Saturday, August 30, 2014

BLT Crostini with Basil Mayonnaise #SundaySupper

BLT Crostini with Basil Mayonnaise are the perfect bite for your next party! 

BLT Crostini with Basil Mayonnaise are the perfect bite for your next party from www.bobbiskozykitchen.com


Aaahhh my dear foodie friends. This weeks Sunday Supper is being hosted by the fabulous Connie from Foodie Army Wife, and is all about the party. Not like woohoooo let's partay. I am talking about that nice get together with friends or family, or friends AND family if you aren't afraid of all of them in the same room sharing stories about you. Hhhmmmmm that's food for thought. Ya ummmmmm, let's keep them separate for now shall we?

Anywho, as I was saying, Sunday Supper's theme this week is Tantalizing Trays. Oohhh just the sound of that makes me feel all fancy pants. Except currently I am wearing sweats so ya, not so much. 

Was that over share? I mean aren't sweat pants the uniform of the day for food bloggers? Or is that just me? I promise I will change before the party!

BLT Hot Dogs #NationalBaconDay



Happy National Bacon Day!! Woot woot! Can you tell I am excited? I can't help it. I mean, a day set aside for us all to worship enjoy all things bacon? Yes please sign me up SIR! Of course it is not like I abstain from bacon the rest of the year, holy crap I don't even want to think about that! But there is something about an official holiday that brings out extra excitement to celebrate right? Heck, I am always game for a good party, and I don't even care if it is BYOB (bring your own bacon.....ya that was weak I know).

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Deluxe Cheeseburger Kabobs for Beef Checkoff #WeekdaySupper

This post is sponsored by The Beef Checkoff. All opinions are my own.



I love the fact that we are working with the Beef Checkoff for Weekday Supper! Why? Well, for one it makes Kevin happy. He is a true and I mean true beef lover. He will suffer through a few nights of chicken, pork, or seafood, but if I don't give him beef (and often) you would think that he was a grizzly bear being starved before hibernation! Don't get me wrong, I love beef. But since my gastric bypass surgery I just can't eat a whole steak by myself. Unless it is a filet. Oh yes my friends, I can be an expensive pet. 

Usually I work with flank steak, or maybe a chuck roast. Things that are inexpensive and that we can share. Plus you can prepare them in so many different ways. Grill, broiler, stove top, slow cooker. Marinades and sauces make the possibilities endless. They can also easily be saved for a nice leftover lunch as well. 

Occasionally I will make my carnivore verrrrrrrrrrrrry happy and buy his favorite cut, which is a nice marbled thick-cut ribeye. Oh boy you want to see a gleam in his eye, and a pep in his step? Yup that will do it! 



But for this Weekday Supper I really wanted to concentrate on meals that would be quick and easy for a family to make. Plus I just wanted to have some fun. Kids love to play with their food, heck I love to play with my food! So why not take one of America's favorite dishes, the humble burger, and make it fun for the whole family? 

I absolutely love kabobs of all kinds, so when trying to figure out what I wanted to make burgers and kabobs were bouncing around in my head. They kind of collided and BAM these little babies appeared. Kevin was even excited about them!

We both love the flavor of grilled veggies, it adds a nice smoky flavor while it develops the sugars to make them fabulous with the nice juicy meatballs. I knew that if people had some finicky eaters when it came to veggies that grilling would be the way to go. Plus if your kids are older, they can have some fun assembling the kabobs with you to go on the grill. 

I paired the kabobs with my Deluxe sauce to give them a little zip, but if you just want a more traditional sauce replace the Sriracha with regular ketchup. 

So have some fun with the family and give these Deluxe Cheeseburger kabobs a try!


