Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Too Hot to Cook

It got up to 96 degrees about a week ago so I tried a couple recipes that would not heat up the kitchen. Both are from FoodNetwork dot com. Spiced Chicken and Grape Skewers by Elle Krieger and a refreshing Gazpacho by Ina Garten. If you're not into garlic (sorry Papadam), don't use big cloves, or use less in the Gazpacho. I ate some before going to the movie, and the place emptied out. Kidding.

Monday, June 27, 2011

More summer treats

We're loving eating outdoors while the sun sets over our Nevada back yard. Last night we had grilled BBQ shrimp and simple salad with mozzarella, olives , tomatoes and lettuce from our garden. The shrimp is a breeze to make.

Clean and de-vein the shrimp. Marinade in olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder and your favorite BBQ rub for about an hour in the fridge. Heat up a charcoal or gas grill to very hot and cook the shrimp around three minutes (depending on the size of the shrimp) each side. Squeeze of lime or lemon and your done.

Good Brew

I went to the Reno BBQ, Blues, and Brews festival this weekend. Now I'm not a beer connoisseur by any stretch but I know a nice clean, interesting, flavorful blonde ale when I taste it. The folks at Lagunitas Brewing Co. in Petaluma, CA offered up what I though was the best beer of the day. It's called " Lucky 13 " Check it out.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Left overs

Left over steak and a quick mango avocado salsa makes for a great fajitas dinner.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Anybody want the recipe ??

Fusilli with quick sausage "gravy". (in south philly it's not sauce, it's gravy. If you're from Little Italy you know what I'm talking about.) Here's a very simple dish that can be made in an hour total time. Vegetarian options are available . If you're interested in the recipe let me know.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Nothing Like Homemade Bread!

Now that I have time, I have been making bread every few weeks. No bread machine, just good, old-fashioned, hand kneaded bread. I've been experimenting with adding different healthy ingredients, like wheat bran, flax seeds, rye flour, sunflower seeds etc. and some loaves have been more successful than others.

These loaves turned out pretty good, made with whole wheat flour, flax seeds and sesame seeds. And nothing beats the taste of fresh bread, warm out of the oven, spread with a bit of butter!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

I'll be back

It's been a while since I've posted anything on CookingCarbone but it's not for a lack of eating good food. Just been busy retiring full time which SHOULD give me plenty of time to start putting more time in to this blog. The idea is to reach more folks who like to eat good food, adding recipes, "how to" videos, and updates on travel dining. In the meantime Mama Rusty has been keeping me well fed as you can see from the photo of these yummy strawberry pancakes.