Happy Memorial Day 2016! First and foremost, I want to thank all of the soldiers and veterans out there. Because of you guys and gals we can enjoy our freedom and we have the ability to celebrate Memorial Day. Thank You!
Memorial Day is the official start of the summer and nothing screams summer like, BBQ and grilling! To help out with your outdoor party, I have compiled a few tips, tricks and our best Memorial Day recipes to share with you all!
A couple of weeks ago, I made a batch of Bacon Onion Jam. It was the one of the greatest condiments that I have ever had. I love it so much, that I put it on everything. During one of my tests I put it on a grilled cheese sandwich. After a little testing with various cheeses and breads, I discovered the perfect combination. It was the most delicious grilled cheese that I had ever had. You have to check it out!
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I am a huge fan of pizza. We try to make a few pies every week. So when I had the opportunity to try out the Pizzeria Pronto I jumped on it. I have been looking for a relatively affordable, pizza oven that would give me the perfect pizza with the perfect crust. The key to a perfect pizza oven is one that cooks the top and the bottom simultaneously. You want a nice crispy crust and with an even heat distribution. That way you don’t have to constantly be playing with the pizza.
Last year I appeared on the TV show American Grilled. On that show I competed against Big Jim Stancil of Bareknuckles BBQ. We kept in touch after the show and started to chat about all things bbq and grilling. During one of those chats, he asked if I would like to go to the Jack Daniels BBQ Championship and help him out. I could not say no. Come on, it was the Jack! While there I helped Big Jim do a little grilling for the teams up on the hill. The dish that Big Jim made, was an elk burger topped with a bacon onion jam. Ever since that day, I have been dreaming of that bacon onion jam. It was slightly sweet, slightly salty and all around bacon-y. It was delicious! So this is my take on bacon onion jam. Thanks for the idea Big Jim.
Dana and I are always on the lookout for easy and delicious weeknight meals. One protein that we usually never touch is fish. Mainly because I have had my fair share of bad salmon and other seafood. Recently, Dana’s mother made an oven-baked salmon that was super tasty. I had to have her recipe because it was absolutely delicious. Luckily, she was kind enough to give it to me and now you will benefit from this tasty recipe also. It is simple and quite scrumptious. The lemon rich marinade helps remove any fishy taste from the salmon. This is definitely a must try, especially if salmon is not your favorite dish but you are open to trying it!
A couple of years ago I got a rice cooker for Christmas. It was one of the most useful gifts I have ever received. We use at least once a week. However, with this new recipe we may be using it even more. I have been looking for an all-in-one side dish recipe, that I could just dump into the rice cooker. I was unable to find a recipe that worked for my needs. So I decided to make my own super easy recipe. Just add the ingredients into the rice cooker and start it up. It does not get any easier than that. This herb rice may be the best rice that I have ever made.
The past week the weather has been a little cold. My son told me that he really wanted some hot chocolate to heat him up. I was too happy to oblige, as I love hot chocolate. I went to all of the stores around me and every single hot chocolate mix that I found, contained sugar and sucralose (an artificial sweetener). I don’t have any issue with people using artificial sweeteners, but my son and I both get an off taste from them. I can’t explain it, but it just does not taste right to us. So after a quick scan of three supermarket aisles, I decided that the commercial brands were out. Therefore, I had to make my own mix. Come to find out, making homemade hot chocolate is quite simple. Mix a few ingredients, add some hot water and boom. Homemade Hot Chocolate! The homemade hot chocolate mix, is simple and delicious!
One of my favorite breakfast meals is biscuits and sausage gravy. I just love tender biscuits covered in thick and creamy sausage gravy. I prefer a spicy sausage in mine, but with the kids eating my food these days, I have to opt for mild. Sad but they will grow up soon. Then I can get back to the spicy stuff. The great thing about this recipe, is that it works with any type of sausage that you enjoy!
I make a ton of homemade pizzas and I always make my own pizza sauce. The number one question that I get is, what pizza sauce recipe should I use? So the other day, I searched my website looking for it and I did not find it. To be honest, I thought that I had already wrote a pizza sauce post. I guess I was wrong. Here is my favorite pizza sauce recipe!
A couple of weeks ago, I visited New Orleans. While visiting New Orleans, I enjoyed all of the fabulous food and drinks that I could. I had everything from beignets to po-boys. However, my favorite treat was the Praline. It was sweet, nutty with a hint of caramel. They are freaking delicious! So as soon as I got home, I had to find a recipe to recreate these delicious treats. Of all of the recipes that we tried, this recipe created the most authentic tasting pralines.
The Big Game is this Sunday, and I want to make sure that you are all prepared for your party. The Big Game is a great time to get together and party. In order to keep your party lively, appetizers and finger foods are the best way to go for game day food. That way you can keep it light. You don’t want your guests falling asleep during half time. Besides a nice selection of Ice Cold Beer, you should consider serving some of my favorite Appetizers. These recipes are tested and guaranteed to keep your guests happy and full.
My son loves meatballs. Therefore, we have them at least once a week in our house. Since we have them so much, I get a little meatballed out. So I decided to make a little twist on the traditional meatball. I stuffed them with soft and gooey mozzarella cheese. These mozzarella stuffed meatballs are amazing! They are a must try, and have become the go to meatball recipe for our weekly meatball meal.