the wrapper into the warm water to soften it up.

Just a real quick dip

Then to the assembly process which can be a bit tricky.

First add a small twirl of noodles.

Then a scoop of the filling.  It is hard to be disciplined enough to put in the right amount of filling.  Remember that less is better and easier to wrap up.

It's tempting to put so much filling in!

Then to the wrapping process.  Much the same as a burrito.  Over from one corner first.

Then the two outer corners over and try to pull the filling in a bit and tighten it into a roll.

Then flip it over onto the remaining flap and try to tighten it and round it.  You can do this by rolling it back and forth a bit.

Next onto the peanut topping and dipping sauce.

I followed this recipe from Ellie Krieger, which was first introduced to us by Ashley. This recipe is easy to follow- I just threw everything in the blender- and it is delicious! I doubled the recipe so we’d have some leftovers. Believe me, you’ll want some leftover!

I’ll let the pictures do the talking.

YUM!

Like I said, the original plan was to have spring rolls so I was not planning on cooking these at all. However, when it came down to it the egg rolls were really wet and sticky and needed to be cooked. We baked them in the oven for a few minutes, just enough to stiffen up a bit and this worked pretty well. We also ended up with a few of these leftover and later fried them in a skillet with a little sesame oil, which created a nice crunchy outer shell. Both cooking options worked well, so it’s really up to you and what type of consistency you want. Enjoy!

Grilled Skewered Scallops

With some siracha garnish

Scallops were on a great sale at Giant, $7.99 a pound for sea scallops down from the usual $10-$11 or even more so I got some but did not have a vision of what I was going to do with them.  As you will notice we are big grillers, and being that it has been so hot recently I have been trying to keep most of the cooking to outside which led to grilling.  I have tried to grill scallops right on the grill grate before, but that was a wasteful disaster.  I have also grilled them in the grill basket, but it was not great.  The only other grilling possibility seemed to be skewering, which I had never tried with scallops but was hopeful.

The sale item

I decided to use a standard array of skewer vegetables, but also decided to fall upon the cliche garnish of bacon wrapping some of the scallops.

Raw ingredients, spice, and the soap that cleaned it all afterwards

I skewered everything in a somewhat random order on the bamboo skewers which were soaked in water to try to dissuade their burning which still occurs a bit.  I cut the bacon in half and did not wrap every scallop as I wanted it to be an accessory and not a main ingredient.  I didn’t want them to be bacon wrapped scallops, but to have bacon be an ingredient in the mix.

I cut the jalapenos into rings and incorporated them into the skewers because I love spice.  If you were to do this, you should warn others and even be cautious yourself because as much as I love the heat it definitely got a bit hot at times!  Despite that, I will always persevere with the spice!

To season them, I used a storemade tequila lime seasoning from Whole Foods, which we got during our shopping trip for sushi, which was so graciously provided by Whole Foods.

Ready to go

I grilled as you normally would and kept a close eye in order to rotate them well and try to cook them evenly, while not overcooking the scallops.

Remeber to wash the dish before putting the cooked product back in

I also threw a single cup of brown rice in the rice maker to supplement the skewers and for some substance.  We often try to eat low to no carbs, but I knew with these skewers that they needed something with them or you would be full after eating, but then be pretty hungry in an hour or so.  Just a bit of rice did a great job as a component to the dish and to fulfill the role that I wanted it to.

Grilled scallop skewers

And the completed dish with brown rice and some siracha on the side.  We pulled everything off of the skewers and placed it upon the rice.  As mentioned, with the jalapenos the siracha was not called upon much, though I use it on many dishes.  Overall, this dish was great and I recommend it as a good way to grill scallops, keep the summer cooking to the outside heat, and bring some summery grilled veggies into the mix.

Mango jalapeno chutney

Greg made this a couple weeks ago and it was packed with flavor and very easy to put together. We used it as a topping on broiled tilapia, which is a great use for it. It could also easily be served atop any other white fish, chicken or even pork. It would also be great with tortilla chips as a dip. All in all, this is a fun little salsa to make.

fresh mango!

jalapenos for some heat and crunch

red onions add some great color to the chutney

and some citrus for acidity

serve it atop whatever you please!

Recipe for Mango Jalapeno Chutney