Weekly Food for Thought with easy recipes for zesty dishes, a cooking tip, "The Book of Burger" by Rachael Ray and more.
Here are a few dishes that will add a flavorful kick to any table spread this summer:
- No party menu is complete without a summer potato salad dish. Mix up a dish with red potatoes, green beans, olive oil, lemon juice, mustard and cheeses. Spice up this American classic with a few dashes of chipotle pepper sauce.
- When it comes to summer fare, baked beans are a must. Add some extra flavor to your regular baked bean dish this year by adding bacon, onion and chipotle pepper sauce. While baked beans may be a standard summertime dish, the combination of sweet and smoky with the added kick of pepper sauce is anything but average.
- For dessert, consider grilling some seasonal fruits. Toss some slices of pineapple, peaches, apples or even mangos on the grill, then serve over ice cream for a refreshing finishing touch to the meal.
-- Family Features
Tip of the Week: Prepare ingredients for the week
Dice up enough fresh herbs, tomatoes, onions and garlic for the entire week. Then, store each ingredient separately in the refrigerator to help save time later in the week. You can grill up steaks, assemble quick quesadillas or personalize a freshly tossed salad with those same go-to ingredients for fast, convenient and wholesome meals.
Easy recipe: Sliders with Chipotle Ketchup
1/2 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon Tabasco brand Chipotle Pepper Sauce
1 pound ground beef
1/4 cup chopped scallions
3 tablespoons Tabasco brand Chipotle Pepper Sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
8 small rolls, about 2-inches round
2 slices Colby Jack cheese
Green leaf lettuce
In a small bowl, combine ketchup and pepper sauce; set aside. Preheat grill to high. Meanwhile, combine ground beef, scallions, pepper sauce and salt in bowl; mix well. Shape mixture into eight 2-inch round burgers. Grill burgers about 5 minutes, or to desired doneness, turning once. Cut each cheese slice into four pieces. Top burgers with cheese; cook 1 minute longer or until cheese is melted. To serve, cut each roll horizontally in half. Place leaf lettuce and cooked burger on roll. Serve with chipotle ketchup.
Did You Know?
Homemade mayonnaise is only safe if raw, in-shell pasteurized eggs or pasteurized egg products are used. Eat within four days, and do not freeze. -- FoodSafety.gov
Named for the Roman goddess of the hunt, which steak with sauce dish is often flambéed in restaurants?
D. Steak Diane
Answer is at bottom of column
Wise to the Word: tarragon
Narrow, pointed, dark green leaves distinguish this perennial aromatic herb known for its distinctive aniselike flavor. Tarragon is widely used in classic French cooking for a variety of dishes including chicken, fish and vegetables, as well as many sauces. Tarragon is available fresh in the summer and early fall and year-round in dried and powdered forms. Care should be taken when using tarragon since its assertiveness can easily dominate other flavors.
Number to Know
870: One medium Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Blizzard from Dairy Queen is 870 calories.
The Dish On …
"The Book of Burger" by Rachael Ray
The Queen of Burgers has drawn together her tastiest recipes for the ultimate between-the-buns experience. Whether you're cooking for one or for 100, please 'em all with everything from burgers to sandwiches, hot dogs, fries, sliders, sloppies and so much more. Start with Rach's Big Spicy Mac, tempting you from the cover, or go with the heavenly French Onion Burgers. And if beef isn't your thing, there are plenty of chicken, pork, salmon, veggie and lamb patties.
-- Atria Books
Food Quiz Answer
D. Steak Diane
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