Deluxe Cheeseburger Kabobs

Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen
Published 08/28/2014
Deluxe Cheeseburger Kabobs

Ingredients

  • 8 wooden or metal skewers
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • Kosher Salt
  • Cracked black pepper
  • 16 cherry or small vine ripened tomatoes
  • 2 medium red onions
  • 16 Bread and butter pickle slices
  • 4 slices cheese (I used American)
  • Deluxe Sauce

Instructions

  1. If using wooden skewers, soak them in water for 20 minutes
  2. Roll the ground beef into 16 golf ball sized balls. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Quarter the red onions
  4. Start the kabob by feeding on some of the red onion, followed by a tomato, pickle slice, and meatball. Repeat, ending with more red onion to cap it off.
  5. Heat your grill to medium-high.
  6. Grill the kabobs, turning several time, until the veggies begin to brown, and the meatballs are cooked through. Approx 10 minutes (time depends on the size of the meatballs, interior temp should reach 160 degrees)
  7. Place a square of sliced cheese on each meatball for the last minute or two of cooking time.
  8. Serve with the Deluxe sauce.
Yield: 8 kabobs
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 20 mins.
Cook time: 00 hrs. 10 mins.
Total time: 30 mins.
Tags: ground beef, red onion, tomato, dill pickle, Budget Meals, 10 Ingredients or Less, #WeekdaySupper, #BeefCheckoff






For this and other terrific beef recipes, make sure to follow this Beef Pinterest board

While you are at it, keep up with Beef Checkoff through their other social media.



Now check out the other delicious beef recipes we have for you this week!


Monday – Banh Mi Burger by Crazy Foodie Stunts
Tuesday -Secret Ingredient Sliders by girlichef
Wednesday – Deluxe Cheeseburger Kabobs by Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
Thursday – Asian Beef with Peppers by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Friday – Steak Quesadillas by The Foodie Army Wife

Make sure to Join the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the#SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out ourPinterest board.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Win a 5 Quart Kitchenaid Artisan Stand Mixer Plus a Free E-Cookbook #giveaway

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Chili Cheese Hoagies

Sloppy Joe, Meatball Sub, and Chili, all got together and created this quick and easy dinner dish!



You know it is funny. It is back to school time and, even though I don't have any kids at home, I am finding myself focusing more on quick and easy meals.Maybe it is because I have been trying to squeeze as much cooking and photography time in as I can before we start to lose the evening light (I love to take my photos outdoors for the best light). Maybe it is because Kevin gets up to get ready for work right around dinner time so I don't want to spend all of that time in the kitchen when I could be spending time with him. Or maybe, I am just tired of cooking and want to sit down as quickly as possible. I think it is all of the above really. So kids or no kids, I am looking for some simple weeknight meals just as much as you parents out there.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things 8/23/14



I have been so excited this week. The weather is still pretty nice here in Western Washington, and my tomatoes are growing like crazy! Last year I did OK, but they didn't produce a lot of tomatoes and the size wasn't the greatest. This year? TONS of tomatoes, and I even have some green tomatoes that are big enough for me to finally try my hand at making fried green tomatoes. Last year I was lucky if they were much bigger than golf balls. This year they are more like tennis balls, so I think these will work well. Do you have any tried and true recipes for fried green tomatoes? I would sure love it if you would leave me a link in the comments!

My birthday celebration kind of slopped over into this week too. My son and his girlfriend took me out to dinner Wednesday night. Her birthday was on Tuesday and they only have Tuesdays and Wednesday off together, so it was our chance to all be together. They know I love Mexican food so they took me to a local Mexican restaurant. It isn't the best Mexican food on the planet, but the company more than made up for it. A couple of Coronas, a shot of tequila, and some tacos with them made for the perfect evening. I really enjoy it when I can spend time with my kids.

So the summer is winding down my friends. I am so torn. I cherish the summers here because they are so short, and so absolutely beautiful. But one of the things I did love about moving to the Pacific Northwest from San Diego was that there was plenty of soup weather. When I think of soups, stews, chowders, and chili I think of chilly overcast days. That is when a nice hot bowl just warms your soul and that makes me incredibly happy. So even though I hate seeing summer go, I do look forward to my soup pot and slow cooker making an appearance in my kitchen again. How about you? Are you looking forward to the coming fall?

OK, enough about me, let's get on with the show here!


