May 30, 2011

Where Quick and Easy Is Heading

Summer is upon us and I think we can never have enough cool menus to serve unexpected company or even our family. We will sneak in some grill items to accent our cold items.

When shopping for ingredients don’t forget to grab a bunch of sunflowers to add to your summer fun. Hope everyone had a great Memorial weekend and stayed safe.

What You Need


  • 1-1/2 lb. cooked thinly sliced deli roast beef, cut into strips or leftover roast beef
  • 5 cups baby spinach leaves
  • 1-1/2 cups sliced on the bias celery 
  • thinly sliced red onions
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • German salad dressing


    ce celery and onions. Make German salad dressing (can be made ahead of time.)  Add celery, onions and beef to greens. Pour dressing around the bowl and work ingredients into dressing to coat.

  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons ketchup
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon prepared dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper to taste

    Put ingredients in a jar and shake to combine, pour over greens and beef just before serving..

    Tip: If you pour your dressing around the bowl, and move the greens into the dressing, you will not over dress your salad.

    May 27, 2011

    Memorial Day

    Everyone please have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend. Stop and remember those that have fallen and those that are still fighting for our freedom.


    I will resume posting again on Tuesday.

    May 26, 2011

    Tomato Mozzarella Salad

    Pefect to accompany a platter of cold cuts or a grilled steak.
    What You Need
    • 3 pounds tomatoes, cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks  heirloom if you can find them.
    • 8 ounces mozzarella cheese, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
    • Chiffonade 231chiff1 cup approximately  loosely packed fresh basil leaves, 3 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
    • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • ½ teaspoon reduced balsamic vinegar
    • 2 teaspoons olive oil
    1. In large bowl, toss the tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, oil, salt,  pepper until evenly mixed. Drizzle the balsamic reduction over the tomatoes and cheese and serve.

    The balsamic reduction can be made way ahead and has addition uses. To make the balsamic reduction:
    Place the vinegar in a heavy-bottomed, non-reactive pot.  Heat on low, at a light simmer.  Turn the heat to low and reduce until syrupy 1/3 to ½ cup.
    The vinegar will thicken as it cools.
    This will keep in a cool place for months.

    May 25, 2011

    Grilled Corn

    Love corn, try this the next time you are grilling!
    What You Need
    8 ears fresh sweet corn, remove the silk but keep the husks attached.

    Cold water, as needed

    1/2 cup sour cream

    3 tablespoons butter, melted

    Juice of 1 lime

    2 tablespoons whole milk

    Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

    1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese

    (optional sprinkle with chili powder)

    Pull the husks up to cover the ears of corn, and place the corn in a large bowl or pot. Cover the corn with cold water, and place a large plate or other weight on top of the corn so that it remains submerged.

    Allow the corn to soak for at least 1 hour or as long as 4 hours.

    Gombine the sour cream, melted butter, lime juice, milk, salt, and pepper,  in a small bowl, and set it aside.

    Preheat a grill to medium-high. Put the rack  about 4-inches away from the coals.

    Remove the corn from the water but do not remove the husks. Lay the corn on the grill and cook, turning it frequently, about 15 to 20 minutes. Remove the corn from the grill and allow it to cool slightly.

    Pull the husks back to form a handle, and brush the ears evenly with the sour cream mixture. Roll the ear of corn in the cheese, coating it on all sides. Serve immediately.

    May 24, 2011

    Glassware on the patio

    Entertaining on the patio? Use Ball or Mason jars instead of everyday glasses or plastic cups. ballljarThe jars will show off your beverage, keeps it colder longer and  won’t blow away. Plus you are contributing to keeping the planet green.

    Shrimp Pasta Salad

    12shrimp9astaThis makes a great cold salad, something a little different to add to the menu.

    What Ingredients You Need

    2 cups small shell pasta, cooked
    1 1/2 pounds cooked shelled shrimp, halved
    1/2 cup celery, thinly sliced
    1/2 green bell pepper, finely chopped
    1/2 red bell pepper, finely chopped
    1/2 cup chopped seeded peeled cucumber
    1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
    1/4 cup chopped black olives
    1/4 cup mayonnaise
    1 tablespoon white wine vinegar

    Cook pasta in boiling salted water as directed on package. Rinse under cold water. Drain. In a large bowl, toss pasta in with shrimp, celery, green and red bell peppers, cucumber, olives and red onion. Mix mayo and vinegar. Pour over pasta mixture and mix well. Cover. Refrigerate 2 hours. Just before serving, sprinkle with chopped parsley and reserved shrimp.


    May 23, 2011

    Steak Grilling Tips - Q&E Way

    Since Memorial day is almost here, I thought we go over some grilling tips. Serious Eats has some great ideas. Check it out. They also have a series on steaks from the Texas Beef Council

    May 15, 2011

    I'm Back and Very Happy

    I now have a reliable internet connection and will be posting shortly. Since Memorial Day is two weeks away, I will be targeting some quick and easy sides to go with the main star of the day, bbq.

    May 8, 2011

    Internet Connections

    I am still with a poor internet connection. Hopefully next week we will be back in business, I miss posting and reading your emails.