My Favorite App
Pocket (for android) lets you save webpages for offline reading. It's super-easy to use, installing a shortcut into your mobile browser so you can send articles over to it with a click; extensions for desktop browsers are also available, so if something catches your eye at work you can whisk it over to the app for reading at a later time. Once in the app you can easily share articles with other people or to social media and it'll even strip out ads from the articles if you want it to.


My Favorite Food/Drinks
Maple Bacon Bourbon Brown Sugar Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches from The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
Sweet Corn and Zucchini Pie from Pinch of Yum
Homemade Gnocchi from Will Cook for Smiles
Peach Dumplings from Seduction in the Kitchen
Bourbon Bacon Jam from Cravings of a Lunatic


My Favorite Craft/DIY
DIY Cookie Sheet Chore Charts from Craftaholics Anonymous
DIY Magnetic Framed Chalkboard from Pink When
DIY Apple Jar Tutorial from The 36th Adventure 


My Favorite Gardening/Backyard Ideas
10 Creative Bird Feeders from The Garden Glove
What to Play When Chart from Saving Dollars & Sense


My Favorite Fashion





















Cozy Neutrals






















Seahawks!!






















Fun Casual with Animal Print


My Favorite Giggle

































(We watch a LOT of Alaska shows)

So that is it for this week my friends. I hope you found something that tickled your fancy!
Foodie <3

Thursday, August 21, 2014

White Wine Ice Cream for an @GalloFamily #SundaySupper

Compensation was provided by Gallo Family Vineyards via Sunday Supper, LLC. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Gallo Family Vineyards.



I was so excited to be chosen to participate in this week’s Sunday Supper with Gallo Family Vineyards. Not just because I love their wine and love coming up with ways to enjoy it in or with my recipes, but because I was going to get the opportunity to try their newest wine, a fabulous Riesling.

I also received a bottle of their Sweet Red. The Sweet Red is a smooth wine with the flavor of dark red fruits. It pairs wonderfully with all of the smoked meats we have been cooking up lately.

Crab Puppies



Do you remember what you dream about? Are your dreams vivid? I know a lot of people actually keep dream diaries so they can write down what they dream about as soon as they wake up.

Me? 

I dream in HD, Hi Def, and Smellovision!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Grilled Baby Romaine Lettuce with Parmesan Vinaigrette

Grilled Baby Romaine Lettuce with Parmesan Vinaigrette - Grilling brings out the sweetness of the lettuce and adds a touch of smoke flavor. It is my new favorite way to make a salad!

Grilled Baby Romaine Lettuce with Parmesan Vinaigrette - Grilling brings out the sweetness of the lettuce and adds a touch of smoke flavor. It is my new favorite way to make a salad! | From www.bobbiskozykitchen.com


I tend to be a it slow at times. I see things, or trends, that interest me but I drag my feet about trying them, for whatever reason. 

Maybe it is Mr Picky that I live with? Ya, let's use that excuse. 

Sometimes I just see something that makes me go "Oooh", but figure he will think it is strange. Why this even crosses my mind I have no idea. As I have said in the past, 99.9% of the time he likes what I make and he has never refused to eat something that I have put in front of him. But sometimes just getting that "look" irks the crap out of me and my evil twin wants to pop him right in the head......that evil twin, she can be crazy I tell ya!!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Fudge Brownies



I am so excited to be back with the Secret Recipe Club gang! With so much going on in my life I had to back away for a few months, but I always missed everyone. It is so exciting to be given a new blog every month, and then scouring through it to find just the right recipe to make. I love being able to find things that I might never think of making.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Make Ahead Waffle Casserole for Back to School #SundaySupper



This weeks Sunday Supper is all about Back to School, and even though my kids are grown, I can completely understand wanting some quick and easy breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and dinners. 

With me working at home, and Kevin working nights, I tend to lose all track of time. So sometimes meals get completely forgotten about (yes I, a food blogger, forget meals), and by the time I realize it is time to make something I am at a loss for a quick meal. I will admit I used to keep some of the boxed foods in the cabinet for just those times, but I have gotten much better about keeping things in my pantry that are quick and healthy. 



Breakfast always seemed to give me trouble when my kids were at home. I hated just giving them cereal, but the last thing I wanted to do at OMG 30 in the morning was cook. Then I discovered make ahead breakfast casseroles and the skies parted and the angels sang.

OK maybe that was a bit of an exaggeration.

I did do a happy dance though!

I just threw the casserole together as I was making dinner, I mean it is no big deal to cook up some bacon, ham, or sausage while you are already cooking right? Then get everything into the casserole dish and get it into the fridge for the next morning. Wake the kiddos, pop the casserole into the oven, and you are rockin' and rollin'!

The best part of make ahead breakfast casseroles, minus the whole make ahead deal, is that my kids loved them and were so excited to see the different variations I would come up with. A couple of them are Make Ahead Sausage Breakfast Casserole, and Make Ahead Ham and Cheese Breakfast Casserole Really there is no wrong way to make this. Pick a bread, meat, cheese, and eggs....BOOM breakfast!!



2 years ago - Unfried Chicken

Make Ahead Waffle Casserole

Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen
Published 08/17/2014
Make Ahead Waffle Casserole

Ingredients

  • 8 toaster waffles, lightly toasted and chopped
  • 1 pound pork breakfast sausage
  • 8 eggs
  • 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon dry mustard
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh cracked black pepper
  • Maple syrup for drizzling

Instructions

  1. Lightly grease a 2 quart casserole dish
  2. Layer 1/2 of the waffle pieces into the bottom of the casserole dish. Top with 1/2 of the browned sausage, and 1/3 of the cheese. Repeat with remaining waffles, sausage, and 1/3 of the cheese
  3. Mix the eggs, milk, dry mustard, salt, and pepper together in a medium bowl.
  4. Carefully pour the egg mixture into the casserole dish.
  5. Cover the casserole dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
  6. Preheat over to 350 degrees F.
  7. Cover the casserole loosely with foil and bake for 40 minutes.
  8. Remove the foil, top with the remaining cheese, and bake for 10 to 15 more minutes, or until the eggs have completely set.
  9. Top with maple syrup if wanted
Yield: Serves 6 to 8
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 15 mins.
Cook time: 00 hrs. 50 mins.
Total time: 65 mins.
Tags: toaster waffles, egg, cheese, sausage, milk, Breakfast Dishes, 10 Ingredients or Less, #SundaySupper,

Now head on over to the other Sunday Supper's contributors and check out the fabulous back to school offers they have prepared for you!



Back to School Beginnings
Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Muffins from Killer Bunnies
Strawberry Banana Baked Oatmealfrom The Red Head Baker
Make Ahead Waffle Casserole from Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
Apple Muffins from Meal Diva
Apple Oat Breakfast Cookies from What Smells So Good?
Toast Three Ways from Foxes Love Lemons

Back to School Lunches and Simple Suppers
Owl Sandwich Bento from Simply Gourmet
First Day of School Pinwheels from Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
Quick and Easy Hot Pastrami Sliders from Webicurean
Grilled Chicken Revamp from Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Baked Eggplant Parmesan from Hezzi D’s Books and Cooks
Chicken and Zucchinin Meatballs from Casa de Crews
Clean Eating Lunches Your Kids will Love from Amee’s Savory Dish
Crispy Chicken Legs from The Not So Cheesy Kitchen
DIY Veggie Cup Noodles from Food Lust People Love
Chicken Nuggets from Nosh my Way
Skinny Spinach Mac and Cheese from Take a Bite out of Boca
Chicken Schnitzle from Panning the Globe
Berry Nutty Bento from Ninja Baking
Spagetti and Chicken Meatballs from Soni’s Food
Chopped Shrimp Salad with Honey Lime Vinagraitte from The Weekend Gourmet
Just for Mom Salad from A Mama, Baby & Shar-pei in the Kitchen
Steak & Cheese Pockets from Momma’s Meals
Turkey Pinwheels from Peanut Butter and Peppers

Back to School Sips
Hulk SMASH Smoothie from Run DMT
Good Morning Smoothies from Family Foodie

Back to School Super Snacks
Nutty Granola from Life Tastes Good
On the Go Guacamole from Shannon at Country Girl in the Village
Fruishi – Fruit Sushi from Mama Bee Does
Cinnamon Caramel Apple Energy Balls from Cupcakes and Kale Chips
Playground Granola Bars from Noshing with the Nolands
Apricot Dip from Magnolia Days
Parmesan Garlic Oven Roasted Chick Peas from Ruffles and Truffles
Home Made Graham Crackers from Curious Cuisiniere
Peanut Butter and Jelly Granola Bars from Pies and Plots
Gluten Free Apple Zucchini Flax Bread from Sue’s Nutrition Buzz
Beef and Veggie Sliders from Grumpy’s Honeybunch
Peanut Butter and Jelly Popcorn from Simply Healthy Family

Back to School Sweets and Treats
Open Faced PB & J Cookies from Desserts Required
Berry Topped Chocolate Silk Tart from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Peanut Butter and Jelly Paletas from La Cocina de Leslie
Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins from Confessions of a Culinary Diva
Love Note Doodle Bugs from Happy Baking Days
Frozen Yogurt Mud Pies from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
Brown Butter Peanut Butter Crispy Treats from The Texan New Yorker

Join the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board.

Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things 8/15/14



So I am still smiling from how much fun I had on my birthday. Going out to a nice dinner is always enjoyable, but no fancy restaurant, in my mind, can beat just hanging out with the family and having a good ol' BBQ. 

Now that the kids have all moved to their own places, getting the family all together in one place, for one meal, is damn near impossible! With several different schedules, I was seriously shocked that not only the kids, but their significant others, we able to be here.

Have I mentioned how much fun I had?

But now it is back to work for me, so I had to drag myself to Pinterest and get down to the business of finding you some goodies to look at and drool over. Ya, it is a tough job but somebody has to do it right? So let's see what I found.


My Favorite App 
Headspace is another great mindfulness app that aims to make you happier and healthier mind through meditation. The app teaches you different breathing techniques and encourages you to begin by taking 10 minutes a day just for yourself. They advertise “meditation on the move” and allow you to download content in case you’re on a retreat in some remote corner of the world and don’t have access to the Internet. The app has animated videos and sound clips to cover you for 365 days.


My Favorite Food/Drinks
Creamy Caprese Pasta from i heart naptime
Brandied Cinnamon Peach Cobbler from Sumptuous Spoonfuls
Fruity Pineapple Sangria from The Messy Baker 
Farmer's Market Cauliflower Salad from Noshing with the Nolands
Hatch Chile Shrimp Corn Chowder from Magnolia Days


My Favorite Craft/DIY
DIY Wine Cork Backsplash
4 Cute DIY Mini-Garden Designs


My Favorite Gardening Ideas
10 Great Vegetables to Grow In Fall


My Favorite Fashion



































































My Favorite Giggle






















Have a fantabulous weekend my friends!
Foodie <3 to you

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Green Chile Pesto Breakfast Bruschetta



The Hatch Chile Store sent me a care package of their roasted chiles, and I have been enjoying them as much as I possible. So many ideas and possibilities for these green beauties!

The first thing I made was Green Chile Pesto. Pesto is such a versatile sauce. You can use it in pasta, on meat, spread it on bread, or how about mixing it into your scrambled eggs? Yum right? Chiles and eggs go together like peanut butter and jelly in my book!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

50 Summertime Recipes for My 50th Birthday Bash


It's my 50th birthday, and what better way to celebrate than to throw a Summertime Bash? So here are 50 of some of my favorite Summertime recipes!



Tuesday, August 12, 2014

BLT Potato Salad #BaconMonth



I had absolutely no idea, when I made this dish, that it is National Bacon Month. Who knew there was an entire month to celebrate America's favorite porky treat? I was merely working with ingredients I had at home, and a little light bulb that was floating around in my head.

After I made my Deviled Egg Potato Salad, I immediately thought, "How awesome would this be as a BLT Potato Salad?". I mean, to me, if you add bacon and roasted tomatoes to anything you can't go wrong.

Well, maybe not in ice cream.

Hhmmmmm you know I might even be game to give that a shot!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Pico de Gallo for a Saving Summer #SundaySupper



I loved the whole idea of doing a Sunday Supper around saving the wonderful bounty of summer. For the last few years I have grown my own tomatoes, and love doing it. There is just something so satisfying about growing your own food, and then using it in a dish. I have grown peppers the last two years, but my tomatoes have always been my #1 favorite. We love tomatoes just about any way you can prepare them. Fresh, roasted, grilled, smoked, you name it and we will eat it!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Green Chile Pesto

Combine the rich, creamy goodness of pesto with the zip of roasted green chiles and you have something this side of fabulous!



Over the last few days I have suffered from the mother of all migraine headaches!

The kind that lays you flat out in bed with blurry vision, light sensitivity, and sensitivity to sound. WOW, I haven't had one like that is years!! So dinner has pretty much been grabbing something, anything that sounds decent. Maybe not even decent, just that it will shut your stomach up. I may or may not have, at sometime over the past 2 days, eaten tuna right out of the can, and cold beans. All I know if it settled in my stomach and I could go back to bed.

But even through my pain blurred brain, I kept thinking about this pesto that I had made. It was just sitting in the refrigerator calling my name. So at about 2 AM I got up and had a piece of crusty Italian bread smeared with it. Mmmmm that made me very happy.

Now I have made a LOT of pesto in my day folks. Classic Pesto, and Garlic Scape Pesto are here on the blog. I can't believe I haven't included recipes to any others! But I am here to say that this Green Chile Pesto really knocked my socks off! My mind has been spinning with all of the ways I can use it, and believe me there is a longggggggggg list!!

One of the great things about pesto is that it freezes so well. When I make it I always make a full batch and then separate it out into 1/4 cup servings. I use the little zip top snack bags. Just scoop 1/4 cup of the pesto into a bag, lay it down on a flat surface, and carefully spread the pesto into an even layer, squeezing out the air, and zipping up the bag as you work your way across the bag. Then just lay them flat in your freezer. Once they are frozen, you can stack them up. 

Then when you are ready to use them, just pop a bag onto your kitchen counter and let it soften up for a few minutes, and WALA pesto ready to go for your pasta, meat, or however you want to use it! It really is the perfect thing for a quick weeknight meal. Boil some pasta, toss it with some shredded chicken and pesto. Serve with crusty bread and a side salad. Yummm perfecto!!



    Green Chile Pesto

    Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen
    Published 08/07/2014
    Hatch Green Chile Pesto

    Ingredients

    • 1 pound roasted Hatch Green Chiles (4 to 6 chiles)
    • 1/3 cup pistachios
    • 4 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
    • 1/3 cup packed fresh cilantro
    • 1/2 cup Queso Fresco (can substitute Feta)
    • 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
    • 1/2 cup olive oil (can add more if pesto seems to thick)
    • Kosher salt
    • Fresh cracked black pepper

    Instructions

    1. In a food processor, combine the chiles, pistachios, garlic, cilantro, Queso Fresco, and lemon juice. Pulse a few times to combine, then stream in the olive oil as the food processor runs until pesto comes together.
    2. Taste and add salt and pepper to taste. Pulse a few times to combine.
    Yield: Approx 2 cups
    Prep Time: 00 hrs. 10 mins.
Cook time: 00 hrs. 00 mins.
Total time: 10 mins.
Tags: hatch green chiles, pistachios. garlic, cilantro, Queso Fresco, lemon juice, olive oil. pesto, Sauces and Spices,

Monday, August 4, 2014

Chick Pea Tabbouleh with Grilled Chicken and Artichokes #ChooseDreams #WeekdaySupper

 This dish is one that is sure to please everyone. Made with fresh herbs and vegetables, creamy chick peas, and smoky grilled chicken, all of the flavor is there yet it is easy on your wallet. Plus it won't coop you up in the kitchen. You can whip it up in under 30 minutes, and enjoy your family time around the supper table together.



I really love being challenged in the kitchen. Well, there would be times when the grumbling from my kitchen would lead you to believe that statement is not true, but it really is. So working with American Family Insurance and Weekday Supper this week, I was tasked to come up with a recipe that was healthy, easy on your budget, and super quick to put together. I mean, with families working around several activity schedules, or mismatched work schedules, a healthy and delicious meal can be something that stresses out even the strongest parent.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Spiced Coffee Rubbed Steak for The Beef Checkoff #SundaySupper

Chile spice and earthy coffee make this rub a hands down winner for any steak you want to throw on the grill!



Beef. Probably one of Kevin’s favorite words.

If the question “What’s for dinner?” is answered with “beef” a smile will come over his face that is reminiscent of a kid on Christmas morning.

I am not exaggerating here folks, the love affair is that dang strong! I refer to him as my carnivore because if there is no meat involved in a dish he doesn’t consider it a meal. Meatless Monday? Are you kidding? Not in my house.

But chicken, pork, and fish barely pass the meat qualification. For a meal to have meat in it, real meat, it has to be beef. Of course his main love is steak, more specifically ribeye steak. Yes, he is an expensive pet! But I don’t mind.



The thing I love about cooking with beef is there are so many choices, so many different cuts and preparation methods! One of my favorite cuts, that you don’t hear about very often, is the flat iron steak (also known as a top blade steak). It is a relatively tender cut that is so full of flavor, and all but begs to be cooked on a grill.

My carnivore prefers a minimal approach for the most part though. Salt.Pepper. Throw it on a grill. And with this cut of meat you can definitely get away with it. It is nice to know that wonderful meal can be simple to prepare, yet full of flavor.

But you all know me.

Simple? Minimal? PPfftttt

The question was, how was I going to showcase this specific cut? I thought about a marinade, possibly a sauce or a chimichurri. All fabulous treatments for a flat iron steak. But in the end I chose to use a rub. I love using rubs on grilled and smoked meats. They are a terrific way to impart flavor without overwhelming the meat.

Kevin was a bit spotty when I told him I was using coffee in the rub. What else is new right? But I kind of understood his hesitance. For people that haven’t had a coffee rub, it can seem like a strange ingredient. I don’t know if there are a lot of people like me out there. The smell of fresh ground coffee seriously makes my mouth water. I don’t know if I want to drink it or eat it! That response is what drove me to give it a try, and guess who fell in love with it? You got it, Mr Hesitant. I mean he realllllllllllly loved it! So much so he ate his portion, half of my portion, and took leftovers to work for lunch that night. Luckily there was enough left over for me to have some steak and eggs for breakfast the next day too!




Spiced Coffee Rubbed Steak

Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen
Published 08/03/2014
Spiced Coffee Rubbed Steak

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds flat iron steak
  • 2 tablespoons roasted ground cumin (recommend McCormick's)
  • 2 tablespoons chile powder (recommend The Hatch Chile Store Red Chile Powder)
  • 1/4 cup fresh ground coffee
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh cracked black pepper

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, combine the cumin, chile powder, coffee, salt, and pepper.
  2. Pat the steaks dry with a paper towel and lightly oil them with some canola oil.
  3. Sprinkle the spiced coffee rub on a baking sheet and roll the steaks in the rub, coating them on all sides.
  4. Place the steaks on a cutting board and cover with plastic wrap. Let the steaks set for 1 hour.
  5. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.
  6. Rub the grill with some canola oil and place the steaks on the grill.
  7. Grill for 5 to 6 minutes per side for medium rare.
  8. Transfer steaks to a cutting board and allow to rest for 15 minutes before slicing.
Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 01 hrs. 00 mins.
Cook time: 00 hrs. 12 mins.
Total time: 1 hrs. 12 mins.
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